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Old 06-13-2014, 09:55 PM   #21
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I'm surprised by the responses for Finger Lakes/Watkins Glen. I thought that area was our private haven.
Nah..we know where it is!

When I lived in Connecticut, I (and some friends) made the annual pilgrimage to Watkins Glen the first week of October for several years to camp out and watch the Grand Prix of the U.S. there. I guess we were there with 200,000 other visitors that were camping out and being "held in check" by 10 mounted state troopers (that never worked well for them).

Besides the event, the area is beautiful.
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:21 PM   #22
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Nah..we know where it is!

When I lived in Connecticut, I (and some friends) made the annual pilgrimage to Watkins Glen the first week of October for several years to camp out and watch the Grand Prix of the U.S. there. I guess we were there with 200,000 other visitors that were camping out and being "held in check" by 10 mounted state troopers (that never worked well for them).

Besides the event, the area is beautiful.

Great Great grandparents lived just north of there, long gone before my birth. Still have family the area.

Before the track was built in '56 the race ran through the town. I remember old family photos, race running in front of cousins storefront. I rode through a partial lap back in the '60s. A cousin who was older snuck his car on to the track with my sister and me, luckily we didn't get caught!

Lots of happy memories of summers spent on the lake, and the Glen. Yes, that area is beautiful.
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Never had a bad trip to San Francisco. Beautiful city, great food.
Quebec City was great, for the same reasons (Montreal, not so much).
Someone else mentioned Goose Rocks Beach near Kennebunkport. I agree, one of the best beaches we went to when kids were young, and surprisingly comfortable water for Maine.
Haven't been there since the World's Fair (do they still happen?) in 1984, but "Nawlins" hit all the right buttons, starting with the Amtrak conductor singing "Young at Heart" as we crossed into the city. Haven't had decent crawfish etouffe since.
And we love cape cod too, but only from Chatham outward. The rest of it we leave to the 20-something partiers.
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Cocoa Beach FL and the Outer Banks of NC does it for me!
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Washington DC. World class museums that are almost all free. Extended hours during the summer season. Lincoln Memorial at night; you've seen pictures, but the impact of actually being there is something else. If you use public transportation, which is excellent, and walk to each day's destinations, you'll get your hiking in for the week! I would go back in a heartbeat, which is not something that I can say for other cities that I have visited.
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Winter - Scottsdale, az
Summer - Grand Canyon, Colorado, Wyoming, Las Vegas, upper Midwest, San Francisco / wine country, Washington, D.C.
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We really like Mammouth Lakes and doing day hikes on the Eastern High Sierra hiking trails. You can come into Yosemite from Tioga Pass at 10000 feet elevation.
I was just thinking it was time for a return trip to the Eastern Sierra's. I love the trail to Shadow Lake and the trails in the Bristlecone Pine forest.
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1- New England especially Boston or western Mass .
2- Washington,D.C. great museums
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8-St. Augustine ,Fl
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I was just thinking it was time for a return trip to the Eastern Sierra's. I love the trail to Shadow Lake and the trails in the Bristlecone Pine forest.
Is the Shadow Lake Trail near Mammoth Lakes?
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Nobody mentioned Hawaii?

Kauai
Honolulu & Oahu
Big Island
Maui
Yellowstone
Downtown Chicago
NYC Manhattan
Banff, Lake Louise
Grand Canyon
Washington DC
Utah NPs & Moab
Toronto
Vancouver
Montreal
San Francisco
Las Vegas
Niagara Falls
Fall drives in New England
Santa Fe
Quaint coastal towns in California
Glacier National Park
Black Hills/Mt Rushmore area
Mammoth Lakes
San Antonio
Key West
Anchorage to Seward & Denali
Tulum, Chichenitza, Cancun

Yosemite is conspicuously missing - been there several times but don't understand the craze.
I could go on & on but this thread is giving me "itchy feet" so I need to start planning my next road-trip!
Thanks for starting the thread. It gave me a chance to relive my vacations.
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Nobody mentioned Hawaii?
Perhaps because it's in Polynesia rather than North America?
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What I miss in some of these vacation threads is how people managed the logistics of the trip. By that I mean
1) start point
2) route through the area
3) high points
4) estimates of days in each place
5) maybe places to stay
6) best months to visit

For instance, we'd like to visit the New England area but know nothing about how to design a route from airport and looping back.

I could suggest routes one might take out of San Francisco and include some things within driving distance. I could even suggest a California "sampler". Now I know this might be highly individual (I'm not interested in night life for example). Still I have trouble figuring out this stuff so tend to stay in the western states -- not such a bad thing I guess.

Any thoughts on starting such a thread? It could be called something like "vacation routes". Or am I just missing many previous good postings?
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1) Charleston, SC
2) New Orleans
3) Outer Banks, NC
4) Sarasota (Siesta Key)
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7) Saugatuck, MI
8) New River Gorge, WV
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One of my favorite vacations of all times was a trip we did that encompassed a week on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, a week in Yellowstone, and a week in Grand Teton in cabins on Lake Jackson.

All of our accomodations were in the park, no tv's. no internet. The kids mastered the important life skill of skipping rocks. We learned to enjoy the quiet moments, while hiking, of birds and insects chirping, the occasional deer, some baby bears (from a distance) and a moose.

My husband and I agree that this beats our european jaunts, our asian jaunts, etc for quality family time and recharging.

We plan to repeat it 2 years from now.
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My husband and I agree that this beats our european jaunts, our asian jaunts, etc for quality family time and recharging.

We plan to repeat it 2 years from now.
I agree that doing more time in domestic locals can be very rewarding, especially if there is a lot of time in one stop over. The costs come down somewhat, no language barriers, some familiarity. OK, there are no kings & queens or castles. It's just different but still a great experience.

This year we are doing 4 domestic trips:
Utah parks
Yosemite, San Diego, Monterey
Ashland, Oregon Gardens, Portland, Cannon Beach, etc.
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What I miss in some of these vacation threads is how people managed the logistics of the trip. By that I mean
1) start point
2) route through the area
3) high points
4) estimates of days in each place
5) maybe places to stay
6) best months to visit

For instance, we'd like to visit the New England area but know nothing about how to design a route from airport and looping back.

I could suggest routes one might take out of San Francisco and include some things within driving distance. I could even suggest a California "sampler". Now I know this might be highly individual (I'm not interested in night life for example). Still I have trouble figuring out this stuff so tend to stay in the western states -- not such a bad thing I guess.

Any thoughts on starting such a thread? It could be called something like "vacation routes". Or am I just missing many previous good postings?
My starting point for planning a trip to a new region is to look at tour itineraries that cover the region I am interested in. That gives me a quick idea of the highlights and a rough idea of the number of days.
I do this either with Guidebooks from the library (Frommer's, Lonely Planet, etc) or the Guided Tour itineraries from tour websites. Then I read more details about all the places in the region, research which ones we might be interested in and how long we would want to spend time there. And soon I have a good idea of a rough day-by-day itinerary. Personally, we like to stay flexible so we rarely book hotels ahead of time in case we want to spend more/less time in a place or stay in a location we like (exceptions are places like Yellowstone or a trip where the hotel/cabin is the destination). Never had to be stranded although on occasion we had to spend more time hotel-hunting than we would have liked.
Back in the pre-internet days when we did more domestic travel, AAA guidebooks would come in fairly handy.
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Nah..we know where it is!

When I lived in Connecticut, I (and some friends) made the annual pilgrimage to Watkins Glen the first week of October for several years to camp out and watch the Grand Prix of the U.S. there. I guess we were there with 200,000 other visitors that were camping out and being "held in check" by 10 mounted state troopers (that never worked well for them).

Besides the event, the area is beautiful.
Went to the track in late July ca. 1970 on a leisurely honey moon drive. Deserted, of course, except for a nice "care taker" who let us do a lap on the track (in my aging Cutlass - avg. speed was maybe 50.) Nice area and would still love to see a race there some day. Probably not in the cards. YMMV
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One great trip was from BC to BC (British Columbia to Baha, California.) Flew to Vancouver. Took the ferry to Vancouver Island (wish we had more time there). Took the ferry from the Island to Seattle. Rented a car and drove the length of 1/101 all the way to San Ysidro (took a bus into TJ). Flew home from San Diego.

Vancouver
Seattle
Portland
Red Woods
Wine Country
San Simeon (Hearst Castle)
Big Sur
All of LA
San Diego (Balboa Park) and TJ
Much more (no Disney Land, but did Universal Studios)

Took about 12 days IIRC. Could have spent twice that, easily.

Fun, fairly relaxing (except right in LA - yes we bought the "Map to the Stars Homes.")

Wouldn't mind doing it again, but life is short. YMMV
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We're not retired yet, but DH is about to go to 3 days a week, and I am going to 2 days a week. We're day hikers, and we go back time and again to:

Mount Shasta area-Calif (great hiking and lightly visited country!)
High Sierra Nevada-Calif (varies from hwy 108, hwy 88 and hwy 4)
Central Coast of Calif.-Cayucos and Cambria
Utah canyon country-as others have said, amazing hikes!
New Mexico (my sister lives in ABQ)
Oregon-another sister near Portland, and we also love Ashland (lots of watercolor artists in galleries there) and are about to discover Corvallis (DH's band is playing nearby in August-"Guitars Under the Stars" outdoor music festival.)
Eastern Sierra-we are overdue for another hiking trip there.
I think that covers it!
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in no particular order....

Oregon coast in the summer.
Colorado mountains in summer and fall.
Scottsdale fall, winter and spring.
Carmel anytime.
Hawaii anytime.
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