March 06, 2016 05:30 ET

Diamond Resorts International® -- Vacations for Life® -- Reveals the Best Secret American Attractions

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - March 06, 2016) -  Destination guidebooks are filled with enthusiastic descriptions of popular and interesting American attractions. Yet some of the most intriguing sites to visit are the ones left off the printed page, or mentioned only briefly in the margins. Diamond Resorts International® has compiled a list of lesser-known, secret locations that will inspire, educate, entertain and surprise even the most well-traveled vacationer.

Starting from the extreme south, Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii will awe visitors with a furious image of fiery lava bubbling and raging toward the sea. With Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two of the most active volcanoes in the world, this park bears witness to how the blazing infernos continue to build up the island's topography with layers of molten rock. Another geologic beauty is found at The Wave, in the Arizona Strip, where hikers in the mood for an intense trek will be exhilarated by the rippling sandy crests. Persistence may be necessary in order to receive the required visitors' permit, but the effort pays off once the striking summit view is reached.

Northward is Las Vegas, Nevada, which typically conjures up thoughts of hustling casinos, popping lights and non-stop buzz. Yet the city also boasts a few sparkling historic gems. The Neon Museum is a treasure chest of vintage Vegas, with over 150 examples of the iconic signs that figure significantly in Las Vegas' colorful history. Diamond Resorts International® experts know that vacations are a way for people to escape from the rigorous, serious routine of daily life. For a quirky and amusing adventure, The Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery is worth a visit. With balls that roll uphill and objects that grow taller with distance, this site is an oddball refuge for anything weird and wacky that defies the laws of physics and all common perceptions. Another appealing attraction is the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. With the second largest collection of U.S. space relics and the biggest exhibit of Russian space artifacts outside the Soviet Union, visitors can inspect the controls of famed memorabilia such as Apollo 13 and Sputnik.

If exploring the east, sightseeing in the U.S. isn't complete without treading the battlefields of the Civil War. One of the best examples is Wilson's Creek, Missouri. Patriotic visitors can authentically celebrate the 1861 Southern victory fought here, by attending the annual candlelit anniversary tour. In nearby Alabama, Mobile Bay beckons as both a scenic coastal city and a charming hub of fun. Guests can meander pleasantly through the brick pathways and stately mansions of the historic districts, or revel in the world's oldest Mardi Gras celebrations, a unique happening full of vivid color and spirit. On the East Coast, and predating all of these attractions, is New Hampshire's very own Stonehenge, more than 4,000 years old. A mysterious maze of walls and chambers, the ancient builders of this accurate astronomical calendar remain unknown. The hidden features of each American state await discovery, and Diamond Resorts International® offers a range of well-situated, comfortable resorts to enhance every vacation experience.

About Diamond Resorts International®

Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 370 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™

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