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Old 07-11-2017, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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Asheville, NC
Savannah GA
Charleston SC
Austin, TX
Richmond, VA
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:45 AM
 
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Cities I've visited and really enjoyed that aren't the top-tier marque touristy cities.

Asheville, NC
Charleston, SC
Austin, TX
Traverse City, MI
Grand Rapids / Holland, MI
Pittsburgh, PA
Grand Junction, CO
Flagstaff, AZ
Madison, WI
Louisville, KY
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:58 AM
 
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Cleveland was really fun. I actually rented a house in Amish country and drove in during the days. Great food, sports, beach, parks, rock and roll HOF, cool farmers market/special groceries, craft beer, etc.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I'm planning to do Flagstaff over Christmas! I know a few people who just returned from Hot Springs, may have to check it out! Thanks!
You may very well have snow in Flagstaff during Christmas. And the roads are dangerous. Frankly, spring summer, and fall are MUCH better choices for that area.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I liked Grand Junction, CO too.

Didn't put it down at first because we were there when it was more active than usual and I didn't know what was normal fun level there. But it's the intersection of the Colorado outdoorsy-cute downtown-beer and good food culture with Utah red rocks. Colorado National Monument doesn't have national park status for political reasons, not because it lacks merit, and it's right outside of town. Also an easy overnight trip to Moab from there.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:49 AM
 
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I liked Grand Junction, CO too.

Didn't put it down at first because we were there when it was more active than usual and I didn't know what was normal fun level there. But it's the intersection of the Colorado outdoorsy-cute downtown-beer and good food culture with Utah red rocks. Colorado National Monument doesn't have national park status for political reasons, not because it lacks merit, and it's right outside of town. Also an easy overnight trip to Moab from there.
Yeah, I loved in it GJT. My wife and I hit it after a weeklong trip through the Utah parks. Flew into Vegas, and flew out of Grand Junction. Wished had another day to spend there.
We were there in early-November but during one of those weeks were it was getting below freezing at night but into the 60s during the day.

Regarding Flagstaff above, a year prior we hit up Flagstaff in early November and in the midst of a snowstorm. The town was iced over for 2-3 days but very pretty none the less.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:50 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I'm planning to do more travel within the United States and I'm looking for ideas. I'd like to check out some medium sized cities. I like less overwhelming places where its easy to meet people and relax! I like art, history, music, festivals, parks, and great food! Any ideas?!
This describes Santa Fe, NM. Santa Fe was founded before the US was, so it oozes history. The city operates 5 museums, including a history museum, and themed art museums (Native American art, Folk Art, etc. ) There are art fairs almost every weekend, and in the summer, there are a couple of huge art markets that take over downtown, the annual Indian Market being the largest. There's also a summer ceremonial calendar in the Native communities outside of town, as well. In te early fall, tere's a festival marking Santa Fe's founding, that involve hispanic history reenactments. It's a city of art galleries, a city dedicated to art. Summer is opera season, also.


A note of caution, though--Santa Fe is expensive.
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Old 07-11-2017, 01:14 PM
 
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I'm planning to do more travel within the United States and I'm looking for ideas. I'd like to check out some medium sized cities. I like less overwhelming places where its easy to meet people and relax! I like art, history, music, festivals, parks, and great food! Any ideas?!
I always wanted to visit

Portland, OR
Salt Lake city, UT
Boise,ID


In Texas, Austin fits the bill perfectly.


I visited Cincy once and it had all the ingredients to be a great city. It had beautiful churches, parks and had a different semi urban feel.
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:10 PM
 
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Burlington, Vermont


Nice little town on the shores of Lake Champlain. Vermont's Green mountains are about an hour away. It has a pedestrian street with lots of restaurants, there is hiking and biking around the lake. I am not sure if the water there is swimmable... It has a relaxed vibe overall. It does get really cold in winter but it is a lot of fun if the lake freezes over and people start walking on ice...
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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Gatlinburg, TN


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Myrtle Beach, SC


Myrtle Beach SC: Myrtle Beach Hotels, Resorts, Attractions
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