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Taking My Own "Lampoon Vacation" (suggestions?)

Tue Feb 03, 2004 12:26 pm

Some time in June or July, the wife and I are thinking about taking a drive up the east coast and then out across the Great Lakes states to Wisconsin--partly to visit family, but mostly just to get out and see some places I've always wanted to visit.

The initial idea is to leave Atlanta and point the car towards New England and hit as much as we can between. Once there, turn back west and cruise through the Ohio valley to Wisconsin. Sounds ambitious, but I'm planning for 3-4 weeks of travelling.

So, given that route, what are the "must see" places. I'm considering everything from historical sites, ball parks, unique locations, amusement parks, etc.
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RE: Taking My Own "Lampoon Vacation" (suggestions?)

Tue Feb 03, 2004 1:00 pm

Wisconsin- Oshkosh, without a doubt. But that's at the end of July/beginning of August. The Dells are a good tourist trap, though mainly for the kiddies, but there are some amazing sandstone cliffs with river tours available.

Take a day or two to see some of the Jersey shore, Cape May is an historic and beautiful area, and not TOO crowded early in the season (before the 4th.) Wildwood is more touristy, with a 3 mile long boardwalk that is more akin to a carnival's miday, and 5 miles of free public beach. Within a day's drive of NYC, DC, and many other urban areas.

I would recommend driving at least a portion of Skyline Drive in Virginia. Located in the Shenandoah National Park, it is a 105 mile long highway winding its way through the Blue Ridge mountains, overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, some of the most breathtaking views I've seen since my trip out west.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

the USAF Musuem at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH. Every single aircraft in the Air Force's inventory is on display here, many you've never heard of. Including numerous examples of Air Force One (well, retired examples). You can walk through the plane that LBJ took the oath to office in after Kennady was shot.

These are off the top of my head... (I'm avoiding the obvious major metropolitan areas; NYC, DC, Chicago, Boston, ect. Any one of them could keep you busy for weeks of sight seeing)

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RE: Taking My Own "Lampoon Vacation" (suggestions?)

Tue Feb 03, 2004 2:44 pm

If you love roller coasters, I highly, highly recommend Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio...the single best park in the world when it comes to roller coasters...

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RE: Taking My Own "Lampoon Vacation" (suggestions?)

Wed Feb 04, 2004 8:36 am

If you want to steer the family truckster to some offbeat and unusual places, try this site for some ideas:

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