5 US Destinations to Revisit
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As a Canadian, the United States is the country I’ve visited the most (outside my own). I’ve been to some extraordinary places in the US like New Orleans and New York, and there are many places in the US I haven’t travelled to and want to. However; there a lot of places in the US I’ve technically been to, but due to circumstances (lack of time and poor planning) I never got much time to see them. So here are five places in the US I need to revisit.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Several years ago a couple of friends and I did a road trip to Las Vegas, and we decided to take a detour to The Grand Canyon along the way. We drove (from Salt Lake City) for several hours, got to The Grand Canyon, snapped a few photos, wandered around the gift shop for a few minutes and left. I’m not much of an outdoor adventure person, but I’d like the chance to spend at least a night here, and maybe check out The Grand Canyon Skywalk. An icon like The Grand Canyon deserves more than 30 minutes and is a place I want to revisit.
I spent a brief two days in Houston before my first trip to New Orleans in 2012. I went to Houston because I had air miles to use, and not quite enough to get me all the way to New Orleans. What I failed to realize was Houston is a big, sprawling city, and I felt pretty overwhelmed during my two days there. I wandered around downtown and did a fun, historic pub crawl. Aside from that, I didn’t get to see much of America’s 4th largest city. I think it’d be neat to check some attractions in Houston like the quirky The Orange Show Monument, or some live music at a venue like Dosey Doe. It seems like there’s a lot I missed in Houston and I’d like a chance to revisit this city.
Los Angeles, California
My first visit ever outside of Canada was a family trip to Los Angeles when I was 12. Like a lot of family vacations to the LA area this trip involved visiting Disneyland and Universal Studios. I’d love to go back to Los Angeles and see some of the sites outside of theme parks. Sure I’d check out places like Venice Beach and The Hollywood Walk of Fame. I’d also like to see a live show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre or check out a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. I have a feeling that it would be a very different trip than the one I took when I was a kid.
There are a lot of states I’ve driven through on road trips, but not spent much time in. Aside from a night in Ellsworth, my visit to Maine on a road trip with a friend in 2009 involved seeing the interstate from a car window. It was a very rushed trip, and while putting an entire state on this list might be a bit much, but I’d love to go back and spend some more time in Maine. Maybe visit Acadia National Park, and spend some time visiting Portland, which looks to have a pretty cool local food scene (we drove through Portland, but didn’t stop there). Plus I could eat so many lobster rolls on my next visit to Maine.
I’ve visited several states, but many just for one night or passing through on a road trip. I spent a night in Duluth two years ago while driving from Michigan to Washington. My time in Minnesota was compounded by frustration when the few photos I snapped during my trip didn’t show up on my camera (so I have no pictures from my time in Minnesota). Honestly, I’d love to go back and see more of Minnesota, maybe check out some of its quirky attractions like The Spam Museum. While I didn’t get there, I’d love to visit Minneapolis, because it seems like a fun and underrated US city. Note from future Alouise: I’d also very much like to check out Paisley Park, the estate and production complex owned by the late great Prince, which is now a museum.
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I sometimes suck as a traveler, and definitely regret missing out/not spending more time in these places. If you are looking to visit any of these places be sure to book your hotel stay here.
What places in the US would you revisit?