iseyNo, this isn’t about an old ad campaign for Chevrolet from when my mom was a kid. This is a response from another “June Jour” prompt from F.C. Here, she asks her readers the one destination in their home country they would like to visit. A couple of years ago, she asked about that one place anywhere in the world where we’d want to travel to, and I posited that it would be the one place I’ve never been to but will dearly love to visit in my lifetime: Toronto, Canada.
But this time around, we’re prompted to stay within our own borders and not go beyond them. And I’ll start my post by listing some of the locales here in the United States where I have been to: Northern Michigan. Detroit. Chicago. The Twin Cities (where I lived for a year). Yellowstone National Park (when I was about to turn 10 years old). Even Central Florida with my family to take in Disney World and Busch Gardens. I wouldn’t mind going to those places again in the future. But just like that post about Toronto from two years ago, I’ll flesh out where in the USA I’d love to set foot in but have never, ever done so. Here they are, in no particular order:
Los Angeles, California — As the song lyrics go, “Everyone’s a star in L.A. County; you oughta see the things that they do.” Well, in L.A., nearly everyone has a plan to be a star, or at the very least get noticed. But seeing anyone attempt to become the next talented actor, hot singing star, or at least reality TV subject (looking at you, Kardashians) would only be a sidelight for me if I were to hit Hollywood. Dipping my feet into the Pacific Ocean would be pretty cool. So would be checking out Venice Beach, where the denizens do anything from the simple to the eccentric. Even checking out the Hollywood Walk of Fame would be pretty nice. But even if all I did was walk to the end of the pier at the aforementioned Venice Beach and watch the sun sink into the ocean, that would be satisfying. (Suddenly, a mellow sax solo from an ’80s pop song popped into my head thinking about that last part.)
San Francisco, California — Let’s move up the Pacific Coast to the City by the Bay. San Fran was the main hub for the Summer of Love. It was the home of Harvey Milk. And it’s still got that reputation of being the most progressive city in the U.S. Aside from that open-minded, LGBT-supportive atmosphere, the city has the Golden Gate, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the tricky road that is Lombard Street, “the most crooked street in the world” (yeah, looks like you gotta be careful driving down that thing).
Washi… well, uh uh. Not for at least the next four years anyway. I’m sure D.C. is lovely and all, but the government in place there at the moment is turning it into an uglier cesspool then they had claimed it was before.
Seattle Washington — Yeah, another Pacific Coast city. Well, Seattle isn’t exactly on the Pacific Coast, but it’s in the “Pacific Northwest,” so that counts. It’s got the world famous Pike Place Fish Market. It’s also got the Space Needle. And not too far away is Mount Rainier. And if none of those hold my interest, there’s always the surrounding scenery.
(Oh, a true side note: In my younger days, my stepfather, in what I’ve previously termed his never-ending quest to find a job that would give him respect, once had in his bright mind an idea to uproot our entire family out of Wisconsin and find a job a little ways up the road from Seattle in a city called Bellingham. I’m not sure what prompted this idea from Dad. And, to Bellingham’s credit, it has its own beautiful surroundings, not to mention the fact that it’s literally a short hop from the Canadian border. But like many of his other wide-eyed dreams, he never really made that leap and we stayed in the Badger State.)
New Y… uh, well… maybe not New York City, and nothing against that tottilin’ town. Huey Lewis said it best about New York: “Where else can you do a half a million things, all at a quarter to three?” Even with a ton of important attractions, though, the Big Apple seems like a city where you’d feel woozy from spinning your head around and looking at all there is to see… which would require some rest in your hotel room that’d be hard to get because, well, New York’s “the city that doesn’t sleep.”
New Orleans, Louisiana — The tragedy of the mid-2000s that plagued it aside, NOLA seems like a town where the good times always roll. I’ve never been a party person, but the annual experience that is Mardi Gras seems so alluring to me. The cuisine seems attractive as well. And if the parties and food fill me up (physically and mentally), I could always drive around and see some of the city’s grand architecture that has survived hurricanes to see restoration. Speaking of architecture, one of my long-time Twitter tweeps has lived there full-time for several years now; perhaps when I grow up to be an old woman, the two of us will retire to this beautiful house I recall her sharing to Twitter a few years ago, one with lots of room, lots of shade trees, and a veranda that surrounds nearly the entire house.
That’s all the American locales that I’d love to one day see. I’m sure there are many others that haven’t creeped to the front of my mind, such as, say, our National Park system (apart from Yellowstone since, as mentioned above, I’ve already been there). But if I hear about an American locale that sounds alluring and that I haven’t been to, I’m sure I’ll consider adding it to this list.
So, where would you love to go in your home country, whichever country that may be? Feel free to add your thoughts to the comments below. Thanks!