Everyone knows New York City, Los Angeles and Miami - but where do you go if you're looking for an American getaway that's just that, getting away? Getting away from the crowds, the tourist traps and the sky-high prices that are usually a necessary evil of America's most popular cities and attractions. If you're looking for a more unique and authentic American holiday that's a bit off the beaten path, then these five sensational destinations are for you. Spread across the U.S.A. these five places represent some of the best aspects of America, from friendly locals and open-minded communities to wide open spaces and outstanding natural beauty, there is something special about each of the destination on our list. They're not the biggest or most popular places in America to visit, but we think they have some of the most heart, and that's something you can't put a price tag on.

Provincetown, MA

At the tip of Cape Cod, is Provincetown. Known to locals as P-Town, the city has much to offer: miles of windswept coastline, a harbour full of fishing, and cruise boats and streets lined with colonial-style buildings. At first glance it seems like your quintessential New England beach town, but visitors soon find that much of the local color adds up to a whole darn rainbow. From its early days as a favourite summer retreat for artists and writers over a century ago, Provincetown bloomed into the largest and liveliest LGBT holiday destination in America’s Northeast. Today, this New England outpost bursts with pride and greets throngs of gay and lesbian travellers every year. From flamboyant street parades, massive dance parties to a vibrant nightlife scene, P-Town offers gay travellers a fun, friendly and open-minded environment all summer long. Provincetown’s appeal extends beyond the town to its dreamy sandy dunes and vast beaches, whale-watching tours and nighttime cruises. While visiting P-Town be sure to catch a show; the summer schedule is full of sketch comedy, cabarets, stand-up and plays, and drag shows.

Asheville, North Carolina

Set amidst North Carolina’s misty Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is one part southern hospitality and one part urban cool. Touted as one of the coolest small cities on the east coast, Asheville continues to impress visitors with its gorgeous natural beauty and trendy urban setting that stays true to its country roots. From its collection of local microbreweries and trendy eateries bringing classic Southern food to the 21st-century to a flourishing arts and music scene, the people of Asheville really know how to lay on the  Southern charm. To take advantage of the city’s outdoors, enjoy scenic hikes along the Carolina Mountain Trail or, explore the Asheville Botanical Gardens and Carrier Park- just two of Asheville’s many green spaces. Don’t miss making a trip to the impressive Biltmore Estate, Asheville’s most popular and iconic attraction. Once the home to American business tycoon George Vanderbilt, the mansion is still the largest privately owned home in the USA.

Sarasota, Florida

It’s not often that a beach destination get’s its fame from a circus magnate, but for Sarasota, that is exactly the case. Situated on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota has long been a haven for sun-seeking snowbirds, but this beachside city offers so much more than lazy days spent by the shore. Sarasota is known as much for its breath-taking beaches as its diverse and sophisticated arts and culture that includes the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota Opera House and the prestigious John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, founded by circus legend John Ringling himself. Sarasota caters to visitors of every stripe. So whether you want to delight your taste buds at one of its many award-winning restaurants, dolphin watch in Sarasota Bay, explore the lush Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, hang out with sharks and stingrays at the Mote Marine Laboratory or just chill out in Siesta Key, Sarasota is sure to satisfy.

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Bozeman, Montana

Despite being one of the largest cities in Montana, the lively college of Bozeman town retains its small town charm and connection to the great outdoors. If culture is your thing, you can easily enjoy an art gallery, museum and live musical performance all in the same day in Bozeman. The city’s historic Main Street is lined with an array of funky shops, boutiques and low-key pubs. It seems like everything is bigger in Bozeman, from the icy blue skies and amber-coloured hills to its pine-studded mountains and snow-capped peaks. And to make the most of Bozeman’s majestic mountain setting, take the short trip to the Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Big Sky Ski Resort, Moonlight Basin or Bozeman Trail where there are numerous recreational activities to enjoy. Bozeman is an ideal destination for visitors looking for fresh mountain air, wildly beautiful scenery and a relaxing change of pace.

Taos, New Mexico

Brimming with history and culture, the town of Taos is an enchanting place, and what it lacks in size it makes up for with unparalleled natural beauty and magnetic appeal. The Sangre de Christo Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop for the town, while panoramic views of dusty plateaus roll out in the west until they settle down into the Rio Grande Gorge. This striking scenery has captured the imaginations of artists for over a century, with the likes of Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe and Aldous Huxley finding inspiration here. These days, the town’s reputation as a creative hub is as strong as ever with over 100 art galleries alongside regular arts fairs and the famed Taos Art Museum. To dig into the area’s amazing history, visit the ancient Taos Pueblo, an adobe pueblo structure that dates back 1,000 years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So whether you come to enjoy its alluring outdoors or eclectic arts scene, Taos promises to make a strong impression on all who visit.

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