When I was young, my parents would pack the three of us kids into the station wagon with a cooler and sleeping bags and a tent and drive us around the country. We'd camp at campgrounds and mostly visit historical sites with a few natural wonders thrown in for variety. I'd like to say this is a list of my top-ten favorite places visited as a child, but in reality I had a hard time remembering 10 things. So it's kind of just a list of 10 things.
1. Yellowstone National Park - we actually rented a cabin here and stayed for a few days. We ate in a cafeteria-type place and saw Old Faithful.
2. Wall Drug - for about 700 miles before you get there, there are billboards announcing it. Also lots of motorcyclists on the highway, heading to Sturgis.
3. Great Smoky Mountains - We went there more than once. The streams are very cold to swim in.
4. Prince Edward Island - the fairest of all earthly places. Really.
5. Kentucky Horse Park - I loved horses growing up and I think maybe my parents chose to go here because I would like it so much.
6. Taos, NM - another place we stayed for almost a week, but this time in the tent. My sister got a cactus stuck in her hand and we visited Anasazi cave dwellings.
7. Boston - I remember buying a teal-colored t-shirt that said "Boston" on it and walking the Freedom Trail through the North End and seeing "the Garden."
8. St. Louis Arch - We drove from Harrisburg, PA, to St. Louis, MO in one day. It was long and awful. But the Arch was cool.
9. Interior, SD - where we ate Indian fry bread that was so good and they said the green hot sauce would "take the paint off your truck."
10. Outer Banks, NC - I remember eating at a restaurant where we could see the ocean on one side and the sound on the other. I think we camped there for 2 or 3 days and there were these people flying a kite way way way high up in the air. I think it was their "thing."
And two honorable mentions:
Vicksburg, MI - My father insisted on touring the battlefield even though it was 108 degrees even though (for once) we actually had a hotel room and the hotel had a pool. This is probably (other than that "longest day" drive mentioned above) one of my least favorite memories.
Niagara Falls - the joke in my family is that I declared this place "boring." They never let me forget that I said that.
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