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1. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

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I've been thinking about this, and while I love Northern California--and LA, and New York, and Seattle, and Washington D.C., and New Orleans, and the Grand Canyon, and Monument Valley and the amusement parks in Orlando; I think I would have to vote Las Vegas as the most interesting spot in the US.

What does everybody else think?

2. Posted by jazzdog (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Well it depends of the time of year.

If your planning your trip now for September and October then New England has to be towards the top of the list. With Cape Cod and great beaches, or the White Mountains for hiking, or Boston as probably the most historic area in the whole nation, and whale watching in its height of the season, then my vote would go to this area.

But taking nothing away from the Grand Canyon or Yosemite, or San Francisco.

Las Vegas just doesn't figure on my list I'm afraid. Not my type of town.

Best

3. Posted by jzurdogo (Full Member 14 posts) 11y

To me Las Vegas is the least interesting place in the US. It is all glitter and glamor but no substance. When I get off the plane in Las Vegas, I enjoy myself for the first 10 minutes, then it's dead boring. Las Vegas is all about illusion, the illusion of fun, the illusion of money, the illusion of fortune. Once you've seen one glittering casino, you've seen them all. Then what, spend your days and nights in front of the nickle slots until you can hardly sit in your chair without falling asleep.

4. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 11y

Controversial choice! As it's not a natural wonder, I would probably choose something else, but Las Vegas is definitely worth a visit.
It most definitely isn't my type of town. However, if you suspend your cynicism for a few days and just chill, it can be fun. I have only been once though, so maybe the novelty isn't there second time around.
An interesting thing I did not expect, was that I preferred Vegas's in-your-face commercialism to the Asian method of pestering you to death until you buy something. I got sick of having to avoid people on the pavements of Thailand and Hong Kong and could never relax. At least in Vegas, everybody knows why you're there and you take as little or as much as you want.
Sure, the slots are boring after three days, but if you like walking up and down the strip, if you've got kids to entertain, if you want to go shopping, if you want to take a flight over the Grand Canyon, there's enough to make a memorable week's holiday there.

5. Posted by tovarich (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

For us europeans the american cities are not so interesting. When I would have to chose I would take the National parks any time. For cities San Francisco and Boston. Las Vegas is an illusion. We came from Springdale near Zion nat. Park and drove to L. Vegas and left the following day. Paul

6. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting jzurdogo

To me Las Vegas is the least interesting place in the US. It is all glitter and glamor but no substance. When I get off the plane in Las Vegas, I enjoy myself for the first 10 minutes, then it's dead boring. Las Vegas is all about illusion, the illusion of fun, the illusion of money, the illusion of fortune. Once you've seen one glittering casino, you've seen them all. Then what, spend your days and nights in front of the nickle slots until you can hardly sit in your chair without falling asleep.

I couldnt agree with this posting more. If you arent into gambling, Las Vegas is a total waste of time...BELIEVE ME!! I know...

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I think one of the things that Europeans and other foreigners appreciate more is nature here in the US. We got nothing on their amazing old cities...then again there is always New York City, you cant go wrong with that, you must visit it at least once.

If I had to pick a place to visit, it would be the Grand Canyon, white water rafting, hiking, canoeing, camping, etc. TOTAL nature! :)

8. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 70 posts) 11y

I notice that whenever people post about natural wonders they generally go for the West. I admit there are spectacular wonders out there that will rival any other in the world. However, I would like to remind people that some of the oldest mountains in the world are on the East Coast. These mountains who in their prime would have rivaled the Rockies in their grandeur.

The New River Gorge out in West Virginia is an awesome place. Great hiking, climbing and white water rafting. In fact The New and Gulley River are the 2nd best places to white water raft in the US, only after the Grand Canyon. The only reason the Grand Canyon is rated higher is because you can't beat the scenery, however the Gulley is a more technical river. On Bridge Day in October, they shut the New River bridge down and have festivities on it, inlcuding BASE jumping and Bungie jumping.

The East has the Appalachian Trail that runs from Georgia to Maine; a trail full of natural wonders.

You can't say you've visited America until you been to the midwest. That is truly the heartland of this country. As much as the cosmopolitans you meet in NY and LA think they are American, they are worldly, cynical and jaded. The midwest is as the country was, patriotic, hard working, hospitable and at times isolationalist and backwards. Characteristics that make this country respected and hated around the world.

As for Las Vegas, there are tons to do outside of LV. Red Rocks national park is there (plan to go climbing there this fall..). Area 51 is in the area, Joshua Tree is a short hop across the border in CA.

If you want me to choose the best place to visit in the US, I'd say Colorado. Rolling plains/plateaus that end at the majestic Rocky Mountains.

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

My vote is for the Grand Canyon. It's just too darned amazing to be competed with. Las Vegas would be one place I would be quite happy never to visit again.

10. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

Hard to say, Cal. I went and saw the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas in the same day. And as each was spectacular in and of themselves I really don't think that I would like to talk of them in the same sentences. Although, as far as interesting goes - I think Las Vegas would have my ADHD brain far more tweaked than the Grand Canyon. But that is my kinda hyperactive, attention disorder starved, life-of a-chef brain that would love all that fantastic input coming from everywhere all at once. I mean there is so much to see in Las Vegas and so much to do from the good to the bad.

I haven't been to LA but I think that would be pretty awesome in the same way. And, of course, NY city never sleeps! Truly whatever you want to do at any hour - just do it, baby! Although, I have never been overseas - I believe that Tokyo might be very similar. As far as America goes and as many interesting things as I've seen - and I've been from VT to Key West out to the top of a peak on the Continental Divide in Colorado. HHhhhmmm ... choices, choices - interesting spot - well, right on Market Street in San Francisco. There are so many tourists and people and things to do and cool laid back, friendly people. Its pretty cool. (I didn't get to cruise the strip in Las Vegas so I cannot use that but I think that would be pretty close.)

Cool Cruisin' Cal!