Hiking Dominica's national trail. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” 

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Off the Beaten Path travel  offers exceptional travel experiences and some unknown adventures. Whether wandering off the tourist drags, or getting off the superhighways to find a surprising “gem” of a restaurant, attraction or activity not well known to the traveling public, going off the beaten path rewards event the most intrepid traveler.  It may take a sense of adventure or courage—or both, but going where few travelers go can provide a fresh source of travel stories and memories, while helping to bring tourism to places often overlooked.

Some people just love to go for off the beaten path travel destinations, may be because the unexplored places gives them some unforgettable travel memories. And these memories take them to off the beaten path destinations again and again. Try some off beat locations yourself , take the journey to unknown travel destination and experience tourism in a whole new way.


Treasure Loop Trail heading to Superstition Mountain

Superstition Mountain Museum: Where Fact and Fiction Meet

By Breana Johnson

…if you find your way east of Phoenix and approach the small town of Apache Junction, the city lights melt away and the mountains rise to meet you. As cacti replace streetlights and horses replace sports cars, you might wonder if you’ve stepped back into the Wild West.    Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
Block Island Coast Guard Station

America’s Hidden Gems Worth Visiting In 2022

By Stacy Miller

America has many hidden gems waiting to be discovered by those who love traveling but want more than local tourist traps or busy attractions. Below are just a few hidden gems that I suggest for the new year.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
Lincoln Memorial

Unlocking the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure Secrets of Washington, DC

From spirit circles to brothels and Sonny Bono, these are just a few of the backstories behind JoAnn Hill’s new book, Secret Washington DC.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
Cherry Blossoms in bloom at Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo: David Berkowitz (CreativeCommons)

New York City’s Dead: A Guide To Cemeteries In The Five Boroughs

By Hannah Frishberg

In a city as teeming with life as New York, it should come as no surprise that there is a similarly populous world six feet under the five boroughs. With so many tourist attractions, New York City’s cemeteries are rarely on most visitors’ top ten lists, but the sheer size … Read more   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
ACDC-Lane-Melbourne-Playable-City

Game On: How Melbourne Leveled Up as a Playable City

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Melbourne is a Playable City; in both name and character. It is one of my favourite cities to visit, with its hidden laneways scattered throughout the bustling CBD.   Read more

Australia Experiences Off the Beaten Path
(Cover image) Spiral Jetty Overview. Photo: Eliza Amon

Spiral Jetty: Making the Trek to the Famed Utah Earthwork

By Eliza Amon

Seventeen miles down a gravel road that cuts through an empty expanse of desert to reach the northeastern edge of Utah’s Great Salt Lake is an enigmatic art destination that’s worth the pilgrimage. And pilgrimage it is.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Boll Weevil pest

Enterprise Alabama: Thank the Boll Weevil

By Kathleen Walls

Sometimes tiny towns are overlooked. Enterprise, Alabama is just such a spot. I was on my way to Columbus, GA, when I decided to stop briefly to see the iconic Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise and was captivated by its perfect small-town Main Street.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
Lavapies neighborhood street art in Madrid

5 Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Visit in Madrid

By Bianka Cramblit

Madrid is a lively capital city constantly buzzing with excitement. Before COVID inflicted its long pause on international travel, this well-connected international h   Read more

Spain Off the Beaten Path The Arts

Offbeat India: A Pilgrimage to the Source of the Ganges

By Trixie Pacis

India cradles an ancient and spiritual culture that draws visitors from around the globe. Spiritual experiences in the country range from temple visits and yoga retreats to 10-day silent Vipassana meditations. While India is best known by tourists for wonders like the Taj Mahal, our six-month sojourn brought us to … Read more   Read more

India Off the Beaten Path Religious Travel History
The Musée des Confluences is a science centre and anthropology museum in Lyon, France.

The rise of ‘second city’ travel

By Katherine Bertrand

…a growing number of travelers are opting to visit ‘second cities’ over these more popular (i.e. touristy) destinations.   Read more

The World Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
Rottnest Island bay

Why every visitor to Western Australia needs to visit Rottnest Island

By Audrey Lim

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living abroad over the past two and a half years, it’s that Western Australia is truly unrivaled when it comes to their beaches. While I may be quite biased, just picture fine white sand as far as the eye can see and clear … Read more   Read more

Oceania Off the Beaten Path
Graphic of gangsters with urban skyline

Gangsters, Monkeys and Mines: Exploring the Diverse History of a Florida County

By Kathleen Walls

What once was old is now new in Florida’s Marion County. One of the “newest” attractions in the city of Ocala, has roots going back nearly 100 years, commemorating an epic FBI shootout with a notorious gang that ended the era of gangsters in the United States.   Read more

United States Adventure Off the Beaten Path History
Original gears visible under the Arizona Falls. Photo: Breana Johnson

The water that brings life to the Arizona desert

By Breana Johnson

Although I’ve lived in Phoenix, Arizona for twenty years of my life, there are still times I wonder why on earth someone thought it would be a good idea to build a city in the middle of a desert with no water source.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
Stonehedge England

Stone Circles in the UK: Beyond Stonehenge

By Ali Jennings

An ancient wonder of the world, Stonehenge is a classic example of Neolithic engineering and one of the best-preserved monuments of its kind in Europe.   Read more

United Kingdom Off the Beaten Path Religious Travel History
indonesia-North Sumantra Lake Toba

4 Incredible Places to Visit in Lake Toba, Sumatra

By Nayla Azmi

Lake Toba, or Danau Toba in Bahasa, is a huge, natural lake occupying the caldera of a supervolcano and an important site for the Batak Indigenous people.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path Indigenous