Where Have You Been?

I love to travel. If I could, that is all that I would do. Oh well.

In my twenty three years, I’ve traveled to 23 out of 50 US states (24 when you count Washington D.C.) and my goals is to someday visit all of them. Today, I’m going to share some of my stories from a few of my favorites trips to some of these states. Make sure to share which state is your favorite in the comments!

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Springdale, Utah

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Utah was an unexpected favorite. Nothing against Utah but it never had a strong pull for me. In summer 2008, my family took a trip out west to go to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion Canyon. We flew into Las Vegas and then drove to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, north rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion Canyon before heading home. Zion Canyon, located in Springdale, UT, was one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen. The picture, taken with my old point and shoot camera when I was 12, doesn’t do the place justice. We ended up spending a few extra days in Zion because we wanted as much time here as possible. We hiked part of the Narrows, which has you in in the water for a while as you hike through the river that meanders through the canyon. The color of the rocks was something I’ll never forget. Even the color of some of the local plants. It was incredible that in a place where it was 110 degrees that whole time we were there could be so incredible and, dare I say, magical? I highly recommend it. If you get the chance, make sure to stay at the Zion Lodge!

University of Nebraska- Lincoln

For some odd reason, the International Thespian Festival for high school theatre troupes is held every year at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. In 2011, I got the chance to attend with other members of my troupe. What a trip that was! We drove from Connecticut to Nebraska over the course of a couple of days. We stopped in Cleveland for a night and Des Moines for another before finally making it out to Lincoln for the week. And what a week it was!

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While in Lincoln, we experienced a tornado drill (they actually evacuated the theater we were in at the time!), spent a lot of time seeing incredible high school theatre from around the country, and found a pretty cool thrift shop near the campus. One of the best parts of this trip, was getting to meet other theatre students from around the country and world! Plus some of the kids who we did Leadership training with are now in movies and stuff so that is pretty cool!

Chicago

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Chicago is one of my favorite US cities and I’m lucky enough to have been able to go out a few times over the years. One of my favorite things I’ve done in Chicago is Lollapalooza. I’ve been lucky enough to go twice (2012 and 2016) and both times were incredible. Three and (now) four days of some of the best music out there is a must if you ever get the chance. Going to Lolla meant that I got to see some of my favorite artists live. The whole weekend of Lolla is madness but you always want more.

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Here are some of my favorite performances from 2012 and 2016:

  • The Black Keys (2012)
  • Metric (2012)
  • Animal Kingdom (2012)
  • Alabama Shakes (2012)
  • JEFF the Brotherhood (2012)
  • FIDLAR (2012 and 2016)
  • Florence + The Machine (2012)
  • The Gaslight Anthem (2012)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2012)
  • Lana Del Rey (2016)
  • The 1975 (2016)
  • City and Colour (2016)
  • Melanie Martinez (2016)
  • Wavves (2016)
  • Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls (2016)
  • Pvris (2016)
  • St. Lucia (2016)
  • Houndmouth (2016)

What are your favorite travel stories? Make sure to share in the comments!

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