So after a hellacious month/month and a half at work, I need a vacation. Even my boss told me to takesome time. Normally, I'd shrug it off, but I really need to recharge my batteries, so I've spent the morning online looking for ideas.
Here are my considerations:
I've traveled a bit across the US and to a few other countries, mostly developing countries, but I'm looking to stay in North America, I think. I've been to all but a handful of US states. I thought about trying to finish off all 50, but I can't think of a compelling reason to go to those that I haven't. (I'm not going to mention them in order to keep an open mind.)
I like exploring. I'll usually spend a week at the beach during the summer, but that's not the kind of vacation I'm looking for here. I want this to be more of a "bring my camera" kind of week.
I'm looking for something kind-of, well...different. Sort of a hidden gem kind of place that you might not think of as a vacation spot. Chicago? NYC? Love 'em, but not what I'm looking for here. Of course, apparently I don't know what I'm looking for, thus this request.
A nice combination of urban and nature would be great.
Safety is important.
I melt above 85F or so, and I'm looking to do this in late summer or early fall. I've been to Miami in August, and I can't do that again.
Driving or flying is okay, but I live in an area of the Northeast that can be a bit expensive to fly directly in and out of, so it's not a dealbreaker, but a consideration.
Budget is a consideration. But I like to do and see things, not buy things, so it's easy for me to keep costs down when I travel. I am a bit of a foodie, though, so that'd be something of interest.
Any one have any good ideas they'd be willing to share? Thanks in advance for your thoughts!!!