2008 Top Five - Tourist Attractions
The first half of the year was as had become customary with my life in Chicago hectic and tiring, predominately driven by work and it was not unusual for me to be on an airplane twice a week. That has changed now, and in fact since I arrived in Bermuda at the beginning of July I have only left the island three times, and each time for the UK. I was lucky to see some beautiful and dazzling things in 2008, here are my Top 5 favourite tourist attractions
:1) Beachy Head
530 feet above sea level the views from these white cliffs are amazing, nevertheless it's tranquility allows for reflection because Beachy Head has a sad reputation for suicide.
2) Las Vegas Strip
We were there in May and the credit crunch hadn't appeared to have reached Vegas, I suspect it may in 2009. If you can avoid the casino's walking The Strip allows you to forget your woes by being a fantasy land of the overstated, the bizarre and the remarkable.3) Joshua Tree National Park
Just like U2 had done in 1986, I stood in front of these peculiar items of nature, some a 1,000 years old and shivers ran down my spine.
4) Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
I like heights, I notice a lot of my favourite things seem to be up high. A 10-minute journey in one of the world's largest rotating tramcars up North America's sheerest mountain to 8,516 feet was a great way to see across Palm Springs and the surrounding desert.
Palm Springs5) Coronado, San DiegoSan Diego
Coronado means 'Crowned One' in Spanish and is connected to San Diego by a very long narrow bridge. It is enchanting and pretty and worth a visit. The Red Bull Air Race added to the scenery when we were there.