Which are your favorite places?
My parents had a bit of a wanderlust, so I’ve been all over the US, and a good part of Mexico too (though I don’t remember Mexico so well, other than it being so dirty). I’ve also been to Spain on my own twice and Germany (and a day trip to Luxemborg) once since growing up. #2 has been even more places over the world.
My favorite places that really stand out are places of natural beauty.
The gardens of the Alhambra. I think the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. In its full mid-summer glory.
The redwood forests.
Mt. Tamalpias– this is where my parents met. We visited many many times growing up.
Mount Shasta for camping. (#2 hates camping. And the outdoors. Mine are all cities.) (#1 notes: cabins, running water, toilets, showers)
The Grand Canyon. Vast and deep. Beautiful colors.
Somewhere in the desert along Route 66 there’s a natural cave that sticks strongly in my mind, though I spent much of the tour with a little old lady about my height who kept me back from the railing that was too tall to protect either of us. (My dad often entrusted me to little old ladies when we traveled without my mom.)
Santa Barbara with its constantly perfect weather.
Other places have awesome food.
Little Rock, Ark has the most amazing cake lady at their weekly big market. I’d give a lot for another piece of that cake.
Rowland Heights (and related suburbs) in Los Angeles for my favorite favorite Chinese and related food. Especially shaved ice! I’ve had it other places but it’s been different.
Houston, TX has a great ice cream shop that only has chocolate ice cream. There’s another chocolate shop I really like in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA.
Luxembourg, for street waffles.
A Vietnamese place in Mountain View, CA.
Valencia, Spain for street helado. Madrid was pretty good too, but I remember it most for this amazing shrimp stuffed salmon with cream sauce.
Anywhere in Europe for croissants.. though we did find one place in California that was almost as good as the average European croissant.
So much Chicago stuffed pizza… Great places in Chicago.
Did not really care for Disneyland.
Vancouver, BC was gorgeous, so gorgeous, and had extremely delicious Dim Sum. I admit to being a food wimp in Beijing, though. I would go back to Hong Kong for fun, though it’s a reeeeeeeeaaaaaaaallllllllllyyyyy long trip. The Bahamas were ok.
Seattle, oh so nice. I want to stay in a B&B there for, like, ever.
We both LOVE San Francisco.
Who can forget the soul-sweetening glory of Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR? (I would also like to go to Maine some day and PEI in Canada, but this is about the Portland in Oregon.)
Where have you been and what sticks in your mind most? The good memories, here, not the places where you remember being totally miserable… that’s another post!
[unrelated, but nifty: We were an editor's choice in this week's carnival of personal finance]