We can pretty much guarantee that at least one of these beautiful American cities is just a road trip or weekend escape away from where you live. America's surprising state capitals are a truly varied bunch of burghs, but they have a few awesome things in common, including great cuisine, art, history, and four seasons of outdoor activities.
When it comes to uncovering great, affordable travel destinations, sometimes it takes some digging. Other times, the "secret" has been staring you in the face all along. That's the case with America's 50 state capitals, each one a gem of a destination and, more often than not, a bit overshadowed by more famous cities, national parks, and beach towns in its own state.
50 U.S. CITIES YOU MUST "DISCOVER"
From Alaska to Florida, from Maine to Hawaii, the U.S. state capitals offer a vibrant cultural mix, great food, and often museums and art galleries you might not have expected. By definition, these cities are important crossroads where things are always happening, whether it's a relatively small city like Helena, MT, with its cool museums and beautiful statehouse, or straight-up urban settings like Sacramento, CA, or Albany, NY, with their great public art and history.
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Above, you'll find trip-inspiring images of all 50 state capitals. The only challenge may be deciding which one to visit first!