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Old 05-28-2014, 07:05 PM
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Prince Edward Island. Before I went, I figured, what would be so interesting about it, it's just a small island... But it has a beautiful landscape of gently rolling hills, ocean views all around, walkable beaches everywhere with few people on them, rustic farms, friendly locals... ahh. Just remembering it makes me feel so serene.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:34 AM
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Originally Posted by sandman249 View Post
Grand Rapids is nice. But did you go to Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and places in the UP?

Fodor Names Traverse City One of America’s 10 Best Small Towns
I'm originally from Michigan so we go there every year to visit my family. My husband and I used to go for christmas to SE Michigan so he had the impression that Michigan was shopping malls, strip malls and subdivisions. We now go in summer and I'd say he was extremely surprised at what beautiful places there are in Michigan. I've taken him to Sleeping Bear Dunes, South Haven, and a few other places. I also want to show him the UP, especially around St. Ignace where I lived for a few years.

Oh and I've never been to Grand Rapids but on this summer's visit my sister is taking us there and also to Grand Haven.

I can't think of any place I've visited that surprised me. I pretty much know about where I'm going before I get there.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:20 AM
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Another northern Michigan vote here. I just went for the first time last summer. Stayed at a cottage right on Mullet Lake (property has been in my family for nearly a century). I'm really looking forward to going back. Loved our day trip to Little Traverse Bay/Petoskey. Really a beautiful area!
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:32 AM
Location: Victoria TX
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The Great Plains in general, North Dakota in particular. Take the time to drive across on unimportant roads, and make some explorations down side roads. Pay attention to living things -- birds and flowers. Talk to people. Stop at yard sales. Tell people you're lost and ask directions to somewhere.

In North Dakota, pull over where the road skirts a Pothole -- a tiny wetland full of birds and amphibians. It's almost impossible to drive ten miles without seeing one, there might be a million of them. One of America's well-kept secrets.

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Old 05-29-2014, 03:03 PM
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Yes, people tend to be pleasantly surprised by places in Michigan. There are so many small places to visit.

I just recently read that Saugatuck was rated the # 1 summer weekend escape destination in the nation by USA today readers.
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Old 05-30-2014, 03:09 PM
Location: Richmond, VA
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Grand Canyon - The best big hole in the world. The colors and scale are simply impossible to imagine w/out seeing it in person.
My bucket list item. Did you partake in any activities while there such as horseback riding? I'm trying to plan everything out. I'll probably go in 2015.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:26 PM
Location: Eastwood, Orlando FL
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North Wales. I was going to places like Paris, Milan and Venice and I was not expecting much from northern Wales. I was going there to visit friends. It was so beautiful that I fell in love with the place.
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Old 05-31-2014, 03:41 AM
Location: on an island
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I've posted about this before, but the state of Hawaii.
I was prepared for a synthetic, resorty type of experience, and that is there for those who want it.
But it depends on where you visit and what you do. We visited Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island, and were fascinated with the beauty, wildlife and history. We met some really interesting people, as well.
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:27 AM
Location: Venus
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Several places:

-Germany. I was only there for a weekend (in the military-had an appointment at the hospital at Wiesbaden). Tried to get in all the sightseeing I could in that weekend but fell in love with the place.

-Greek Islands, especially Zakynthos, Rhodes, & Hydra. There was something about them-so unlike mainland Greece.

-Black Hills, SD. Last summer we went across country going to a lot of the national parks. I think the Black Hills was one of my favorite stops we made.

-Maine. We used to go there a lot when I was a kid. When my husband & I were dating, we went a trip there (his daughter was going to school there). I had forgotten what Maine was like. It seems like for the past two years, we seem to make a trip there-this year will be no different. We plan to take a trip there again this year. I really love the place.

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Old 06-01-2014, 09:56 AM
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Vilnius, Lithuania, and the countryside around it.

It's an incredible old city, UNESCO World Heritage Site (I seem to collect them!) And the Lithuanian countryside is charming.
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