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post #31 of 46
Conversely if you are going to Chicago-travel on to Minneapolis to Mall of America!!
How do you plan on getting around the country?? Driving or flying again-that will make a big difference in your budget.
post #32 of 46
Definitely come to San Francisco!!! It's such a cool city (and not just the weather!). The hills are what make the city fun - especially riding over them in a cable car!

And from SF you can go up to the wine region, drive up tp Lake Tahoe, go to Yosemite, drive to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon - trust me - driving is well worth it! And you can drive south to Monterey and Big Sur...

But most importantly - you can see me!
post #33 of 46
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Definitely come to San Francisco!!! It's such a cool city (and not just the weather!). The hills are what make the city fun - especially riding over them in a cable car!

And from SF you can go up to the wine region, drive up tp Lake Tahoe, go to Yosemite, drive to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon - trust me - driving is well worth it! And you can drive south to Monterey and Big Sur...

But most importantly - you can see me!
Funny, I think the worst part of San Francisco, is the weather. You have to get your blood thickened just to stand being cold all of the time. But visually, I do think it's a beautiful city. I just can't stand the cool weather.
post #34 of 46
Well hey you can just make your round visiting all of us TCSers!!
post #35 of 46
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Gaffney SC, on I-85.

We've got one in Clanton, Alabama, too !
post #36 of 46
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker View Post
Funny, I think the worst part of San Francisco, is the weather. You have to get your blood thickened just to stand being cold all of the time. But visually, I do think it's a beautiful city. I just can't stand the cool weather.

That's pretty funny. I had a college friend that moved there and has been loving the weather since. She thought Michigan was too cold.

Anyhoo, If you go up to Bar Harbor, Maine, I'm pretty sure that its the first point in the U.S were the sunrise occurs each morning. Plus Maine just rocks!!!

Or if you come to Michigan there's an Island up north called Mackinaw Island. Its pretty neat since the island is completely car free. The only way to get around is by horse (riding/carriage) or bike.

There's also Denver. About 2 hours outside of Denver is Estes Park which hosts the hotel that Stephan King based his book "The Shining" off of. Plus Estes Park is really nice to walk around. And seeing the Rockies in person is a must!
post #37 of 46
If you go to Boston, try to get on a Duck Tour. I've lived here all my life, and I learned things on that voyage. Also in DC, check out the Native American museum. We went last year, and I wish I had more time there. It was awesome. The museum itself is a work of art, never mind all the displays.
post #38 of 46
You should come to Wisconsin because we have one of the best attractions around...ME! J/k...there's not a lot to do here anyway, maybe we could go cow tipping??
I'm so happy you're coming here, can't wait to hear what you think of it!
post #39 of 46
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If you go to Boston, try to get on a Duck Tour. I've lived here all my life, and I learned things on that voyage. Also in DC, check out the Native American museum. We went last year, and I wish I had more time there. It was awesome. The museum itself is a work of art, never mind all the displays.

OOOOOOOOoooooo... I bet Sarah would be real fun on a Duck Tour!
post #40 of 46
If you like scenery, the entire state of Utah and northern Arizona (Grand Canyon) has the most amazing rock formations in the country. I call that trip the Canyon Adventure: Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, not to mention Monument Valley and lots of native American ruins.

Are you going to drive? You do realize that if you are driving all over the country, you could probably find TCSer's houses to stay at the entire time and save a ton of money!! I'm at the midway point between New York and San Francisco - have guest room and lots of cats to get in a kitty fix mid trip.

Hotel costs vary tremendously across the country and so do car rental rates. We just stayed in the Boston area for $180 a night (ouch), then in Charleston for $100 a night (better). You get in the backwoods of the country and you can find a good hotel for about $60 a night. Just assume anything in NYC, Boston and Washington D.C. will be expensive. My guess is that San Francisco is also pricey for hotels.

Oh yeah, I grew up in Chicago and have to vote for that also. Great museums, great downtown, and lots of night life.
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by Snuzy View Post
If you go to Boston, try to get on a Duck Tour. I've lived here all my life, and I learned things on that voyage. Also in DC, check out the Native American museum. We went last year, and I wish I had more time there. It was awesome. The museum itself is a work of art, never mind all the displays.
I was there last spring (Native History Museum) and while I thought it was really awesome, I got dizzy from going through all the circular setups.
post #42 of 46
I'd recomend a quick trip through some of the south. Do New Orleans and Dallas and Austin (Texas rules!) and I second visiting some of the south west,

And you MUST go to Vegas. It's super fun and awesomely tacky.

And visit LA. There's a lot of cool stuff to see.
post #43 of 46
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the honeymoon will be in 2008.
Do you realise you could time it so you could go to the TCS USA meet up? Vegas, baby!!
post #44 of 46
What an exciting trip! I've lived in the US all my life and still feel like there's so much more I need to see! So it's hard to recommend places to go. Depending on your budget, it might be cheaper if you focus your visit on one area of the country. But if it's possible, it would be great to see both the East and West Coasts, as they are quite different in sights, culture, and "vibe". If you are going to stay in big cities I would say that the price for hotels will be well over $100 US a night. Food is a little harder to guess, because you can eat pretty cheaply, or very extravagantly if you wish.

Of the 4 places you mentioned, I've only been to DC and SF.

I'm glad to hear that Washington DC is on your list. I've had the luck of being there 3 times for business and was able to sightsee in my time off. It is a fantastic city - lots to see for free, great public transportation, and very vibrant.

San Francisco is a lot of fun. Again, lots of things to do and great places to eat! I found it's easy to get around the city. My DH and I went there for a few days for our 1-year anniversary in July 2005. It did get pretty chilly in the evening, but overall I thought the weather was fine.

My best friend is a teacher and did a historical tour of Boston and LOVED it. I have always wanted to go there, just haven't had the opportunity. Same with NY.

Have fun!
post #45 of 46
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post
Gail - at least three weeks. The places we REALLY want to go are New York, Boston, Washington and San Francisco - so we'll almost have to go for a few weeks because to cross country with any meaning will involve some time.

Washington is most definitely on the agenda - I think that would be a really exciting place.
Well you've hit on my 4 favorite cities! Niagara Falls is a famous honeymoon spot. The falls are beautiful, but you must stay on the Canadian side for the lowest prices and best views. There is this great German Restaurant......

Boston has the best lobster. Quincy Market is a must, and if weather permits, walk the Freedom Trail.

In Washington it's best to stay outside, like Arlington, and take the metro into the city. If you're afraid of heights (like I am) watch out for the escalator down to the station. It's like riding down the outside of a 10 story building.

In NYC be sure to take in a Broadway play. Also visit St. Patrick Cathedral, Tiffany's, Steuben Glass, and walk along the diamond district.

SF - cable cars are a must. Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Union Square. Also try to work in Monterey. What a beautiful place! The MB Aquarium is a must see. Great food and beautiful scenery. Be sure to drive through the 17 mile drive. Great golf courses there too.
post #46 of 46
If you're going to drive around the country, you might want to consider renting a small motorhome.

Also, if cost is a big issue, plan ahead with hotwire.com or priceline.com. I've had some amazing deals on hotels that way.
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