Where do you like to go on vacation? When I think of traveling I usually choose another country. This year I would love to visit some amazing places in the U.S. that have always been on my mind. Keep reading to discover 5 awesome places you too could visit within the United States!
Are you a planner or a do-er? That is, do you plan out everything and cross off items on your list as they get done or do you think of something that you’d like to do and immediately go out and do it, with no plan in place? I always thought I was a planner until I recently took a course from the wonderful Lisa Jacobs during which she told me that I was a do-er. This shocked me! I was almost offended. I know what kind of person I am and I’m a planner, so i thought. The more this statement bounced around in my head, the more i realized that she was actually right! The majority of times when I want to do something, I’m gonna do it, now! I don’t plan out daily things like exercise, meals, or what clothes I’m going to wear for the week. Sometimes even big things aren’t planned, like what to see, eat and do on vacations.
I definitely see the value of having a plan however, so i usually will make one, at least a couple of days before the big (insert event here). I like to make lists of things I plan to do and if things don’t happen according to that list, it’s okay.
“Life is an adventure, don’t be so rigid that nothing happens thats not according to your plan and don’t be sooo carefree that nothing you want happens because there is no plan.”
With all that said, this year I want to plan my vacations way ahead of time. As i said before, traveling around the united states hasn’t happened too much for me. I’d like to change that and I’ve created a list of places that have always caught my eye. Places that look beautiful in photos and sound delightful on paper. Let me know in the comments if you’ve been to any of these locations, any travel advice or if you haven’t been but are now thinking of going!
1. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)–Fairbanks Alaska
The beautiful Northern Lights were named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas. These lights are created from solar streams of wind that enter the Earth’s atmosphere. When they do enter, they collide with oxygen and nitrogen at high altitudes miles above the earth’s surface and create beautiful swirls of colors, in red, blues, and greens.
The best time of year to visit Fairbanks to see the lights is in the spring when clear skies are the most likely. Views are good from early January to late April.
2. Yosemite Valley–Yosemite National Park, California
I’m not sure how I’ve lived in California all of my life and have never been here. There are so many beautiful things to see here. Go hiking among giant Sequoias, river rafting, visit beautiful waterfalls, meadows, valleys.
3. Slot Canyons–Arizona, Antelope Canyon
Slot canyons are deep gorgeous canyons swirling with various shades of orange. Formed by water carving its way through rock. Hiking, repelling, kayaking and more are all possible within various slot canyons.
4. Arches National Park–Utah, Delicate Arch
Giant natural stone arches of contrasting colors, there are over 2,000 in the park. Majestic red rocks, formations, hiking trails and gorgeous sunsets.
5. Isle Royale National Park–Michigan
Being a biologist, the want to visit this rugged, isolated island emerged with the reintroduction of wolves. Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale promises stunning scenic beauty with lots of adventure for any kind of outdoor person: backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers, canoeists and scuba divers.
So there you have it, my list of places I dream of visiting. I’m certain to get to one of these this year. Perhaps Ill make it a goal to visit one each year.
What’s your favorite place to vacation in the U.S.? Have you been to any of the places I mentioned, if so, what was your favorite experience?