Csavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1344 posts, RR: 4 Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2100 times:
OK What are some of the places in your city state/pricove region or country that tourists generally don't go to, that are off the beaten path, but that tourists should go to if they want to know the real ***!
I'll start New York
Outer boroughs, outer borouhgs, outer boroughs!!!!
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park
THe food and the most ethnically diverse place on the planet. Just take a ride on the 7 train.
Bird Sanctuary near JFK with great plane spotting views,I might add,
Wave Hill, Arthur Avenue for great NY ethnic Italian food straight out of the Sopranos
much much more.
I may be ugly. I may be an American. But don't call me an ugly American.
Do you mean shoot back? It should, a lot of knuckleheads have shot holes in it but it's fiberglass so it's not too hard to fix. There are some slightly smaller replicas of it throughout town that are sometimes stolen as a high-school graduation prank.
the Lower Ninth Ward
New Orleans East
(all damage from Katrina)
Agreed. It's an eye opener. Hard to believe that it is mile after mile of devestation. I would add Hwy 90 from Pass Christian to Biloxi.
Here in Houston, the Forbidden City. I didn't learn about this place until I returned from China last year. It is a small scale version of the Tera Cotta Warrior over in Xiuan. They also have a small scale replica of the forbidden city in Bejing. Pretty interesting way to spend the afternoon.
Pulkovokiwi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2007 times:
Here in Auckland I take overseas visitors to Tawharanui Regional Reserve for he day. It is a beautiful beach and on the way back its good to have lunch and shop at the Morris & James Pottery in Matakana. Only an hour north of Auckland. Bit of a gem.
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1989 times:
Well, pretty much the whole city of Fairbanks is off the beaten path, but my favorite off beat thing to tell the rare winter tourists to see is the ice tower that some guy makes every year for the last few years. A few winters ago, this guy stuck a pipe in the ground vertically and ran water through it and created an ice tower. Each year since, he's been making a bigger and better one. It's near the pipeline viewing station near Fox, for those of you who've been here before.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7891 posts, RR: 13 Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1981 times:
Living in Berlin, I would still say Prenzlauer Berg even if Kollwitzplatz comes close to a tourist trap.
With the exception of two fuddy-duddies who were only mildly interested, everyone I dragged through Prenzlberg fell in love with its charming, slow paced but vibrant life. Other than the more touristy district of Mitte, Prenzlberg is great for shopping, too.
Best time is a summer weekend when the sun sets.
Catch the U2 and exit at Eberswalder Strasse. From there, go down Kastanienallee and Oderberger Strasse. Or visit Kulturbrauerei (which alone hosts 4 or 5 clubs plus restaurants and a cinema), Sredzkistrasse, Husemannstrasse, Kollwitzplatz and Rykestrasse are the "heart" of Prenzlauer Berg.
Less well-known are Lychener Str., Helmholtzplatz and Stargarder Strasse.
Other than that, the old towns of Charlottenburg and Spandau spring to my mind.
For a quiet day out, take the S1 to Griebnitzsee and walk along the lake's shore all the way to Potsdam.
Pulkovokiwi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1888 times:
In Tokyo if you like cars go to Toyota Megaweb is absolutely unreal. Test track for testing cars. Huge showroom,History garage with all makes and models. A gem on a manmade island in Tokyo Harbour. Its enormous!
Melpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1876 times:
In Melbourne, take a trip out to suburban Box Hill (about a half hour train ride from downtown) for some fantastic Chinese & Vietnamese food - much better value & nicer than some of the tourist trap Chinatown restraunts downtown.
Also, take a drive down either Springvale Road in Springvale or Victoria Street in Richmond - you could be mistaken in thinking you've suddenly driving in Saigion!