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Old 11-10-2009, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Boston
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This seems like an odd question. I can't imagine there is a single place in this country not 2 to 5 hours away from an interesting vacation. I couldn't even begin to list all the options for me.
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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^I feel the same way, but I'll give it a shot......

5 hrs. or less from Dayton

Chicago
Sandusky/Cedar Point
Cincinnati
Amish Country
Gatlinburg/Smoky mountains
Cumberland Lakes
Indianapolis
Columbus
Cleveland
Hocking Hills
West Virginia/New River
Pittsburgh
Fallingwater/Kentuck Knob/Laurel Higlands
Bloomington/Columbus IN/Brown County, IN
French Lick, IN (casinos, West Baden Springs is beautiful)
Detroit
Canada
Springfield IL/Lincoln stuff
Yet another amish country
South Bend (lots of cool stuff there. Really!!)
Bourbon Country
Bluegrass country/Horse country
Louisville
Nashville/Grand Olde Opry/country music

.....and that's not even all of it!!!
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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Yes, it is odd and thats why I asked it. People on the Phoenix thread use the fact that you can get from Phoenix up to a mountain or over to San Diego with in 2 to 5 hours as one of the best kept secrets of Phoenix. One of their loves of Phoenix to over come the boredom in city. I have always been puzzled by this because I thought you could do that sort of thing from just about anywhere. Granted, we have a desert as well but so does a lot of the west, plus mountains, and beach. So, I wanted to see for myself if I was off or on track.
I guess I was ON track. LOL
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:38 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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From Atlanta:

(*Note* All images by myself - copyrighted. Do not use without permission)


1.5 to 2 hours:

Dahlonega, GA - an old gold rush town in North Georgia that has over time converted into a tourist town with the main square filled with artists galleries and craft shops.



Helen, GA - About 30 minutes NE of Dahlonega. A small town that in the early 70s was remodeled to look (vaguely) like a German Bavarian village. Very touristy and somewhat tacky, but worth an afternoon or day during a weekend mini-vacation.



Stone Mountain, GA - About 30-45 minutes East of Atlanta. Largest exposed granite "mountain" in the world supposedly. They have a laser show in the summer, boat rides, an old village, walking trails, old plantation village, and more, along with hotel/resort rooms.

Chattanooga, TN - About 2 hours North of Atlanta. Thriving riverfront tourist area with restaurants, clubs, an Aquarium, childrens museum, 3D iMax theater and more. Kind of like the Aquarium area around Atlanta, only with actual water and no bums! Well worth a weekend.


3-5 hours:

Savannah, GA (http://www.savannahvisit.com/groups_thingstodo.asp - broken link) - Old South, architecture, funky people, river front shopping/bar area, moss in trees, yadda yadda. A bit more grit and grime than some people expect from the movies, but if you're especially a photography buff, a really nice place to take photos. Not the safest place in some spots, do don't be "duh" and walk around unknown neighborhoods with $2000 worth of camera gear on your neck. Worth a weekend, or a long weekend if you can incorporate Charleston into the trip (see below).

Charleston, SC - One of my favorite places. Just at about 5 hours from Atlanta. Amazing architecture in the historic district, with shops, restaurants/bars, an old market, and great old homes overlooking the water on the bay. A bit more sanitized than Savannah, and a bit larger as well. Stay in the historic district in a B&B for the best experience. Great again for photographers. About 1.5 hours North of Savannah if you're in that area already doing a long weekend. Avoid summers - HOT and HUMID.
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Neat pics!
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:16 AM
 
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Great pics! Made me what a vacation. lol
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:52 AM
 
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Yes, it is odd and thats why I asked it. People on the Phoenix thread use the fact that you can get from Phoenix up to a mountain or over to San Diego with in 2 to 5 hours as one of the best kept secrets of Phoenix. One of their loves of Phoenix to over come the boredom in city. I have always been puzzled by this because I thought you could do that sort of thing from just about anywhere. Granted, we have a desert as well but so does a lot of the west, plus mountains, and beach. So, I wanted to see for myself if I was off or on track.
I guess I was ON track. LOL
I think the reason people from Phoenix bring this up is because of the misconception that Phoenix is completely isolated and in the middle of nowwhere. Some people honestly think Phoenix is like 1000 miles from the ocean and not within a days drive of any major city. I think many people think of Phoenix as more in the heartland of the country even though it is really closer to the west coast. Many also think Phoenix is surrounded by like a 500 mile radius of desert. They would be surprised that with a 90 min. drive you are surrounded by pines.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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From Atlanta:

(*Note* All images by myself - copyrighted. Do not use without permission)


1.5 to 2 hours:

Dahlonega, GA - an old gold rush town in North Georgia that has over time converted into a tourist town with the main square filled with artists galleries and craft shops.



Helen, GA - About 30 minutes NE of Dahlonega. A small town that in the early 70s was remodeled to look (vaguely) like a German Bavarian village. Very touristy and somewhat tacky, but worth an afternoon or day during a weekend mini-vacation.



Stone Mountain, GA - About 30-45 minutes East of Atlanta. Largest exposed granite "mountain" in the world supposedly. They have a laser show in the summer, boat rides, an old village, walking trails, old plantation village, and more, along with hotel/resort rooms.

Chattanooga, TN - About 2 hours North of Atlanta. Thriving riverfront tourist area with restaurants, clubs, an Aquarium, childrens museum, 3D iMax theater and more. Kind of like the Aquarium area around Atlanta, only with actual water and no bums! Well worth a weekend.


3-5 hours:

Savannah, GA (http://www.savannahvisit.com/groups_thingstodo.asp - broken link) - Old South, architecture, funky people, river front shopping/bar area, moss in trees, yadda yadda. A bit more grit and grime than some people expect from the movies, but if you're especially a photography buff, a really nice place to take photos. Not the safest place in some spots, do don't be "duh" and walk around unknown neighborhoods with $2000 worth of camera gear on your neck. Worth a weekend, or a long weekend if you can incorporate Charleston into the trip (see below).

Charleston, SC - One of my favorite places. Just at about 5 hours from Atlanta. Amazing architecture in the historic district, with shops, restaurants/bars, an old market, and great old homes overlooking the water on the bay. A bit more sanitized than Savannah, and a bit larger as well. Stay in the historic district in a B&B for the best experience. Great again for photographers. About 1.5 hours North of Savannah if you're in that area already doing a long weekend. Avoid summers - HOT and HUMID.
A couple more for Atlanta all within about 4 hours:

-In the Savannah area, you can add Tybee Island and Jekyll Island for
their beaches and geological treasures

-Blue Ridge Mountains heading to Chattanooga

-Charlotte, NC for a taste of smaller city similar to Atlanta but with its own unique features

-The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee

-Calloway Gardens south of Atlanta

-Lake Lanier

- Warm Springs, GA- where FDR lived for some time and was believed to be where he crafted his New Deal policies and home to "one of Georgia's seven natural treasures," a natural freshwater spring


And btw Stone Mountain is really more like a 20 minute drive. Very easy day vacay easily accessible for most Atlantans.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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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?
Thanks,
If I go east. I can go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge (Dollywood and big tourist area) and if I go West, I can go to Fall Creek Falls State Park (which has an inn and restaurant in addition to the waterfalls and deer and great views) on the Cumberland Plateau. If I go North, I can make it to the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park in Kentucky. If I actually liked to go to cities, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Asheville are all do-able in 2 - 4 hours. There's a lake at the end of my road. I don't hurt for mountains, forests, lakes and rivers all within spitting distance. The ocean, on the other hand, that's another story.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Yes, it is odd and thats why I asked it. People on the Phoenix thread use the fact that you can get from Phoenix up to a mountain or over to San Diego with in 2 to 5 hours as one of the best kept secrets of Phoenix. One of their loves of Phoenix to over come the boredom in city. I have always been puzzled by this because I thought you could do that sort of thing from just about anywhere. Granted, we have a desert as well but so does a lot of the west, plus mountains, and beach. So, I wanted to see for myself if I was off or on track.
I guess I was ON track. LOL
Ahh, got you. Now that we've established that proximity to vacation spots isn't really a significant selling point, let's concentrate on the text I bolded. That is the reason people don't want to live in Phoenix (or at least I wouldn't want to live there). I want to live in a place that is interesting for its own sake. When I take a vacation, it is because I am looking to find something, not to escape something.

Where I live, a lot of people consider going nowhere a valid vacation option. It is nice to just take time off for enjoying everything the city has to offer.
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