We may have hung up the keys but we still get hitch itch and we’ve got a lot of traveling left to do. In 18+ years of fulltiming we saw a lot of places but there are still some we never got to, as well as places we definitely want to go back to once again. Here’s my top 10 list of places to go back to, in no particular order.
Oregon Coast – I’ve been in every state in the country, as well as a few foreign countries, and in my opinion there is no place on earth as beautiful as the Oregon coast. Every curve on Highway 101 gives you another beautiful view of seascapes, lighthouses, whales, and breathtaking vistas.
Branson – We’ve been to Branson, Missouri several times, but it was only on our last visit that we got around to attending a show. Actually, on that visit we saw quite a few shows. But even without the entertainment, the countryside around Branson and Table Rock Lake are just beautiful. Especially in the spring when the dogwoods are in bloom.
Lancaster County – Pennsylvania is one of our favorite states and this is a place where we spent a lot of time during our RVing days and developed a great affection for. From the pastoral beauty of Amish farmlands to interesting shops selling everything from quilts to apple butter, and some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, if you haven’t been there yet, do yourself a favor and go.
Washington D.C. – Forget politics. If you are a history nut like I am, you could spend a year in our nation’s capital and never run out of things to see. There are dozens of interesting museums, awe-inspiring monuments, and historical sites just waiting to be discovered.
Soo Locks – We only managed to make one trip to Sault St. Marie, Michigan, but it’s a place I will never forget. I could (and did) spend hours at the viewpoint watching the huge Great Lakes freighters coming into the locks with only inches to spare on either side and being raised or lowered to travel between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
Outer Banks – Dramatics seascapes, unspoiled beaches, history, shipwrecks, and delicious seafood everywhere you go. Whether you are standing where the Wright brothers made their first historic flight, beach combing, flying a kite, or enjoying a delicious dinner that was caught that very morning, this is another one of those places where one trip will never be enough to see and do it all.
West Point – I spent a couple of years stationed at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and I fell in love with the place. The history, the tradition, the amazing views up and down the beautiful Hudson Valley, you have to see it to believe it. If I could have stayed there throughout my career, I would have become a lifer.
Olympic Peninsula – I got my start in the newspaper business in Grays Harbor, Washington, at the bottom of the Olympic Peninsula, and though that was over 30 years ago, I have never lost my love for this wild and wonderful land. Towering mountains, lush rain forests, breathtaking beaches, quaint small towns, and Puget Sound. This may very well be heaven on earth.
Savannah – If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I know that I must have lived in Savannah, Georgia at some point. Even before I went there I always felt drawn to it, and the first time we visited I felt like I was coming home. From its tree shaded squares to its historic homes to its busy waterfront, I love everything about this city.
Gettysburg – History surrounds you in this beautiful Pennsylvania community. To walk the rolling hills of the battlefield, especially at twilight, is an experience you won’t forget. And the old part of the town itself is another one of those places where I may have lived in a past life, if there is such a thing. Most people picture the famous Civil War battle as being fought out in the countryside, and while it was, it was also fought door-to-door in the small town of Gettysburg. You can still see bullet holes and cannonballs in the sides of buildings that bear testament to the ferocious struggle that took place there.
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Thought For The Day – It takes real skill to choke on air, fall up stairs and trip over nothing. I have that skill.