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Staff Sound-Off: Crossing off the Checklist

We asked our staff “What’s a domestic destination you’ve always wanted to visit?” See what domestic destinations we can’t wait to cross of our lists.

We’ve always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon. As much as we’ve traveled, we’ve never been to this iconic American geological site. We feel the same way about Denali. We’ve been to parts of Alaska, but not to Denali. So, we still have some domestic outdoor masterpieces on our list.

— Mac Lacy, publisher

I have always wanted to visit the Mighty 5 National Parks. I will cross this off my bucket list next summer when my family takes our first ever RV trip through Utah, Nevada and Arizona.

— Kelly Tyner, VP, sales & marketing

The Badlands in South Dakota because I’ve heard so much about it!

— Kyle Anderson, director of advertising sales

I’ve always wanted to spend some time in Oklahoma! I would love to experience one of the huge pow wows like the Red Earth Festival; hang out in OKC’s Bricktown district; and even take a drive down Route 66 to the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City.

— Ashley Ricks, graphic design & circulation

This is a tough question for me. There are so many places I want to visit. My top five are New England & Maine in the fall, Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Zion National Park, Arches National Park and the Alabama Indigenous Mound Trail. So much to do; never enough time!

— Donia Simmons, creative director

I’ve been to almost every state, but Hawaii has eluded me for decades. Everyone says the beaches are great, but I’d be most interested in experiencing Polynesian culture and exploring Hawai’i Volcanos National Park.

— Brian Jewell, VP & executive editor