We are planning an upcoming trip to _____________. This is my dilemma, the blank space. I know, I know, there are people making really tough decisions in life. I don't mean to marginalize those struggles. Mine is trivial. My husband and I are about to celebrate 15 years of marriage, and we are going on our first vacation without the kids. Just he and I, the Dreamer (our vintage camper), and the open road. Residing in the middle of the country has its advantages. Unique adventures in all regions are within reach. Here's my working list:
Aspen Viewing in Colorado- Although I was just there a few months ago, I can't help but long to return. Before my first visit to the Rockies, I had no clue just how hard I would fall for those mountains. The air is intoxicating, so pure and fresh. The feeling you get when you're sitting at the base of massive rocks is only matched by the exhilaration of climbing to the top. While I've visited this beloved state several times, I have yet to experience the splendor of fall.
Minnesota's North Shore- I've been highly intrigued by this possibility. It seems there are so many activities that appeal to both my husband and I: biking, hiking, fishing, waterfalls to explore, and wildlife to see. Although there aren't mountains to climb, it seems outdoor adventures in Minnesota are plentiful. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports peak fall colors are timed perfectly with our travel dates, making it the icing on the cake.
Getting Away in the Natural State- I often wonder why I have yet to explore the abundance of recreational opportunities in Arkansas. It is a very short drive for us, and their slogan speaks volumes for what you can expect in this state. Waterfalls, mountains, lakes, hot springs, eclectic towns, and over 250 day hikes means I will satisfy the wild inside of me.
Discovering More in the Land of Lincoln- Another neighboring state that I wouldn't normally think of when trip planning. When I think of Illinois, I think of getting to the other side. It turns out, there is more to see between the farm fields east of the Mississippi and a big lake to the north. Starved Rock State Park and Matthiesssen State Park boast waterfalls, rocky bluffs to conquer, and a quiet reprieve close to home.
Putting our Toes in the Water and Sand- This one is totally for the hubs! Although, I still have a piece of my heart on the beaches of Florida. With so many state parks dotted along the Panhandle, it may be best to give one more salute to summer and spend our few days alone salty and sandy.
What do you think? What is your favorite fall vacation? We love spontaneity, and will likely surprise everyone with our choice. Here's to 15 years of marriage, loads of adventure, and a lifetime of memories!
Born with a severe case of wanderlust, I'm always searching for new adventures and sharing those stories here.