Kat, I think that means your vacation is about 6 years overdue. I'm lucky - I live in Raleigh, NC. We have plenty of malls and highways (nothing like DC - we're way more spread out), but we also have lots of greenspace. Plus the beach is only a few hours away, so it's easy to take day-trips there. The mountains are a little further away, but it's still easy to take a weekend trip if you want. Can't ask for much more than that! I like the palm trees though - I've never seen one in person. Someday...