It’s crazy to think that 2017 is already over, but boy, was it a good one!! Between working on the Etsy shop, photographing weddings, and traveling every chance I got, it was one jam-packed year, and to cap it off I’m sharing my top 17 destinations of 2017.
But first, some numbers.
Last year I took 32 Flights, visited 27 cities, saw 13 States, and got 4 new passport stamps. (5 if you count a 6 hour layover in Turkey ;)) I would add up all the miles I traveled, but I think we would get into scientific notation, and I’m not trying to retake chemistry over here. 😉
Now, the destinations.
17. Las Vegas, Nevada
We visited Las Vegas this past weekend to catch the final night of the National Finals Rodeo and explore the city that never sleeps. A perfect short trip to cap off a year of travel. (Especially because Las Vegas’ versions of Paris, Venice, and New York were shockingly accurate to the real cities we had seen just a couple months before.)
16. Washington DC
A pit-stop on a 10 day road-trip up the East Coast. We spent the whole day going from monument to monument enjoying the history in our nation’s capitol.
15. Malibu, California
Obviously, Malibu. <3 I made the flight from STL to LAX 7 times this year to see Matt and explore more and more of Southern California.
14. Baltimore, Maryland
Another stop on our road trip up east. Even though we only spent half a day here, I quickly fell in love with this city on the harbor.
13. Palm Springs, California
Matt and I visited Palm Springs so he could do a 35 (yes, 35!!!) mile trail run in the dessert. While he was running, I took the time to explore the streets, visit the botanical garden, see the Pink Door, and eat some good ramen.
12. San Diego, California
Matt drove down to San Diego, just so I could check off another baseball stadium and see the Cardinals play the Padres in Petco Park. Worth it. 😉
11. Paris + Southern France
Stop 1 on our trip to Europe. After spending a day in Paris and seeing the Eiffel Tower, we went to southern France to see the lavender fields and stay in a French chateau.
10. Venice, Italy
Our third stop in Europe. We spent the days exploring this city on water and the surrounding islands, soaking up the history and culture of Venice.
I’m pretty sure there won’t ever be a year where Colorado doesn’t make this list. I visited twice this year, once for skiing and once for a wedding. And I’m already counting down the days until we go back in February. 😉
8. Monterey, California
Nestled right into the coast in California, Monterey has to be the most charming city I saw this year. One of my favorite memories was sitting on the cliffs at Point Lobos with Matt and watching the whales migrate through at sunset. I swear there was at least 50. He swears I’m exaggerating. 😉
7. Antelope Canyon
To me, the craziest thing about this canyon, is that you could step right over it at the top, but down inside it gets up to about 12 feet wide (total guess). When you visit the Grand Canyon, stop by here and Horseshoe Bend. 😉
6. New York, New York
This city. <3 For some reason, I just can’t get enough of it. We visited 3 times this year and I would go back tomorrow if I could. Favs include: The Top of the Rock, Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer, the Brooklyn Bridge, and of course, a good show on Broadway.
5. Zion National Park
The big bad Utah National Park. Go. And when you do, make hiking Angels Landing (to the top) a priority. You won’t regret it.
4. Bryce Canyon National Park
In all honesty, I had never heard of this park until Matt planned our road trip and insisted on this being a stop. Needless to say I was pretty into Bryce Canyon once I got there. It’s one of the prettiest, most unique parks I’ve ever seen.
3. Ibiza, Spain
I joke that this year I was on a quest to find the bluest water in the world. The sea in Ibiza was so blue and so clear, at times it was hard to tell if it was 5 feet deep or 30… Which made cliff jumping a slightly risky endeavor, but hey, when in Ibiza.
2. Havasupai Indian Reservation
A ten mile hike through the Grand Canyon that ends with 100 foot waterfalls and some even bluer water. One of the 2 places I think everyone should see before they die. The other…
1. Banff National Park
Nothing could top it. Words can’t describe it. After you close out of this tab, open up SkyScanner and do yourself a favor by booking flights to Calgary TODAY. You won’t regret it.