My United States Cities Bucket List

Here are five cities I’d like to visit in the United States in no particular order.

Charleston, South Carolina

Okay, I lied when I said the list isn’t in any particular order. It is, because Charleston is truly the number one city I would most like to visit  in the United States (and have wanted to for years). Its gorgeous and colorful historic buildings, the palm trees that grace its cobblestone streets that were definitely not “made for walking,” its fascinating history, oh, and of course the food. When places are described as being photogenic, I’m pretty sure they had Charleston in mind.

San Francisco, California

Believe it or not, I have never been to one of America’s most popular and beloved cities. I’m not sure why, considering San Francisco is one of the few cities you can fly to direct from Pittsburgh and every picture I’ve seen of it makes it seem like a pretty incredible place, between its unique topography, its location right on the water, and its multiethnic demographic (the more cultures and diversity the better, in my opinion). Did I mention I was a huge Full House fan as a kid and so seeing the famous “Painted Ladies” (where the Tanner family was supposed to have lived) would be a dream come true.

Denver, Colorado

While I will always prefer the beach to the mountains (and by beach I just mean a coastal area, I’m not a tanning fiend), my travels to Peru and Norway definitely instilled in me a newfound appreciation for mountains. And what better way to experience that than in a city like Denver, whose backyard is basically the Rocky Mountains. I also am intrigued by its historic origins that date back to Wild West times, like the famous Larimer Square, which is the oldest block in the city. The architecturally stunning and historic Union Station also doesn’t look half bad.

Seattle, Washington

In terms of West Coast cities, Seattle is a close second to San Francisco. Just like in Denver, photos I’ve seen of the skyline are absolutely striking, especially those from Queen Ann Hill with the Olympic Mountains “right there.” I’d love to do everything from taking a boat ride on one of the sounds to going to the top of a certain famous space needle to visiting Pike’s Place, one of the most famous food markets in the world. It might not have as much to interest me as a city like Boston or London, and yet I think from a photographer’s viewpoint, it would be amazing.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Naturally I’d want to visit any American city that was originally founded as a Spanish colony back in the 17th century. I love all things Hispanic culture-related and so between Santa Fe’s Pueblo-style buildings and the authentic Mexican fare that I’d be exposed to, I’m almost certain I’d have a fantastic time there. There’s also the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and as an art fiend, I’d definitely want to check that out too. Ideally, I’d love to visit during the Christmas season to partake in Las Posadas, which is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodgings in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. The luminaries against the backdrop of the centuries old buildings I’m sure is breathtaking to see.

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    March 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Out of your list I have been to Denver and Seattle. I preferred Seattle, but I think you should add New Orleans to your list!

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      March 8, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks for commenting Paula! I think of the two, Seattle intrigues me more but that’s only because I have more interest in seeing what’s outside of Denver (i.e. Rockies National Park 🙂 ).

      I’ve actually been to New Orleans already but would LOVE to return!

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    Bridget @ A Traveling B
    March 18, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Great list, Julie! I think your first choice is spot on and Seattle is a great addition to. I haven’t been to the other 3, but they are all high on my list. I am another person who has not been to San Francisco – it’s incredulous even to me! Looking forward to seeing which ones you visit this year!
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      March 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Bridget! I knew you’d approve of the Charleston one 🙂 And I’m super glad/relieved to hear that I am not the only well-traveled individual who has never been to the Bay City. Although here’s to hoping we both get there soon since it looks like it could keep us busy for days! 🙂

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