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This place is special to me because it feels like a living work of art. The expansive sky paints the dramatic desert below in light that is both energizing and calming. It's an area where artisan craft and skill is honored in everything from food to jewelry to weaving to architecture. I love to walk around the plaza and breathe in the crisp, cool air, surrounded by the beauty of native plants and succulents, warmed by the walls of adobe buildings. Among my favorite things to do are shopping for hand-woven textiles, sipping a handcrafted cocktail or beer, dining on authentic southwestern cuisine, and strolling the stands of exquisite Native American jewelry at the Palace of the Governors. Santa Fe is the embodiment of the state nickname "Land of Enchantment".
This place is special to me because of the rich culture you get to experience everywhere you turn! Frankenmuth to me is like that cozy feeling you get during Christmas time but all year long and It’s somewhere I can spend countless hours in and never get bored!
This place is special to me because when my best friend and I were both 23, we took the roadtrip of a lifetime! We started in Michigan, spent a week driving out west, a week down the coast, and a week driving back. It was unforgettable and introduced me to some of my now favorite places, like western Montana and San Francisco!
This place is special to me because the beaches in the San Francisco Bay Area are extremely beautiful and so easy to reach by foot or bike or car or bus! And, the coffee is amazing! I take hikes at one of these places on a weekly basis. I recommend them all!
This place is special to me because I was born and raised here. My Grandparents were born and raised here and built their house from digging the basement up! My Mom was born and raised here. I lived here until I moved away after college in 1997. This town still holds so many memories and amazing nostalgic places. It might not be a typical vacation destination or even mean much to anyone who wasn't born or lived here but it has a history that is quite amazing! It is located in the middle of Illinois between Springfield and Chicago, smack in the middle of soybean and cornfields. It is after all known as the Soybean Capital of the World. Decatur was known to be one of the stops on the Underground Railroad, was the first home to Abraham Lincoln, and was a top secret location that produced parts of the atomic bombs in the Manhattan Project during World War II. The restaurants, parks, lakes, and factories featured on my map brought Decatur residents together and made many wonderful memories. Many of these places are no longer existing but their memories live on in our hearts and minds and now on my map of Decatur, Illinois.
This map is special to me because Manhattan is one of the most vibrant and overwhelming cities I've ever visited. This is a place that truly made me feel small (but in the BEST way!). This map includes just a few of the many highlights of my trip, some sentimental - some just good ol' touristy destinations! Everyone should visit this magical place at least once in their lives!!
Want to show a friend a good time? Well Vegas has it for you: start in the late afternoon, see local art galleries, secret murals, cool interesting coffee places with good concept of food to all the way to bars with cool concepts, to dancing places. You can easily spend a few hours in Downtown Las Vegas. Lots to offers in a few blocks.
This place is special to me because it’s my lovable little college town in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains. I feel like a local by now, but here’s the thing: when I’m traveling to an unfamiliar spot, I like the idea of staying undercover as much as possible. Anyone relate?? Yep, I know I’m snapping photos every 2 minutes and have an itinerary straight out of Yelp, but do the locals really have to roll their eyes and shake their heads?? So, to help you avoid being targeted as tourists by eagle-eyed college students, I want to pass on some tips on how to blend in and convince them you’re one of their own. So check out the map, head into the mountains, and you’ll be feeling 22 in no time ;)
This place is special to me because I grew up on the Florida beaches, and one year worked for an architect whose office was within walking distance of this architectural gem. I remember the incredibly designed cabinetry, trim work, and built-ins I saw in the interiors, and the painstaking deliberation over small details such as exterior paint colors. Many houses have names, picket fences line foot paths (cars aren't needed), and a short walk through artsy pavilions will take you to what everyone comes to see -the fine, powdery white sands and aqua blue surf. When hunger strikes there are plenty of food options, and for entertainment there is shopping, theater/fine arts performances, educational lectures, and bike rentals. I would love to go back with my camera to recapture memories from long ago. Seaside has been heralded as "probably the most influential resort community since Versailles" by Newsweek. I highly recommend visiting here if you love the ocean, architectural beauty and design, and want a peaceful, urban-modern vacation in a small community.
This place is special to me because I love kitsch! My hometown area of Traverse City is known for many things: wineries, restaurants, outdoor sports, etc. But ever since Mom gave me "The Guinness Book Of World Records" for Christmas when I was eleven years old, I have loved oddities of all kinds (I participated in two events vying for inclusion in the Guinness book: 1) world's largest chicken dance and 2) world's largest ice cream social). And after living in this area for over twenty years, I continue to find new and exciting oddball places to visit.