Woah! Four more days and we’ll welcome 2017. It’s quite fast, isn’t it?
Looking back at 2016, it has been such an interesting year with lots of ups and downs. One thing I’m really thankful for in 2016 is that I was able to travel more and visit beautiful places. I was able to widen my knowledge and perspective and create unforgettable memories. Since we are wrapping up 2016, what would be more appropriate than sharing those places and moments with all of you. Hopefully, this post will be helpful for those who plan to travel more in 2017. Let’s start!
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California
Glass Beach is such a hidden gem of California. What makes Glass Beach unique is the abundant of smooth and colorful sea glass in the beach. This location used to be an active dump side where people discarded glasses, housewares and vehicles. Located on the east coast, it takes about 4 hours to drive there from the Bay Area. The town, Fort Brag, itself is a quiet yet lovely place to getaway if you want to escape the busy cities and crazy traffic.
Dallas and Houston, Texas
Summer 2016, I spent 10 days in Texas and here are a few places I visited:
Located in downtown Fort Worth, this place is open free for everyone to visit. It’s extremely hot in Texas in summer so I was very happy to be at this place. The pools are gorgeous and the whole structure is pretty unique. You have to visit if you’re in town. The whole garden isn’t so big; it probably takes 30 minutes to look around but I bet you would want to stay longer to take some Insta-worthy pictures.
If you love flowers and plants, Dallas Arboretum is definitely the place for you. Even if you know nothing about flowers (like me), you’ll appreciate this place as much. At the arboretum, you get a variety of landscapes. The place is huge and you can spend the whole day here. There are restaurants as well as coffee places.
Another hidden gem here. The structure is magnificent. You have to see it to understand. Sorry I have no photo of it but you can check out some photos on Yelp.
Yes, I was in Houston, Texas, guys! Many people don’t know a place like this exists in the middle of Houston. This religious structure is absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking. You are free to wander around and take pictures as long as you follow the instructions because this is still a religious place. I believe you can go inside. too, but I didn’t. There is a small shop where you can buy snack, food and souvenirs. If you’re in Houston, definitely spend sometime here!
Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, California
If you’re in Napa Valley, you must visit this. I know nothing about wine but I love gorgeous structures. This place is just so magical. It can get pretty crowded so I suggest come here early.
Ano Nueve State Park and Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pescadera, California
I love animals and seeing them in their natural habitat makes it even better. The moment I read about this place, I knew I had to visit so I did. And I saw tons and tons of elephant seals. The feeling of seeing them in wide open nature is indescribable. I could stand there and watch them all day. The hike to see elephant seals is pretty mild and easy. It is doable even for kids. There are volunteers to talk to you about elephant seals and answer your questions.
On the way back from Ano Nuevo State Park, we stopped by the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. The scenery is amazing.
Las Vegas, Nevada
This trip to Las Vegas was a surprised, unplanned trip. One day, I saw a poster about Kim Jong Kook and Haha concert in Las Vegas, and the concert was on my birthday…so…of course I had to go. I had such an amazing birthday with all the food, eye-catching buildings and the concert. I’m extremely thankful for having an awesome birthday and ending 2016 on such a great note.
Again, I’m very thankful for the places I visited, the food I enjoyed and whatever happened for me in 2016. 2016 is leaving and 2017 is arriving soon. I’m looking forward to the adventures waiting for me in 2017. I hope you had a good read and found this post helpful.
Don’t forget to comment below and tell me where you have traveled or visited in 2016. I can’t wait to read about your adventures!
Love love love,