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Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior MemberPosts: 2,113 Senior Member
Curious as to your favorite places you've visited or vacationed? By far and away Italy has been my wife's and mine all time favorite and most beautiful places we've visited, second it south of France in Nice. These places are just incredible and the beauty and history is unreal! Cabo is also one of our favorite places.
Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

John 3: 1-21
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,962 Senior Member
    Mt Lassen in California. Home of the Gods.

    Greece, particularly Crete.
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  • 6EQUJ5 - WOW!6EQUJ5 - WOW! Banned Posts: 482 Member
    Jeff in TX wrote: »
    By far and away Italy has been my wife's and mine all time favorite and most beautiful places we've visited, second it south of France in Nice. These places are just incredible and the beauty and history is unreal!

    Yeah, Italy would be very interesting as I always enjoyed history, especially ancient history.

    Visiting the Pyramids in Egypt and the Library of Alexandria was very cool. The people there were very nice contrary to what is always presented on the idiot box. As far as my favorite vacation spot I'd have to say Gettysburg. Really opens ones eyes to what the Civil War cost in human life and suffering. Another favorite is the Smithsonian.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,225 Senior Member
    What's a vacation?

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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,962 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Paris, I'd go there just for the food but the museums and the catacombs by themselves should put it in everyone's bucket list

    Bonus points awarded if you trail your wife in the catacombs making spooky sounds and moans...

    Paris is the most expensive city in the world - and darn well worth it!
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  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    The out islands of the Abacos...Especially;
    Walker's Cay
    Green Turtle Cay
    Treasure Cay
    Great Guanna Cay
    Marsh Harbor
    and Cat Cay
    Hard to beat when you were an angler for the BBC tournaments at age 17 thru 30


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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,453 Senior Member
    Overseas: Countries from the Med and a little north, not specific cities. Israel, Greece, Yugoslavia, Italy, France, Monaco, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Spain, Portugal. Favorite was Switzerland.

    North Atlantic: Denmark and Sweden. Copenhagen was really nice port visit that got cut short.

    They talk funny in Canada, and are a little strange, but good folks and pretty country.

    Never left anything in Mexico I'd go back to retrieve. It's hotter than AZ, NM, and TX, and I didn't find anything I liked.

    In the USA, didn't dislike anywhere I've been West of the Mississippi. I liked Michigan a lot, and Kentucky, and Virginia, and the Southern states. Anywhere North along the Atlantic seaboard I have nothing good to say about; being in the Navy and Southern was two strikes out the gate, and my tendency to 'cuss like a sailor' when cussed at by those folks was a resounding third strike. I was much better at it and they couldn't take it! :roll2: :tooth:

    The Caribbean Islands are great places. Good food, GOOD rum, lots of things to see, and the folks pretty nice. U.S. Virgin Islands just because it's U.S. territory.

    Liked Bermuda O.K. except for the warm beer. Lots of horses on the island. I've still got a $3 bill from there stashed somewhere.

    Most favorite place of all is the Smoky Mountains, and pretty much anywhere along the borders of TN, NC, SC, and North GA. Lots of pretty country to lose yourself in and if you know the back roads there aren't a flock of tourists messin' up the views and the quiet.
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  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 2,113 Senior Member
    The south of France was darn near magical, just gorgeous and can't wait to go back. I spent a week on business in Paris back in 01 and to be honest it was a week I wish I could have back. Didn't care for it, the people of Paris made it crystal clear they didn't like Americans. Now the food was out of this world and breads were to die for!

    On business trips I love to go to Mexico City! I love the city and find the people there some of the friendliest and most gracious folks I've ever visited. Yes, I know I'm nuts but I love eating taco's from the street vendor outside the Hotel Novits where I stay. The food is some of the best I've ever had! It's just such a unique city!

    Cabo is beautiful and breath taking. Some of the best diving I've done, if you dive you have to dive the "Sand Falls"! Think water falls but falls of sand on a ledge that at 40' or so in 1000' deep waters!

    When someone asks me is there really a difference in authentic Italian food! My response is usually, yeah there is, actually it's night and day to what I've made and eaten in the US! The food is amazing in Italy! Where planning a two to three week trip there next Sept. My goal is to lose an additional 25 pounds so I can put it back on while we're there!
    Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

    John 3: 1-21
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 11,143 Senior Member
    Denmark. Drove all over the country, half the time lost, but we sure had fun. Home of the original Legoland
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    The food and music on 6th Street in Austin, Texas
    Exploring the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, Colorado
    Hiking the trails and canyons of Moab, Utah
    Fishing for king salmon in Puget Sound, Washington
    Seeing the history in places like Williamsburg and Jamestown
    But mostly watching the sunrise at Virginia Beach with a hot cup and a good cigar...
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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Yep, Paris is terribly expensive, but the history and art are worth it. The Eiffel Tower was the only thing I didn't like. Too crowded and WAY too touristy. I learned how to pick out Americans in the crowd. We wear flip flops 😁.




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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    As far as my favorite vacation spot I'd have to say Gettysburg. Really opens ones eyes to what the Civil War cost in human life and suffering. Another favorite is the Smithsonian.

    I got the same vibe walking the Little Bighorn Battlefield. There are markers honoring the fallen (both Indians and Custer's men) across a few miles. Seeing the markers and reading the survivors' accounts was chilling. I could almost hear the horses' hooves and gunfire.
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    If I had to pick a single favorite place, I'd say the Kaibab plateau on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Spent a week hunting mule deer, and the natural beauty was breathtaking. No tourists or fences at the canyon's edge. Spectacular view. Two weeks after my hunt was over, I took the family to see Bryce, Zion, Escalante, and GC. The entire grand staircase.


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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,810 Senior Member
    Wake Island where America's day begins.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,810 Senior Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    Yep, Paris is terribly expensive, but the history and art are worth it. The Eiffel Tower was the only thing I didn't like. Too crowded and WAY too touristy. I learned how to pick out Americans in the crowd. We wear flip flops ��.




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    I would have liked to fly under the Eiffel Tower!
  • sherwoodsherwood Senior Member Posts: 1,220 Senior Member
    Never been out of the country as an adult.

    In country the best vaca we had was in Charleston South Carolina. We just happened to get there the day after the burial of the Hunley crew. Everything was still set up and the re-enactors were still there. We toured the sub on the last day before they closed it up. Fantastic!!! Toured the old cemeteries and they were beautiful. The city was beautiful and the people were some of the most polite and helpful people we have ever seen. We hope to go back sometime soon.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,810 Senior Member
    sherwood wrote: »
    Never been out of the country as an adult.

    In country the best vaca we had was in Charleston South Carolina. We just happened to get there the day after the burial of the Hunley crew. Everything was still set up and the re-enactors were still there. We toured the sub on the last day before they closed it up. Fantastic!!! Toured the old cemeteries and they were beautiful. The city was beautiful and the people were some of the most polite and helpful people we have ever seen. We hope to go back sometime soon.

    Yeah, it is a nice place----the only problem is the summer.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    The fjords separating Sweden and Norway were scenic for sure.

    Oh man I dunno. Beautiful in Austria where they filmed the Sound of Music. Germany around where Hitlers Eagles Nest is located (Berchtesgaden) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Anywhere by the Alps and especially the Alpenstrasse a long road with idyllic scenery they make postcards from pictures of it.

    Saw some Waterfalls near Schaffhausen in Switzerland really nice. Some places not so touristy in the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) and places I can't remember the names of, but pulled over just to look at. I liked the back roads and off the beaten path places, never knew what the next village or winding road had in store for you to look at.
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  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    I a little quiet community on the northern Outer Banks of NC called Corolla. The north end especially is so peaceful and at night the moon just dances on the waves.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Even the rugged jagged mountains looking out one of the few the small windows in a C-130 or C-117 over Afghanistan were beautiful in their own way, seemed like the end of the earth.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • 6EQUJ5 - WOW!6EQUJ5 - WOW! Banned Posts: 482 Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    I got the same vibe walking the Little Bighorn Battlefield. There are markers honoring the fallen (both Indians and Custer's men) across a few miles. Seeing the markers and reading the survivors' accounts was chilling. I could almost hear the horses' hooves and gunfire.

    Incredible. I would like to visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield but so far I haven't had the chance yet. It is very sobering when one close their eyes and vividly imagines the carnage and horror of war. Being on that very ground brings it very close to home. Gettysburg was like that for me as well.

    Edit: There was an old History Channel program titled something in the order of 'Battlefield Forensics' I recall. The episode that featured the Battle of the Little Bighorn was fascinating.
  • 6EQUJ5 - WOW!6EQUJ5 - WOW! Banned Posts: 482 Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Next time you go to Mexico City hire a private guide to take you to Teotihuacan. Ask the hotel concierge to recommend one or if you are like me make friends with your driver (I like using the same guy all week) and ask him to take you. One of the most amazing places I've ever been to in my life.
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    Also go to the Basilica de la Virgen de la Guadalupe where the Virgin Mary appeared. I believe it's the second most sacred site for Catholics after Rome and it is absolutely beautiful and fascinating! Yes the buildings are not straight which is a story on to itself.
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    Now that is cool! Always wanted to visit Mexico City and see the many historic sights there.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Oh I forgot, São Paulo ROCKS!!! :tooth:

    On the other end of the scale I told my company I would never go back to Nigeria, the armpit of the world...

    I only got to see the factory/hotel in Sao Paulo. Didn't get to enjoy the city. :(

    We have a new facility in Tunisia. They will begin production involving my specialty, so I'll probably have to go. The factory is surrounded by walls with razor wire. :yikes:
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,962 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    I would never go back to Nigeria, the armpit of the world...

    That sweepstakes prize didn't work out for ya? :jester:
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,250 Senior Member
    After living in Louisiana for 40+ years, I now live in my favorite vacation spot.

    But, I will admit, Colorado has changed a lot in just the past 15 years. The Front Range, where I live, is practically wall to wall city from Colorado Springs to damn near the Wyoming border. The "I-25 Corridor", as it's called. There's a little open land between Denver and Cheyenne, but not much. And from Colorado Springs north to Denver you won't see two miles of empty space.

    Colorado still exists on the Western Slope, and there's mind boggling empty spaces on the eastern plains, but being crammed up against the eastern side of the Rockies brings to mind more the "Streets of San Francisco" than " Jeremiah Johnson".

    But, at least I don't live in Denver, a place I gratefully cleared two hours ago after a concert. Denver has got to be the Chicago of the West.

    The western slope is still Colorado, but I don't know how you can make a living there unless stocking shelves for the occasional tourist pays better than I suspect.

    At least I can quickly run to the Colorado I remember, then quickly run back to where I can make a living. Couldn't do that in Louisiana.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,250 Senior Member
    Out of the States, Copenhagen is really nice, but I don't want to leave the States again.

    Santa Fe......that's a really cool place. For both culture and food. And it's in the States.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,973 Senior Member
    Favorite place ever? Big Island of Hawaii was awesome once you got out of the touristy spots. Volcanoes National Park is a real high point. The lodge in Zion National Park has been one of our favorite vacations as well. The Asheville, NC area is on the top of our list for summer comfort, views and activities. Most of the National Parks in the USA are spectacular and worth a visit. North Yellowstone in late winter is amazing. Cruising the inside passage from Seward, Alaska, to Vancouver also a giant vacation. Loved Paris, Rome, and Anzio. I cannot tell you what I did for my 50th birthday, but my 49th, I was sitting on a bench at the Anzio, Italy harbor eating a gelato with my then 5 year old daughter watching the sunset. It was bliss.


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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,810 Senior Member
    I thought that was Guam?
    If it has to be a settled civilized area maybe Guam; but Wake is closer to the International Dateline; though only a
    refueling and RON Base under AF control.
  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    After living in Louisiana for 40+ years, I now live in my favorite vacation spot.

    But, I will admit, Colorado has changed a lot in just the past 15 years. The Front Range, where I live, is practically wall to wall city from Colorado Springs to damn near the Wyoming border. The "I-25 Corridor", as it's called. There's a little open land between Denver and Cheyenne, but not much. And from Colorado Springs north to Denver you won't see two miles of empty space.

    Colorado still exists on the Western Slope, and there's mind boggling empty spaces on the eastern plains, but being crammed up against the eastern side of the Rockies brings to mind more the "Streets of San Francisco" than " Jeremiah Johnson".

    But, at least I don't live in Denver, a place I gratefully cleared two hours ago after a concert. Denver has got to be the Chicago of the West.

    The western slope is still Colorado, but I don't know how you can make a living there unless stocking shelves for the occasional tourist pays better than I suspect.

    At least I can quickly run to the Colorado I remember, then quickly run back to where I can make a living. Couldn't do that in Louisiana.

    Mike

    Twelve years ago when my buddy and I hiked Moab, I-70 between Grand Junction and the US191 turnoff was a dead zone. Dark side of the moon. With a constant 30mph wind blowing across the desert!
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  • 104RFAST104RFAST Senior Member Posts: 1,281 Senior Member
    The last time I counted, I have visited over 50 countries, some for just a day or two
    and some for over 30 days. Most were interesting for historical reason such as Cairo,
    Athens and many others throughout Europe and the far East. For me,just for relaxation
    and beauty Jackson Hole is one of my favorite stateside locations. One of my biggest
    surprises was Lebanon. Baalbek Lebanon, located in the Beqaa Valley was certainly
    one of the biggest surprises and for me more interesting than Rome or Greece
    mostly due to its location (BFE) and construction. Although typical Roman in appearance, most of the foundation is made up of very large, 100 to 300 ton stones
    quarried over a hundred miles away. It's always puzzled me why they chose that location over a coastal seaport like Beirut. Even though I,ve had the the opportunity
    to visit most of the planet I never had the slightest urge to relocate to any other
    country. The U.S. is still my favorite place to visit! and you don't need to take any Pepto Bismol with you
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,934 Senior Member
    I am currently on my 2nd trip to the Black Hills in SD, it is awesome scenery and I have not even hunted or fished out here yet. Out of the country, meh, Puerto Vallarta has been the best so far. CO rocks for hunting!
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
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