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11. Posted by rasheeed (Full Member 75 posts) 4y

Quoting DaveinMD

Quoting rasheeed

3) Drive to Key West from Miami at sunrise.

Seems to me this drive would be best at sunset as you are heading west.

Only done it at sunrise. Rises off the side of the bridges as you are going southwestish. I'm not a fan of driving into the sun anyway...

'sheeed

12. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1884 posts) 4y

Hey, Dave--some of us had some Christmas shopping and traveling across the country and digging out from blizzards to do__so excuse the late reply.

1. Grand Canyon to Sedona, Arizona to Lake Powell to Bryce Canyon to Monument Valley to Arches National Park (Moab) then to Mesa Verde National Park, then to Durango then to Santa Fe, NM

2. Coastal route from Monterey to Pebble Beach to Carmel to Cambria to Morro Bay, then Pismo Beach, then back up to Paso Robles and its wineries then back home to Santa Cruz (have taken this trip at least 5 times)

3. Trip that includes southern Canada (British Columbia). Seattle east to Snowqualmie, then north to Vancouver, then take a ferry to Vancouver Island, stop to visit Butchart Gardens and the Butterfly world, stop at places to buy fresh honey (bee raising places on the island), down to the wonderful city of Victoria, then take a ferry across to the San Juan islands, then ferry back down to Port Angeles, visit Olympic Forest (only rainforest in the 50 US states), then back to Seattle.

4. Trip from Washington, D.C. to Nashville (Opryland and The Hermitage and Riverside sites), then Memphis (Beale street and Graceland), then onto New Orleans (Bourbon Street, French Market, Jackson Square and the French Quarter), then onto San Antonio (the Riverwalk)

5. (Taken in the late fall) in New York City, then head north to Mystic, Connecticut, then cut north through the New England states of Vermonth, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine to see the phenomenal fall colors. Generally, the smaller the road, the more scenic the journey. P.S. Avoid Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, which are (in my opinion) boring tourist traps. Spend time out on Cape Cod instead.

13. Posted by alexjb (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y

I had not realized how hard it would be to whittle my list down to five but, while I have much more of my own backyard to explore, here are a few delights:
(I isolated my list to the U.S)

For being outdoors and in-the-thick-of-it:
1. The Boundary Waters, Gunflint trail- Quetico, MN
2. Glacier National Park- MT
3. Los Padres National Forest- CA
4. Superior National Hiking Trail/The North Shore of Lake Superior- Northern Minnesota
5. Multnomah falls- Portland, OR

Favorite major cities in The U.S:
1. Portland, OR
2. Chicago, IL
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Boston, MA
5. Miami, FL

14. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 190 posts) 4y

Quoting Utrecht

North America includes the Caribbean for this purpose?

Yeah I kind of cheated by including the Caribbean but I just had to put my #1 spot on my list.

15. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5557 posts) 4y

Quoting DaveinMD

Quoting Utrecht

North America includes the Caribbean for this purpose?

Yeah I kind of cheated by including the Caribbean but I just had to put my #1 spot on my list.

And right you are! Visited St John briefly for the day from Tortola last month: it was gorgeous! Probably the best and most unspoiled of all of the (US and British) Virgin Islands!

16. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 190 posts) 3y

Interesting list there Cal as many are my favorites as well or were places I've mentioned such as BC or the drive down the coastal highway. I'm considering a trip from DC to the Smokey Mountains. Lived in Knoxville as a kid but haven't been back since. But I have to say many of your interests such as Opryland, Graceland etc don't hold much interest for me. I simply have to visit New Orleans some day.

I was also very interested to see Havana listed. Always been interested in that place for sure and would love to hear more. Do they still drive around in '57 Plymouths?

17. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5557 posts) 3y

Quoting DaveinMD

I was also very interested to see Havana listed. Always been interested in that place for sure and would love to hear more. Do they still drive around in '57 Plymouths?

Coincidentally, I uploaded a map with photos of cars in Cuba today on my Facebook Page. And a lot of 50's Plymouths etc. I guess, not really familiar with the brands, there were Cadillacs and Fords as well. Or Buick, Chevy etc.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Dec-2010, at 13:56 by Utrecht ]

18. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 190 posts) 3y

Oh man, love old car shots. But those seem to be of the classic restored variety. I was always fascinated with the whole notion that they continue to patch together and drive 50 year old cars because the embargo has left them with little choice.

19. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5557 posts) 3y

Uhm, most cars I have seen, including the ones on the photos certainly were not restored. There are more cars in the country, mainly Asian brands, or some of the former communistic countries, but the 50's American cars mostly were not in a good shape...:)

20. Posted by Tommyland (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

1. NYC: I live here but I treat every day like a tourist and love it.
2. San Diego: A great place for solo travelling. You can do everything or nothing.
3. Key West: It's hard to believe you're still in America.
4. Disney World: I go at least 4x a year and never tire of it.