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Crazy Canuck
Jan 2nd, 2006, 11:57 AM
I'm planning on doing some travelling by bus in late February or early March. I will have a couple months to do so, and want to see as much as I can :) I have friends on both coasts of Canada. I will also be going to LA and maybe Miami at various points.

However, I can't think of too many places in the interior that I'd like to visit. A friend told me to see Austin, TX, and I want to see Chicago for myself.... but aside from those two, almost everything that I have planned is on the coast or near the gulf :confused:

Any recommendations? :) General ones are welcome too, they don't just have to be for cities in the interior!

Lee-Waters' Boy
Jan 2nd, 2006, 01:43 PM
what kind of things do you like to do? Do you want cities with a great night life? do you like casinos? do you prefer to do the whole tourist thing and visit landmarks?

Pengttaya
Jan 2nd, 2006, 01:50 PM
If you like Scenic stuff go to Arizona :D

Majeka
Jan 2nd, 2006, 01:54 PM
You should visit San Antonio. It's a beautiful city. :D So is Atlanta.

Rocketta
Jan 2nd, 2006, 02:55 PM
hmmm, Myrtle Beach & Charleston both in SC... The Outer banks of NC. Las vegas is always good. San Francisco is also nice.

As far as teh interior...I always wanted to go St. Louis, the Grand Canyon, mt. Rushmore, and take a river cruise up the Mississippi river.

Justeenium
Jan 2nd, 2006, 02:58 PM
Houston, it has tons of stuff to do.






LOL just kidding

Crazy Canuck
Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:07 PM
what kind of things do you like to do? Do you want cities with a great night life? do you like casinos? do you prefer to do the whole tourist thing and visit landmarks?

I'd like to try a bit of everything this trip. I will be on a budget, so my casino experience will be limited but I intend to try one out in Las Vegas at some point since I should be in that neck of the woods anyways. I'm not HUGE on visiting landmarks and blah, I prefer to just sit and have a coffee at a local park and people watch ;) But I will make time for a few things, I imagine. I love museums, btw, so if anybody has any ideas on that note keep me posted!

Thanks for the input, everybody :)

Paldias
Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:11 PM
Toronto - Jane & Finch :rolls:

Crazy Canuck
Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:12 PM
Toronto - Jane & Finch :rolls:
Why go all the way out to Jane and Finch when you can get shot downtown these days?

Paldias
Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:13 PM
Why go all the way out to Jane and Finch when you can get shot downtown these days?

How could I forget! :o :tape:

Crazy Canuck
Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:15 PM
How could I forget! :o :tape:
Young and Dundas it is!

germex
Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:33 PM
If you make it to Austin, I highly recommend to drop an hour south to San Antonio. Also, I dont know if like crowded places but I definetly recommend going to New York.

Crazy Canuck
Jan 2nd, 2006, 04:22 PM
If you make it to Austin, I highly recommend to drop an hour south to San Antonio. Also, I dont know if like crowded places but I definetly recommend going to New York.
Thanks, I'll look into San Antonio. Anything special I should do there :) If it's that close I would probably just go for the day to save switching hostels.

I loooove New York City, I go every summer. But yes, I'll go again anyways! I'm thinking it will be one of my last stops before going home. Thanks for suggesting it anyways :)

CanadianBoy21
Jan 2nd, 2006, 04:31 PM
There is a corn field in Alberta. very nice. go see it.

Wiggly
Jan 2nd, 2006, 04:32 PM
Never go on New Brunswick, sooooooooooooooooooooooo boring :tape:

Majeka
Jan 2nd, 2006, 04:36 PM
Thanks, I'll look into San Antonio. Anything special I should do there :) If it's that close I would probably just go for the day to save switching hostels.


I'm not too sure if you are into historical sights but even if you aren't into them the Alamo is something that is worth checking out in San Antonio.

They also have some museums there like the Fort Sam Houston Museum that chronicles the growth and development of the post from 1845, when the post occupied the historic Alamo, up to the present.
And the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum. It's an old bar with a wax museum.
The Guinness Book of World Records museum is in San Antonio too and art galleries and so on.

The Riverwalk is what I liked best about San Antonio. It is bordered by beautiful trees and flowers, as well as a pathway that winds along with the river. :hearts:

Tratree
Jan 2nd, 2006, 04:39 PM
Museum-wise in LA you will want to visit the Getty, which is tremendous. The Museum of Tolerance is also a profound experience. There's always the amusement parks (Disneyland, Universal, Knotts) if you like that, but they can get expensive. If you're out here in early March, Indian Wells is about two hours east of LA if you want to see some tennis. Hollywood is a fun visit with Mann's Chinese Theater and the Hollywood and Highland complex (an outdoor mall complex and home to Kodak Theater, home of the Oscars).

Drake1980
Jan 2nd, 2006, 04:39 PM
Quebec City is beautiful, you should also try to go to the Indian Wells tournament in early March!

fnuf7
Jan 2nd, 2006, 04:52 PM
I went on a tiny tour of the US with a friend this summer, would definitely suggest the classic tourist places of New York (for many obvious reasons :D) and The Grand Canyon (cos it's astounding!). But also I loved Chicago and Las Vegas (the Bellagio fountains are worth a trip on their own, let alone all the other crazy things in Vegas :lol: )

Chicago's got a really nice vibe to it, not as busy/rushed as New York felt, but had a whole architectural thing to it and some v cool jazz/blues clubs/bars. Loved it there and wished we'd spent more time there!

Also loved LA but that's mainly cos I'm a film geek so got all excited by anything to do with Hollywood :D. The Hollywood history is really cool! :cool:

CoryAnnAvants#1
Jan 2nd, 2006, 05:39 PM
I would say:

Boston
New York City
Philadelphia
Washington. D.C.
Pittsburgh (really pretty although not much to do)
Columbus (almost shockingly liberal, especially for Ohio, great gay scene)
Seattle
Vancouver
San Francisco
Tucson (if you're into the scenery)
Chicago
Miami
Nashville
Atlanta

This all depends on how much time you have, but definitely visit Boston and Chicago if you can.

MisterQ
Jan 2nd, 2006, 05:49 PM
So many places to recommend...

The Pacific Northwest is just amazing. Portland, Oregon is a really mellow, healthy, beautiful city. Maybe not as exciting as Seattle, but very pleasant. It is close to Mt. Hood and the Cascade volcanos, and also only a couple of hours from the Oregon coast. If you are into natural beauty, it's hard to top that coastline. Most of it is protected, so houses and camps are set back away from the beach. The ocean and the rocky coast are breathtaking. And it's not overpopulated.

Crazy Canuck
Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:09 PM
I would say:

Boston
New York City
Philadelphia
Washington. D.C.
Pittsburgh (really pretty although not much to do)
Columbus (almost shockingly liberal, especially for Ohio, great gay scene)
Seattle
Vancouver
San Francisco
Tucson (if you're into the scenery)
Chicago
Miami
Nashville
Atlanta

This all depends on how much time you have, but definitely visit Boston and Chicago if you can.
I'm glad somebody brought up Pittsburgh. I was debating stopping there for a Penguins game.

Rocketta
Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:11 PM
If you're into museums then Washington DC is a must....The Smithsonian, Holocaust museum....some other things....The Tomb of the unknown soldier (who they finally know his name), MKL memorial, etc. etc.

GBFH
Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:16 PM
I'm glad somebody brought up Pittsburgh. I was debating stopping there for a Penguins game.

:hehehe:

san antonio...houston (albeit jokingly)...austin...nobody's got any love for big d?

DALLAS!

my goodness rebecca...i'm shocked you wouldn't come by to see your own wife :sad:

MisterQ
Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:24 PM
I'm glad somebody brought up Pittsburgh. I was debating stopping there for a Penguins game.

I have visited Pittsburgh and had a really nice impression. Far from the industrial stereotype I had pictured.

Wiggly
Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:32 PM
Vancouver is an amazing city, best city of Americas :)

angele87
Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:45 PM
You could come visit me in Cape Breton... ;) But seriously, the Cabot Trail is gorgeous in the summer/fall :D

drake3781
Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:53 PM
I suggest you check out Contiki Tours - its for 18-35 age group and a lot of fun. Basically they arrange the bus and hotels, some meals, and some tours, but you also get a lot of time to do things on your own. It makes it really easy. I went on one in Europe and would definitely do it agan, even though I'm not a "tour" person usually when I travel. And the prices are good... you will probably spend more doing it on your own.

And even if you don't go on their tour, check out their itineraries, since these are pre-made plans to see the highlights.

http://www.contiki.com/en-CA/Tours/America/

(this is the America page, go to Home and select another region for those interested in other places.)

bw2082
Jan 2nd, 2006, 07:12 PM
san francisco, las vegas, philadelphia, washington, new york, boston, seattle

Crazy Canuck
Jan 2nd, 2006, 07:44 PM
You could come visit me in Cape Breton... ;) But seriously, the Cabot Trail is gorgeous in the summer/fall :D
I have a friend in Halifax and will certainly be in the region :)

Crazy Canuck
Jan 2nd, 2006, 07:46 PM
:hehehe:

Okay, so I was actually going to go there so that I could sit outside Mario's house with a "Marry me, Sidney" sign. So what? It's not like I'll be the only one :rolleyes: Or even the oldest :hehehe:

san antonio...houston (albeit jokingly)...austin...nobody's got any love for big d?

DALLAS!

my goodness rebecca...i'm shocked you wouldn't come by to see your own wife :sad:

I can if you'd like :p STARS STARS STARS. Let's hear it for Toronto making a run at Turco in the offseason :angel:

beauty_is_pink
Jan 2nd, 2006, 07:52 PM
obviously Toronto :p
downtown rocks

Crazy Canuck
Jan 2nd, 2006, 07:56 PM
I should probably clarify that I grew up 1.5 hours from Toronto and went to university in Guelph. I've been to Toronto 1231232 times ;)

But thanks for the suggestion, you didn't know that. :)

Stamp Paid
Jan 2nd, 2006, 08:23 PM
Atlanta is a pretty cool place to visit, especially with the High museum of Art, the Woodruff arts Center, the Carlos Museum of Antiquity at Emory University, all easily acceptable by public transit. As far as parks, you have Grant Park, Chastain Park, which is beautiful, and Piedmont Park. Tons of places to play tennis. Then you have the MLK Jr. National Historic Site, the Atlanta History Center (which is an amazing museum). Plus tons of malls, the best one being Lenox mall.

Also, you should think about Memphis. With Beale Street for good jazz, a lot of good malls, lots of good places to eat, and the National Civil Rights Museum is there too.

Stamp Paid
Jan 2nd, 2006, 08:24 PM
You could also go to www.lonelyplanet.com and click on the US to find what to do in major and some minor US cities. :)

Rtael
Jan 2nd, 2006, 08:28 PM
If you're into museums then Washington DC is a must....The Smithsonian, Holocaust museum....some other things....The Tomb of the unknown soldier (who they finally know his name), MKL memorial, etc. etc.


I'll second this. All the museums there are free too, as opposed to Chicago where they cost an arm and a leg...and a couple fingers from your other arm.

Dawn Marie
Jan 2nd, 2006, 09:36 PM
Miami/Orlando for culture and beaches and Disney World/Universal Studios. Also you'll find alot of differnt cultural events. I am going in July and want to see "Splendid China" and "Bush Gardens" in Tampa.

Seattle

Vancouver

Chicago. If you love New York you'll adore the Windy City. Alot of culture. Jazz nice and nice resturants.

Atlanta

New Orlreans. Culture.

Boston

Atlantic City

~SunFlower~
Jan 2nd, 2006, 10:07 PM
You definitely should visit Vancouver and Whistler... the most beautiful places to visit which is why they will host Olympics 2010... :yeah:

moon
Jan 2nd, 2006, 11:24 PM
If you're gonna go to Vegas, then you should definitely go to the grand Canyon.
It's AMAZING. Plus, I believe there is a bus, that goes there from Vegas.

angele87
Jan 2nd, 2006, 11:38 PM
I have a friend in Halifax and will certainly be in the region :)
That's cool... have you ever been to Nova Scotia? Also, my earlier should of course say the Cabot Trail is gorgeous is spring/summer ( as well as in the fall but that doesn't apply to your trip lol).

ampers&
Jan 2nd, 2006, 11:49 PM
Camden, New Jersey.
it's so beautiful at night. :)

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 2nd, 2006, 11:59 PM
Salt Lake City, down in Utah where the buffalo roams...

bw2082
Jan 2nd, 2006, 11:59 PM
Camden, New Jersey.
it's so beautiful at night. :)

:o :lol: I got lost there once at night when coming back to Philadelphia from New York :scared:

ampers&
Jan 3rd, 2006, 12:03 AM
:o :lol: I got lost there once at night when coming back to Philadelphia from New York :scared:
lol...did you shit your pants?:p

Stamp Paid
Jan 3rd, 2006, 12:12 AM
Camden, New Jersey.
it's so beautiful at night. :)

LMAO

bw2082
Jan 3rd, 2006, 12:28 AM
lol...did you shit your pants?:p

well I was lost so I dind't know I was there till I saw a Camden Ford dealership :haha:

Crazy Canuck
Jan 3rd, 2006, 02:42 AM
That's cool... have you ever been to Nova Scotia? Also, my earlier should of course say the Cabot Trail is gorgeous is spring/summer ( as well as in the fall but that doesn't apply to your trip lol).
I've been, but was a toddler at the time!

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jan 3rd, 2006, 08:21 AM
come to Washington D.C. and we'll party!

Crazy Canuck
Jan 3rd, 2006, 11:24 AM
I suggest you check out Contiki Tours - its for 18-35 age group and a lot of fun. Basically they arrange the bus and hotels, some meals, and some tours, but you also get a lot of time to do things on your own. It makes it really easy. I went on one in Europe and would definitely do it agan, even though I'm not a "tour" person usually when I travel. And the prices are good... you will probably spend more doing it on your own.

And even if you don't go on their tour, check out their itineraries, since these are pre-made plans to see the highlights.

http://www.contiki.com/en-CA/Tours/America/

(this is the America page, go to Home and select another region for those interested in other places.)
Hey,

I actually have people to stay with at a few locations and will be purchasing a single bus ticket which expires after a certain period of time but lets me go anywhere in the meantime... so it's actually cheaper for me to do it this way.

However, I have bookmarked the site to see what places they check out as that may be a useful resource. Thanks :)