3 American Cities to Add To Your Travel Bucket List

Travel is something I have always had a passion for but since becoming a blogger I’ve become hooked. While I admit that I’m a flip-flop wearing, beach seeking kinda gal, I can still fully appreciate the diversity US destination have to offer. I crave exploring new places and checking items off my Travel Bucket List. In celebration of becoming a Marriott Rewards Ambassador (squee!) I’ll be composing some great travel articles over the next few months but I wanted to kick things off by sharing three of my Bucket List Cities in the US and with  3,700 hotels in 70+ countries around the world it’s no surprise that you’ll find a Marriott in each one of these fantastic cities. 

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Marriott Rewards. I received Marriott Points to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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New Orleans, Louisiana 

Well of course I would have to go during Mardi Gras, but if you know me at all you know the real allure is that authentic spicy cajun cookin’. While the celebrations, the music, and food are fantastic N’awlins has so much more to offer. For instance, the city is known for their numerous above ground cemeteries and one of them, St. Louis Cemetery, is said to be the most haunted cemetery in the US. Or, did you know that National Geographic labels Jackson Square, the heart of the french quarter, a must see? I’ve actually been for a quick trip last year that lasted about 24 hours, but it really doesn’t count. I feel like I’ll need at least a week to explore this city!

Portland Harbor Maine

Rockland, Maine

Three Words: Maine Lobster Festival. Each year this seaside town offers 20,000 pounds of lobster over the course of it’s 3 days festival. Mix in the world’s largest lobster cooker, arts and crafts, lobster, live entertainment, cook offs, and lobster and you can see why I’m drawn. But Rockland offers much more – including whale watching, fishing, lighthouse tours, hiking trails and more. 

 Chareleston South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina 

Charleston is one of those cities that still manages to capture a small town feel. Which is probably why Travel and Leisure have given it numerous high ratings including #1 city for a Romantic escape and second to charming local accent. It’s also the second best city for antique stores and safety. It’s the quintessential charming southern town. But if you’re like me and can only handle strolling around for so long before seeking some adventure they also have parasailing and more scuba diving sites than you can shake a stick at.

One of the best excuses to travel, and tick places off my bucket list, is my birthday! For my birthday last year I even got to go to Japan (no surprise, there are even Marriotts there).  How do you celebrate your birthday? In honor of its 30th birthday, Marriott Rewards® is celebrating with its members all year long with a Year of Surprises.

Voted “Program of the Year” 6 years in a row, Marriott Rewards is free to join. The program rewards members with points to redeem for hotel stays, flights, exclusive events and shopping.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more.  

Plus, members can earn and redeem points at 3,700 hotels in 14 distinctive brands in 70+ countries around the world.  It’s no wonder Marriott Rewards has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of, Business TravelerGlobal TravelerExecutive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.

 Marriott Rewards® wants to celebrate its 30th birthday by throwing your special someone a surprise party he or she will never forget. Does someone in your life deserve to be celebrated this year? Marriott Rewards is looking for the most memorable ideas you can come up with, so go to and nominate your loved one today for a surprise party. This would be the perfect excuse to wish for a memorable weekend away. Nominate your husband or best friend – even better tell them you wouldn’t hate being nominated yourself! 

The first round of nominations for Year of Surprises takes place February 1 to February 28.

Nominations will be reviewed based on creativity/uniqueness of entry, overall appeal of nomination essay, and feasibility of the surprise party. Three winners will be awarded and announced in March and parties will be scheduled each month throughout the year.

There will be a total of three nomination periods throughout 2014. The second nomination period is during the month of May, and the third is during the month of August. Limit one (1) entry per person/email address per nomination period. Please see the “Nominate” section at for the nomination entry form and requirements.

You do not need to be a Marriott Rewards member to submit a nomination, but if your nomination is chosen, you and the nominee will need to enroll. See the Year Of Surprises Official Rules for more information.

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Marriott Rewards. I received Marriott Points to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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Jeana S

Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana S writes about gadgets, tech, entertainment, weddings and of course, travel. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and playing robots with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in Ben's underwear drawer.


  1. February 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Well I have never been to any of these cities and each one sounds wonderful Road trip!!

  2. February 27, 2014 at 2:01 pm — Reply

    I’ve only ever been to Atlanta once. I’d love to visit more southern states! Love the culture. So different than here!

  3. February 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm — Reply

    What a great travel bucket list! Charleston is one of my favorite places – they have incredible food there and the laidback atmosphere of their downtown is fantastic!

  4. February 28, 2014 at 11:05 am — Reply

    I love your choices!! And I’d love to visit New Orleans again :)

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