Florida

My Top 5 Dream U.S. Travel Destinations

Traveling is something I think about a lot. I want to visit so many places to explore and experience new things. I thoroughly enjoy pinning pictures of my dream travel destinations on Pinterest. It’s slightly addicting! I was looking at my Pinterest travel board and it made me want to write a post on my top five dream travel destinations in the United States. So, in descending order, here are my top five!

1. Seattle, Washington

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The Space Needle, Mount Rainier, Pike Place Market, Lake Union, house boats, Puget Sound, underground tours, and all the coffee. Everything about Seattle is captivating to me and I want to visit so badly! I’ve read a few books that have brought Seattle alive for me, including Morning Glory by Sarah Jio and pretty much anything by Debbie Macomber. I recently posted in a survey about how I’m afraid of flying, and Kylie commented that I’d have to fly somewhere that’s really worth it to get over my fear. I definitely think Seattle it that place for me.

2. Savannah, Georgia

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Once again, a book made a city come alive for me. I read Paula Deen’s book a few years back and instantly wanted to visit Savannah. It seems like such a quaint, old-fashioned city. The historic districts, Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, and Forsyth Park are especially interesting to me. Of course I want to visit The Lady and Sons for some good Southern cooking, too.

3. New Orleans, Louisiana

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To me, New Orleans seems vibrant and alive. The culture there is so strong. The first time I wanted to visit NOLA was when I saw The Princess and the Frog. Yes, an animated Disney movie sparked my interest. My dream visit to New Orleans would include walking around the French Quarter, eating Beignets and drinking coffee at Cafe Du Monde, walking inside a shotgun house, hearing someone speak the local dialect, and listening to some live jazz music on the streets.

4. Phoenix, Arizona

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The landscape and weather in Phoenix is so incredibly different from where I live that I’m just dying to experience it. I hear the sunsets are stunning, and that the intense heat is a dry heat. That’s an interesting concept for this Pittsburgh gal, who knows high humidity all too well. I want to try authentic Mexican food, go hiking on Camelback Mountain, and stare at all of the gorgeous flora and fauna.

5. Sanibel, Florida

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Sanibel is a city on an Island. How cool is that? I’ve read it is one of the best seashell beaches in the world. Sanibel is appealing to me because it has a secluded air about it, abundant natural beauty, and plenty of interesting wildlife. I’d love to go shelling, visit the local wildlife refuge, and check out the unique-looking lighthouse.

Honorable mentions include anywhere in Hawaii, Maine, and Alaska. Also, Charleston, South Carolina and Key West, Florida. Places I’ve been to and want to visit again include Dallas, Washington D.C., Niagara Falls, and Marco Island, Florida.

What are your top five dream travel destinations?

More

Time for more vacation photos! I love looking back on these pictures because I feel happy all over again remembering the many laughs, smiles, and conversations that my mom and I enjoyed together while in Florida.

Without further ado… more pictures!

johnspassIn the jaws of a shark at John’s Pass, which is a tourist fishing village with shopping and restaurants in Pinellas County.

paddleboating2Paddle boating early in the morning in 50 degree weather around the resort. This was the thing that my mom and I did that she was most excited about. She’s so goofy!

pelicansPelicans at the St. Petersburg Pier.

resortThe front of the resort and the lobby. I loved seeing the fake palm trees every time I walked through the lobby. I think I need a fake palm tree in my bedroom.

manicuresBecause the weather wasn’t so great for swimming in the ocean, we got manicures together instead! The woman who did my nails guessed I was 15-years-old. She was only five years off, lol.

12We took some “selfies” together.

viewThe view from our balcony.

CollagePhotos from around the resort and exploring the local area.

alligatorI got bit by a gator!

momMom at the Flying Bridge restaurant.

Speaking of food… we ate so many seriously delicious meals together. I’ll share some vacation food pictures in my next post!