When it comes to travel destinations in the United States, I believe the Great Lakes region is one of the most overlooked and underrated regions of the country to travel to. The states in-and-around the Great Lakes have a wide range of uniquely beautiful and amazing things to see and do. One of the most well known and frequently visited of the region’s tourist attractions is undoubtedly Mackinac Island in Lake Huron. While the island was used as a military fortification in the country’s formative years, today the island is geared more towards servicing tourists that are looking to leave their car behind and enjoy a vacation free from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life.
When I was a kid, my parents bought be a National Geographic subscription and I used to page through those magazines and imagine visiting the far-away places that I read about on those pages. I would pin the pull-out maps on my wall and circle the places that I really wanted to see. My imagination would run wild as I thought about what it would be like to visit some of the amazing destinations and experience some of the wonderful cultural festivals I read about. I guess you could say that is when I first started to put together a travel bucket list, which is something I still keep track of to this day.
Ever since it was introduced to the rest of the world in 1911, Machu Picchu in Peru has been captivating the imagination of travelers from all around the globe. As one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the site is familiar to most people. However, for most people, Machu Picchu seems like one of those places that you can dream of, but never manage to get to. Whether it seems like it is so far away or whether it appears too hard to get to, it manages to remain on many people’s bucket lists year-after-year. For many travelers, “maybe someday” never seems to come and the dream of visiting this amazing wonder of the world remains a dream.
For many avid travelers, Ireland is an absolute dream destination. Between its historic castles, lush green fields, stunning cliffed shorelines, and culturally rich cities, Ireland really does have it all. Whether you are planning a trip to take part in the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, learn about the storied history of the area, soak up views of the stunning Irish countryside, or try your hand at some of the country’s historic links golf courses, Ireland has a bit of something for everyone.
For many travelers, finding the perfect beach is the key to finding the perfect travel destination. For these travelers, there is no interest in the hustle-and-bustle of sightseeing in a busy city or the sweat and breathlessness that goes with alpine hiking. Instead, they would prefer to trade the subway pass or hiking boots for a beach towel and some sunscreen. After all, soft sand, crystal blue waters, and lots of sunshine can really help recharge your batteries.
When I look back at it, I think 2019 was a really good year for me for both travel and travel photography. I was extremely blessed to visit some truly breathtaking countries and capture what I think are some really quality photographs. As has become my tradition, at the beginning of each January I like to share with you what I believe are my best photographs from the year before. These are photographs that I am extremely proud of and very excited to share with you. I hope they inspire you to travel as much as other photographs that I have seen have inspired me to explore.
New Zealand’s South Island is full of amazing and beautiful landscapes. With stunning mountains and crystal blue, glacially-fed lakes, there isn’t a shortage of breathtaking scenery. While Lake Tekapo may not have the notoriety that some of the more well-known spots on the South Island have, it isn’t for a lack of beauty. On the contrary, it happens to be one of the South Island’s most beautiful landscapes.
As the second-largest of three parallel lakes located along the north side of the Mackenzie Basin, Lake Tekapo, as well as the small town by the same name, are enveloped by some of the prettiest snow-capped peaks in the Southern Alps. The waters of the lake, which are fed by glaciers that originate high within the surrounding mountain peaks, is a beautiful color of blue that is a trademark of glacially-fed bodies of water.
In this edition of my countdown of the top United States travel destinations, I am going to conclude my countdown with items 1-10 on my list. There are some fantastic places to add to your United States travel bucket list on here, some of which are lesser-known travel treasures. If you don’t have a travel bucket list for the United States, this might be a good time to start one. With this list, you will have no shortage of amazing ideas!
White Sands is one of the most stunning landscapes in the United States. Not only is it the largest collection of sand dunes in the United States, but the beautiful white, gypsum sand dunes are also some of the most unique sand dunes found anywhere in the world. While gypsum is one of the most common minerals on the planet, because it easily dissolves in water, it is very rarely found on the surface of the ground. These unique and amazing traits made White Sands worthy of becoming a National Monument back in 1933.
In this edition of my countdown of the top United States travel destinations, I am going to cover items 11-20 on my list. There are some fantastic places to add to your United States travel bucket list on here, some of which are lesser-known travel treasures. If you don’t have a travel bucket list for the United States, this might be a good time to start one. With this list, you will have no shortage of amazing ideas!