Every year I go back through the blog and pick out my favorite places. Once again, they seem to fall into two categories - places I've always wanted to go, or places that surprised me. For each one, you can click on the link to read the original post.
Let the countdown begin!
Number 10 - The Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD
Although my father said I was here when I was a kid, I don't remember it, so it was all new to me. Besides, they change it every year.
The individual pictures are beautifully done, with different shades of corn. You can read the original post here.
Number 9 - Bentsen State Park, Mission, TX
I'm not a big birder, but this park on the Rio Grande River is full of colorful birds found nowhere else in the United States but deepest South Texas. And because of the blinds that are set up, they are very easy to see. More pictures are on the original post here.
Number 8 - Los Angeles
This sounds like an odd favorite, but it is an area I have always avoided in the past. But I had a wonderful time, and it wasn't nearly as hard to get around as I thought it would be. Some of my favorite things were the Queen Mary -
And the Mission San Juan Capistrano. I also loved the La Brea Tar Pits and the Santa Monica Pier.
Number 7 - The Hiawatha Bike Trail
This trail, on the Montana/Idaho border, is one of my favorites because it is ALL DOWN HILL! Over the 10 miles, you go over 7 high trestles -
And through 10 dark tunnels. The first one is 1.7 miles long, and you can see I was happy to make it all the way through. More about my ride on the trail is here.
Number 6 - Pierre, SD
This town was a real surprise - besides having a lovely capitol -
It is one of the friendliest towns I have ever been in. They even put us on the front page of their paper! Read all about it here.
Stay tuned for the Top 5!