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2013-01-05 11:37:42 AM

HairBolus: 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


Go to Salida for rafting, then.
 
2013-01-05 11:43:27 AM
Austin Texas? You would not expect people to want to go there? That's just weird. Austin is one of the coolest cities in the country. Lots to do. Lots to see. Lots of bars. Lots of museums. Lots of VERY sexy girls. Lots of very HUNKY guys. Lots of trees, lakes and parks. Lots of expensive hotels, so go for the outlyig ones off of highway 71 and you will likely get lower rates and free parking. Great titty bars...think UT Coeds gone wild nightly. LOTS of great food. NOt expected...no NO NO. Go to Austin and visit. It's worth a trip. I kind of like Austin you might say....lives near Houston....
 
2013-01-05 12:20:34 PM
airplane_mech2, have you ever been to the strand bookstore in nyc?

I do have a friend who grew up in dearborn n loves detroit. When he lived there he used to explore the abandoned houses and find all sorts of weird stuff.

I think if I were a photographer I'd probably be into detroit and all the gritty craziness.

Its so easy to get caught up in all the things to do in CA, there's so much variety, not to mention how big it is, that I rarely venture out east. But it's worth it to get away, just to get a sense of how radically different culture ranges in this country.

I've been thinking about taking a short trip somewhere, but not sure where. Considered central america (costa rica or even maybe dom rep), but maybe ill do austin, I have a friend there.
 
2013-01-05 01:05:50 PM

o'really: airplane_mech2,

Its so easy to get caught up in all the things to do in CA, there's so much variety, not to mention how big it is, that I rarely venture out east. But it's worth it to get away, just to get a sense of how radically different culture ranges in this country.


Do it. A lot of people think Cali has it all, but you'll find that every state has a lot of awesomeness that California doesn't have.

Except North Dakota. No one should ever travel to North Dakota.
 
2013-01-05 01:30:35 PM
Don't come to Denver, it's a hideous, ugly city situated in the worst state in the union. Denverites all hate it here. All of the photos of the Rockies that you have seen have been 'shooped-all of our fish have 3 eyes at the minimum when you pull them out of the streams. Don't come to Denver-we're all suicidal, uptight jerks, and the rumor of everyone being laid back and smoking pot is nothing but a myth. A myth, I tell you! Don't come to Colorado, any part of it. Not to live, not to even visit. We're all miserable wretches in the Mile High City. Think 18th century London crossed with present day Calcutta and you'll understand how awful it is. Worse than LA, Detroit and Chicago all combined. Colorado Springs is a cesspool too, it's a blasted wasteland utterly devoid of charm and crawling with fundamentalists- it is Centralia, PAs and Gary, INs unholy love child. Nothing pretty at all to see there. DOOM!

/sarcasm off
//I really *heart* my fair city and there are few other places I would choose to live, but to the tourists and new residents, learn how to drive in snow/mountains before you get here please.
///Coloradans are incredibly friendly, open people. And not in that creepy, upper Midwest way-we're straightforward for the most part. The majority of us are genuine and we'll let you crash on a couch and chill for a few days/weeks. We're not nice, but are very, very friendly :)
 
2013-01-05 01:52:26 PM
Other Colorado travel tips for house guests who may have relatives/friends in my great state:

Please visit in May-September. Those are the prettiest months and when it comes around each year, especially May, I know why I love living here and have stayed for most of my life in Colorado.
Ours is a semi-arid environment, sometimes referred to as "high desert" pack your lotion and eye drops. Do not expect us to supply you with these items as we live here and are used to it. Also, wear sunscreen, for crying in a bucket. Yes, even in winter, if you are from a low elevation and used to some cloud cover, you will get burned badly.
Please do not come and visit us in February-April. We get a lot of snow, even in Denver and you will not be going anywhere it a big storm has rolled through recently. (last year, I had house guests during a blizzard, not amusing)
No, no. We will not take you to the mountains, because the majority of visitors get altitude/motion sickness due to winding roads up through where the air is very thin. We will, however, obligingly putter you around the foothills and may possibly take you to the mountains if you seem to be ok and are in good health.
Yes, we know that the altitude makes you ill and tired, try not to whine too much and take a nap. Add one additional day on to your trip to sleep and allow the world to stop spinning.
Watch your alcohol consumption. Due to less oxygen, you will become a cheap drunk up here, even if you were a real bar warrior at sea level.
Final tip: remember that if you come to Denver, we are pretty far away from outdoor activities for the most part and something like white water rafting or camping takes a little bit of time to prepare for and then the drive time to get there. We can get you there, but you'd better tell us before hand. It's still a bit of the Wild West, but takes a drive and a little bit of planning and a nominal amount of cash.
 
2013-01-05 05:44:49 PM
Mr. Breeze:
o'really: airplane_mech2,

Its so easy to get caught up in all the things to do in CA, there's so much variety, not to mention how big it is, that I rarely venture out east. But it's worth it to get away, just to get a sense of how radically different culture ranges in this country.


"Do it. A lot of people think Cali has it all, but you'll find that every state has a lot of awesomeness that California doesn't have."

So in case it wasn't obvious, yes I'm looking for suggestions. I've been to colo, I agree people are nice (midwestern style nice).

And its for sure beautiful, but co (and utah, and similar states) are especially good for outdoor adventures.

if I take my man friend, he's pretty severely limited in activities (on workers comp, most everything causes pain), so I'm looking for something low impact. Maybe chilling on a beach, maybe weird museums n other quirkyness.

Anyone been to the caribbean and have suggestions? Don't wanna do mexico, drug crime and whatnot, plus I've been there tons of times.

If I do a beach, I'd prefer not to be hassled by really aggressive vendors.

Looking for something budget friendly...
 
2013-01-05 08:09:37 PM

o'really: Mr. Breeze:
o'really: airplane_mech2,

Its so easy to get caught up in all the things to do in CA, there's so much variety, not to mention how big it is, that I rarely venture out east. But it's worth it to get away, just to get a sense of how radically different culture ranges in this country.


"Do it. A lot of people think Cali has it all, but you'll find that every state has a lot of awesomeness that California doesn't have."

So in case it wasn't obvious, yes I'm looking for suggestions. I've been to colo, I agree people are nice (midwestern style nice).

And its for sure beautiful, but co (and utah, and similar states) are especially good for outdoor adventures.

if I take my man friend, he's pretty severely limited in activities (on workers comp, most everything causes pain), so I'm looking for something low impact. Maybe chilling on a beach, maybe weird museums n other quirkyness.

Anyone been to the caribbean and have suggestions? Don't wanna do mexico, drug crime and whatnot, plus I've been there tons of times.

If I do a beach, I'd prefer not to be hassled by really aggressive vendors.

Looking for something budget friendly...


Do you like to drive? I've driven through most states in the lower US except Oregon, Nevada, Florida, Oklahoma, Michigan and NY through Maine, which are next on my list. Driving is, by far, my favorite way to get around the country and see what's out there. If you want something outdoors and relatively inexpensive, go see some of the northern national parks such as Glacier or Yellowstone. You can drive from Billings, MT to Jackson Hole on what are arguably the most beautiful scenic highways in the country (in the summer months). For museums, head to DC. They have more free museums than you can see in a week's trip. I'm not big on beaches, but Charleston, SC is a beautiful coastal town. Have fun!
 
2013-01-06 02:20:38 PM
Mr. Breeze:

"Do you like to drive? I've driven through most states in the lower US except Oregon, Nevada, Florida, Oklahoma, Michigan and NY through Maine, which are next on my list. Driving is, by far, my favorite way to get around the country and see what's out there. If you want something outdoors and relatively inexpensive, go see some of the northern national parks such as Glacier or Yellowstone. You can drive from Billings, MT to Jackson Hole on what are arguably the most beautiful scenic highways in the country (in the summer months). For museums, head to DC. They have more free museums than you can see in a week's trip. I'm not big on beaches, but Charleston, SC is a beautiful coastal town. Have fun!"
I have driven thru colorado to wyoming (and most of the north western states), and I enjoyed it. The people are really nice and I was really into rock hounding as a kid, and wyoming is amazing for places to pick up gems and fossils all over public areas. I discovered a love for midwest american comfort food in wyoming too. I never ate fried chicken or fish as a kid, let alone jello/fruit salad concoctions.

I loved camping in oregon and hot springs in idaho as a kid as well.

I also did dc on a school trip as a kid.

I'm ok with driving, but I only can take off so long from work. Spent 3 wks in africa last year.

I would like to see more of the north east for sure, as well as the south, so I will definitely check out s carolina as a destination, dunno how the weather is down there this time of year. Maybe ill drive down to florida to check out the insanity!

I thought nevada was pretty boring, a lot is desert, but oregon is awesome, lots of empty beaches and lush greenery.

Michigan to ohio was a pretty road trip as well, I had no idea ohio would be so nice. And maine is amazing in fall I've heard, so good luck on your future road trips there.

For anyone else, the pacific coast hwy (hwy 1) is very beautiful, I'd recommend it. Especially around carmel, central ca coast. Summer is best, rain in winter can be annoying. Same with oregon.
 
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