Destinations in the USA

Austin

Magnolia Cafe sign
We stayed in the South Congress neighborhood and loved it. Quirky and walkable. Due to COVID, we couldn't experience live music as we would have otherwise but we found outdoorsy things to do.

Bay Saint Louis

angle tree in front of building
We found Bay Saint Louis a charming, low key coastal town with a surprisingly nice beach.

Big Bend National Park

desert mountain sunset
Big Bend was THE reason we made this road trip. It was well worth the drive.

Bryce Canyon National Park

on the road to Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park is a fantastical place of multicolored hoo-doos. It's like no place else we've ever seen. And it's surprisingly chilly.

Canyon

red and white striped rocks
The town of Canyon, Texas isn't much but it's a nice enough place for a road trip break. And Palo Duro canyon outside of town was worth staying a second night so we could visit.

Charlevoix

lakeside bench
Three days at Young State Park, the more modern state park near Charlevoix. Boyne City is an even closer cute little town.

Cheboygan

Cheboygan Brewing and truck
Cheboygan is on Lake Huron in the northeastern corner of Michigan's lower peninsula. It's about a half-hour from Mackinac City and could make a good base for visiting Mackinac Island. (So would Wilderness State Park.) We camped there for five days.

Death Valley National Park

dunes against mountains
We stopped at Death Valley because it was more-or-less between Sedona and Sequoia & Kings Canyon. We found it surprisingly beautiful.

Door County

Cave Point
Door County is a charming peninsula in Wisconsin that juts out into Lake Michigan. We're glad we came, though we like our "up north" more rugged. And let's face it, when you live in Michigan, northern Michigan is more convenient!

Eastern Sierra

white trees in rain
It was a long drive from Wawona to Mammoth Lakes since the road through Yosemite was closed due to snow, but it was still scenic.

Franklin

Meriwether Lewis monument
Franklin is a cute and busy town at the north end of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Steve used to live in the area so we were focused on revisiting his old haunts instead.

Glacier National Park

mountain and lake
Glacier National Park is gorgeous and worth the long drive across the plains, even with part of the park closed due to COVID-19 and visibility diminished by smoke from wildfires.

Grand Teton National Park

mountain view
Grand Teton doesn't have the variety of Yellowstone but it does have gorgeous mountains and a perfect hike.

Interlochen

moon over Duck Lake
Interlochen State Park is in a beautiful area, including M-22, the Traverse City area, and Duck Lake, where we went kayaking.

Jackson

water tupelo
Stops on the Natchez Trace Parkway between Tupelo and Jackson are mostly historical. Cole Creek has a nice walk through a tupelo/cypress swamp.

Kailua-Kona

cruise ship off the coast with palm tree
We had a relaxing couple of days in Kailua-Kona only slightly spoiled by bad weather but more than compensated for by some of the best snorkeling ever.

Kauai

mountains on Kauai
We loved Kauai despite all the rain we had. It felt much more relaxed than Maui.

Kauai North Shore

Hanalei Bay in rain and fog
The north shore of Kauai is rainy, misty, and dramatic with beautiful beaches and the entrance to the Na Pali coast.

Kauai South Shore

waving seal
The south shore of Kauai tends to be the sunnier side. We like the laidback Poipu area with its restaurants within walking distance. Or a short quiet drive.

Las Vegas

Bellagio Fountain
After two weeks of natural splendor we finished up with a couple of days of manmade extravagance.

Ludington

sunset over Lake Michigan
We spent five glorious days kayaking and hiking at Ludington State Park on the shores of Lake Michigan. My favorite Michigan state park.

Maui

West Maui mountains
Maui is a beautiful island if a bit manicured and gentrified for our taste. It has some great sights -- like the road to Hana -- that I wouldn't want to miss.

Moab

Box-Death Wilderness Area
We didn't find much of interest in Moab itself but it's a great base for exploring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. (Along with some nearby state parks we didn't get to.)

Munising

cool stump
Munising is the closest town to Pictured Rocks and a good place for exploring the area, with a nice campground and some good lodging and dining options.

Natchez

river near WIndsor Ruins
Natchez is the southern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway. It has lots of old houses and B&Bs and is great for walking.

Oahu

Pearl Harbor
Honestly, we were not that interested in Oahu. But since we had to fly through there on the way home, we arranged it so we could spend a day there. We enjoyed it more than we thought we would. 

Orange Beach

Gulf State Park
Orange Beach wasn't really our kind of place. Too many high rises. Too much traffic. The beach and the nearby state park are beautiful though.

Page

road in southern Utah
We came to Page for Antelope Canyon. Lake Powell looked like it could be fun if we'd had more time in the area.

Panama City Beach

PCB at sunset
We stayed near the beach near Panama City Beach but never made it into town. The beach was our destination! And it was a great beach for relaxing and walking. Not busy at all.

Petoskey

beach at Petoskey State Park
Petoskey is one of my favorite places in Michigan. Great state park and beach and a walkable town with lots of dining and shopping options.