Dog Days of Summer Blog Fest – Ultimate Vacation

When I heard about this Blog Fest I had to join.  Thanks so much Jeremy Bates.  Great idea.  Since I haven’t had much of a summer and no hint of a summer holiday, I would like to at least hear about others enjoying their summer.  Click on the badge to read other summer inspired posts.

Along with living vicariously though my fellow blog hoppers, I wanted to share with you my Ultimate Vacation.

I have a long bucket list of places I would like to visit all over the world, but my Ultimate Vacation might surprise you.  I would like to drive across the United States.  I know it doesn’t have the history of Europe or the cultural diversity of of Asia, but I think it would be so much fun to visit different parts of America and see first hand the american culture in all it’s forms.  I have it mapped out already.

I would start in Maine in the springtime.  I picture a harbor in Maine with a lighthouse as the perfect place to start my cross country adventure.  Next stop would be New Hampshire to visit Dover established in 1623 (a long, long time ago) and Vermont to the Ben & Jerry’s factory.  All the ice cream I can eat.

Then, I would spend a few days in Boston (great city), then New York (greater city) and New Jersey (I have to get to Pennsylvania some how) and then proceed west.

Next, I would stop in Philadelphia.  Walnut Street is one of my favorite places to shop and I haven’t spent nearly enough time there.  After shopping, it would be nice to drop in on family and friends in Maryland, DC and Virginia.

I would make a quick drive through Kentucky to get to Chicago.  Chicago would be my food stop.  From the pizza to 3 restaurants that are on my bucket list, I would leave Chicago full.

I would head over to Wisconsin (cheese and white water rafting), then Minnesota (Mall of the Americas). While the weather is still good, I would spend some time in South Dakota.  I really want to see Mount Rushmore.  Montana would be fun, too.  It it’s not to cold, camping in Glacier National Park would be amazing.

I would drive straight through Wyoming to go skiing in Colorado, spend a week at a writer’s retreat in Taos, New Mexico, and then relax in a spa retreat up in the red mountains of Sedona, Arizona before driving to Vegas for some serious indulgence; food, shows and gambling.

I would proceed north, to Lake Tahoe for some golf and then proceed to Oregon to explore some of the ghost towns and then wind up in Seattle, Washington for what else, but coffee.

All in all this trip would take about a year.  But, just think of the things I would see, adventures I would have and the stories I would write.

That is my Ultimate Vacation. What is yours?