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    04-10-2012, 01:31 AM
Vacation Ideas...

My aunt and I are trying to plan a "extended" family vacation between her family and ours.

For my senior spring break, we all celebrated by going to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Most amazing trip ever. We were spoiled by all the close attractions, the beach, cleanliness, everything was within walking distance...and I mean, close walking distance. It was phenomenal.

2 years ago, we went to Florida and didn't go to the greatest part. We were stuck on "hotel roe" and it was only beach and hotel, hotel hotel, condo, hotel, motel, hotel, condo, condo etc. The closest restaurant was over a mile away. We had to take a trolley if we wanted to go anywhere and it was a pain and took forever to get to our destination! It just wasn't what we were anticipating.

Don't get me wrong, it was nice, but not quite what we wanted.

For our 2013 trip, we have thought about a few different things.
- Atlantis, which was quickly crossed off the list because of the outrageous price!
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- Las Vegas, Nevada (although I'd be broke before I even arrived, casino's take advantage of me, lol)
- ???

We are trying to find something that will keep the "men" entertained. They like to walk around and check things out. Go to the bar and drink. While the women lie on the beach or hang out by the pool and work on a nice tan. We like attractions within walking distance, especially if we are going to be drinking. Shopping. Pleasant Weather. And the right price.

Do any of you have any vacation ideas for us? Something that you've done that was really great?

I'd honestly just go back to Hawaii but that's saved for when I graduate Nursing school and/or when my aunt's son graduates high school.

We are open to pretty much everything. Except, we'd like to stay in the US. US territories are okay. My dad would prefer to support the US economy since we live here.
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    04-10-2012, 07:23 AM
What about Puerto Rico? Doesn't the you.S own that country technically?

I'm not familiar with the United States but I did live in CO and Vail is amazing, no beaches though.. but lots of skiing, white water rafting, horse riding, and other outdoorsy stuff.

Branson, Missouri is also a popular one. It's a strip of stores, with some nice restaurants and there are theme parks and such.
    04-10-2012, 11:43 AM
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Myrtle beach is way to tourist-y for me. We spent a day at Atlantas, it's way overpriced and the staff really isn't very friendly. Maybe you should do a Disney vacation and stay in downtown disney where the guys can hit the bars and the sports pubs while the chicks and the kids can enjoy the entertainment?

I like VA, WV, and TN for vacations as well.... Have you toured DC?
    04-10-2012, 12:02 PM
We are planning of going to disney land when my youngest neice is 4 or 5, so that's a few years away. (shes turning 1 april 22nd) My parents want them to experience it and are going to spoil them. Lol. My dad told me if I want to go I better pop out a kid so I can join in. Ha. I told him I already have a kid...George, my dog.

I hate really crowded places, but like to have the option to do multiple things and not get bored on vacation. Nothing worse then spending money and being bored while doing it.

Id LOVE to go to Colorado! That's my kind of vacation!

My dad and I do like to check out historical sites. One of the reasons we went to Hawaii was to see Pearl Harbor. We always watch shows on WWII and it was really cool. DC might be a good place to check out. I've heard they have some really good food there too.

Ill look into Puerto Rico. I think the Bahamas was brought up too.

Whats in VA and WV? My dad, uncle and I like to golf too. My mom

We don't mind driving. (we are in Michigan) but would prefer not to drive 22+ hours like we did from here to Pensicola Fl. If its a long drive, we'll fly but I hate flying. Lol. The trip to Hawaii was not pretty. (first time flight + window seat = bad idea)

Id love to check out Kentucky too. Problem is, I have no idea what spots to hit in these states.
    04-10-2012, 12:13 PM
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WV has white water rapids and hiking. It's really pretty there, the Greenbriar I think has a really nice golf course...

I was thinking Smokey mountains in TN.

If you go to DC that would put you about 3 hours from VA Beach, 2 hours from Baltimore Harbour, 2 hours from the Shenendoah Mountains... an hour from George Washingtons boyhood home, 2 hours from his birthplace... there is a lot of Civil war type stuff obviously in the area. The Holocaust museum is pretty neat. Quantico Marine Corp has a really cool museum and that's only about 20 minutes from DC.

It's just a thought. I'm not sure what your family wants... if they are looking for a hopping beach experience then Myrtle beach does have the big waves and the fun in the sun, you can drive out on the beach and have fun with the gokarts and the put-put. I'm just not into the touristy areas. Nags Head is always really nice also...
    04-10-2012, 12:16 PM
DC sounds promising. Do you know when the best time to go is? (weather wise)
    04-10-2012, 12:19 PM
What about Yellowstone?
I used to work there and there's TOO much to do. Not exactly great for working on a tan but you can get your hike on and some of the surrounding towns are AMAZING fun.
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    04-10-2012, 12:23 PM
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DC is HOT and HUMID! Today would be the best time! LMAO... The weather ranges from 80-100 but the humidity always kicks the heat index way up....
    04-10-2012, 01:00 PM
Me and Hubby went to Nashville for our honeymoon last October. IT WAS AMAZING!! We don't even really like country music, but had such a great time. Really good food, very friendly people, great nightlife, lots of history and nature to enjoy
    04-10-2012, 01:08 PM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
DC is HOT and HUMID! Today would be the best time! LMAO... The weather ranges from 80-100 but the humidity always kicks the heat index way up....
LoL....Whelp, that's out. HaHa. Just kidding. Good to know. It's on the top of my list.

Yellowstone is a definite possibility as well.

I'm going to pass all this stuff along to my aunt and so she can research more. She's a professional at finding deals.

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