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Old 08-08-2011, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Have you ever been anywhere that was a vacation spot, but wasn't over the top touristy? (Not that they are horrible, but I am thinking along the lines of Gatlinburg, TN/Hilton Head, SC) Places were it is okay to ride a bike around, go to some local places to eat and relax? The sky is the limit it doesn't matter how far these places are, I want to travel to them!

Places I had in mind were Mackinac Island, MI - the no cars rule is quite intriguing.

Prince Edward Island (various cities)

Captiva and Sanibel Island, FL

Catalina Island, CA

Any other recommendations?
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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If you like wine, foliage, the outdoors I would highly recommend most of the finger lakes area - especially during the harvest in the fall

You're sure to see plenty of tourists ... but for the most part it's just life as normal
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:17 PM
 
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From your other ones listed, a place like Put in Bay (OH) could work as well ... it's fairly commercial, touristy, etc .... but also pretty laid back and fun
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Awesome, charming little town. There's big-name fast food, except for a lone McDonald's up on the main highway. No Starbucks. No big box stores. Lots of locally-owned shops, hotels, restaurants, etc. Although tourism makes up a huge portion of the local economy, you just don't get that "touristy" sense. And I hope it stays that way.
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:12 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Jacques Cartier Park (Quebec, north of Quebec City)
Custer State Park (South Dakota, near Mt. Rushmore)
Tilden Park (California, east of Berkeley)
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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Tallin, Estonia, definitely! Hardly any tourists and it is absolutely, ridiculously beautiful. Very medieval looking. Why fight with the hordes and hordes of tourists in places like UK, France, Italy, and Spain when you can go to Eastern Europe for half the cost and 3x less tourists getting in your way. Tallin:

tallin estonia - Google Search
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Anywhere in South Korea.

You find a few Military types and lots of english teachers, general tourists however are really hard to find.
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:21 AM
 
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Curacao. Decidedly non-touristy for the Caribbean. Not a time share in sight!
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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I wouldn't say this is a well-known tourist spot around the country, but here in Wisconsin Washington Island is a little gem. Only a couple hundred residents year-round, you have to take a ferry to get there. Very laid back, relaxed casual feel. Lots of people just rent bikes & tool around the island the whole time. I used to go every summer but I haven't been there since I think 2001 unfortunately. Milwaukee Journal did a story about the island a few years ago & I was like "Nooooo! Now people are going to know about it!", lol. Hasn't hurt the small-town feel of it though, so I hear.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:46 AM
 
Location: New York
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Myanmar - we didn't even have mobile phone coverage. My husband had crackberry withdrawal !!

A fabulous trip to an amazing country.
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