Oh we want to visit Seattle. Actually considered it for our vacation this year but DH decided he wanted to drive there and from where I live, that turns it into a two week vacation. We don't have enough time for that right now.
We wanted to stay within a drive from our families but had a list of yes states and no states when we were looking for jobs. He had a couple of interviews in Philly and NJ but they contacted him back after we accepted my job. Plus that kept us in WI and only about 5 hours from family......so we see them each a couple of times a year (they come up, we go down).
The thing with TX for us was while it was Houston and great pay....he would have been away in trailers for weeks at a time. Leaving me alone in a new city. Wasn't the lifestyle we wanted....it's bad enough if I go for two or three nights to a conference.
We ruled out super hot states....a lot of his job would have been working outside and we are not heat people. And really crazy red states (like South Dakota) because we are very liberal. WI isn't acting very blue right now which is annoying but at least it swings back and forth.
L, I agree, you don't see like a Chicago person. I like their museums but otherwise am not much a fan of it or the people there (generally).
I do like where we live now....pretty safe place, low traffic, not too far a drive from the Twin Cities if we wanted to do something big city. My ideal would have been Madison though.