C is for California, Colorado, Connecticut

The dilemma with “C” is that I have been to California and Connecticut and more than just a touch down at the airport. I haven’t vacationed in either state so I don’t think that I should check them of my list.  When I set the goal I was thinking along the lines of a vacation to really explore each state. I’m hoping that eventually I’ll have a travel trailer/RV and tour the lower 48 at my leisure. In the meantime my paltry vacations will have to suffice.

I went to California in 1996 for a business trip but I didn’t really get to see much. We did take a few hours to visit the Queen Mary but there’s so much more to the state. From Baja in the south to the famous Highway 1 that follows much of the Pacific Coast there’s just so much to this state. I want to see the LaBrea Tar Pits and Channel Islands National Park and the giant Redwoods of northern California.

Of course the first Disney Park is out there and even though I’m not a huge Theme park fanatic, it certainly deserves at least 1 visit. Hollywood on the other hand isn’t high on my list. I think I’d be happy just taking a picture of the Hollywood sign. 🙂

Connecticut is one of my neighbor states. I like the Connecticut River Valley a lot.

 I really hope to get back there again this year. It was pretty cold when I went eagle watching in March. I want to explore Gillette Castle too. I only saw it from the River.

 I spent a spa weekend in Connecticut once. I was kind of bored because I’m not a big “pampering ” kind of person. Once I got my  massage I was ready to go home while everyone else went shopping. That’s just not me. I do want to visit the Mystic Seaport and their aquarium. It’s supposed to be terrific. Still, I’m not sure I want to spend a week’s vacation there. Day trips work for me. I think I can check that State off the list.

Colorado… Sand Dunes National Park, look for mountain goats in the  Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests, spy bald eagles swooping above the reservoir in Navajo State Park, and that’s just the beginning.  There are Dude ranches and waterfalls, John Denver country. Gaze at the sunset behind the rugged Rocky Mountain’s peaks. This state is definitely on my must-do list.

Have you been to any of the states? Do you live in one of these three? What do you think are the best places to visit in these states?

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0 Responses to C is for California, Colorado, Connecticut

  1. uh oh, C is also for confessions. I LOVED John Denver! Mystic Seaport was great too. Pike’s Peak is a must for Colorado, and everyone talks about Estes Park, but I’ve not been there.

    • Dusty Roads says:

      I confess too! I love Jon Denver too. I still play his CD’s all the time. One of my favorites is Rocky Mountrain High. Pike’s Peak..I can’t believe I didn’t think of that for Colorado! Of course that’s a must. I did see Estes Park mentioned alot in the brochures. When I get there I’ll tell you about it!

  2. laurahartson says:

    i love california, its where my heart belongs. great post, i adore that castle!

    • Dusty Roads says:

      Thanks..I think California is pretty special and there’s so much to see. I didn’t include the wine country but how can you explore California and not go to Sonoma? I’m looking forward to a chance to get out there!

  3. Sandra says:

    Waterfalls are a must. However CT. castle looks like a really nice place to visit.

    • Dusty Roads says:

      I like waterfalls but I think some of those in Hawaii may have spoiled me abit. Gotta get back to that castle. Maybe in the fall with all the leaves changing colors.

  4. Patti Ross says:

    I have not traveled in Colorado or Connecticut–and they are on my lists of places to visit. But I live in CA, so can tell you that you need to come out for several visits or stay a decent length of time. You mention lots of good places–Big Sur Coastline (Hwy1), Disneyland, Redwoods, Channel Islands, etc. But you also need to stop in Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento–there are great museums in each city and many scenic gardens as well. In the LA area, take time to visit some magnificent gardens: LA County Arboretum, the Huntington Gardens, and the Descanso Gardens. And you must visit Yosemite–it is my favorite place! I even devoted an entire blog entry to Yosemite. http://learnmoreeveryday.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/the-grandeur-of-yosemite/

    • Dusty Roads says:

      Tht’s right. I remember your blog on Yosemite. Other friends have also said I must get to Yosemite. I havea feeling that California will be a multi visit state. I’m looking forward to it! an I know who I’ll reach out to for advice when the time comes ! 🙂