Hidden Gems: 14 Spots Only The Locals Know About

Hidden Gems: 14 Spots Only The Locals Know About

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If you want a relaxing vacation away from the crowds and an authentic experience without all the holiday-goer cheese, here are 14 places where you can blend in with the locals on your next vacation.

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    This isn’t going to be the easiest beach to find, as there are several tiny, winding roads that need to be traveled — and that’s the effortless part. Make sure you’ve stretched, as there are hundreds of steps to go down to get to the beach. 
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    Weaverville preserves its history and many of the old town businesses are now cafes or hotels with claw foot tubs and four-post beds. 
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    In addition to the gorgeous beaches, there are a number of monasteries and abandoned towns waiting to be explored by a daring traveler such as yourself. 
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    It’s a nice change from the mega-popular Davos resort and has plenty to offer including mountain biking, hiking, sledge ridging and of course, lots of skiing! 
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    Hike the winding Pipiwai Trails under the bamboo canopy and stop to dip your toes in the secluded lagoon that’s fed by a tropical waterfall. 
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    This gorgeous spot is tucked away on the eastern shore of the lake and is a great place to catch an eyeful… of the beautiful lake views, of course. 
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    If you don’t feel like braving the crowds at the Trevi fountain check out the lesser-known but equally fascinating Piazza Navona in Rome. It doesn’t just have a fountain, it has three — and it’s also home to many buskers, painters and festivals. 
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    This quaint isle was once an industrial hub but has since returned to its quaint roots and is known for its beautiful temples and fresh seafood. 
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    The entire picturesque Canadian isle already feels like a special secret that you wish you’d known about sooner. Discover an even more beautiful side to P.E.I. and take in the rolling dunes of Stanhope Beach.
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    This converted rail track is now an elevated park and promenade where New Yorkers go to take in the greenery and participate in one of the many activities happening there, including dancing, star-gazing, meditation and more. 
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    This secluded stretch is where the residents go to escape the crowds and catch a glimpse of the so-called “Pirate Tower,” a stone turret built into the side of a cliff that watches over the cove. 
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    Instead of gawking at the Eiffel tower, feel like a real Parisian and take in some French cinema on a rainy afternoon at La Pagode. This pagoda-style art-house cinema was built in 1896 and features breathtaking architecture and an Japanese-inspired garden
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