We all know that this is a travel blog. If you are a new reader, first, hey there, but secondly, I am on a quest to see 30 states and countries by my 30th birthday. To date, I have been to 28 states and 17 countries, so one would think I have seen some classic USA destinations right? Wrong. I am so ashamed to say that I have yet to see some of these places simply because I had plenty of opportunity to do so but just never made my way there. So, please allow me to laugh at myself and if you have ever been to any of these destinations, please leave me some tips in the comments below. I'll be visiting some of them later this year and I cannot wait! Now, without further adieu, let's judge me a little harder than you probably already do.
1. Los Angeles, California
When I went to California 2 years ago to celebrate my 26th birthday, I didn't want my first experience with Cali to be cliche. So, I opted to spend my weekend in San Diego with my girl Jessica. I really would have thought that I would have made my return to the Golden State by now, but time just passes. The craziest thing to me is the fact that I had applied to the University of Southern California but they were the only college to deny me! Ha! I am still a Trojan heart though. Considering how much I love cities by the beach, I really need to get my tail out there in 2017.
2 The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri
This is one I ought to be ashamed of. For those of you who don't know, I have a significant chunk of family located in St. Louis (including my birthmother). Have I seen the Arch? Duh. But have I actually been there to see it in its entirety? Nope. I've been there too many times for me to not have gone there at least once. I also promised my younger sister I would take her but now she lives in Jersey, so I feel like even more of a jerk. *insert sigh here*
3. Central Park, New York, NY
I was born in New Jersey and grew up closer to Philadelphia than NYC, but I still got to visit NYC on plenty of occasions. When I have more than 4 days back home in Jersey (rare), I do my best to get up to the city at least once. However, you don't appreciate your own backyard when it's at your disposal. This is the case for Central Park. I've been to plenty of other classic New York City staples but when I thought about it, I realized that I had never been to Central Park. Unfortunately, I think I have seen a few too many episodes (or seasons) of SVU for me to make that trek!
4. Chicago, Illinois
Before I interviewed with my current boss, I was almost 100% certain that I would be moving to Chicago to take a new job. I'm blessed to have stayed in Texas simply because I can't stand winter, but I have heard nothing but great things about Chicago. Dallas also has a pretty heavy Chicago transplant population so the desire to visit has only gotten stronger. I have a thing for skylines and good chicken, and think that I would fit right in. I plan on going to a travel summit in Milwaukee during my birthday weekend and intend to slide down to Chicago so I can finally experience the city for myself. So again, drop some notes in the comments if you have been because I want to enjoy it to the fullest!
5. Disney World, Orlando, Florida
To round us out, this is the one I am probably the maddest at myself for. Aside from not going to my Senior Prom, I also didn't go on the Senior Trip (and I was the school President, smh). I wasn't about that airplane life. Then, since USC denied me, I went with my next greatest love and attended the University of Miami. I was three hours away from Orlando and never took that short road trip up to visit Disney World. I have even been to Orlando for little getaways or family reunions, but I never made it to Disney World. What is wrong with me?! Will my future children go before I do? Maybe when I meet the Mr., he can take me on a romantic cliche getaway to the happiest place on earth.
I am going to do my best to get to these locations as soon as possible. There are also some other places on my bucket list that I need to cross off like The Golden Gate Bridge or Denver, but at this current time, they are not pulling at me as much as the other places on my list are. As I mentioned, I think part of the problem is that we simply do not appreciate what is in our own backyard. The grass is greener on the side, but I have recognized this and want to make an effort to amp up my domestic travel in this upcoming year. Aside from you know, racism and such, the US is pretty dope and beautiful too.
What's a destination in the US that you have not visited yet but are dying to go to? Let's talk about it and don't forget I want to hear all about your tips and suggestions for those 5 classic places I mentioned above.