WHERE SHOULD WE GO?!?

Old Aug 27th, 2004, 06:36 AM
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WHERE SHOULD WE GO?!?

My friend and I were just given two free roundtrip tickets to virtually anywhere in the continental U.S. But we're having a really hard time deciding where we should go! We live in St. Louis... We have to travel by the end of November. For this time of year, what is your favorite place to go, and why? (Oh, BTW, we are in our mid-20's, so we'd like somewhere that doesn't fall asleep at 9PM, but it doesn't have to be a major party town, either. I think we're more interested in relaxation.)
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 06:52 AM
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It would help to know where you've been (and liked), and any interests you have (besides relaxing) and what kind of budget you have (airfare is just one part of a trip).

San Diego is a great place to relax and sightsee. Lots of different areas to explore (downtown, Coronado, La Jolla, Mission Beach). Other ideas
New Orleans
Savannah
somewhere in Fla.
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 06:56 AM
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Las Vegas! You have a free flight, hotel rooms can be very cheap and so can food. Definitely falls in the "doesn't fall asleep before 9PM category". Plus you could go to Death Valley if you like to hike or to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead if you like water sports.

Of course, there's also NY but that can get expensive very quick, but hey, it's a free flight.

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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 07:13 AM
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In response to mclaurie...

We are pretty open to go anywhere. We are not too concerned with budget. I'm more interested in what other people's favorite places to go are (considering this time of year). I eventually want to make it to all 50 states, and the only ones on my list are Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, California, Illinois, Tennessee, Indiana, New Mexico and Florida... I think I would like to go somewhere that is just really beautiful - the kind of place that MAKES you relax...
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Spent a week in southwest utah this summer. Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are my new favorite places. You can fly into Las Vegas, rent a car and drive to Zion in about 3 hours.
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 07:58 AM
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Key West, Florida.
 
Old Aug 27th, 2004, 08:12 AM
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 08:15 AM
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San Diego
Key West
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 08:18 AM
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Does Alaska count as "continental"? Make 'em fly you as far as you can get for free !!!
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I would pick what is usually the most expensive place to fly to out of St. Louis.
I'm remembering where I went in my mid 20's. Only 10 years ago when I lived in South Beach...San Francisco(awesome scenery and hiking in Marin Co, Chinatown, Japantown, good healthy food)), NYC(food, shopping, music, just hanging out), Boston(easy to get around with the T or just walk).
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 08:38 AM
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Key West -- already suggested -- or Seattle, which are the two places about as different as possible from St. Louis.

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Nobody ever said that free was easy!Boston is great for a few days especially when college is in session, Las Vegas is always hopping with great sightseeing within a reasonable drive to the Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion, Savannah has many great beach & sightseeing options and you can't forget DisneyWorld/Universal which may be more enjoyable than you would think (without parents & summer crowds).Burlington, VT has easy access to Lake Placid, Montreal & quiet season in NE.
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 01:44 PM
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If you've never been to the Northwest, I would highly recommend Seattle, WA or Alaska.
Both are expensive to get to (depending on where you are).
My top vote is Alaska, especially if you are getting free flights. However, Alaska is not the cheapest place to go.
I also love Seattle and the surrounding mountains. I always jump at the chance to take a business trip there.
Good luck picking!
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Here's another idea -

Someone mentioned San Francisco. Start there, go to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.

or

Seattle and ferry to Vancouver, also going to Olympic and Mount Ranier.

The weather in Las Vegas is perfect in November by the way.

Hey - If they will let you fly in and out of different cities, go to California. Start in San Diego, boat to Catalina, drive up the coast to Monterrey and Carmel, end in San Francisco.

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Did I overlook what airline the tickets are on? That will make a difference on free space availability and schedule! Well, I think Arizona would be great! Scottsdale is great, lots of sightseeing and even spa resorts for some REAL relaxation! Also, it will still be warm! If you want to see Aspen glow season, head to Denver and drive up to Estes Park. Have fun!
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I've been wanting to go to new england during fall! I live in the midwest too (chicago), but find that the 2 hour time difference to the west coast really messes up the schedule if the trip is less than 5 days. How long can you take off? Good luck on deciding and keep us posted!
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It would be silly of me to think I could, or would want to greatly influence where you go, from St. Louis, so I'll just stick with what I know best.

I have been to all 50 states but in no way could I impart my taste upon you.

I don't know what your requirements/desires are for weather on your trip. If warm weather is a must, or highly desirable, then San Diego would start out high on my list. It is just a pleasant area, moderate climate, and a whole lot more livable than L.A. or the like.

If warm weather is not a necessity, then that opens the door to flying to the northwest or northeast corners of the U.S. and then renting a car to drive into Canada.

In the northwest, you'd fly to Seattle and then drive to spend much/most of your trip in Vancouver, Canada. It is one of the world's most livable, and scenic cities, and boasts a large population base and a most unique environment where the city streets never shut down. Common people are out walking at all hours of the night in many downtown areas. (Granville street, etc.) Vancouver has mountains very nearby, Ocean, and even the Winter Olympics on the way in 2010.

Another idea would be to fly to the northeast, (Perhaps Boston or Portland, Maine) and drive from there to Nova Scotia via New Brunswick. I'm sure the fall scenery on such a trip would be quite stunning in many ways. Once you get up into New Brunswick the ocean tides become quite central to the scenery. You'd visit the "Flower Pot Rocks" (google that with quotes for pictures) on the New Brunswick bay shore before following the Bay of Fundy into Nova Scotia where the highest tides in the world are quite the spectacle. (envision boats sitting on the ocean floor at low tide, and then, 40 feet and 6 hours later, they're at high tide) The tides in the area force most of the local rivers to turn around and high-tail it back upstream, and this happens on a predictable, tide-like schedule for easy viewing.

Nova Scotia in the fall would offer some nice scenery in a climate that probably won't get as cold as soon as much of interior Canada (same with Vancouver). Halifax is the centerpiece of Nova Scotia life and it's big enough to have all of the ideal amenities while remaining small enough to seem quaint. (that in part because nobody tramples through it to get anywhere else)

The Nova Scotia countryside is pleasant to see by car, but I don't suppose there are many places in the province that don't "close down by 9pm".

I hope you get back to this thread to at least read my addition.

Good luck!

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The Wine country is beautiful and the grapes are filled with antioxidants!!!

Just returned from 8 days in Napa-Sonoma and had great time...my recommendations:

1. domaine carneros-great grounds and pinot noir
http://www.domaine.com/

2. mumm winery-free ansel adams pics in art gallery and great restaurant
http://www.mummcuveenapa.com/

3.chateau souverain-most beautiful grounds and restaurant
http://www.chateausouverain.com/

4. j winery for wine tasting-ratafia dessert wine is outstanding
http://www.jwine.com/

5. peju for sculptured gardens
http://www.peju.com/home.htm

6. clos du bois for cab & art
http://www.closdubois.com/

7. coppola to see his oscars and tucker car
http://www.niebaum-coppola.com/site.php

8. mondavi to see start of modern day winery
http://www.robertmondavi.com/

9. st supery for art and gounds
http://www.stsupery.com/

10. ferrari corano-exquisite grounds
http://www.ferrari-carano.com/

This was my first trip so list not complete but I think I did well..,any comments?
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New Mexico in October for the hot air baloons - and anytime for the people, culture, food, and architecture.
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