Straying off the beaten path provides a unique travel experience you can’t get by following an itinerary. Whether your favorite travel destinations consist of a beach, the mountains or the most beautiful city in the world, looking beyond the obvious tourist attractions gets you up close and personal with the people and places that make your trip memorable. To help you out, GoBankingRates.com has put together a list of America’s most underrated travel spots.

Click through to find travel destinations you’ve never heard of that are worth checking out. You’re guaranteed to find something new and maybe a bit odd, like a prison rodeo or a festival devoted to a piece of Sputnik that landed in Wisconsin.

Looking for more tourist traps worth the money? Take a look through the gallery below:

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And if you want to save some money, find a fun, free thing to do in every state:

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