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Old 04-09-2019, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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You said you weren't interested in the south, but how about Louisiana? If you take a swamp tour, you'll see plenty of nature, and if you go to New Orleans, well...it's party city.
I have set foot in Louisiana once. It's an incredibly interesting place. With that said, it's not what I'm going for here for a variety of reasons. In cooler months, I could maybe be coaxed into it.

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While Banff and Jasper are nice sights to see, they are JAMMED with tourists in the summertime.

Northern Ontario has roads that you can drive on and not see one person for hours. You'll pass by many lakes, streams and rivers and if you're lucky, you'll see a moose in a swamp munching away on the vegetation.

The forested landscape is very much like the hills and valleys of Maine. You can camp beside a crystal clear lake and catch trout to cook over a campfire in the evening. Then cook up some flapjacks over the fire in the morning and pour some delicious locally made Maple syrup.

A bug net for your head, proper protective clothes, and some good bug spray will help keep the little critters at bay, but they are only bad at certain times of the summer.

Black bears, wolves and any other predatory animals are not interested in humans, so they give you a wide berth. You might run into an occasional squirrel or whiskey jack who wants you to share a peanut with him though.

You can smoke pot to your heart's content while contemplating life, gazing into the campfire flames as the sun goes down.

I'm not making this up. We own a travel trailer now that we are older, but we often did this when we were younger, including smoking the pot
I have a legal issue that might prevent me from getting into Canada. Someone mentioned Dublin. That would absolutely be great, but I'd need more time off than what I'm going to have.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I would fly into Portland Maine and spend the week along the Maine coast. Even if you have been before there are so many beautiful coastal towns and cities to explore -- it is truly spectacular. Portland gives you your laid back city life and you can drive all the way up to Acadia -- and even further if you want -- all the way to Eastport and cross the bridge into Canada to see Campanello -- FDR's summer home. Last year we brought a sandwich and sat on picnic tables and watched the whales jumping in the harbor. BIG whales. We spent a day at strolling through the Maine Botanical Gardens which were absolutely incredible -- I think it was outside of Boothbay Harbor. The food is great in Maine, the scenery is unbelievable and it is relaxing. And within a reasonable budget. I can't help you on the weed issue -- gave that up a LONG time ago.
I was in Boston for about six consecutive weeks in 2-3/2014 and went back roughly one week a month for the next two years. I would get the occasional three or four day weekend and go up the coast from Kittery to Portland. I was in Ogunquit a lot.

The food from Portsmouth to Portland was the best I've ever had, and I've been to all the Southern culinary capitals. Nothing comes close to the food I've had in coastal Maine. I was in Bar Harbor once, but only briefly.

I would love to go back to Boston as well. I have a lot of friends and business associates there. I'd love to see the Red Sox - never got to see them.

Maine passed legal cannabis, but I don't think they have any recreational dispensaries yet. I prefer drinking beer to cannabis as it is. I'm not a canna-tourist. It's a bonus if it's available.

That's the easy choice for me. I'm going to ask the boss for the second week of June off tomorrow. Should I go in July? I like lake and river swimming, and am a strong swimmer. I'm fairly hardy - been swimming in Lake Michigan in upper 60 degree water many times.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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You could do the Colorado Rockies. Breckenridge is less than 2 hours from the Denver Airport, plenty of hiking, beer, pot and summer events. Lots of fun day trips too.

Bend, Oregon is a great place for all those same reasons but a little more green, you could go to the Oregon coast too. Fly into Portland.

We stopped for a night last year in Cour d'Alene and have plans to go back, great town on a huge lake, fly into Spokane.
You're on the right track, with those suggestions. I could do all the things the OP mentioned, using my hometown of Eugene, as the base. The Oregon Coast is just 45 miles west and the mountain highway to the City of Bend, is to the East. There are regular flights into Eugene from Denver, Boise, Salt Lake City and others, that would probably connect to one from Tennessee. I assume the OP will be renting a car. Eugene has mountain biking trails in evergreen forests right next to town and bike shops that will rent wheels nearby. If you came in the first week of July, you could check out the Oregon Country Fair, the last outpost of world-class hippiedom.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Bar Harbor area in Northern, coastal Maine?
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:48 AM
 
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Fly into Albany NY.
Rent a car and go over the mountain to Bennington VT. Take in the sights, including the local museum ()Clark Art Institute) and the Bennington Monument. Stay around town for one night to enjoy the local ambiance and then get over to Route 100.
Drive north on Route 100 taking in the small towns and the lush greenery.
Take Route 100 all the way to Stowe and Jay Peak. Maybe do 30 miles per day or so.
At the end, get over to Burlington and enjoy a day on/around Lake Champlain.
Fly out of Burlington, or zip down I-87 to Albany to enjoy a round trip flight back home.
Ticks all your boxes except, maybe ( I don't know if they are legally friendly or not), a little 420. But VT has plenty of that so you can easily hook up when you arrive.
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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Maine is beautiful, especially in the summer. I've heard Portland is a fun place to explore, although I haven't been there for many years, so someone else might want to confirm that. I sure had fun there back when I visited, though. Another town I really enjoyed was Brattleboro VT.
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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San Diego?
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:30 PM
 
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I haven't had a one week vacation since at least 2016 and am going to take one, possibly two, this summer. The first one is going to be mid-June and the second would be mid-August to Labor Day timeframe. I'd be flying out of a regional airport in Tennessee (possibly CLT if there is a several hundred dollar difference). I'll be traveling alone.

Things I'm interested in.

1) Nature photography/hiking/mountain biking.
2) Craft beer
3) Swimming
4) Some city sightseeing - not huge into plays, museums, or high culture. I probably wouldn't spend a lot of time in the city itself. Would definitely like to take in some concerts if something I'm interested in is there, but it's not a selling point.
5) Recreational marijuana.

Not interested in deserts, casinos, etc. Needs to be green/lush. Not really interested in anything in the South.

I'm thinking perhaps around SFO/Napa for the scenery and such. Possibly Seattle/Cascades/Hoh Rainforest. I've never been to the Pacific Coast.

A family member recommended Denver, but not sure if it would check the green/lush thing.

I've been to Boston and Maine - that's still an option. New England in the summer sounds amazing.

Any other recommendations?
I think San Diego fits this to a t! More so than SFO/Napa, which will have no swimming, but the wine is excellent.

1) Nature photography/hiking/mountain biking. - Beautiful coast, mountains, lots of mtn biking and hiking. Awesome weather, though June can be foggy near the coast.
2) Craft beer - Best in the world!!
3) Swimming - Ocean swimming in August, Sept. Maybe June if you're hearty.
4) Some city sightseeing - not huge into plays, museums, or high culture. I probably wouldn't spend a lot of time in the city itself. Would definitely like to take in some concerts if something I'm interested in is there, but it's not a selling point. - Decent amount of urban culture. A number of good music venues, big theatre scene. Balboa Park.
5) Recreational marijuana. - Legal in CA.
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Old 04-11-2019, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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I haven't had a one week vacation since at least 2016 and am going to take one, possibly two, this summer. The first one is going to be mid-June and the second would be mid-August to Labor Day timeframe. I'd be flying out of a regional airport in Tennessee (possibly CLT if there is a several hundred dollar difference). I'll be traveling alone.

Things I'm interested in.

1) Nature photography/hiking/mountain biking.
2) Craft beer
3) Swimming
4) Some city sightseeing - not huge into plays, museums, or high culture. I probably wouldn't spend a lot of time in the city itself. Would definitely like to take in some concerts if something I'm interested in is there, but it's not a selling point.
5) Recreational marijuana.
Estes Park, Colorado. Rent a cabin by the river. Lots of hiking, photography opportunities, legalized marijuana, you could visit Denver and Red Rocks, go to Golden and Boulder, lots of craft beers, lots of great mountain biking trails.
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Old 04-12-2019, 05:38 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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"Join us for a weekend to celebrate all that our region has to offer including work of local farmers, chefs, winemakers, brewers and artists! There will be live music and demonstrations throughout the weekend."- https://www.evensi.us/fare-ware-fest...park/287710529

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An hour to Buffalo or Rochester
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