My daughter lived on the West Coast, first in Portland, then Olympia Washington while she attended Evergreen State College. So I was out there at least 3 or 4 times a year and we enjoyed the most spectacular hikes, camping trips to the San Juan Islands, and eventually to Alaska. And when she was younger we traveled a lot, she went to camp near Ashville, NC. Then in Alabama a couple of years in her teens. So we would take time to visit sites along the way from Tampa to the Camps, and places not to far off that path.
While cities aren’t my cup of tea, I love all they have to offer for a few days up to a week. In the 80’s and 90’s I had jobs that required some travel, but my last job was National Sales Manager of WSJT, The Jazz Station and WHPT, The Point, I was on the road a lot. And loved it. I covered the major market cities as we called them so was in New York, Chicago, Philly, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, LA, San Fran and others on a regular basis. While I was on the west coast I always tried to work in some vacation time so I was able to actually drive all the way from San Diego to Vancouver several times, stopping at all the cool places along the way. And in the 80’s when I worked for Harte Hanks I had a chance to visit Phoenix as well as places like Jamaica, Mexico and others on our hard earned sales trips.
My husband is from Detroit so we lived up there for a short time while he worked (automotive design/engineer). We used it as a base visit Toronto, Niagara Falls, Chicago and other areas he was familiar with having lived there since birth for most of his adult life. And my daughter, like me, loves nature and has lived many places, all stunningly beautiful so I had the chance to visit places like Utah, Montana, Jacksonhole Hole, Up state New York, Virginia and DC when she was there. So definitely no stranger to the wonder of what the good ole USA has to offer. But it is familiar. And comfortable. As are most western countries. Which is one of the reasons we love Asia so much. Along with the safety factor.