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2014-06-17 09:30:30 AM  
I've finally learned, embarrassingly late in life, that the purpose of HuffPo articles like this is to generate the maximum number of hits from Fark-like web sites.
 
2014-06-17 09:30:59 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!


Antigua, Guatemala.  All the amazing architecture, a cool backstory, wonderful people, amazing restaurants, volcanoes you can climb to the (active) crater, and hardly any tourists at all.  Imagine walking around the earthquake ruins of a Spanish gothic cathedral, with NOBODY else there.
 
2014-06-17 09:32:18 AM  

bark_atda_moon:  I have been to Houston and Galveston.  Galveston is only interesting because a lot of houses are built on stilts.


Don't forget, Galveston also has a mud beach that is usually covered by forty yards of seaweed.
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Not much of a beach.  Just where the ocean meets the land.

This, dear reader, is a beach
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2014-06-17 09:33:12 AM  

liam76: 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...


I think it's recommended but they won't deport you if you stick to giant well drinks.
 
2014-06-17 09:34:07 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!


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.

By 10am the tour buses started rolling in.
 
2014-06-17 09:36:18 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.


The lines go quickly and are longer at different times of the day.
Also, I wasn't impressed with the Louvre. In my opinion, the only notable things to see in it are the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, the rest of it is like any other museum in a major city. If you want artwork by notable artists, visit the Musee D'Orsay. I was in heaven there as it featured some of my favourite artists.
 
2014-06-17 09:36:36 AM  

Toy Boat: bark_atda_moon:  I have been to Houston and Galveston.  Galveston is only interesting because a lot of houses are built on stilts.

Don't forget, Galveston also has a mud beach that is usually covered by forty yards of seaweed.
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Not much of a beach.  Just where the ocean meets the land.

This, dear reader, is a beach
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Destin, Florida
\sugar white sand, blue-green waters
\\pretty busy during the summer months
\\\head there in the off-season
\\\\or, keep heading east
\\not as far as Panama City, though
// slashies are to commemorate the anniversary of the slow white Bronco ride


Yeah, Galveston blew me away with its crappiness.  It's about as pleasant as Chicago Heights, IL, but on a beach.

Grayton Beach is my favorite beach in the panhandle area.
 
2014-06-17 09:37:32 AM  

bark_atda_moon: 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.


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All I can think of when I hear "Berlin".

I loved Amsterdam.  I wish I would have gotten to spend more time there.

I am also a big fan of Cuzco, Peru.  It's not really a destination as such, it's more of the setting off point for  the highland part of Peru.  It's all tiny hotels, some cathedrals and storefronts where you can book trips to Machu Piccu, horseback tours of the sacred valley and month long hikes on the Inca trail.  It's like a freaking D+D villiage in Spanish, and with guinea pigs thrown in.  And some purple drink that was pretty good.
 
2014-06-17 09:39:06 AM  

Rapmaster2000: 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


Yeah without gambling it's a one visit town I'd say for sure.  One friend of mine doesn't gamble but he goes there cuz he loves the clubs.  To each their own - those places make me want to slit my wrists.  The Excalibur is just... awful.  For old school I loved the Tropicana, but they remodeled the whole thing inside and out.  I used to love how old school cheesey it was with the damn trapeze right in the front.
 
2014-06-17 09:39:45 AM  
I like vegas but I am able to spend a lot of time at the tables. If I didn't enjoy gambling I don't think vegas would be worth it.
 
2014-06-17 09:40:10 AM  

mesmer242: 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.


When my kids were little, we made the trek up to Story Land at least once every summer.  Santa's Village on occasion too.  My kids loved loved LOVED the "Find-all-26-letters=win-a-prize" thing at Santa' Village.  Of course I live in New Hampshire so it's not that far of a drive for me.  But yeah, it's not that hard to find discount tickets and while it ain't no Disney, you get a lot for your money.  Be forewarned: these parks are aimed at the kiddies. There's no Pleasure Island or big coasters or the like.  Also, they are only open in the Spring and Summer and since the sun stays up well past 8:00 PM at that time of year, there is not nightlife or even lights at any of the parks.  Everything closes when the sun goes down.

As to Disney: the secret is to go when the crowds aren't there.  That means no Summer (too hot anyway), Christmas vacation, February break, Spring break, etc.  We made our family trek to Orlando the last week of September back when our kids were in Kindergarten and 3rd grade.  The place was practically deserted and the workers there are all but falling over to help you.  There's mostly older people there so my kids got picked for everything: the parade, the shows, you name it.  We saw everything and never waited in a line.  Yes, they missed a week of school, but so what?  We only did it once and it was well worth it.  There's nothing they learn at that age that you can't make up for at home.
 
2014-06-17 09:41:45 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!


Anywhere in Yellowstone about 200 yards from the parking lot.  The place is unique and impressive and you can have so much of it to yourself because most of the people there are only walking the 50 yards from the parking lot to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Mammoth Springs, and the Lower Geyser Basin.  They barely even go in the Norris Basin.
 
2014-06-17 09:42:14 AM  
Rapmaster2000:

Grayton Beach is my favorite beach in the panhandle area.

Yup.  Mine, too.  30-A is the highway.

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2014-06-17 09:42:18 AM  
I was just in the Temple Bar area of Dublin last year (daytime only.)

It didn't strike me as touristy at all.  Just seemed like a shopping area with restaurants.  It's also near various museums and other things to see, including that big park with the water (sorry, don't know the name.)
 
2014-06-17 09:42:55 AM  
they nailed Gibralter and Hollywood.  But Vegas?  Heresy.  Never been to the others except for passing through Frankfurt airport.
 
2014-06-17 09:43:35 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Any Magnetic Hill.


To be fair, its only disappointing due to that infestation of those plague rats of doom.
 
2014-06-17 09:44:30 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.


This (except I didn't care for the apfelwein).

Frankfurt's great to fly into, then either take a train or rent a car to go someplace better. Go south to Bavaria.
 
2014-06-17 09:45:05 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.


Houston isn't bad if you know where to go. NASA, Galveston, Uptown, Kemah, and the San Jacinto Monument are cool places that i know off the top of my head.
 
2014-06-17 09:45:50 AM  
I want to go to this place, Socotra. Anyone been there?

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2014-06-17 09:46:04 AM  
I don't care about gambling etc but Vegas is one of my favorite spots to vacation.  You have lake mead, valley of fire, red Rock canyon, death valley, mount Charleston, ghost towns, even a bit of grand canyon, all easy to moderate day trips. Dozens of beautiful, unique spots.  Just stay away in the summer.
 
2014-06-17 09:46:07 AM  
I stayed in the LA area for a vacation once. Biggest waste of money and time EVER. Should have kept going to Hawaii.

Dont mind Vegas as I used to be an avid Poker player before the wife and kids took over my life. Hang out at the pool drinking 99 cent 3 foot tall drinks and smoking cigars. Poker at night. Heaven. Just gotta stay away from the questionable buffets or it will ruin your week.
 
2014-06-17 09:46:48 AM  

Rapmaster2000: 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!

Anywhere in Yellowstone about 200 yards from the parking lot.  The place is unique and impressive and you can have so much of it to yourself because most of the people there are only walking the 50 yards from the parking lot to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Mammoth Springs, and the Lower Geyser Basin.  They barely even go in the Norris Basin.


I have a theory that even if you are in a tourist spot, walking a quarter mile from the main drag puts you in a whole different, (and apart from Baltimore) a generally better world.  If I get to Yellowstone, I'd like to take a few days and do some proper backpacking.
 
2014-06-17 09:47:39 AM  
Also, what should I be looking for in southern Argentina?  I'm going to be there for a few days this December.
 
2014-06-17 09:48:03 AM  
#1 hooked me at "monkeys." Done and done.

My husband and I went to Disney with our nieces and nephew, and um... never again. If you can ditch the kids and head out to the park after 9pm, it's a much better experience. Lines are minimal. You can ride everything you want to. Disney is not for poors, though. You really have to go all out -- stay at a nice resort (with the shuttle)(concierge level at the Grand Floridian has an open bar at 4pm), pay for express passes, get the meal plan and stay away from the less expensive restaurants only catering to kids. We had good meals at The Brown Derby (despite our niece's tantrum) and Citrico's.

Epcot was the best part of the trip though.

Las Vegas is great if you like to shop, set a budget for gambling entertainment, clubbing/dancing, wearing a swimsuit and eating. I can't drink alcohol, but if I'm there for a day or two I can have a great time. I really liked the Crystals shopping center next to the Aria casino and hotel. They had designer shops we don't have here in Chicago, and Eva Longoria's steakhouse Beso was really good. I was also a fan of the Tropicana's breakfast cheese fries topped with scrambled eggs and bacon. My husband has done the ATV riding thing and enjoyed it.

I'm adding this to the list: Moulin Rouge. The meal is worse than the airline food on the way to Paris. The wait service is even worse. The show is incredibly outdated. We expected that it would be overpriced as a tourist trap, but we were expecting the show to be somewhat decent. The only parts that were awesome was the snake girl, can can dance, and when they let the 40+ show girls have their own number (since they've been doing it a while).
 
2014-06-17 09:48:47 AM  
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.
 
2014-06-17 09:49:06 AM  
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
 
2014-06-17 09:50:09 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!


Hershey Pennsylvania.

We stopped to sleep there and ended up staying for a morning on our way to NYC (Manhatten sucks, but I got some fun stories).  Hershey is awesome for the history of the place.  The opera house was under renovations when I was there, but it looked gorgeous.  The museum is cheap and the candy is cheap.

*I am a HUGE fan of corporate history.
 
2014-06-17 09:50:16 AM  

Rapmaster2000: 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!

Anywhere in Yellowstone about 200 yards from the parking lot.  The place is unique and impressive and you can have so much of it to yourself because most of the people there are only walking the 50 yards from the parking lot to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Mammoth Springs, and the Lower Geyser Basin.  They barely even go in the Norris Basin.


I already mentioned Cayman Islands and Scotland (I actually saw Castle Anthrax/Swamp Castle - which stayed up!).

Even though it's been 18 years since I was there, I will never stop recommending Pompeii. Probably the most interested in a place I've ever been. I'd go back to Italy just to go back there and I liked a lot of Italy (Do. Not. Go. To. Pisa.).
 
2014-06-17 09:51:14 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.


Death Valley is nearby.  If you're there during a full moon or better you can get great night shots at the Eureka sand dunes on the North side of the park.  You can try the dunes at Mesquite flat but because they're near a paved road and lodging you'll have a harder time finding solitude and dunes that don't have size 6 sneaker imprints all over it.  If you're really looking for an out of the way place to take photographs try Racetrack playa, but try to rent a 4x4 and make sure you have a spare and a jack.
 
2014-06-17 09:51:39 AM  

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.
 
2014-06-17 09:52:19 AM  
Was in southern France for the first three months of the year with my wife and two children (2 and 4).  Unfortunately, it was for work and I only had the weekends to see stuff, so we couldn't go very far.  What I saw:

Gorges du Verdon and the Notre-Dame de Beauvoir in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
Various castle ruins (Ponteves, another one I can't think of)
Drove along the Mediterranean from Cassis to Toulon
Avignon (didn't get to see the Palace of the Popes tough)
Went to the Promenade de Anglais at Nice
My wife got to make some perfume at Grasse and then we drove up to Mons (spectacular view)
Drove to Bordighera, Italy (stopped at a rest stop and looked down into Monaco) just to say that we were in Italy
Went to the Citadel at Sisteron (it was closed, but still worth seeing)
Drove to Figueres, Spain (again, just to say we were in Spain) and stopped at Carcassonne on the way back.

We also went to various small villages, and some antique malls.  It was nice to see some antiques that were older then the United States.

I think there was one weekend were we didn't go anywhere, because it was pouring down rain, and another one we went to a party our neighbors were throwing in our village.

/I miss the fresh bread and cheap wine the most...
 
2014-06-17 09:54:20 AM  
The places that i have been dissapointed with are Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Busan.
 
2014-06-17 09:55:55 AM  
Never been to Nassau, but it sounds a lot like Cozumel.

I might go back to Cancun someday, because even though it's an artificial and superficial money-suck, there's plenty of amusement to be had. Cozumel? Pointless waste of a day trip.
 
2014-06-17 09:56:01 AM  

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


What if I have really low expectations for St. Louis and Baltimore?
 
2014-06-17 09:57:06 AM  
BTW Who ever said that Frankfurt was a good place to go? I know what the City of London (the financial district) is like on a weekend - you could film a zombie movie there without too much difficulty.
 
2014-06-17 09:57:49 AM  

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


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.
 
2014-06-17 09:58:21 AM  

Rapmaster2000: 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!

Anywhere in Yellowstone about 200 yards from the parking lot.  The place is unique and impressive and you can have so much of it to yourself because most of the people there are only walking the 50 yards from the parking lot to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Mammoth Springs, and the Lower Geyser Basin.  They barely even go in the Norris Basin.


I find that's true of most of the places I go to.  Two criteria determine how many people you're going to share your destination with .. proximity to 1) paved roads 2) clean and supplied toilets.  If your destination has niether you can look forward to some peace and quiet.
 
2014-06-17 09:58:41 AM  
another thing is that one problem with beautiful places is that yeah, they're going to get overrun with tourists. There's loads of pretty small towns in the UK that are really lovely, but on a weekend are full of coaches.
 
2014-06-17 09:58:59 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.


Best time to go is the week after Mardi Gras (because it's clean) and hit the gay side towards Esplanade street. Preservation Hall is a good time too.

I love the rest of the Quarter, especially Frenchman street!
 
2014-06-17 10:01:22 AM  
There are way too many good local pubs in Dublin within a short walking distance of Temple Bar to ever spend any time in Temple Bar.   That's not to say I haven't spent time in Temple Bar, as I have.  I just wouldn't recommend it.    You'll get attacked by the five thousand tourist brides having their hen parties.
 
2014-06-17 10:02:24 AM  

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

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.


One of my college buddies grew up and still lives there.  I love hanging with him in Baltimore.  If I was visiting as a tourist, yeah no thanks.  I gave him tons of shiat years back, we were bar hopping and passed some street benches that used to say "The Greatest City in the World" but they were old, decaying, and just really crappy.  I thought it was really funny.

/balmer marelin hon
 
2014-06-17 10:04:47 AM  

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.
 
2014-06-17 10:04:56 AM  

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

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.

One of my college buddies grew up and still lives there.  I love hanging with him in Baltimore.  If I was visiting as a tourist, yeah no thanks.  I gave him tons of shiat years back, we were bar hopping and passed some street benches that used to say "The Greatest City in the World" but they were old, decaying, and just really crappy.  I thought it was really funny.

/balmer marelin hon


You can still see some of the "city that reads" benches around.  I think there's one near Fells Point.
 
2014-06-17 10:06:34 AM  

topcon: 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.


This will sound like a rube question, but when is peak season for Paris?
 
2014-06-17 10:08:02 AM  

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


It doesn't matter what you do (unless you get arrested) the first trip to Vegas will probably be great. Seeing the strip for the first time, realizing how massive Vegas is outside the strip, and just feeling like you are part of something exciting is great.
My advice, if you have a great time there, don't go back. Your next time will probably not live up to the excitement of the first.

Don't try walking to the Stratosphere from the main strip in the middle of the day.

Stay out of the smaller casinos on the strip if you plan to play slots. You will not win.

Certain places will send a car to pick you up for free if you call and ask. And by certain places, I at least mean Spearmint Rhino.

If you plan to be at a table or machine for a while, be sure to tip the woman who brings you your drink well and she'll keep an eye on you.

There's not much within walking distance off the strip if you start on the strip. But the bus system is really good. Trying to drive on the strip is usually a waste of time.

Old Vegas is pretty cool, definitely worth a venture.

Prepare to be disappointed by the buffets.

Always bet on black.
 
2014-06-17 10:08:06 AM  

Skarekrough: Obviously written by someone who walks off the plane 20 feet, looks around and makes their decision based on that.

"Touristy" cities are nice.  The attractions act as a good trap for those who lack imagination and a willingness to project their own preconceived notion of what the city is onto their experience.

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

Hollywood?  Yeah, it's part of Los Angeles, the greatest example of "everything at once in a small area" that exists.  If you can't find something interesting between all the studios, Newport Beach, Sunset Strip, Mulholland or the Valley then nothing will.

Las Vegas?  Get off the strip,man.  Dine at a place that only locals would.  Hit a pawn shop,  Put it on a highway and head out of the city to see mountains with snow on them, real actual desert with Joshua trees.  Hike around a bit.


Very much this, on both accounts. Our friends who live out in LA took us to the Hollywood strip, and it was pretty boring.. but getting up in the hills near the sign was nice, as were other parts of LA.

Las Vegas I loved and not for the gambling. Went for a friend's wedding in December and the surrounding snow capped mountains all around are beautiful scenery. Gambled a little and lost a little bit of money, but had a good time doing it and as long as you come with the full expectation that you're likely gonna lose that money, it doesn't hurt nearly as bad. Checked out some awesome local restaurants (beats the hell out of the casino buffets) and had a good time. Looking forward to going back and taking the wife next time and exploring the desert.

Yes, the Candadian side of Niagra is touristy, but you can avoid that part if you want fairly easy. Just hang out at the falls and enjoy the view, and go off the beaten path a bit. We just started walking down a random road after taking a cable car ride over the river and just happened upon a random Buddhist temple with some awesome statues - we would never have found it without exploring. And as was mentioned earlier, you're a short train ride from Toronto, which is all around awesome.
 
2014-06-17 10:08:33 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.


Hooolllyy crap! Santa's Village. My parents rented an RV at took us there when I was 12. I helped my dad go under a low bridge. Ripped the air conditioner right off the roof. Hey, thanks! (really)
 
2014-06-17 10:09:18 AM  

bark_atda_moon: 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.


Barcelona is pretty amazing. I love the laid back vibe, even though it's a big city and there's a lot going on.
 
2014-06-17 10:10:26 AM  

topcon: It wasn't even big, it was small!


The french love their tiny, bitter coffee.  Especially with loads of cream and sugar.

At work I would spend .30 euros at the coffee vending machine for a tiny shot of "long", and people probably thought I was weird because I always took it black (and the machine was set to pour loads of sugar in it by default) .
 
2014-06-17 10:10:52 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!


Amsterdam, Paris, and Berlin all live up to the hype.
 
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