Last week, Andrew and I were in Atlanta for a work conference and we got the pleasure of going to The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View. Really, the name says it all! Have you ever felt like you were in the clouds other than when in an airplane? Well, this view gives you the sensation that you're floating in mid-air! The Sun Dial is in the downtown Westin Hotel and is on the 72nd floor. From this level, you can view several of the city's most famous landmarks and attractions and it's just plain cool! We were experiencing the sites at night but I'm sure it's just as stunning during the day. If you're ever in downtown Atlanta, visit the restaurant and you'll find the sites are worth seeing, the food is worth eating, and the wine is worth drinking! If you're not hungry or thirsty you can always just take in the view.
The burning question, is how in the world are you going to fit all those clothes into that one suitcase?! The answer is simple, you’re not. Well, you’re not if you plan to take your entire wardrobe and that’s what most people plan on packing for vacation, a business trip, or a simple weekend get-a-way. I’m here to tell you, there’s hope. I’m a 20 something that likes fashion just as much as the next girl but I’ve also learned to be practical; I should tell the truth here… I had to learn how to be practical. My husband is frugal and when he realized I was paying $50 to check a bag each time we traveled, he didn’t think that was necessary; so I had to learn what to pack and how to pack it. I’m going to give you some rules to follow. I’m sure everyone does it different but this is what works for me. I’m usually able to get a week’s worth (sometimes more) of clothes in a carry-on. My upcoming trip is going to challenge me because it’s full of different activities. Follow my list below and you’ll be amazed at what you can fit in your suitcase.
Here are a few more tips you might find useful:
People are constantly asking Andrew and I where our favorite place is to travel especially in the U.S. and I must admit it's one of the hardest questions to answer. We both have a lot of favorite cities, some the same and some different. Below are a list of our favorite places in no order and a little blurb on why. These could change at anytime if we visit somewhere new that takes the place of an existing city.
-Charleston: It has a lot of great food and a historical downtown to explore
-Philadelphia: This place is the cheese steak capitol of the United States! I love walking around the same areas as Ben Franklin and several of our Nation's founders explored.
-Napa: I picked here because of the wine culture. North California is beautiful and it's close to the coast line.
-San Diego: I really enjoy the Southern California lifestyle and the excellent sea food and Mexican food.
-Chicago: The downtown of Chicago is a lot of fun because you get to experience the big city life and it's not too overwhelming.
-Charleston: I know I said these weren't in order but it's my #1! I love how this city feels, it's hip but still old timey.
-Las Vegas: No surprise here, this is the most superb place for people watching. You will never be bored in this city.
-Napa: I love wine just as much as I love my own bed at night. Napa is sophisticated and still cozy, you can't beat the Northern California scenery.
-San Diego: I feel like it's always a sunshiny day in San Diego. They also have the best sushi I have ever tasted!
-Lake Tahoe: Either side, Cali or Nevada. This is the prettiest place I've been in the U.S. so far. You can do so many outside activities here!
There are so many other places we love but didn't quite make the top 5: Fayetteville, AR, Asheville, NC, New Orleans, LA, and Park City, UT. Maybe next time we'll do a bucket list post for places we still want to visit. I've added some of my most memorable pictures from our favorite cities. Where are your favorite places to go in the U.S.?
A southern girl living in the Mid-West. My husband and I love to travel and go on new adventures--We love Jesus and the blessings He provides!