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As a Canadian, the United States is the country I’ve gotten to visit the most (outside my own). I’ve gotten to go to some extraordinary places in the US like New Orleans and New York, and there are a lot more places in the US I want to visit. However there a lot of places in the US that I’ve technically been to, but due to circumstances (lack of time and poor planning) I never really got to see. Here are five places in the US I need to revisit.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Several years ago a couple of friends and I road tripped to Las Vegas, and we decided to take a detour to The Grand Canyon along the way. We drove (from Salt Lake City) for several hours, got to The Grand Canyon, snapped a few photos, wandered around the gift shop for a few minutes and left. I’m not much of an outdoor adventure person, but I’d like the chance to spend at least a night here, and maybe check out The Grand Canyon Skywalk. An icon like The Grand Canyon deserves more than 30 minutes time and is a place I want to revisit.
I spent a brief two days in Houston before my first trip to New Orleans in 2012. I went to Houston because I had air miles to use, and not quite enough to get me to all the way to New Orleans. What I failed to realize was Houston is a big, sprawling city, and I felt pretty overwhelmed during my two days there. I wandered around downtown and did a fun, historic pub crawl. Aside from that, I didn’t get to see much of America’s 4th largest city. I think it’d be neat to check some attractions in Houston like the quirky The Orange Show Monument, or some live music at a venue like Dosey Doe. It seems like there’s a lot I missed in Houston and I’d like a chance to revisit this city.
Los Angeles, California
My first visit ever outside of Canada was a family trip to Los Angeles when I was 12. And yes, like a lot of family vacations to the LA area this trip involved visiting Disneyland and Universal Studios. I’d love to go back Los Angeles and see some of the sites outside of theme parks. Sure I’d check out places like Venice Beach and The Hollywood Walk of Fame. I’d also like to see a live show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre or check out a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. I have a feeling that it would be a very different trip than the one I took 18 years ago.
There are a lot of states I’ve driven through on road trips, but not spent much time in. Aside from a night in Ellsworth, my visit to Maine on a road trip with a friend in 2009 involved seeing the interstate from a car window. It was a very rushed trip, and while putting an entire state on this list might be a bit much, but I’d love to go back and spend some more time in Maine. Maybe visit Acadia National Park, and spend some time visiting Portland, which looks to have a pretty cool local food scene (we drove through Portland, but didn’t stop there). Plus I could eat so many lobster rolls on my next visit to Maine.
Like I said I’ve visited several states, but many just for one night or passing through on a road trip. I spent a night in Duluth two years ago while driving from Michigan to Washington. My time in Minnesota was compounded by frustration when the few photos I snapped during my trip didn’t show up on my camera (so I have no pictures from my brief time in Minnesota). Honestly, I’d love to go back and spend a little more time in Minnesota, maybe check out some of its the quirky attractions like The Spam Museum. And while I didn’t get to go there, I’d love to visit Minneapolis, because it seems like a fun and underrated US city.
What places in the US would you like to revisit?