I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit, although not so much since we added the little man to the family. Had you asked me about my favorite place to visit before I got married, I probably would have said London (where I’ve been exactly once) or maybe New York City (where I’ve also been exactly once). Since then I have expanded my horizons and have two stand-out favorite vacation spots from the past ten years.
My all-time favorite city. I love everything about Chicago and feel happy there from the moment I get off the train to the moment we leave. One of my favorite things to do is Chicago is people watch – especially under the trees near the Water Tower where you can get a mix of tourists and locals. My other favorite things to do include the Field Museum (of course!), the Museum of Science and Industry (of course!), and the Art Institute. The first time we went to the Lincoln Park Zoo, the animals in the big cat area where roaring. Even though I’ve been to a ton of zoos, I realized then that I had never heard anything like it. And let’s not forget the shopping! So much shopping, And eating. So much eating. Great food, great shopping, great people, great culture. Love it all! Plus, you never run out of stuff to do. Ever single time you go to Chicago, there is something new to experience.
2) Kansas City
When I first visited Kansas City, I really didn’t know much about the city and had no clue how much I would enjoy it. We picked it because it was within a day’s driving distance and was somewhere neither of us had ever been. My favorite places in Kansas City include the World War I Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. First of all, how can you not love someplace with giant shuttlecock statues on its front yard? And the WWI Museum is probably one of the best I’ve ever been to, as far as engaging an audience is concerned. Let’s not for the Harry Truman Presidential Library; it is nearby in Independence. I’m a sucker for a presidential library. One of the things I like about Kansas City is the abundance of family activities – there is a nice balance of stuff to keep kids and adults happy.
Other places I enjoy visiting: Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Santa Fe, NM; Washington DC; St. Louis, MO; Dallas, TX; San Antonio, TX; Richmond, VA
Places I haven’t been to, but would like to visit: Portland, OR; Cleveland, OH; Asheville, NC; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Alaska; Boston, MA
Places I want to spend more time in: Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO; Austin, TX