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2013-01-05 12:32:33 AM
first, it's 'Schulz'
second, he was born in Minneapolis, which is not listed as one of the five.

what article were you trying to submit subby?
 
2013-01-05 01:24:35 AM
If you've never driven to Memphis in a 70's Cadillac for Elvis' birthday, I highly, highly recommend it.

I ate pork at every meal, because that's how the King would have wanted it.
 
2013-01-05 02:48:00 AM
Slow down on the information, Eggbert.  Some of us can't process that much text at once.
 
2013-01-05 03:37:27 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: If you've never driven to Memphis in a 70's Cadillac for Elvis' birthday, I highly, highly recommend it.

I ate pork at every meal, because that's how the King would have wanted it.


Re:Memphis

One day a real rain will come and wash the streets clean. Oops, that happened last year. Anyway, dancing pigs BBQ on Madison is good, as is central BBQ. Also a lot of good Viet places there. Don't talk to bums, at acknowledgement they will want to tell you av long ass story before asking for money.
 
2013-01-05 03:38:48 AM
any cultured tourist would take in the PEZ Visitor Center in Orange, CT
 
2013-01-05 03:49:02 AM
All five of those places sound perfectly mainstream and reasonable. Why wouldn't I expect people to go to those places?
 
2013-01-05 03:51:35 AM
Apparently subby didn't read the very small amount of text that essentially said, "5 cities we pulled out of our buzzfeed arses."
 
2013-01-05 03:51:38 AM

KrispyKritter: any cultured tourist would take in the PEZ Visitor Center in Orange, CT


Connecticut has innumerable reasons to visit. Why right in my 'City' of Bristol there's a Carousel Museum, a Clock Museum, a Firefighters Museum and Lake Compounce amusement park. In the rest of the state we have old boats outside of an aquarium, some pretty leaves and the ongoing social experiment incorporated as Bridgeport. Who wouldn't want to spend a week in Connecticut?
 
2013-01-05 03:53:47 AM
Austin is a surprise? The place that holds SXSW yearly? And one of the healthier convention markets in the US? And that's not to be expected?

Hell, that's just the first one and the list is a total failure.
 
2013-01-05 03:57:34 AM
So I totally didn't even bother to read the actual article because I got distracted by this at the top.

You're welcome.

s3-ec.buzzfed.com
 
2013-01-05 03:59:35 AM
Keep in mind this is from a website that tries to sell tshirts that humorously read "Dat Axe." It's tea party humour, with tea party travel sensibilities.
 
2013-01-05 04:10:02 AM
Picture #5 is Washington state's Mount Rainer.

/Saw that all the way from here in Stuttgart, DE.
 
2013-01-05 04:15:24 AM
The worst travel destination that has seen a huge spike in popularity is Forks, WA. People apparently make pilgrimages to the town where Twilight was set and partially filmed.

Though if you hit it from orbit at the right time, you could take out the majority of twihards at once.
 
2013-01-05 04:15:55 AM
Subby I wish my mom's bedroom topped out at #6 because then I could charge admission
 
2013-01-05 04:17:08 AM
This just in.

People like to visit populous areas with a variety of family activities available.
 
2013-01-05 04:19:54 AM
Austin, Texas is number 1. No surprise here. Surprising would be if Detroit was on the list.
 
2013-01-05 04:23:19 AM
No mention of Branson? This ain't over.
 
2013-01-05 04:44:11 AM

thesharkman: Austin, Texas is number 1. No surprise here. Surprising would be if Detroit was on the list.


If you go to Detroit and stay in the city center, it's actually quite nice. Lots to do, great food, shows, museums... And it's pretty damn safe besides, as the police have apparently decided that this area is their Green Zone they refuse to let fall.

Outside of that five mile radius, yeah, it's post apocalyptic. But in there, you could easily spend a couple days.
 
2013-01-05 04:57:11 AM
CSB/

I highly suggest dropping acid at Disney World. God I miss college.

CSB/
 
2013-01-05 05:32:35 AM
Fun five travel destinations:

Buy a Santa costume.
Go to Postal Office.
Tell the postal workers "I'm here to pick up my mail".
Rinse, repeat five times.
 
2013-01-05 05:35:06 AM

StillInFayettestan: Picture #5 is Washington state's Mount Rainer.

/Saw that all the way from here in Stuttgart, DE.


Good catch.

/There's also no white water river rafting in Colorado Springs.
 
2013-01-05 05:39:20 AM
Colorado Springs: Come for the Christian Fundamentalists, stay for the phalanx of khaki clad paunchy military contractors who vote republican but jibba jabba the bootstrappy / no government handouts line. There is considerable overlap.
 
2013-01-05 05:43:23 AM
The only reason to visit Memphis is so that when you get home you feel much better about living there.
 
2013-01-05 05:44:23 AM
Colorado gets two hits.  Get it hahaha?  'cause of cannabis being legal and all.
 
2013-01-05 05:55:36 AM
1: Why wouldn't I expect any of these? These all seem perfectly logical.
2: This article was too dense and text-heavy. Calm down with the descriptions and reasoning, please.

/really, an article based on a shiatty university graphic?
 
2013-01-05 06:12:38 AM
Much of Maine's economy relies on tourism, particularly in the summer and during ski season. Portland is the biggest city in the state, which has been dubbed "Vacationland" for as long as I can remember, and I'm over 40. Who the hell writes these things?
 
kth
2013-01-05 06:22:06 AM
Let's see:
1. the only place in texas I don't hate.
2. Never been there.
3. Not my favorite part of Colorado, but my favorite state.
4. Want to go desperately.
5. About an hour south of a national park with over 3 million visitors per year. Also, where I got married.
 
2013-01-05 06:31:19 AM
Ah, Denver, where you can get a real rocky mountain high. I'm thinking about making travel plans after the thaw.
 
2013-01-05 06:38:16 AM

manwithplanx: KrispyKritter: any cultured tourist would take in the PEZ Visitor Center in Orange, CT

Connecticut has innumerable reasons to visit. Why right in my 'City' of Bristol there's a Carousel Museum, a Clock Museum, a Firefighters Museum and Lake Compounce amusement park. In the rest of the state we have old boats outside of an aquarium, some pretty leaves and the ongoing social experiment incorporated as Bridgeport. Who wouldn't want to spend a week in Connecticut?


Don't forget scenic Thomaston were you can do the Deliverance Experience just two hours from NYC. Or Romantic Willimantic the birth place of Cheron.
 
2013-01-05 06:38:48 AM

TheEdibleSnuggie: So I totally didn't even bother to read the actual article because I got distracted by this at the top.

You're welcome.

[s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 850x566]


a butterface and two butterballs? Take it back
 
2013-01-05 06:42:16 AM
Austin's Town Lake skyline hasn't looked like that since 2004. They traded Slacker for Wall Street with all the new residential high rises.
 
2013-01-05 06:43:51 AM
I can just see those baffled tourists getting of the plane in Portland, ME:

"Where are the hipsters and feminist book stores?"
 
2013-01-05 06:53:19 AM
I don't find any of those particularly unexpected.
 
2013-01-05 06:56:29 AM

howdoibegin: Keep in mind this is from a website that tries to sell tshirts that humorously read "Dat Axe." It's tea party humour, with tea party travel sensibilities.


I didn't think the Tea Party was all that big in Austin, which coincidentally is why it's the only place in Texas I'd consider visiting.
 
2013-01-05 07:03:26 AM
Boring.

You should feel turrible, subby.
 
2013-01-05 07:05:33 AM

Shadowknight: If you go to Detroit and stay in the city center, it's actually quite nice. Lots to do, great food, shows, museums... And it's pretty damn safe besides, as the police have apparently decided that this area is their Green Zone they refuse to let fall.


Having been both a cop in SE Michigan and an MP in Iraq at one point, I don't know if I find the truth of this statement hilarious or sad. A little of both I think. And you're right. As long as a visitor stays around Woodward/Casino areas, it's pretty safe and fun. Lots of good bars (Town Pump and Old Shillelagh FTW), the DIA, the Fox. Greektown is just a short walk away. Walk 10-15 minutes in any direction away from there though and you're asking for trouble. Unless you're looking for drugs or an abandoned house to dump a body. Then it's perfect. At least until you're the body someone else is looking to dump.

As for the list, those all sound like pretty mainstream touristy-destinations. Yeah they're not New York or Vegas, but each of those 5 places are fairly sizable, have lots of fun things to do, good night life, etc. I'm not sure what is supposed to be unexpected about that list.
 
2013-01-05 07:43:09 AM
Shadowknight:
"If you go to Detroit and stay in the city center, it's actually quite nice. Lots to do, great food, shows, museums... And it's pretty damn safe besides, as the police have apparently decided that this area is their Green Zone they refuse to let fall.

Outside of that five mile radius, yeah, it's post apocalyptic. But in there, you could easily spend a couple days."

Lots to do is somewhat debatable, but maybe I just didn't go to the right places. We stayed in the renaissance ctr, and walked around quite a bit, there and greektown. Ate a crappy overpriced meal at some gimmicky spot.

I've never seen such a creepily empty downtown, no one on the streets. The renaissance ctr is giant and empty, maybe it fills up during conventions, but why hold a convention there?

the greektown casino inside was packed, the air heavy with smoke and desperation. Or maybe that was just my imagination.

Tho the tree-lined streets were very pretty, the hand-painted liquor and hair salon signs and copious churches bring to mind a 3rd world country transplanted into a pretty 1st world ghost town. Guess that's the post-apocalyptic aspect.

there seems to be nothing there to draw one. Except for perhaps the surreal experience. Gettin the evil eye from white people (for being a mixed race couple, I guess), being served fast food from behind bullet-proof glass. No imported cars around. Maids who speak english as a first language. Watching guys in the club bring out wads of cash to fan themselves.

I need to travel more in the us.
 
2013-01-05 08:06:41 AM
Under the bridge in Memphis.

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2013-01-05 08:22:23 AM
I would expect these places.
 
2013-01-05 08:54:01 AM

dryknife: Under the bridge in Memphis.

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Haha, awesome reference, bro!
 
2013-01-05 09:50:43 AM
The only one I was somewhat surprised by was Portland, ME. Not so much by the other ones. Perhaps BuzzFeed should learn what the word "surprising" means.
 
2013-01-05 09:53:22 AM
Is it 1992 again already?
 
2013-01-05 10:05:17 AM
3. Colorado Springs, CO

s3-ec.buzzfed.com

That's not Colorado Springs. It looks like the Arkansas River in Cañon City at least 50 miles away. Other than rafting nobody would want to visit Cañon City, the prison capital of the US. The city has lots of lawyers, bail-bondsmen, and services designed to rip off families visiting their incarcerated relatives. A very humbling and depressing place to visit.
 
2013-01-05 10:09:18 AM

TheEdibleSnuggie: So I totally didn't even bother to read the actual article because I got distracted by this at the top.

You're welcome.

[s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 850x566]


FTFY
 
2013-01-05 10:10:43 AM

wambu: TheEdibleSnuggie: So I totally didn't even bother to read the actual article because I got distracted by this at the top.

You're welcome.

[s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 850x566]

FTFY

i.imgur.com

FTFMe
 
2013-01-05 10:21:13 AM
Austin - close enough to Houston so that NASA can see the giant DUH word bubble coming from there.
Memphis - would love to go, just a question of timing.
Colorado Springs - rafting on a river is your picture? You do realize most people LEAVE CITIES TO DO THAT, right Buzzfeed?
Portland - huh?? It and Burlington are the two major New England cities I've never been, and having driven through it to get down east, I can't figure out why it's on here.
Denver - Again, showing nature that's OUTSIDE OF A CITY doesn't mean they're going TO Denver, they're going THROUGH it.  Or wherever the airport actually is, at least.
 
2013-01-05 10:23:50 AM
That's not a photo of Denver.
 
GBB
2013-01-05 11:03:34 AM
I've been to 4 of them.... Meh.
 
2013-01-05 11:30:16 AM

o'really: Shadowknight:
"If you go to Detroit and stay in the city center, it's actually quite nice. Lots to do, great food, shows, museums... And it's pretty damn safe besides, as the police have apparently decided that this area is their Green Zone they refuse to let fall.

Outside of that five mile radius, yeah, it's post apocalyptic. But in there, you could easily spend a couple days."

Lots to do is somewhat debatable, but maybe I just didn't go to the right places. We stayed in the renaissance ctr, and walked around quite a bit, there and greektown. Ate a crappy overpriced meal at some gimmicky spot.

I've never seen such a creepily empty downtown, no one on the streets. The renaissance ctr is giant and empty, maybe it fills up during conventions, but why hold a convention there?

the greektown casino inside was packed, the air heavy with smoke and desperation. Or maybe that was just my imagination.

Tho the tree-lined streets were very pretty, the hand-painted liquor and hair salon signs and copious churches bring to mind a 3rd world country transplanted into a pretty 1st world ghost town. Guess that's the post-apocalyptic aspect.

there seems to be nothing there to draw one. Except for perhaps the surreal experience. Gettin the evil eye from white people (for being a mixed race couple, I guess), being served fast food from behind bullet-proof glass. No imported cars around. Maids who speak english as a first language. Watching guys in the club bring out wads of cash to fan themselves.

I need to travel more in the us.


I've been in Atlanta for 12 years, but i lived in detroit for 10 years prior to that. there are 2 things I miss about detroit. John King Books. Simply THE best bookstore in the world. 4 stories of books that you I could easily spend days in, and I have spent an entire day there. It's on Howard st. just off the Lodge before you go under Cobo hall. 4 story green building. And the other is a place that appernetly doesn't exist anymore called Ascension UK downtown on grand river just west of woodward. The only thing that identified it was a sign that just said "chinese " on it. It was an all night coffee bar. Old, young, goth, preppy, you name it hung out there. the best was a projector that played a movie that displayed half on the wall and half on the ceiling. That place was awesome. For those two things I would come back to detroit.
 
2013-01-05 11:33:08 AM
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