What are your favorite vacation spots?

  1. It's almost 1:00 AM. My one patient is safely sleeping with his trusty ol' cardiac monitoring showing sinus rhythm. All's well in our little CCU/ICU.

    So . . .

    In two days my wife and I are going on vacation to Florida to do the obligatory "in-law" visit. (My father and his wife lives on the west coast. Amy's mother and step father lives on the east coast.) Florida is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. The Florida beaches are nice. However, I love mountains and changes in seasons . . . especially spring and fall. Florida is a bit too flat for me.

    This fall, we're traveling to western North Carolina for an anniversay vacation. Last year I had the pleasure of spending a week with my father at Clyde, North Carolina. Absolutely loved the area!!! The mountain regions were gorgeous! I'd consider moving to the region!!! I'm looking forward to our anniversay vacation in this region.

    The following are my favorite top-11 traveling spots (from past vacations and/or cruise-ship travels):

    1) Alaska
    2) Maine (almost any place)
    3) Western North Carolina
    4) Panama Canal
    5) St. Croix (sp?) (snorkeling is wonderful!)
    6) Grand Cayman Island (snorkeling is wonderful!)
    7) Cozamel, Mexico
    8) The Grand Canyon at Flagstaff, Arizona
    9) San Francisco, California
    10) Vancouver, Canada
    11) The Adirondacks of New York

    Be interested to know what your favorite vacation spots are. Hope to find some cool ideas for future vacation spots!

    Cheers!

    Ted
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  2. Poll: What type of vacation regions do you like?

    • Mountains

      31.25% 5
    • Beaches

      37.50% 6
    • My Own Back Yard

      0% 0
    • All of the Above

      31.25% 5
    16 Votes
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  4. by   aimeee
    I think mountains are the most dramatic, but other places which are more subtle can be extraordinary too. In general I prefer places of natural beauty to the sights and sounds of the city.

    The Blue Ridge Mountains are lovely, Ted. I once worked for a company with a manufacturing plant in little Elkin, NC and I thoroughly enjoyed having to go there on business trips. Took a few extra days of vacation time once and cruised a bit of the Blue Ridge Parkway in springtime. Incredible!

    A few years ago my husbands family had a reunion at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. We took a side trip up to Mount Rushmore and while it was impressive, what I really found awesome was the mile after mile of the undulating Sand Hills against the wide blue sky.
  5. by   Ted
    Originally posted by aimeee
    I think mountains are the most dramatic, but other places which are more subtle can be extraordinary too. In general I prefer places of natural beauty to the sights and sounds of the city.

    The Blue Ridge Mountains are lovely, Ted. I once worked for a company with a manufacturing plant in little Elkin, NC and I thoroughly enjoyed having to go there on business trips. Took a few extra days of vacation time once and cruised a bit of the Blue Ridge Parkway in springtime. Incredible!

    A few years ago my husbands family had a reunion at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. We took a side trip up to Mount Rushmore and while it was impressive, what I really found awesome was the mile after mile of the undulating Sand Hills against the wide blue sky.
    The Blue Ridge Mountains! Couldn't remember the name of the mountains (memory failing!) I can't wait for October's vaction to come!!! Sounds like Fort Robinson is another lovely spot!

    Ted
  6. by   nightingale
    Mornin Ted:

    1 pt in ICU/CCU Land sounds nice.

    I live in southern Wyoming and regularly travel to Northern Colorado for work. I see picture postcard scenery of mountains; viewing the mystical nature of the mountains turning blue, red, and purple are a regular occurence for me. It is lovely.

    I yearn for variety when I seek a beach or water retreat vacation. Last year, our family went to the New Jersey shore. I grew up somewhat inland from there and have many happy memories driving to the beach/shoreline with my family.

    Taking my children there last year was so exciting. I have dozens of pictues of us playing in the sand and water. My favorite memories were of the kids playing with their cousins and being washed ashore by the waves.

    This year, I have worked out an oppourtunity to work in Upstate New York as a Camp Nurse. There are two lakes on the property, rolling hills, and new adventures to be explored. My children get to participate for free and we will all share a new adventure together.

    I have always wanted to take a cruise to some tropical land. Anyone care to share?

    Thanks for this thread Ted... heh that rhymes! :roll

    B.
    Last edit by nightingale on May 14, '02
  7. by   delirium
    I live in Maryland, and Maryland is pretty flat and green. There are trees, and there is water, and there is 100% humidity.

    I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma when I was 22 and while I'm not in treatment anymore, I'm not cured either, so I can't exactly go to the beach with the sun beating down on my poor body. Ocean City is the tourist destination around here (and Rehoboth Beach in Delaware), and I will go there, but I have to wear a hat, and take sunblock, and not go out between the hours of 10 and 3, I'm pretty much a drag.

    So I prefer places where there isn't as much raw sun exposure, and there are more things to do than walk down the boardwalk and eat until you want to puke. This is goofy, but I've always really liked Luray caverns, which is like a series of underground caves with stalactites and stuff....

    My absolute favorite vacation spot, though, is the upper peninsula of Michigan. The weather is great (in the summer; in the winter I'd have to throw 5 bags of kitty litter in the back of my rear wheel drive mustang to get anywhere), there are cabins to be rented, shopping to do, clean air, sparkling water.... I freaking love it.

    And one summer, I rented a cabin next to Iggy Pop's parents. I swear to God. It is so peaceful there. I have toyed with the idea of moving there on a full-time basis after school is over and I've worked for awhile. I'd just have to get a Durango or a snowmobile or something so I can get around in the winter.
    (I think part of the appeal is that my surname is actually the name of a county in the UP as well :roll call me shallow but I think that's pretty damn cool... makes up for the fool with my surname that was on 'Texas Justice' yesterday).
  8. by   Furball
    I second the UP of Michigan. Lovely wilderness!
  9. by   delirium
    ^5, Furball!
    :roll
  10. by   Lausana
    Well, as exciting as Indiana corn fields are ...I love to get away! I absolutely love Cape Cod. I have family there and used to visit in the summer. It's like it's own world there, very relaxing & peaceful. Lots of beautiful things to see and of course, the ocean. We usually take a day to visit Provincetown for some great shopping and beautiful views. Oh, how could I forget the food, fresh seafood, mmmm, lobsters and clambakes....

    My favorite vacation spot this summer: Cedar Point Amusement Park-woohooo! I didn't go last year so I really can't wait
  11. by   kaycee
    The beach, the beach , the beach!
  12. by   aimeee
    originally posted by furball
    i second the up of michigan. lovely wilderness!
    say ya to da up, hey? :d
  13. by   Furball
    originally posted by aimeee


    say ya to da up, hey? :d
    yoopers rule!:d
  14. by   semstr
    the beach, the sand, the sun and nice, easygoing people............. Greece!!

    But for all of you who love the mountains: come and visit the alps in Austria. you have the mountains, you have the rivers and lakes and besides nice people, extremely good food, wines and beer!!
    Come over and let me know!!

    Take care, (no I don't have a hotel, and I am no touristguide. But i know a guy, who knows another guy, who might help you, LOL), Renee
  15. by   secondcareer
    I would have to say Alaska would be my first choice. I was there 3 years ago this month and absolutely loved it. I can not wait to go back again.
    A more reasonable vacation spot would have to be northern michigan.

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