Most Underrated Cities to Travel to in the U.S.

By Chloe Stein

Photo of Providence Rhode IslandPhoto by: Estately Blog

Which city is your number one?

New York? San Fran? How about Chicago? Well, from Sinatra tributes to killer hot dogs, these guys get a lot of credit. Isn't it time we shed a light on some of the underdogs?

So, if you're much like Frank himself, and also left your heart in San Francisco, maybe it's time you pick yourself up and discover new pastures?—and by that we mean trendy coffee shops.

Travel to some of these underrated—yet oh, so beloved—cities and re-discover our top Davids of Goliaths, if you will.

Asheville, North Carolina: "San Francisco of the South"

Photo of Asheville, North CarolinaPhoto by: The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Why visit: Set against the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is where it's at. This southern gem is known as the San Fran of the south for three reasons—great art, good food and funky breweries. From the historic Biltmore House to its vibrant arts scene, this city oozes character and—on top of that—its quite the looker, if we do say so ourselves.

Where to stay: Eco-Friendly Bungalow

The eco-friendly bungalow in North Carolina from the outside.

Park City, Utah: "Festival City"

photo of Park City, UtahPhoto by: Sotheby's International Realty

Why visit: Just east of Salt Lake City, we can see why Park City can often go unnoticed. In spite of these obstacles, Park City shines in our book as a lavish ski destination and the pinnacle of cozy winter relaxation. On top of that, there's hot chocolate on a stick. What!? how!? why1?—you ask? Well, we're not entirely sure of the how, but the why is quite obvious.

Where to stay: Luxury Cabin

A cozy shot of the interior of the glampign cabin in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Madison, Wisconsin: "Madtown"

photo of Madison, WisconsinPhoto by: Movoto.com

Why visit: Madtown, with its bounty of college students, is an absolute treasure for those who love local music venues, chic coffee shops and water views. From boating events to mouth-watering food trucks, this city is a divine mix of everything that's good in the world—plus, The Great Lakes, farmers markets, and outdoor concerts. Can it get any better than that?

Where to stay: Barn Rental

An exterior shot as night sets over the barn rental on Madeline Island in Wisconsin.

Providence, Rhode Island: "Renaissance City"

photo of Providence, Rhode IslandPhoto by: Ed King Photography

Why visit: If you consider yourself quite the foodie—or even shrug at the word foodie—you can bet your bottom dollar, this city will satisfy your distinguished palate. Among its charming architecture, this city is a gastronomical-hub, consistently blossoming with new and culinary treasures. Furthermore, it just a drive away from the Martha's Vinyard ferry and the beautiful beach town of Newport. Summer getaway, anyone?

Where to stay: Luxury Cabin

A sofa and armchair to cozy up in at this luxury rental in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.Click above to see this listing!


In the mood to explore? Click here, and check out all of our U.S. cities, both far and wide. Or, if you're in the mood for something a bit more exotic, take a gander at our Glamping Guide to Sri Lanka.

Staff Picks: The Age of Glamping is Here, so Set Your Watches to Yurt

By David Pope

"Camping is a thing of the past," a friend once remarked to me between bites of a macaroon. "This is the age of glamping!"

She was, of course, wrong, as it was the early 1980s. But if she had waited just a few short decades, she would have been dead right, in an obvious kind of way. As her spoon dove through layers of trifle, an excellent choice given her outfit, she continued to gift me pearls of wisdom that stick with me today like sticky pearls.

"Sleeping bags won't cut it anymore, and regular tents are just soooo 1,000 B.C." The moonlight bounces off of her eclair as she speaks, casting the shadow of a tipi. "Mark my words, the future is calling, and the phone is inside a yurt."

I laugh, but not at anything she's said. "But how will people know what glamping sites to visit?" She's quiet for a moment and then pokes her head through her croquembouche pyramid in a charmingly conservative kind of way, while replying, "Sorry, what was that you said?"

But I knew what she meant.

She meant that there'd need to be an expert's guide, the words of a sherpa to bring the un-glamped to glamping. So let this serve as that, my personal pick of the best spots to glamp from across the world.

**1. Inviting Cabins in the Trees Surrounded by Redwoods near Big Sur, California**

glamping cabins in redwood forests in California

I was born and raised in Brisbane, a small pineapple farm-turned-city on the avocado-drenched heartland of Australia's east coast. My mornings were spent the same way as all Brisbanite children, in a sweatshop drawing satirical cartoons for The Economist, dreaming about escaping to the redwoods of northern California (pun intended).

These picturesque cabins surrounded by forest are exactly the place to which my infant mind would have somnambulated, with the trees keeping things cool in summer and heaters ensuring coziness in winter.

2. Charming Couples' Yurt Rental with Air Conditioning in Texas Hill Country

yurt glamping tent in Texas Hill Country

The soft, rounded edges of this glamping tent in Texas Hill Country call to a mind a sense of vulnerability reminiscent of a young Grace Kelly, or an elderly Chris Hemsworth. Equipped with a sumptuous queen-size bed and air-conditioning, this getaway is a sure-fire hit for couples seeking romance or a glamping tent.

3. Stunning Luxury Airstream Rental Outside of Portland, Oregon

Airstream for rent near Portland

I never had the intention of becoming a glamper. In fact, most of my youth was spent protesting against the influence tree houses have in the pharmaceutical industry. But it was Airstreams such as this rental that drew me closer to the concept.

In addition to a super-trendy decor and exterior, guests here will be able to enjoy a comfy bed and a well-equipped kitchenette for a fully-appointed and unique getaway.

4. Mongolian Yurts for Two & Four People near the Costa de la Luz in Cadiz, Spain

Yurt for rent near Cadiz, Spain

It was the comfort-seeking society of the Mongols that first came up with the idea of the yurt, with king-of-cuddles Genghis Khan himself saying that his yurt was the only place he could find a decent cushion upon which to update his Twitter.

This yurt rental on the Costa de la Luz in southern Spain is no different, offering elegance, comfort, and style in abandon. Glampers will feel secluded and come away restored and recharged.

5. Unique Underground Camping Pod Rental on Crop Farm for Vacation near Nashville, Tennessee

Unique vacation rentals near Santa Fe, TN

With hobbit home rentals like these, it's easy to see why Tennessee is officially known as "the foot hair state." Glampers traveling here will find delight in these underground pods, each one filled with a rustic decor. Guests will also be able to enjoy the bounty of nature, with the property home to a variety of seasonal fruits and veggies.


Hungry for more? Check out other unique glamping getaways at Glamping Hub or head to our blog for more travel tips, tricks, and destinations.

Give Back to the Community with Glamping Hub and Faucet Face

By Jessica Armstrong

Hey there, glampers! We have a special treat for you this week. With all the excitement of 2017, Glamping Hub has some new surprises up its trees. So, let's introduce you to our new friends over at Faucet Face.

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What makes Faucet Face and Glamping Hub the perfect pair, you ask?

We here at Glamping Hub strive to find the best sites that both provide an unforgettable experience, as well as preserve nature's wonder and beauty. Now it's time to give back to those who strive to tackle another challenge—how to provide potable water all over the globe.

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Here's how you can get involved and have fun, too! For every water bottle purchased on Faucet Face, that equals a contribution to providing the funds towards new filtration systems first in India, and later, all over the world. How cool to be a part of something so important, right? We thought so, too, and would love your help!

Enter to win your very own gift card for a glamping getaway and three Faucet Face glass water bottles with the design of your choice to help spread awareness for their 1 for 100 program by subscribing to their newsletter and Facebook page.

Just picture yourself enjoying your relaxing getaway with your new glass bottles while knowing you are helping make a difference.

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Together, we can bring more awareness to ways we can benefit the community and environment.

To participate enter, here.


Stay tuned for more fun partnerships coming this spring and summer. You will not want to miss out on all the ways to give back—and get some fun goodies while doing so. In the meantime, start planning your summer getaway here!