My focus is usually on international travel. So much so, that I’ve overlooked some great cities in my very own country. I’m heading to New Orleans next week for French Quarter Festival, which will be my first time visiting the city! I’m super excited for a jazz & food filled weekend, but it got me thinking about other places that I need to put on my travel list!
Napa: I lived in LA for 2 years and never made it to Napa! I’m not sure how that happened, but I’m absolutely dying to go there. I guess I always thought of it to be a more romantic destination, and I wasn’t seriously dating when I lived on the west coast. But I’m over that phase, and willing to go as soon as one of my girl friends wants to take the trip! I love wine, wine tasting, wineries – yeah, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.
Austin: Ever since SXSW got big, I’ve been interested in visiting Austin. Prior to that, I can’t say that I had much interest, but every year colleagues come back from the festival raving about the city. I think the appeal for me is that it’s supposedly an open-minded, culturally diverse(ish) city, in the middle of more conservative minded Texas. I also have read many articles about young professionals moving there because of affordable real estate and a thriving social scene. Oh, and have I mentioned my last name is Austin? Yes, I definitely need to make it to this city very soon.
San Antonio: It’s probably odd to have 2 cities in Texas on my list, but San Antonio is a city that I’ve wanted to go to for at least 10 years. And it’s all because of a special I saw on the Travel Channel about the San Antonio River Walk. I’ve heard that the River Walk is really the only thing to see there, but I’m willing to chance it. It just looks so pretty!
Phoenix: Phoenix didn’t pop onto my radar until it became better known for its spas. If it wasn’t for the reputation of spa resorts, I’m not sure I’d have a strong desire to visit….but it does, so I do! I also heard that Phoenix has great food, which is always another plus.
Portland: I feel like Portland is probably exactly like Seattle, and I absolutely love Seattle. Everything in Seattle felt fresh and clean to me when I visited. The air felt more pure, my sushi was the freshest I’ve ever had. So why not visit a similar place? I suspect it is more low-key without the bigger known sights like the Space Needle and Rock & Roll museum. Guess I’ll find out one day!