May 302024

We love exploring new places and seeing new sights but it seems that every time we visit someplace new, somebody tells us we missed something there that we really should have seen. Miss Terry tells them that we do that on purpose so we’ll have an excuse to go back. There are some places we’ve only visited once but really want to return to, and others we’ve been to many times but just can’t get enough of and go back time and time again. Here are our personal Top 15, in no particular order.

Florida Keys – If money were no object I could live in the Florida Keys. We love paddling our kayaks in the beautiful blue green waters, just hanging out under a palm tree watching the world go by, and did I mention all of the delicious seafood?

Fiver Jolly Roger waterfront 2

Port Townsend – Perched at the entrance to Puget Sound on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is a beautiful and historic little town with a picturesque downtown area with fun shops to browse, stunning views of the water and mountains, and lots of events to keep you busy.

Gettysburg – I find it inconceivable that such a pretty place could have been the scene of so much suffering and death as this beautiful little town in the rolling hills of southern Pennsylvania. Even without all of the history, which we love, we’d still return to Gettysburg any chance we get.

Branson – We’ve been to Branson four or five times and never went to a show until our last visit. We just like the beautiful countryside and the friendly people, touring the Ralph Foster Museum on the campus of the College of the Ozarks, which has been called “The Smithsonian of the Ozarks” and the watersports on Table Rock Lake.

Oregon Coast – Mile for mile, there is no more beautiful place on earth than the wild and rugged Oregon coast. Friendly people, quaint towns, abundant seafood, lighthouses, and breathtaking views around every bend in the road. What more could you ask for?

Washington, D.C. – Our two visits were not nearly enough to see all there is to see in our nation’s capital. There are so many wonderful museums, monuments, and other attractions that nobody could cover them all in one trip.

US Capitol 2

Sault Ste. Marie – Our one and only three day visit to Sault Ste. Marie wasn’t nearly long enough. I could happily spend a week just watching the big freighters navigating their way into the narrow locks and then being raised or lowered over 21 feet in a matter of minutes. And if you get tired of that, there are plenty of things to see and do in town or nearby to keep you busy.

Saginaw coming in

Savannah – I can’t explain the hold this beautiful and historic city has on me, but no trip along the Georgia coast is complete without a stop in Savannah. I could spend days walking its tree shaded streets enjoying views of the old mansions in the Historic District, browsing the shops along the riverfront, and sitting on a bench in one of the city’s lovely squares people watching.

Live oaks

Tarpon Springs – Located on Florida’s Gulf coast, Tarpon Spring’s waterfront is a living postcard. From the sponge boats to the shops offering everything from clothes, jewelry and crafts, to the Greek restaurants and bakeries, plan a full day when you visit. And if you don’t get to it all, don’t worry. After one visit you’ll be back.

tarpon springs sponge boat.2

Avery Island – Located in southern Louisiana, you can smell the vinegar from the Tabasco factory the minute you get out of your car. The factory tour is interesting, but the 170-acre Jungle Gardens is amazing with its beautiful foliage, wildlife, and a centuries-old Buddha statue. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Boston – We’re usually not attracted to big cities, but Boston is an exception to the rule. There is so much history to be seen there, from Paul Revere’s home to the Freedom Trail to the old Granary Burying Ground and Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution, to name just a few of the city’s treasures. Not to mention great food, interesting ethnic neighborhoods, and a wonderful waterfront. As you can see, Boston is well worth a return visit.

St. Augustine – Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, St. Augustine is the oldest continually occupied European city in America, and you can feel the history everywhere you look. Throw in wonderful shops and restaurants, a beautiful lighthouse, and walking the beach at Anastasia State Park and you will wonder why you would ever leave, but know you’ll be back again.

Mackinac Island – When you step off the ferry at Mackinac Island you step back in time. If you want to get anyplace on this beautiful and historic island you have three choices – on foot, by bicycle, or by a horse-drawn carriage, because no motor vehicles are allowed except for emergency vehicles. But that’s okay because you will want to take your time as you browse the shops along the waterfront, visit historic Fort Mackinac, and marvel at the splendor of the Grand Hotel.

Beaufort – We spent a week in this friendly and historic little town on the South Carolina coast and knew that we would return again someday. Centuries-old, moss-draped live oak trees shade the sidewalks in the city’s historic district where pirates and seafarers once lived, there are awesome museums and memorable restaurants, and a fine beach and pier for fishing, kite flying, or just relaxing.

Maine – Terry lived in Maine twice when she was a kid during her father’s Air Force career, and in all of our years on the road we’ve only made it there once. But what we saw impressed us so much that returning is high on our bucket list. There are miles of rugged coastline to explore, wonderful little towns to visit, and lobsters to be eaten. Yes, we definitely need to get back to Maine

What are some of your favorite places that you return to over and over?

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Thought For The Day – I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  9 Responses to “15 “Go Back” Places”

  1. The Oregon Coast from Astoria all the way down to the California Redwoods is beautiful and mesmerizing. Glad you enjoyed it and it made your top 15 list.

  2. I guess I need to keep traveling South and East. Lately I’ve been working on global destinations and I have been in all 50 states. I can check off most of the places you mentioned, but I haven’t been to the Florida Keys, Tarpon Springs, or Avery Island. 🤔 Hmm, maybe next year with a stopover in Gordo, Alabama!

  3. Well, Tarpon Springs is only about 15 miles away, so we go every few months. I prefer Charleston over Savannah. In the Keys, I’ve never driven past Marathon, although I have been to Key West twice – once by cruise ship and once flying in in a private aircraft. I lived close to Washington, DC twice and have no urge to go back My favorite big city? Paris, France. I could easily live there – if I could afford it.

  4. We enjoyed getting back to Sault Ste. Marie and Mackinac Island last year and have enjoyed most of the places you listed. We have also found that sometimes it takes a second visit to appreciate a place. On our first visit to Charleston SC we got a bad impression of the place, but we really enjoyed it on our second visit.

  5. Don’t forget Morro Bay, great times

  6. You mentioned that Miss Terry was in Maine a couple of times. I was stationed at Loring AFB 1972-1978.

  7. Barry, they were there about 1966 to 1968

  8. Seaside, Oregon. We rent a condo at the Seaside Beach Club which is right on the Prom with fabulous views of the beach and ocean. Our most fun visit was over 4th of July when residents dig huge bunkers in the sand to protect them from the winds during the fireworks shows.

  9. My wife and I are out for the summer in our fifth wheel. At the moment, we’re in Holbrook, AZ, which I think is close to your old stomping ground Show Low. We visited the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest today, and we’re headed to the Grand Canyon tomorrow. There is so much to see in our country that I don’t think we’ll ever get to it all.

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