csavel
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Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:11 am

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!!!!

  • Brooklyn
    • Coney Island

    • Borough Park

    • Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park

  • Queens
    • THe food and the most ethnically diverse place on the planet. Just take a ride on the 7 train.
    • Astoria,
    • Jackson Heights,
    • Sunnyside,
    • Bird Sanctuary near JFK with great plane spotting views,I might add,
    • Rockaway Beach

  • The Bronx
    • Wave Hill, Arthur Avenue for great NY ethnic Italian food straight out of the Sopranos


much much more.
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:14 am

Quoting Csavel (Thread starter):
Bird Sanctuary near JFK with great plane spotting views,I might add,

That is one of the more offbeat places I enjoy going to!
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:19 am

Have you ever heard the term being "Shanghaied"? It eminates from the Shanghai Tunnels here in Portland, OR.

http://www.oregon.com/trips/pdx_shanghai.cfm
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Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:26 am

Odessa, TX:

World's largest Jack Rabbit:




Odessa Meteor Crater (2nd largest in the US):




Odessa Stonehenge replica (dumb):

 
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:29 am

Quoting Queso (Reply 3):
World's largest Jack Rabbit:

But can it shoot?  duck 
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Tom in NO
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:32 am

New Orleans area:

the Lower Ninth Ward
Lakeview
New Orleans East
(all damage from Katrina)

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Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:43 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 4):
But can it shoot?

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.
 
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:38 am

Quoting Queso (Reply 3):
World's largest Jack Rabbit:

Man that was hillarious!  Silly


I would suggest chartering a flight to GYY (Gary, Indiana).
It's much cheaper than Chicago, yet only 30 minutes from The Loop downtown Chicago and close to the Indiana Dunes.

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For here in California, I'd suggest Coalinga. Chances are the steak, burger or cheese you eat comes from Happy Cows in Coalinga, California. Big grin



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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:36 am

Quoting Csavel (Thread starter):
Bird Sanctuary near JFK with great plane spotting views,I might add,
Rockaway Beach

Yes, a friend of mine's mother lives in Far Rockaway Beach. What a great area to live in.

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 5):
New Orleans area:

the Lower Ninth Ward
Lakeview
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.







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Sat Jul 22, 2006 1:49 pm

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.
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Sat Jul 22, 2006 2:52 pm

Its not a trip to Canada without a trip to Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump.

http://www.head-smashed-in.com/
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:09 pm

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.

Here's a link to its website and the pictures of the first one, which is my favorite. Oh, and don't believe that pic of the Key Bank temperature sign, that one is the most inaccurate POS in town.
http://www.alaskaalpineclub.org/IceTower/03-04IceTower.html

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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:16 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
For here in California, I'd suggest Coalinga. Chances are the steak, burger or cheese you eat comes from Happy Cows in Coalinga, California

Hey superfly are these cattle farms near I-5 north highway heading from LA to Sacramento??
 
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:20 pm

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.
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:57 pm

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 12):
Hey superfly are these cattle farms near I-5 north highway heading from LA to Sacramento??

YEP!
By the way, I am being totally sarcastic.  Wink
I don't want the tourist coming to my part of town. Big grin
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:00 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 14):
YEP!
By the way, I am being totally sarcastic.
I don't want the tourist coming to my part of town.

HAHAHA. Thats one part of california i'm not going to go through again
 
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:26 pm

Washington D.C. To many to list, pretty everything you see on t.v.
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sun Jul 23, 2006 6:20 pm

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!
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RE: Offbeat Tourist Destinations In Your City/country

Sun Jul 23, 2006 7:45 pm

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!
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