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Old 05-11-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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I would like to visit a city on the Northeast this month, but I feel like I've visited all the ones that fit my interest already. I want to go to an urban city.

Something that isn't quiet, has tall buildings and a nightlife. I've already been to NYC, Boston, Philly, D.C and Baltimore.

Is that really everything that fits that bill?

I mean, my limitation is that I would like to keep my drive under 5 hours. I live in Linden, NJ.

I feel like that limitation only stops me from going to Atlanta though.
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:03 PM
 
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It definitely sounds as if you have hit the major cities

I'm not really a NJ guy - but have had a couple fun nights in Hoboken and sometimes it can be nice to be a tourist in your own backyard

If you opened up to the 6-7 hour range you could get to places like Pittsburgh or Montreal (still half the distance to atlanta)

Otherwise there is Providence ...... but you are running out of cities
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:18 PM
 
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I've been to Montreal for a week. Loved it. I was in Hoboken the other night...go there maybe twice a month for the clubs and bars. It's a 20 minute drive. I'm looking to stay somewhere from Friday to Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. I looked into Providence and disregarded it for some reason, I'll give it a second look....appreciate the input!
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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No problem ... gets kind of tough, IMO

Hartford is dead nights/weekends, Wilmington isn't exciting, Dover isn't exciting

I don't know much about Richmond or Virginia Beach - but they are within range

I don't find too many of the smaller cities in the region to be that lively ........

A darkhorse that may be a bit small for what you are looking for - but fairly lively for it's size is Burlington, VT ..... not sure what you are into, but with the overgrown college town vibe they have some nice pedestrian areas, live music venues and craft beers
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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Pittsburgh is about 5 hours; while smaller is then next closest in the US based on your criteria;

I also agree with Montreal
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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Are you willing to go a bit further than 5 hours? If so then I'd say hit Toronto up. Great skyline, very cosmopolitan, fun nightlife, impressive array of ethnic diversity from all over the world.
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Pittsburgh is about 5 hours; while smaller is then next closest in the US based on your criteria;

I also agree with Montreal
How are you getting to Pittsburgh from NJ in 5 hours? - that's how long it would take us from philly if we were making decent time

It's still within a pretty good range though and I don't disagree that it's a decent city

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I also agree that Toronto is a great city - that was our closest "major" city growing up ....... it's a bit more of a haul though - looking over 8 hours to get there (may press 9 depending on how the border is going and on a holiday weekend it may be tough adding on even more)

Lot of fun though - plus a chance to see Niagara Falls if you haven't, hit the casino if that's your thing and haul into Toronto
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:46 PM
 
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How are you getting to Pittsburgh from NJ in 5 hours? - that's how long it would take us from philly if we were making decent time

It's still within a pretty good range though and I don't disagree that it's a decent city

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I also agree that Toronto is a great city - that was our closest "major" city growing up ....... it's a bit more of a haul though - looking over 8 hours to get there (may press 9 depending on how the border is going and on a holiday weekend it may be tough adding on even more)

Lot of fun though - plus a chance to see Niagara Falls if you haven't, hit the casino if that's your thing and haul into Toronto

I would think Linden NJ is basically the same distance, 287 to 78 to 76

maybe 30 minutes further not sure
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:05 PM
 
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I'll only mention Albany due to having the tallest building in NY State outside of NYC, is the 4th oldest city in the UA and its last call at nightlife spots is 4 AM. Buffalo may work and they also have last call at 4 AM.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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The OP has hit the five big cities of the NE. I notice s/he is interested in cities with "tall buildings." In my experience, tall buildings do not equate to lively downtowns (witness the sunbelt cities). If interested in visiting "lively" cities, however, I'd suggest the second tier cities in New England, including Providence, Portsmouth, Portland, Newport and Burlington. While they lack tall buildings, the OP might be surprised to find quite a bit of bustle and charm.
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