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Great places you've visited
grandpa




msg:324529
 7:19 am on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

This is probably on old topic, but I hope not. I know that some of the members of this forum are world class travellers, others just wait to take a yearly vacation, while still others are dreaming of the beach life on a private island. But among us all we do move around. So, what are some of the most impressive/memorable places you've visited? They could be natural or man-made, although I personally prefer the natural variety.

1) Big Hole Valley in southern Montana.
This place offers a fantastic view of the Sawtooth Range, and is rich in American history.

2) Grand Tetons
A little farther south in the Rockies range, this is simply one impressive sight.

3) Palouse Falls
Located in south-east Washington state. An interesting thing about this part of the country is that it all looks flat if you're driving across it. But there are more valleys and river cuts than you can shake a stick at. You just have to find them.

4) Ocala National Forest
Located in central Florida, it's really a lot of swampland. But it was there that I observed a pair of Golden Eagles on a daily basis, making it very memorable. Canoeing next to gators was something too.

5) Horse Creek Hot Springs
Located directly on the Idaho/Montana border, 300 feet down from the mountain-top. This is where deer, elk, moose, bear and cougars still outnumber humans. The hot spring is very nice, the terrain is awesome.

RE: Palouse Falls. I'm headed to NE Oregon tomorrow for a week, and plan to visit the falls on my way back.

 

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:324530
 8:19 am on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

You are going to have to get out of the USA at some point in the future. Apparently 70% of Americans don't have a passport :)

grandpa




msg:324531
 8:32 am on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

100% of me doesn't have a passport. I did spend a day or two in London once, but it's only memorable in that I cannot remember the name of the pub I visited, nor what happened after I discovered scotch whiskey in the heretofore unnamed pub.

Of course I realize that I only listed a few places in the USA due to my limited travels, and I am hopeful that the rest of the world can be equally represented by our worldwide body.

bill




msg:324532
 9:08 am on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Cu-Chi Tunnels - Vietnam

Just an unbelievable network of tunnels outside Saigon. An entire infrastructure carved out beneath the jungle floor. Not for the claustrophobic. ;)

Essex_boy




msg:324533
 10:29 am on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Cambridge, Uk.

magical place, early morning or evening.

Ill never forget seeing Kings college chapel at about 6.30 am one morning frost covered and quiet.

Or the craft market on All Saints Passage on a September Saturday.

The orchard at Grantchester, English through and through.

ska_demon




msg:324534
 11:30 am on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Jinfeng Town Xangjiagang (possibly) mainland China

Dogs and Rats hung up to buy for dinner and public executions for drug dealers. Memorable!

9 People on a Motor Scooter in Bharuch, Gujarat India.
Lovely place, beautiful scenery. Memorable!

Mountain Ranges in Iran and UAE v impressive

Ska

Oh and of course my home town Nr Lands End Cornwall Uk

MatthewHSE




msg:324535
 12:20 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

You are going to have to get out of the USA at some point in the future.

Not me. There's so much to see here that I couldn't possibly get to it all if I took the rest of my life to do it, and I have absolutely zero desire to leave my own country.

Some neat places I've been are:

Grand Tetons:
Like grandpa said, this is simply impressive. Lots of great webcams of the area here [crh.noaa.gov]. Be sure to check out the cams for "Moose" and "Grand Teton National Park."

Yellowstone:
Went there on the same trip we visited the Tetons. We didn't get off the beaten path much, but what we saw (Old Faithful and most of the other geothermal activity) was truly memorable. There are a few Yellowstone webcams at the link above, too.

Pike's Peak:
Not that impressive, really, given that we were up there on a cloudy day, but it was neat to be at the scene where "America the Beautiful" was written. The summit-house donuts were great, too! There were a lot of good mountain views in Colorado Springs, and we had a lot of fun at Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Canyon.

Luray, VA (and surrounding area)
Lots of great sites from the War Between the States. It was the most humid place I've ever been, but the scenery was nice. Made it easy to see how Stonewall Jackson could love the South so much.

Duluth, MN (and on up the North Shore of Lake Superior)
We love going up to "the big lake" in the Fall. The water is about the bluest you'll ever see, and the dark rock cliffs and pebbly beaches are beautiful, particularly with the autumn foliage. Two "must-do" hikes are in Tettegouche State Park; out to the end of Shovel Point, and High Falls. And while you're there, be sure to drive up to Palisade Head, too.

Mount Rushmore:
One of the most thrilling places I've ever been. The grandeur of it all was absolutely stunning. Then there was the brilliant sunset, and the flawless South Dakota sky, followed by such a moving and meaningful lighting ceremony! I'll never forget that, and hope to do it many more times over the years. I can't think of a better place for an American to appreciate his country.

I've been more places than that, but those are the ones that really stand out in my mind. We're headed to Rocky Mountain National Park toward the end of September this year, and we hope to get out to Maine sometime soon. Other "hope to see" places would be the Grand Canyon, parts of Washington and Oregon, etc.

Debbie_King




msg:324536
 12:57 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Been to all six continents and booked to visit the seventh (Antarctica) in January 2006.

Among the most memorable things I've seen are:

1. Animals in the wild whilst on safari in Kenya.

2. The 'meeting of the waters' in Amazonia, Brazil.

3. Whales and porpoises in their natural habitat in Alaska.

4. The midnight sun from Nordkapp (North Cape), Norway.

5. The curve of the earth from 10 miles high on Concorde.

6. Leaving Southampton on 12 January 2004 on the Maiden Voyage of the great ocean liner, Queen Mary 2.

Drastic




msg:324537
 5:40 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Earlier this year I went to the tropical paradise of Tahiti. Words can't describe.

Vampyre




msg:324538
 6:28 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Sandpoint, ID

It's a great little town in northern Idaho on Lake Pend Oreille. I love browsing through the art galleries or just walking along the beach with my wife. They've also got Ivano's, one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been to.

sem4u




msg:324539
 7:36 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

You are really missing out if you don't come to Europe - we have great cities like London, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Copenhagen, Prague...to name just a few! :)

akmac




msg:324540
 7:45 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Mount Annapurna in Nepal.
The Sistine Chapel.
Terraced vineyards near the shores of Lac Leman (Geneva) looking up at the Alps.
Almost anywhere in New Zealand-beautiful.
And my favorite-Mount Edgecumbe at sunset from the living room window.

rocknbil




msg:324541
 7:59 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

You haven't been **anywhere** until you've stood in the holiest of all holy places, your own vegetable garden. :-)

Oregon's Crater Lake and the Underground Bridges are quite a sight, an entire river dissappears into rock and boils out 300 yards downstream.

Along the same river, Avenue of the Boulders.

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:324542
 8:25 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

... after I discovered scotch whiskey

[start mild rebuke] It's actually Scotch Whisky ;) [/end mild rebuke]

You are really missing out if you don't come to Europe - we have great cities like London, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Copenhagen, Prague...to name just a few!

Add Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland and if you really want to see a beautiful place come to Loch Lomond. The "bonnie banks" are only about half a mile from my house. I have lived around here all my life, did a fair amount of travelling and I never fail to be gobsmacked by the scenery on my own doorstep. I'll send you pictures if you need proof.

There's so much to see here that I couldn't possibly get to it all if I took the rest of my life to do it, and I have absolutely zero desire to leave my own country.

The USA is blessed with some amazing attractions but it's just as well that some of us Europeans like to broaden our horizons or you wouldn't be there now, unless of course you are 100% native American :)

sned




msg:324543
 9:36 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Big Hole Valley in southern Montana.

I grew up just over the hill from there (Darby) ... eaten lots of elk from the mountains there.

Driving the Parks highway from Fairbanks to Anchorage never ceases to amaze me (especially the miles and miles of road construction with no workers in sight.)

I do plan to visit europe next year, have some good friends in the Czech Republic.

-sned

MatthewHSE




msg:324544
 10:53 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

The USA is blessed with some amazing attractions but it's just as well that some of us Europeans like to broaden our horizons or you wouldn't be there now, unless of course you are 100% native American.

I won't deny that, and lots of folks call me boring because I'm content to stay more or less where I am. There's a lot of other great stuff to see in the world; I'd love to see Stonehenge, for instance. But, as it happens, I prefer staying within the security and familiarity of my own native country rather than take off somewhere where I'm not understood, can't understand, and where the food tastes funny. ;) (Then again, I've heard you can get that same effect in California...)

Getting back on topic, another place worth visiting is Maquoketa Caves in Iowa. It's only good for about one day, but kids have a ton of fun climbing around in the holes in the rock cliffs. I haven't been since I was probably twelve years old, but somehow it still sounds fun to go back!

One place I've always wanted to go is the Alamo in Texas. I doubt I'll ever be down that way, though, as there doesn't seem to be anything else in the area to see, except San Antonio itself, and I'm not a fan of cities. Besides, seeing the Alamo in its current urban surroundings seems like kind of a letdown. I'd much rather visit it as it looked in the Davy Crockett movie with Fess Parker! ;)

Has anyone here been to Gettysburg lately? That's another one I hope to see sometime. I plan to read up on the battle as much as possible and try to understand the strategies while looking over the battlegrounds. A lot of people say the Confederacy lost the war right there.

hannamyluv




msg:324545
 11:13 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Koh Toa, Thailand - The far side of the island away from everyone.

lgn1




msg:324546
 11:58 pm on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

You are going to have to get out of the USA at some point in the future. Apparently 70% of Americans don't have a passport :)

Americans don't need a passport to visit Canada, and I think that about 70% or Americans actually think Canada is part of the USA :)

pmac




msg:324547
 1:45 am on Jul 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

>>>Loch Lomond

Yeah, it took my breath away the first time I visited, you are very lucky to have that at your backdoor.

Spent some time in the Grenadine islands last winter and was awestruck by the beauty of them.

lawman




msg:324548
 11:27 am on Jul 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Isn't Canada the 48th state, or something like that?

BTW, if I can ever get off my couch, I'd like to visit the Fatherland back in the Old World.

limbo




msg:324549
 12:36 pm on Jul 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Way to many to mention...

US:
Yosemite National Park - Simply Awsome
San Fransisco - nowhere like cisco ;)
New York - especially washington square park

Africa:
Jacana Stilted camp - Congo - equally beautiful and intimidating
Jinja - the source of the nile - Uganda

UK & Ireland:
Lake Buttermere early evening (no-one about then) - Lake District, Cumbria
Kinsale - Ireland
The Tom Crean South Pole Pub - Dingle.
South Downs - Kent... where I grew up....

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:324550
 1:31 pm on Jul 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'd love to see Stonehenge, for instance.

Did you know that the Callanish stones [odysseyadventures.ca ] on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland are probably more interesting but few people have heard of them. They are not as accessible as Stonehenge and away from the major population areas so they don't get much publicity.

tke71709




msg:324551
 1:41 pm on Jul 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Belize is a gorgeous country if you get a chance to go there.

iDKris




msg:324552
 9:14 pm on Jul 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

belize is awesome...

costa rica last week. beautiful as well. was great to see monkeys doing their thing in the wild and actually visit a rain forest.

cabo is great as well (if you like fishing especially)

kona hawaii (more fishing)

maui for the beaches

fortunate to grow up in Texas and live in Austin, in New York now

Nevis-St. Kitts - if you love beaches, this is the only place in the Caribbean to go

someone was talking about the Alamo. Should definitely go. Don't just go to San Antonio. Austin is beautiful. Dallas is ok. There's a chapel downtown that's absolutely amazing (Thanksgiving Chapel)

httpwebwitch




msg:324553
 2:26 pm on Jul 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

1) Arches Nat'l Park [discovermoab.com], Arizona
2) the Louvre, Paris France
3) trolley to the peak of a mountain near Innerhof [innerhof.com], Austria, in the Tyrolean Lakeland
4) at the bottom of the ocean in Cozumel
5) following a pod of migrating humpback whales in Gloucester [gloucester-ma.gov]

Rugles




msg:324554
 8:54 pm on Jul 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

>>>One place I've always wanted to go is the Alamo in Texas. I doubt I'll ever be down that way, though, as there doesn't seem to be anything else in the area to see, except San Antonio itself

The Alamo will chew up an hour of your time, 2 if you are crawling. But San Antonio has the River Walk, that is scenic and the marguritas are great. One other poster mentioned Austin. I did the whole San Antonio/Austin excursion a couple of months ago and Austin was more fun. The music is a blast, if you like to whole blues/rock genre. Plus.... I think Austin has a great little website for webmasters.

Canada the 48th State... them's fightin words. Go wash your mouth out with soap for suggesting such an abomination.

iamlost




msg:324555
 1:10 am on Jul 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

I was deliberately not posting a reply but as the comment did not quite slip into deserved oblivion:


Isn't Canada the 48th state, or something like that?

* American Education: yet another oxymoron.
* Does Arizona know it has been superceded?
* What are your thoughts on la belle province du Québec du sud expanding north from Florida to include Georgia?
Go wash your mouth out with soap for suggesting such an abomination.
motion seconded.

Back on topic:

Ugly places with rude people and miserable experiences would be a much shorter list! My current top 10:

* the stars at night from anywhere with no lights to interfere.

* Stonehenge, England: - mystery made real.

* Ollantaytambo, Peru: only extant example of pre-Columbian urban planning. Absolutely mind boggling.

* Krak Des Chevaliers (Castle of the Knights), Syria: the perfect fortress castle.

* Chartres Cathedral, France: wow.

* Castle Combe, England: the literary English village made real.

* Galápagos Islands: a whole other world.

For more active visiting:
* Mitlenatch Island, BC, Canada: almost desert conditions (with cactus!) surrounded by ocean, mountains and rainforest. Every conceivable BC coast sea-creature. Incredible diving.

* Mt. St. Elias, Canada-Alaska border: part of a large park area (US, Canada). The entire area is ocean/glacier/alpine incredible with the mountain itself providing "seeing forever" views and an almost 18,000ft (5,500m) summit to sea-level ski-able (very back-country) vertical.

* Firth River, Yukon, Canada: very remote class IV wilderness river, with 45km of canyon, ending in the Arctic Ocean. Arctic wildlife and adrenaline junkie heaven.

sonny




msg:324556
 4:26 am on Jul 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

redwood forest in northern california. awesome

Essex_boy




msg:324557
 12:08 pm on Jul 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'd love to see Stonehenge, for instance - Why? Its a pile of old stones by the edge of a motorway.....

bghtn




msg:324558
 11:50 am on Aug 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

The hills of east Tennessee when the honeysuckle are in bloom! Words can't describe.
Several years back a friend and I flew to Denver and drove to Vegas...Very beautiful trip.

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