In this week’s blog, I’ve gathered quite a lengthy list of places I’d like to check out in each of the United States. In the upcoming months, I plan to be on the road extensively and I wanted a reference list for each state. This is so that when I know I’m headed to South Dakota in a week, I can look at that specific state’s list and say “Great, I’ll go here, here, & here.” Some things have not been put on the list because I’ve either been there already, it’s too expensive, or I’m unaware that it exists. If you’re reading my blog and see something missing that you think is vital to my living, please share so that I can add it to my own list and check it out for myself. These are all destinations that are relatively popular already and I’d love for anyone to share some of their favorite local spots that I may have forgotten. I won’t drag on any longer because you’ve got a LONG list ahead of you (and so do I)!
This week’s blog will be relatively short and sweet. I have several new series I want to start for this next year and this is among them. I have my official bucket list, but I also have an ongoing list of things that I’d like to do on my off time. They may not be life changing, but they make my life whole. Some examples may include trying that new deli that everyone’s been talking about, visiting a local travel destination I saw on my Instagram Explore feed, or going to a unique new bar that has crafty spirits. So, I always have new things that I want to try out. When I wrote my “What to do in Ohio” blog, I was blown away by all of the things that my friends shared that I’ve never done or places I’ve never seen in Ohio. My ‘to-do’ list for Ohio got a whole lot longer. To get to the point of all of this, I was writing the Ohio blog and I was typing out the words ‘Cuyahoga Valley State Park…’ hmm, that sounds wrong. This, literally one week ago, was when I discovered there was a National Park within 45 minutes of where I live and I didn’t even know it! We literally traveled all over our beautiful country in search of every National Park we could hit on the way, meanwhile not ever going to Cuyahoga Valley National park; but worse, not even knowing it was a National Park. This is when I filed away another new ‘to-do’ list in the old noggin. My newest ‘to-do’ list is to try and see every National Park that United States has to offer. This is also the start of a new series I’d like to host where, after I go to each National Park, I write a blog covering the trails, transportation, parking, traffic, hikes, etc. To start the newest series off, I’d like to list, by state, every National Park that U.S.A. has to offer.
As we come into the New Year and I develop my blog, I’m working on a new series. I’d like to hit every state and share some of the most popular destinations and some of the hidden gems that only the locals know about. I’ve used search engines asking “What to do in *insert destination here.*” Oftentimes, this question results in the most popular destinations or “tourist traps” in said area. I love a good tourist trap, it became that way for a reason, whether it be incredible food, fun activities, or beautiful scenery; however, I also like to wander off the beaten track every once in awhile and step away from the crowd.
They say “write what you know;” the funny thing is, I haven’t even been to half of these places even after living here almost 25 years. However, I have been to quite a few and thanks to my fellow Facebook friends, I have a wonderful list of tourist destinations and not-so-touristy destinations for you to visit on your next trip to Ohio. As a northern state, Ohio tends to be pretty “seasonal.” A lot of these places will be busier in the summer months, stay slow during fall and spring, and oftentimes be closed during winter. Ohio has a very nice summer, not too hot or humid; but beware of the weather station because it almost always gets it wrong. I’ll share pertinent websites, information and opinions if I have been to the location. Some of the locations I had heard of and some of them were shared by friends. There’s hiking, biking, waterfalls, skiing, snowboarding, sailing, boating, camping, drinking, and beaching. There’s something for everyone in Ohio!