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Hello, East Coast we meet again!  I might be one of very few people to admit that New York City was never high on my list of places to visit. Sure, I had a running list of things I wanted to do and see in this city, but there was always another country, another state, another city that beat out NYC. Before I knew it, the dates were set, the ticket was bought and I was counting down the days until my first trip to NYC.

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The last couple of years I’ve been favoring the West Coast more than any other part of the country. Not necessarily due to the warmer climate, beaches or the fact that I once called the West Coast home, but mainly because National Parks out West had become a huge interest of mine.

It had been about sixteen years since my last trip to Boston. My mom and grandma took my sister and I during Spring break and because I was so young, my memories of Boston had mostly faded away. I remember very little of the city, and it was time for me to re-explore as an adult. I have to say, the city impressed me in more ways than one. First off, there is so much history in this city that I found to be very interesting . Second, the people are some of the nicest people I have ever met on my travels. And lastly, the food was nothing less than amazing. It was hard for me to pick one thing I really liked about Boston so I picked 7 instead.

Here are 7 things not to miss while visiting Boston:

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While any time of the year is a good time to visit Disneyland, my favorite time to go is around Halloween. The park is decorated and even some of the rides such as The Haunted Mansion are decorated for the holiday. There are also Halloween themed events going on that you can attend. Be sure to check out the website for dates, times and if there is any additional cost.

A trip to California was long overdue for me, so I decided to cash in my credit card points for a free ticket and a visit back to a place I once called home for a little bit. The timing could not have been more perfect, especially with starting a new position at work, a week off was exactly what was needed before my new job got busy.

In my eyes, Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth. Here are some tips for visiting Disneyland, no matter the time of year.

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If you’re looking to explore outside of San Diego, consider checking out Joshua Tree National Park. Just a short three hour drive northeast of San Diego, you’ll find yourself in two very distinct deserts, the Mojave and Colorado. On my most recent trip to San Diego, I decided to rent a car and take a solo day trip to Joshua Tree. Although the weather was overcast, it was still a beautiful day.

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