7 Favorite Travel Moments in the United States of America

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As we spend so much of today thinking and talking about what is next for our great country, let’s interject some fun discussions about our favorite travel moments within the United States of America. I know international travel is exciting, but I implore you to not travel the world at the expense of your own ‘backyard’. Thanks to miles and points we often have the gift of being able to do both.

 

I’m thrilled to share a few of my favorite travel moments within the United States, but to encourage you to get to sharing a bit, I’ll give a pass I have to the Amex Centurion Lounges (valid through 12/31/16) to one randomly selected commenter who shares a favorite US travel moment.

There are no shortage of amazing moments I have captured in my mind (and my camera) as we have travel around the country, but here are seven of my favorite United States travel moments.

Dog Sledding Through the Rocky Mountains

I love the Rocky Mountains, and the first time I took our oldest daughter to Colorado to see snow stands out as a favorite United States travel moment. She was too young to ski at the time, but she loved the snow, the dogs, and she snuggled the blankets on this dog sled ride and quickly fell into a comfortable sleep. What she missed on her nap were epic views of impressive mountain ranges with silence all around other than the sound of the dogs cutting the sled through the snow.

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Sunrise and Sunset in Hawaii

Watching the sun rise and fall in Hawaii is breathtaking. Honestly almost anything in Hawaii would make my “Best in America” list, but the peaceful yet firelight skies that happen at dawn and dusk in Hawaii are something to be experienced in person if you get the opportunity.
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Experiencing the Beauty of Alaska on Horseback

Like Hawaii, Alaska is not that easy to get to for residents of most of the other 49 states, but it is worth every mile and all of the effort. It is huge, beautiful, and breathtaking. I’ll never forget experiencing some of Alaska by horseback with my family, including my oldest daughter. It was a magical moment not only because of where we were and what we were seeing, but because we were doing it in such an exciting way together.

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Riding a Carousel in Boston in the Fall

A more quant, but no less enjoyable, all-American travel moment I shared with my daughter was when we rode a classic carousel together in Boston in the fall. We don’t get seasons here in Texas the way that they do in the Northeast, so reveling in that most vibrant season while circling the park on a carousel while she giggled was a special snapshot in time.

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Snorkeling in the US Virgin Islands

Okay this isn’t in one of the 50 states, but I’m going to include snorkeling in the US Virgin Islands along Trunk Bay as one of my favorite US travel moments. I’ve been lucky enough to go to some amazing beaches near and far, but Trunk Bay sits towards the top of my favorites list and offers iconic white beaches, intoxicatingly blue water, and even some trees for shade.

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Roasting Marshmallows on Lake Champlain

This is really on my top list United States travel moments for two reasons. First, the Lake Champlain area is gorgeous in its own right and perfect for a summer trip when the sun shines bright but the evenings are cool. Secondly, it is one of the many spots we have been able to explore with family members and make memories together that are rich both because of who we were with, but also where we were.

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Celebrating the 4th of July in Washington DC

If you bleed red, white, and blue then I highly recommend planning a trip to Washington DC to overlap with the 4th of July celebrations in the nation’s capital. It will be hot and crowded, but it will also be exciting and uplifting. The parades, the music, the fireworks, and more set the stage to be proud of where you are and where you are from.

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We also were fortunate enough to tour the White House on our 4th of July trip to Washington DC, and I highly recommend that activity to anyone who loves this country.

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There are no shortages of amazing travel spots within the United States and I’d love to hear some of your favorite travel moments within the US of A.

I’ll pick a random winner from the comments section to receive a pass to a one-time Amex Centurion Lounge (pass expires 12/31/16 – must also present a same day boarding pass and any Amex card) from all of the entries submitted by 11/10/16 at 11:59 PM Central. Thanks for sharing your travel favorites and memories!

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  1. My favorite American memory is watching my daughters play hide in seek in the giant redwood trees of Armstrong Redwoods State Park in California. Watching my youngest run into a tempting, yet freezing Pacific Ocean at Carmel-by-the-Sea was a close second, though.

  2. Favorite American moment was skiing at Breckenridge (first time skiing on west coast). It felt so amazing we started planning a west coast ski trip every year.

  3. Our roadtrip from Phoenix to Page, AZ to see the Antelope Canyon. It was a sight to see how the terrain changes as we go north and see the Red Rocks, marbled mountains vs the flatness of Texas (around DFW at least). My 6-year-old daughter even said “I can’t stop looking at it because it’s so beautiful!”

  4. I remember back in 1970, I was 5 years old and it was first trip to Disneyland. Of course, TV and communications weren’t like today so I actually didn’t know what to expect. My parents always remember the look on my face and my reaction when we entered the park for the very first time!!

  5. My favorite travel experience for our family of four would be when we flew from Illinois to San Francisco. We then traveled south along the. Last highway in a convertible. The ocean and scenery was breathtaking.

  6. Here are a few favorites that come to mind:
    – Hawaii, many things such as sunrise on top of Haleakala
    – exploring Arches National Park
    – Disneyland on Anaheim for the many memories with the kiddos
    – train ride from Manhattan to Montreal on the Adirondack

  7. Where to begin? As you said, just about any experience in Hawaii tops the list. Any trip to Disney (World or Land) or Universal Studios so you can act like a kid and get away with it! Yes, Historic Boston in the Fall with side trips to Cambridge, Lexington, Concord. Touring historic homes in Savannah. Plantations in Charleston. Driving the Californian coast. NYC at Christmas. Monterey Aquarium. New Orleans Garden District and restaurants. San Antonio and the Alamo. Washington DC and all its treasures (most for free admittance) and certainly the White House tour. My own backyard with Amish country and all of the museums, sports and theater that Cleveland has to offer including some of the best, underrated restaurants. What a glorious land we live in.

  8. Looking at the gorgeous waterfalls in Maui…also taking my children skiing in Park City…doesn’t get much better than that!

  9. Staring out at the vastness of the Pacific Ocean from the breathtakingly beautiful, rocky lava cliffs of the Halona Blowhole on the east coast of Oahu was life-changing.

    Hawaii has no shortage of spots offering vistas of pristine turquoise shoreline, but the Halona Blowhole offers the opposite view. Midnight blue water and large waves crashing against rocky shoreline formed from lava thousands of years ago. There is a hole in the rocks that creates a geyser-like effect when the big waves crash.

    Simply beautiful and a must-stop spot as you drive the eastern and northern shore of Oahu. It made me realize how big and diverse the world is in a way I hadn’t thought of before.

  10. Watching the lava flow, standing just a few feet away in Volcanoes National Patk on the Big Island. On another occasion, we saw the lava fountaining several hundred feet in the air. So primal and amazing!!!

  11. Last December my husband said you have 4 hours to pack for Hawaii and find us a hotel. We are airline employees and the flights were wide open. Oahu goes to the top of our list of greatest spontaneous adventure. The views from Diamond Head were worth every step!

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