Travel in the US
Discovering our own backyard
With the lockdowns an travel restrictions of 2020 many of us looked to get away in a different way. We got in our car and drove around to discover beautiful places right here at home in the US. There are so many great national and state parks right here at home to discover. No matter where you live, you are only a short drive away from adventure.
For the love of Mountains
If you are a mountain mama (or papa) you have many great options for domestic travel. In the Northeast US, the Appalachian Mountains range with an area of 737,000 mi and elevation of 6,683 ft. is a terrific place to explore. The Blue Ridge Mountains are a part of the Appalachian Mountains range. The blue ridge mountains extend from southern Pennsylvania through Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. There are so many wonderful National Parks such as Shenandoah National Park with trails to explore located in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
If you venture into western North Carolina, you will find one of our favorite mountain towns, Asheville. Asheville is the best of both worlds, a small town feel mixed with a big city culture. Many crafters are on display at the Folk Art Center. A creative community of members spanning over nine states, the Southern Highland Craft Guild helps members showcase and market their creations. The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest privately owned home is right downtown Asheville in Biltmore Village. They offer tours of the home and expansive property.
All of this adventure is bound to make you hungry, and thirsty so why not grab a beer at one of Asheville’s 30 breweries. With more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., Asheville has been dubbed “Beer City USA”. To explore the brewery scene, check out Asheville’s Foodtopia beer scene.
Our east coast towns
The US has so many lovely and charming coastal towns to visit and explore. If you are visiting the east coast you can check out Coastal Virginia hot spots. Coastal Virginia or Eastern Shore region stretches 70 miles along the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Eastern Shore Virginia is accessible by the 17.5-mile long span Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel which is partly built underwater.
Virginia Beach is a very popular beach destination in Coastal Virginia covering 35 miles of sandy shores made up of three beaches which include the Chesapeake Bay Beaches, Sandbridge Beach, and Virginia Beach oceanfront. Interesting spots on the Virginia Peninsula such as Williamsburg and Poquoson, informally known as Bull Island have much to offer.
We spoke with the owner of Carpet Cleaning of Virginia Beach, a local business about what makes Virginia Beach so special. He said that coastal Virginia has so much to offer from concerts, beaches, watersports, and the mountains are only a short drive away. Coastal Virginia has a mild climate that affords outdoor activities nearly all year long. The strong values of the community, and the military bases here attract lovely residents to raise their families and the schools are great.