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Utah has more than its share of beauty
To the uninitiated, Utah is likely to more than sneak up on, it may stun. Such is the grandiose nature of its exaggeratedly colorful landscapes. If the ancient ocean that formed the Entrada Sandstone and thus much of the state's surrealistic sights was still lapping wildly at its footsteps, Utah would perhaps eclipse the beauty of any imaginable place on earth. As it is, in its landlocked orientation, it rivals all of the western US for sheer natural beauty. Only Alaska and California have more National Parks and needless to say they are much bigger states, both with vast coasts. Not that Utah is small by any notion.
The famed southern part of the state draws most of the visitors with its windswept vistas and otherworldly formations of a rainbow palate. The north has classic alpine scenery with large lakes, craggy snowy peaks, and dense evergreen forest.
Texas just might surprise ya
The first time you drive across Texas you can't but help wonder if it'll ever end. Seriously, this is one big state and where Interstate 10 or 20 runs though it, one flat monotonous one too! But if you get off the highway and head for the hills, there's plenty to see and do in the bighorn state. Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and especially Austin are fun cities to explore and with so much open space, you just know there is some fine natural scenery to be had too. Well, have some now, heeear . . .
the foliage of Vermont
Vermont must have the best promotional minds of New England working their magic for it. Though lacking Maine's rugged coast and even New Hampshire's more foreboding mountains, it seems to dish up just what car touring foliage seekers come a-looking for, resplendent with covered bridges, quaint little hamlets, and Ben & Jerry's ice-cream. With its green environmentalist mentality and easy acceptance of alternative lifestyle, it is no wonder it is the media darling of New England and that when most people romanticize about the area, it is Vermont that first comes to mind.
Plantation scenes like this await you
I live in New Jersey in the summer and Florida in the winter and need my car in both places. This means I have to do the 1300 mile trip twice a year. There's six states in between. I've done something in all of them, but some more than others. South Carolina is a place I had neglected in the past but this year I had a visitor from overseas and nothing makes you explore your own backyard better than that. Charleston and Beaufort were two places I had driven by so many times without stopping in to have a look. Now, I wonder why and so glad I did.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
This is a bi-annual stop for me on the drive from New Jersey to Florida. I have a cousin here with her family and one of my best friends from Pennsylvania has relocated here as well. I love my time here and always promise myself to spend more than a few days. I finally did a little trip around the state, but still not nearly enough time spent. It's a beautiful green state with fantastic highways that give great access to both the ocean and sea. The natives are a friendly lot and always make you feel welcome. North Carolina seems a great place to live.
Address: North Carolina.
the old & the new: Boston
Boston sits resolutely as the capital of New England with it being the only true big city in the region. But much like Philadelphia and to a lesser degree, Chicago, it also sits in the shadow of New York City. To add insult to injury, the Big City even stole their Bambino and forever their Yankees plagued the local Red Sox despite Boston’s loyal fans. But to compare all to the Big Apple is to do great disservice to comparatively pristine and user-friendly city. Though cosmopolitan with regard to its range of restaurants, theaters and museums, Boston has a much smaller town feel and generally more cozy atmosphere. Add to this that is has the country’s most intact old town centers, it is aptly considered America’s most historical city. Blessed with great open parks and perhaps the best mass transit system on this side of the Atlantic, Boston is one city that tourists from abroad can finally feel at home in. Though the country’s best calling card is its beautiful and unabashed nature, Boston is one city that can rightfully be called a must see.
Savannah is a great romantic getaway
Savannah harkens the visitor back to a bygone era in United States history when life was more refined and relaxed. There was a true division of the classes and it's not hard to see why those in the upper echelon were reluctant to give up their lifestyle that hinged on the inhumanity of slavery. Even with today's enlightened mentality, one can imagine what it was like to live in one of the stately homes that dot the city, with a full charge of servants at your beck and call. Modern Savannah remains a great place to wander around daydreaming of former times, enjoying the countless and timeless squares and tree strewn streets that seem to make up the entire fabric of this sleepy city. Add to that a fine array of restaurants and nightlife, and you have the making of a city not to be missed in a country that rests its laurels on nature at its best.
unlikely in Miami? sure is but it's there
Though Miami Beach is currently perceived as the playground of the rich and famous, it was little more than twenty years ago that it was a dilapidated ghost of it’s former glorious self. Once a Mecca for prohibition-induced indulgence during the twenties, the beach area was reduced to squalor by the late seventies when a group of developers decided that rather than tear down the then seedy Art Deco district; they would showcase it as a backdrop for a series of outdoor cafes along the beachfront. Numerous clubs and boutiques ensued and soon not only were locals flocking to the now trendy area, but stars from Hollywood and New York who found a prime party area blessed with great weather and more importantly comparatively cheap real estate. Of course, rising property values have made it for the elite and the once diverse café scene is slowly being overrun with the likes of cookie cutter establishments like the ubiquitous T.G. I. Fridays. When rents are this high, small businesses have a tough go of it, and only places with big marquee names can survive. Still, it’s a fun place to spend the day and/or night. Soak up the too hip ambience, sip down a nice cocktail, see and be seen. Miami Beach is South Florida at it’s decadent best so enjoy in small doses.
there's more to Florida than meets the eye
Florida is the number one destination for visitors to the United States, but sadly all that most see is the World that Walt Disney built and perhaps a golden beach or two. The adventurous may even squeeze in man’s ode to outer space at Cape Canaveral. These destinations are certainly worthwhile, but to visit them and ignore all else that is truly Florida does the state’s natural wonders great disservice. There are numerous scenic rivers, natural springs, and nature preserves to be explored and most within close distance to the creature comforts of big cities bustling with night life and fine dining. So, spend some times seeing what man has done with Florida, but don’t forget to see what nature bestowed on it as well.
New York really does have it all
“Ah, New York City you talk a lot, let's have a look at ya. Let's have a look at New York City,” Mick Jagger toyed with the Madison Square Garden crowd during the Stones' 1969 concert there, well-documented in the film, “Gimme Shelter.” So ingrained is this stage banter in my brain that scarcely a visit to the city has not elicited it in my Stones' warped brain. There is another reason perhaps for it: it seems all my early trips to New York City were for concerts. I was at an age when going to concerts was a pivotal event and of course The Big Apple had plenty of them. Even trips that were not for concerts seemed to involve sporting events, indie movie premiers, and visits to dive bars with “friends who knew the City” even if from across the Hudson in the New Jersey suburbs of what was even to them The City. I even attended a psychology convention there while an undergraduate at University but actually going to New York as a bona fide tourist had pretty much eluded me until recently.
Of course, it would take a foreigner to expose me to one of the word's greatest cities albeit right in my own backyard. I wanted to show my then girlfriend and later wife the town that Frank said could never sleep and The Stone's Got Their Ya-Yas Out for. So, on her first ever trip to the United States, I took her to New York City for the day at the tale end of a trip up the US East Coast from Florida in 2002. Though short, she saw a lot as we walked from the middle of Central Park all the way to the Village, about 100 blocks on a gorgeous autumn day. John's Pizza never tasted so good. Now, time for the Ya-Yas we found.
Directions: Where is The Big Apple? Don't even ask.
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