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'Must See' states

Discussion in 'Non Disney Trips and Travels' started by josh.p., Jan 2, 2011.

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    Josh I stayed here 3 times in New Orleans

    Hotel La Salle in New Orleans, LA

    It's cheap and cheerful, a traveller's hotel, some rooms have shared bathrooms but the bathrooms are kept very clean. It's 2 blocks from Bourbon St and a short walk to the Mississippi. The staff are incredibly helpful - they gave me a map of the city and marked off the no-go areas for me.

    If you go to New Orleans and arrive by Amtrak you will need to taxi from the station - it is not in a good part of town.

    I've been to DC too and yes you could spend a week there and not even scratch the surface - Air and Space Museum would be top of my list.
     
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    No particular order:

    Chicago, IL
    Door County, WI
    Yellowstone National Park, WY
    Gatlinburg, TN
    Mount Rushmore, SD
    Key West, FL
     
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    OMG I forgot Chicago. :thud:

    You have to see Chicago. :mental:

    Extend that visa boy. :D
     
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    Wait... Key West isn't a state. It's its own country. The Conch Republic.

    So sayeth Jimmy Buffet and the good people of Key West since 1982! :bar:

    Tom :)macwave:...tripped on a pop top!)
     
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    Josh just a thought but we used low cost inter city travel to travel from NY to Philadelphia for a day trip in August - very cheap $55 return for all four of us so may be worth looking into for day trips/short stays. Think they are mainly in the NE :)
     
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    It sounds ideal, Thanks for all the great info! :thumbsup: My wallet is currently crying but this is a once-in-a-lifetime type thing so I'm just going to go mental :mental:
    Thanks Lisa, that sounds great! :hug2:

    :mental: Chicago is another one of the places a lot of people are agreeing on!
     
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    I stayed in another cheapie hotel in Chicago. It was hysterical - the shower head was hanging off the wall and I pulled a drawer open and the whole cupboard collapsed. I won't recommend that one. :laugh:
     
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    Might I suggest the Whitehall on Delaware Place. For a classic hotel it is relatively reasonable for being a 1/2 block off the Miracle Mile and Watertower Place.

    Downtown Chicago Luxury Boutique Hotel
     
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    You should have seen the school we stayed in in China! We donated them money as we did fund raising prior to the visit!

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    On the other hand there was an um... fantastic... :unsure: view... :sorry:
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    As much as we loved the 2 days in China, the return relative luxury of our hotel in Hong Kong was very welcome :yes:
     
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    Two places I have been were Las Vegas and San Fransisco with Hawaii in-between. I know you can't do Hawaii... Which is a great sadness as it's stunning. The other two places ibwouldnspend a couple of days in Las Vegas and 3 in San Fransisco as good sceanary and you hear so much about them you may wish you went when had a chance....
     
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    Josh, Hawaii is one of the 50 states. If you have a VISA to visit the US how do they exclude Hawaii, and does Alaska get excluded also? Besides which, I under stand the VISA thing because you will be working, but isn't there a VISA Waiver program that allows you to just visit for a given period of time?
     
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    :yes: Alaska is excluded also :sigh: I have a work/travel visa which allows me to work and then 30 days of travel excluding Hawaii and Alaska. I could go to Canada for a week and then back to Hawaii on a travel visa but I would rather just stay in the other states as Hawaii would be quite expensive :yes:
     
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    I'm going to vote for my lovely state of Virginia. We have it all, except deserts. There is tons of history, beautiful beaches, glorious mountains. Dc is right there next to us and it is an awesome place to visit as well.

    I would LOVE to go to New Orleans and am so saddened that I never got there before Katrina:sorry:
     
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    Pass on Miami. If you feel like you should see New Orleans, go, but I would tell you to pass on that as well. It's a dump. I say just travel up the East Coast. The majority of the US is not as great as it appears in the movies. Most of it is ****. Especially the tourist-trap type places.

    IF YOU ARE TRAVELING IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER IT IS HURRICANE SEASON. BEWARE THE COASTLINES. Also, it will be super-hot.

    I would pick Savannah, DC, and NYC.
     
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    :wave: Well since we'll miss you in Florida Josh, if you come to see Niagra Falls, we'll act as tour guide and take you to dinner then!!!
     
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    Chicago is awesome Josh and I love it, but if I were given the choice I'd do DC :thumbsup:
     
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    Lisa and I loved Chicago when we lived and worked in Wisconsin for a summer :yes:
     
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    Thanks so much :hug2:

    It sounds like I might split my time between Chicago and Washington :yes:
     

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