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Old 05-27-2014, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Montana
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I think of all my travels, the ones I thought I would like least are the ones I most enjoyed and vice versa. The biggest one for me was Michigan. I had no clue how beautiful the state was, and only went because a friend was having a wedding in Grand Rapids. I only got to stay 4 days, but there was so much more I wanted to see.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Big surprises -

Ajijic, Mexico (actually liked it so much we lived there part time for two years)
Mallorca (cruise ship stop that was a replacement for a port that was too windy to dock)
Rome (we expected to not like it since we've started to strongly prefer small cities/town instead of big cities, but Rome was an exception)

OTOH, I expected to love Barcelona. Didn't, and the unfriendly locals were a new experience for me as a tourist. Except for the food, which was incredible.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Ocracoke, NC - The perfect quaint coastal village and island with killer beaches and a laid back vibe!
Tulum, Mexico - the beach zone, not the town Stunning sand, water and palms, amazing ruins and fantastic food and culture
Grand Canyon - The best big hole in the world. The colors and scale are simply impossible to imagine w/out seeing it in person

I didn't necessarily think I'd dislike any of these, but didn't expect them to be standouts, either.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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New Mexico for me. During a roadtrip I only planned to spend one day getting from Colorado to Arizona. Ended up taking eight days getting across New Mexico. I covered all but the Southwest portion of the state.
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I went to Berlin to see some friends and barely did any research, being stuck in midterm exams immediately prior to leaving. I ended up loving it. Lots of stuff to do.

Also, Düsseldorf...kind of. If you Google images of it, all you'd expect is a river with a ferris wheel and a tower in the distance. The centre of town is actually very nice and modern and was bustling with people, and this was immediately after Christmas, too.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:10 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Colonial Williamsburg. I thought it would be nice, but a bit hokey/boring. What I found was the docents really interact with their audience. And since I'm from Alta California and that fits into the historical time, the gossipy proprietress of the cafe was delighted to "play". I ended up having a lot more fun there than I expected.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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I think of all my travels, the ones I thought I would like least are the ones I most enjoyed and vice versa. The biggest one for me was Michigan. I had no clue how beautiful the state was, and only went because a friend was having a wedding in Grand Rapids. I only got to stay 4 days, but there was so much more I wanted to see.
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
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:50 PM
 
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Driving accross Canada a few years ago i was dreading the long trek across the prairies,Long boring and flat? didnt turn out that way as i guess we drove across it at the right time it was absolutely beautiful,.. all the crops were up and the wind made it all look like waves on an ocean of multi colored crops whose flowers came in many colors.turned out to be 2 days of wow factor driving.
Also driving the southside of Lake Superior who knew most of it is white sandy beaches that rival what Florida has to offer..

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Old 05-28-2014, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I think of all my travels, the ones I thought I would like least are the ones I most enjoyed and vice versa. The biggest one for me was Michigan. I had no clue how beautiful the state was, and only went because a friend was having a wedding in Grand Rapids. I only got to stay 4 days, but there was so much more I wanted to see.
I grew up in Grand Rapids, spent the first 19 or 20 years of my life there. Glad to see you enjoyed it. Michigan is a great place and has an undeserved bad reputation.


I haven't been surprised too many times (I usually know what I'm getting myself into). I was very surprised by Miami, I thought it was going to be a crime ridden cesspool, but in reality I loved it enough to pack my bags and move there. Another city that really surprised me was Kansas City. It's a very cool place to be.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Montana
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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 have family who owns a beach house in Traverse City but we never got to go.

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I grew up in Grand Rapids, spent the first 19 or 20 years of my life there. Glad to see you enjoyed it. Michigan is a great place and has an undeserved bad reputation.


I haven't been surprised too many times (I usually know what I'm getting myself into). I was very surprised by Miami, I thought it was going to be a crime ridden cesspool, but in reality I loved it enough to pack my bags and move there. Another city that really surprised me was Kansas City. It's a very cool place to be.
My Mother grew up in Grand Rapids so I was happy to see it. Michiganders are some of the nicest people, too.
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