5 for Friday: Travel Edition

My February Blog Challenge will soon come to an end, despite an extra day in February for leap year! For this week’s 5 for Friday, I thought I’d highlight my travel bucket list. In my post on Sant’IvoKaitlin inspired me to create my ultimate travel wish list – five(+) places I hope to visit over the course of my lifetime.

Cathedral of Brasília
Cathedral of Brasília

1. Brasília, Brazil: Brasília has been at the very top of my list for almost ten years, which is why I have seriously explored taking this trip. I know where I’ll stay when I visit. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a landmark in the history of town planning. The entire community – from the layout of the community to the architectural design – was planned in harmony by Urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer.

2. Taj Mahal: As an art and architectural historian, I’ve desired to visit the Taj Mahal — one of the greatest architectural works in the world. I feel it is one of those buildings you can’t fully appreciate from photographs and must see it in person. The Taj Mahal is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Raina visited states map
Raina’s Visited U.S. States as of 02/2016

3. All 50 States: One of my travel goals is to visit all 50 U.S. States. I’m currently at 37 of 50, or 74%. There are a few states I could easily pick up – I should just make a weekend trip to Wisconsin! I am hoping to go to New Mexico this summer. Since I already have Alaska, Hawaii will be the most difficult state to pick up.

4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: In fourth grade, I read — and subsequently re-read many, many times — the Diary of Anne Frank. Since, I’ve had the dream of visiting the Anne Frank Museum to see the Frank’s hiding place. I almost made this dream a reality during my first trip to Italy and very much regret I didn’t go. After reading/watching The Fault in Our Stars, my longing to visit returned. I hope I can make this a reality sooner than later.

5. Los Alamos, NM and Hanford, WA: In the summer of 2013, my sister and I visited Oak Ridge, TN. As a student of the Cold War and Atomic Age, it has been my goal to visit all three Manhattan Project sites. Visiting these sites gives a true understanding of the size and scope of the Manhattan Project. These buildings are mostly industrial in design, while the residential villages feature mass-produced housing. These buildings aren’t architecturally rich, but they are rich in history. My sister and I hope to visit Los Alamos this summer.

What places are on your travel bucket list? Anyone want to visit Brasília with me? 

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  1. I have so fallen in love with Indiana on my old-road travels over the last decade that I think I could spend the rest of my life happily exploring every nook and cranny.

    But I wouldn’t mind visiting Australia. And I’d love to go back to Germany — I lived there the summer I turned 16, and got to see the Berlin Wall as that was five years before it fell. And I’m going to Ireland in September.

    • To see the Berlin Wall before it fell… I am sure those are special memories. But Ireland this summer — that’s great! Is that a trip driven by family or genealogy in anyway?

      • If you search around my blog you’ll find photos of the Wall. I’m getting married in July and Ireland will be our honeymoon. My fiancee is Irish! I’m German and Cherokee/Potawatomi Indian, so the destination is all about her!

  2. Love it! I, too, want to visit all 50 states. I haven’t counted lately, but I’m somewhere over half. I highly recommend South Dakota. I’ve driven east to west on I-90 with my mom and sister and there was so much to see and do. (I’ve, of course, blogged about it all over PiP back in the day). Abroad, I have Italy and France on my list.

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