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Old 01-13-2020, 10:14 AM
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I would of thought Spain was cool but my kid went there Friday and was mugged on Saturday. Two guys jumped him and got his wallet. To my boys credit two Spaniards couldn't push one big red neck down. No one hurt. Fun fun fun.
There's a serious problem in Spain with latin gangs (mainly Ecuatorians, Colombians and Dominicans) and gypsies (usually from eastern Europe, but not always) literally getting away with murder, thanks to leftist judges and many years of left governments. This is only a problem is tourist hotspots (Barcelona and Madrid centre, do you hear me?).

Spaniards are too busy working or looking after their families to have time to mug tourists in tourist hotspots.

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Ozark National Scenic Riverways ~ https://www.nps.gov/ozar/index.htm
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For those who may not be willing or able to climb mountains or descend canyons, Lancaster county, PA. is one of the top vacation spots in the United States. I never realized this, having lived so close. Steeped in history, from Robert Fulton to the locks and canals along the Susquehanna, to the Pennsylvania Dutch and their fabulous food. Also, within an hours drive, you have Longwood gardens, Franklin mint, to the largest estuary in the US, the Chesapeake bay. Forbes has listed Lancaster county, PA one of the top vacation locations two years running.
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The most awesome thing I've experienced in my (admittedly limited) travels was the Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton back in 2002.

It's the one and only time I've ever felt I was IN the Star Trek universe. And actually IN outer space.

Unfortunately, I don't think it's there now. But it was truly mind-blowing.
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Gettysburg Battle Field.
Take the 2 hour bus tour.
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Gettysburg for sure. It will remind you that Republicans won the last civil war and that we will win the next one.
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Thailand!
No need to elaborate on the hedonistic debauchery available. BUT!
I've been there 4 times now, most recently a year ago when I took my girlfriend. She'd never been to the Orient. So we went to Koh Chaing Island which is at the very S/E corner by Cambodia. I say, I'd have no issues taking your small children or grandkids there. It's a large national park and Koh Chaing translates into 'Elephant Island". Therefore there are elephant rides thru the jungle and waterfalls to hike to. Very pretty and not yet built up/commercialized to obscene levels... yet.
So, several years ago I had a Thai girlfriend and we traveled extensively around the country. If you can eat like a local, there's food available that is beyond description. I personally cannot stand the smell of fried cockroaches and water beetles. I did eat roasted waterbuffalo skin that was similar to pork crackling. But this is just a sampling of what can be eaten if the S hit the fan.
In the cities you can get wonderful cuisine more adaptable to the western palette. I'm one that prefers to experience other cultures on their own level.
Regardless, EVERYONE should get out and explore their own country as much as possible.
If the opportunity arises though, EVERYONE should get out and explore other ways of life.
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The coastal cities of Maine.
IMHO, especially Bar Harbor. There are not many vacation spots to which I go more than once. Bar Harbor is one of them. I have been thrice and want to go again.

EDIT: Keep in mind, though, that the "tourist season" doesn't start until July 4th, and if you go earlier than that many places will be shut down. The first time we went it was in late June and it never occurred to us that some people's summer doesn't start until Independence Day.
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If I picked a museum I would have to say the Smithsonian, I went there on my 18th birthday while I was stationed at APG, Md. and was in awe of some of the displays. They had a real Whale suspended from the ceiling and to get the feel of how enormous that thing was when it was alive just blows the mind
If you go to the Smithsonian to see the Air & Space Museum, make sure you also take in the Air & Space Museum Annex at Dulles Airport. It's much, much better than the museum on the mall.

If I picked a museum, it would be the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, especially if you are fond of the Dutch Masters. (There is also a Van Gogh Museum there is your tastes lean in that direction.)

The Vatican Museum is also hard to beat. Buddy Hackett was right, priceless works of art hanging on the walls like postage stamps.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:50 AM
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I have known two Romanians and have wanted to visit there ever since.

Also, I want to go back to Prague. I went when it was communist and the few Czechs I have met since then have almost begged me to go back and see how beautiful their city really is.
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...Hanauma Bay is good but I believe they limit how many people enter due to coral reef damage. Check out the Big Island also it has many sites to see.
When I went to Hanauma Bay in 2015 or so they were indeed limiting traffic. They would periodically walk groups of about 20 or 30 to see an environmental impact propaganda film to everyone before letting them loose to go impact the environment. But the environmental impact between then and the previous time I went in 1991 was noticeable.

The big island is amazing, esp. the volcano.
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I best "local" trip I have made in the past couple yrs was a train trip.
If I had more time I would plan a trip with several lay-over stops. Rent a car and see the local sights then back on the train to the next stop.
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I’ve recommended to some people that they visit the place of eternal punishment.
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Iíve recommended to some people that they visit the place of eternal punishment.
I've been to New Jersey. No thanks!
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it's a small place but it's worth a stop. It's The Museum of Appalachia located in Norris Tennessee. It's a museum that is basically a foxfire museum, instead of a book it's a museum.
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I vote for either Yellowstone (take a month at least) or if you're ever in communist California, go down into Yosemite NP. For us folks on the eastern seaboard, a visit to the majestic parks out west should be a pilgrimage like the muslims do once a year.
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IMHO, especially Bar Harbor. There are not many vacation spots to which I go more than once. Bar Harbor is one of them. I have been thrice and want to go again.

EDIT: Keep in mind, though, that the "tourist season" doesn't start until July 4th, and if you go earlier than that many places will be shut down. The first time we went it was in late June and it never occurred to us that some people's summer doesn't start until Independence Day.
In that case, may I suggest Nova Scotia? They'll be happy to host tourists as soon as June gets going, even by mid May.

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In that case, may I suggest Nova Scotia? They'll be happy to host tourists as soon as June gets going, even by mid May.

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I've been to Sydney. I wasn't particularly impressed, but I didn't give it enough chance. (Several hours on a cruise.) Jury is still out on that one...not the first recommendation I have gotten.
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