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Old 04-26-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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I'm looking for the best bang for my buck. I want to visit somewhere that has some great outdoor adventures in either summer or winter (hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, snowmobiling, skiing, ect.) along with an absolutely awesome nightlife. You know the kind of place where you play all day and all night and you need a vacation after that vacation just to recuperate. Somewhere the younger crowd (20-somethings) will flock to over winter/spring/summer breaks or the party holidays like St Patrick's day. Anyone have a place that they just couldn't forget how much fun they had?? Where and why??
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:10 PM
 
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Perhaps Saratoga Springs or Ithaca.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Probably Luckenbach, Texas. Population zero, unless Waylon and Willie are there. Another fun ghost town is Terlingua.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Yuzawa, Akita, Japan
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La Crosse, Wisconsin.

It's a small city smashed between the bluffs (steep hills) and the Mississippi River. It has a metro of about 120,000 smashed between 28 streets at it's widest so it's dense, architecturally interesting, and right up against the river and the hills. If you want to go hiking, head toward the hills (especially in fall), if you want to go boating or swimming, head toward the Mississippi River and the sandy islands within it. At least, that's what I did! There's a small ski hill, plenty of water to kayak on and you can rent equipment from the Outdoor Connection store at the local university.

The night life is fantastic. It has the world record for the most bars per capita. In the downtown area, off the top of my head, there are something like 30 bars in about a two block stretch of three roads. A lot of people from Wisconsin spend their bachelor or bachelorette party there because the bars are actually quite nice. Each one does a different special each night and has a different feel. You're probably looking at spending $2 for a tap beer or $3.50 for a bottle because of the competition and the low alcohol tax in Wisconsin. Most people hop around between the establishments to find the one they like the best (my recommendation, Bodega, Topshots or Dell's). Closing time is at 2:30am with hotels generally within a block.

If drinking isn't your thing, there are three weekly music venues at the Root Note, the Warehouse, and the Starlite Lounge. Root Note is a hippy-ish coffee shop with jazz on Tuesdays and open mic on Thursdays. the Warehouse is more of a punk, metal, or rock venue nearby. The Starlite Lounge has jazz on Thursdays and some great cocktails. The La Crosse Center also gets concerts from time to time.

It's maintained its intense level of fun and cool because there are two universities, three colleges, and a military base in the vicinity. There are a lot of young people. I went to school there and I haven't found a place where I've enjoyed my days and nights better yet. They're either too expensive, too spaced apart, or make you pay a fee to get in. Nope, if you're looking for a fun place, head to La Crosse; one of the Midwest's best kept secrets.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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I'm looking for the best bang for my buck. I want to visit somewhere that has some great outdoor adventures in either summer or winter (hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, snowmobiling, skiing, ect.) along with an absolutely awesome nightlife.
Whistler Village, BC in the summer. Nothing in my state fits the bill*, but Whistler is close enough to a huge population here. Whistler in winter is excellent too, just way more expensive.

* - except George, WA during certain concerts, and the nightlife is at campgrounds.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:42 PM
 
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La Crosse, Wisconsin.


The night life is fantastic. It has the world record for the most bars per capita. In the downtown area, off the top of my head, there are something like 30 bars in about a two block stretch of three roads. .
Not even close, not even close to the state record. Hurley, Wisconsin (pop. 1,509) has 47 bars in a four block stretch of Silver Street. Any town in Wisconsin that is proud of its bars calls them taverns. 47 is the reported number, but I can't verify it -- only 25 of them have a telephone listing in the yellow pages, but a lot of taverns don't have listed numbers. Even if it's 25, that is one for every 60 residents.

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Old 04-27-2012, 05:06 PM
 
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Whistler Village, BC in the summer. Nothing in my state fits the bill*, but Whistler is close enough to a huge population here. Whistler in winter is excellent too, just way more expensive.

* - except George, WA during certain concerts, and the nightlife is at campgrounds.
Whistler is absolutely gorgeous and has the best fun outdoorsy-life! However, I wouldn't exactly call it the best value vacation. It's a fun place to splurge ... and most tourists seem to have very deep wallets.

What about Denver or Colorado Springs? I think the most fun adventures I've had are on roadtrips/in the middle of nowhere. Nevada, Utah, even Nebraska have some beautiful campgrounds. Arizona is quite nice in the spring too - and cheap!
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:59 PM
 
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It's not your definition of fun, but the most glee per capita is Pigeon Forge TN.

For winter sports and bars you'd go to Gatlinburg. Not world class by 20 something party animal standards but the rest of america flocks there in droves.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:08 PM
 
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Whistler is absolutely gorgeous and has the best fun outdoorsy-life! However, I wouldn't exactly call it the best value vacation.
Which is why I said in the summer. Great deals there outside of the peak ski season.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Yuzawa, Akita, Japan
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Not even close, not even close to the state record. Hurley, Wisconsin (pop. 1,509) has 47 bars in a four block stretch of Silver Street. Any town in Wisconsin that is proud of its bars calls them taverns. 47 is the reported number, but I can't verify it -- only 25 of them have a telephone listing in the yellow pages, but a lot of taverns don't have listed numbers. Even if it's 25, that is one for every 60 residents.
Whoops! I guess I ate the hype! Regardless, it still has a fantastic night life and, in my opinion, the bars a quite a bit better than the ones in Hurley.
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