Sometimes we just need to get away. We haven’t taken too many trips lately, with significant time tied up with family-related things, work, etc. This has been getting me thinking about where I’d like to get way to for a week. Kind of a fun thought!
In terms of traveling within the U.S., I’ve been to 47 of the 50 states. Alaska, Hawaii, and Maine are the three that I’ve yet to visit. Hawaii in particular sounds fantastic, but that will have to wait for the future. I’m simply much busier now than I was when younger, and have much greater financial responsibilities! Plus, I had a lot more time and willingness to spend when younger. Having kids is a game-changer.
All that said, I’d love to take a week to just have a week to get away. The thing is, where would I go? Even though I don’t really travel anywhere anymore, all those times of traveling when younger haven’t escaped my memory, and I still remember some great places. You come to realize, after going different places, what types of destinations are most appealing for what you’re looking for.
Some places are great for exploring. Others are fun for history, yet others for culture and entertainment. Some locations are great for kids, especially for those quintessential family vacations.
In my case, I’m just thinking about a place to visit to chill, relax, and maybe just do a little light exploring. The one place that comes to mind right now is coastal Oregon. I’ve been there before, and probably written about it at some point over the last few years, but this is as good of a time as any to share why I think it’s a great place to visit.
Surprised to hear Oregon as a place to get away? I imagine many folks might prefer warmer locales, with beaches and palm trees. Well, there are beaches in Oregon, but not exactly warm with palm trees:)
What you do have, however, are beautiful coastal drives with the Pacific on one side, and mountains on the other. It’s sort of like a poor man’s version of the Pacific Coast Highway on California’s coast, with much of the same type of feel. The difference is that this has somewhat of a Pacific Northwest feel to it. But the layout and general approach to the coastal drive seem very similar to that of the more famed drive, but seemingly more unspoiled and under the radar. It’s a hidden gem, I think!
Besides the great drive with incredible scenery, there are nice little quaint towns with relaxing hotels and good restaurants. Very laid back, a great place to decompress while enjoying nature and still having some creature comforts. Certainly very different than here in suburban Chicago! By the way, I like it here, but “scenic” isn’t something can be said about anything here unless it’s by the lake (Michigan). Even then, it’s no match for the beauty of coastal Oregon.
That’s my place to get away, for now anyway: Coastal Oregon.
It’s also not the only place I could choose, and there are some others that are very different and in other parts of the country which could be great too. It’s just the place that resonates at the moment.
I’d like to hear about where you would get away to now, if you could pick any place in the U.S. or Canada to do so – at a reasonable cost.
My Questions for You
If you had to get away someplace, where would you go?
Do you have a “hidden gem” location that’s a nice place to get away, but not a mainstream tourist destination?