7 Places To Go In The U.S. Before You Decide Where You Want To Settle

7 Places To Go In The U.S. Before You Decide Where You Want To Settle

Each part of the United States has its own unique culture.
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One of my travel goals in my lifetime is to hit all 50 states. A lot of people can say the same, of course. So far I've hit almost half of them, so I've got a little way to go. In my experience, each region of the United States feels like a different world. Before you decide where you want to live for the rest of your life, here are some places you can go to experience some culture and make sure that you make the best decision you can. I've listed some expensive cities on here, so plan accordingly.

1. San Francisco, California

My best friend and I had the opportunity to travel there a couple years ago. We were really struck by the stark difference in the level of wealth people have. It's one of the most expensive cities in the world, but there is definitely a poor population. It's rich in culture and is unlike any city you will experience.

2. Any beach, but at least one on each coast

The beach is refreshing and will soothe your soul. Take a trip to the beach to experience the laid-back atmosphere. Living by the water and taking it slow is its own kind of lifestyle. Maybe I felt that just because I've only been on beaches during vacation?

3. Hawaii

I know Hawaii is expensive, but ideally, you should travel here before deciding where to settle. I love the islands and the rich history they have. The culture is beautiful, and it is crazy to drive across an island and just see ocean and mountains everywhere. It is a long way from the mainland, though.

4. Any small town

I went to college in a small town and have visited others (mostly in the Midwest). You will know pretty quickly if a small town feel is for you or not. There's something charming about them, but not everyone can live in one long term. Towns like St. Joseph, Michigan or Eureka, Illinois are the perfect towns to see if you would fit in.

5. Washington, D.C.

If you want to know anything about United States history, this is the first place you should go! If politics and heavy traffic isn't for you, then you probably shouldn't live here.

6. New York, New York

New York has so much to offer in terms of art, fashion, shopping, food, and United States history. To truly know if the big city feel is for you, check out New York! The people of New York lead a unique kind of lifestyle. Chicago is a manageable alternative, of course.

7. A mid-size to larger city, like the suburbs of Chicago or central Illinois.

These cities I picture as the happy mediums of getting a big city feel in some places of the city, but also running into someone you know everywhere you go. In these kinds of towns, there's plenty to do while also access to most places within half an hour, tops. This might be the happy medium you're looking for.

Hopefully after visiting these places you'll get a better idea of where you want to end up. In reality, there's so many more places that you could visit to really know where you want to settle. The more places you visit, the more you really start to solidify where your heart and home is at.

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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

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Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

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Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

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8 Reasons Maryland Deserves a Visit, Hon

Maryland is a small state, but it has a big personality.

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Maryland has so much to do, from the beaches on the East coast to the mountains on the western border. These are just 8 of many reasons our state is worth a visit!

1. It is the best place to eat Maryland Crabs.

I hope you like Old Bay!

2. Ocean City, MD has so much to do!

You can lay on the beach, go swimming, play a game of mini golf, walk on the boardwalk, play carnival games, ride carnival rides, go to clubs (if you are of age), and have the best french fries of your life ('sup Thrashers) all in one place!

3. You can visit Assateague Island off of the coast of Maryland and Virginia.

There are wild horses on an island off of the coast of Maryland and Virginia, 'nough said!

4. Baltimore's Inner Harbor is full of good eats and fun activities.

You can simply walk around the Inner Harbor, ride the paddle boats, tour a submarine, go to the aquarium, or ride the Spirit of Baltimore all in the same general vicinity.

5. You can visit the National Harbor in Prince George's County.

There is so many things to do here. You can ride the huge ferris wheel with enclosed cars, ride a mechanical bull at the Cadillac Ranch, visit the MGM Grand Casino and the big Gaylord Hotel.

6. Sugar Loaf Mountain is a great place to go hiking.

7. Great Falls is also a great location to visit!

You can visit Great Falls on either the Maryland or Virginia side. It's like a mini Niagara Falls.

8. You can root for the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

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