15 Surprising City Gems That Prove You Should Always Ditch The Beaten Path

05/06/2015 06:24 pm ET | Updated May 13, 2015

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Some well-known tourist attractions are totally worth visiting, but often the building, street, garden or gallery that captures a city best is hidden far, FAR from the beaten path.

To find these spots, we asked Snapwire's community of photographers for hidden gems in their cities around the world. They include a frozen waterfall in Minneapolis, a swimming pool in Sydney, and all sorts of stellar finds that inspire us to ditch our guidebooks and let wanderlust take the lead. Take a look:

Californias Hidden Gems
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