Where wouldn't you go again?

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31. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1718 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I realize that, but we have often driven from Miami to Dallas or Houston when visiting grandchildren and we have to go through Louisiana on the way there.

January 2006 we went from Dauphin Island (south of Mobile) to Montgomery Texas (a little north of Houston).

In 2008 from Pensacola to Biloxi and Baton Rouge.

2011 from Tyndall AFB area through Mobile to Madisonville Louisiana

32. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1017 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

it was many years ago and we were coming from the other direction. We had visited a friend in Brewton, Alabama; drove through Mobile and entered Louisiana on I-10 from Mobile so going the opposite direction from you.

I have to agree with greatgrandmaR. We did this route to Pensacola and we found it to be a pleasent drive. In fact the whole coastline seems to be getting a facelift, there was construction everywhere and it seems everything is turning into resort towns. Things have clearly improved a lot since you have driven through, I'm happy they have had such a positive change

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Aug-2017, at 23:44 by Teoni ]

33. Posted by Rixie (Budding Member 21 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I truthfully can't think of a place that I would never revisit. Even some of my least favorite places, like Bakersfield and Soledad in California, Las Vegas in Nevada, have bright spots. There are museums in Bakersfield, wineries in Soledad, and on my last business trip to LV, I found a great tapas restaurant.

And I do have one fond memory of Bakersfield. Back in my student days, I traveled with two friends from San Francisco to San Diego to meet up with a third friend. On Thanksgiving Day we stopped at a diner in Bakersfield. The motherly waitress felt so sorry for us because we weren't with family on the holiday (although we weren't a bit sad), that she clucked over us and gave us extra large portions. One of those friends is now my husband, and we both remember that diner.

34. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1718 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

it was many years ago and we were coming from the other direction. We had visited a friend in Brewton, Alabama; drove through Mobile and entered Louisiana on I-10 from Mobile so going the opposite direction from you.

I have to agree with greatgrandmaR. We did this route to Pensacola and we found it to be a pleasent drive. In fact the whole coastline seems to be getting a facelift, there was construction everywhere and it seems everything is turning into resort towns. Things have clearly improved a lot since you have driven through, I'm happy they have had such a positive change

One reason for the construction is that the whole coast was devastated by the hurricanes in 2005 (Cindy, Dennis, Katrina and Rita). Katrina got the most press.

35. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1615 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Say what you like, I won't go back to NOLA. Once was enough.

However, I will speak up for Bakersfield, California. We used to have to stop for dinner there on our way back and forth to our daughters school when they were in college. There are some very nice restaurants in Bakersfield and they had the best wait staffs we've seen nearly anyplace. I wouldn't plan a vacation there, but if I had to go on business, I'd be happy to spend a few hours sightseeing and enjoying Basque cuisine. We'll eventually have to go through Las Vegas again since I-15 goes through it, but we try to avoid stopping. Red Rock Canyon National Park near by is spectacular if you're sightseeing.

Just outside Soledad, California is the Soledad Mission. If you like visiting the historic California Missions, that is a pleasant stop. I've always wanted to make a vacation out of driving from San Diego to Sonoma and visiting all the missions. We've visited more than half but it would be fun to fill in the blanks. They are all so different and some are museums while others are still working parishes.

36. Posted by melrockswoo (Inactive 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I have to agree with Guayaquil, and probably also Santa Cruz and Uyuni in Bolivia. The salt flats (Salar de Uyuni) are beautiful but not actually in the town of Uyuni. The town is dusty, unfriendly and just gives the impression of being a place where the various tour operators are trying to get the most number of customers to go with them.

Also, Vladivostok in Russia. Didn't feel any kind of mild interest in going back ever again. Well, vodka is really cheap but that's the case in most places in Russia, one would think.

37. Posted by TravelingTopTen (Budding Member 36 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Quoting melrockswoo

Also, Vladivostok in Russia. Didn't feel any kind of mild interest in going back ever again. Well, vodka is really cheap but that's the case in most places in Russia, one would think.

Disappointing to hear. I'm considering Vladivostok for next year. What was wrong with the place?

The military sites interest me. Seeing the Pacific fleet, the fortress, naval memorial and the submarine museum.

38. Posted by melrockswoo (Inactive 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Perhaps the various places you mentioned would be nice to visit, but in general I walk around the local areas and try to get a glimpse of the kind of life locals live, and in that aspect, Vladivostok was a 'never visit again' location. Perhaps the various attractions are nice and informative enough - not sure if that would change my impression, but for sure do more reading and asking around. (:

39. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 461 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I would never again do a day trip to Capri. The island has been totally ruined by the effects of mass tourism and become a horrible tourist trap. In case I ever return, I'd want to stay overnight. When the hordes of day trippers are gone and the tedious tour guides and crap merchants are off work, in the evening and early morning, there may be a chance to experience the beauty of the island.

40. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1399 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hope you're wrong about Vladivostok as I am spending Aug. 21-24 there, on my way to Kamchatka.