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Old 06-21-2017, 10:06 AM
 
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All fairly large countries have this same problem. People visit Toronto and think that is all of Canada.
People visit Paris, and think that is what France has to offer.
This is why anybody who says they hate a whole country has another agenda working. Personally, if I never go back to Paris again I won't feel shorted. However, most of the coast from Costa Brava to the Amalfi Coast has some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world. Also, unlike their countrymen to the north, the Southern French are some of the most hospitable people around. I'm in my element there.

I'll add that letting the political workings of a country interfere with one's holiday is silly and shortsighted.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:11 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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NYC is awesome but I wouldn't want to spend all that vacation time and money on a yearly trip there.
I think everybody who can should visit New York City once if only for the larger than life factor. It transcends nationality.

Even if someone doesn't really care for the U.S., it's still a must see.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:25 AM
 
Location: San Jose
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The US is large enough and varied enough that there will always be something for someone. I have found that the people who hate Americans the most have almost always never been here.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:26 AM
 
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Bin laden...
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:28 AM
 
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Bin laden...
Shark food.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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This is why anybody who says they hate a whole country has another agenda working. Personally, if I never go back to Paris again I won't feel shorted. However, most of the coast from Costa Brava to the Amalfi Coast has some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world. Also, unlike their countrymen to the north, the Southern French are some of the most hospitable people around. I'm in my element there.

I'll add that letting the political workings of a country interfere with one's holiday is silly and shortsighted.
Depends on the politics. North Korea isn't on my list.

Paris. Sigh. I don't hate it, but the longest I can last is a week...preferably four days before I want to get out and head south.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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My experience as a child were the opposite. Our trips were to Southern California where my grandparents and uncle lived were wonderful.

Usually by plane, once by train. Exciting for a kid in the 1960's.

Southern California back then seemed magical to me then. They still had orange groves in LA. Palm trees were fascinating to me, Disneyland, Knox Berry Farm, and burger places we didn't have back home like Jack in the Box.

Our grandparents spoiled us. We would go for rides before sunset in grandpa's big convertible Cadillac down Sunstet Blvd and the spots past movie and TV studios where some of my favourite shows were shot.

Ya, fond memories.

As an adult, I still enjoyed many trips to the states, but with adult eyes a lot of the glitter was lost.
Yeah, I was quite anti-American as a teen and a young adult.


Even with all of its faults apparent to me, I've warmed up to the U.S. tremendously as a destination and a country as an adult.


Since many of my more recent trips there have involved some historical aspects I've even come to appreciate the free enterprise "captains of industry" mythology and how so many people from down there were visionaries whose ambition ended up making the world a better place.


That's saying something for a social-democrat like me.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:47 AM
 
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Depends on the politics. North Korea isn't on my list.

Paris. Sigh. I don't hate it, but the longest I can last is a week...preferably four days before I want to get out and head south.
Well neither is Syria on mine, but you knew what I meant.
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:06 AM
 
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Why would any visitor hate this country?
Someone who's obsessed with old history wouldn't find it particularly interesting.

The US is vast and diverse, but that is one of its major shortcomings. Although it's to be expected from such a young country.

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Old 06-21-2017, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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The US is vast and diverse, but that is one of its major shortcomings.
Why would you consider this a shortcoming?
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