We hear about people visiting these marvelous places with names that we can’t even pronounce. We dream about visiting countries far, far away. But have we explored everything that is at our finger tips? Probably not. Here are 10 reasons that you DO NOT need a passport to travel.
1. Puerto Rico:
Many people don’t know this, but you do NOT need a passport to visit Puerto Rico. I made a whole post with the details, but to make it brief.. Many great beaches, rainforests, casinos and spas for all budgets. Not to mention, Puerto Rico is the HOME of the Pina Colada. Why would you not want to go there?
*Queue Will Smith* Beautiful Beaches. Great Food. Need I say more? OK, Miami has something for the artsy, something for the outdoor enthusiast, something for the shopper, AND you can get there pretty cheap from most major US cities.
3. St. Thomas
…… or any of the U.S. Virgin Islands, but I can only speak on where I’ve been. It has the feel of the Bahamas without the need for the passport. Multiple beaches, kayaking, hiking, and some of the best snorkeling in the world.
4. New Orleans:
A visit to the French Quarter should be on everyone’s to-do list. Events like Mardi Gras, Essence Festival, and Jazz Fest attract crowds from all over. New Orleans offers a range of high-end hotels to simple boutique quarters to suite any preferences. And the food? Oh, the food!
5. Las Vegas
I can’t say enough great things about Vegas. So much to do morning, noon and night. Besides the obvious gambling and partying, there are many amazing shows to see and many beautiful nature areas within a close proximity. You can get a little taste of Paris, New York, Italy, and more in one place. Ever wondered what Coca Cola tastes like in Tanzania? Wonder no more…
I say Denver, but the great areas are actually outside of the city, but within driving distance – Boulder, Colorado Springs, Rocky Mountains, Vail, and on and on and on. Truly one of the most beautiful areas that I’ve been.
Now, Now, hear me out. I know you may think that I list Houston because I live there, but really… Houston is a cultural MECCA. You can find any kind of food that you want. When people ask for restaurant recommendations for other cities, I often overlook some of the greatest, WHY? Because we have them in Houston. I have no need to go out of town to eat something I can eat right at home. Other cities can’t say that, Museum District, Sports, Concerts… Rodeo anyone? How about the 2017 Superbowl? Houston has it all!
8. San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma…. Endless opportunities for site-seeing, culture, or taking in breathtaking views while sipping wine on a summer day. Take a trip out to Alcatraz or shop in Union Square. You’ll never run out of things to do!
9. The Poconos
The name always brings back memories of Full House, and that should make you want to go on it’s own. However, if that is not motivation enough, how about mountains, casinos, horseback riding, and resorts with private pools IN the room, and champagne bottle-shaped jacuzzis? (Fun Fact: The Poconos is not a city. It is the name of the mountain range in Pennsylvania… Don’t act like I was the only one who didn’t know that!)
10. Washington DC
Anyone who says the US has no sense of history or culture has never been to this city. A plethora of sites to see, and you can even decide whether you want to see them during the day, or if you want to see them lit up at night!