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6 Places in the United States That Defy “Mainstream” American Culture

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Picture this: You’re strolling down a street and suddenly, you’re met with a culture entirely different from the classic, American way of life. As it turns out, there are places right here within our borders that march to the beat of their own drum, reflecting an unconventional shade of the American experience.

Being the recent topic of an online community, these places highlight the diversity that makes the US truly unique.

Ah, the Appalachian Mountains—a hidden world all its own. It’s where “civilization” fades away, replaced by old-world charm and echoes of forgotten histories.

Southern Appalachia

In Dearborn, it’s common to see street signs written in both English and Arabic, and it isn’t surprising to hear people talking in Arabic instead of English when you visit. For this reason, countless people regard Dearborn as culturally unique from the rest of the country.

Dearborn, Michigan

As one of America’s most strikingly different-looking cities, Santa Fe gives off the vibes of being in another country due to its unique architecture. “I think it’s one of the most unique small towns based on architecture alone,” explains one man.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

From the Cajun influence in their delicious cuisine to their residents’ unmistakable regional dialect, many people visit New Orleans to experience Mardi Gras and enjoy a world utterly different from every other region in the United States.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Many travelers confess that it feels like they’re in another country when they visit. In addition to their demographics, Hawaiian culture is unlike any other: the islands’ cuisine, hospitality, and personality are second to none.


Thanks to its reputation as the world’s biggest melting pot of cultures, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Big Apple is culturally different from every other city in America.

New York City, New York

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