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Six places in the United States I hear calling my name. My Travel Wish List


Visitors to Volcanos National Park on The Big Island of Hawaii pose for photos in the eerie glow of the lava flow.
Photo: copyright Jerome Shaw 2013 / www.JeromeShaw.com 

I have set foot in 47 of the 50 states during my lifetime of travel.  Admittedly, some of the visits were quick hits like the time I made a dash from Connecticut into New Hampshire in search of a patch of snow big enough to shoot an overdue magazine cover.  Vermont had an equally short visit during a trip to Maine to shoot photographs for a travel article. New Hampshire and Vermont deserve better than a quick border crossings. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to explore Vermont & New Hampshire more fully but they don’t make this years US travel wish list.  

The two of the three states I have yet to visit do though. Along with a couple of perennial favorites and one state I have visited but haven’t been to its most famous city.  

In part one of My Travel Wish List I shared the background of my travel lists over the years.  In part two I listed my thirteen top international travel destinations and then 6 islands I want to visit in the next twelve months.  

Here are the six places in the US that are calling my name.

1. North Carolina
Mayberry and Mount Pilot are two famous places in North Carolina and I am not sure they are real. Even so, I want to see where Andy Taylor, Opie and Aunt Bea brought small town living to the small screen.  The Cape Hatteras Sea Shore and coastal North Carolina are another draw for me.  At the other end of the state are the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains. I want to see the historic barrier to westward expansion in colonial times.  History is the biggest reason I want to see NC.      

2  South Carolina
I admit to being almost entirely ignorant about South Carolina. The most recent addition to my knowledge base about SC is that they beat my beloved Cornhuskers in last year’s bowl game.  I need to know more.  Charleston has made its way onto my list of cities I want to experience.  Myrtle Beach is about the only other place in South Carolina that I can name without a map.  I’d like my readers to educate me. What are some other places I should see in SC?
  
4. Washington
There are several places in Washington State that have garnered my interest in recent years. One has a very personal slant.  My great Uncle Clarence Shaw lived in Gig Harbor.  Uncle Clarence lived life out loud in the front half of the twentieth-century.  He was a champion of Gig Harbor and certainly its chief tourism promoter.  Legend has it he established a contest for the roundest rock pulled from the Puget Sound each summer season.  He originated Roosterville and rooster races that became known across the US.  He was also a photographer as was his son Frank O.Shaw. A true renaissance man Clarence ran a sign painting business and drew cartoon for Colliers magazine.  I want to go visit place he called home for most of his life. While I am in the neighborhood I’d like to see Seattle again for the first time.

5. Louisiana
I have been to Louisiana. I have never visited its most famous city, New Orleans.  I plan to rectify that omission in 2013.  I likely won’t make it in time for Mardi Gras but I hear there is a pretty good party most nights on Bourbon Street. I am late to the party for sure and I should’ve found a way to get to N.O.long before this.  It is well past time for me to hear the music and taste gumbo in one of the most unique of American cities.

6. Hawaii
Hawaii could have easily made my list of Six Islands I’d Swim To if I hadn’t already given it a place here on my USA list.  I have made many visits to Hawaii. Oahu & Maui were my first big photography job when I was getting my start in travel journalism.  Yet, I still have never visited Kauai, Lanai or Molokai. And if that were’t enough reason to crave a return trip to Hawaii, I haven’t been to Oahu, Maui or Hawaii in over 15 years.  I have plenty to see and do in Hawaii, it may take two trips to catch up. 


Honorable Mentions: Alaska, Montana, Texas 

I have made two trips to Alaska, one for nearly a month, but I have barely grazed the banquet that is travel in the 49th state. Something above the Arctic Circle or out in the Aleutians are on my list. I have made many trips to Montana and enjoyed everyone, I expect I’ll enjoy the next one just as much.  There are two place in Texas I want to see; Austin and San Antonio.

Future posts
My Travel Wish Lists are composed of places I have yet to visit so in another post I’ll name the 6 places I have already visited that I want to return to.  The cherry on top of the wish list pie is a list of  my favorite places in Colorado and the neighboring states.    


#NorthCarolina #SouthCarolina #Washington #Louisiana #Hawaii #Alaska #Montana #Texas 

What is your favorite place in the United States?  Give me some advice on where my next trip in the US should take me.  Please share your Travel Wish List with me here in the comments and tell me why your choices should make my next list.

My #TravelWishList posts:
Part one - The History of My Travel Wish List and The Candidates 
Part two - 13-4-’13 - Thirteen Places To See 
Part three - Six Islands I’d Swim To 
Part four - Six Places In The US That Are Calling My Name 
Part Five - Six Places I’ve Been But want to Go To Again
Part Six  - My Favorite Places in Colorado And The Neighboring States

22 comments :

  1. Beaufort, South Carolina tops my list for the Palm and Moon State, followed by Hilton Head Island.

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  2. Thanks for the tips Matt - I appreciate it. I'll check those places out.

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  3. Some of these wonderful places are are on my wish list too.

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    1. Thanks for your comment - what place is at the top of your list?

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  4. I haven't seen these places but i would like to visit all places shortly. Thanks for sharing such best location..

    séjour toscane

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    1. I appreciate your commenting. Please share what place is at the top of your travel wish list.

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  6. You are welcome - I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and comment.

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  7. When you visit Kauai, be sure to get some hiking in! Our Travel Planner Brenda had quite the adventure: http://blog.traterra.com/hiking-the-kalalau-trail-kauai/

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    1. I'll keep this as my guide to hiking in Kauai. Thanks ~Jerome

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  8. What a great list. I'll have to add a few of these to my list of things to see sometime soon. Maybe another road trip is in store for me. Haha! Thanks so much for sharing these great sounding places!

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    1. You are welcome Alyssa - I hope you make a few of the places on your list. So far I am 0 -fer 6 but I still have a few months. If you swing through Denver on your road trip swing by and pick me up.

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  9. San Antonio is fun and has done so much to improve itself. When I was a kid living in Texas (mid-70s) San Antonio was a dump. When I went back nearly 15-20 years later, it was so much nicer - cleaned up, designed for more pedestrian traffic. They've done well for themselves, for sure! My friends who have been there more recently say it's still really great. Glad to hear that the revitalization has stuck.

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    1. I've never had the pleasure of visiting San Antonio but I have heard great things. It is a perennial favorite on my domestic travel wish list. Maybe next year San Antonio will make my USA list.

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  10. Charleston, SC is a must---glad it's on your list. Another gem of SC is Greenville. A quaint college town full of coffee shops and cafes, it's small, but beautiful, and easy to navigate. You can see most of what you need to on foot. Enjoy a picnic at Falls on the Reedy, and a stroll down the main drag decorated with twinkle lights and overhanging tree branches. Makes for a great day trip if you're pressed for time.
    Go to Asheville, NC. It reminds me of Austin in so many ways. I can't wait to get back there.
    Austin is a must-see. I actually just moved back to Texas after a couple years in Georgia. I said Austin would be the only place I would live. I could go on and on about all-things-Austin, but I will leave you with this: tacos, bbq, Hill Country, live music capital.

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    1. Carrie,

      Thanks so much for your excellent suggestions. I can't wait to visit South Carolina. I'll be going to Dallas during the holidays to visit family and hope to work in a trip to Austin while in Texas. I see how much BBQ I can eat. Thanks and stop again anytime.

      Jerome

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  11. I wish I could be there............

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  12. My favorite place to visit in the States, is anywhere past the front range of Colorado! I do however, want to take a trip in the fall of 2014 to Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire. You must get to Washington...the ocean, the mountains, Seattle. Found a fantastic little fish place in either Port Angeles or Townsend, can't remember which, with a great view of the HUGE ships. They rolled right past our window while we dined.

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    1. Colorado is a very special place. I have moved away 3 times only to return after about a year each time. I think I am hooked.

      I have been in Maine during the autumn and it was gorgeous. I love Newport RI but haven't visited in almost 20 years.

      I like the sound of the little fish place you mention. I'll have to locate that when I visit WA. I have friends that live in Gig Harbor and Issaquah and relatives in Kent and Seattle. I need to get back to Washington and do more exploring.

      Thanks for reading Travel Boldly and for your comment. Please stop by again.

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  13. Love you list. Have been to quite a few. Looking so forward to going to Hawaii later this year. So excited already and this post just kicked it up a notch, lol Thanks for sharing.

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