There are some real travel experts out there. People who travel for a living, writing reviews, offering tips and tricks on where to stay, what to see, how to save on expenses, and sharing their wisdom (and photos) with the world.
Then there are people like me. People who dream about traveling the world, taking beautiful, jaw-dropping photographs of tropical beaches, ancient architect, and interesting people, and getting paid to do it!
Until then, I decided to share a bit of wanderlust, places I would like to visit. I’ve chosen places within the United States, as one of my Bucketlist items is to visit all 50 states. I’m listing them in alphabetical order, beginning with Alaska, and only listing the first ten in this post. So sit back and enjoy the beautiful pictures I’ve chosen to share. They’re not mine; but maybe, someday…
I have been to Alabama a few times, and one thing I know: It’s hot! Except in October, 2012 on the day of the NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway, home of the famous tri-oval track. It was freakishly cold and windy. We froze. But it was still a great day and I’m so glad we went. If you like NASCAR, I highly recommend visiting Talladega. Go to http://www.talladegasuperspeedway.com to buy tickets to the next race, October 19, 2014!
If you aren’t a race fan, then I think Alabama’s Gulf Coast area would be a great beach vacation. Gulf Shores, Fairhope, Dauphin Island, Orange Beach. Turquoise water, sugar white beaches, cafés, shopping, spas… Being a beach lover myself, this sounds like my kind of trip! Go here to start your own search: http://www.gulfshores.com
Bears, Salmon, and Whales, oh my! Alaska is so big, I wouldn’t know where to begin. But when I think Alaska, this is what I think of. Alaska is a land of adventure; not a place I would go to lay on a beach and soak up the sun. And whether you like her or not, Sarah Palin did much bring attention to this great state. So while it may not be at the top of my bucketlist, it is still a place I want to see! (Maybe by train?)
Did you know that Arizona is “The Grand Canyon State”? I didn’t. So in honor of that, of course, I have to post a picture of the Grand Canyon. This is one of those places my husband got to see as a child, and has forever been trying to convince me to visit. I, however, do NOT have a love affair with heights. So I have somehow managed to put him off for 30+ years.
Now when I think of Arizona, I think of the warm, dry climate. Sunshine, swimming pools, and maybe even a spa! And from what I’ve read, there are plenty of all of these at some of the best resorts in the country!
Now this is a tough one for me. But since I like pretty much anyplace that has water, I think I would choose to visit Hot Springs National Park. It’s beautiful, and there looks to be ample space for walking, running, and biking withing the park, as well as all of the water features. My second photo is from Mount Magazine State Park, surrounded by Ozark National Forest in the Arkansas River Valley. I have to admit, before my research, I had never heard of Mount Magazine. But now, I seriously want to go there! It boast breathtaking views, which look amazing in all seasons. Not to mention there is a 60 room lodge and private cabins, both of which I love. There are hiking trails, hang gliding, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, etc… In other words, an adventure just waiting to happen. Now I am not particularly into thrill-seeking activities, but simply hiking some of the trails, and enjoying the sunrise and sunset from the porch or restaurant, sound like heaven to me. And it looks like a photography addict’s playground! You simply have to visit their website: http://www.mountmagazinestatepark.com
Two totally different attractions in California, Yosemite National Park and Disneyland! My family took a great vacation to California in July of 2001. I think it was the first really relaxing vacation we took. We stayed with friends who lived in Orange County. We cooked out on the grill, swam in the pool, and explored the sites at our leisure. We did make it to Disneyland one day, but as any Disney fan knows, one day is not enough! I would go again in a heartbeat! But I have not been to Yosemite. So if I make it back out to California, Yosemite would be at the top of my list. I also think I would like to visit the Napa Valley vineyards. There are so many things to see and do in California, it was hard to choose which pictures to share!
So there you have it. My first five states. I’ve only been to two out of the five. How about you? have you been to any or all of these? And what was your favorite part/attraction? I would love for you to share your experiences! You know what to do. Just leave a comment below! Thanks, and Happy August!