|Quoting MKP1013 (Thread starter):|
|Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 1):|
There's some stuff in the area, but there's a drive to it. Busch Gradens and Water Country USA. Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William And Mary, and if you want Norfolk. Don't bother with going to Norfolk, nothing really.
If you decide PHF, tell me and we'll meet up with some other local Anutters lol.
|Quoting OffshoreAir (Reply 2):|
CHS is an amazing city - for sure one of my favorites in the US. I usually stay at the King James in downtown Charleston.
Cool things to do in CHS - Go to the French Open Air Market - it has tons of super cool trinkets for sale, and it just a great place to get out, walk around, and people watch. You can also take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city. This is a lot of fun, as they take you on a historic tour of Charleston and the drivers are actors/tour guides that make the trip very enjoyable. Also, go to the beach
or to one of the marshes to look around, there is a lot of gorgeous scenery.
The food in Charleston is also amazing - some of the best seafood around and usually quite reasonable.
Charleston is one of the best looking cities (IMO) in the Southern US, and has some of the best looking people. Take a quick walk past the College of Charleston and you'll see what I mean
|Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 3):|
Chicago! There's loads of stuff going on there this time of year, definately not a boring place, and you can take the CTA train directly from MDW to downtown. You can travel by public transport virtually anywhere so that's my suggestion.
|Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 4):|
While we're at it: Charlotte!
Great downtown and the LYNX LR gets you where you need to go! The whole Downtown area is cool. The Arenascope (check the name) is awesome too; movies, bowling, arcades. There might be some stuff going on in the Time Warner Cable Arena. Walking in Downtown is great becuase it is crowded with bankers! Also, get your picture in front of Bank Of America HQ lol. There's a Bank of America museum too, its cool. Then get Bank of America stuffs to impress your friends lol. CLT is great
Stay at the Ramada Inn CLT Airport. It's walking distance to the Woodlawn station and free shuttle to CLT. The best Ramada I've stayed in Smile.
Even if you stay for a day, ask them if they'll take you to the Woodlawn Station for a fee or something. I just hope CLT will get their LYNX to CLT quick Smile
|Quoting PGNCS (Reply 5):|
AIrTran doesn't always have the cheapest fare. You may do better (and certainly have more options) on Delta. If you are willing to connect you may even do better elsewhere (look at Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, Kayak, etc.)
Of your list CHS would definitely be my pick, but if you are going to CHS from ATL for a leisurely and cheap weekend, why would you put yourself through the hassle of flying? DC is a good choice if you have any inclination toward history or museums, and it has a good public transit system.
I cannot imagine a worse choice for a trip with your parents than Atlantic City. It exists pretty much for gambling; while it has a beach, it's not as nice as any of the myriad beaches closer to you. It's a seedy place (although some of the casinos themselves are quite glitzy), and there are much better outlets for your money, provided you don't intend to spend the entire trip gambling (and if you say money is tight, it would be wise to avoid that altogether).
I agree with the others that CLT is an excellent choice, as is ORF or PHF and the surrounding areas. If you are seriously budget constrained and are going somewhere within a couple of hundred miles I would, without question, drive. Charlotte is only a 4-5 hour drive from ATL up I-85; certainly it's nice to have the car when you get there. If you are absolutely determined to fly somewhere for such a short duration, search multiple sites and look at a map for ideas that wouldn't perhaps be the most intuitively obvious. Look for specials on the big sites (and elsewhere, for that matter), and plan accordingly. Be flexible.
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