Vacation suggestions | Rickard Andersson

Vacation suggestions

The future Mrs Rickard Andersson and I are already starting to consider our options for the honeymoon next spring. We’ve considered going to some exotic island in the Caribbean, but I’m not so sure about that. I think we’re aiming for something that’ll be more of an adventure. The latest plan is to fly to the US, rent (or buy?) a car and drive around for two or three weeks. The idea here is to not plan everything out in detail and be able to go anywhere we want on a whim. My brother did something similar with his wife a few years ago and they dearly recommend it.

Question is where to go. One option is to fly to Seattle and perhaps stay there for a few days. One could even drive up to Vancouver (I’ve always wanted to go there). Then, after a few days, drive down to San Fransisco (another place I’ve always wanted to go to). I can imagine highway 101 is an amazing drive in the springtime. Stay a few days in SF and then head somewhere else. This is where our imagination is running dry. Where should we go from there? Los Angeles doesn’t sound all that tempting. Maybe Las Vegas is fun?

I appreciate any suggestions you might have.


  1. Posted June 4, 2007 at 12:15 | Permalink

    Dude, Seattle and Vancouver are way too similar to Sweden. Even more, do not go to Minnesota, as it is like Swedish-America and you really will not be experiencing anything too different from your homeland.

    If you want to go on a real driving trip try a drive down US1. It goes (I believe) from somewhere near Canada/New York (state) and all the way down into the Florida Keys. I forget which states it goes through, but I know you’ll probably see the Carolinas (which are really nice) and the ever-so-wonderful Florida (note, I live here, lol). But in this trip you get the tropical weather along with the beautiful northern states.

    If you are going anywhere over near California, I recommend to take a small detour to see the Grand Canyon.

    If you want something really tropical, Costa Rica is probably the best place to go. It is built for tourist it seems.

  2. Posted June 4, 2007 at 12:59 | Permalink

    Good point. Seattle/Vancouver might be very similar to Sweden. Only question is if that’s such a bad thing :)

    Driving down the east coast in a option. I’ll have to consider that. Personally, I’m not the world biggest fan of high temperatures and high humidity, but apart from that, I’d love to see Florida.

    The Grand Canyon is a good tip.

    Costa Rica I’m not so sure about. The fact that it attracts a lot of tourists is not a plus in my book.

  3. Posted June 11, 2007 at 11:03 | Permalink

    Anyone else have any suggestions?

  4. Scott Anderson
    Posted June 25, 2007 at 17:43 | Permalink

    Well I have driven across a fair amount of the states (I live in St. Louis, MO), and I can tell you that if you’re in for a scenic drive, there’s definitely some states worth at least driving through for the gorgeous countryside. Here’s my list of the prettiest states:

    West Coast:
    1. Oregon – Particularly the northern border of this state that coincides with the Columbia Gorge. I think, in all of the USA, I’ve never seen countryside this magnificent.

    2. Washington – Tall trees, beautiful mountains. Even in the rainy season the evergreens in this state are second to none. I’ve been there only once, but I would love to go back.

    3. Utah – Believe it or not, Utah has some very breathtaking mountains as well. We only clipped a small portion of the state on our most recent road trip, but I definitely wanted to see more.

    Midwest and/or Somewhat Middle of the Country:
    1. Colorado – Again, the mountains in this state are amazing. I have some pictures that I could show you of the Rocky mountains that would take your breath away. I recommend driving through this state at dusk or early morning. It’s breathtaking to say the least.

    2. Missouri – I may be biased because I’m from this state and have lived here almost all of my life, but I think most people would agree that the Lake of the Ozarks area in southwestern Missouri is very, very pretty. Windy country roads that scale various hills and mountains make for some amazing views.

    3. Tennessee – This ranks among my favorite states as well. There’s an amazing stretch of highway that goes through Chattanooga. The Appalachian Mountains here are very, very pretty and worth seeing.

    East Coast
    1. Pennsylvania – There are some toll roads that lead through the mountains in this state where you’ll look down on either side and notice drops that are several hundreds of feet tall. The areas around Philadelphia are some of the best from my own experience.

    2. The Carolinas – These states are absolutely gorgeous. Very pretty countryside, and very nice beaches. Definitely worth seeing at least once. The city of Charleston is a great place to visit!

    3. Florida – Most of this state is rather flat and boring, but Miami, Tampa Bay, and the Florida keys are very pretty areas that are worth checking out. My dad has a house in the keys, and I love visiting when I can.

    I know this might not give you much in the way of cities to visit, but the United States has some simply breathtaking countryside that is worth seeing at least once in your life. Be sure to bring a camera and lots of batteries ;).

  5. Posted June 25, 2007 at 18:47 | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for the tips, Scott. Right now, we’re leaning towards the east coast and in that case, we would definitely do Washington and Oregon. Further south, we could do California, Nevada (can’t miss Las Vegas!) and Utah. It all depends on how much time we will be spending on the road.

    Thanks again!

  6. Oliver Wong
    Posted November 13, 2007 at 14:56 | Permalink


    I was just reading your blog, and this caught my attention:

    “…fly to the US, rent (or buy?) a car”

    I know you are a Top Gear fan; have you seen the episode where they do just that?

  7. Posted November 13, 2007 at 19:18 | Permalink

    I have. It’s one of my favourites :)

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