Victoria Shepherd's Profile
Originally from Staffordshire, England, Victoria is a host and writer for DiscoverAmerica.com. She loves to explore new places and meet new people. In 2006, she back-packed around Europe by way of the alphabet. She’s now making her way around the US, happy to share her experiences with others.
Bandera, Texas: ‘Cowboy Capital of the World’
I woke up on my first morning in Bandera, located in the Texas Hill Country, at the Mayan Dude Ranch – one of several dude ranches where you can stay here – to hear peacocks making a fuss outside of my cabin, strutting around as though they owned the place. Despite the peacocks’ air of authority and ownership, the Hicks family has owned and run the ranch since 1951. The warmth and hospitality I found here at the ranch was on par with the Southern Texas charm everyone enthuses in this delightful part of Texas.
Black Hills and Badlands, South Dakota: A Monumental Holiday
A region that’s well known for its spectacular terrain and abundance of wildlife, South Dakota is full of rugged landscapes, Old West history and Native American culture. On a recent visit to the picturesque state, I stayed in the historic towns of Deadwood and Rapid City, which are ideal for visiting the numerous outdoor attractions of the Black Hills and Badlands region.
Deadwood and Rapid City: Family Fun in South Dakota
As I exited the airplane in Rapid City, I was greeted with the summer heat (but a refreshing lack of humidity) of western South Dakota. I’d been looking forward to this trip and couldn’t wait to witness first hand this incredible destination. The iconic Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park and Custer State Park are all set within the stunning Black Hills and Badlands region of the state, and the towns of Deadwood and Rapid City would be great base camps for my stay.
Boston, Massachusetts: Overflowing with Culture and Art
As I came into land over Boston, I could see a bed of greenery and trees beneath me, spreading like a blanket over the city of red brick buildings. It reminded me of London. To a large extent, there is a lot that England’s capital and this beautiful and vibrant city in Massachusetts have in common with each other. Both are rich in history and are full to overflowing with art and culture. And for both, you definitely need more than a day or two to explore.
Boston, Massachusetts: Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
Boston, Massachusetts, a city that attracts millions of visitors each year, is the ideal destination for your next U.S.-bound holiday. I fell in love at touchdown. The trees and numerous parks were green, the sailing boats and dinghies bobbed in the harbour, and the summer weather was perfect. From concerts and festivals to dining alfresco, this diverse American city has something for everyone.
Boston: Urban Buzz with Natural and Historic Charm
As I flew into Boston Logan International Airport, I could see kayaks, sailing boats and dinghies in the harbour below. Catching a taxi was a breeze, and after a 15-minute drive, I checked into my hotel in Copley Square. Boston is a beautiful, compact and exciting waterfront city, and with its gorgeous brownstone buildings and picture-perfect parks, this is truly a jewel in the crown.