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Old 07-13-2017, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA, from Boston
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Richmond, Austin, Portland, Raleigh/durham.. Lots these days
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:30 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I second the motion made a way back re: Traverse City, MI. The entire area is beautiful and there's a lot to do! You have the gorgeous beaches on the Lake Michigan/Grand Traverse Bay with reasonable prices on lovely condos right on the beach. You can go kayaking, hiking, bicycling, swimming, visit numerous wineries as well as craft breweries and at least one distillery, visit the Inuit museum, shop, dine to your heart's content. The area is wonderful year-round.

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Old 07-13-2017, 09:03 AM
 
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I second the motion made a way back re: Traverse City, MI. The entire area is beautiful and there's a lot to do! You have the gorgeous beaches on the Lake Michigan/Grand Traverse Bay with reasonable prices on lovely condos right on the beach. You can go kayaking, hiking, bicycling, swimming, visit numerous wineries as well as craft breweries and at least one distillery, visit the Inuit museum, shop, dine to your heart's content. The area is wonderful year-round.

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This sounds lovely!
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The whole West Michigan coastline from South Haven to Petoskey with beer and culture stops a bit inland in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo can make for a fun and lovely trip during the right time of year.

https://www.experiencegr.com/blog/po...-grand-rapids/
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:54 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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The whole West Michigan coastline from South Haven to Petoskey with beer and culture stops a bit inland in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo can make for a fun and lovely trip during the right time of year.

https://www.experiencegr.com/blog/po...-grand-rapids/
Yes, schedule these trips during the optimum season to visit (LUV my SWA Companion Pass for doing this).

for example:
I like Aspen Colors in Colorado / NM / UT / WY, so go the end of Sept (and hope an early heavy snow does not beat me to the leaves) Finish the trip at ABQ Balloon Fiesta! (first weekend in OCT)

PWN is ideal in Aug and Sept (when some places are TOO HOT / muggy / bugs)

Smoky Mtns / New England during the fall,

I do areas near DC / Baltimore in spring during blossom bloom

UP MI / West shore of MI, I enjoy during late spring

CA I like in May (pre fire season)

Tx Hill Country in DEC or April (Bluebonnets)

NV / AZ in March April (Wildflowers)

NZ and Asutralia are GREAT in DEC and Jan!!! Next Dec (wherever you are...) imagine sunset at 10pm and beautiful flowering hillsides
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:33 PM
 
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The whole West Michigan coastline from South Haven to Petoskey with beer and culture stops a bit inland in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo can make for a fun and lovely trip during the right time of year.

https://www.experiencegr.com/blog/po...-grand-rapids/
Don't forget about Mackinac Island! The stretch of Michigan from SleepingBear/Traverse City to Mackinac Island is fantastic.

One other place not mentioned that's worth a visit is Annapolis, MD. Very neat downtown and you can walk the Navy campus. Worth a day trip if you're ever in the D.C./Baltimore area.
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:21 PM
 
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Yes, schedule these trips during the optimum season to visit (LUV my SWA Companion Pass for doing this).

for example:
I like Aspen Colors in Colorado / NM / UT / WY, so go the end of Sept (and hope an early heavy snow does not beat me to the leaves) Finish the trip at ABQ Balloon Fiesta! (first weekend in OCT)

PWN is ideal in Aug and Sept (when some places are TOO HOT / muggy / bugs)

Smoky Mtns / New England during the fall,

I do areas near DC / Baltimore in spring during blossom bloom

UP MI / West shore of MI, I enjoy during late spring

CA I like in May (pre fire season)

Tx Hill Country in DEC or April (Bluebonnets)

NV / AZ in March April (Wildflowers)

NZ and Asutralia are GREAT in DEC and Jan!!! Next Dec (wherever you are...) imagine sunset at 10pm and beautiful flowering hillsides
I'm actually going to workout planning a trip to NZ, but in a couple years. Always wanted to go!! Thanks for suggestions!
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Old 07-14-2017, 12:30 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I'm actually going to workout planning a trip to NZ, but in a couple years. Always wanted to go!! Thanks for suggestions!
NZ... go for a LONG time (Need to leave the country every 90 days IIRC)
must have a 'return flight' to enter (get a cheap one to AU)

BUY a diesel camper van that has a FSC sticker (Full self contained) $3000 - $5000, diesel is 1/2 price and economy is 2x (must buy a permit) Very ez to resell to one of thousands of German females under age 32.

Camp at will (where not restricted / most places not restricted) Campermate app, and Maps.me

Eat before you go (eating out is too EXPENSIVE..., buy groceries at the food co-ops) if you want to eat out... Pizza Hut personal pizza ($5NZD) is the ONLY bargain in NZ (and mcD cones)

Practice 'NZ style' while touring USA (campervan / farm stands / beautiful campgrounds / places to stay on the beach...)

Use community pools and hot springs for bathing. (and Lawn Sprinklers during the night if you are 'Stealth')
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Old 07-16-2017, 05:25 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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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?!
New Orleans
Savannah
Charleston
Boston
Lowell
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Old 07-22-2017, 11:45 PM
 
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Portland, Oregon
Bend, Oregon
Taos, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ashville, North Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Savannah, Georgia
Nashville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Boulder, Colorado
Santa Barbara, California
Missoula, Montana
Tuscon, Arizona
Salt Lake City, Utah
Tampa, Florida
St. Augustine, Florida
New Orleans, Lousiana
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Portland, Maine
Wow...RosieSD has good taste...I think my recommended list would look almost exactly like hers

I think I might add Louisville or Lexington, KY...nice cities with very pleasant people. And while smaller than "mid-size," Monterey CA is beautiful. I would also say the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.

I'm a bit biased as I live in the TX hill country, but I echo the Austin and San Antonio recommendations. Both destinations make a nice trip for a long weekend.
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