16 Hidden Vacation Gems the Locals Don’t Want You to Know About

If you want a relaxing vacation away from the crowds and an authentic experience without all the holiday-goer cheese, here are 16 places where you can blend in with the locals on your next vacation.

La Pagode, France

Instead of gawking at the Eiffel tower like all the other tourists, 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 ornate Japanese-inspired garden.

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Victoria Beach, California

Everyone knows about Laguna Beach, so why not escape the MTV crowd and pay a visit to the nearby Victoria Beach? 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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The High Line, New York

The High Line is a little slice of rural heaven in the middle of a concrete jungle. 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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