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Muslim Albanian-American • Medical student (M2) married to a surgeon (ENT) • Traveling often • Practicing leading an intentional, balanced life • Ann Arbor, MI

bookmarks:
  • Alaska:
    • Places:
      • Anchorage: the state's first masjid
      • Glacier Bay
      • Katmai National Park: grizzly bears (September)
    • Activities: Alaskan cruise, cottage
  • Arizona:
    • Grand Canyon National Park
    • Hoover Dam (Nevada border)
    • Phoenix (capital): Bat Caver (May through October), Camelback Mountain, Mystery Castle, Old Town Scottsdale, Orpheum Theatre (watch a show), Salt River (tubing; May through September), South Mountain Park (scenic drive), Superstition Mountains and the Apache Trail
    • Tuscon: History of Pharmacy Museum, Saguaro National Park (horseback riding), Tucson Mountain Park
    • Sedona: Devil’s Bridge Trail*, Cathedral Rock Trail, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Oak Creek Canyon, Soldier Pass Canyon, Vortexes, Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
      • Activities: Hot air balloon ride
    • Havasupai Falls
  • Arkansas:
    • Little Rock (capital): Arkansad River (kayaking), Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
    • Hot Springs: Bathhouse Row, Garvan Gardens (Anthony Chapel), Hot Springs Mountain Tower, Lake Hamilton, Ouachita National Forest and Lake Ouachita,
      • Hot Springs National Park (Ouachita Mountains):__ smallest and older National State Park
    • Ozark Scenic National Riverways: Alley Spring, Big Spring (largest), Blue Spring, Cave Spring, Rocky Falls Shut-In, Round Spring and Cave, Van Buren (floating), Welch Spring and Hospital
    • Activities: Water taxi
  • California:
    • Places:
      • Bodie ("ghost town")
      • Glass Beach
      • Los Angeles: Venice Beach, Malibu, Hollywood, Koreatown, Chinatown, and other neighborhoods
        • Attractions: Los Angeles Museum
      • Niland: Salvation Mountain
      • Redwood National and State Parks
      • Sonoma
      • San Diego
      • San Francisco:
        • Attractions: Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf
        • Restaurants: Leo's Oyster Bar
      • Thousand Steps
      • Yosemite National Park
    • Souvenir: California State flag
  • Colorado:
    • Places:
      • Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
      • Denver: Red Rocks Amphitheater
      • Four Corners (Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah border)
      • Great Sand Dunes National Parl: Medano Creek (natural waterslide)
      • Mount Evans
      • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Connecticut: Essex (Essex Steam Train), Hartford (Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, June; Mark Twain House), Mystic (Mystic Pizza), New Haven (Yale University)
  • Florida:
    • Places:
      • Devil's Den Spring (Willinston)
      • Everglades National Park
      • Key West
      • Miami
      • Orlando: Disney World
  • Georgia:
    • Places:
      • Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium
      • Savannah
  • Hawaii:
    • Activities:
      • Tubing in
    • Places:
      • Honolulu: Diamond Head (Waimanalo Reservoir)
      • Kauai
  • Idaho:
    • Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
    • Twin Falls: Perrine Bridge, Snake River Canyon, Shoeshone Falls (fall)
  • Illinois: Chicago
    • Attractions: Navy Pier, Oz Park, Skydeck Chicago (Willis Tower)
    • Food:
    • Restaurants: RH Chicago - The Gallery at the Three Arts Club; BomboBar
  • Iowa: Dubuque (Fenelon Place Elevator), Madison County (covered bridges), West Bend (Grotto of the Redemption)
  • Kansas: Wamengo (Oz Museum)
  • Kentucky: Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Louisiana: New Orleans (Bourbon Street, French Quarter)
    • Events: Mardi Gras
    • Food: beignet
    • Souvenirs: King Cake baby, Mardi Gras mask, voodoo dolls
  • Maine: Portland, Acadia National Park, Bay Harbor (Thunder Hole), Mount Katahdin (highest mountain in the state)
    • Acadia National Park: Cadillac Mountain (highest point on the North Atlantic Seabord), Eagle Lake (largest freshwater lake in the park; fishing)
    • Activities: Windjammer cruise
  • Massachussetts:
    • Places: The Berkshires (summer), Cape Cod and Nantucket (crabbing), Martha’s Vineyard (Jaws Bridge), Salem
    • Activities: Wading in a cranberry bog
  • Missouri:
    • St. Louis (Gateway Arch)
    • Ozark Mountains:
    • The Ozarks: Dogwood Canyon (biking), Top of the Rock
      • Activities: Fly fishing
  • Montana: Glacier National Park (Rocky Mountains)
  • Nebraska:
    • Omaha (capital):
    • Lincoln:
    • The Sandhills: Nebraska National Forest (largest hand-planted forest in the world)
    • Western Nebraska: Chimney Rock State Park (!!!), Carhenge (!!!), Chardon State Park,Fort Robinson State Park, Sandhills, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Toadstool Geologic Park
  • Nevada:
    • Places:
      • Black Rock Desert: Fly Geyser
      • Hoover Dam (Arizona border)
      • Las Vegas:
        • Attractions: Las Vegas Strip (tour hotels, zipline)
        • Restaurants: Serendipity 3 (dessert, frozen hot chocolate)
      • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
      • Washoe County: Fly Ranch Geyser
  • New Hampshire: The Lakes region, White Mountains (Mount Washington; best time: autumn!)
  • New Mexico:
    • Destinations:
      • Sante Fe (capital): Canyon Road (art), Haiku Pathway, Meow Wold, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, Sante Fe Opera, Sunrise Springs
        • Restaurants: Kakawa Chocolate house (hot chocolate)
        • Shopping: Palace of the Govenors (Native sales), Rainbow Man,
      • Albuquerque: Albuquerque Museum
      • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
      • White Sands National Park
    • Souvenirs: Turqouise (!!!), dreamcatcher, incense, pinon cones
  • New York:
    • New York City:
      • Boroughs:
        • Brooklyn:
          • Brooklyn Bridge
          • Coney Island: ride the teacups
          • Morbid Anatomy Museum
        • Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
        • Manhattan:
          • Central Park
          • Empire State Building
          • Grand Central Terminal
          • Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”)
          • The High Line
          • Times Square
      • Other Attractions:
        • Grand Central Terminal
        • Guggenheim Museum
        • New York Public Library
        • Radio City Music Hall
        • Rockefeller Center
        • Staten Island Ferry
        • Wall Street
        • Washington Square Park
      • Activities
        • Broadway Show
        • New Year's Eve "Ball Drop"
      • Shopping
        • Fifth Avenue
        • Thrifting
          • Beacon’s Closet
          • Buffalo Exchange
          • Crossroads
          • What Goes Around Comes Around
      • Food: bagels, black and white cookies, pizza
      • Restaurants: DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections; Spot Dessert Bar (The Harvest and light bulb bubble tea); 10Below Ice Cream (ice cream rolls); Laduree (macaroons), Cafe Zaiya (green tea and black sesame swirl ice cream), Levain Bakery (cookies), Big Gay Ice Cream, Serendipity 3 (frozen hot chocolate)
    • Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls State Falls
  • North Carolina:
    • Places:
      • Asheville: Biltmore Estate
      • Beech Mountain: "Autumn at Oz"
      • Outer Banks
  • North Dakota: Enchanted Highway, Theodore Roosevelt National Park (biking), White Butte (highest point in the state)
  • Ohio: Hocking Hills State Park
  • Oregon:
    • Places:
      • Cape Perpetua: Captain Cook Trail to Thor's Well
      • Crater Lake National Park
      • Portland
        • Attractions: Mt. Hood National Forest, Tamanawa Falls
        • Activities: Pedal Bike Tours
        • Food: Voodoo Doughnuts, Stumptown coffee, Black Rock Coffee
        • Souvenir: Stumptown coffee mug
  • Texas:
    • San Antonio: Bat Bridge
    • Wimberly (near Austin or San Antonio): Blue Hole Regional Park
  • Rhode Island: Providence (capital), Newport (mansions), Block Island (summer)
    • Newport: Newport Cliff Walk, Newport Mansions (the Breakers, the Elms, etc.), White Horse Tavern (oldest restaurant in the US)
    • Activities: Drive the longest stretch (Woonsocket to Westerly, 1 hour), hike
  • South Carolina:
    • Charleston
      • Kiawah Island (45 minutes): Tideline (bike trails), loggerhead turtles (July-August), white-tailed deer (dusk and dawn)
  • South Dakota: Badlands National Park (plus Wall Drug), Deadwood (Wild Bill and Calamity Jane graves), National Monument Cluster State Park (Needles Highway; buffalo safari), Crazy Horse Memorial, Hot Springs (Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Mammoth Site), Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park
  • Tennesse:
    • Places:
      • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
        • Blue Ridge Parkway: Sliding Rock
      • Nashville
  • Utah:
    • Places:
      • Arches National Park
      • Bryce Canyon National Park
      • Goblin Valley State Park
      • Salt Lake City
        • Olympic Park: extreme tubing and other activities
        • Temple Square
      • Zion National Park
  • Vermont: Green Mountains - Long Trail (oldest long-distance hiking trail in the country)
  • Virginia: Williamsburg
  • Washington:
    • Places:
      • Olympic National Park
      • Seattle:
        • Attractions: Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room
        • Souvenir: Pike Place Market Starbucks mug
  • Wisconsin: House on the Rock
  • Wyoming:
    • Jackson Hole !!!): Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, Granite Hot Springs, Snake River (white water rafting),
        • Activities: UTV, Jackson Hole Aerial Tram, Jackson Rodeo, boat tour, dog sledding, sleigh ride, snowshoe, snowmobiling, tram ride
        • Accomodations: Historic Wort Hotel
        • Restaurants: Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
    • Casper: Casper Mountain, Fremont Canyon (kayaking), National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Oregon Trail (horseback riding)
      • Activities: Fat biking, stay in a teepee
      • Shopping: Lou Taubert’s
    • Hoback: Astoria Hot Springs
    • Grand Teton National Park
    • Yellowstone National Park
  • Washington, D.C.:
    • Attractions: The Smithsonian Institution American History Museum (Dorothy's shoes) and Natural History Museum, Lincoln Memorial, United States Capitol

Trip Ideas:

  • New England road trip: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
  • Pacific Northwest road trip: Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver
aug 22 2016 ∞
jul 7 2020 +