Travel destinations

What follows is a not-nearly-exhaustive list of the places I’ve traveled over the years. Other places were with other people or solo. Cities and countries with links have more information. You can follow the links for details about each destination.

Please note: I’m still filling in the details on this page.

Countries

Cities, towns, villages

  • Amsterdam: I spent three nights in the campground here in 2006. This city may deserve the seedy reputation it has earned over the past few decades, but it’s still worth visiting even if you’re not in the market for sex or drugs.
  • Baden-Baden: I’ve visited several times since 2000. It’s not just for the rich and famous. The Friedrichsbad is an absolute must. Oddly enough, my favorite restaurant is China-Restaurant Lotus, not far from the thermal baths.
  • Boston: I grew up about 40 miles north of Boston, so I’ve been there countless times, yet somehow I’m always the tourist. Fascinating history and great food make every visit count.
  • Bethlehem (Pennsylvania)
  • Berlin
  • Bregenz
  • Bratislava
  • Brussels
  • Budapest
  • Charlottesville. I lived here for about six years from 1994 to 2000, first to attend graduate school, then to work. Great university town.
  • Copenhagen
  • Denver
  • Dublin
  • Eisenstadt
  • Frankfurt
  • Innsbruck
  • Las Vegas: A city with a vibe like nowhere else in the world. My favorite weekend getaway.
  • Linz: A one-nighter on my crazy 2006 tour. I was meeting friends who were arriving the next day, so I remember a beer garden and the airport.
  • Ljubljana: A two-night stop for me back in 2006. The highlights were the castle, the cafes, the river, and the food.
  • London: I’ve been to London several times and haven’t even scratched the surface of what this city has to offer in terms of cultural richness, diversity, and history.
  • Los Angeles: I’ve made a couple weekend visits to enjoy the popular culture here. Most fun by car, even if the traffic is insane. This is a place to be a tourist, not a traveler.
  • Montpellier (France): I lived here for a year in 2002-2003. A sunny, vibrant university city in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. A totally underrated destination, in my opinion.
  • Montreal
  • Munich: This world’s biggest little village. I last visited in 2007, but I’d been there at least a couple times before. One moment you’re drinking beer a liter at a time. The next moment you’re walking through a city park full of nude sunbathers.
  • New York: Simply put, it earns its reputation as the capital of the world. Some cities you merely observe. New York is a city you take part in.
  • Nice
  • Paris: My first overseas destination in 1989 as a high school junior. I’ve been back a number of times. A place I visit not to see, but simply to be.
  • Philadelphia: My exposure to this venerable East Coast city is limited to about four hours while waiting for a flight in 2011. Highlights were the Liberty Bell, the Rocky Steps, and cheese steaks to die for.
  • Phoenix: The heart of the Valley of the Sun. The place I currently call home.
  • Portland (Oregon)
  • Portsmouth (New Hampshire)
  • Prague
  • Puerto Vallarta: Old world charm on the Mexican Riviera. I visited for the first time in 2011.
  • Reno
  • Richmond: The seat of the Confederacy combines Southern charm and modern industry. My home for three years.
  • Rome: As many times as I’ve visited Europe since 1989, and as many times as I’ve traveled to Italy since 1994, somehow I never saw Rome until 2011. It’s one of the great Catholic pilgrimages. Biggest disappointment? The food.
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber: It seems to be Christmas all year in this German village. I’ve visited a couple times, most recently in 2007. A tourist trap, but one worth falling into for a couple hours. I doubt I’d ever spend the night there.
  • Salzburg
  • San Diego: Kathryn has cousins who live here, so we’ve visited several times in the past few years. The Gaslamp Quarter is entirely overrated. The beaches are not.
  • San Francisco
  • Santa Fe: Kathryn and I spent three nights here to celebrate our first anniversary. We focused our attention on the numerous Catholic sites, giving our visit more of a pilgrimage character. We also enjoyed some great meals here.
  • Sedona: I’ve been here a number of times, arriving by small plane on several occasions. It’s just far enough away from Phoenix so I can log the flight as cross-country time.
  • Tucson
  • Williamsburg (Virginia)
  • Vatican City: Kathryn and I were here for the first time in 2011. We saw the Pope twice, prayed in St. Peter’s Basilica, and toured the Sistine Chapel. It was simply amazing.
  • Vienna
  • Yuma