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Planning my trip to Asheville

17 Jul

Happy Wednesday, everyone! As I’ve mentioned previously on the blog, I will be traveling to Asheville in August for a quick weekend trip to attend a wedding. I won’t have too much time to explore the city while I’m there, but in the time I do have, I want to focus on visiting some of the historical places that Asheville has to offer. As much as I love to hike and do brewery tours, which are quite plentiful in Asheville, I want to save that stuff for when I visit again with my roommates. I’m just excited to be able to cross one off the travel bucket list! Here are some of the places I would like to see while I’m there:

1. The Biltmore: The Biltmore is a place I’ve always wanted to tour and luckily enough for me, the wedding is taking place there, so I’ll be able to see the estate and attend an event there. Gotta love two birds with one stone when it comes to travel, right?

2. Thomas Wolfe Memorial: I’ll admit, I don’t know too much about Thomas Wolfe and I’m not familiar with his writings, but from checking out the website it looks like a gorgeous, old house and I am not one to pass up a tour of a historical house!

3. Pack Square: This isn’t technically a historic site, it’s more like an area, but I think it would be nice to walk around one of the districts of the city to check out some shops and really get a feel for the city and it’s culture.

4. Downtown Asheville Historic District: This historic area is similar to Pack Square, in that I more so plan on walking around the historic district and seeing what I stumble on. I think sometimes the best finds, are the ones you happen upon while exploring a city!

I used the National Parks Service’s Travel Itinerary on Asheville to get an idea of what I should see while I’m there. I highly recommend checking out their other historic travel itineraries too, it is a great resource and they have many on different cities, regions, and historic themes. I actually used to work for this department of NPS and I could go on for hours about how fantastic this program is, but I’ll save that ramble for another day and another post!

Have any of you guys ever been to Asheville or have any recommendations of historic places to see or places to eat/shop/get a delicious coffee? Let me know!

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Too much to see, Too little time (and money)!

12 Jul

Like many of you out there in the blogosphere, traveling has always been a great passion of mine.  I often find myself at work, daydreaming of all the places I would like to go and all of the trips I would like to take. I figured for my first post, it would be best to organize my daydreams into a list, a bucket list if you will, of all of the places I would love to see in my life (and blog about) both in the US and all over the world. I’ve organized this list into three groups (You know you’re Type A when you organize your lists).  I have one for North Carolina, the US, and outside of the US. I’ve put asterisks by the places I  would like to travel to within 2013.

North Carolina:

  • Asheville* (I’ll actually be checking this one off in August, but I’m going for a wedding, so I don’t think I’ll have too much time to explore!)
  • Wilmington
  • Charlotte
  • Beaufort
  • Boone’s Cave State Park (in Lexington)*
  • Shelby

The US:

  • Visit all 59 national parks (I’m hoping to do Bryce Canyon/Zion within the year, but I’m not sure if a lack of funds will allow me)
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Follow the Lewis & Clark trail (make a road trip out of it)
  • Route 66
  • Boston, MA
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Savannah, GA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Portland, OR
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Memphis, TN* (My cousin lives there, so this one should be easier!)
  • Nashville, TN
  • Denver, CO
  • Hawaii
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Bonnaroo Road Trip
  • Jacob’s Wall (Wimberly, TX)
  • Portland, Maine

Around the World (Imagine Daft Punk playing as you read this list):

  • Jamaica
  • Great Wall of China
  • Greece
  • Puerto Rico
  • Canada (Try to visit all of the provinces)
  • Amsterdam
  • India
  • Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • England
  • Norway (especially the Sky Bridge)
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • New Zealand (Have to do a Lord of the Rings tour!)
  • Hike El Camino de Santiago

I think it’s safe to say, I would like to see everything this big, old world has to offer. I’ll continue to update this list as I discover new places to visit.  Time to start planning some trips! I think I’ll start with what I can squeeze in while I’m in Asheville for that short weekend. Any suggestions?

What about you guys? Which places are at the top of your travel bucket lists, I’d love to hear!