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Old 06-04-2019, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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Way back in the '80s, you could visit the White House. I didn't even need to reserve ticket in advance, just lined up at the gate in the morning. But the premises was only partially opened to public. By then the guide always joked that we could come across President Reagen or the First Lady Nancy.

One of the most interesting places to visit in DC is the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In the '80s I could buy an entire sheet of $2 bill. In the subsequent visits, it always ran out and only $1 sheet remains.

I have also been long time repeated visitors to NYC. In the '80s I already watched "Cats" off Broadway. Surprisingly it was back on Broadway again 30+ years afterward. As a ritual, I watched one Broadway show per visit. But too bad "Hamilton" and "Wicked" were never on discount. And of course, devouring New York Cheesecake at Junior's is a must.
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:30 AM
 
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Way back in the '80s, you could visit the White House. I didn't even need to reserve ticket in advance, just lined up at the gate in the morning. But the premises was only partially opened to public.
I visited the White House a couple of times as a child when one just lined up to do so. It is a similar situation to the Statue of Liberty where before 9/11 one just lined up on Liberty Island to either visit the pedestal or the crown without having to have a reservation in advance.
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:33 AM
 
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Nothing wrong with solo travel.
Yes I traveled with a singles group for several years. Thereís also a lot of meet upĎs for things that are local day trips.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:49 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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One place that I didn’t see mentioned in this thread is Cumberland, Maryland.

I guess a lot of people don’t head over there. It is a neat Appalachian city that was the first military headquarters of George Washington during the French and Indian war. It used to be the 2nd largest city in Maryland, was mined for coal and served as a railroad junction between Washington DC and the Midwest.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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When I lived in DC I didnít have a car, nor any need for one.
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Many people in the NYC area also don't have cars and that can make it more difficult for one to do day trips outside the immediate metro area.
I think that it's actually pretty easy to do day trips from both of these areas without cars, both cities have very affordable bus services that drop you off near mass transit centers in NYC, DC, and Philly. I have taken an early morning bus up to New York, seen an afternoon show and taken an evening bus back home.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:03 AM
 
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I think that it's actually pretty easy to do day trips from both of these areas without cars, both cities have very affordable bus services that drop you off near mass transit centers in NYC, DC, and Philly. I have taken an early morning bus up to New York, seen an afternoon show and taken an evening bus back home.
Iíve only taken a Greyhound when Iíve gone to NYC as I would be terrified to drive there. Plus itís cheaper than the gas, tolls and parking would be.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:05 AM
 
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Iíve only taken a Greyhound when Iíve gone to NYC as I would be terrified to drive there. Plus itís cheaper than the gas, tolls and parking would be.
Yup. Can get bus tickets for like $30.
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Old 06-05-2019, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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Another favorite day trip from NYC in the '80s was Atlantic City. You could go buy a $5 round trip coach bus ticket subsidized by casinos from many travel agencies in NYC. The bus departed in early morning and every passenger was given $20 cash and $30 dining voucher at certain casino on board. The bus left Atlantic City back to NYC in late afternoon.

You could easily kill time by strolling on the Beach Walk and ate at the casino and saved that $20. But with so many casinos closing lately, I wonder if they still offer such perks.
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Old 06-05-2019, 01:25 PM
 
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Another favorite day trip from NYC in the '80s was Atlantic City. You could go buy a $5 round trip coach bus ticket subsidized by casinos from many travel agencies in NYC. The bus departed in early morning and every passenger was given $20 cash and $30 dining voucher at certain casino on board. The bus left Atlantic City back to NYC in late afternoon.

You could easily kill time by strolling on the Beach Walk and ate at the casino and saved that $20. But with so many casinos closing lately, I wonder if they still offer such perks.
AC is not what it used to be.
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Old 06-05-2019, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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The media says travel and tourism are booming but I talk to very few people who have been anywhere interesting. I live in Washington DC and I think one of the best things about living here is all the interesting things to see in the City and 250-300 miles around.

Within 300 miles of Washington DC a person looking for a long weekend vacation could visit:

New York City
Philadelphia
Scenic areas in West Virginia, Shenandoah National Park and Western MD (Deep Creek Lake, etc.), Poconos, Catskills, etc.
Annapolis
Ocean City, Virginia Beach
Civil War Sites and Museums such as Gettysburg PA

I could go on and on. But when I talk to people about my great weekend trip to places like this, they can't relate and say they had never been to most of those places.

Have your friends, neighbors, and coworkers been to the many interesting weekend trip destinations near where you live?

I have never lived in DC but have traveled there for business quite a bit. Actually, if I lived in DC for say a year, I doubt I would see all the sights in DC, not even just the ones you can reach with the Metro. That's assuming I was there for work. Most DC jobs are fairly high-stress, cut out for a Type A person. Hard to get it all done in just 40 hours, consistently at least.



The thing I like about DC is how you can leave your car parked, and just go around on Metro - while I am a car guy to the core, I hate urban driving and DC is maybe the worst driving environment in the US.
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