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kcw1304
I like to travel as much as I can afford to! This month my husband and I are taking a trip accross the country from North Carolina to Northern California. Does anyone have any suggestions for 'must-see' places to visit? or local attractions that wouldn't be widely advertised?

We will most likely be going through St. Louis, to Denver, up to Teton/Yellowstone, back down to SLC and then on to Sacramento.
SusieSmacktard
Since you mentioned passing by St Louis, here are a couple things:

If you are beer drinkers, you may like the Budweiser brewery tour. Even if you don't enjoy beer, it is still neat to see the mechanics of brewing and bottling that much beer. It's free, and you get two "samples" at the end of the tour. The St. Louis Arch is neat, but you must get in line super early, because tickets to ride the tram to the top sell out very quickly. I'm not much into gambling, but I have heard the riverboat casinos are nice as well.
Winterborne
Umm... I dunno if you'd be interested in this or not, but I live in Oak Ridge,TN "the Secret City." it was named that because no one use to know it existed. Oak Ridge is one of the places that created the atom bomb. The plant is still in operation here, and though I don't know if they give tours or anything because of security, there is the American Science and Energy Museum in town that teaches alot about the history of Oak Ridge along with other stuff.

It's near the I-40/I-75 split in east Tennessee if you are interested.
penelopeviv
How about travel outside the US?
palavra
penelopeviv wrote:
How about travel outside the US?


if you want to visit pasific , i can give you a few good advice.
Captain Fertile
SusieSmacktard wrote:
Since you mentioned passing by St Louis, here are a couple things:

If you are beer drinkers, you may like the Budweiser brewery tour. Even if you don't enjoy beer, it is still neat to see the mechanics of brewing and bottling that much beer. It's free, and you get two "samples" at the end of the tour. The St. Louis Arch is neat, but you must get in line super early, because tickets to ride the tram to the top sell out very quickly. I'm not much into gambling, but I have heard the riverboat casinos are nice as well.


I’ve flown to/from St Louis several times but I have always been driven right to/from the airport directly to my destinations in Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky. I really should have taken some time to check out the area.

The brewery tour sounds particularly good and I am sure there is a TON of other things I could have done, and should have really.

The city looks particulalrly beautiful at night as you approach it on the highway.

Another point worth noting, the airport has quite a hairy approach when you fly into it. At least it did each time I landed with a steep turn and the wings had ALL the flaps fully open, on one occasion we still hit the runway sideways and skipped a little to strighten up.
Shocked

There were quite a few full underpants after THAT landing.

(Sorry for taking this off topic)
thealpha
i like to travel too, St. Louis seems nice
Montressor
kcw1304 wrote:
We will most likely be going through St. Louis, to Denver, up to Teton/Yellowstone, back down to SLC and then on to Sacramento.


I loved my visit to Teton/Yellowstone and also liked SLC (stayed overnight in Park City, a ski town just East of SLC in the mountains, and would recommend staying there instead of in SLC any day). I assume that if you're going through Utah, then you are considering traveling through Nevada on your way to Ca. Bring a good book, driving through Nevada is just about the most boring thing possible (personal opinion). If you're not set on visiting SLC, I'd highly recommend continuing to Glacier (wonderful national park), crossing Idaho, and drive down through Washington and/or Oregon the the way to Sacramento instead of going through Nevada. You could also dip down south and visit the Grand Canyon, and skip central Nevada that way...
In case you haven't noticed there is a theme here; driving though central Nevada is extremely boring (unless you happen to be into watching unchanging desert landscape Wink ).
As far as tourist destinations in Ca, I'd have to know what exact route you intend to take, but could recommend some certain general places to visit. Tahoe is nice, Old Sacramento is interesting if you like such things, and if you have time you should visit Monterey Bay Aquarium and the rest of Steinbeck country...
If you truly intend to visit Northern California (further north than where I am), I could recommend visiting Lassen and Humboldt State Parks (I'm assuming you like national/state parks based off your desire to visit Yellowstone/Teton). Lassen has some lovely alpine lakes and geological features, and Humboldt is a nicely situated park on the coast with some big trees and pretty meadows. Other than that you start to get specific.
vinx_18
If you want to travel in Asia. I recommend you to go here in the Philippines. There are 7,000+ islands to choose from. Smile I've been traveling some of the neighboring islands here and I love it so much. Cold springs and hot springs, historical churches and places, falls , beaches.
sbel
vinx_18 wrote:
If you want to travel in Asia. I recommend you to go here in the Philippines. There are 7,000+ islands to choose from. Smile I've been traveling some of the neighboring islands here and I love it so much. Cold springs and hot springs, historical churches and places, falls , beaches.


Is it safe in the southern part?
But i've been to the northern. Baguio's my favourite though i'm always at manila Wink
vinx_18
Are you a Filipino? yah Baguio is cool and nice place. Never been there but it attracts so many tourists. Southern part is safe but not in abu sayaff or milf places...heheheheh:)
fashioncrimewave
i see it's too late to be of use to kcw1304, but maybe someone else would like this info about St. Louis:

i've lived in st. louis for about 6 years now, and unfortunately, i think it's rather short on tourist attractions. the brewery and arch are good choices.

However, I think Forest Park is the best attraction in StL. it contains the Art Museum and Zoo which are both very good - the Art Museum compares well to others I've seen in Chicago and Philadelphia, and the Zoo is one of the best in the country. There are also some buildings left from the 1904 World's Fair and a public golf course. It also has the Muny, an open air theater that has musicals in the summer. It's great for walking, and in the summer you can rent boats and paddle around the waterways.

the new busch stadium is interesting, but unless there's a game, you can't see the inside. still, worth a drive-by.

one thing StL has going for it is good restaurants. there are several good ones on "the Hill", the old Italian neighborhood (between Kingshighway and Hampton south of I-64). "Toasted Ravioli" is an appetizer that seems unique to StL. Ted Drewe's frozen custard is another local favorite.

The better casinos are actually on the Missouri River in St. Charles, northwest of StL. The ones on the Mississippi are older and not so good.

An interesting place to see some older row homes and get an idea of what StL looked like in the 19th century is Lafayette Square. from I-64 you would go south on Jefferson Ave to Lafayette Ave.

Union Station in downtown is a neat building, but now it's been converted into a cheesy mall, mostly just T-shirt shops and such for tourists. Downtown is worth driving around to see the architecture, there are several buildings by famous architects. Washington Avenue is an area that is being renovated, many of the buildings are being converted into lofts and there are many good restaurants here, as well as many nightclubs.
sparlund
kcw1304 wrote:
I like to travel as much as I can afford to! This month my husband and I are taking a trip accross the country from North Carolina to Northern California. Does anyone have any suggestions for 'must-see' places to visit? or local attractions that wouldn't be widely advertised?

We will most likely be going through St. Louis, to Denver, up to Teton/Yellowstone, back down to SLC and then on to Sa
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paulbarter
Why not visit CapeTown in South Africa. It is one of the most beautifull cities in the world and with the exchange rate you can really stay in luxury! There are beaches and mountains and wine farms and a great city night lifef - something for everyone! Try something new
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