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Old 12-27-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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National Forest campgrounds. They are wonderful places full of the smells and sounds of nature, dark and quiet at night and peaceful all the time and very cheap for camping ($6-10), and always a vacancy. I don't think I've ever met a foreign traveler at one---they're all packed in with advance reservations at the noisy National Parks and KOAs.

For the price of one night in a motel, a traveler can buy a tent and a campstove at WalMart and pots pans and dishes at Goodwill, and for the price of another night in a motel, can spend ten nights in campgrounds. I doubt if this is ever mentioned in the guidebooks that tourists from outside the USA are likely to see.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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National Forest campgrounds. They are wonderful places full of the smells and sounds of nature, dark and quiet at night and peaceful all the time and very cheap for camping ($6-10), and always a vacancy. I don't think I've ever met a foreign traveler at one---they're all packed in with advance reservations at the noisy National Parks and KOAs.

For the price of one night in a motel, a traveler can buy a tent and a campstove at WalMart and pots pans and dishes at Goodwill, and for the price of another night in a motel, can spend ten nights in campgrounds. I doubt if this is ever mentioned in the guidebooks that tourists from outside the USA are likely to see.
We stayed at a couple of KOA's. I actually preferred staying there than at hotels, some of the time. Especially loved one in the woods in western Virginia. Just my kind of scenery . Didn't see any bears though.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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As for cities...I'm not sure if Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minneapolis or St. Louis are major tourist destinations, but they're largely ignored by tourists from other countries.
So true. I have not visited one of those cities... when I've been to the U.S., I spent time in San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Florida (St.Augustine, West Palm Beach, Miami, Key West, Cape Coral), Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Philly, Las Vegas, Seattle, Washington DC,...

Next year I'm planning to go to Salt Lake City, Denver, and all the state parks around with a pickup truck, these are the places I mostly left out last time.
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