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Old 02-18-2016, 08:30 AM
 
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Hello,
I'm going to travel with my mom and brother in May for a few days. I'm currently on the East Coast and they're going to visit me. Last year I took them to DC and NY. This year I'm thinking of taking them to the Grand Canyon or Boston. Disneyworld and New Orleans crossed my mind, but my mom is rather conservative and I don't think she would like those places. I'm thinking of some place with nature/history. Do you have any suggestions as to what places would be good for a 60 year old woman but entertaining enough for a 23 year old (my bro)? Thanks!
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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What time of year? How many days?
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Old 02-18-2016, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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Hello,
I'm going to travel with my mom and brother in May for a few days. I'm currently on the East Coast and they're going to visit me. Last year I took them to DC and NY. This year I'm thinking of taking them to the Grand Canyon or Boston. Disneyworld and New Orleans crossed my mind, but my mom is rather conservative and I don't think she would like those places. I'm thinking of some place with nature/history. Do you have any suggestions as to what places would be good for a 60 year old woman but entertaining enough for a 23 year old (my bro)? Thanks!
I wouldn't dismiss a place because you think a conservative person wouldn't like it. My mother was very conservative but went to Vegas when my dad had a conference there and she had a great time. There were tons of restaurants to enjoy and she even played the slots for a few minutes. I was worried that she would freak out at a sign advertising the AVN show in the convention hall but she didn't even notice.

New Orleans would probably be a great time. The history of the city is fascinating and there are so many different neighborhoods that are great to explore. I was there with my family, ranging in age from 10 to 71 and they all had a good time. We did things like a city bus tour and a swamp tour and there are so many restaurants to choose from that it will be difficult to decide on where to go.
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Old 02-18-2016, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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I also vote for NOLA because the architecture is great, it's truly a unique city with lots of history. The food is wonderful. It's also tons cheaper than Vegas (unless you want a room in one of the really old hotels off the strip). Also, food in Vegas is very overpriced and just as unimpressive. The shows can be great but will add up fast since most are at minimum $50 and go up quickly from there.
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Old 02-18-2016, 10:04 AM
 
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What time of year? How many days?
In May. Probably for 3-5 days.

I'm not sure about New Orleans because I would be tempted to visit the jazz scene and bars at night, and my mother doesn't like going out at night. It may feel like a loss to me if I can't do that. When we were at DC/NY I felt like going out at night but my mother frowned upon it. She's more of a day visitor. I forgot about Niagara Falls but I've already been there. I'm leaning toward nature but my brother has expressed an interest in Disneyworld. I don't know if my mom would be interested in the rides.

I didn't realize we would be in Vegas if we're in Arizona. My mom may actually like Vegas since she works at a casino. (I know, weird contradiction for a conservative person lol).

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Old 02-18-2016, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Take this into account: most peoole who visit the Grand Canyon fly into phoenix. It's a four hour drive to the GC. Many people stop for at least a day to see beautiful Sedona. In may, the GC is already very booked, so make your hotel reservation SOON.

If you want to visit, Vegas, that's another 4 hour drive. Many people include a visit to the Hoover Dam.

I can't imagine that this isn't at least a 5 day trip.

Maybe a cruise. That might encourage mom to go out at night.
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Look at Charlottesville Virginia and the Blue Ridge. It's very beautiful, very historic (UVA and Monticello) and the town is more than adequately hip for 20-somethings - bars, music etc. You could drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a day - very pretty in the spring - and it's only a couple of hours from Washington DC.
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Old 02-18-2016, 05:21 PM
 
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Take this into account: most peoole who visit the Grand Canyon fly into phoenix. It's a four hour drive to the GC. Many people stop for at least a day to see beautiful Sedona. In may, the GC is already very booked, so make your hotel reservation SOON.

If you want to visit, Vegas, that's another 4 hour drive. Many people include a visit to the Hoover Dam.

I can't imagine that this isn't at least a 5 day trip.

Maybe a cruise. That might encourage mom to go out at night.
A cruise actually sounds fantastic. Which do you recommend?
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Old 02-18-2016, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Quebec City?- Interesting architecture and history and you shouldn't be losing too much time to a long plane flight.
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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A cruise actually sounds fantastic. Which do you recommend?
I'd recommend a good, knowledgeable cruise travel agent. I'll DM you her contact info in the morning. Other than her, I do ALL my own travel planning.

Here's the thing about cruise lines: everybody has their favorite. It's very subjective, like what is your favorite flavor of ice cream. There's really no 'wrong' answer.

A good cruise agent only has one goal - to match your interests, budget and desires to the cruise that fits best so that you love cruising and come back again and again to give him or her more business.
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