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Growing up just outside of Philadelphia, it seemed like the perfect place to live. I could get into Philly in 20 minutes, Baltimore in 45, New York City in about 1 1/2 hours, and D.C. in 2. I grew up getting to experience all these major East Coast cities. Catching Phillies & Flyers games in Philly. Going to NYC to catch a show and wander around the Lower East Side. Spending weekends with my aunt and uncle in D.C., going to the Air & Space Museum and seeing all the monuments.
I feel so lucky to have had the opportunities I did growing up. I have always viewed myself as an East Coast person, in experience and attitude. Living in Los Angeles, I have learned to expand my horizons and see not just the things that LA has to offer, but the West Coast as a whole.
There are many opportunities to get out of town and experience a different setting. Depending on whether you are looking to take a short drive or a flight, there are always options for a good weekend getaway.
If you are looking to hop in the car and take a drive to get away, there are many options. If you are looking for a less-than-3-hour drive, I would make three easy suggestions:
1. San Diego – the San Diego Zoo & Balboa Park, Mission Beach & The Gaslamp Quarter, to name a few.
2. Palm Springs – the perfect place for hiking and lounging by a pool.
3. Santa Barbara – wine tasting, Santa Barbara County Courthouse (where I got engaged), biking at the beach, hiking, the list is endless…
If you are looking to drive about 6 hours or less (or catch a short flight), you might try:
1. Phoenix, AZ – great for hiking, desert museums, shopping, or a great round of golf.
2. San Francisco, CA – riding a cable car, great food, music, checking out the Golden Gate Bridge & Alcatraz.
3. Las Vegas, NV – checking out the strip, lounging by a pool, hitting a fun club, having a fancy meal, or hitting a casino.
There is a hardly a bad choice on the West Coast. If you don’t mind jumping on a plane, I would even suggest getting up to Oregon or Washington state.
So I love the East Coast, I love the West Coast… maybe someone should tell me the greats from middle America!