Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times
In the last few years I have traveled to Ireland, England, France, Italy, Russia, Spain and China as well as multiple cities in the United States.
Last summer, I decided that I would forego travel outside of the U.S. because the people in the U.S. need tourist dollars more. Since then, I have been to Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City and St. Louis. I mention Kansas City and St. Louis to suggest that the smaller, middle-of-the-country cities also have great museums, easy transport systems and friendly people. I want to return to Denver; Santa Fe, N.M.; Houston; Cleveland; Minneapolis; Savannah, Ga.; Milwaukee; Omaha; Dallas; Philadelphia; Seattle; Atlanta; Chicago; Boston; and Washington. There are great museums in all these places: The Barnes, Nelson-Atkins and Gardner. There also are many regional treasures.
--Elizabeth Nolan, Coronado, Calif.
Pictured: "The Big Sweep" by Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg ayt the Denver Art Museum