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2014-06-17 10:26:47 AM  
I'd say Athens Greece is worth a few days.  When we were there in 2009 the old Acropolic Museum was closed and the new one wasn't open yet.  Nevertheless the Acropolis was awesome.  The National Museum has some good stuff to look at.  The Plaka and Syntagma Square were OK if you like crowded little shops full of knick knacks.  My kids found Syntagma a welcome site because it has a McDonalds.  We were there in late August and it was still very hot but the peak season was over and prices were coming down.  We spent about 7 days on Naxos Island, which was nice.  Not too overdeveloped and the beaches were good.

I guess Syntagma was the epicenter of a lot of the protests over the last few years.  I wonder how things are there now.
 
2014-06-17 10:27:05 AM  

LemSkroob: Leaning tower of Pisa.

I've lived in Italy and have seen most all there is to see, and Pisa is at the very bottom of the list.


THIS! Pisa is a dump.
 
2014-06-17 10:27:37 AM  
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2014-06-17 10:28:34 AM  

fireclown: A better approach to this thread would be "What is someplace that really farking delivers.".



If you're a beach person: Cephalonia, Greece (except that we couldn't find kayak rentals):
lh6.googleusercontent.com
Best beaches I have ever seen, hands down.  And with some exploring you can find nice private ones, like this.

If you're an ourdoorsy person, the island of Dominica (canyoning in volcanically heated waters!), New Zealand's southern island.
Cape Town, South Africa comes in a close third here, only because there is cheap white shark cage diving.

If you're a bars, clubs, and nightlife person, Bangkok, Berlin, and (oddly enough) Warsaw, Poland (so long as it's spring or summer).

If you're an extreme sports outdoorsy person (hiking, biking, climbing, offroading), nothing beats Moab, Utah.
 
2014-06-17 10:29:03 AM  
 
2014-06-17 10:31:41 AM  

LemSkroob: Born_Again_Bavarian: LemSkroob: Leaning tower of Pisa.

I've lived in Italy and have seen most all there is to see, and Pisa is at the very bottom of the list.

This.  What a terrible place.  I would also add that if you are not a big museum person Florence sucks.

Florence is where i lived, and while it is big on museum stuff, if that isnt your bag, there are literally 1,000 other historical buildings and sites to see. And it that still isnt your thing, there is always just chilling in a piazza with a coffee, of which there are dozens of (piazzas, that is).

Pisa is basically a 3rd rate city with a train station a long walk away from its main attraction, with not much in between.

Florence can lose half its landmarks and still be a destination. Pisa only has one thing going, and thats only impressive because of its accidental situation. Architecturally, the tower and Duomo are fine, but there are better examples of their styles within Tuscany alone.


I don't mean to rag on the city but it just wasn't for me.  We were staying down near Siena and figured it would be fun to spend the day in Florence.  It was crowded despite only being mid April.  The city smelled of piss and garbage.  The pan handlers were aggressive.  There were lines for everything,.  We bugged out after only a few hours and headed back to San Gimignano which is so much more our speed. Our trip overall consisted of hiking in the Swiss Alps, Cinco Terra, exploring sleepy towns along Lake Maggiore and staying at a small winery just outside of Siena.  We just weren't in the mood for a city.
 
2014-06-17 10:32:16 AM  

Voiceofreason01: The biggest complaint they have about Disney World is $2.50 bottles of water(OH NO!)?

That still makes them less greedy than any airport vendor.
 
2014-06-17 10:33:05 AM  
Nassau was fine, just avoid town on any day when 2+ Disney or Carnival mega-ships are in port.   Go on an off day, take a couple of factory tours:  Graycliff Cigars and Bacardi.  Or be daring, take a quick hop over to Cuba for a day.

I disagree with prior posts on Atlantis and Paradise Island.   If you are willing to pay the price, The Cove at Atlantis is worth it;  I'd rate it as the nicest hotel in the Americas.   There's nothing like wandering around the gardens of Atlantis in the middle of the night, smoking cigars and admiring the amazing job they've done with landscaping and lighting.    And it's a pretty freaking amazing waterpark during the day.
 
2014-06-17 10:35:08 AM  

learn2fly: I'm going to Vegas for the first time this weekend. Any tips for a newbie?


Yes. Summon your inner child and enjoy the shiat out of the trip.

Go to ALL the casinos on the strip at night. They have Mardi Gras! They have a pirate ship fighting a British ship! There are talking camels! Men dressed in Centurion outfits! The ceilings mimic a sky! Ride all the rides! Take the free tram! Relax by a pool! It's farking hot outside during the day! Look at all the funny people and you're one of them! Have a banal conversation with everyone you meet! Gamble. Play the farking slot machines. Some really smart people figured out a way to get you to keep playing and losing and look at all the fun flashing lights! Eat at all the restaurants. Keep a big farking smile on your face because you're on vacation doing something that you haven't done before.

If you get a car the Red Rock Canyon state park is worth it or Death Valley, or Joshua Tree National Park, or the farking Mojave desert. Get a map.

When you leave, tired out and hopefully just a bit sunburned, remember how much fun you had and think of all the things you did and saw that you don't normally do or see and that it will all be waiting for you if you ever come back. That's how to do a vacation.
 
2014-06-17 10:36:25 AM  

topcon: farkeruk: fireclown: A better approach to this thread would be "What is someplace that really farking delivers.".

Paris.

There's a few tips: avoid eating and drinking in the central areas - you'll get stiffed - but other than that - it's architecturally beautiful, has lots of impressive sights to see, loads of art, great shopping. Go at the right times and hotels are cheap (when everyone leaves the city). And once you've done the big sights, there's still tons of smaller ones too. And eating in the outer arrondisements (which is like 15 minutes on a metro) is no more expensive than anywhere else.

Yep!  Don't eat or drink ON the Champs Elysees, ever.  Go behind a few streets and you can find some great places though.

For instance, I ate dinner at this place last year, just minutes walk from tourists traps on the Champs:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d802123-Reviews -C omptoir_de_l_Arc-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

Duck confit dinner was only like 10 euros, wine was cheap.

Here's what happened ON the Champs Elysees:

One morning I wanted a cappuccino and an omlette.  I said to myself "Alright, no big deal, I'm just going to eat here on the Champs and people watch."  The omlette was reasonably priced, like 6 euros.  Yeah, it's expensive, but I expected that for the view.  I also got the cappuccino, which I didn't see the price of...it was nearly 8 euros.  EIGHT!  It wasn't even big, it was small!  That's about $11.  So that was a surprise.

Anyway...I was in Paris off season and it was all quite cheap as I didn't do stupid shiat like that very often.  Some of the hotels I stayed at were only ~100 euros a night, but if it had been peak season, they were $300-400 a night.


For food I hit small grocers for breakfast and dinner. Staples like bread, meat, yogurt and vegetables are cheap. If you want to buy pop and chips be prepared to pay through the ass (a 600ml bottle of coke cost 3.50 euro!). If you're going to eat in a restaurant don't go any place in a touristy area. Like you said go over a couple of streets.

For hotels I always stay outside the city and take the metro in. You pay half what it costs in the city center and the metro is very user friendly. Last time I was there I stayed in Malakoff, which is a 15 minute subway ride from the Louvre, and only 40 euro a night for two people.

The best time to visit is May. It's "shoulder season", so the prices and weather are generally good.

Bathrooms are an issue in Paris. Public restrooms are rare and many restaurants / cafes don't have public facilities. Use them when they're available. Some places have access codes for the washrooms that you have to request when you purchase food.

Plan a full day for the Louvre. It's massive and there's a lot to see besides the Mona Lisa and Venus De Milo. Enter through the metro station in the lower level to save a long lineup. Most tourists flock to see Mona and Venus, so these two exhibits are always crowded but the rest of the place isn't bad. Also, check out the Rodin Museum which is about a 15 minute walk from the Louvre. Well worth the visit.

Don't pay to go up the Arc de Triomphe, it's not worth it. You get more bang for your buck on the Eiffel Tower.
 
2014-06-17 10:36:46 AM  

fireclown: A better approach to this thread would be "What is someplace that really farking delivers.".


Fair enough. As far as cities go, i was really impressed with: New York City; Washington DC; Tokyo, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Hong Kong, China; Singapore; Ayutthaya, Thailand;  and Santiago, Chile.

Sites i was impressed with: The Badlands, South Carolina; The Grand Canyon, Arizona; Monument Valley, Utah; The Adirondacks, New York; White Sands National Monument, New Mexico; Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona; Castle Rock, Kansas; Niagra Falls, New York (despite what TFA says); Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nokogiri-yama, Chiba, Japan; and Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, China
 
2014-06-17 10:36:58 AM  

DrPainMD: List fails without Bourbon Street. Yeah, the bars are cool, but they're crowded. The food is awesome, but the entire French Quarter smells like fermenting vomit and rotting urine. And check for an adam's apple on that hot chick who wants to blow you.


Ah, the sights and smells of Bourbon Street.  That section of town is basically Tijuana with gypsy jazz.  Tourist puking against a building, prostitutes jumping to avoid the splash, holes in the sidewalk filled with the fetid runoff, barkers enticing elderly couples into dingy strip clubs.
 
2014-06-17 10:37:11 AM  

APO_Buddha: So anyone ever been to Stuttgart, Germany?  I'm going to visit some friends for 8 days at the end of September.  It is during Oktoberfest, but I want to do some other things besides drinking beer.

/Don't worry Farkers, beer drinking will still happen


Probably not open in September, but germans are pretty into public pools.

Haven't been to Stuttgart, but i lived in Germany, and it's pretty boring in general. Everything closes super early. They do love festivals and public drinking.

The no speed limit Autobahn is pretty cool. Rent a nice car and go wild. Drinking on the train is legal and encouraged. My favorite city in Germany is koln. Beautiful train ride along the rhine to get there, might be worth the trip.

Stuttgart apparently has a bunch of vineyards, maybe you could go wine tasting? There's a couple car museums there too.

Check out tripadvisor.com and lonely planet. Maybe virtualtourist.com too. Good luck.
 
2014-06-17 10:38:16 AM  
Niagra Falls does not surprise me. The American side really is boring. Disney World will really get my parents going since they love that place.

I will just stick to the many relaxing beaches the East Coast has to offer. Best ones in my opinion are Ocean City, MD, Outer Banks, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC.
 
2014-06-17 10:38:36 AM  

bniath: http://www.interlaken.ch/en/discover-interlaken.html


Interlaken maybe.  But head up into the Lauterbrunnen Valley and you are in someplace really special if you are into hiking and just enjoying the splendor of the Alps.
 
2014-06-17 10:42:07 AM  

Eskaminagaga: The places that i have been dissapointed with are Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Busan.


Not sure how busan was disappointing. That's my favorite city in korea.

Families sleeping on the beach cuz it's so hot out? How cool is that? I love how safe korea is.

Amazing seafood, great clubs. Bartenders who do crazy synchronized dances just for fun, on a weeknight.
 
2014-06-17 10:42:32 AM  

Rapmaster2000: What if I have really low expectations for St. Louis and Baltimore?


fireclown: Who ever built up Baltimore as a tourist spot?  I'm kind of a Baltimore supporter (I went to college there), but Charm City is generally known as a city with some very real problems.


Baltimore was never really built up for me, i did not know what to expect before going. When I arrived, i found it was all ghettos with the small exception of the area over by the Waterfront.

I had low expectations for St. Louis before i went. It was worse than expected.
 
2014-06-17 10:42:43 AM  
Some people are disappointed no matter where they go.  And they are surprisingly prolific about it.
 
2014-06-17 10:45:23 AM  

Jesus Farking Christ: Anyone having problems with Huffington Post on the iPhone where it blocks the ability to switch between pages with an ad?


Yep.

#1 reason I've stopped clicking on huffpo links.

/if you have to resort to stupid tricks like that to generate revenue, you can fark the hell off
 
2014-06-17 10:47:27 AM  

LadySusan: learn2fly: I'm going to Vegas for the first time this weekend. Any tips for a newbie?

Yes. Summon your inner child and enjoy the shiat out of the trip.

Go to ALL the casinos on the strip at night. They have Mardi Gras! They have a pirate ship fighting a British ship! There are talking camels! Men dressed in Centurion outfits! The ceilings mimic a sky! Ride all the rides! Take the free tram! Relax by a pool! It's farking hot outside during the day! Look at all the funny people and you're one of them! Have a banal conversation with everyone you meet! Gamble. Play the farking slot machines. Some really smart people figured out a way to get you to keep playing and losing and look at all the fun flashing lights! Eat at all the restaurants. Keep a big farking smile on your face because you're on vacation doing something that you haven't done before.

If you get a car the Red Rock Canyon state park is worth it or Death Valley, or Joshua Tree National Park, or the farking Mojave desert. Get a map.

When you leave, tired out and hopefully just a bit sunburned, remember how much fun you had and think of all the things you did and saw that you don't normally do or see and that it will all be waiting for you if you ever come back. That's how to do a vacation.


^^ This is said much better than I put it.  I will add that the slingshot or whatever the top ride on the Stratosphere is, is amazing, and the view both day and especially at night is just amazing.
 
2014-06-17 10:51:11 AM  
What you think the casino will be like....

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What the casino is actually like....

i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-17 10:52:04 AM  
Everyone of theses places have a waffle house near by.
If anything screams "Culture" at the top of its drunken lungs, it's a faking waffle house.
Even a Belgian one.
 
2014-06-17 10:52:43 AM  

DrPainMD: List fails without Bourbon Street. Yeah, the bars are cool, but they're crowded. The food is awesome, but the entire French Quarter smells like fermenting vomit and rotting urine. And check for an adam's apple on that hot chick who wants to blow you.


Why would you do that?  Don't ask questions you don't want the answer to.
 
2014-06-17 10:53:56 AM  

chewd: What you think the casino will be like....

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What the casino is actually like....

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Big tip for table games - never play with grumpy people or sore losers.  I always have a blast gambling even when I'm losing my shirt.  If you're not having fun, find another table/pit/casino.
 
2014-06-17 10:54:32 AM  

Hawnkee: FLMountainMan: QueenMamaBee: I didn't think Vegas was all that bad. I was far more disappointed by Philly than I was Vegas.

Why the hell did you have expectations for Philly?

South St. was great until the Zipperhead moved around the corner and got renamed. After that, all that's left worth going to is Armed & Dangerous. Other than that, the goth club scene is pretty much all that's left.


South St was lame and corporate a decade before Zipperhead finally moved.

/I'm from Philly and I can't believe anyone would come to see South St from another part of the country.
 
2014-06-17 10:57:42 AM  

o'really: Eskaminagaga: The places that i have been dissapointed with are Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Busan.

Not sure how busan was disappointing. That's my favorite city in korea.

Families sleeping on the beach cuz it's so hot out? How cool is that? I love how safe korea is.

Amazing seafood, great clubs. Bartenders who do crazy synchronized dances just for fun, on a weeknight.


I was expecting more of a city like Seoul; It just did not live up to that. It was a nice city other than that and i still enjoyed my time there.
 
2014-06-17 10:59:40 AM  

Skarekrough: Las Vegas? Get off the strip,man. Dine at a place that only locals would.


If I wanted to go to a place that only the locals would go, I'd stay home. I only vacay at places with a Bubba Gump Shrimp or a Hard Rock Cafe.

/I like to road trip; my best vacation was a hostel trip from Amsterdam (Zwolle, actually) to Berlin, Krakow, Vienna, and Salzburg. Krakow and Salzburg are the coolest places I've ever been.
 
2014-06-17 11:03:59 AM  

MBooda: 8. Disneyworld. Meh, You can still have fun on Space Mountain and some of the other rides. But for god's sake don't eat the food.


I assume this is more aimed at pricing issues than food quality? Epcot's dining selection is farking great, as well as quite a few of the hotels.
 
2014-06-17 11:04:50 AM  

Eskaminagaga: Baltimore was never really built up for me, i did not know what to expect before going. When I arrived, i found it was all ghettos with the small exception of the area over by the Waterfront.


Canton is pretty fun.    And if you go again, catch a movie at the Charles theater.
 
2014-06-17 11:05:17 AM  

LordBeavis: DrPainMD: List fails without Bourbon Street. Yeah, the bars are cool, but they're crowded. The food is awesome, but the entire French Quarter smells like fermenting vomit and rotting urine. And check for an adam's apple on that hot chick who wants to blow you.

Why would you do that?  Don't ask questions you don't want the answer to.


LOL! Just lie back and think of England?
 
2014-06-17 11:08:00 AM  

LadySusan: learn2fly: I'm going to Vegas for the first time this weekend. Any tips for a newbie?

Yes. Summon your inner child and enjoy the shiat out of the trip.

Go to ALL the casinos on the strip at night. They have Mardi Gras! They have a pirate ship fighting a British ship! There are talking camels! Men dressed in Centurion outfits! The ceilings mimic a sky! Ride all the rides! Take the free tram! Relax by a pool! It's farking hot outside during the day! Look at all the funny people and you're one of them! Have a banal conversation with everyone you meet! Gamble. Play the farking slot machines. Some really smart people figured out a way to get you to keep playing and losing and look at all the fun flashing lights! Eat at all the restaurants. Keep a big farking smile on your face because you're on vacation doing something that you haven't done before.

If you get a car the Red Rock Canyon state park is worth it or Death Valley, or Joshua Tree National Park, or the farking Mojave desert. Get a map.

When you leave, tired out and hopefully just a bit sunburned, remember how much fun you had and think of all the things you did and saw that you don't normally do or see and that it will all be waiting for you if you ever come back. That's how to do a vacation.


Will you go with me? I have a feeling our sarcasm would be a perfect match.
 
2014-06-17 11:09:50 AM  

Xenomech: Land Ark: On the ride up from Edinburgh we passed about 500 Lochs. Any one of those would have provided the same level of interest.

And the same level of monsters.


One in each Loch, that has only been seen in low-quality pictures? That's amazing!
 
2014-06-17 11:12:33 AM  
The other Vegas (spelled differently as Weggis, Luzern) is quite nice, and these a small casino. It's near the base of the cable car to the top of Mt. Pilatus.

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2014-06-17 11:12:54 AM  

APO_Buddha: So anyone ever been to Stuttgart, Germany?  I'm going to visit some friends for 8 days at the end of September.  It is during Oktoberfest, but I want to do some other things besides drinking beer.

/Don't worry Farkers, beer drinking will still happen


Stuttgart has a very decent art museum with a huge collection of Otto Dix who became famous for his brutal depiction of WW1. If you are into German History the "Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württembergs" is cool, but ... in German. Very nice exhibits on their democratic revolution of 1848 that was crushed (notable refugee from that time: later Secretary of the Interior Karl Schurz). Around the corner is Ludwigsburg with a nice baroque residence and a huge park and a kind of German "Disney Land" of the 50ies that depicts fairy tales from the "Brothers Grimm" (but be warned: it *is* 50ies and for children but not without charm and the admission is included in the park fee). The Zoo (Wilhelma) is very good. You can easily spend an entire day there. Also, Stuttgart is known for modern architecture, the most famous example (besides the train station from the 20ies), is the Weißenhof Siedlung with "model housing" from the 20ies.All the big shots of the time created their model house, a guided tour is possible and recommended.

If you want to eat like a native: Go to the "Kiste", small restaurant/pub with good Spätzle. Drink Trollinger or Lemberger (red wine) or a local beer. The one from the Stuttgarter Oktoberfest is actually quite tasty. If you want to have a look at German students: Visit the "Fischlabor" in the Feuerbacher Straße (?), that's how people try to be hip in rather staid Southern Germany. In Degerloch (sub urb) is a rather famous musical stage, but I am not into this kind of entertainment and can't comment!

For a nice scenery: Try the Killesberg. And as mentioned, there is a Porsche Museum and a Mercedes Museum.
 
2014-06-17 11:16:18 AM  

mbillips: Seriously, subby, casinos suck. Gambling is for retards. I would argue the point about Disney World, but then I'm a person of sufficient means to not look at the price of cocktails, souvenirs and meals when I go on vacation (I'm not rich, but I have a solid cash position, and I don't go on vacation very often). The Mouse is very good at entertainment, and you pay full price for it.

Pretty solid list, actually.


If you go to Vegas only for gambling, then yes, you suck and your trip sucks.

I was there for 4 days on a business trip. I spent 6 hours each day doing business stuff, 4-6 hours sleeping, and the rest of the time sightseeing, attending the live shows, and having fun. I spent 1 whole hour the entire trip gambling, and that was just to pass the time until the next show i wanted to see. Won $200 in the process.

I still didn't get to do half the things I wanted to do.

/Will be going back someday, when I can afford a trip on my own
 
2014-06-17 11:18:51 AM  

talkertopc: I've never been to Disney myself but everyone I know who have loved it, I must say I'm not sure which one they went to except that it was not Euro Disney. Same thing for Las Vegas.

Surprised to not see Paris on the list, I've seen quite long lines to visit the Eiffel tower and the Louvre in pictures (Google street view?). I would nonetheless totally spend most of my time in the Louvre  if I ever went to Paris, I'd just stay away from the Mona Lisa which I guess is the main attraction for most tourists.


paris is a great tourist destination. it's a city i LOVE to visit...but i would never live there. i highly recommend going and doing all the touristy things (and i'm not one to push the "do the touristy things" bit...but if you want non-touristy france, go elsewhere...it's a big country). the key to visiting the louvre is to get there when it opens. line is nearly non-existent, and you have all day to explore! and i would not plan anything else that day...you may end up with time for other stuff, or you may, indeed, spend all day there.

i've never had to wait more than 30 minutes to get into the tower, either...don't know if it was luck all 5 or 6 times, or if they're just really fast, but fact remains, i've never waited
 
2014-06-17 11:25:33 AM  

fozziewazzi: Tikal, Guatemala.  Go there on a weekday, take the first min-van from your hotel that will get you there ~6am, make a bee-line for the grand plaza.  You'll likely be the only one there.  I had breakfast at the top of the pyramid, there was no one around, and I heard nothing but howler monkeys and parrots.  As impressive as the place looks now I imagined how majestic, colorful and vibrant it must have been in it's heyday.


You saw An Idiot Abroad, didn't you. Karl Pilkington did the same thing. Not so idiotic after all.
 
2014-06-17 11:31:08 AM  

learn2fly: I'm going to Vegas for the first time this weekend. Any tips for a newbie?


Bring your gps and rent a car for the weekend - don't take a cab. Plan to have a good meal somewhere off the strip - surprisingly, the food choices there are either real expensive meals or buffets, or the same crappy fast food you can get at home.

I tuck in early and get up early; craps before bed, 21 at 4am, slots at the airport.

Hydrate with water constantly, plus extra for every drink consumed. Bring comfortable shoes - you'll probably be walking 20 miles or more in a desert covered with concrete.

If you're going with your wife, (or someone else's wife), have her walk 10 foot ahead when entering a casino - keeps the hard sell show hacks away.

Go to Fremont St early on for a while.

Have a blast - the first time is always the best.
 
2014-06-17 11:31:33 AM  

kdawg7736: Niagra Falls does not surprise me. The American side really is boring. Disney World will really get my parents going since they love that place.

I will just stick to the many relaxing beaches the East Coast has to offer. Best ones in my opinion are Ocean City, MD, Outer Banks, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC.


That was a troll, right?

MB is like one big theme park.  And the theme is white trash.
 
2014-06-17 11:33:55 AM  

Tyrosine: I gotta agree with them on Frankfurt. It was basically bombed flat during the war, so there's few historical buildings remaining and there's not much to see unless you're an accountant and want to tour the financial district. On the plus side the big hostel near the train station is exceptionally clean, safe, and well run and they do have a local apple cider called apfelwein which is awesome.

Better options that are not on every tourist's radar are Strasbourg and Frieburg. If you go to Strasbourg avoid the hostel on the Rhine outside of town: too remote and too sterile.


frankfurt is a blast when you're stationed at ramstein and want to visit the red light district without driving to amsterdam

yes, i lived across the street from a brothel outside of ramstein, but it's not the same as "walking the stairs" in frankfurt

plus, sachsenhausen is a great bar/restaurant district

but, aside from those things, no...frankfurt am main is not really a tourist city...there are plenty other cities, some very close by, that are great for tourism. heck, within a 30 or 40 minute drive from the airport you can take a 1 or more day vacation on the wine road (weinstrasse), and overlapping the time of the oktoberfest in munich, there is the bad duerkheim wurstfest (sausage fest), which happens to be the largest wine fest in the world...i went to that fest 3 times, and never had a desire to go to the incredibly overcrowded drunk fest down in munich
 
2014-06-17 11:34:42 AM  
Ah, Hollywood. Where the panhandlers are like crapping pigeons and the crackheads throw things at you.

And when did WDW drop the price on a bottle of water? It was $3.50/bottle when I was last there in 1986 (oh, and don't think you can get away with just using a drinking fountain.  They don't have any.)
 
2014-06-17 11:40:11 AM  

talkertopc: Surprised to not see Paris on the list, I've seen quite long lines to visit the Eiffel tower and the Louvre in pictures (Google street view?). I would nonetheless totally spend most of my time in the Louvre  if I ever went to Paris, I'd just stay away from the Mona Lisa which I guess is the main attraction for most tourists.


Go at the right times and the Eiffel Tower has a 5 minute queue. I know, I've done it. On a summer's afternoon, yeah, it's crowded.

A friend of mine recommended early evening, like just before sunset. The crowds have gone down, and you can see it in sunshine, sunset and night time.
 
2014-06-17 11:42:01 AM  

slave2grind: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Nuff said.


Ah, the giant beached whale is fun for a picnic or a hike.

Just don't buy any of the concessions.
 
2014-06-17 11:44:14 AM  

Recoil Therapy: you're pretty much guaranteed to walk away from Vegas poorer than when you arrived.

WTF indeed. Anyone going to Vegas expecting to come back with more money than they arrived with is an optimistic fool.  You have to pay for all those lights somehow... In fact anyone going on vacation anywhere expecting not to spend money doesn't really understand how life works.

I do have to admit though that I learned something from TFA.  In all my years revolving around the sun, I had never thought of Frankfurt as a destination vacation.  Munich perhaps during Octoberfest but Frankfurt?

Why would you want to go during Octoberfest? There are more people than the city can handle, everything is way overpriced (i.e. hotel rooms that would cost 50 a night are now 400), half a litre of beer is $15, there is no service whatsoever and it is full of rude smelly drunken people and vomit.

I recommend to get drunk at home and visit Munich anytime but octoberfest
 
2014-06-17 11:46:36 AM  

Delta1212: "I don't know how to have fun and no one else should either"


Seriously.

If you can't have fun at Disney World or Las Vegas, the problem is you.
 
2014-06-17 11:48:13 AM  
gdamn fark.  making me click the link...
 
2014-06-17 11:49:49 AM  
After three weeks in Spain, I had a blast in Gibraltar.  Lager and lime and a proper fry up for breakfast.  Mmmm... Plus that cave with the performance space and the tour of the cannons was fascinating.  And then we went across to Africa from Algeciras for the day which was a hole tourist culture shock.
 
2014-06-17 11:51:41 AM  
For anyone doing India, do it off-season.

Yeah, that means the hot season, but in the northern areas, its that desert-dry heat. Most places were empty when they have hours-long lines in the busy season (the Taj, the palaces, etc).

The biggest benefit was the cost. We were staying in 5-star and "heritage" level hotels (basically converted palaces themselves) for less than $80 a night.    And we had these hotels almost to ourselves. maybe 10% occupancy at that time.

No joke, these were the hotels  http://www.welcomheritagehotels.in/

We also got  a full time personal tour guide/driver for 8 days for around $1,000 (try that in in Italy or France and pay 5-figures).
 
2014-06-17 11:53:23 AM  

mbillips: Copperbelly watersnake: For me, the worst is Pigeon Forge or I as I like to call it the big stretch of butt ugly you have to drive through to get to the Smokies. There really is no good way around it if you're approaching the Smokies from the north. Most of the places on the list are good places to go if you avoid the tourist traps.

Disney is fun if you have kids. If you don't have kids, there are better amusement parks to go to.

Go through Maryville and Townsend; takes you straight to Gatlinburg along scenic Old State Highway 73 and avoids Pigeon Forge. Takes a bitl longer, but it's a gorgeous drive.


Agreed.  This is the direct way into to Cade's Cove.  And for a bonus, there is a top notch BBQ joint in Townsend.

As for Pigeon itself, it's fun if you have some little kids. Otherwise, avoid.
 
2014-06-17 11:56:36 AM  
230+ comments and no mention of Detroit?  Odd.
 
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