Hashtag Project: #theusiscooltoo

Hashtag Project: #theusiscooltoo

My blog is about traveling the United States. I covered the why of my blog a while back here, but long story short...  I write this blog because there are so many beautiful, exciting, and fascinating things to see and do in the United States. I think American travelers too often overlook destinations in our own back yard to jet across the pond. Don't get me wrong, I love to travel abroad but the U.S. is cool too and I want to celebrate it. 

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I can't possibly visit every city in the US (maybe one day) so I decided to turn my tagline, The US is Cool Too into a hashtag. The goal? To help spread the word on all the cool stuff there is to see and do in the USA.

At the beginning of June I posted about the hashtag #theusiscooltoo on Instagram asking people to contribute their favorite US travel photos to the hashtag and I'm so excited and encouraged by the response so far! There are over 300 photos in the gallery so far and every day I will share a a new submission to the new Instagram account, The US is Cool Too.  In addition, I'll do a round up on the blog once a month with some of my favorite submissions. Sound good? 

10 of my favorite submissions for #theusiscooltoo

I've been a contributor to The Southern C blog for several years now so I'm thrilled they shared this photo! The Southern C is an awesome blog and online resource for entrepreneurs. Each year they host events for creatives to meet up in person to network with other business owners, magazine editors, and have a great time. This October they're heading to Watercolor Inn in 30A Florida for a fabulous work and wellness retreat. 

Love this composition from blogger Nomad by Trade! Michigan is on my to-do list while we're living in the Midwest. 

I've yet to meet @milwaukeephoto in real life yet but we found each other via Instagram while I was in Milwaukee for WITS this year. I had a blast up there and hope to get back soon! Read more about my Milwaukee adventure.

Lia is a fellow travel blogger at Practical Wanderlust and from the wonderful city of Louisville, Kentucky. This shot captures the eclectic architecture of this old southern city so well. 

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I've barely traveled out west so this photo of Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon caught my attention right away.

Diana is another Milwaukee friend I discovered via the gram. She has so many bad ass shots on her grid. Go check her out!  

Maegan of Wanderlust Dietician does a ton of traveling in the United States. This video in Pensacola has me dreaming of my next beach trip. 

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I met Matt back in April when I was in Indy for Upland Brewing Co's Sour Fest. He is an exceptional self-taught photog that frequently shoots lots of beer and food. Obviously we got along great. He went on an epic adventure to Kauai last year and this is one of my favorite shots from that trip. 

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Charleston, South Carolina is one of my all time favorite places to visit in the United States. For history/design nerds like myself it is one of the best places to see a variety of architectural styles. The other reason I like to go to Charleston is for the food. My friend Sarah Deshaw was recently on a mastermind trip in Charleston and took some beautiful photos there. Go check her out! 

I met Julie years ago when she was shooting The Southern C Summit in Charleston. Thrilled she shared some of her travel shots with the hashtag. 

If you love traveling in the US or think there's a place in the States that travelers should know about, join the conversation and contribute to the hashtag #theusiscooltoo. A new photo from the gallery will be posted to the new IG account, @theusiscooltoo and then I'll share 10 of my favorites from the month in a blog round up (like this one). 

You don't have to be a blogger to contribute but if you want to be considered for a feature on the blog your Instagram account needs to be public. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. 

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