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Old 11-08-2009, 06:44 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Nice List... but you are missing a few notables, Reno, King's Canyon, Calistoga Petrified Forest (although in Napa)
I would also list a bunch of beer breweries...
I've kind of lost my travel bug since moving here because I can drive somewhere in a few hours and be in some insanely crazy new terrain. Bay Area, New England and Seattle Area I think are the best for these.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:47 PM
 
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Within 2 hrs or less:
Philadelphia
Atlantic City
Most of the Jersey Shore
the Poconos
the Catskills
Hudson Valley
much of Long Island

2-3 hours:
Cape May
Delaware beaches
Baltimore
PA's Amish country
Saratoga
the Berkshires
Providence
Newport, RI
New London, CT
Mystic, CT
the Hamptons
Montauk Point

3-4 hours
Ocean City, MD
Chincoteague, VA
Washington, DC
Annapolis, MD
Harpers Ferry
the Pennsylvania "Wilds"
the Finger Lakes
Ithaca
Cooperstown
the Adirondacks
Lake George
Boston
Block Island

Within 4-5 hours
Charlottesville, VA (possible in 5 hrs, but unlikely)
Richmond, VA
Ohiopyle
PA's Allegheny Natl Forest
Syracuse
More of the Finger Lakes
Lake Placid
Killington, VT
Green Mtns of Vermont
Manchester, NH
Portsmouth, NH
Cape Cod (probably can't get to the end of the cape in under 5 hrs)
Martha's Vineyard

If you extend the reach to 6 hrs you can get to a lot more places
Wiliamsburg, VA
deep into the Shenandoah Valley
West Virginia mountains
Pittsburgh
Rochester
Montreal, PQ
Burlington, VT
Stowe, VT
Lake Winnepesaukee, NH
White Mtns of NH
Portland, ME
Provincetown, MA
Nantucket
Same for Syracuse, but adjust the travel times appropriately. Can't forget places like Toronto, the 1000 Islands Region of Northern NY and nearby Sackets Harbor, Watkins Glen(in Finger Lakes Region), Niagara Falls, many amusement parks, the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota NY, Turning Stone Casino and Resort and much much more......
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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From where I used to live in Niagara region it was 15 minutes to the falls and my wife and I used to go there for a mini vacation every Feb. It was under an hour to Buffalo and a lot of people will laugh but I really like Buffalo. It's got great old buildings, interesting parks, a fab.zoo and a very important history in the USA. We used to also go to Pittsburg which was about a6 hr. drive. I love Pittsburg. Toronto was 1 hr. The finger lakes in NY were 3 hrs. The near north in Ontario was 2 to 3 hrs. It's beautiful but I don't like biting bugs so I like going there early in the year before the bugs.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Nice List... but you are missing a few notables, Reno, King's Canyon, Calistoga Petrified Forest (although in Napa)
I would also list a bunch of beer breweries...
Yes, many places I left out. Not because they werent notable, but because this is what came off the top of my head.

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I've kind of lost my travel bug since moving here because I can drive somewhere in a few hours and be in some insanely crazy new terrain. Bay Area, New England and Seattle Area I think are the best for these.
Yeah, some places are just too easy to get away from without going that far.
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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From Indianapolis
2-3 hours:
Beaches in NW Indiana
Chicago
Everywhere else within 2-3 hours (Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville) has nothing more to offer than Indy other than amusement parks.
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Germantown, MD
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Ha for me the possibilites are endless. In the Northeast everything is well within 5 hours. Let's see for me you have the beaches from Va. Beach (it may be more than 5 hours though, don't remember) to the Hamptons in New York. Skiing and other "moutain activities" in West Virginia, W. MD, Pennsylvania, and the Virginia Shenandoah.

Plus, most of Virginia, all of Maryland, all of New Jersey, most of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York City, and parts of Connecticut.

Oh yeah, all of Delaware
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:46 PM
 
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Nice! These are some great posts! Thanks, keep them coming!
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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I can get to Norfolk in 4-5 minutes. Williamsburg in 35-40 minutes. Richmond in 90 minutes. DC in 2 1/2 hours. Baltimore in 3 1/2 hours. Raleigh in 4 hours. Philly in 5 1/2 hours. Charlotte in 6 hours.
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:18 PM
 
Location: NYC
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From LA:

1-2 hours - Santa Barbara, San Diego, Big Bear Lake, Palm Springs

3-4 hours - Las Vegas, Sequoia National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park

5-6 hours - Death Valley, Monterey, San Francisco, Big Sur, Phoenix
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:25 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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Living in the DC metro area, Within 2-5 hrs i can be in any of the following places...

Baltimore
Chesapeake Bay/Annapolis
Ocean City,MD
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Western MD mountains
Shenandoah Valley Mts VA
WVA Mountains (Charlestown etc.)
Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Hampton Roads
Outer Banks NC
Rahleigh/Durham NC
Atlantic City, NJ
Philadelphia, PA
Amish Country PA
So Western PA
Northern NJ/Entire Jersey Shore
NYC
Long Island
Connecticut

Pretty much the majority of the East Coast...Gotta love Mid Atlantic options!
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