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post #11 of 47 Old 02-23-2018, 06:36 PM
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Before I watched the tv series I never heard about it, but what about Ozark?
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I second the Savannah area of Georgia or the Ozarks. Especially the Ozarks. The aren't often thought of but have lots of beautiful country, nice lakes, friendly people, great hiking.

Other than those, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or the western shore of the Lower Peninsula.

Just to offer so less heard of places that are surprisingly fun.

Where ever you go, have fun!
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What about Savannah, GA? Lots to see and do, close to Tybee Island/South Beach. It's also a pretty horsey area! Lots of history, tours, night life for the grownups, lots of beach time for the kids.
We've done Savannah and Charleston... that was actually one big three week trip that was amazing. I could totally do Savannah and Charleston again but that's close enough to drive so no need for the plane ticket.

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Gatlinburg, TN. They are back in business after those horrid fires almost two years ago.

There's something for everyone:)

https://www.tnvacation.com/the-smokies/gatlinburg
We've done Pigeon Forge a couple times. We rented cabins in Sevierville each time and then, of course, visited Gatlinburg and Dollywood. We had a blast but we spent TONS of money! I thought about Branson MO but it's kind of the same type of set up, other than the mountains... I think MO has the Indian Ruins nearby though.

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Don't know about cost but how about Greece? You get the beach as well as tourist attractions and stuff to do, you can also decide the environment based on where you go (my family has a villa on the mainland near Poros so small town then there's Athens and such) just make sure to go in the off season so it's not packed..and then prices will be much cheaper and weather less hot too!
I think Canada or the Bahamas would be as far as we could go expense wise. There are parts of the US that I'm sure will be out of the price range as well....
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I'd say Canada, but then, I may be a teensy bit biased When did you say you were going? At the moment I wouldn't give anyone the evil advice of coming to Canada - y'all would freeze - but in the summer... how about Vancouver, BC area? I'm going to Vancouver in the summer with my family. My brother went to Ucluelet, and he loved it! First thing I looked for when we decided, was a stable, but I haven't yet found one. I'm gonna find it though!
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I'm still going with CO, we spent a week or two with a cousin, flew to Denver drove to Aspen (cheaper and scenic vs flying directly!) drove back over the continental divide (and got out at an overlook on the top) all because we could. Even without specifically sightseeing we went hiking, saw all sorts of tourist attractions, shopped Aspen a little, visited a ghost town, etc. My mom also hired a private guide for the two of us (+guide) to ride out for a day in the wilderness, pretty epic and it was nice to have the one polite and quiet guide vs a dude ranch string deal. I don't think it was that expensive at all with how we did it (driving then staying with the cousin vs a hotel). I know Aspen can be pretty pricey but there are ways around that (tons of small towns in that area so you could avoid actual Aspen). And honestly just sitting and admiring the view is worth going imo! lol I was too young to drive a rental so I got to watch the view the whole time.

Like I said Montana is likely a similar type of vacation but I have never been there so going with what I know.
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Gah, now I want to plan a vacation, too!
Haven't been on a "real" vacation in years - as I don't consider visiting family in Switzerland as vacation

Given your specifics I would normally recommend Puerto Rico, but I don't know how much of the infrastructure is back up...
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I second the Savannah area of Georgia or the Ozarks. Especially the Ozarks. The aren't often thought of but have lots of beautiful country, nice lakes, friendly people, great hiking.

Other than those, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or the western shore of the Lower Peninsula.

Just to offer so less heard of places that are surprisingly fun.

Where ever you go, have fun!

what about Mackinaw Island? no cars! lots of horses.

https://www.mackinacisland.org/
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I can't do the beach thing unless I'm hunting for shells or petrified shark's teeth or something!

If your kids like looking for "found objects", to go off of Tiny's suggestion, Petoskey Michigan is cool. Right on the shores of Lake MI and the rocks there are petrified coral. Then head up to Mackanaw Island and you can do some rock hounding for agates in the Upper Peninsula...lots of great parks up that way with plenty of chances to do some hiking.

http://www.superiortrails.com/agate-...peninsula.html

https://mynorth.com/place/petoskey-state-park/
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I'd say Canada, but then, I may be a teensy bit biased When did you say you were going? At the moment I wouldn't give anyone the evil advice of coming to Canada - y'all would freeze - but in the summer... how about Vancouver, BC area? I'm going to Vancouver in the summer with my family. My brother went to Ucluelet, and he loved it! First thing I looked for when we decided, was a stable, but I haven't yet found one. I'm gonna find it though!
I would second Vancouver ( and I am definitely biased!) beaches, hiking, lakes and Ucluelet and Torino are beautiful. Not sure when you’re planning on coming, but we get pretty good weather from end of June until about end of September. There are small wineries in the Fraser Valley too 🍷

@JoBlueQuarter no stables in Ucluelet I’m afraid 😫
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I can't do the beach thing unless I'm hunting for shells or petrified shark's teeth or something!

If your kids like looking for "found objects", to go off of Tiny's suggestion, Petoskey Michigan is cool. Right on the shores of Lake MI and the rocks there are petrified coral. Then head up to Mackanaw Island and you can do some rock hounding for agates in the Upper Peninsula...lots of great parks up that way with plenty of chances to do some hiking.

Agate Beaches Upper Peninsula | SuperiorTrails

https://mynorth.com/place/petoskey-state-park/
Totally agree with the Michigan suggestion! Lake Michigan beaches (the northern part are fabulous! Clear and clean and so refreshing.

The is a charming little town called Leland on the western side that is super cute and has lots of good eating a darling shops.

Plus the Big Bear Sand Dunes are a must visit!!

Mackinaw Island is fun (but a bit on the pricier side). No cars allowed but renting bikes to pedal around the island is super nice.

Go in early August and the cherries will be ripe and found every where. Yummy!
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