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Old 08-11-2017, 10:40 PM
 
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Reno-Tahoe area has a lot of thing to do: casinos, lake Tahoe, Pyramid lake, Virginia city, etc..There are lots of summer festivals and winter sports are spectacular.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:50 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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for those who seldom get to travel, consider 'nesting' sub-trips within a trip.


Airlines often 'fill flights' to maximize passengers to 'hubs'.

Such as... if OP pays $300 to get to LV, consider a short hop to San Diego or Bay area (~ $50 from LAS) (Any airline will do)

The favorable Hubs I have found are Baltimore / DC / Bay Area / LAS / PHX / Newark (NYC) / Boston / PVD, Orlando / Kansas City / Chicago / LA. (Air Carrier specific). You can pick a 1 - 2 day escape to a number of nice locations that are served very cheap. I like the variety of a short hop, as you find new things each time you visit.

LAS I can see all I want, in 1 LONG evening. A side trip to San Diego or SF is refreshing. Same with PHX and LA.

For SF, I really enjoy the 'free walking tours' sponsored by the Public Library

For road trips / car rentals, I pursue 'Scenic Byways' in each region.
Consider places you normally wouldn't. Such as ... From Balitmore I did Greenvile SC for a day, and had a great and very educational time.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Ithaca, New York
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New England, Boston and costal areas of Connecticut
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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sorry.. Late August is bad timing for Canadian Rockies

at the moment..

218 active wildfires in Alberta
382 in BC.

All of PNW (including USA) is under a smoke blanket.
Gonna take some snow to knock those out.
Smoke cleared out of Vancouver. Today is the first blue sky in 12 days. Finally !


As for the Canadian Rockies, the vast majority is fine. This link shows two near Banff National Park, and none in Jasper National Park. It's constantly updated.

2017 British Columbia wildfires | Google Crisis Map
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:41 PM
 
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Well, we just want a quick trip to get out of the house for a few days. We live near Austin, TX. We prefer a flight under 2-3 hours.


Our idea of fun is night life, restaurants, scenery, not too crowded, but not isolated.


Sounds like Las Vegas mid-week.... or, maybe, I've wanted to go "home" back to Michigan, for awhile. All my family is gone and friends are scattered. I wouldn't go near Detroit, where I'm from. I've considered using E Lansing as my base, since I went to MSU, then just drive around from there. But, I know, I'm not keen on a driving vacation.


I'm starting to think perhaps San Francisco. We could stay in a hotel near, but not actually in, the tourist areas, and just check things out.


Or, maybe.....not for now. Perhaps schedule a "trip home" to MSU around the Fall, when the weather is cool. The pacing item is boarding the cats, they book up way in advance. I would never trust a pet sitter again.
Fly to Denver. Rent a car and drive north to Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a rather scenic park that doesn't get as much attention as Yellowstone or Glacier National Park get. IMO, its very worth seeing. You can also spend a day touring Denver.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:15 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Fly to Denver. Rent a car and drive north to Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a rather scenic park that doesn't get as much attention as Yellowstone or Glacier National Park get. IMO, its very worth seeing. You can also spend a day touring Denver.
While in RMNP, continue north out the west side of RMNP to Snowy Range WY. (and free hobo hot springs in Saratoga)
http://www.travelwyoming.com/listing...e-scenic-byway (Seldom HOT here)

Can loop back through Laramie, Vedauwoo (a great place to be for tonight's meteor shower), and Cheyenne then Denver. (all in one (long) day)
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:19 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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another 'short trip' theme..

Buy an annual pass to :
Reciprocity Member museums (924 in North America at the moment)
https://narmassociation.org/

(I had forgot this is how we did the 'homeschool-field-trip-yrs', touring around and using these 'free' museums on rainy days.)
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:06 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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I guess some of y'all missed where the OP said, "Our idea of fun is night life, restaurants, scenery, not too crowded, but not isolated."

Museums and national parks don't have too much in the way of night life or restaurants for the most part.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Just a note on train trips on the west coast - most of them travel in the dark of night. Check out the time of day for any travel by train here. I think the train from Vancouver BC to Banf does run during the day, but check it out to be sure.

I once took a small plane trip from Vancouver BC to Calgary over the Rockies and it was amazing.

Vancouver BC is a great city, too, if you wanted to travel out of the country. Beautiful, lots to do.
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