Famous sights around the world are generally famous for a reason - they are culturally significant, they represent important historic events and, well, they're often visually stunning. So they find themselves on just about every visitor's "can't miss" list. But while we've completed our touristy duties and braved the crowds to take in the glory of Notre Dame in Paris and Rome's Colosseum, we've also discovered some of these cities' hidden gems that dare we say, gasp, are even better than their more famous counterparts. Here are five of the world's most underrated sights that are worth visiting in lieu of the ones that make the "most visited" list.
Bacon macaroni and cheese or deconstructed duck confit? Coconut shrimp or goat cheese fingerling potato tart? Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is holding its first food and wine festival on weekends through the end of April, and in the spotlight is a good mix of the comfortable and the bold.
Bookings to Cuba jumped 57 percent for one New York tour operator in the weeks after Washington said it would renew ties with Havana. In February, they were up 187 percent; and so far this month, nearly 250 percent.
By day, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, on a Coast Guard base where Florida’s Loxahatchee River flows toward the Atlantic, is an elegant burnt-orange baton that rises 108 feet above the town of Jupiter, in Palm Beach County, on the easternmost point of the Sunshine State.