United States Cities and their Attractions
Presented by Charles L Harmon
Although many, if not most of us in the United States live in a city or town but many of us don’t venture to other places in our country as much as we probably should. When we think of travel many of us automatically think we have to go out of the country. But that’s not true. Yes we can and most certainly do visit other countries but sometimes neglecting some of the attractions that are local, in adjoining states or several hundred miles away. That’s not counting any cross country attractions or other interesting travel destinations a day, or day-and-a-half’s drive away or even just a couple of hours away by plane.
In this section we will be highlighting some of the cities that have attractions you should know about and visit if you can. Vacations or weekend travels to some of these cities and places can be a grand experience. Many offer activities and places for children and it’s all right within the USA which means, among other things, the travel expenses are minimal compared to going to other countries. In any case you will find untapped adventures and places to explore within a few hundred miles of your own home, often within driving distance or a short plane hop.
Take for example myself. I live in Southern California. I’ve driven to Las Vegas many times; it’s slightly less than 300 miles from my door. I’ve also flown there and it’s less than an hour from the airport to Vegas, but travel time to the airport, Ontario International Airport, can be a hassle depending on the day and time. Las Vegas is great, lots of attractions and places to go, including Bolder Dam. But you know something, I can just as easy, even easier, take State Highway 74, less than a mile from my house and drive down to San Juan Capistrano, the Pacific coast beaches, San Diego, San Diego Zoo, and a myriad of other places and have an enjoyable time at less cost and less preparation.
Heading another direction I can go to Los Angeles and the tons of attractions and things to do going west instead of south. Or as I’ve done many times head east to the desert and Palm Springs and those desert cities. Even heading north, then east the drive to Arizona and beyond is definitely not out of the question as I have done that many times, the last being about a year ago when I drove thru Arizona and stopped at the meteor creator, then the Grand Canyon and further to New Mexico and stopped at Albuquerque and on to Colorado to the Denver area.
Even when I lived in Pasadena California trips to interesting places and attractions were a frequent thing. I drove to San Francisco many times. Beautiful Santa Barbabra is on the way, beautiful Monterey bay and other interesting places were stops I couldn’t resist. One could check out Solvang, the beaches near Vandenberg AFB, Santa Maria, and way before that the beach at Zuma Beach outside Los Angeles. So many places, so little time.
You can do the same thing no matter where you live. You can always take a road trip, even on a weekend and find enjoyable places and activities all over the USA just awaiting your arrival. Some of these cities and places to go will interest you and who knows it could be one of your next exciting travel destinations.
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