• Travel

    Miami, Florida

    This past January, just as temperatures reached the negatives in Iowa, my boyfriend, Parker and I escaped to Miami, Florida for a taste of sunshine before the inevitable three months of snow the midwest would see. This was my first time in Miami and it was also my first time planning a trip without the assistance of my parents. However, I took a few pages from their book to insure that we tried new restaurants and visited some of the best sites. On day one, we decided to check out Miami Beach. This is regarded as one of the most popular beaches in south Florida with it’s unique architecture in…

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    Seattle, Washington

    This city is beautiful. And I mean, genuinely beautiful. I visited Seattle for the first time late last year. It was a extended stop on my road trip from Iowa to the West Coast. I loved everything about this city. I visited during a warm, sunny week, so that may have altered my perception, but nonetheless, there are so many things to do and see. Let me begin with one of my absolute favorite views of this city. The Sky View Observatory The Sky View Observatory offers one of a kind views of Seattle. The tallest building in the Pacific Northwest, this sky deck stands at 902 feet tall, on…

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    San Diego, California

    San Diego is a travel destination and for a good reason. However, with Los Angeles just two hours away, much of the attention tends to be focused there and less so on this gorgeous Southern California city. I had the privilege of going to San Diego recently, and realized just how much this city has to offer in terms of site seeing, dining and just overall, recreation. These are a few places I would recommend checking out, should you find yourself in town! The San Diego Zoo San Diego has one of the most highly trafficked zoos in the country. This zoo has only grown in popularity in the last…

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    Let’s Travel: Des Moines, IA to Jacksonville, FL

    Traveling across the country by vehicle is becoming less and less popular with the convenience of flying and is now often overlooked as the best means of traveling. In this blog series, I would like to advocate for why a trip on the road is better than a trip through the sky. I can’t argue that flights are more time efficient and depending on the length of your trip and what your intended purpose of travel is, flying may be a better option in some cases. I’m talking about the cross country vacations. For me, half of the fun is the journey and not necessarily the destination. For example, I…

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