USA

Other countries are great to visit and even live in for an extended period, but I encourage to still travel the USA. It’s still home and has so many beautiful places to see. Here are some of the places I have been fortunate enough to have god_bless_america seen or strive to visit. But these only scratch the surface, there is so much more I plan on seeing! A lot of what I have seen is traveling when I was younger, traveling for work and on cross-country adventures. So I haven’t always been able to spend the quality time in many of the places as I would like.

Please share your must see and dos with me; cities, favorite spots, best RV Park or boon docking location, great restaurants or those unique places that I would be heartbroken if I missed.

Throw me a comment at the bottom of the page and help me plan my next great adventures. I’m counting on you!

Alabama

Alaska

  • Homer (Been there before, I just love sitting out on the spit)
  • Anchorage (Been through there on my way to the Kenai Peninsula)
  • Yukon territory
  • Walked on a Glacier off the Kenai Peninsula
  • Denali National Park
  • Fairbanks

Arizona

  • Grand Canyon
  • Yuma
  • Quartzsite
  • Hoover Dam
  • Tucson
  • Tempe
  • Lake Havasu and the London Bridge

Arkansas

Sped through there, have to go back and spend some time

California (Lived here most of life and there is not one part I don’t love – well except for the politicians who have ruined a great state) I’ll share the highlights.

  • Northwest redwood forests (A must see area if you have never experienced the Old Growth Redwoods)
  • San Francisco (My favorite city in the whole world. (Have you seen the Wave Organ?)
  • Napa Valley (Do the wine tour and the wine train, you won’t be disappointed)
  • Monterey and Carmel (See the white sandy beach at Carmel and enjoy the Wharf and Old Mission in Monterey)
  • Big Sur – a little rugged but beautiful. The coast line is breath-taking.
  • Santa Barbara – Stunning, great town to spend the day walking and shopping on state street.  Such a beautiful drive between Santa Barbara and Ventura.
  • Anaheim – Have to see Disneyland – say hi to Mickey for me.
  • Malibu, Hermosa Beach and Dana Point Area: great beach areas and nice casual dining. Just watch the traffic between areas, it can be rough.
  • San Diego area – warm and nice beach area.
  • Death Valley – what can I say, it’s a big desert.
  • Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park – another beautiful area with giant Sequoia’s, a must see.
  • Yosemite National Park – It has been my backyard for several years as I live 20 minutes from the south gate to the park. It truly is one of the most beautiful parks in the U.S.
  • Lake Tahoe – Stunning you can enjoy the lake in the summer or ski all day in the winter. Then literally walk across the street in the evening and be in Nevada to gamble.

Colorado

  • Denver
  • Aurora
  • Colorado Springs
  • Aspen
  • Snowmass
  • Breckenridge
  • Telluride

Connecticut

Have just been in and out of this beautiful state, I want to spend some time exploring the country. – Anybody know Martha Stewart

Delaware

District of Columbia

  • Washington DC – It is a must see, so much history and beauty. I am truly amazed that you can spend weeks sight-seeing and not pay a penny to get in. It’s our history and free to see! I’ll be going back….

Florida

  • Epcot Center (again)
  • Tarpon Springs (Drove through it, now I want to spend some time on the docks and eat GOOD Greek food)
  • Miami
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Palm Beach
  • Daytona Beach
  • Tampon
  • Ocala
  • Cape Canaveral
  • Key West
  • Winter Park

Georgia (In and out on business trips, I surely want to spend some time in this great state and see the site and eat some good southern food.)

  • Atlanta made a quick trip there I want to see the Martin Luther King Center
  • Perry
  • Savannah

Hawaii I’m looking forward to spending a little time on the beach.

  • Maui
  • Kauai
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • The Big Island (Hawaii)

Idaho (Grew up in Coeur d’ Alene, but it sure has changed a lot from those days)

  • Coeur d’ Alene
  • Boise
  • Lewiston
  • Sandpoint
  • Bonner Ferry
  • Idaho Falls

Illinois

  • Chicago
  • Naperville
  • Decatur
  • Alton (Fast Eddies Bon Air Roadhouse) this is an Alton Brown recommendation off the Food Channel. It’s the greasy spoon type of place you need to visit.

Indiana

  • Indianapolis
  • South Bend

Iowa

  • Davenport
  • Des Moines

Kansas

  • Topeka
  • Wichita

Kentucky I love the Kentucky countryside and look forward to wondering the state

  • Louisville
  • Lexington
  • Bowling Green

Louisiana I am looking so forward to some good Crawdad boils, seeing New Orleans and the Bijou and heck maybe I’ll wrestle a gator. Well eat some gator anyways!

  • New Orleans
  • Lake Charles
  • Shenandoah
  • Bijou

Maine I took the drive up through Maine into New Brunswick and over to Nova Scotia in conjunction with my Boston trip, it was a great trip.  I am everything LOBSTER.

  • Portland
  • Kennebunkport
  • Bangor
  • Up State

Maryland

  • Baltimore
  • Annapolis

Massachusetts

  • Boston
  • Salem (Had to do the witch tour)
  • Northern coast route

Michigan

I have only passed through the state but would like to spend some time here

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

  • Vicksburg

Montana  I want to see the buffalo roam

  • Bannach State Park – Ghost Town

Nebraska

  • Omaha

Nevada (Been there a lot, love the Carson Valley: Minden and Genoa area)

New Hampshire

Want to explore the beautiful country side and find some good yard sales

New Jersey

  • Atlantic City
  • Jersey Shore Areas

New Mexico I have been through the state a few times, I remember doing a lot of exploring traveling with my parents to Texas as a kid. It filled me with the cowboy and outlaw spirit.

  • Gallup
  • Albuquerque
  • Las Cruces

New York  I lived in both NYC and Up State – I love the Thousand Island and Finger Lake Regions and want to spend some more time wandering up state. Love autumn in the Adirondacks

  • New York City
  • Syracuse
  • Buffalo
  • Niagara Falls 
  • Rochester
  • Bronx – Now that was an adventure, burnt out cars by the off ramp and all.

North Carolina

  • Charlottesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Winston-Salem

North Dakota

Ohio (I love the Amish communities)

  • Cleveland
  • Westerville
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Sugar Creek (Cool little community, I got my fill of Apple Butter)
  • Dover

Oklahoma

My dad was an Okie, I remember visiting my uncles in Texas and we had to cross the border to Oklahoma for beer. (They lived in a dry county)

Oregon The entire Oregon coast (Hwy 101) is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever see

  • Portland
  • Ashland (You must see the Shakespeare Festival)
  • Medford
  • Eugene
  • Klamath Falls
  • Bend
  • Portland – On the top of my list in Portland is Olympic Provisions: Having lived in Europe for a number of years I have come to love and respect the old world way of curing meats and making sausage. After seeing Olympic Provisions on Bizarre Foods/Travel Channel I checked them out. I found them as one of the very few if not only old school Butcheria’s in the US that does this old world approach. Thank you, Andrew Zimmern! :)

Pennsylvania Such a beautiful state with so much history, I want to explore it all.

  • Gettysburg – Until you have stood on this hallowed ground you can not understand the impact it will have on you. I truly mean deep inside you, it is as if you can feel the souls of those lost there. I will be going back!
  • Harrisburg
  • Philadelphia
  • Hershey (Yummy Chocolate)
  • Bethlehem
  • Germantown
  • Williamsport
  • Lancaster

Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • Myrtle Beach
  • Hilton Head Island
  • Holly Hill – What can I say; I love my BBQ and have seen Sweatman’s (Whole Hog) BBQ on the Food Channel and in Southern Living Magazine.

South Dakota

Tennessee I’m a little bit country at heart………

  • Nashville
  • Memphis – Elvis, I’ll be back again!
    • Lorraine Hotel
  • Chattanooga

Texas I want to go back to my dad’s roots and visit family I haven’t seen in years

  • Austin (anybody know Sandra Bullock?)
  • San Antonio (I want to see the River Walk, I hear it is beautiful)
  • Dallas
  • Hail Center (where my dad grew up)

Utah

  • Salt Lake City
  • Park City
  • Sandy
  • Provo
  • Ogden
  • The Great Salt Lake

Vermont  I hear it is beautiful and it is one of those states I would just like to wander around and explore.

Virginia Love it – did my Army schooling at Ft. Eustis and fond memories of helicopter flights up the James River

  • Monticello – Going back for sure
  • Virginia Beach – Going back for sure
  • Ft. Story – Nice place to visit, but man those Marine Recon Guys kicked my Army ass on that obstacle course. I have to give them a big Semper Fi!
  • Mount Vernon – Going back for sure

Washington

  • Seattle  Love the market and want to get out to San Juan Island – I’ll be back
  • San Juan Islands
  • Leavenworth
  • Spokane
  • Tacoma
  • Walla Walla
  • Kennewick

West Virginia

Wisconsin (Had my first cheese curds in 2013, not bad)

 

2 Responses to USA

  1. Alice August 6, 2014 at 6:09 am #

    Indianan is a great state. You should go see Evansville on the Ohio river. There is a historical ship there. The LST325. It originally fought for the US in WWII. Was sold to Greece, then sailed back to the US by a group of WWII veterans and is now a museum ship. As the daughter of a WWII sailor, I try to take Daddy to as many of the historical ships as I can. I learn more about him every time we get onto a historic ship.
    I will be following your blog as I retired 4 months ago and I am going after my dream to work at Disney World. Thank you for your blog.

    • Tom Robertson August 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

      Hi Alice…sorry for the delay in responding. I got backed up and was on a road trip up the Oregon Coast and back down through the CA Redwoods and Wine Country. My dad was a WWII veteran as well, he served on submarines in the Pacific. He was a member of the Submariners group until he passed, he and my mom would go to Submarine conventions and group meetings with his shipmates. They went a couple times to the Submarine Yard on the naval base in Wisconsin where the Navy treated them all very well and gave them tours of the new subs.

      He took me on a tour of the USS Pampanito docked in San Francisco and showed me how they lived on the old diesel subs. It was truly a learning experience and I have to say I don’t know if I could live under those conditions.

      I will put Evansville on my places to see list, I love history and as a Vet myself I love learning about all branches of the service.

      I wish you the best on the pursuit of your dream, don’t let anyone get in your way. My 20 something niece works at Disney World and is having the time of her life. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you and hopefully our paths will cross on the road. – Follow Your Heart!

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