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  • #16
    It's really so widely varied.

    A lot of Europeans really seemed to be enthralled with the desert, since it's so different from anything they've ever known.

    Vancouver (British Columbia, not Washington state!) is one of the best/most beautiful cities on the planet.
    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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    • #17
      Originally posted by TigerLily View Post
      It's really so widely varied.

      A lot of Europeans really seemed to be enthralled with the desert, since it's so different from anything they've ever known.

      Vancouver (British Columbia, not Washington state!) is one of the best/most beautiful cities on the planet.
      If they want desert, take them from Socal due east for half a continent. They'll see most of the variations there are, aside from straight Sahara/ Outback dune deserts. Oh wait, that's in Monahans, so we have that too...
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      • #18
        Philadelphia
        Baltimore -
        Shenandoah Valley, Virginia or anywhere along the Appalachian mountains including the Appalachian trail
        North Carolina - mountains and beaches
        Desert southwest
        San Antonio TX

        Darn it - it's difficult to really pick out one spot although the Shenandoah Valley does hold a special place for me as we travel there once a year and go winery hopping.

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        • #19
          I agree, naiad. Due east from LA -- hit Palm Springs and Joshua Tree ... then on to the Painted Desert/Valley of the Dinosaurs, which is on Route 66 in Arizona. I was hearing lots of European accents along Route 66, in the Painted Desert.
          "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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          • #20
            Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
            I thought I was the only one! How'd you get to being a hybrid? I was a Stars fan back when I lived in Dallas and always rooted against the Cowgirls. When I met my husband and learned more about the Bears, I became a Bears girl. It was funny as hell last season when the Bears plays the 'Boys. My father and I were giving each other hell all game long.
            LOL! We did the same thing at our house... my boyfriend is from Dallas, die-hard Cowboys & Stars fan. I'm from Chicago, Bears fan for life! Was so funny to taunt each other before the game, but tried not to rub it in too much when we squashed the 'boys. The man loves his hockey, and I started watching Stars games too... back when Tippet was coach & Modano was still there. He's been boycotting Marc Crawford, so we should be clear to see some games again next season.

            Back to topic... some other good ideas in this thread, although it is specifically outdoorsy US stuff. Don't forget Canada though! And maybe Mexico, just have to be safe!
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            • #21
              Sturgis South Dakota in early August.
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              • #22
                This thread is perfect for me, because I'm planning to have some vacation in north america and I'm looking for the best spots of it. I will remember your suggestions. Thanks!

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                • #23
                  Tampa, Florida. Plenty to do in the Tampa area and Orlando is only 2 hours away.

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                  • #24
                    I love the NE and NW coasts. New England in the Fall is just beautiful.
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                    • #25
                      I grew up ninety miles east of San Francisco and I heartily endorse all of Northern/Central California as a vacation destination.

                      To the west you have the City, Napa and Sonoma, Santa Cruz and Monterey. A little farther north on the coast you have Point Reyes, Bodega Bay, the Russian River area, and of course the redwoods.

                      To the east you have the Gold country in the Sierra foothills, Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park (Giant seqoia trees!). Go a little farther east still and you have the stunning gem that is Lake Tahoe.

                      If you like funky little farming communities, drive the levee roads of the Stockton Delta. Locke and Rio Vista were always favorite stops of mine.

                      I've also come to appreciate mid-sized American cities as vacation destinations. Think Kansas City, Nashville, Austin, Memphis, Tucson, etc. These places usually have incredible amenities - art museums, restaurants, places of historical significance - at much cheaper prices than larger cities like NYC and Chicago. NYC and Chicago are great destinations as well, just don't discount the smaller cities because you think there might be nothing to see there. There is a LOT to see.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                        Personally, I'm gonna do a Route 66 tour one of these days, preferably in a (rented) Jeep Wrangler or convertible Mazda Miata.
                        Originally posted by TigerLily View Post
                        I agree, naiad. Due east from LA -- hit Palm Springs and Joshua Tree ... then on to the Painted Desert/Valley of the Dinosaurs, which is on Route 66 in Arizona. I was hearing lots of European accents along Route 66, in the Painted Desert.
                        I think this may be my next road trip with the Primal Wolf Cub.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                          If they want desert, take them from Socal due east for half a continent. They'll see most of the variations there are, aside from straight Sahara/ Outback dune deserts. Oh wait, that's in Monahans, so we have that too...
                          Dune surfing rocks! The park rangers at Monahans State Park were particularly friendly when I visited a few years back.

                          Scrubby West Texas is gorgeous.

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                          • #28
                            San Fran!! Without doubt! Include Sonoma, Monterey, Carmel, and Yosemite! Totally gorgeous.

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                            • #29
                              Vancouver and Victoria (especially Victoria), BC: any season but autumn is both beautiful and holiday-friendly.
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                              • #30
                                The problem with vacation in North America is that it's just so cut off from the rest of the world. Nowhere to go in North America but North America!

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