CNN Says This North Carolina City Is An Underrated Tourist Destination, I Don’t Agree
If you don’t like crowds planning a vacation to places like New York City, Disney World, or Yellowstone National Park might not be for you. They are among some of the nation’s most popular tourist attractions and with that means crowds of people. But just because you don’t want to go to the typical tourist spots doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun and exciting vacation. CNN recently compiled a list of what they view as 25 of the most underrated vacation spots in the USA. And one North Carolina city made the list as an underrated tourist destination. But honestly, I’m just confused. CNN says Durham North Carolina is an underrated tourist destination. Look nothing against Durham, besides being home to Duke (Go Pack), but a tourist destination? That’s a stretch, to say the least.
Listen, I’ve lived in Raleigh and been to Durham. Yes, the downtown has good vibes. And the cultural scene has thrived in recent years. CNN mentions that Durham has become a “science, art, sports and entertainment hub”. They also praise the turnaround from a Tobacco town to what it is today. They encourage you to check out a Durham Bulls (the minor league baseball team) game. And the team’s downtown stadium does have a fun energy about it. They rave about the Duke Lemur Center, which features giant forest habitats aiming to preserve some of the rarest mammals. They also say Durham’s brewery and distillery scene is “outta sight”. But at this point, that’s just about every town in America.
To put this into perspective let’s look at some of the other places CNN included on this list.
There is Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia- one of the state’s barrier islands. Block Island, Rhode Island, Western Tennessee, and White Sands National Park in New Mexico. And places in Hawaii and Alaska. And again, Durham is a cool city. But is it as much of a tourist attraction as these other places? I just can’t say that. If you wanted to include somewhere in North Carolina (which I’m in favor of), I’d pick somewhere in the mountains or on the coast. I just personally can’t wrap my head around taking a vacation for more than a weekend to Durham. But to each their own. I’m glad North Carolina got a shout-out, even if it leaves me scratching my head.
What would you consider the best or most underrated tourist destination in the Carolinas? You can view the full CNN list here.
North Carolina Mountain Town One Of Most Popular Tourist Destinations Nationwide
Are you looking to plan your summer vacation? It’s never too early. Or maybe you’re still in the spring planning mode- I definitely am. If you are unsure where you want to visit, consulting TripAdvisor is a great place to start. The vacation rating platform recently released its Best of The Best awards for 2023. One of the categories they published is the most popular travel destination in the United States. There are some great vacation hotspots on this list- some you’d expect, and others that are a little surprising. And it was great to see one of the North Carolina tourist destinations getting some national recognition from TripAdvisor.
It’s a city that comes up very often on these types of lists, and for good reason. Below you’ll find the 25 most popular tourist destinations in the United States according to TripAdvisor. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the majority of these locations and some of the ones I haven’t visited are on my bucket list. And you also most likely have one or two of these destinations on your list of dream vacays. And there is a good reason why people love them. Have you been to the North Carolina city that TripAdvisor named one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States? Do you think it’s worthy of this honor?