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Home Across the U.S.A.

  • Melanie Danko
Oct 03, 2016

I’ve had the opportunity to never call just one place home. Through my life, my family moved a lot, and the willingness and excitement of moving carried over to my adulthood. Because of it, I’ve had the opportunity to live in ten different states around the country! People often ask me, what’s your favorite place you’ve lived? I never know how to answer that, each and every place has a special piece of my heart and I consider a “home” to be in each state, town and city I’ve resided

There are lots of hidden gems and places to see right here in the states. Often when my family would move, we would opt to drive and tour different states. Our longest trip was from moving from Seattle, Washington across the country to Chapel Hill, North Carolina! Here’s a quick list of just a few of my favorite places and spaces that I’ve visited (or lived in) across the country.


Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

When you think of Las Vegas, you think of … lots of things. For most, hiking and history are probably pretty low on that list! However, just 15 miles off the buzzing and glowing strip of Las Vegas you can find a pretty incredible conservation area of stunning red rock formations and sandstone peaks for hiking and climbing. The area is also full of history, dating back to the Native Americans who resided here due to the wildlife and resources in this part of the desert.


Indianapolis, Indiana

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the current city I reside in. Indianapolis has got to be one of the most amazing places I’ve lived. I love the humility and beauty of the city, surrounded by green spaces. Home to the Indy 500, Circle City can hardly be considered "Naptown," this city is more awake than ever. The restaurants are out of this world, the traffic is mild, the people are warm and welcoming and I’m so grateful that it’s my current home.


Mount Cardigan, New Hampshire

I have family living up in the great state of New Hampshire and lived there for a bit in middle school and high school, and so I always seize the opportunity to visit this wonderful northern New England state which is home to all kinds of natural beauty. One of my all-time favorite mountains to hike is Mount Cardigan. While it’s not the biggest mountain in the area, this bare rock summit gives a feeling of a much higher mountain because of the wide span of granite in the area, driving home the beauty of “The Granite State.”

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Remember that adventure spanning Washington state to North Carolina that I mentioned? This was one of the stops on that epic road trip. Yellowstone Park is the largest and most well-known “megafauna” location. What does that mean? Tons of forests full of a huge variety of plants and animals such as grizzly bears, wolves and bison everywhere! Another cool part about Yellowstone is the geysers, most notably, Old Faithful, which erupts every 91 minutes.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The brotherly love city of Philadelphia is home to all kinds of historical gems such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Living on the outskirts of the city on the Main Line was a unique experience, and the city never had a shortage of things to do. I loved the strong focus on the arts and interesting museums such as the Mütter Museum, which featured all kinds of strange medical oddities.


Emerald Isle, North Carolina

This colorful beach town in the southern Outer Banks has always held a special place in my heart. Through the majority of my life I’ve been fortunate to vacation here so it’s really been a constant during the changes of switching schools and houses.


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