It’s got the longest stretch of white sand, man-made beach in the world, and a trip out to the barrier islands are like going to a deserted Caribbean paradise.

The draw here is so much more than just a relaxing day on the beach. Louis is like Sausalito in Dixie, with a main street lined with galleries where creative types gather.

But it’s also one of the most underrated states period, and you need only to visit the west side of the state’s Black Hills for proof.

Unless, of course, you’ve spent some time on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

This part of the state south of I-10 is more New Orleans than Redneck Riviera.

And we can also personally attest to the fact that the state’s novel-length "Alcoholic Beverage Control General Provisions" guide has been a perverse boon to Utah’s cocktail scene.

Must do: Hiking is a requisite -- the question is how much and how challenging.

Lazier sorts can hitch an off-season chairlift ride at Camden Snow Bowl for similar vistas.

To cool down, you can brave the ocean temps at Laite Memorial Beach or do the freshwater thing at Megunticook Lake.It’s basically a gigantic, serene cluster of small towns amid enough crazy geographical features to populate an entire planet, all scattered within an hour or two of one another.Not bad for a place most associated with having a gigantic wall of presidential heads looking over it.Throw in the Stennis Space Center for us science nerds and Biloxi for some uninhibited bad decisions, and this might be one of the best all-around areas in the Southeast.South Dakota gets a bad rap as a flyover state where everybody thinks folks commune with cows and don’t know what an internet is.After that, it’s all about the food: restaurants like Long Grain, Hatchet Mountain Publick House, and the James Beard-winning Primo, just south of the town, have burnished Camden’s reputation as an event dining destination.