âSince Omaha is a larger city with quite a few attractions just a few hours from where I live, I have been there quite often, and I really love the city. Most recently I took a trip there in October, and wanted to share my list of Omaha's Top 5 Attractions.
âI went to Fort Collins on an IEEE industry tour of HP, Wolf Robotics, Advanced Energy, and Agilent (in nearby Loveland). The city seems a lot bigger than it actually is, and, besides the Old Town, none of the buildings seemed older than 10 or 15 years old. There are a lot of technology companies centered there (you can add Intel and a few others to the ones we visited), Colorado State University, a plethora of different breweries...it really just seems like an overall up-and-coming city. One thing that did surprise me about Colorado, is that only about half of it is mountainous, and we were on the flat half. We could see some mountains from Fort Collins, but we unfortunately didn't actually get to go up into the mountains. I did love visiting the city though.
I went to Washington, D.C. in June 2009 with two of my best friends from high school. We were all about 16 at the time and very excited to be taking this trip across the country on our own! We managed to navigate the Chicago O'Hare airport by ourselves and arrive in D.C., where we were met by the Close Up Program Coordinators. The Close Up Program was an opportunity for students from around the country to come to our nation's capital and see it "closer up" than the average tourist. We met our senators and representative, went to a play at the Kennedy Center, had different discussions and debates at different monuments and memorials, and learned so much about history and the government while we were there!
âIn the winter of 2008 I went on one of my first trips outside the Midwest. My sister, my dad, and I flew into Mesa, Arizona to visit my grandparents, who spend their winters there. I absolutely loved the desert and blue skies of Arizona. We did a lot of driving around through the desert and mountains, and took plenty of pictures. I definitely recommend just taking a drive through the desert there. The trip was the first time I'd ever seen a palm tree or cactus, the first time I'd seen signs written in Spanish (which I'd just started in school, so I enjoyed trying to decipher what they said), and I think it was a large part of instilling the travel bug in me for future trips.
In March of 2012, I spent a week visiting a very good friend of mine in West Virginia. She'd moved there to follow her dreams of studying music education at Alderson Broaddus College and to be closer to the love of her life. Alderson Broaddus was only a few hours away from where he lived, a great improvement over the half a continent that had separated them before.