A perfect day of US travel

US map made of neon and TVs (courtesy davidrossharris at Flickr CC)

If I could spend a day going all over the US, with instant transport from one place to another and an unlimited budget, here is where I’d go and what I’d do in 2012….some of these places I discovered in 2011, others I’ve known for a long time and one I’ve never visited….


Wake up at:

  • The Down East perfection of the Pentagöet Inn, Castine, Maine or
  • The homey Library Suite at the Prairie Moon Bed & Breakfast, Hutchinson, Kansas or
  • A Southern grande dame, the King Edward Hotel, Jackson, Mississippi or
  • A giant of literary history at the Algonquin Hotel, New York City

Breakfast at:

Spend the morning:

  • Thinking and learning at the National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri or
  • Bodysurfing on the Na Pali Coast, Kauai or
  • Marveling at musical craftsmanship at the American Banjo Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma or
  • Stepping back into the Revolution at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia


Feeling seafood-ish for my midday meal at:


Afternoon spent:

Mid-afternoon snack:

  • Garrett Popcorn in Chicago (The Chicago Mix flavor, of course) or
  • A Ted Drewes frozen custard at the original stand on Route 66, St. Louis, Missouri



  • Key West, Florida or
  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Dinner at:

  • Brady Tavern, Tulsa, Oklahoma or
  • The Old Lahaina Luau, Maui or
  • Really, any BBQ joint in Memphis, Tennessee

Wrap it up with:

  • WaterFire in Providence, Rhode Island or
  • YOUR recommendation down in the comments! Give us some ideas, from anywhere in the US, for an evening activity.

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