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America is a vast country with so many opportunities to really get off the beaten track. Whether you've already ticked off a lot of America's main attractions, or you're a first time visitor who just likes doing things a little differently, we've asked our specialists to pick out their favourite places across the country to escape the crowds...
1. The American Southwest
With its endless deserts, canyons and mountains, the American Southwest is a wide open space waiting to be explored. Comprising the states of Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, some of the country's most epic landscapes and grandest national parks stretch out before you in the Southwest. Go trekking, horseback riding or river rafting, or head out on a mountain bike or in a 4x4 for an off-road adventure.
2. Rocky Mountains
The Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana make up one of America's most glorious wilderness regions, with vast ranches, rushing rivers and soaring mountains as far as the eye can see. Go on a drive and feel the wind in your hair as the open road stretches out in front of you, stop in Yellowstone to gasp in awe at the famous geysers, and head out on horseback to experience the endless trails that creep through the mountain scenery.
Alaska boasts epic, pristine landscapes on a scale impossible to experience anywhere else in the world, and is often described as America's last frontier because of its expansive areas of land that have never yet been explored. Packed with mountains, glaciers, fjords and tundra teeming with wildlife and adventure potential, there are few better places to escape the crowds than Alaska's icy wilderness.
4. The Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho are a magnificent adventure playground, featuring volcanoes, rainforests, deserts, lakes and winelands fringed by a spectacular and wild Pacific coastline. There are endless amounts of space to roam free and enjoy the region's natural splendours, before hitting Seattle or Portland for a shot of coffee, cuisine and counter-culture cool.
5. The Deep South
With its rich history, vibrant music and laid-back atmosphere, the American South is a huge and diverse region of the USA. A holiday in the American South certainly allows you to get off the beaten track; you can take it slow on a Louisiana plantation or on a beach in the Carolinas, explore Appalachian mountain backroads, search out Tennessee's musical heritage or go a little wild at New Orleans' annual Mardi Gras.