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Where To Go In The USA? Give Me Ideas!  
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6912 times:

Hi guys,

My parents want me to go with them to the USA this year. They basically said that we'd spend around 2 weeks there, 1 week in one place and 1 week in the other. I don't really want to go anywhere in the United States (the problem is, i'm getting bored of family holidays, ya know?), but some suggestions would be cool..

I want to go to Hawaii, but my parents don't. Boston looks ok... NYC of course, Florida... I wanna go to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, would be fun.. but I doubt we could spend a week there.. Big grin



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User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3740 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6883 times:

I suggest ... hmmm ... Guantanamo  Big grin

User currently offlineN777UA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6868 times:

My choice would be to bypass the lower 48 and head west to Hawaii...but your parents say no. Some nice places to go are Southern California, Southern Florida, anywhere with a beach really, lol.

Though, Hawaii is the crown jewel of the United States. Seriously try to coerce them into going. Seeing as you are from England, you can fly United from LHR to LAX, and from there to any of the Hawaiian Islands (LIH, HNL, OGG, KOA).

Whatever happens, I hope you enjoy your trip!

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6866 times:

It depends on what floats your boat...do you want to lie on a beach or do more sightseeing??????? Need a little more idea into that before I can offer a few suggestions...and yes, Cedar Point rules but the lines there are soooooooo long...


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User currently offlineMuddydawg From Portugal, joined Jan 2003, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6859 times:

You could easily spend a week at Cedar Point and surrounding areas. In that general region you have South Bass Island. IMHO, Put-In-Bay, Ohio alone is worth the trip. Take the Jet Express across from Port Clinton. There is something to be said for going 55-65 mph in a 100 foot boat. The Great Bear Lodge is a multi-million dollar log cabin resort with it's own water park. One of the big attractions in the Lake Erie area also are the Light Houses. You could easily hit Canada and some of the other Islands around the South Bass Island area. I also know there is a wine museum/winery on one of the Islands but can't think of which one. (besides the one on SBI) There are some beautiful islands with some really nice houses in that area. Since you like photography take PLENTY of rolls of film.

Lots of little airstrips with island tours. Any more questions let me know.


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6841 times:

Northern California

Stay away from the South in the summmer - you Brits would melt Big grin

An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineHole_courtney From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6837 times:

Come to Texas! Seriously, if you're into history or anything like that, spend a few days in the big city of your choice (i'd suggest Dallas or Austin) and then go all along the highways that aren't interstate. The hill country is absolutely beautiful. Lots of different ethnicities in Texas. Germans in Fredericksburg, Czech's in West, Norwegians in Meridian, etc. It's an interesting place, Texas. There's something to do for everyone in Texas, and it's not just a slogan. You have to be in the right place.

live forever and stay beautiful,

"[He] knew everything about literature, except how to enjoy it." - Yossarian, Catch 22
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6831 times:

Cedar Point is good for a three day trip, perhaps, but the rest of the week you will want to use it as a starting point for one-day trips. http://www.cedarpoint.com/

From Cedar Point (one way driving time):
Cleveland, Ohio = 1.5 hours
Toledo, Ohio = 1.5 hours
Lakeside, Ohio = 1 hour
Lake Erie Islands = 2 hours (1 hour drive to ferry+ 1 hour ferry ride)
Detroit, Michigan = 2 hours
Windsor, Ontario, CANADA = 2 hours + customs
Chicago, Illinois = 4 hours (not really a day trip, but you can leave in the early afternoon headed west and get there that evening)

Cleveland - Cleveland Museum of Art (free); Western Reserve Historical Society; Crawford Auto/Aviation Museum; Great Lakes Science Center and IMAX theatre; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Flats Entertainment District (food & beer) and Warehouse Entertainment District (same, a little more upscale) (Sorry, the sports events usually sell out, although you might be able to get an Indians baseball ticket the way they've been playing) http://www.cleveland.com For information about Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, e-mail me or visit http://www.geocities.com/bandimal/airports/kcle/hopkins.html

Toledo - Toledo Museum of Art http://www.toledoguide.com

Lakeside, Ohio - United Methodist Church community with arts, crafts, and religious education; gate & auto fee total less than $20/day; 19th and early 20th century "camp meeting"-style cottages in a small village; camping, swimming, and fishing available http://www.lakesideohio.com

Lake Erie Islands - Kelleys Island (Glacial Grooves State Park, arts community, Kelleys Island State Park beach, bicycling); South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay, Perry's International Peace Monument, wineries, bicycling); Middle Bass Island (winery) http://http://www.lake-erie.com/

Detroit - Detroit Metro Airport, plus more! http://guide2detroit.com/

Windsor - Casino Windsor and more! http://www.windsorstuff.com/index.html

Chicago - O'Hare and Midway Airports, plus more! http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Tourism/


Up, up and away!
User currently offlineMuddydawg From Portugal, joined Jan 2003, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6819 times:

Yeah....Middle Bass Island.... Why couldn't I think of that one. That had the winery that collapsed.

User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6816 times:

I have been to 38 of the 50 United States. Most in the past few years. Here are some favorites / must see list (in no particular order)

1 - Florida Keys / Key West

2 - Maine, specifically the islands along the southern / mid-coast. Casco Bay, Bailey Island, Bar Harbor, Acadia Natl Park, Baxter State Park (recommend this to be a summer destination).

3 - San Francisco

4 - And the rest of California (the William Randolph Hearst Castle in sp? San Simeon), Hollywood, Beverly Hills, San Diego

5 - Chicago

6 - Boston and other nearby points in New England

7 - New York City

8 - Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, Natural Bridge, Skyline Parkway

9 - Washington, DC

10 - Las Vegas (you don't need to go anywhere else, they have plastic Paris, plastic New York, plastic Egypt, etc) and the Grand Canyon

11 - New Orleans

12 - The Rocky Mountains of the wild west

13 - Last but not Least, TEXAS!!! If you have to choose just one area, make it the San Antonio / Hill Country / Austin region. No other place better represents the culture and beauty of TEXAS!

When do y'all plan to visit the US?

FYI - on a recent solo driving tour of the US, I visited 20 states, logged 10,000 miles on my car in one month.

JR FlyingTexan

User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6814 times:

You can't go wrong with NYC and LA. The best of both worlds.

From NYC, it is only a short drive to Boston, Philly, and DC.

From LA, only a few hours to the desert, MEXICO, the vineyards of California, and several National Parks.

User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6800 times:

I want to add one more place in California - the town of Solvang. It is truly one of the most unique places in North American - a Danish enclave. I just thought the place was really neat.

Of course, Dan, residing in the UK, you are nearby (relative speaking) Denmark.

Solvang is approx. 100-150 miles north of the Los Angeles area (IIRC) and if you drive between So Cal and the Bay Area, it is worth a stop there for lunch.

JR FlyingTexan

User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6795 times:

Okay, I live in Texas, but you should not really come here. I mean, Dallas, where I live is a GREAT city. Kinda like the NYC of the south along with Atlanta. But, only the locals really know the great places to be, and only the locals really appreciate what we have. It's not too obvious. SO....My recommendation for two cities are, NYC of course and SFO. NYC is the cultural mecca of the United States. Our most fabulous hotels are here, and the best entertainment is here. It's a must, especially if it's your first time. SFO is a BEAUTIFUL city. This city has it all and then some. Great hotels, great entertainment, and wonderful places to eat. Don't listen to people who say come to Houston, Waxahachie, or Kalamazoo. If you are just doing the highlights of the US, go to the obvious places. The Florida keys are of consideration, and if you are coming in early Spring, late fall, or winter, hit up Aspen Colorado.


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6793 times:


Go big or go home
User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6784 times:

Without a Doubt I would do the Northeast Corridor. Start in Boston then take the train to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Any questions don't hesitate to ask.

User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6782 times:

Please don't come to Houston! Houston is a great place to live, horrible place to visit. No spotting areas at IAH anymore, ugh! Nothing much to see besides large shopping malls, large super markets, and endless urban sprawl.

DO consider Dallas! The Big D is truly a world class, cosmopolitian, 5-star city. Many great places to eat, bars, and other sites to see.

Pre 9/11, Houston's JSC (Johnson Space Center) at NASA had spectacular tours of Mission Control, crew training facilities, and more. But I would not reccomend Houston as a #1 US destination. San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, YES! Those places are great!

User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2735 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6755 times:

How about the Southwest? Go to Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. You will see the Big Country that the U.S. is known for.

If you head toward the "four corners", you will have the opportunity to see deserts, forests, the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and other canyons, meteor craters, Native Americans, Mexican culture, a few vibrant and booming cities, really good Mexican food, etc.

Also, you'll be able to see a few derelict airliner sites in Arizona and New Mexico. You'll be able to take a peek at a few major Air Force bases as well as the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Anyway, that's my pitch.

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 36
Reply 17, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6747 times:

I suggest ... hmmm ... Guantanamo

Ohhhh, hilarious Sebolino  Yeah sure

Maybe while he is visiting Guantanamo he can drop by and say hello to the French members of Al-Qaeda (your relatives, perhaps). Big grin

New York City and Los Angeles are the best cities to visit.

America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineSIA_B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6736 times:

stay away from arizona unless you enjoy nature/hiking or golf...its not much fun here...go to cali man...san diego, san francisco

User currently offlineMaxPowers From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6710 times:

Go stay in New York City...
Boston is a short hop north, DC is a short hop south west, Philly is west
They are all close to each other.

Then go stay in San Francisco...
Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, So Cal, LA

You have so many wonderful cities that represent the majority of the United States so well within reach of the "hub" cities of NYC and San Francisco.

-Max Powers.

User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6702 times:

Portland, OR. Beach is one hour one direction, mountain is one hour the other direction, desert is 2 hours in the same direction, Columbia Gorge is 45 minutes in a slightly different direction. Crater Lake is about 4-5 hours in another direction.

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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17596 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6702 times:

Boston, San Francisco, NYC, Orlando, Miami Beach, Key West, Ft.LAuderdale, Seattle, Washington DC, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Monterey, Napa Valley, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Glacier National Park, Arcadia National Park.

Also Montreal ,I know it's Canada, Quebec but the City is absolutely beautiful and it's only about 45-50 Miles from the US border. And the Drive from Boston and NYC to Montreal is fabulous. If you leave from Boston you go through New Hampshire and Vermont, if you head North from NYC you go along the Hudson river, past Lake Champlain and into the Adirondacks/ Lake Placid region.

Amtrak's Adirondack train from NYC to Montreal was voted one of the most scenic rail journeys in the World.


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User currently offlineYbacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6698 times:

It really depends on what you'd like to get out of the trip, but I'd spend 2 days each in Boston, New York, and Washington. In between, if its during the summer, hit the beaches in New Jersey, or, if its winter, maybe some skiing in the Catskill Mountains.

The other week I'd spend in the Southwest, preferrably a few days in Phoenix, then Vegas, and hopefully ending up at the coast around either LA or San Diego.

Either way, have fun, and since this is a.net I have to ask: who do you plan on flying?

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User currently offlineDeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6685 times:

honestly, I have traveled around the most of the US Before and I can name numerous destinations... Mostly we have explored the vast richness of this counrties nature. If you like Hiking,nature,outdoors please consider the National Parks. they are all over the US

Yet, Here are the two absolutely best for tourists coming to the US!

Washington DC---train/plane---New York City (Week 1)

Colorado---Rocky Mountains (Denver, Colorado Springs)
Arizona/Utah/New Mexico---Native Americans and spectacular canyons (Bryce and grand Canyon) (Best Bet would be to tour the west in a rental RV--its the only way to go out west!)

Have a great trip


User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6679 times:

Colorado-A week in the mountains will leave you happy, plus some nice skys if you want to spot, or just take some wonderful pictures of nature and such.

But, if you don't want to be in the great hights of the rockies, then go to Glenwood springs, a nice open pool are, sulfer pool or something like that. Although the area burned down in the forest fire near, I think it should still be a nice getaway.

I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
25 KAUSpilot : Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Grand Teton National Park is also nearby. This is more of a nature oriented trip but it is truly impressive. As a c
26 Post contains links and images PHX-LJU : These suggestions are -- for the most part -- great. I also urge you to consider Arizona and the Southwest in general, a truly unique and breathtaking
27 Post contains images PHX-LJU : I have no idea why the pics aren't showing up; they worked when I previewed my message. I've posted outside images many times before and I've never ha
28 Cfalk : Bryce Canyon, Utah Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico Santa Fe, New Mexico San Antonio and the Texan Hill Country San Francisco, New Orleans These are a few
29 KaiTakFan : I say go to Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA. from PHX, you will see the classic Sonoran Dessert that America is know for. 3 hours drive north you will
30 Post contains links and images KAUSpilot : Some pictures of grand teton and yellowstone:
31 Post contains links and images Galaxy5 : EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 7807 posts, RR: 88 Reply: 40 Posted Sun Feb 9 2003 15:03:17 UTC+1 and read 357 times: Yeah, I'm particularl
32 BNE : Washington DC, and surrounding areas, Virginia, Maryland, Los Angeles/San Diego or Las Vegas, Bryce Canyon/Grand canyon. One East one West. Orlando &
33 Post contains links MSYtristar : New Orleans, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco are the best cities in the U.S. Each has TONS of things to do and to see. But since I'm from New Orlea
34 Sabena332 : Go to California, in 1999 and in 2000 I made a nice tour with our forum member Herbman. We arrived at San Francisco, there we rented a car and went to
35 Seb146 : If you like hiking and nature stuff, come to the Northwest. Seattle and Portland have city stuff to do and nature stuff to do. We don't have any theme
36 Corocks : If you are only going to be here for 2 weeks, hit New York, San Francisco and Hawaii. This is the best, especially if you don't know when you will be
37 Homer71 : Will Rogers, the late great American humorist, proclaims these cities as "unique": Boston, MA New Orleans, LA San Antonio, TX San Francisco, CA[Edited
38 Post contains links and images PHX-LJU : I guess the HTML code has been fixed, so here is my post again (hopefully the pics will show up now): These suggestions are -- for the most part -- gr
39 PHX-LJU : It still didn't work, even though the preview screen looked fine... Sorry!
40 Post contains images PHX-LJU : I hope that the pics will finally show up now. Here, for the last time, is my post: These suggestions are -- for the most part -- great. I also urge y
41 Klm-md11 : Don't go I know a good place for you…America, a small town in the southeastern part of the Netherlands… I wouldn't go to the USA, a country that's
42 Post contains images PHX-LJU : Klm-md11 wrote: "There's a million other places in the world that do have history and culture, if you wanna spend time on the beach there's a million
43 Post contains images Blink182 : Do NOT go to Dallas! It would drive you brits crazy as you must have a car to get around and there isn't squat in the way of tourism. My advice: Washi
44 Post contains images Srbmod : Washington D.C. is a must, and there's so much to see and do there, that you could spend two weeks there and not see everything. New Orleans is nice t
45 FlyingTexan : I recommend taking a .5-full day trip to a big outlet area in Maine(unfortunately, the town has escaped my mind). There you can find LL Bean's flagshi
46 Singapore_Air : Do you need help in finding the correct flight to go to the USA?
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