December 8, 2023 | Miles Brucker

Top 10 Must-Visit Hidden Gems in North America

Top 10 Must-Visit Hidden Gems in North America

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North America, a diverse continent with remarkable destinations. From stunning natural wonders to charming cultural districts, it is filled with hidden gems that often go unnoticed by mainstream tourism.

In this article, we reveal the top 10 must-visit hidden gems of North America that are sure to charm and inspire even the most adventurous travelers.

Sedona, Arizona


Sedona is nestled within towering rock formations giving it a mystical allure.

Many believe that its unique energy vortexes are sources of spiritual power—attracting visitors who seek balance and rejuvenation.

Highlights: Cathedral Rock, Oak Creek Canyon

Activities to Enjoy: Hiking, mountain biking, photography

Tulum, Mexico

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Tulum is located on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. It offers a mix of stunning beaches, turquoise waters, and of course the ancient Mayan Ruins. These historical treasures are the framework of a thriving bohemian beach town.

Highlights: Mayan ruins, cenotes (natural sinkholes)

Activities to Enjoy: Swimming, hiking, photography

Quebec City, Canada


Quebec City is located in Canada but boasts a charming European architecture complete with cobblestone streets and a rich history. The UNESCO-listed Old Town gives off a warm old-world charm.

Highlights: Chateau Frontenac, Quebec Winter Festival

Activities to Enjoy: French-Canadian culture, cuisine, shopping, photography


Olympic Peninsula, Washington


Calling all nature lovers—the Olympic Peninsula is a natural paradise. Lush rainforests, rugged coastlines, and snow-capped peaks make it a truly unique ecosystem in a relatively small area.

Highlights: Hoh Rainforest, Rialto Beach, Olympic Mountains

Activities to Enjoy: Hiking, wildlife encounters, photography

Charleston, South Carolina


Charleston is a town known for its rich history, southern charm, and vibrant culture. This hidden gem leaves a lasting impression on visitors.

The historic district is meticulously preserved with pastel-colored old homes and cobblestone streets.

Highlights: Gallah culture, Lowcountry cuisine, Barrier islands

Activities to Enjoy: Photography, shopping, boat tours

Alberta Badlands, Canada


The Alberta Badlands offer a unique landscape that unearths a prehistoric past. The stunning rock formations are a favorite among photographers from all over the world.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum holds the world’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils.

Highlights: Fossil Museum, Hoodoos, Drumheller

Activities to Enjoy: Hiking, photography, educational tours

Asheville, North Carolina


Asheville is located among the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a vibrant and artistic city known for its striking natural beauty, craft breweries, and a prosperous music scene.

Highlights: Biltmore Estate, River Arts District, Blue Ridge Parkway

Activities to Enjoy: Garden tours, farm-to-table dining, scenic drives, art shows

St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada


St. John’s is the easternmost city in all of North America. It offers rows of colorful houses and coastal vistas. The music scene is a favorite among the lively local culture, and the beautiful Avalon Peninsula coastline offers unique exploration.

Highlights: Irish Music Pubs, Signal Hill

Activities to Enjoy: Whale watching, iceberg spotting, coastal hikes, music festivals, local cuisine

Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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Todos Santos is a small town located on the Pacific Coast of Baja California Sur. Aside from it’s booming surf culture, Todos Santos offers unique art and natural beauty attracting tourists from all over.

The charming streets are filled with art galleries and local handicraft shops. The beaches offer world-class surf breaks and the local cuisine thrives on fresh seafood and traditional Mexican dishes.

Highlights: Punta Lobos, La Casa del Opalo, Hotel California, Balandra Beach

Activities to Enjoy: Swimming, surfing, shopping, photography, cuisine, hiking


San Juan Islands, Washington


The San Juan Islands are located off the coast of Washington State. The islands are best known for the abundant wildlife, stunning landscapes and tranquil island life.

Highlights: Friday Harbor, Art Galleries, Salish Sea sunsets

Activities to Enjoy: Whale watching, kayaking, hiking, photography

Final Thoughts

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These top 10 destinations are among some of the best must-visit hidden gems in North America. They offer unique tourist experiences and breathtaking beauty.

Do yourself a favor and add these to your bucket list if you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure off the beaten path.


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