#AtoZChallenge: “U” is for U.S.A.

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#AtoZChallenge "U" is for U.S.A.
Day 21: April 24

Living in Canada has afforded us many opportunities to visit our good neighbour to the south, the United States of America (U.S.A.). It’s such a vast country and each state is different. Wish that we could visit them all!

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We’ve taken a few memorable road trips over the years, including:

Corning, New York

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Corning was so charming, we went there twice; first in the mid 80s and again about 15 years later.

The city is the headquarters of Fortune 500 company Corning Incorporated, formerly Corning Glass Works, a manufacturer of glass and ceramic products for industrial, scientific and technical uses. It is also home to the Corning Museum of Glass, which houses one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of glass objects from antiquity to the present. – Wikipedia

The main street had such rustic charm!

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Downtown Corning
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There were beautiful antique items on display at the Glass Museum. That was an interesting tour, along with the glass factory.

Corning glass museum
Corning Museum Display
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Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City NJ
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This is the longest road trip we’ve taken so far, back in 1992. It was an interesting drive, right through the city of Philadelphia, which we got to know better than expected, after briefly losing our way.

Atlantic City was the inspiration for the game of “Monopoly”. In my opinion the best thing there was the historic boardwalk, which first opened in 1870 and is now lined with fancy Casino/Hotels. If you ventured away from that area, things looked a bit seedy and rundown. This was over 20 years ago, so it may have improved in the meantime.

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Here I am, on the Boardwalk, July 1992. ©DDB
aerial view of atlantic city
Aerial View of Atlantic City
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Cleveland, Ohio

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Since I am the self-professed “Eternal Hippie/Rockchick”, what better place to visit than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio? I’d been dying to go, ever since it opened in 1995 and finally got the chance in 2011. What a great museum for any music fan! It took all day to explore and we could have easily come back for more. They also have a store with many rare CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and cool T-shirts. This one’s mine 😀

rock and roll t-shirt
♫♫Rockin’ in the Free World♫♫ Oh yeah! ☺ ©DDB
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Stunning architecture of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ©DDB

Taking pictures was forbidden inside the Hall, except the main foyer.

Foyer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Here I am in Rock and Roll Heaven. ©DDB


Not all forays into the U.S. were by car. After my parents moved down to San Diego, California in 1974, I had many occasions to visit (going again, next week). The most recent trip was in Sept. 2012 and that time, hubby came with me. We also spent a few days in Las Vegas on the way back. Fun place! San Diego is a beautiful city, right on the Mexican border. You already had a taste of it, when we explored Balboa Park.

san diego and las vegas trip

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* Read more about the Las Vegas strip HERE.


In October 2010, I took a memorable solo road trip, from San Diego, up the coast to Santa Maria, (454 km or 282 mi). The purpose was to meet an internet friend for the first time. How cool is that?! It is one of the most beautiful drives imaginable and I loved it! One of these days, hubby and I would like to fly into San Francisco, then drive ALL the way down to the end of California. So gorgeous!


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California, U.S.A.
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cachuma lake, california
Cachuma Lake, California ©DDB
Shell Beach, California
Shell Beach,California ©DDB

♫♫Ventura Highway, baby!♫♫ Oh yeah! ☺


In addition to San Francisco, there are more places I want to visit in the U.S., namely, New York City, Key West (Florida), New Orleans (Louisiana) and Hawaii. Here’s hoping!

What are you favourite places in the U.S.A.?

Looking forward to your comments!

Glorious California

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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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36 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: “U” is for U.S.A.

  1. Here is the US, we love our Canadian neighbors! You’ve taken some great trips here. Although I’ve been to Cleveland, I never went to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! Shame on me! Love your t-shirt!!! I love to read about your travels. You’re very blessed to be able to travel the way you do. Fabulous! And loved photo montage set to America. Fun!

    1. You went to Cleveland and not the Rock Hall??! That’s really sad, Michele! LOL Yes, I have been truly fortunate to visit all these fantastic places. That last trip to Italy, Germany and Greece was especially unforgettable.

  2. Great tour of the US. There is so much to do and see here it is a wonder anyone would ever go abroad. Personally I would love to go abroad…but then, I would love to go anywhere!

    1. Yes, your country has much to offer Kathy. but Europe and Asia have that whole ancient history thing going on. 😉 I’m actually flying down to San Diego again on Tuesday, to visit my mother. Love it there! Hawaii would be fantastic too; talk about Paradise! ♥

  3. Driving long distances has its own fun…I love that too….your USA travel tale is really amazing, and the pictures are superbly wonderful!!!

  4. Great post! I’ve visited a number of places in the US, including some on your list, and look forward to seeing more. Now that I’m right on the border it makes it quite easy to do so!

    1. Yes, we’re not far from the border either and hope to take a few more trips ourselves. I forgot to mention Chicago. We went there for a soccer tournament once. Beautiful city!

  5. How fun to look at the USA from a point of view across the border. I’m in Bellingham, Wash, which is not far from the border to British Columbia.

    1. Welcome to The Den, Kari. 🙂 I’ve never been to the U.S. northwest. It must be beautiful there. Thanks for visiting.

  6. Debbie – what a nice tribute to “my” country with all your travels. Each state offers something unique, that’s for sure. Hub and I counted and we have about 10 states scattered here and there that we have never visited, so there are a few road or air/road trips in our future. And then we still want to visit many places in Canada!!

    1. Yes, and I even forgot one – Chicago. We went there for a soccer tournament once. Wouldn’t mind going back to Philly; it looked interesting and there’s a lot of history to explore. San Diego is a real paradise ♥

  7. What a fun tour of those places you went to in the US! Love how you give us so many fun details and maps, too.

    I, too, have enjoyed my trips to the States over the years. We’re so lucky as Canadians to have it so close by. There are so many states I have never been to but I have been lucky to go to Vermont, Maine, Mass, New York, and New Jersey. Last year I visited all my Jersey girl friends with my Burlington bud, Wendy. What a great trip that was! I lived in Denver, Colorado for a while as a kid and I’ve been to Seattle, Washington and Florida. So much more I’d like to see though. Time and money, time and money, (maybe if I chant it enough I’ll get both. What do you think, Debbie?)

    1. Sounds like you’ve enjoyed yourself in the U.S., Cathy. 🙂 I really want to visit New York and the internet friends who live there. You’re right; time and money are the main constraints to travel. We really over-extended ourselves on that last trip (Italy-Germany-Greece)! Mind you, it was worth it. 😀

    1. Vegas is a lot of fun and you don’t even have to gamble, unless you want to. Lots of other things to see and do there. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

  8. Come back to Philly and I’ll show you around this time. Atlantic City is still very schizophrenic—-glitzy casinos and seedy and run down, but southern New Jersey has beautiful wide sandy beaches. My husband wants to retire to San Diego. Me—not so much. We’ve driven Highway 1 both north and south of San Francisco—-beautiful in either direction. Then, there’s San Francisco itself—-definitely worth a visit. I still have lots of Canada to see. I’ve only been to Ontario (Toronto, Kingston and Ottawa); Montreal and Quebec City; Vancouver, Victoria and White Horse. There’s that whole middle part I have yet to see—not to mention Niagara Falls. Seriously, I’ve been to Iguazu Falls in Argentina, but never to Niagara which is less than a day’s drive away!

    1. We enjoyed what we saw of Philly and would love to go back, Suzanne. 🙂 You’ve seen more of Canada than many! Niagara Falls is definitely worth the trip, if you get the chance. Your husband has a great idea; what would be your objection, I wonder? I’m in love with San Diego and would spend the winters there if I could afford it. Thanks for dropping by.

    1. Hi Suzy; Las Vegas has so much to offer besides gambling and I love it too. Perfect place for night owls. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

    1. I’ve never been to Minneapolis, but it always reminds me of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. 🙂 Wouldn’t want to go there in the winter! LOL Remember those “Grumpy Old Men” movies? SO much snow and cold. I’m in love with San Diego and if I ever win the lottery, will buy a winter home there.

  9. Aaaahhh – perfect read to go with my morning tea! Love your USA tour today Debbie! I would love to see New Work. Otherwise only been to Florida, but it is so much to see over there, right? It’s a continent… Will note down some of your tips… One day…:-) Thanks dear – I enjoyed the journey:-)

    1. Hi Eli; Glad you enjoyed this little tour of the U.S. Yes, it’s very large and there’s so much to see. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

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