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2014-06-17 08:50:30 AM

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.
 
2014-06-17 08:51:09 AM

Fritriac: Recoil Therapy: 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?

Some places in Frankfurt are really nice, like Alt-Sachsenhausen or some suburbs. Don't forget the zoological garden or the "Palmenhaus" (botanical garden). Central Frankfurt areas have the highest crime rate in Germany, so it's no wonder they look like a ghost town at night...

I worked there for a year and i'm lucky i could go back


Right but you can say something similar about most any other decent sized city in the world.  I know around here (Cincinnati) we've got a really good zoo, one of the better genealogical libraries outside of Utah,  neighborhoods filled with homes built back when people cared about their work & built houses to last 100+ years, and of course neighborhoods that you don't want to venture into in anything less than a loaded up main battle tank.

Unless an area has a specific historical or geographic feature that draws people, it's hard to see it as a destination.  In the list, Niagara Falls makes sense as those falls are pretty unique.  Likewise Dublin does too for the historical context for many.  It was just odd seeing a pretty generic large city without anything really special to make it stand out be on the list.  It is after all supposed to be a list of destinations, & much like Cincinnati, it seems that the only reason that many people go to Frankfurt is to switch planes & then go somewhere else.
 
2014-06-17 08:52:03 AM

Muta: buntz: The Canadian of the Falls isn't much better.

Yes, you have a better view of the Falls.  Then......what?

Clifton Hill?  19 wax museums and tourists.

Niagara on the Lake. Plenty of good food, good wine, good theater and a cool (ish) fort.


Agree.  Visit the falls but spend most of your time in NotL.  Avoid Clifton Hill as if there were zombies lurking there.

/ Bring a bike.
// Drink ice wine slushies and eat lobster poutine
/// Repeat
 
2014-06-17 08:52:10 AM
I've heard that Kabul is a nice winter destination.
 
2014-06-17 08:52:46 AM

MC Slim JB: Niagara Falls is pretty cool from the Canadian side.


No, it isn't.  Got to spend a couple of days there.  It is a cheap tourist trap town.  And since the town reaches all the way to the falls themselves, the falls look human-made. Part of the urban planing.
 
2014-06-17 08:54:04 AM
I have seen game shows that give away "exciting ... breathtaking ... whirlwind" vacations to spots like Houston, Texas.

Houston, Texas?  They don't even have Astroworld anymore!  Every place you go in Houston looks like every other crappy place in Houston.  It's like a bad dream, with traffic.
 
2014-06-17 08:55:44 AM
Can we add the New Orlean's French Quarter and the whole of Cancun to that list?
 
2014-06-17 08:56:00 AM

opiumpoopy: Tr0mBoNe: Any Magnetic Hill.

Non-magnetic hill with added gravity?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schiehallion_experiment


What a harebrained experiment! I Love it!
 
2014-06-17 08:56:49 AM

Joe Peanut: MC Slim JB: Niagara Falls is pretty cool from the Canadian side.

No, it isn't.  Got to spend a couple of days there.  It is a cheap tourist trap town.  And since the town reaches all the way to the falls themselves, the falls look human-made. Part of the urban planing.


Wait 5,000 years for the falls to be outside the current city limits.
 
2014-06-17 08:58:04 AM

Joe Peanut: Honolulu HI, specially Waikiki beach.  Honolulu feels like a mixture between Reno and Miami. And Waikiki is a narrow strip of sand next to a wall of hotels, each with either a DJ or a lounge singer at the beach front bar/restaurant.


yup. there aren't enough words to explain how much better the big island is

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WhiskeyBoy: But all the real fun Vegas has to offer is NOT on the strip.


i dunno, it's pretty fun to get crunk, play war at the wynn, and go to hash house a go go and eat till you pass out
 
2014-06-17 08:58:08 AM
Any place that requires you to spend more time waiting than you will enjoying what you just waited for, is not worth it.  Vacation time is precious, especially for Americans.  Not like those Euros that have a holiday every other week.
 
2014-06-17 08:58:12 AM
I had a great time in Vegas!  We stayed in Summerlin and hit up a bunch of hiking in the canyons around town, and even drove out to Zion (it's a farkin' hike! but it's cool).  Restaurants were pretty good.  Didn't see the strip at all.
 
2014-06-17 08:59:47 AM

Toy Boat: I have seen game shows that give away "exciting ... breathtaking ... whirlwind" vacations to spots like Houston, Texas.

Houston, Texas?  They don't even have Astroworld anymore!  Every place you go in Houston looks like every other crappy place in Houston.  It's like a bad dream, with traffic.



I hear Dallas, Arlington, and San Antonio are worth going to.  I have been to Houston and Galveston.  Galveston is only interesting because a lot of houses are built on stilts.  Houston doesn't even have that going for it.
 
2014-06-17 09:01:34 AM
DH and I were driving down Sunset Blvd and I mentioned that I expected the streets to be paved with gold and he responded that looking at it now, he was surprised they were paved at all.
 
2014-06-17 09:03:07 AM
I kind of agree with Vegas, but I'm generally too uptight to gamble, and the big vegas style shows aren't really my thing.  It IS a great gateway to the Desert though, with world class hiking and camping just hours away, and when you come back to civilization, you can hit a shower, eat tons of cheap food and hit a nudie bar before heading home.
 
2014-06-17 09:04:21 AM

WhiskeyBoy: And Frankfurt is a layover city, or a work trip. That's all. No one vacations to Frankfurt.


even the airport is shiate.
 
2014-06-17 09:04:31 AM
also i would rather vacation at a septic tank than branson, missouri
 
2014-06-17 09:05:52 AM
I'm going to Vegas for the first time this weekend. Any tips for a newbie?
 
2014-06-17 09:06:18 AM

CrazedHatter: I would disagree partly with the assessment of Niagara Falls, NY.  While the view of the falls IS better from the Canadian side, the experiences on each side are different - over in Canada it's more about seeing them.  On the AMERICAN side you actually get right up under them - Cave of the Winds is by far the best way to get a close up feeling for the falls, so long as you don't mind getting wet.

Both sides are very very good for experiencing the falls, it just comes down to different experiences.


The view from the state park is pretty stunning and the park itself is very nice.  Its worth a visit even if you plan on spending most of your time in Canada.  But lets not kid ourselves........NF, NY sucks.  It is a scary dump.  Maybe if the Bills move there it might change things?
 
2014-06-17 09:06:35 AM

Jamieboy: Gibraltar is a total rip.  But if you are in the neighborhood, by all means give it a look.  Same for the Temple Bar in Dublin.  Just keep one hand on your wallet and the other on your junk in both places.


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2014-06-17 09:10:44 AM
A better approach to this thread would be "What is someplace that really farking delivers.".

I'll start:  The Taj Mahal.  Yeah, it's crowded, and traveling in India is not without it's problems, but the thing is freaking gorgeous, and on top of it the unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture makes it all the cooler.

GO!
 
2014-06-17 09:12:20 AM
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.
 
2014-06-17 09:12:32 AM

Land Ark: Grand Cayman is a popular cruise ship destination and a real let down especially considering how much more the island has to offer if you are willing to sacrifice and stay on a fantastic island for more than a few hours rather than get on a boat with a bunch of cruisers.


Grand Cayman is just ok, but the beach/water was really great.  Sting Ray city though... I felt like a floating mark being body-checked by rubber suited kaiju.


/I fed those bastards no fish.
 
2014-06-17 09:13:18 AM

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

I'll start:  The Taj Mahal.  Yeah, it's crowded, and traveling in India is not without it's problems, but the thing is freaking gorgeous, and on top of it the unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture makes it all the cooler.

GO!


The Taj was fantastic. best to go at near sunset.
 
2014-06-17 09:13:34 AM

sprawl15: Joe Peanut: Honolulu HI, specially Waikiki beach.  Honolulu feels like a mixture between Reno and Miami. And Waikiki is a narrow strip of sand next to a wall of hotels, each with either a DJ or a lounge singer at the beach front bar/restaurant.

yup. there aren't enough words to explain how much better the big island is


Absolutely.  For me Honolulu is a speed-bump on my way to the Big Island.
 
2014-06-17 09:13:45 AM

Skarekrough: But you never really know a city until you get ahold of a vehicle and get off of the main drag.


This.  I guess I'm kind of weird like this, but part of what I enjoy most is just seeing how people in far-off lands live.  I've been to Paris, and did the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Sacre Coeur, etc, but I think the part I enjoyed most was just wandering around the city and seeing the everyday things that Parisians do.  Same is true of London (didn't go to South London though), Munich, Edinburgh, etc.  One thing that I enjoy doing that I doubt anyone else does is just visiting foreign supermarkets - I *love* the little freewheeling buggies they have in many English supermarkets that just don't seem to exist in the U.S.. :-)

There are certainly entertaining things to do and see that are marketed towards tourists in every place, but it's fascinating to see how those who live there just go about their lives, and it really doesn't cost anything but your time.
 
2014-06-17 09:13:49 AM

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


that depends, do you like hiking?  Great little canyons a short drive outside of town.
 
2014-06-17 09:14:58 AM

Gulper Eel: Orlando turns parents into idiots. My normally-sensible wife wants us to do a family trip to Disney World some summer and all I can think is "Florida in July? How about NO."

Seriously, screw Disney. If you've got little kids take 'em to Story Land or Santa's Village up in New Hampshire. It's way cheaper, it's not usually stupid hot, it's fairly uncrowded except for the North Conway outlet strip, and there's a lot of other things to do other than watching your wallet get hoovered.


Story Land made Parent's top ten amusement parks for kids recently so it might get more crowded. We're now going to go the next time we're up that way.

/however, I think Disney is pretty awesome.
 
2014-06-17 09:15:13 AM

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


Berlin is by far the best city I have ever been to.  Amsterdam is a close second.
 
2014-06-17 09:15:33 AM
Nassau is a GREAT place to stay. Just GTFO of the where the cruise ships dock. There's a great Indian restaurant at the edge of downtown and Arawak Cay has great restaurants (it's where locals go out for food).

Avoid going over the hill after dark
 
2014-06-17 09:16:46 AM

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


You need gambling tips, or what?  I assume you're staying on the strip.  You can't really get into any trouble unless you get violent.  If you're gambling the only rule is never bet what you can't afford to lose.  Make a limit for the week and each day and stick to it and you'll be fine.  At some point, it's nice to walk the strip.  The timing won't work out for all of these but the fountains in front of Bellagio, the volcano at Mirage and the pirate attack at Treasure Island are all little outdoor shows that are fun to catch if you're in the vicinity or walking by.  Many of the casinos are pimp, but you have to check out the entrance to Venitian and some of the inside, and Bellagio, Cesars and Aria are pretty damn nice inside too.  Drinks are free if you're gambling, if you want cheap drinks hit up any of those outdoor bars on the strip by the casinos I just mentioned.  They still have the margarita by the yard place too if you want to be that guy.
 
2014-06-17 09:16:50 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.  What a terrible place.  I would also add that if you are not a big museum person Florence sucks.
 
2014-06-17 09:16:59 AM

mekkab: Sting Ray city though... I felt like a floating mark being body-checked by rubber suited kaiju.


I don't know why, but I enjoyed the hell out of that.   For some reason being molested by stingrays is a lot better than it sounds.
 
2014-06-17 09:17:14 AM

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

that depends, do you like hiking?  Great little canyons a short drive outside of town.


I'm not into hiking to much, but I am and amateur photographer...I'm trying to find some out of the way place great for shooting.
 
2014-06-17 09:18:23 AM

buntz: The Canadian of the Falls isn't much better.

Yes, you have a better view of the Falls.  Then......what?

Clifton Hill?  19 wax museums and tourists.


I came to say the same thing. If you just want to see the falls you can go on a boat trip on either side. The rest is just touristy stuff. Canada Niagara Falls is only superior if you're under 21 and want to drink/gamble.
 
2014-06-17 09:18:32 AM
If you don't like to Play, don't friggin' go to Vegas! I've gone 2x a year for the last 10yrs and will be there again next month. Never seen a Show or anything like that, not interested. Grand Canyon? You fly over it on the way in, it's a big Hole in the ground. I've seen Quarries before Big Whoop! Since my 2nd trip out I always get a car and spend all day either Downtown or at different Off-Strip casinos where the table minimums are lower and the buffets are almost 1/2 of what the Tourists pay stuck on the strip. That's where you find the people that are here To play. 1st time I sat at a table for like 4hrs and commented that I just Had to get up, an older woman called me a Rookie! Damn! Players know what the odds are on a given game, we take a certain Bankroll for those activities. It's Adult Entertainment with a cost like any other, you have a Win Goal and a Loss Limit. Simple. I sunk my money into a Boat once, never do that again. I still have Fun Gambling in LV and an occasional drive up to AC for a couple days. I don't gamble at home, no desire to. Going Away to Stay and Play is the whole thing.
 
2014-06-17 09:18:50 AM
Vegas is a lot of fun, but it's not cool at all.  That's something you have to accept.  It's a corny adult Disneyland and it's best suited to people in shiny shirts and leased BMWs from LA suburbs who want to preen in a club that is identical to the clubs they have at home, but costs 3 times as much.

If you're the kind of person who loves places like Austin, then you're probably going to laugh at Vegas.  They do have that pinball hall of fame though.
 
2014-06-17 09:20:24 AM
wsupfoo2:
Disney is amazing for kids. As an adult, you'll be surprised at how not impressive it is if you have fond memories as a child


I used to go frequently as a kid. As an adult, it is tempting to go back to see the place again, but at the same time, i'm sure i'd just be pissed off at the crowding (that i didnt take care to notice as a kid), and even more pissed off at all the rides they have removed or changed.
 
2014-06-17 09:21:02 AM

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?


The friend I went to visit is from Philly and she was talking it up like we were gonna have a blast and the city was SO great. What a liar she turned out to be. Cheesesteak was good, the city sucked.
 
2014-06-17 09:22:17 AM

EasilyDistracted: Definitely "no" on #2, unless you like seeing nature despoiled by over-development and crappy souvenir shops.  True, there is much more to do on the Canadian side, and the view of the falls is better, but you can wander around the natural setting of the American side, walk to the water's edge on Green Island and see it like it was hundreds of years ago.  Tired of the crowded tourist attraction, I prefer the serenity of the American side.

Also, the American side has the Maid of the Mist...the Canadian side now has the obnoxious Hornblower boats that have sanitized the river experience.



This x1000

bark_atda_moon: Afterwards you go to Toronto which is a really great place to visit.


Also, this

My reccomendation for a Niagra Falls weekend trip is to hit the American Falls in the morning and walk around there for a few hours, then hit the Canadian side real quick to get a few pictures for a better (albeit more crowded and artificial) view. Then drive up to Toronto and spend the rest of your weekend there.
 
2014-06-17 09:22:33 AM

cgremlin: Skarekrough: But you never really know a city until you get ahold of a vehicle and get off of the main drag.

This.  I guess I'm kind of weird like this, but part of what I enjoy most is just seeing how people in far-off lands live.  I've been to Paris, and did the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Sacre Coeur, etc, but I think the part I enjoyed most was just wandering around the city and seeing the everyday things that Parisians do.  Same is true of London (didn't go to South London though), Munich, Edinburgh, etc.  One thing that I enjoy doing that I doubt anyone else does is just visiting foreign supermarkets - I *love* the little freewheeling buggies they have in many English supermarkets that just don't seem to exist in the U.S.. :-)

There are certainly entertaining things to do and see that are marketed towards tourists in every place, but it's fascinating to see how those who live there just go about their lives, and it really doesn't cost anything but your time.


I love going to the supermarket in Europe.  The prices are super-cheap and often the quality of meat and cheese is outstanding compared to what we're used to in an average supermarket.  I've gotten bread, cured meats, and cheese and lived off of that for several days.  It's a great way to eat cheap abroad.  That and the booze is so cheap too.
 
2014-06-17 09:22:47 AM

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

that depends, do you like hiking?  Great little canyons a short drive outside of town.

I'm not into hiking to much, but I am and amateur photographer...I'm trying to find some out of the way place great for shooting.


Red Rock Canyon is very close, Hoover dam is only about an hour.  You can rent a car and go to both, we did that years back.  There are wild burrows at Red rock.  They sell helicopter rides down to hoover dam also if you want to get some aerial pictures.
 
2014-06-17 09:23:34 AM

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



Dune Buggy riding is great.  Make sure you sign up for an hour or more.  We did 1/2 hour and that was not nearly enough time.

Strip clubs will give you a free ride there, but make sure you have enough to get home.  The drinks are beyond outrageous.  Its $17 for a rail rum and coke and $15 per beer.

I went to Craft Steak, the French restaurant at the Paris, and by far the best food I had was at the Popeyes chicken in the Excaliber.
 
2014-06-17 09:24:21 AM
$2.50 bottles of water is the biggest complaint against Disney?  I've seen that price at gas stations on the side of the highway.  Disneyworld evokes happy childhood memories, highway gas stations evoke memories of filthy bathrooms.
 
2014-06-17 09:24:40 AM

Rapmaster2000: Vegas is a lot of fun, but it's not cool at all.  That's something you have to accept.  It's a corny adult Disneyland and it's best suited to people in shiny shirts and leased BMWs from LA suburbs who want to preen in a club that is identical to the clubs they have at home, but costs 3 times as much.

If you're the kind of person who loves places like Austin, then you're probably going to laugh at Vegas.  They do have that pinball hall of fame though.


I love Vegas but it's starting to lose the luster for me now that flights aren't cheap any more and there are so many casinos closer to home.  Fun place to party but it isn't really offering anything I can't get someplace here for much cheaper.
 
2014-06-17 09:24:48 AM

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.
 
2014-06-17 09:24:54 AM
I've always considered Hollywood to be a neighborhood that some of my friends live in.  Whenever I go to visit, we don't go to whatever these tourist traps are.  Why would I go to a tourist trap?  I've lived in Atlanta for 14 years and I've never gone to the World of Coke.
 
2014-06-17 09:24:57 AM

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

You need gambling tips, or what?  I assume you're staying on the strip.  You can't really get into any trouble unless you get violent.  If you're gambling the only rule is never bet what you can't afford to lose.  Make a limit for the week and each day and stick to it and you'll be fine.  At some point, it's nice to walk the strip.  The timing won't work out for all of these but the fountains in front of Bellagio, the volcano at Mirage and the pirate attack at Treasure Island are all little outdoor shows that are fun to catch if you're in the vicinity or walking by.  Many of the casinos are pimp, but you have to check out the entrance to Venitian and some of the inside, and Bellagio, Cesars and Aria are pretty damn nice inside too.  Drinks are free if you're gambling, if you want cheap drinks hit up any of those outdoor bars on the strip by the casinos I just mentioned.  They still have the margarita by the yard place too if you want to be that guy.


I thought vegas law required you to be that guy the first time there...
 
2014-06-17 09:26:04 AM

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?


There's a lot of good history in Philadelphia. The Franklin Institute of Science alone is worth the trip
 
2014-06-17 09:28:41 AM

Carn: Rapmaster2000: Vegas is a lot of fun, but it's not cool at all.  That's something you have to accept.  It's a corny adult Disneyland and it's best suited to people in shiny shirts and leased BMWs from LA suburbs who want to preen in a club that is identical to the clubs they have at home, but costs 3 times as much.

If you're the kind of person who loves places like Austin, then you're probably going to laugh at Vegas.  They do have that pinball hall of fame though.

I love Vegas but it's starting to lose the luster for me now that flights aren't cheap any more and there are so many casinos closer to home.  Fun place to party but it isn't really offering anything I can't get someplace here for much cheaper.


I don't really gamble so that part of Vegas never worked for me so all that I have to love is over-the-top tackiness.  I like places downtown and older strip places like the Flamingo.  I could really give a damn about Planet Hollywood or those Excalibur like places that were built in Vegas' "family-friendly" phase.

I used to dig the Barbary Coast too because it was young, grungy, and raucous.  I think that's gone now.

/also slots-o-fun
 
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