My favorite vacations, not ranked

Inspired by @karlalucia but I feel unable to rank them like she did. Also, given my age I have been on numerous vacations so I will have to add to this list as I remember some. Thanks for the inspiration @karlalucia
  1. Cruise up the inside passage of Alaska from Vancouver and land tour post-cruise.
    This trip was a graduation gift from my husband when I finished nursing school. It was our first cruise. Alaska is breathtaking. We took excursions to go inland by helicopter, float plane, and train. We wanted to see is much as we could knowing we might never come back. I loved the rawness of the land untouched by man.
  2. Family trip to Silver Lake New Hampshire.
    After watching On Golden Pond we looked for a house to rent on Lake Winnipesaukee where the movie was filmed, and ended up at nearby Silver Lake instead. It was difficult to find things back then before we had the Internet. At the time, it was a small town of 1000 people where everyone knew everyone, so they immediately knew we were the renters because that was the only vacation rental home in town. We were there for two weeks including the small town 4th of July celebration.
  3. Family trip to Emerald Isle North Carolina
    When we were living in NJ, it was so much fun to find beaches where we could stay for a few weeks and it was affordable. The Jersey shore is a great place but housing is tight, expensive, and difficult to find. Also parking is a nightmare and then the beach is very crowded. We only went there for weekend trips. Emerald Isle seemed like it was isolated compared to Jersey! We loved the shells there also and had a wonderful time. We vacationed there 2 or 3 times.
  4. Family cruise to Asia from Beijing to Singapore.
    My brother treated all of us to this awesome three week trip. We started with five days of touring in Beijing and then began the cruise. My brother, my husband and I, our daughter and son-in-law, and our two grandchildren all went together. It was a first cruise for our grandchildren and a first trip to Asia for my brother, husband, and me. The children were old enough that they will carry this memory forever. We saw too much to describe here but it was the trip of a lifetime.
  5. Family trip to Disney in Florida
    This was another destination we went to more than once. Ironically when we moved to Florida we were only about 10 or 15 minutes away. We got resident's annual passes and we were able to go whenever we wanted. We love Disney World and at the time I knew it like the back of my hand.
  6. Road trip from Denver Colorado to Isle of Palms South Carolina - Highlight: the Grand Canyon
    When our daughter graduated from college we helped move her from South Carolina to Denver where she had found a job. Moving to Colorado was dream of hers after visiting it in college. My husband and I took our time driving back to SC without any real plans about what to see on the way. My favorite stop on the way home was the Grand Canyon where we ended up staying three days.
  7. Road trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons
    Yellowstone is so interesting with its geysers, boiling mud pots, calderas, and other geothermal features. Plus it has mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, and waterfalls. Everything about it is enjoyable. And the Grand Tetons are breathtaking. These two are the National Parks where we saw the most wildlife. In the week or so we were there we saw bison, a black bear with cubs, grizzlies, coyotes, elk, moose, pronghorn, and even the elusive bighorn sheep. It is awesome.
  8. Cruise tour around Ireland and the United Kingdom.
    First we toured Ireland by land for 5 or 6 days and then began the cruise. We stopped at ports in England, Ireland, & Scotland. We have family roots there because my maternal grandmother was Irish and my paternal grandfather was Scottish. All my husband's grandparents were born in Ireland within a small area. We also had one stop in France. Since we only had one day in Paris and we had to take a train to and from the port, we only saw the Eiffel Tower, where we had lunch, and the Louvre.
  9. Short trip to San Francisco with my husband
    I had a weekend insulin pump training program in San Jose, so we decided to visit SF for about 5 or 6 days before it started. We loved it and had a wonderful trip. Places we visited included the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street, a cable car ride, Chinatown, and Ghirardelli Square. We went to Muir Woods to see the redwoods. Then we went to Big Basin Redwoods State Park closer to Santa Cruz and a beach along the way. After that I went to the training program.
  10. Road trip from Colorado up to North and South Dakota and Montana Visiting Mostly NPs and National Monuments
    We went with my brother and visited Mt. Rushmore, Badlands National Park (NP), Custer State Park, parts of the Lewis and Clark trail, and other interesting sights up there. We went to the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn. All three of us like US history, national parks and monuments, and Lewis and Clark. We know less about the west than the east because we came from NY/NJ. So we learn a lot on road trips out west.
  11. Cruise to Cozumel Mexico from Tampa
    This was a last minute deal. My husband and I unexpectedly had the same five days off when he switched for someone. I looked at last minute deals about two weeks before and this 5-day cruise was open and cheap. They even had a balcony room left. We lived only a little more than an hour away so no plane needed. It was 2 days across the Gulf and 2 days back with one day in Cozumel. We had a blast!!
  12. Road trip from CO to the Northwest USA including Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver Canada. Because of my health, my brother flew us up and back but he drove and saw some other sights on the way up and back.
    This was another great trip. I remember visiting Mt. Rainier NP, Olympic NP, the Lewis and Clark and Oregon trails, Multnomah Falls, Cannon Beach, and Haystack Rock. I loved the Oregon coast. We loved Seattle with the Space Needle, the Chihuly glass art exhibit, and the Pikes Place Market. We took various air and watercraft to get around Seattle and Vancouver (floatplane, ferry, and high speed ferry) and enjoyed Vancouver too. I'm running out of characters but it was great!
  13. Road trip with my brother and husband from Colorado to Utah's National Parks and more. That trip was long and packed. I was younger and in better shape but it's hard for me to believe it was only about 5 or 6 years ago. I've been disabled for 3 years now. How life can unexpectedly change!
    We saw the magnificent Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef,and Zion NPs. Each has its unique sights and experiences yet there is some similarity among them. We drove through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and stopped at Four Corners Monument where you can be in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado at the same time. We also saw the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and Mesa Verde on that trip. It was super active and busy. Even the drives were awesome.
  14. Family vacations to Smith Mountain Lake Virginia.
    We drove here from NJ. This is a destination we visited several times. We rented a house and a boat on this enormous man-made lake not far from Roanoke. It was peaceful and beautiful and for awhile we entertained the idea of buying property on the lake to build on later. We had lots of fun there.
  15. South Pacific cruise from New Zealand to Tahiti
    My brother took us on this trip that was beyond wonderful. We spent a few days in New Zealand before the cruise started in a few days and Tahiti when it ended. We were in Tahiti for Easter and it was beautiful and fun. We stopped at exotic islands including Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, American Samoa, Moorea, and Bora-Bora. Each island had its own character but they all shared gorgeous scenery, friendly people, and beautiful beaches.
  16. Family camping trip to Great Sand Dunes NP in Colorado with our daughter, son in law, and grandkids.
    The kids were young, about 5 and 7. We had a 30" Class C motor home with 2 slide-outs. We timed the trip to be during a short time period when Medano Creek would be running. That provided an opportunity for the kids to play in the creek, make sand castles with each other and other kids, and kept them cool while various sets of adults climbed the dunes. There are no hookups for motor homes in the NP, but we stayed nearby where we had a great view of the dunes. It was a great trip!
  17. Cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago Chile
    After three days in Rio, we got to stop at wonderful ports in Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Puntas Arenas, and Valparaiso. We sailed around Cape Horn, through the Straits of Magellan, and into the Chilean fjords. We saw the magnificent Amalia Glacier. My brother took us on this one. I was amazed the ship fit into some of the channels we traveled. The scenery was breathtaking.
  18. Numerous 4-5 day road trips from Isle of Palms SC near Charleston when it was our home base.
    My husband and I visited Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, Beaufort SC, Savannah, GA, Wilmington, NC, and lots of other smaller and interesting places in the Carolinas and GA. We worked 12-hour shifts and had a 5-day stretch off every two weeks. We would look at the Weather Channel for an area within a reasonable drive that had a good forecast and then we'd go there and check it out. It was so much fun!
  19. Cruise to the Baltic Sea
    My brother was with us. We stopped at various ports around the Baltic including Copenhagen, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden. St. Petersburg was filled with elaborate palaces full of splendor. The countryside was beautiful in Norway and Denmark. We were charmed by Estonia, and we visited Berlin, observing the still noticeable differences between east and west. We enjoyed the people, cities, food, and sightseeing at every port.
  20. Road trip from Colorado to sights in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas
    We focused on sports venues such as Lambeau Field, Indianapolis Speedway, Churchill Downs, and 4 or 5 baseball games, but did other stuff too. We went with my brother and I wrote 4 lists about it. I'm on a road trip, I'm Still on a Road Trip, And the Road Trip Goes On, & The final days of the road trip
  21. Numerous 4-5 day trips around Florida when we lived there
    We continued frequent travel around our home base when we lived in FL but then we had a motor home and it was even more fun! We went to beautiful beaches on the Panhandle, the Gulf Coast, and the Atlantic Ocean. We visited Florida's crystal clear springs where the manatee and their babies seek refuge every winter when the temperature drops below 72 degrees. We went to the Keys, and of course Key West.
  22. Various 4-5 day trips around our current home state of Colorado
    We have stayed in our motor home, cabins, bed and breakfasts, rental homes and condos, and of course, hotels. Some of the places we have visited include Rifle Gap State Park (SP), Cheyenne Mountain SP, Eleven Mile SP, Mueller SP, Chatfield SP, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, Rocky Mountain NP, Colorado National Monument, Bent's Old Fort, and Picketwire Canyon. We explored towns, cities, and attractions near them such as Aspen, Georgetown, and Glenwood Springs. CO is a beautiful state!
  23. Cruise to the Hawaiian Islands
    My brother took us soon after I became disabled. I had just purchased a lightweight scooter and was adjusting to the reality of no chance of improvement, permanent mobility limitations, and grappling with my dependence on others. It was a sweet and kind gesture. He thought it would cheer me up. Unfortunately, I was miserable. The excursions were too difficult for me, I was exhausted, and I was self conscious. I tried to be cheerful but I didn't fool anyone
  24. Trip with my husband to San Diego
    This was a recent vacation to CA for two months. We hoped to escape the CO cold and snow for awhile but as it turned out, it was one of the mildest winters in the Denver Metro Area in years. I listed about how one of us was sick for about 6 weeks out of 9. But in the 3 good weeks we went to several beaches, Balboa Park, Coronado, the Midway Aircraft Carrier, and a harbor cruise. We saw many of the places my husband stayed and trained when SD was his home port during his 4 years in the US Navy.
  25. Cruise to Western Mexico
    My husband and I didn't plan much ahead but we went on this cruise to have a winter getaway. We had quite a few days at sea, and when we stopped at ports they had great beaches. I like days at sea because there is so much to do on the ship. On port days I am often too tired to enjoy the ship itself. I am a frequent visitor to the spa. Massages, facials, mani-pedis, and all sorts of variants of those are wonderful pampering pleasures on the ship.
  26. Thanks for reading so far. I'll come back if I remember any more to add...