While in Chicago recently I was standing at the corner of E. Jackson Blvd. and S. Michigan Ave. taking pictures of the Art Institute of Chicago, which I was waiting for to open, from across the street. Someone came up to me and asked if I knew of U.S. Route 66. Having just added the famous and historical route to my travel bucket list, to drive the length of, they peaked my interest.
They then said you might want to take a picture of that. I turned around to what they were pointing to and this is what I saw…
…the eastern end of the historical U.S. Route 66, also known as the Mother Road. If that’s not a travel sign (literally too of course) I don’t know what is. I was excited to go to the Art Institute and just like that, the traveler in me was saying get in the car and start driving the length of this route.
I didn’t on that day. After taking pictures of the sign I went on to the Art Institute which had opened by now and had an amazing experience. They have a great collection and lots of famous pieces.
Thinking still about U.S. Route 66 later that day, I realized just last year I was at the western end of the route when I was in Santa Monica, California and at the well-known Santa Monica Pier. I wish it would have dawn on me at the time the signage that was there too.
In your travels, what have you run into by accident that changed your travel thoughts right on the spot? Just adding the route to my travel bucket list and then running into this sign, I’m thinking hitting the open road on the historical U.S. Route 66 might just be in the cards. A travel sign indeed.
Happy 2012 everyone! I reflected on 2011 in a previous post and thought to myself, where do I want to go and what are my goals for travels this upcoming year and beyond.
Joining Travel Bucket List Wednesday’s (checkout hashtag #TravelBL on Twitter) has inspired me to think about future travels as well and to come up with my own travel bucket list.
Well without further ado (not including the random day-trips):
- Experience a lot more of what New Zealand has to offer, starting with Wellington and the Fiords (Milford and Doubtful Sound).
- Visit places significant to my family history, local and far.
- Hawaii and the North Shore.
- Wet zorbing.
- Climb the Harbour Bridge in Sydney.
- Visit and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
- Australia’s Manly Beach.
- Conquer the “Big Al” on the Fergburger menu in Queenstown, New Zealand.
- Restaurant hopping in Chicago consuming a deep-dish pizza slice at each.
- Bounce from place-to-place in New Zealand trying out iced chocolates and frites and aioli.
- Enjoy a romantic carriage ride in both a small-town and a big city during the holidays.
- Visit and work from every non-chain coffee house in the Detroit and Atlanta areas.
- Explore the home towns, Detroit and Atlanta, in general a lot more in-depth, finding lots of hidden gems.
- Attend a home baseball game of all 30 Major League Baseball teams. At 9 so far. Got work to do.
- Cruise around Great Britain (Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland) doing all the touristy things, cruising the countryside and seeing anything and everything historic.
- Have an Irish coffee in a small-town in Ireland on a cool morning day.
- Attend Wimbledon and the British Open.
- Travel the entire length of I-75 (almost accomplished), Route 66, The Road to Nowhere and the Pacific Coast highway (off to a good start).
- Drive from Miami through the Florida Keys to Key West.
- Consume a bowl of New England Clam Chowder from as many locales in Cape Cod as possible as an adult. A favorite childhood memory.
- Take an Alaskan and Caribbean/tropical cruise.
- Capture Pittsburgh at night on a riverboat cruise and from up-top the Duquesne Incline (been there during the day several times).
- Complete all the Great Lake circle tours and checkout every lighthouse along the way.
- Capture pictures of all 50 welcome-to United States state signs. Rats, would be a lot further along on this if took pictures in my younger years haha.
- Get to Machu Picchu in Peru.
- Try a Philly cheese steak in Philadelphia.
- Take a hot air balloon ride in San Francisco, Napa Valley and Sonoma. Winery hop.
- Return to Disneyland, Disney World and get to every theme park in sight.
- Spend part of a holiday season enjoying Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Times Square on NYE and everything else New York City has to offer.
- Attend a Denver Broncos home game (my favorite professional sports team). Been to a lot of road games.
- Not being as specific attend as many food festival and taste fests as possible and…
- Go up-top the tallest buildings in as many big cities as possible to capture the views from above and…
- Visit as many outdoor food markets as possible.
That is my bucket list. I’m sure I will add, remove and hopefully cross-off a few things on the list as time goes on. As always I hope to see everyone out on the open road.
What is at the top of your bucket list for the upcoming year or beyond?