Spring should be showing up soon, and that has me thinking of all the places in the United States that I’d love to travel to—the sooner, the better. Traveling was always a tricky affair when I was younger, as it is wont to be when you’re in a family as large as mine. Now, however, I am single and (relatively) carefree, and I’ve started dreaming. In alphabetical order, here are my top five U.S. travel destinations (as of this moment, because I am a fickle):
Honolulu, HI. It’s a tropical paradise, folks—and I’ve never been to one of those. I’ve talked to several people that have gone to the Hawaiian Islands on vacation, and they’ve all raved about it. Plus, I now have some family living on Oahu, so I could theoretically get some pointers about things to do/see that weren’t geared toward taking all of my tourist money.
New York City, NY. Another expensive destination, but I can’t help it—I want to do ALL of the touristy things. I want to see several Broadway plays, go to pretty much every museum that ever existed, visit Central Park, eat pizza and bagels and food from street vendors, etc.
San Francisco, CA. Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and unforgiving hills—what’s not to love? Plus, there seems to be a lot of cool places to go/things to do in the surrounding area. This could be a fun starting point for a multi-city tour of California, too.
Seattle, WA. I lived in Oregon for the bulk of my life, but I have very rarely ventured into Washington. I’ve heard that Seattle is just a cool city, and it would be awesome for a low-key adventure, like a writer’s retreat. Sure, there are things to do and see—but it also seems like a place you could just wander about and relax. And I am all about relaxing.
Washington, D.C. The closest I’ve come to the U.S. capital is the Dulles International Airport, and that was…uninspiring. There are a ton of monuments and museums that I’d love to see—it’s a good place to brush up on history. (I am very fond of history, provided I’m not being tested on it.) If I’m feeling adventurous, I could even explore the surrounding area and visit some friends.
Do you have any suggestions for me? What are your favorite U.S. travel destinations? Where have you always wanted to go?