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08:31 pm - If a person were going to drive around the country...
Where would be the top 10 places you think somebody should visit, and why?

Grand Canyon comes to mind.

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Date:August 27th, 2003 12:34 am (UTC)
Florida Keys!
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Date:August 27th, 2003 12:46 am (UTC)
Definitely the Grand Canyon. The problem is it's not near anything. If you're in that part of the country and like scenery, Bryce, Zion, Monument Valley, are all gorgeous.

Some day I'd like to revisit the Redwood forest. It's awe-inspiring.


Mount Rushmore. *Really* not near anything.

The Great Lakes. Mixing this with Niagara Falls maximizes enjoyment for minimal travel time.

New York City. But then, I grew up there, so I have to consciously recall that others might want to visit. Top of the Empire State Building, followed by a trip to Canal St., and do at least two museums (Natural History and the Met). See a Broadway show - stand in line at TKTS and get the tickets cheap. Visit Central Park on a weekend. Stay in Times Square past 6 pm.

New Orleans. I haven't been there, so I can't play tour guide. Again, really far from everywhere else. Alternately, Nashville, if it's summer (sweating is a competitive sport in N'Orleans).

Gee, three more. This is tough.

The Hall of Fame of your favorite sport. Chances are it's in upstate New York / New England anyway (6 or so are).

The Kankamangus Trail (in NH/VT). It's beautiful in the fall. Alternately, the Adirondack Trail through the mountains.

The Museum of Stuff You're Interested In. It could be the Higgins Armory (for armor), or the National Railroad Museum, or Graceland (for Elvis).

That help any?

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Date:August 27th, 2003 12:51 am (UTC)
All good suggestions.

I'm pondering where I'd go if I got a real sport-touring bike.

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Date:August 27th, 2003 01:12 am (UTC)
hehe. Was just doing that daydreaming myself. Recently my tours have been to exciting locales like Brockton, Fall River, and Manchester NH. About the limit of my endurance on the SV... ;-)
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Date:August 27th, 2003 01:22 am (UTC)
Yeah. I'm tempted to try the Kanc on the SVS, since I have risers, but I've gone for about 2 hours nonstop before and my wrists were hurting.

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Date:August 27th, 2003 12:55 am (UTC)
Oh, two of my own I forgot (doh!) are:

Tail of the Dragon/Deals Gap
Some of the ANWR in Alaska.
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Date:August 27th, 2003 01:05 am (UTC)
I've not seen much of the middle part of the country, but I highly recommend the coastal roads of California. Jaw-dropping. Some of the most beautiful anything I've ever seen. I want to go back.

I'm not sure if the sorta-scary twisty-turny roads would be better or worse on a bike.
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Date:August 27th, 2003 02:42 am (UTC)
sorta-scary twisty-turny roads = very good, as long as it isn't during a thunderstorm.
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Date:August 27th, 2003 04:49 am (UTC)
ooh, ooh, forgot about that. Definitely take Rte 1 down the coast before or after you hit the redwoods.
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Date:August 27th, 2003 02:42 am (UTC)

Re: Top 10? How about 4.

oh shush, now nobody will say anything!
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Date:August 27th, 2003 02:42 am (UTC)
Definitely Memphis. Where the old South meets the New South; dripping with history everywhere you look; real friendly; pretty; and gat-damn (as they say) good eating, if you're into meat anyhow.
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Date:August 27th, 2003 04:17 am (UTC)

Here you go

In June of 2001 we did 8000 miles in 27 days:

Greenville, SC
through KY (*great* drving on the elevated interstate through the mountains)
St. Louis (arch, Cardinal's game)
OK City (Murrow Memorial)
Painted Desert, AZ
Grand Canyon, AZ
Las Vegas
Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Barbara (visit tattoo artist)
Hurst Castle
Monteray Aquarium
San Francisco (Alcatraz, Giants game)
Reno, NV (via Tahoe, nice driving)
Denver, CO (*awesome* drive out of the mountains at 110 mph)
delete mental images of Nebraska
Chicago (Blue Man Group, White Sox game)
Detroit (rained out Tigers gane)
Toronto (CN Tower, Sky Dome, great food)
Niagra Falls

I think that covers most of it.

Pictures of most everything available if desired.
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Date:August 27th, 2003 04:18 am (UTC)


I forgot:

Arches National Park
Moab, UT (possibly the most beautiful place I have seen)
Salt Lake City
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Date:August 27th, 2003 11:39 am (UTC)


last fall i went to arizona...my boyfriend wanted to drive up to the grand canyon and at the time i couldn't have cared less. we were staying in scottsdale so we drove the 3 or so hours up there and stayed overnight. it is probably the most overwhelming location i have ever been to. we walked around on the trails for the whole day, came back to watch the sunset and because the sunset was so amazing, drove back to the canyon in the morning for the sunrise. the sunrise was stunning.

if you are heading that way i would also try to give other parts of arizona a chance...such as the red rocks, oak creek canyon, and slide rock park. i loved arizona and there isn't a day that goes by that i don't dream about going back.
beyond that i haven't traveled very much in the US so i can't really give you other advice.

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