Favorite Travel Destinations

I just got off of a plane. As always, as soon as my seat-neighbor hears that I am a professional travel writer, I get asked the same question, every. single. time.

“What is your favorite place you’ve ever been to?”

Could there be a more difficult question?! I usually respond with a glib answer — “Could a mother choose her favorite child?”.

But, this time, it got me thinking, so I will give this a shot.

First up, New York City. The energy there is electric! From Broadway shows to Central Park strolls, it’s a city that never sleeps and neither do I when I’m there.

Next, let’s jet over to San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge, the fog, and the hills! It’s like walking through a postcard. And the food? Don’t get me started on the clam chowder and sourdough.

Now, how could I forget New Orleans? Jazz, beignets, and a culture that’s a gumbo of awesomeness. It’s a city that dances to its own beat, and I love it.

Ah, Maui. When I need to recharge, it’s my go-to. The beaches are a dream, and the Road to Hana is a journey I’d take any day.

Speaking of journeys, the Grand Canyon is next. Pictures don’t do it justice. You have to stand on the edge to really feel its grandeur.

Switching gears a bit, let’s talk about Charleston. Southern charm, historic homes, and comfort food that’ll make you want to stay forever.

Up north, there’s Chicago. The architecture is mind-blowing, and the deep-dish pizza is a meal unto itself. Plus, the art scene? Phenomenal.

For a dose of nature, Yellowstone is a must. Geysers, wildlife, and landscapes that look like they’re straight out of a painting. It’s Mother Nature showing off.

Back to the coast, I adore Key West. It’s like the Caribbean without leaving the States. Snorkeling, sunsets, and a laid-back vibe that’s contagious.

Last but not least, Austin. Live music, food trucks, and a keep-it-weird attitude that makes it a place like no other.

So there you have it, my top 10 U.S. spots. Each one holds a special place in my heart and in my blog. Whether it’s the bustling cities or serene nature spots, America’s got a bit of everything for everyone.

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