These are some of my favorite places that I have had the chance to go to thus far in my life. It is amazing how many gorgeous, stunning places this world contains.
- Estes Park, Colorado
I have been to Estes Park four times total, twice within the last year. I love Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding tourist town. There are so many gorgeous day hikes anywhere from one mile long to ten miles long. I particularly enjoy hikes with water, and hikes where you have a pretty view for most of the trip. The Rockies check those boxes. There are also a variety of hikes at different difficulties. You can see beauty on a flat, easy stroll or a challenging climb. My favorite coffee shop, Coffee on the Rocks, is located in Estes Park as well. This mountain town is just so gorgeous, filled with wildlife and the most stunning nature.
Where I’ve stayed:
- Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
On a carribean cruise out of Cape Canaveral in 2018, our last stop was in Grand Turk. Grand Turk hands down has the most gorgeous, unreal ocean water I could ever even imagine. We went snorkeling and could see until it got so deep it was dark. The water alone makes this place rank on my favorites list.
- Alaskan Cruise: Ketchikan, Junea, Skagway, and British Columbia
In 2014 my family and I went on an Alaskan cruise with Norwegian. It was amazing. Alaska is so remote and unlike any other place I have ever been. We sailed to and from Seattle. We went whale watching, on a glacier walk, and on a sea plane through the misty fjords.
- New York City, New York
My family went to NYC in the summer of 2016, and it really is a city like no other. I loved how many attractions there were; simply walking the streets is entertaining. Exploring all the different burroughs, riding the subway, eating at the original Grimaldi’s pizza and pretty much anywhere, walking Wall Street..I had a great time exploring this city.
- Rangeley, Maine
My now-husband’s family owns a small cabin right on Rangeley Lake in Maine. I have had the opportunity to visit here three times, and I would gladly go back. Maine has some of the most pristine, cold & clear lakes I have ever seen, bordered by mountains and rugged forests. We have gone on several canoeing camping trips, hiked Mount Katahdin (the largest mountain in Maine and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail), gone on hiking trips, and spent many hours paddleboarding on the water. I like how life seems to slow down in Maine.
- Orange Beach, Alabama
I grew up going to Orange Beach every summer with my family and another family for about 15 years straight. Living in Houston, this was the nicest beach we could get to by car in the shortest amount of time (about 9 hours). The water was a clear blue, the sand a pristine white, the same beach as Destin, Florida but a two hour shorter drive. I have so many memories of playing in the ocean for hours, going to The Shrimp Shack, Lulu’s, and the Oyster House, eating Blue Bell Country Cones (for awhile these were not in Texas), building massive sand castles on the shore, hunting for sand crabs late at night, and waking up and going to bed listening to the ocean. This beach will always hold a special place in my heart for all the memories it holds. Vacationing with another family of five made it all the more fun.
The last several years we went to the beach, we stayed at the Grand Pointe condos. It is right next to the Floribama and along a rock jetty, which allowed for a little bit less crowded beach.