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Old 11-12-2015, 11:46 AM
 
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I've been following this post. I have a similar situation. I have another post about cruises (and got some VERY good feedback). Unfortunately, it looks like the right cruise may not be available on the dates I need (March 23-30).

I'm also looking at Portland, ME, Freeport, Bulington, VT and Albany as another option. Cold, but lots of stuff to do. So I thought that might be of value to OP (even though cold).
I would suggest doing Burlington over Albany and if you do pick it, go in the early fall. Driving around the Green Mountains in the early fall while the weather is still nice, but leaves are turning going on covered bridge hunts is pretty cool! Lots to do there, I remember doing a Cabot Cheese factory tour, among others!

I would not do Portland at that time of year. Bar Harbor is fun (in a New England-y way) but it's still fairly cool even in the dead of summer! I have a picture from a couple years ago where my tires are frozen to the ground in March in Portland! Yuck!

Freeport...no...no...no. Actually anything in the Bahamas is a waste of time. IMO. It's trashy.

I've hit a ton of Caribbean islands over the last 2 years...St Martin has been my favorite if you want to get out. Grand Cayman is also excellent, very safe and easy to get around with their $1 taxi services! Do the stingray tour! I would avoid most unless you just want to sit in the "compound" and relax on the beach. Punta Cana is nice for that.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Southport
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I would suggest doing Burlington over Albany and if you do pick it, go in the early fall. Driving around the Green Mountains in the early fall while the weather is still nice, but leaves are turning going on covered bridge hunts is pretty cool! Lots to do there, I remember doing a Cabot Cheese factory tour, among others!

I would not do Portland at that time of year. Bar Harbor is fun (in a New England-y way) but it's still fairly cool even in the dead of summer! I have a picture from a couple years ago where my tires are frozen to the ground in March in Portland! Yuck!

Freeport...no...no...no. Actually anything in the Bahamas is a waste of time. IMO. It's trashy.

I've hit a ton of Caribbean islands over the last 2 years...St Martin has been my favorite if you want to get out. Grand Cayman is also excellent, very safe and easy to get around with their $1 taxi services! Do the stingray tour! I would avoid most unless you just want to sit in the "compound" and relax on the beach. Punta Cana is nice for that.
Pretty sure he/she meant Freeport, Maine. And there are lots of nice places in Bahamas...Harbor Island, for example.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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SO - the question to you all - tell me where you went to, from Raleigh for a 4-6 day vacation - with a pre-teen and a teen; not the beach...but a regular sightseeing/touristy/seeing the US tour.
Why is the beach not a regular sightseeing/touristy/seeing the US tour? More to do at the beach than just go swimming. Lots of history along the NC coast, but also our neighbor states like around Charleston (potentially gorgeous over spring break if the azaleas are in bloom), Savannah, St Augustine all are beach cities. My pre-teen and teen would LOVE a little beach time mixed in with a road trip. That's what I would really recommend.

DC would be my second choice. If you time it right you may hit the cherry blossoms (and lots of tourists then too).
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Carolina Shores NC
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Why is the beach not a regular sightseeing/touristy/seeing the US tour? More to do at the beach than just go swimming.
Nothing more beautiful than Hatteras and Ocracoke on NC's coast. Well, of course I'm just a beach guy
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Old 11-12-2015, 03:11 PM
 
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I recommend Washington DC and Charleston.
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Old 11-12-2015, 03:14 PM
 
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to the poster earlier... it does matter where the OP is. They have a 4-5 day period. Selecting a designation within a few hours drive maximizes their time. Two days to travel for two days in CA just doesn't really work. That doesn't diminish the fact that CA is stunning and should be on everyone's travel bucket list.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:08 AM
 
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A really nice drive is the Pacific Coast Highway - would be in the 60s in March around the Monterey area. I went in May, but it was fun to fly into SF, rent a car and drive to Monterey, Big Sur, see whales, seals, all sorts of things including artichoke farms.

THIS!!! Did this once and it was amazing. Went to DC once also and didn't care for it.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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to the poster earlier... it does matter where the OP is. They have a 4-5 day period. Selecting a designation within a few hours drive maximizes their time. Two days to travel for two days in CA just doesn't really work. That doesn't diminish the fact that CA is stunning and should be on everyone's travel bucket list.
I agree that for a short vacay I'd want to minimize travel time, but maybe the 4-6 days the OP mentioned was excluding the initial travel days to the destination?

Not sure why they wouldn't have a full week off school, plus the two weekends for a total of 9 days. If you've got the whole 9 days someplace like California becomes much more doable. Spend a day on the plane and in the airport on your first Saturday and then you have Sunday through your next Friday or Saturday for travel and then fly home on Saturday or Sunday. So, 6 or 7 days to do a road trip.

If you want a big trip and have that time, go for California. Should be awesome!
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill
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Head to Florida? St. Augustine is interesting with the fort and other Spanish era sites. Then I'd head to the Gulf Coast to Homosassa Springs, FL to see Schiller Park and WeekiWatchie for a taste of old Florida. Maybe do a swim with the manatees? Orlando theme parks are close by as well as Busch Gardens in Tampa. Such a trip would be nice mix of education, nature, and theme parks.
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Old 11-16-2015, 02:50 PM
 
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