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 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!
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
Grand Canyon Yuma Quartzsite Hoover Dam Tucson Tempe Lake Havasu and the London Bridge
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. Denver Aurora Colorado Springs Aspen Snowmass
Have just been in and out of this beautiful state, I want to spend some time exploring the country. – Anybody know Martha Stewart
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….
- 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.)
Atlantamade a quick trip there I want to see the Martin Luther King Center Perry
Hawaii I’m looking forward to spending a little time on the beach.
- 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
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.
Indianapolis South Bend Davenport Des Moines Topeka Wichita
Kentucky I love the Kentucky countryside and look forward to wondering the state
- 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
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.
- Up State
Boston Salem (Had to do the witch tour) Northern coast route
I have only passed through the state but would like to spend some time here
Montana I want to see the buffalo roam
- Bannach State Park – Ghost Town
Nevada (Been there a lot, love the Carson Valley: Minden and Genoa area)
Want to explore the beautiful country side and find some good yard sales
- 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.
- 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.
Ohio (I love the Amish communities)
Cleveland Westerville Columbus Dayton Sugar Creek(Cool little community, I got my fill of Apple Butter) Dover
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!
- Hershey (Yummy Chocolate)
- Charlestown – As I’ve said I’m all about LOBSTER, so I have to visit the Nordic Lodge Lobster and Seafood Buffet.
- 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.
- Mount Rushmore (Seeing it once just isn’t enough)
- Custer State Park (Buffalo Herds)
- Wall – Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Tennessee I’m a little bit country at heart………
Memphis– Elvis, I’ll be back again!
- Lorraine Hotel
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)
- Hail Center (where my dad grew up)
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 SeattleLove the market and want to get out to San Juan Island – I’ll be back
- San Juan Islands
Leavenworth Spokane Tacoma Walla Walla Kennewick
Wisconsin (Had my first cheese curds in 2013, not bad)