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Old 10-21-2017, 08:52 AM
 
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We are looking for ideas about our next summer vacation (Mid May to August 2018).
There will be 4 able-bodied and active adults on the trip and one pleasant-tempered-but-active 4 year old.
We’d like to spend less than $5000 not including airfare for 7 days somewhere in the US (or perhaps Canada).
Generally, we are interested in nature (hikes, chill canoeing or kayaking not so much white water rafting or zip lining). History. Art to a lesser extent.
Things we hate: CROWDS, shopping, bad hotels, overbooked days.
We recently had a fabulous vacation in Charleston.
We’ve enjoyed the North Carolina side of the Smokies.
We live in DC area so that’s out.
Definitely no to Disney World or Land.
We’d like a hotel/lodge/resort central enough that we don’t have to switch lodging at all. In that vein, we are open possibly to a cruise.
We are leaning towards a large national park but would like recommendations as far as which and where to stay.
We’d love ideas! Thanks so much in advance.
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Old 10-21-2017, 08:59 AM
 
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New England. Lobster country? Maybe New Hampshire? I’ve never been, but every time I see a feature on New England I’m ready to go.
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Old 10-21-2017, 09:01 AM
 
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New England. Lobster country? Maybe New Hampshire? Ive never been, but every time I see a feature on New England Im ready to go.
We went to Maine summer before last with the other grandparents and really liked it. We werent sure what areas of New England would be swamped by vacationing NYC people. Wed love ideas on that!
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Old 10-21-2017, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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It's hard to find a major national park these days that isn't in the process of being loved to death. Washington state? Base in Port Angeles or Sequim or maybe one of the park lodges and you have mountains and rugged beaches to explore, the ferries that take you to other parts of Washington and British Columbia, and the option of a day or two in Seattle at the start or finish.

The park is spread out, and it helps disperse crowds, but the down side is that there can be a lot of driving if you want to do something like make a day trip from Port Angeles to the Hoh rainforest.
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Old 10-21-2017, 09:44 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Lassen Park In Northern California is a beautiful park, & because it is off the beaten track, it is not normally crowded. The cabins there are no electric & the toilets are vault, but they do have communal showers. A lake to kayak in & plenty of hikes & some geo thermal features, it is about an hours drive east of Redding, if you want to eat out or need to pick up groceries. If you are also considering a cruise, this might too much, of a rough it, deal.
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Old 10-21-2017, 10:01 AM
 
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Lassen Park In Northern California is a beautiful park, & because it is off the beaten track, it is not normally crowded. The cabins there are no electric & the toilets are vault, but they do have communal showers. A lake to kayak in & plenty of hikes & some geo thermal features, it is about an hours drive east of Redding, if you want to eat out or need to pick up groceries. If you are also considering a cruise, this might too much, of a rough it, deal.
Thank you! We may look into this for just the three of us. Probably too much roughing it for grandparents. They are past their days of camping.
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Old 10-21-2017, 10:02 AM
 
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It's hard to find a major national park these days that isn't in the process of being loved to death. Washington state? Base in Port Angeles or Sequim or maybe one of the park lodges and you have mountains and rugged beaches to explore, the ferries that take you to other parts of Washington and British Columbia, and the option of a day or two in Seattle at the start or finish.

The park is spread out, and it helps disperse crowds, but the down side is that there can be a lot of driving if you want to do something like make a day trip from Port Angeles to the Hoh rainforest.
Thank you! This would cover a lot of our needs! Ill add it to the list for sure.
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Old 10-21-2017, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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Cape Cod

Finger Lakes

Adirondacks

Outer Banks

Coastal RI & NH

Cape May

Savannah/Tybee Island

Nashville

Atlanta

Niagara Falls

Thousand Islands
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Old 10-21-2017, 01:08 PM
 
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Greenbrier? Louisvile? Ann Arbor?
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Old 10-21-2017, 01:48 PM
 
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I haven't been there in years, but I would suggest the area around Stowe, Vermont.

Things to do- swimming in a lake, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, Cabot Creamery (for cheese making), a beautiful 6 mile bike trail, town of Stowe, Alpine Slide, the city of Burlington, boat ride on Lake Champlain, llama farm, hikes and walks through mountains (very different looking than the Smoky Mountains). If you travel further south you can visit Calvin Coolidge's home. High end hotels include Trapp Family Lodge and Smuggler's Resort. There are cheaper places too. You could stay at one hotel as a base and do all of the above, except for CC's home.

Since you're from DC, you've probably done all the PA stuff. How about upstate NY? Cooperstown, Howe's Caverns, or Lake George?
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