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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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