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Old 08-31-2008, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Quebec city, Canada is fun for all. Not sure where in MA you are, but it shouldn't be a bad drive. You could take a break in Montreal, if you like. So much history and charm in Quebec city. Lots of people this time of the year as well.
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Old 08-31-2008, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Kauai, HI
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I actually dislike both OBX and Myrtle Beach. I would agree that the water is nicer in Myrtle Beach, but it is so crowded and touristy! I HATE the summer weather in OBX and kind of feel like it is overrated- I don't really know why but everyone in PA would make such a big deal out of it and it really isn't anything better than the Jersey shore...

Now, I would say the best vaca spot (if you could afford it) is Hawaii. Oahu is a great historical place and Waikiki is a great calm beach. Big Island has the volcanoes (how cool is that for kids?), and both Maui and Kauai have a lot of outdoorsy activities that kids would love (ziplining anyone?) Plus, the food and culture of Hawaii is really interesting, which would appeal to families. Truly, Hawaii offers that truly memorable vacation experience!
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Old 08-31-2008, 08:25 PM
 
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The outer banks are so much more laid back then Myrtle Beach. We've been to Duck, Corolla and Holden Beach and my son just got back from Emerald Isle http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ All were very nice. One year we went to Williamsburg and then stayed for two days at Tangier Island: Tangier Island Guide: Tangier Island - A Chesapeake Bay Island Bed and Breakfasts, Restaurants, Transportation, Marina, Airport, Accommodations This place is VERY laid back.
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:42 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I actually dislike both OBX and Myrtle Beach. I would agree that the water is nicer in Myrtle Beach, but it is so crowded and touristy! I HATE the summer weather in OBX and kind of feel like it is overrated- I don't really know why but everyone in PA would make such a big deal out of it and it really isn't anything better than the Jersey shore...

Now, I would say the best vaca spot (if you could afford it) is Hawaii. Oahu is a great historical place and Waikiki is a great calm beach. Big Island has the volcanoes (how cool is that for kids?), and both Maui and Kauai have a lot of outdoorsy activities that kids would love (ziplining anyone?) Plus, the food and culture of Hawaii is really interesting, which would appeal to families. Truly, Hawaii offers that truly memorable vacation experience!
We spent last Labor Day in North Myrtle Beach. Then a few weeks later we went with some family to Myrtle Beach. I'll take North Myrtle anytime! A lot cleaner. We had a great time!
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:50 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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If you want a great amusement park vacation for the family, check out Holiday World, in Santa Claus, In. It's in SW Indiana just off I-64 near Evansville, In. Couldn't tell people can't afford to go on vacation this year around there. Already had over 1 million. They have one of the top roller coasters in the world and next year they have a new water ride! It's listed as the world's tallest water ride. You get in a boat (like a log flume) and an elevator lifts the boat 135 feet and you slide down 131 ft at a 45 degree angle to hit the pool. Go to Welcome to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana! and check out Pilgrims Plunge. You can take virtual ride. Check out the Voyage too! Top coaster in the world last year. Plus the park has free unlimited soft drinks!

Never could tell I love the park! lol
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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How about a cruise?
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:00 PM
 
Location: mass
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Quebec city, Canada is fun for all. Not sure where in MA you are, but it shouldn't be a bad drive. You could take a break in Montreal, if you like. So much history and charm in Quebec city. Lots of people this time of the year as well.
I looooove Quebec City! We have a camp in Northern Maine and Quebec City is about 2.5 hours away from it. We have always enjoyed going up there, I love Vieux Quebec. I am dreaming of staying in the Chateaux Frontenac! Someday I will....................
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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If you want to have some family fun, see some fantastic scenery, enjoy historical spots, then do the Grand Canyon, then up to Lake Powell, over to Bryce Canyon and surrounding areas. You'll probably never see anything more beautiful. Plenty to do for kids and adults. You can google any of these places to see what I mean.
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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KANSAS
Wait. Don't laugh. Take along a couple of tents and a coleman stove, and grab some pots and pans and dishes and spoons at a thrift shop.

Most towns in Kansas have a funky museum of some kind, like a barbed wire musrum or a hub-cap museum. Kids can cmpete to find the goofiest tourist attractions.

Every county in eastern Kansas and quite a few in western Kansas have a "State Fishing Lake", a nice shaded area where there is free camping, but usually without any facilities except maybe picnic tables.

People in Kansas are unbelievably friendly. If you get out of the car to stretch, the first car along will stop and ask if you need help. And the second and the third. They really mean that they weill help---they're not being nosey or suspicious. The downside is that they might talk to you for an hour. Usually about government farm policy and banks.

Stay off the interstates and even the main highways. Just find your way along on county roads, which are unnumbered and all on the state road map. Gravel is OK, but never drive on a dirt road when it is wet. You can't get lost, because they run like a checkerboard. Do not pick wild marijuana along the side of the road, the sheriff will impound your car.

Well, at least spend a few days driving through, instead of lashing the wheel and running from Kansas City to Denver at 80 with two pee stops.

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Old 09-22-2008, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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I second Becky, do a cruise. Best bang for your buck
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