Neat places to visit in North America
Where are some interesting places to travel inside North America? Like good view, interesting history, geographically different, etc. I’m Canadian and American, and would like to visit some more places on this continent, before travelling to other parts of the world. I’ve traveled across much of Canada and a good portion of the States but not enough for my liking, so I’d like to know some of your favorites.
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Carlsbad Caverns, Sequoia National Park, the Rose Test Garden(?) in Portland, Mont Royal and the Tam Tam festival in Montreal, the California coast (all the way down), a South Beach Miami nightclub, the waterfront and architecture boat tour in Chicago, the deep south somewhere out on a bayou in Louisiana, Burning Man, EDC…
@paperbackchef, thanks for these ideas! I live pretty close to Montreal so I could do those pretty readily. I’ve wanted to go to Portland for some time, and the Cali coast would be awesome. Burning Man and EDC would be pretty crazy, but I’d be game. And the bayou would be something I’ve never even thought of, but I like the idea of it (been to southern parts of Mississippi and enjoyed it). Love all your ideas.
@fuzzykoala, My old man actually just went to Deadwood this summer on a roadtrip through the badlands- i plan on doing this some day as well. pictures of zion look incredible- thanks for the great ideas!
I have childhood memories of driving across New Mexico. Every so often I visit family in a little town called Mesilla. It’s beautiful out there, especially the mountains.
@dalniente, That place looks beautiful!
@vinabeans, no, I’d love to go around the US. And I’m just finishing up my senior year at university so I’m not sure on the specifics of time/money, more looking to get an idea of where I’d like to go first, was thinking a giant road trip would be awesome and this would help me with some ideas of where to go.
@edwardbernays, Hahaha. I guess we plan differently. I usually need to know how much time and money I have then I can plan where to go – I can’t plan to go XX if I can’t afford the ticket or I wouldn’t plan to travel to Asia if I only had a week or two and so on…
A road trip would be a great way to see the US. A bunch of my friends and I did a big one in 2010 – started in DC, stopping in North/South Carolina, MIA (barf), spent a good time in Louisiana and Austin, New Mexico then thru Arizona and stopped at Coachella Festival, then thru the coast to Portland, Seatle then flew back from Vancouver.
It was one hell of a trip, I tell ya. We were out for about 6-7 weeks. We rented an RV at around $3500 + gas + food + weed supply and whatnot. We’re super cheap and always cooked our own food which really brings down the cost.
Let me know If I can help you with anything once you get a better idea what, how and where you want to go.
Well, let me know if you end up in DC. I host Couchsurfers all the time – I have 3 groups of 4 coming this Monday. Pandemonium in the house! Hahaha.
@vinabeans, Ya it your itinerary does sound like i’d love it. I’ve been to DC and absolutely loved it, so I may take you up on that offer. I also think the Carolinas are pretty. How many people went with you in this RV? Sounds like a lot of fun actually.
@staylucky, sounds like I should definitely visit CA. San Fran is a city I’d like to eventually visit.
Haha it looks like this is either going to have to be one huge trip, or I’m going to have to plan several.
I am a great fan of the American south. I loved going to Mississippi and seeing the birth place of the blues! I stayed in a really neat hotel that was made up of converted sharecropper shacks near Clarkesdale. There is a lot of neat history there, and I can’t say I’m even a huge history buff. I was expecting it to be rather “touristy”, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was still somewhat authentic. Or go tour the swamps of Louisiana and get snapped at by gators and enjoy Cajun culture. You also can’t go wrong with the food down there.
@edwardbernays, there were 4 of us who was on the whole entire trip – but we’d always have 6 total in the van, picking up/dropping off friends along the way.
you can also join a roadtrip group – I have a friend who did an RV trip with people he met on a roadtrip forum, would be good if you can’t convince any friends to go.
and yes, you definitely have to do SF.