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Old 02-03-2017, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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Sell me on your favorite vacation. I am looking for a new vacation, I live close to Memphis TN and we always go to the Gulf Gulf Shores AL , Pensacola Fl, Destin Fl. and while they are nice I want something new. So let me hear your idea's. My only limitation with distance is staying in the continental US. If I ever become rich I will travel constantly so I want to go everywhere. Let me know some of your favorites and why. I am DM you with ?'s. Thanks in advance for the info. Jon
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Old 02-03-2017, 10:59 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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Default Southwest South Dakota!

I highly recommend southwest South Dakota. Starting in Rapid City SD. Not in geographic, best-route order:
  1. Minuteman Missile national historic site https://www.nps.gov/mimi/index.htm
  2. Badlands NP https://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm
  3. Towns of Deadwood, Spearfish, Sturgis - these are on your way to ...
  4. Devil's Tower National Monument https://www.nps.gov/deto/index.htm
  5. Mt Rushmore
  6. Custer State Park (buffalo, wildlife) https://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/
  7. Crazy Horse memorial https://crazyhorsememorial.org/
  8. A bit out of the orbit of the rest of these, but worth seeing: Carhenge, in Alliance NE Carhenge | of Alliance, Nebraska
All of these are within 100 miles (crow-flying, not driving) of Rapid City.
Farther afield, in southeast Wyoming and Nebraska, are various Oregon Trail monuments (Register Cliff, Scotts Bluff, ...)
It's an amazing part of the country, filled with different types of beautiful landscapes, interesting history, and in the case of Carhenge, a whopping dose of whimsy.
Tourist trap! Wall Drug, along I90 (unless you're into kitsch and bogus Americana).
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Old 02-03-2017, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Southern Utah. 5 National Parks- Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Capitol Reef. Been twice in the past 4 years and going back again this Spring.
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Old 02-03-2017, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Texas
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That South Dakota trip sounds pretty cool.
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Old 02-03-2017, 12:09 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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City vacations: You can't go wrong with New Orleans, Chicago, or DC. Plenty to do in all three (though that might be less true in NOLA if you have little kids). And in Chicago you even get (during the summer) an added bonus: A beach! Lake Michigan truly reminds one of an ocean. So big you can't see the other side.

For non-city vacations look in N.C. at the Outer Banks. Wilmington is the biggest city, but its a long spread along the beach there, with accommodations at all different price points. And depending on where you are you can also day-trip down to Charleston for a bit of history and good low-county food. In NC also take a look at Asheville, full of music, art, and good eating. And of course Biltmore, the biggest occupied single-family home in the U.S. Tour it and see how the 1% lives. Asheville is a city that punches way above its weight for its population. And its nestled in the Great Smokies which offer kayaking, fishing, and hiking, if you wan the outdoorsy stuff. Travel a bit out from the city and there are even places for skydiving.

Enjoy!
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Old 02-03-2017, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale AZ
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Head west! Especially the desert southwest and four corners area. Amazing sights and national parks/monuments as well as off the beaten path locations....way off the beaten path.
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Old 02-03-2017, 12:54 PM
 
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I sometimes read a popular travel forum whose name I'm probably not allowed to mention here, but whenever someone asks a question like this, people chime in to post, "What are your interests?" They can get pretty obnoxious about it, but I see their point. I've got a million vacation ideas in the continental U.S., but which ones are right for you depends on what kinds of attractions you like, how old you are, what time of year you're going, how long you have, what type of transportation you want, what your budget is, that sort of thing. So OP, what can you tell us about yourself?
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I highly recommend southwest South Dakota. Starting in Rapid City SD. Not in geographic, best-route order:
  1. Minuteman Missile national historic site https://www.nps.gov/mimi/index.htm
  2. Badlands NP https://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm
  3. Towns of Deadwood, Spearfish, Sturgis - these are on your way to ...
  4. Devil's Tower National Monument https://www.nps.gov/deto/index.htm
  5. Mt Rushmore
  6. Custer State Park (buffalo, wildlife) https://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/
  7. Crazy Horse memorial https://crazyhorsememorial.org/
  8. A bit out of the orbit of the rest of these, but worth seeing: Carhenge, in Alliance NE Carhenge | of Alliance, Nebraska
All of these are within 100 miles (crow-flying, not driving) of Rapid City.
Farther afield, in southeast Wyoming and Nebraska, are various Oregon Trail monuments (Register Cliff, Scotts Bluff, ...)
It's an amazing part of the country, filled with different types of beautiful landscapes, interesting history, and in the case of Carhenge, a whopping dose of whimsy.
Tourist trap! Wall Drug, along I90 (unless you're into kitsch and bogus Americana).

always wanted to see that minuteman silo but you use to have to get tickets well in advance to see the inside of the silo, think you can now get an abbreviated tour without too much notice in advance.


book an overnight stay in the available cabins at Badlands, restaurant with liquor right next door.


there's also a pretty neat mammoth dig site in Hot Springs not far from Crazy Horse and Custer.
http://mammothsite.com/?gclid=CK7Lqr...FQ6bfgodC88M2Q


Wind Cave and Jewel Cave are also nearby...have done Jewel Cave...very cool
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:21 PM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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always wanted to see that minuteman silo but you use to have to get tickets well in advance to see the inside of the silo, think you can now get an abbreviated tour without too much notice in advance.


book an overnight stay in the available cabins at Badlands, restaurant with liquor right next door.


there's also a pretty neat mammoth dig site in Hot Springs not far from Crazy Horse and Custer.
http://mammothsite.com/?gclid=CK7Lqr...FQ6bfgodC88M2Q


Wind Cave and Jewel Cave are also nearby...have done Jewel Cave...very cool
Right! I forgot about the mammoth site.
Really, quite an amazing concentration of attractions in a relatively small area. We were there 10+ years ago over 4th of July weekend and saw fireworks at Mt Rushmore. Kind of iconic, like going to Mass at the Vatican.
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:12 PM
 
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Arizona,New Mexico,Texas....a lot of it depends on what you like to do.
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