When life gives us ladies an opportunity to travel and see something new we must act. Do not fear the unknown. Run towards it and if you can bring a friend along do it. But if not, do not let that hold you back. The follow list are some of my favorite destinations -- traveled alone or with company.
London is a city rich with history. From the odd and bizzar that has still yet to be fully discovered to the royals we are watching today. It is easy to get around and there is no shortage of places to stay. To save some money I would recommend checking out the hostels. You will constantly meet some of the most interesting people you will ever encounter and use public transportation rather than a taxi. The subway and trains in the UK are easy to navigate around and the constant reminder to "Mind the Gap" is something everyone should experience once. Places to visit: Globe Theater (http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/), Tower of London, The London Eye (if heights are not a problem), the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Kew Gardens, London Dungeon
If you have ever been a lover of Robin Hood this is one of those places you just have to visit. Although under most circumstances I would say to try and not use a taxi, this is one place I would take one around the city. If you are lucky you will get an enthusiastic tour guide eager to give you a earful of English history that is unlikely to be forgotten. You will get to see what is left of the famous Nottingham Forrest, get a quick guide around Nottingham Castle, and possibly some of the legends tolds about Robin and his merry men. After the taxi, make sure to sign up for a castle tour. Although it is not the original castle (you will be told why) there is a lot of dirty laundry that will be told of the english nobles that had once inhabited the castle. Then, before you leave stop in Journey to Jeruselem which is one of the "original" pubs that crusaders would stop off, fill their stomachs with ale and then march off to battle. The stories are amazing and this one little town has some of the most entusiastic characters willing to share stories about what the area used to be like. Useful website: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1036
Athens is a beautiful city full of amazing history. I only spent 3 days in the city, and although I spent every waking moment running from one place to another I feel like it is one of those places that even if you spent a month there, there would still be historical sites or museums that would still be missed. Top Sites to see: Acropolis and the Parthenon, National Academy, War Museum, Panathinaikon Stadium, National Archaeological Museum of Athens, National Gardens, Ancient Agora and the Attalos stoa museum, temple of Olympic Zeus and the Adrianos Gate Amazing street to go shopping: Ermou street (which is near the Acropolis) Useful website: http://www.athensguide.org/places-to-go-in-athens.html
Seattle is a beautiful coastal city. Although I did not find it extremely easy to walk around I did love driving around the city. Hopefully you are a coffee lover because there is a strong scent of roasted coffee beans that is very evident is certain parts of the city, as well as having a coffee shop on almost every corner. One thing to keep in mind though is that during the week the majority of the city appears to shut down between 5p and 6p. I was there in the middle of the summer and could not believe that the only thing open were a handful of restaurants and pubs. Even the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market shut down quite early in the evening. Sites to see: Pike Public Market (think Sleepless in Seattle), the original Starbucks shop, Space Needle
Rapid City is minutes from Mt Rushmore and Custer State Park. Has some of the best hotels for relatively cheap prices. If you get up early to grab a coffee before the day long drive through the state park, bare in mind that the only places to get coffee is at gas stations so plan ahead as the nearest Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks is at least 30 minutes in the opposite direction. ALSO -- if you are planning to check out the Crazy Horse monument be sure to PAY ATTENTION TO SMALL ROAD SIGNS. I missed my turn and ended up in Wyoming before I even knew what happened and it killed 1/2 a day for me.
Super easy to drive around. I've been told the food is great, HOWEVER if you are not a fan of deep dish pizza it won't be any better just because you're having it where it comes from. I wish I had avoided the pizza and went for the BBQ as I was told that was the 2nd best food to have in Chi-town
Cute little coastal town in CT. In the winter Santa visits and arrives on a boat that comes into the harbor. Old Mystic Village has a great shop that has home made fudge that is TO DIE FOR! The flavors change depending on the season but the best is their fall season flavors. TOP SPOT: Mystic Pizza -- in the main town NOT in Old Mystic. This is the location where the 1989 Julia Roberts film was shot. The pizza is good and the atmosphere is a lot of fun.