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    I spent 5.5 months in Russia. I got to go to some pretty cool places there. I stayed in Astrakhan in the summer, a small city in the South, and in St. Petersburg in the fall. If you can, I highly recommend that people go there. Russia is still pretty misunderstood in the West unfortunately. It's a beautiful place that spans two continents and has very deep history.

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    Kalmykia -- home to the largest Buddhist temple in Europe and hosts world chess championships and tournaments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen in Oz View Post
    Oh wow! Rodeo must take some guts! I'm impressed.

    America has some incredible country to see. What is road travel like over there? Like, would you want to do a massive road trip or would train or flight be better? Here in Oz you can travel down the east coast and have a good time, but to get across to Perth or up to Darwin you really want to fly, it's miles and miles and miles of nothing inbetween.
    I'm a big fan of massive road trips... but there are a few states in the middle of the country that are absolutely boring to drive through... Kansas and Oklahoma are the two I can think of. Kansas has barely any trees, and lots of rolling plains--which is pretty when you first see it but then after 400+ miles of driving through it, it gets pretty monotonous. Sorry if I offended any Kansas people

    IMO the prettiest part of the country is the southwest. There's always something to see... giant rock formations, canyons, mountains, rivers.. it's just so heavenly.

    But I shouldn't really say that, because I have not seen any of the northern part of the US... most of my road trips go from east to southwest.

    Just talking about it is giving me a craving to go drive out there again.
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    Enjoy all forms of travel -- adventure and less physical pursuits like art galleries, museums, etc. But nothing makes me feel as perfect as scuba diving, especially if I've encountered some of my fave critters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahaetulla View Post
    I'm a big fan of massive road trips... but there are a few states in the middle of the country that are absolutely boring to drive through... Kansas and Oklahoma are the two I can think of. Kansas has barely any trees, and lots of rolling plains--which is pretty when you first see it but then after 400+ miles of driving through it, it gets pretty monotonous. Sorry if I offended any Kansas people

    IMO the prettiest part of the country is the southwest. There's always something to see... giant rock formations, canyons, mountains, rivers.. it's just so heavenly.

    But I shouldn't really say that, because I have not seen any of the northern part of the US... most of my road trips go from east to southwest.

    Just talking about it is giving me a craving to go drive out there again.
    I've done two big US road trips, one from my home in San Diego to Georgia and back through the deep south, and the other from home to the Canadian border with Montana at Glacier National Park.

    If you are going to do a US road trip, I would look into getting a National Park yearly pass, makes it much more reasonable and there are many places such as Bryce, Zion, Arches, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, etc. that are well worth seeing.

    I have only been retired a couple of years but so far I have done those two road trip plus a 2 month stay in Vanuatu, a trip to China, and I just came back from my second trip to Africa. This time I climbed Mt. Kilimangaro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahaetulla View Post
    I'm a big fan of massive road trips... but there are a few states in the middle of the country that are absolutely boring to drive through... Kansas and Oklahoma are the two I can think of. Kansas has barely any trees, and lots of rolling plains--which is pretty when you first see it but then after 400+ miles of driving through it, it gets pretty monotonous. Sorry if I offended any Kansas people
    The plains are amazing and worth exploring and not just driving through. I think the interstate is the worst way to see the middle of the country (and yeah, I guessing that's how you drove through, apologizes if I'm mistaken). Unfortunately that just how most people do see it if they bother to drive through at all - so much easier to fly over, right? (I can say that as I fly over far more often than drive through, so I'm guilty too).

    Get off the interstate and onto the country highways -- drive the long lonely county highways, see the farms, small towns, the bend in the river, try the local cafe, stay in the small motel, stop at the local sights.
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    +1 for scuba.
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    I haven't really been on an "adventure" trip, but then isn't all travel an adventure? I didn't travel much as a kid, but when I hit my 20s discovered snow skiing, and went every year for a while--most ski areas in Colorado, and have been to Lake Tahoe two or 3 times, and Utah once. I also went to Innsbruck, Austria but only ended up skiing two days as there were so many other things I wanted to do and see. On that trip, I also went to Salzburg, Bavaria and northern Italy. Funny, what they call a beginner slope in Innsbruck is the Olympic downhill run!!

    I've also been to about 35 states in US, to the Yucatan a few times (Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen), London twice, Amsterdam 4 times, Brussels once and in October hubby and I are planning to go to Ireland. We are going to the Kinsale Jazz Festival near Cork. Kinsale is the gourmet capital of Ireland, so I'm stoked about that--I'm sure I will have no problems staying mostly Primal there.

    When I travel, I usually walk so much that I come home a couple of pounds lighter no matter how much I eat. We probably walked a hundred miles in a week in Amsterdam last time we went.

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    Fundy national park in New Brunswick. I go there a few times a year and it's probably the only time I enjoy myself. If your kids are older (teens) then Foster Brook would be a good one but watch out for mountain lions. The Coppermine is a good one for younger kids and it still gives you a good view on the way back.
    You'll be fording a river in the Foster Brook trail and then immediately climbing a mountain afterwards so either bring a change of shoes or be prepared to barefoot it across the river.
    If trail running is more to your tastes then the white tail is a fun one. Also there's canoe/kayak rentals all over the area (with the best spot being the hopewell rocks an hours drive from the park) and a horseback riding place near there as well.

    For food you could pick up lobster/fish from one of the many shops and roast it or pick up a fishing license if you come at the right time. The fancy restaurant has nothing good but the buffalo burger and it's tiny, just in case you want to eat out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlarchitect View Post
    The plains are amazing and worth exploring and not just driving through. I think the interstate is the worst way to see the middle of the country (and yeah, I guessing that's how you drove through, apologizes if I'm mistaken). Unfortunately that just how most people do see it if they bother to drive through at all - so much easier to fly over, right? (I can say that as I fly over far more often than drive through, so I'm guilty too).

    Get off the interstate and onto the country highways -- drive the long lonely county highways, see the farms, small towns, the bend in the river, try the local cafe, stay in the small motel, stop at the local sights.
    I find flat landscapes extremely disturbing. Yes I'm somewhat agoraphobic, but would you want to be caught out in the middle of nowhere with no place to hide if a pack of wolves decided you looked tasty?
    Clearly my hatred of open places is an evolutionary advantage. I'm not dog food.
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