One of my best friends, Ellen, and I decided to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain during the summer before our senior year of college. Throughout our education abroad program in Barcelona taking trips outside the city was one of our favorite things to do. I loved spending the weeks in the relaxed and robust city, but the wanderlust bug crept up on me during the weekends. There is always something new to explore and I needed to explore it!
New York City is America’s most iconic metropolis and the home of the ultimate American dream which also makes it a tourist’s paradise. There is so much to do that you could spend a lifetime in the city and not see it all. I’ve been to New York a couple of times, both with family, and during each trip we fully embraced the tourist mentality. Here are my top five favorite tourist activities in the Big Apple:
If you’ve been following along with Mad’s Muses on Instagram (hint, hint, follow me at @madsmuses) you know that I visited Seattle a couple of weeks ago with one of my best friends. Seattle quickly became one of my favorite cities that I’ve visited, partly because of their “buy local” mentality.
If you know me, you know that I love a good farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets are home to local artisans and their goods, and Seattle’s Pike Place is the be-all and end-all of farmer’s markets. In addition to the distinct marketplace staples like fruit, veggies, and crafts, Pike Place has rows upon rows of colorful flowers, fresh-caught seafood, baked goods, charming restaurants, coffee booths, and quaint shops. Pike Place is a good location to eat a great brunch, browse through stores, smell aromatic floral arrangements, and see a full day's worth of landmarks.
For my last college spring break a small group of my friends and I went on a cruise to the Western Caribbean. During our cruise we went snuba diving in the Caribbean Sea in Mexico, drank Dos Equis on the beach, toured Isla Roatan in Honduras, and journeyed to the Mayan Ruins of Altun Ha in Belize. It was by far one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken and I can’t wait to go on another cruise!
With that being said, I’ve heard a lot of people say they love going on cruises…but I’ve also heard people express negative opinions. I’ve only been on one cruise, but during my time at sea my friends and I had the time of our lives! I think the reason we had such a fantastic trip is because we made the most of our cruise.
If you follow along with Mad’s Muses on Instagram (@madsmuses), it’s very likely that you know that I recently went on a trip to Seattle due to the overflow of touristy pictures flooding your newsfeed. When I was preparing for the trip, people kept asking, “What in the world are you going to do in Seattle?” And I honestly didn’t know how to answer. I knew that Seattle had a lot to offer but I didn’t know exactly what those offerings were or how to prioritize them. What I didn’t expect is that we ended up going to several unique city parks; I didn’t even know they existed before I touched down in the Pacific Northwest.
As a small town girl, when I think of a park I think of a playground, a couple of baseball diamonds, some picnic tables, and, if you’re lucky, a walking track. Let me be the first to say that Seattle’s parks are much more exciting than a walking track; there are full skyline views, iridescent lakes, eye-catching sculptures, and vibrant flora. Of the parks that we visited, my favorite were Volunteer Park, Kerry Park, and Gas Works Park. The best part: they’re free!
Coming from a small, rural town, I often get the question “Why do you feel the need to travel?” Having lived in said small town for eighteen years – and a minor spell after college – I understand why people are curious. During my teenage years, I was content with never leaving my Kentucky bubble. Hot summers and cold winters, mountains and valleys – I thought the Bluegrass State had it all. I never wanted to leave.
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