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Old 02-02-2011, 02:37 AM
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Default Good summer vacation locations?

My husband and I have been throwing around the idea of going on vacation this summer. He's got a bunch of paid time off saved up, and we've both been working a lot so we have enough money for plane tickets and hotels and whatnot. The question is, where to go?

We're considering going up to Wisconsin to see my family, but honestly, we find it kind of boring up there, especially if we were to stay with any of our family (which we would if we do go to Wisconsin) since none of them live in or near any major cities.

We did Disney Land a couple of summers ago. I would love to go back sometime, but maybe not quite yet.

We would really like to go somewhere cooler than where we are now. We thought it'd be really nice to get out of the Texas heat for a week in the middle of August, when the thermometer is over 100 almost every day of the month.

So, we're taking suggestions. We don't really like camping, but we're not against doing some outdoor walking around at, say, a national park or amusement park.

Old 02-02-2011, 02:52 AM
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I am not sure of your means of transportation but the Rockies are beautiful in the summer.

Old 02-02-2011, 03:40 AM
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I highly recommend Prince Edward Island. It's absolutely gorgeous, the food is fabulous and the people are all extremely friendly.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:59 AM
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I went to Chicago last summer. It was gorgeous, had tons of fun stuff to do, and didn't hit 90 the entire time we were there. If you go, get the City Pass. Even if you don't use all of the tickets in it, it is totally worth it for the ability to skip lines. In addition to stuff on the City Pass, we went to the Navy Pier, Second City, a modern art museum (there are several art museums in the city), the zoo, Millennium Park and we walked around a few cool neighborhoods. There's also shopping, lots of sports, historical tours, theater and a zillion other things to do.

Old 02-02-2011, 12:27 PM
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I really, really want to go to Dollywood, but its probably not high on most people's ideal vacation lists! I would second the suggestion of Chicago, its a really nice city, and as TPM says, there is absolutely loads to do.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:52 PM
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Quoth 42_42_42 View Post
I highly recommend Prince Edward Island. It's absolutely gorgeous, the food is fabulous and the people are all extremely friendly.
Ditto that.. I have friends who live up there and I'm always welcome to stay a week with them

Old 02-02-2011, 01:12 PM
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I live in a tourist town. Send me a pm if you like and maybe we can figure out if it might be the right tourist town for you.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:17 PM
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Look at the DC area. DC has all the various Smithsonian's, plus all the public monuments, the Capitol, White House, etc. All great places to go and see. You can spend all day in just ONE museum. There are wonderful restaurants. The Metro is clean and easy to get around town in. Stick to the Mall area and NW (NE and SE are bad parts of town). Plus, you've got a number of Civil War battlefields (like Manassas or Bull Run to the Yankees) within an easy drive. Harper's Ferry is about a 1 1/2 hr drive (depending on time of day and traffic), but well worth the trip--the view is one Jefferson called worth a trip across the Atlantic to see.

The DC heat can get pretty bad in summer though, mostly due to humidity, but it is no worse than Houston.

Another suggestion would be Big Sur in California. Beautiful park to just walk around in, great views on the drive along the coast, little places to shop, and some really nice places to eat. It's fairly cool in the summer, especially in the mornings. Monterrey is not far, and has a great aquatics museum. If you're a Steinbeck fan, Salinas is not far either . . . that's where he wrote Grapes of Wrath (I don't like Salinas much, having lived there briefly). Gilroy's Garlic Festival is kinda neat.

Yet another suggestion for a day trip in Northern California would be Mount Lassen. The whole area is still actively volcanic: sulfur springs, lava tubes you can explore, and you can climb the summit of the volcano (it's a bit strenuous though). That's way north of the Big Sur area, though, by about a 5-6 hour drive.

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Old 02-02-2011, 04:22 PM
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it depends on how long you plan on traveling and the type of budget you wanna stick with also what kind of vacation you want.

If you want a relaxing retreat and special time with the hubby and ware looking to stay in i don't know no more than 2500 price range you should consider a cruise cause it would be less stress great time and you can do a disney one (and you can even do less than that price of course just giving that number at random).

if you want an adventure you seriously consider Chicago, DC or some place like Seattle a big city would allow you see a lot and have a lot of energy in your trip and each would have their own draws form the historical to the weird.

if you wanna go really crazy, cheap, fun or just don't want to plan to much Vegas. Vegas is awesome and every trip is different.

And if all you want is to spend time with hubby with out planning or crazy or anything go to one of those travel sites and just start looking for rates you can go to deals and offers and make a descion were to go based off what deal you like and then plan around that.

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Old 02-02-2011, 04:36 PM
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Vegas is very fun, plus you can do day trips. Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon.

Tahoe is very nice

Alaska is wonderful, added bonus in the summer is doesn't get dark until 2am.

Chicago, DC would be cool.

Seattle is also very nice and with the added bonus of being a day trip to the coast or the mountains.
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