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21. Posted by JenniferR (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Is it worth going to see a baseball or ice-hokey game? And if so, where is best to go and how much would it cost?

22. Posted by Rhombus (Travel Guru 64 posts) 6y

Hi Melka. I've been travelling the US for the last 8 years on 1 to 3 month road trips. It looks like you are planning a more southern route around the states. I have a lot of info on a lot of different locations, but since I don't know what you do for fun, or like to see, I'll recommend scenic areas, and attractions I can think of for various states.

California: Joshua Tree N.P., Redwoods NP. Big Sur area, Los Osos (check out the oak preserve), Monterrey Check out the aquarium and get a pizza from Pizza my heart (the big sur is yummy). Take the coast north of San Fran. Winchester House is cool, but they rush you through it.

Oregon: Cape Blanco, Crater Lake NP, Check out Powell's books in Portland (if you like bookstores), Eat at the Otis Cafe in Otis. The Wallawa mountains are cool, also the Columbia River Gorge.

Washington: Palouse Falls in the Palouse area, Olympic National Park (Rialto Beach, Hoh Rain forest), Get some Irish Stew at Duffy's in Greys River. Hang out on the ocean at Cape Disapointment.

Arizona: Cochise Mountains, Hike up a volcano in Wuptaki Nat'l Mont. Hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, eat in Tucson at El Charro, hike around the rocky beauty of Chiricahua N.M.

New Mexico: Climb around at the City of Rocks state park, hike up 10000 ft Hermit's peak near Las Vegas (see my blog for details), hike into a hot spring in Gila Wilderness area, play in the sand at the White Sands N.M., Hang out with tourists in the Carlsbad Caverns, or avoid them and hike in Slaughter canyon. Eat Breakfast in Sante Fe at the Sante Fe Baking Co. get the Chilequiles!! Go up to Taos and see the arts.

Texas: Hike to the top of Texas in the Guadalupe Mountains Nat'l Park. Palo Duro Canyon is pretty nice.

Here are some Random spots scattered throughout the US that might be on your way. I like them.

The north shore of Lake Superior.
Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska
The Waterfalls of Oconee Co. South Carolina
Bozeman, Montana
Bear Tooth Pass, Montana
Chicago, Illinois
Go spelunking in Missouri or Arkansas
Eat lobster in Maine
The White Mountains of New Hampshire are Gorgeous
The Green Mountains of Vermont are gorgeous..

Melka, I could write for hours on the nice places of America, so I'll end it here. I hope this helps, and let me know if you want any more info...

Happy Travels!

23. Posted by Melka (Budding Member 27 posts) 6y

Thanks Rhombus thats given me so many ideas! Sounds like there are so many places to see, i hope we can fit in a lot while we are there!
Thanks for the tips on good places to eat as well, very helpful!
Places we are most interested in are quirky, unusual locations that are out of the ordinary. If you know of anything that fits this id love to hear from you!

Melka

24. Posted by Rhombus (Travel Guru 64 posts) 6y

One more thing. If you are looking for a restaurant along the road, check out www.roadfood.com. An excellent resource for finding good eats in various places throughout the US.

25. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 6y

The baseball season runs from April to September/October (depends on which city you are in), and the ice hockey season runs from October to April. Football season is September to mid-January.

For professional baseball games, go here: www.majorleaguebaseball.com
For professional hockey games, go here: www.nhl.com

For baseball games, remember these are done outside--and sometimes in a bit chilly conditions if you go in April or in October. The rest of the year is usually comfortable. For ice hockey, remember they have to keep the ice frozen, so dress a bit warm, since most of the rinks are a bit cold inside. Personally, I'm a big San Jose Sharks (ice hockey) fan and went to about 25 of their games (out of a 41 game home schedule) last year. They had the best regular season record--and then flopped badly in the playoffs (being knocked out in the first round).

As far as some of the spots you've mentioned, Alcatraz is one of the more popular tourist attractions in San Francisco. You have to buy a ticket on a ferry that takes you there. Book early online to get a ticket at a reasonable time (although tickets in winter are a bit easier to get than in summer). The Winchester Mystery House is facinating and is on the way from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. Just take Interstate 280 south and get off in San Jose at the Winchester Street exit.

I love New Orleans' french quarter and would leave right now to go there if it wasn't so far away
The food is fantastic, as is the blues and rock music in the bars--and I've never seen such a fun crowd as you see there almost every single day of the week on Bourbon Street. Be sure and go to Paul Prudhomme's place for one of the best dinners you'll ever have (and remember I'm saying this as a San Francisco native--and we have pretty good restaurants out here).

P.S. The crowds get larger as the weather gets better--or when it is around Mardi Gras (Carnival) time.

26. Posted by Melka (Budding Member 27 posts) 6y

thanks again for all the tips, new orleans is sounding like a must-see place!

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