My Top 5 Dream U.S. Travel Destinations

Traveling is something I think about a lot. I want to visit so many places to explore and experience new things. I thoroughly enjoy pinning pictures of my dream travel destinations on Pinterest. It’s slightly addicting! I was looking at my Pinterest travel board and it made me want to write a post on my top five dream travel destinations in the United States. So, in descending order, here are my top five!

1. Seattle, Washington


The Space Needle, Mount Rainier, Pike Place Market, Lake Union, house boats, Puget Sound, underground tours, and all the coffee. Everything about Seattle is captivating to me and I want to visit so badly! I’ve read a few books that have brought Seattle alive for me, including Morning Glory by Sarah Jio and pretty much anything by Debbie Macomber. I recently posted in a survey about how I’m afraid of flying, and Kylie commented that I’d have to fly somewhere that’s really worth it to get over my fear. I definitely think Seattle it that place for me.

2. Savannah, Georgia


Once again, a book made a city come alive for me. I read Paula Deen’s book a few years back and instantly wanted to visit Savannah. It seems like such a quaint, old-fashioned city. The historic districts, Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, and Forsyth Park are especially interesting to me. Of course I want to visit The Lady and Sons for some good Southern cooking, too.

3. New Orleans, Louisiana


To me, New Orleans seems vibrant and alive. The culture there is so strong. The first time I wanted to visit NOLA was when I saw The Princess and the Frog. Yes, an animated Disney movie sparked my interest. My dream visit to New Orleans would include walking around the French Quarter, eating Beignets and drinking coffee at Cafe Du Monde, walking inside a shotgun house, hearing someone speak the local dialect, and listening to some live jazz music on the streets.

4. Phoenix, Arizona


The landscape and weather in Phoenix is so incredibly different from where I live that I’m just dying to experience it. I hear the sunsets are stunning, and that the intense heat is a dry heat. That’s an interesting concept for this Pittsburgh gal, who knows high humidity all too well. I want to try authentic Mexican food, go hiking on Camelback Mountain, and stare at all of the gorgeous flora and fauna.

5. Sanibel, Florida


Sanibel is a city on an Island. How cool is that? I’ve read it is one of the best seashell beaches in the world. Sanibel is appealing to me because it has a secluded air about it, abundant natural beauty, and plenty of interesting wildlife. I’d love to go shelling, visit the local wildlife refuge, and check out the unique-looking lighthouse.

Honorable mentions include anywhere in Hawaii, Maine, and Alaska. Also, Charleston, South Carolina and Key West, Florida. Places I’ve been to and want to visit again include Dallas, Washington D.C., Niagara Falls, and Marco Island, Florida.

What are your top five dream travel destinations?

Life Lately

It has already been a month since my last life lately post. I’m not sure where the time has gone! September was a good month. It was filled to the brim with work, pet sitting, and all sorts of random fun.


My mother-in-law had a birthday at the beginning of the month, so we went out to eat with her to celebrate.


She is such a loving, kind, and caring person. I can’t even describe how glad I am that she is my mother-in-law and that she raised my husband to be the man that he is today.


I started getting a little more focused on mine and Jimmy’s food budget in September, too. Instead of buying packaged snacks for our lunches, I’ve been making homemade snack bars. I was thinking about posting on how we try to save money on groceries and meals, but I’m not sure if anyone would be interested, haha.

Collage 4

I love coloring, and I bought an adult coloring book over the summer. I totally got my sister-in-law into it, and she got my mother-in-law into it, too. So, we had a girls’ night of coloring and baking caramel apple pie cookies, which were superb.


I’ve been working on a little art project. I had the above picture frame filled with “real life” dog pictures, mostly of Lola, Brandy, and Moses. I thought it would be fun to draw pictures of some of my favorite dog breeds and put them in the picture frame. Poor Jimmy. He came home from work one day and was cracking up. It makes me smile every time I see it. I just need to finish the last three pictures!


I don’t know what it is about fall–maybe the whole back to school thing–but I have been getting the urge to organize, clean, and decorate. I’m definitely okay with that ;).

Jimmy and I also went to our town’s Oktoberfest celebration, which was a blast and just so cute. We listened to live music, ate cotton candy, and shopped around at all the vendor tables. We were supposed to go to a corn maze with our church this weekend, but it was cancelled because Pittsburgh is expected to have blustery and rainy weather. Yikes!

Alright, I better get going. Hope everyone has a nice day!

What have you been up to lately?