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Old 11-08-2009, 11:37 AM
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Give me 8 hours and I can travel to: NYC (8hrs), Washington DC (6hrs), Baltimore, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Columbus, Detroit, Windsor, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Chicago, and many more.
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:17 PM
Location: Dayton, OH/Portland, OR
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Originally Posted by twiggy View Post
Are there day or weekend vacations you can take from your city or town within 2 to 5 hours that give you change from your day to day scenery?

I live in Phoenix, AZ and have argued that we are not the only state where you can drive 2 to 5 hours for a different feel. People always boast that in Phoenix (desert), you can drive 5 hours to an ocean, or 3 hours up a mountain for skiing, cooler weather, change of scenery. I of course feel you can change scenery in a lot of other states.

So let me know, does anyone live in a city where its possible to have a nice mini vacation you can take to escape the daily grind with in 2 to 5 hours away?
Portland, Oregon is 1 hour from the ocean beaches and 1 hour from the mountains (year-round, no-homemade-snow skiing)! It's also 2 hours from the desert, and 2 hours from a volcano! Some people could really care less about the volcano but I think it's tres kewlz.
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:34 PM
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From Atlanta:

1. Chattanooga is 1.5 hours - mountains.
2. Asheville is 3 hours - bigger mountains.
3. Savannah is 4 hours - barrier islands/beaches.
4. Panama City/Pensacola is 4 hours - Florida beaches.
5. Jacksonville is 5 hours - Florida beaches.
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:43 PM
Location: Chicago
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For Chicagoans it's the Northwoods. Those on the north side of the city and the north/northwest suburbs typically invade Wisconsin on the weekends while those on the south side and south suburbs zip over to Michigan.
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:47 PM
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Door County, WI - love it!
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:55 PM
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Well besides for driving 10mins to the beach and just booking a hotel for a day which is nice.
3 hours to Key West even shorter to other keys.
2-3 hours to the west coast of Florida
4 hours to Orlando
4 hours to Tampa and Daytona Beach, Cape Canaveral
2 hours by boat to the Bahamas
35min Flight to Nassau
Plenty of places to go for a mini vacation in Maimi
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Old 11-08-2009, 03:43 PM
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Miami: The Everglades, The Key's & Key West, The Bahama's (by boat), Disney and all the other Orlando "amusements", Cape Canaveral, The Gulf Coast. Sure there's not a lot of physical diversity but there are options. :-)
Raleigh: Mountains of NC, VA and WV, Washington, D.C., The Outer Banks and the coast of both Carolinas and Tidewater VA, Williamsburg VA and other historic areas across 3 states, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:29 PM
Location: Denver via Austin
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The canyonlands and mesas off the Caprock (which includes Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the nation)
Big Bend National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Davis Mountains
Skiing in the Sacramento Mountains
White Sands National Monument
Dallas/Fort Worth
Texas Hill Country
If you speed a little, San Antonio and Austin are also within five hours.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:34 PM
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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We really don't need to even leave town to feel like we're on a weekend getaway as many Bay Area Suburbs double as touristy small towns.

Within Bay Area Borders
Mill Valley
Mt Tamalpais
Golden Gate Natl Rec Area
Muir Beach
Stinson Beach
Limantour Beach
Bodega Bay
Tomales Bay
Point Reyes
Sonoma Coast
Sea Ranch
Russian River
Sonoma Valley Wine Country
Napa Valley Wine Country
Half Moon Bay
San Gregorio
Santa Cruz
Capitola Village
Los Gatos
Santa Clara Valley Wine Country
San Joaquin Delta
Livermore Valley Wine Country

Within 1 Hr of the Bay Area

Monterey Bay
Monterey Peninsula
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Wine Country
Pebble Beach
Pacific Grove
Carmel by the Sea
Big Sur
Mendocino Coast
Mendocino County
Clear Lake
Lodi Wine Country

Within 2 Hrs of the Bay Area
Sierra Foothills/ Gold Country
Sierra Wine Country
Angel's Camp
Folsom Lake
Pollock Pines
San Juan Bautista

Within 3 Hrs of the Bay Area
Yosemite Natl Park
Lake Tahoe
Squaw Valley
Lake Tahoe
Donner Lake
Mono Lake
Mt Lassen
Ft Bragg
Sequoia Natl Park
Redwood Natl Park

Within 4 Hrs of the Bay Area
Mt Shasta
Lake Shasta
Crescent City
Red Bluff
Carson City
San Luis Obispo
San Simeon/ Hearst Castle
California Central Coast
Death Valley Natl Park

Hawaii is 4.5 Hrs. LOL

Within 5 Hrs of the Bay Area

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Wine Country
Los Angeles
Grant's Pass
Gold Beach
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:43 PM
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Cape Cod, White Mts, Green Mts, Berkshires, Newport RI, Acadia NP, Montreal, NYC, etc.
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