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Re: Your top US travel destinations?

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nyadrn wrote:

NerdyMom wrote:

I have loved, not necesarily in order:

 

Mystic, CT

Chicago

Santa Cruz/Capitola part of California.  The Redwoods parks near there. 

Monterey, that coastal trail they have is awesome. 

San Francisco

Oregon Coast

St. Augustine, FL

Pike's Peak/Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs

 

I want to go to San Diego, the Florida Keys, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and Nashville.   

 

New York is New York, but it's too big for me.   

 


Thank you for sharing!  I have had a travel list for years and have worked my way through most of it.. so I will be adding some things.  Mystic Ct on your list interests me..  what is it about Mystic that you want to experience?


I live in DC and had never been to New England before.  Mystic was closer than the usual suspects like Martha's Vinyard and Cape Cod, and cheaper, lol.  My son likes marine biology and the aquarium there has beluga whales.  The maritime museum is really cool, and there is a planetarium as well.  We stayed in town, took boat tours, had amazing seafood, walked over the drawbridge, shopped at cute little independent shops including an independent bookstore (I search those out everywhere I go). We went out to Point Judith Lighthouse in Rhode Island, and to an old lighthouse in Stonington Borough, where we could see three states -- CT, NY, and RI.  

 

We had three generations with us, and everyone found something they loved.  

 

Plus, it was really pretty.  Smiley Happy 

 

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nyadrn wrote: Beautiful.  The Oregon Washington coastal area has it's sparse population areas and it is very beautiful.  The desert can be as well.   We all have our best places !!  : )

Yes: beautiful. I'm almost excruciatingly familiar with the entire west coast (including Canada). Spent years roaming and working on the west coast. Gorgeous. Overpopulated for the likes of me, but wonderful coastline. The Columbia River, too, is incredibly fetching. Victoria. BC. Astoria, OR. Southern Oregon Coast. The redwoods. The lost coast. Steinbeck country. That farm town where we used to buy one-egg omelets. Santa Barbara. Cannot abide LA. (though LACMA is fantastic) San Diego used to be lovely. 

  


We drove the route 1 coastal road and it was absolutely beautiful..   I saw that there was another cliff slide that has a large section closed.  I wonder how long it will take to repair that section.  I would not mind doing that again and starting in Washington this time.  


Yeah, I saw that Hwy 1 had been buried in a mud slide. I forget at the moment where excactly, but it's in south of SF, so I imagine that alone will put repairs on the get-it-done-now list by virtue of population.

 

A group of us took a week to ride our bikes on Hwy 1 from Leggett to Bodega Bay as a high school gradution celebration. (We were picked up in Santa Rosa, actually) It was occasionally scarier than scary when cars zipped by, but that was overridden by the shear bliss of ocean breezes and views.

 

When I was based in northern Cali I used to take drives on Hwy 1 to clear my head or take a break. I drove it so often that I think my car used to know the road by heart. Smiley Happy

 

All this to say: Yes! Go! One of the most beautiful routes in the US.

 

 

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Epster wrote:

nyadrn wrote: Beautiful.  The Oregon Washington coastal area has it's sparse population areas and it is very beautiful.  The desert can be as well.   We all have our best places !!  : )

Yes: beautiful. I'm almost excruciatingly familiar with the entire west coast (including Canada). Spent years roaming and working on the west coast. Gorgeous. Overpopulated for the likes of me, but wonderful coastline. The Columbia River, too, is incredibly fetching. Victoria. BC. Astoria, OR. Southern Oregon Coast. The redwoods. The lost coast. Steinbeck country. That farm town where we used to buy one-egg omelets. Santa Barbara. Cannot abide LA. (though LACMA is fantastic) San Diego used to be lovely. 

  


We drove the route 1 coastal road and it was absolutely beautiful..   I saw that there was another cliff slide that has a large section closed.  I wonder how long it will take to repair that section.  I would not mind doing that again and starting in Washington this time.  

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USA list:

Yellowstone, NYC, DC, Charleston, Jackson Hole (for the Tetons, not the ticky-tacky-tourist hole).

 

My list: Northern and Southern Cascades NP, Glacier-Waterton NP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, several other national parks. 

 

Agree with Epster on rails-to-trails. Been to a lot of them in midwest (many times on the first one in Wisconsin) and further east. Just came back from one in Iowa. 


Ditto on the Western National Parks..  there are several I have not been to.  There are also many I would like to go back to.

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NerdyMom wrote:

I have loved, not necesarily in order:

 

Mystic, CT

Chicago

Santa Cruz/Capitola part of California.  The Redwoods parks near there. 

Monterey, that coastal trail they have is awesome. 

San Francisco

Oregon Coast

St. Augustine, FL

Pike's Peak/Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs

 

I want to go to San Diego, the Florida Keys, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and Nashville.   

 

New York is New York, but it's too big for me.   

 


Thank you for sharing!  I have had a travel list for years and have worked my way through most of it.. so I will be adding some things.  Mystic Ct on your list interests me..  what is it about Mystic that you want to experience?

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USA list:

Yellowstone, NYC, DC, Charleston, Jackson Hole (for the Tetons, not the ticky-tacky-tourist hole).

 

My list: Northern and Southern Cascades NP, Glacier-Waterton NP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, several other national parks. 

 

Agree with Epster on rails-to-trails. Been to a lot of them in midwest (many times on the first one in Wisconsin) and further east. Just came back from one in Iowa. 


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@nyadrn - Yes, but it's not on the top of my list.


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I have loved, not necesarily in order:

 

Mystic, CT

Chicago

Santa Cruz/Capitola part of California.  The Redwoods parks near there. 

Monterey, that coastal trail they have is awesome. 

San Francisco

Oregon Coast

St. Augustine, FL

Pike's Peak/Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs

 

I want to go to San Diego, the Florida Keys, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and Nashville.   

 

New York is New York, but it's too big for me.   

 

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nyadrn wrote: Beautiful.  The Oregon Washington coastal area has it's sparse population areas and it is very beautiful.  The desert can be as well.   We all have our best places !!  : )

Yes: beautiful. I'm almost excruciatingly familiar with the entire west coast (including Canada). Spent years roaming and working on the west coast. Gorgeous. Overpopulated for the likes of me, but wonderful coastline. The Columbia River, too, is incredibly fetching. Victoria. BC. Astoria, OR. Southern Oregon Coast. The redwoods. The lost coast. Steinbeck country. That farm town where we used to buy one-egg omelets. Santa Barbara. Cannot abide LA. (though LACMA is fantastic) San Diego used to be lovely. 

 

Still, I'm thinking petroglyphs and elk herds for neighbors. I like waking up to the sounds of the feral nocturnals retreating to their hiding spots and a view of unmodernized land. Smiley Happy If I have to choose between solar LEDS or generator, I'm in the right place. Smiley Happy

 

 Apologies for feeling the need for ths addendum. Here's my thinking: I feel most me when surrounded by nature, preferably wilderness BUT and ALSO cities and human developments are not going away any time soon, untouched land, on the other hand, is vanishing rapidly. I want to experience as much of it as I can while I can. Smiley Happy

 

 

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