I’ve been very fortunate in my childhood and early adulthood to have been given so many opportunities to see the world. However, like most good things, that has just left me wanting more. I constantly find myself dreaming of traveling to places far and wide. Below is a list of my dream destinations as well as what I’ve found during my day dreaming travel research sessions.
Antelope Canyon – Page, AZ
A photographers dream, Antelope Canyon is a canyon located on Navajo land in AZ. It was formed by the rushing of water through the stone. By definition, slot canyons are much deeper than they are wide, making for stunning views and a humbling experience.
There are actually two canyons at Antelope Canyon, the lower canyon and upper canyon. All of the sites I’ve looked at have recommended the Lower Antelope Canyon. The underground canyon only allows groups of 10 people in at once with 15 minutes in between each group which leads to a much less crowded viewing experience. Also, since the lower canyon is underground, it is much cooler in the Arizona heat. Because of this, it is recommended to visit during late summer in the early morning to beat the crowds.
Nearby Antelope Canyon are several other beautiful natural sites such as Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, and Lone Rock Beach. This area is also very camper friendly, making for an Instagram-worthy, adventurous getaway!
Cape Cod, MA
I’ve always loved the vibe of the east coast. So of course, I would love to visit the most typical east coast destination: Cape Cod.
Of course, anytime you’re on the eastern seaboard, you must eat affordable, fresh, delicious lobster. However, Cape Cod’s chamber of commerce also recommends a top rated pizza place, and I can never turn down a good pizza.
Not only is the cape a beautiful setting with amazing shops, food and beaches, but it is also rich with history. This area was the original settlement of the Wampanoag Native Americans and nearby the landing place of the Pilgrims. Of course, the museums in the area are a must-see.
If Cape Cod isn’t enough, it is only a short 1 hour drive from Boston, a beautiful 1 1/2 hour coastal drive to Provincetown, and a 2 hour ferry ride to Nantucket.
If I’m being completely honest, I first wanted to go to Barcelona as soon as the Cheetah Girls did, but the more I research it, the more I yearn to go. My favorite thing to see in new places is hands down architecture, and Barcelona has some of the best such as the Sagrada Família.
However, even if architecture isn’t your thing, there is still plenty to see and do such as seeing the Flamenco Show and experiencing the native dance, food, music and wine all at one at the Palacio del Flamenco in the heart of the city. Another fascinating attraction I’ve decided I must see are medieval villages just outside of the city. These villages are pristinely preserved on the water and small-group tours by boat are available!
San Francisco and San Diego, CA
If you grew up in the 1990s or 2000s, you know it is impossible to see that photo and not hear “Every where you look…” and the rest of the Full House theme song play through your head instantly.
Actually, though, I’m not going to write much on San Fran/San Diego now because I will be posting an in depth blog post (or 2 or 3) during my trip there from June 2nd to the 10th! Hopefully I’ll meet my Jesse Katsopolis while I’m there (swoon).
Another dream travel destination inspired by one of my favorite TV shows, Grey’s Anatomy. Although there is no actual Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital to visit, Seattle does have so much to offer such as the birthplace of Starbucks, the famous Pike Place Market (pictured above) and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) which looks like a smashed guitar from the outside and has everything you’d ever want to know about American culture on the inside.
The Chihuly Garden and Glass museum is sure to be stunning. I was able to visit a Chihuly exhibit at the botanical gardens in Dallas, TX. Dale Chihuly, the artist, is a Seattle native. And if you aren’t able to see everything individually, you can always view it all from the sky in the Seattle Great Wheel or the Space Needle.
Of course, above all else, I must take a ride on the Washington State Ferries across Puget Sound in honor of Dr. McDreamy, may he rest in peace.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ever since watching a video in high school Spanish, I’ve wanted to go to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival. However, even if I don’t go during Carnival, my research tells me that the city is bound to be amazing. The streets are lively and filled with the sounds of samba, funk and hip-hop, and the beaches are tropical and relaxing.
Plus, being in the southern hemisphere, Brazil’s summer months are opposite of ours, so Rio is the perfect winter destination to escape from the long Wisconsin winters.
London has always seemed like a very unique place to me. It is full of regal history and urban culture all at once. It is a hub of music, fashion and art culture, and it is the beginnings of American history.
I’ve always wanted to visit during the fall because something about walking around London in booties and a peacoat jacket seems super chic.
Of course, I want to see the typical sights: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, a guard who cannot smile, etc. However, some out-of-the-norm options really intrigue me as well, such as the Borough Market, which offers more than 100 market and street food options, and the Camden Vintage Market which brings together vintage clothing vendors as well as food and live music and DJS.
Who doesn’t want to see the most vivid Northern Lights dance around the sky?!
Reykjavik offers beautifully colorful architecture, creative people who supply the cities with countless art exhibits, and supposedly wild nightlife below the northern lights.
Only 40 minutes down the road is the stunning blue lagoon. The vibrant blue hot springs is said to have spa-like affects on the skin, and BONUS, everything around the lagoon powered naturally by the geothermal seawater!
There are so many enchanting destinations in Thailand. First, Chiang Rai is home to so much Thai culture. The churches are built extremely intricately, and you can soak in the architecture all set in front of the beautiful Phi Pan Nam Mountains. Just south of Chiang Rai is Chiang Mai which offers a greener setting than Chiang Rai. Chiang Mai is known for being home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful temples, however those ancient architectural gems are mixed into the modern city that is Chiang Mai. Scattered between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai is rainforest, sprinkled with gorgeous waterfalls and elephant sanctuaries!
Of course you can’t travel to Thailand without checking out Bangkok. The city is known for its colorful street markets and wild nightlife. For me, the most exciting part of it all is the delicious food readily available to those walking around and taking in the views.
Chile is an interesting country with a wide array of landscapes. In the south, you will find snowy mountains perfect for skiing, and in the north there are volcanoes, lush greenery and desserts. Almost half of the country is coastline!
One thing I for sure have to see before I die is Los Pinguinos Natural Monument which is located on Magdalena Island. It is home to more than 120,000 Magellanic Penguins from September to March every year.
Valparaíso is a lesser known Chliean city located on the coastline in the middle of the country. It is known for its brightly colored Mediterranean style houses that line green, rocky hillsides. The city also has mazes on cobblestone alleyways that hold all kinds of cultural treasures.
The beautiful tile sided buildings and painted woodwork of Marrakesh bring color to the desert in Morocco.
There are street markets that twist through the city for miles, mosques that hum with prayer of the extremely faithful locals and the North African spices are sure to dazzle your tastebuds!
If all of that aren’t enough, once you venture from the heart of the city, you can ride camels through the desert and soak in the sun washed landscape.
I personally have always loved Moroccan style and colors. I’ve always dreamed of having a Moroccan rug in my future home.
My family’s heritage is mostly German, so I’ve always wanted to visit. Of course, ideally I’d love to go during Oktoberfest to enjoy a German brew and an authentic brat with sauerkraut.
I’ve also always found the holocaust to tragically interesting. It would be a true experience to see the country in which it all started.
Also on my list to see someday…
- Toronto, Canada
- Bora Bora
- Marfa, TX
- Agra, India
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