UPDATES: 501/1001 travel books

As of today’s writing (March 13, 2017), here are all my places, with repeats included.

Rules
1. I must have a legitimate memory of doing something. Ergo, just stopping in the airport or driving through a place doesn’t count (unless the airport itself is the attraction – there is one of them on this list).
2. It must be listed in the book.
3. Places will be listed either chronologically by country, or by how they’re listed in the book. So, I’ll list where I first visited, and go from there.
4. If I can’t confirm it, but may have some memories, it will be listed as “Inconclusive.”
5. For the sake of quickness (relatively speaking for me, of course), I won’t go into detail as much. Partially because of repeats.

All information is accurate as of this writing, March 13, 2017.

501 Must-Visit Cities 
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Belgium 
1. Antwerp 
Times Visited: 2
Dates: January-August 1994, July 2004

2. Brussels
Times Visited: 3
Dates: February-March 1994, July-August 2004, July-August 2010

3. Bruges 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

4. Ghent 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

5. Mechelen 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July-August 2010

Totals: 5

France 
1. Rennes 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

2. Paris
Times Visited: 2
Dates: July 2004, March 2005

3. Strasbourg 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: March 2005

Totals: 3

England 
1. Oxford 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: August 2010

2. London 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: August 2010

Totals: 2

United States 
1. Chicago, Illinois
Times Visited: 3
Dates: June 1995, July 1999, March 2006

2. Washington, D.C. 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: June 1998

3. San Antonio, Texas 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: June 2001

4. Austin, Texas 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: May 2004

5. New York, New York 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: March 2009

6. St. Louis, Missouri 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: August 2009

7. Columbus, Ohio
Times Visited: 3
Dates: May 2013, February-March 2015, March 2016

8. Boston, Massachusetts 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2016

Total: 8

Inconclusive
1. Cambridge, England
2. Rouen, France
3. Nantes, France
4. Cologne, Germany
5. Leiden, Netherlands
6. Atlanta, Georgia, USA
7. Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Grand Total So Far: 18

501 Must-Visit Destinations
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United States
1. The Smoky Mountains 
Times Visited: 3
Dates: November 1997, November 1998, March 1999

2. Washington, D.C.
Times Visited: 1
Dates: June 1998

3. The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: June 1998

4. The National Air and Space Museum 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: June 1998

5. San Antonio
Times Visited: 1
Dates: June 2001

6. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: March 2009

Total: 6

Belgium 
1. Bruges 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

Total: 1

France
1. Mont-Saint-Michel 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

2. The Cathedral of Notre Dame 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

3. The Louvre 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: March 2005

Total: 3

Germany 
1. Aachen Cathedral 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: Spring 1994

Total: 1

Netherlands 
1. Keukenhof Gardens 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: Spring 1994

Total: 1

England
1. Stonehenge 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: August 2010

2. Salisbury Cathedral 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: August 2010

3. Oxford
Times Visited: 1
Dates: August 2010

4. The Houses of Parliament 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: August 2010

5. Tate Modern 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: August 2010

Total: 5

Multi-Country 
The Great Lakes (USA/Canada) 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: March 2006

Total: 1

Inconclusive
1. Cologne Cathedral – Cologne, Germany

Grand Total So Far: 18

501 Must Visit-Wild Places
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Unfortunately, zero here. But I’m close to a few, so maybe soon.

Grand Total So Far: 0

501 Must-Take Journeys
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United States
1. Appalachian Trail 
Times Visited: 2
Dates: November 1997, November 1998

2. Shenandoah Valley 
Times Visited:1
Dates: June 1998

3. Blue Ridge Parkway 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: November 1998

4. Lower Manhattan 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: March 2009

Total: 4

Netherlands
1. Keukenhof Gardens
Times Visited: 1
Dates: Spring 1994

Total: 1

Multi-Country  
1. Flanders Fields (France/Belgium)
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

Total: 1

France 
1. Brittany’s Emerald Coast 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

2. D-Day Beaches
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

3. Paris 
Times Visited: 2
Dates: July 2004, March 2005

Total: 3

Grand Total So Far:

501 Must-Be-There Events
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United States 
1. Independence Day
Times Visited: Numerous
Dates: Numerous

Totals: 1

Belgium 
1. Pistes de Lancement Circus Festival 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: March 1994

2. La Flèche Wallonne
Times Visited: 1
Dates: April 1994

3. Ommegang Pageant 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

Totals: 3

Inconclusive/Not Enough Information 
1. Pukkelpop – Hasselt, Belgium

Seen on TV (but not in person) 
England – FA Cup Final, Wimbledon Championships
France – Tour de France
United States – U.S. Open (golf), U.S. Open (tennis), World Series, Stanley Cup, Indianapolis 500, Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Rose Bowl Parade, New Year’s Eve in Times Square

Grand Total So Far: 4

501 Must-Visit Natural Wonders
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Multi-Country 
1. Great Lakes (USA/Canada)
Times Visited: 1
Dates: March 2006

Total: 1

United States 
1. The Smoky Mountains 
Times Visited: 3
Dates: November 1997, November 1998, March 1999

2. Mammoth Cave National Park 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: May 2002

3. Blue Ridge Mountains 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: November 1998

Total: 3

Belgium 
1. Ardennes Peaks 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: Spring 1994

Total: 1

France 
1. Meuse Valley and the Ardennes Forest 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: Spring 1994

Total: 1

Inconclusive
1. Bluegrass Country – Kentucky, USA
2. Bracken Cave Bat Roost – San Antonio, Texas, USA
3. Chesapeake Bay – Maryland, USA

Grand Total So Far: 6

1001 Walks You Must Take Before You Die 
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United States
1. Appalachian Trail
Times Visited: 2
Dates: November 1997, November 1998

2. Clingmans Dome 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: November 1997

3. Mammoth Cave Park Long Loop Trail 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2002

4. Chicago Lakefront Trail 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: March 2006

5. Central Park
Times Visited: 1
Dates: March 2009

6. Freedom Trail 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2016

Total: 6

Belgium
1. Waterloo Battlefield Trail 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

2. Bruges Historic Center 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

3. Comic Strip Trail 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: August 2010

Total: 3

England
The Ridgeway 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: August 2010

Total: 1

France
1. Mont-Saint-Michel 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

2. D-Day Beaches
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

3. Dinan Walled Town Walk 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

4. Left Bank, Seine 
Times Visited: 2
Dates: July 2004, March 2005

5Île Saint-Louis
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

6. Alsace Wine Trails 
Times Visited: 1
Dates: March 2005

7. GR-21 Alabaster Coast Trail
Times Visited: 1
Dates: July 2004

Totals: 7

Inconclusive
1. Ramparts of Ypres, Belgium
2. Cologne Cathedral, Germany
3. Brooklyn Bridge, United States
4. Alum Cave Bluffs Trail, United States
5. Chimney Tops Trail, United States
6. Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, United States
7. White Horse Trail, Wiltshire, England
8. GR34 Customs’ Officers Trail, Brittany, France

Grand Total So Far: 17

1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die 
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Belgium
1. Belfry of Bruges
2. Rubens House
3. Waterloo Battlefield

Total: 3

England 
1. Avebury Stone Circles
2. Blenheim Palace
3. Buckingham Palace
4. Eton College
5. Nelson’s Column
6. Stonehenge
7. Tower of London
8. Westminster Abbey
9. Windsor Castle

Total: 9

France
1. Arc de Triomphe
2. Cathedral of Notre-Dame (Strasbourg)
3. Cathedral of Notre-Dame (Paris)
4. Eiffel Tower
5. Normandy Beaches
6. Pont Neuf

Total: 6

Germany 
1. Aachen Cathedral

Total: 1

United States 
1. Alamo Mission
2. Capitol Building
3. Ellis Island
4. Empire State Building
5. Gateway Arch
6. Lincoln Memorial
7. Mount Vernon
8. Statue of Liberty
9. Washington Monument
10. White House
11. Wrigley Field

Total: 11

Inconclusive 
1. World War I Battlefields – Ypres, Belgium
2. Ducal Palace of Brittany – Brittany, France
3. La Conciergerie – Paris, France
4. Palace of Versailles – Paris, France
5. Palais Rohan – Strasbourg, France
6. Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris, France
7. Sainte Chappelle – Paris, France
8. Cologne Cathedral – Cologne, Germany
9. Arlington National Cemetery – Virginia, USA
10. Brooklyn Bridge – Brooklyn, New York, USA
11. Graceland – Memphis, Tennessee, USA
12. Grand Central Terminal – New York, New York, USA
13. Library of Congress – Washington, D.C., USA
14. Monticello – Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Grand Total So Far: 30 

Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Spectacular Trips 
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England
1. London

Total: 1

Netherlands
1. Springtime in Holland – Lisse

Total: 1

United States
1. Blue Ridge Parkway – Great Smoky Mountains
2. Newfound Gap Road – Great Smoky Mountains
3. Fifth Avenue – New York City
4. Washington, D.C.

Total: 4

Inconclusive/Near-Misses
1. Alsace Wine Tour – Alsace, France (walked it, but didn’t drive through it, so I don’t think I can count it here)
2. Route des Abbayes – Rouen, France
3. Amish Culture and Crafts – Elkhart, Indiana, USA
4. Cullasaja River Gorge – Macon County, North Carolina, USA
5. Out of Houston – Houston, Texas, USA
6. Revolutionary Roads Tour – Concord to Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

Totals So Far: 6

Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations 
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Belgium 
1. Shrine of St. Ursula – Bruges

Total: 1

England 
1. Salisbury Cathedral – Salisbury
2. Stonehenge – Wiltshire
3. University Church of St. Mary – Oxford
4. Westminster Abbey – London

Total: 4

France
1. Mont-Saint-Michel – Normandy
2. Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial – Normandy
3. Notre-Dame de Paris – Paris
4. Sacré-Cœur Basilica- Paris

Total: 4

Germany
1. Aachen Cathedral – Aachen

Total: 1

United States 
1. Ground Zero – New York, New York
2. Korean War Veteran’s Memorial – Washington, D.C.
3. March for Jobs and Freedom (National Mall) – Washington, D.C.
4. Old North Church – Boston, Massachusetts
5. Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial – Washington, D.C.

Totals: 5

Inconclusive/Near-Misses
1. Menin Gate Memorial – Ypres, Belgium
2. Cenotaph – London, England
3. Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris, France
4. Shrine of the Three Kings (Cologne Cathedral) – Cologne, Germany
5. Arlington National Cemetery – Washington, D.C., USA
6. Cemeteries of New Orleans – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
7. Mission Concepcion – San Antonio, Texas, USA
8. Rothko Chapel (University of Texas) – Austin, Texas, USA

Grand Total So Far: 15 

Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips
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England 
1. England’s Gardens – Windsor
2. London (film center)

Total: 2

France 
1. Cathedrals of France – Various
2. Eiffel Tower – Paris
3. Normandy Beaches – Normandy
4. Paris (film center)

Total: 4

Netherlands 
1. Dutch Bulbfields – Keukenhof

Total: 1

United States 
1. Empire State Building – New York, New York
2. Freedom Trail – Boston, Massachusetts
3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Tennessee/North Carolina
4. The Loop – Chicago, Illinois
5. Mammoth Cave National Park – Kentucky
6. The National Mall – Washington, D.C.
7. New York, New York (film center)
8. Staten Island Ferry – New York, New York

Totals:  8

Inconclusive/Near-Misses 
1. Battle of the Somme – France
2. Grand Masters Tour – Delft, Netherlands
3. Vieux Carré – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Grand Total So Far: 15

Secret Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Best Hidden Travel Gems

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Belgium 
1. Chateau d’Hassonville – Ardennes
2. Le Chatelain – Brussels
3. Our Lady’s Church – Bruges

Total: 3

United States 
1. Birding in Central Park – New York, New York
2. The Cherohala Skyway – Great Smoky Mountains
3. Willis Tower – Chicago, Illinois

Total: 3

Inconclusive/Near-Misses 
1. Begijnhof of Kortrijk – Kortrijk, Belgium
2. Lumina Domestica – Bruges, Belgium
3. City of London Churches – London, England
4. Chappelle Expiatoire – Paris, France
5. Ile des Cygnes – Paris, France
6. Foret de Brotonne – Normandy, France
7. Biltmore House – Asheville, North Carolina, USA
8. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – Boston, Massachusetts, USA
9. National Garden – Washington, D.C., USA
10. Shining Rock Wilderness – North Carolina, USA

Grand Total So Far: 6

Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe
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Belgium
1. Chocolate in Brussels – Brussels
2. French Fries in Ghent – Ghent
3. Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate – Brussels

Total: 3

England
1. London’s Restaurants – London

Total: 1

France 
1. Best Baguette in Paris – Paris
2. Paris (great food cities)

Totals: 2

United States
1. Indianapolis International Airport – Indianapolis, Indiana
2. Manhattan (great food cities)
3. New York’s Sidewalk Chefs – New York, New York
4. Tex-Mex in San Antonio – San Antonio, Texas

Inconclusive/Near-Misses
1. Belgium Taste in the Sky – Brussels, Belgium
2. Confiserie Temmerman – Ghent, Belgium
3. London’s Food Halls – London, England
4. Paris Pastry Hunt – Paris, France
5. Chicago Style – Chicago, Illinois, USA
6. Patrenella’s – Houston, Texas, USA

Grand Total So Far: 10 

Yes, repeats have been included, but hey, it still counts, right? I’m pleasantly surprised how spread out some of these are anyway. Here’s to more travels in the near future.

Updates can be posted as necessary.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “UPDATES: 501/1001 travel books

    1. I don’t think I’ve officially been, because the location it takes place in (Hasselt) doesn’t look familiar to me. What happened is that I was at a music festival several weeks earlier (2010) in Mechelen, which apparently has many of the same acts and behind-the-scenes organizers. My dad says I can add it to this list, but I feel like I’d be cheating if I did. 🙂

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