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Unless, of course, you’ve spent some time on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.This part of the state south of I-10 is more New Orleans than Redneck Riviera.But it’s also one of the most underrated states period, and you need only to visit the west side of the state’s Black Hills for proof.

The United States is a huge country with more beautiful, interesting, and exciting places than you could ever count -- but it tends to be the same ones you hear about again and again.

Lucky for us, we’ve got friends all over the country who can tell us about some of the lesser-known spots where we can guarantee you’ll have a great time -- but without the crowds and the fuss of other splashier places.

After that, it’s all about the food: restaurants like Long Grain, Hatchet Mountain Publick House, and the James Beard-winning Primo, just south of the town, have burnished Camden’s reputation as an event dining destination.

Of course, no Maine voyage is complete without a lobster pound visit, and Camden’s entry is quintessential: Miller’s Lobster Co.

Park City, scenic home of the Sundance Film Festival gives you a potent shot of culture, if you’re so inclined.

And while you’re not likely to head to Utah just for the boating, Bear Lake, aka “the Caribbean of the Rockies,” is a pretty great place for it.

Here are 22 of our favorite places in America that not enough people talk about, but still fill up our daydreams. But there's even more to northern New Mexico, starting with a drive out of Santa Fe to Tesuque Village Market -- a quirky lunch spot in the pueblo's foot hills -- en route to the soul-awakening scenery of the Abiquiu’s roadside Echo Amphitheater.

Travel to Taos to soak in the Manby Hot Springs, view the Taj Mahal of the Southwest in the form of Taos Pueblo and tour the Earthship Community -- a collection of oddball homes made by recycling hermits.

And we can also personally attest to the fact that the state’s novel-length "Alcoholic Beverage Control General Provisions" guide has been a perverse boon to Utah’s cocktail scene.

Must do: Hiking is a requisite -- the question is how much and how challenging.

It’s got the longest stretch of white sand, man-made beach in the world, and a trip out to the barrier islands are like going to a deserted Caribbean paradise.