what was the best vacation you've ever had?

  1. Trying to think of all th fun options for a vacation this early summer. Any ideas out there guys? even if it is a unique place or not so well known area let me know!
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  3. by   CHATSDALE
    went to biloxi one year with children, grandchildren, their other g'mother mother of one of the g'dtrs...went out on a boat to a precivil war fort...saw a whale...and a whole bunch of dolphins...wasn't a whole lot to talk about but everyone really enjoyed themselves..hard to get everyone together for simple things
  4. by   dianah
    Years ago, BK (Before Kids), dh and I drove leisurely from So. Cal up 395 all the way to Lake Tahoe and back. If you like great scenery, it was TOPS! The craggy Sierra-Nevada mountains to the west, the desert to the right initially, then it changed to semi-arid -- we saw deer grazing as we approached Mammoth Lakes (a whole wonderful side trip in itself), passed Mono Lake with its eerie tufas, stopped at Native American trading posts, took a side excursion through the narrow valley of June Lakes Loop,--- then, Tahoe was gorgeous, as ever. We would have driven to Bodie, the ghost town, but we'd already done that on our honemoon. Too bad you're not wanting to travel in Jan; I hear Death Valley is an incredible sight (Scotty's Castle, the moving rocks, the lowest elevation in the US, etc) but you have to go in Jan or Feb.

    Friends just returned from driving thru Monterrey Bay area, and some of the State parks up the CA coast, and just raved about the area.

    Then there's always San Francisco! Ghirardelli Square, the famous trollies, Pier 39, Alcatraz Island, ferry over to Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods (which is over the bridge and north of the city area; gorgeous stand of sequoia trees, with lush fern carpet, and well-maintained trails for strolling), Golden Gate Park (Steinhart Aquarium, Natural History Museum, etc etc).

    We haven't traveled very widely, but the above places are some we thoroughly enjoyed.

    Good luck with choosing, keep us informed (cuz we're nosey?? Nah, just because you may enjoy a trip and share it and someone else may choose to enjoy it as well, just from your recommendation!)
  5. by   PennyLane
    I'd like to go to Jackson Hole and Montana. Sorry, not much help, but I think that would be a great vacation. Go out west, rent a car, drive around, go hiking, camping, horseback riding, and gawking at wildlife and scenery.
  6. by   WickedRedRN
    Last year we went to Gatlinburg, TN, and Asheville, NC. LOVED IT! I have also been to New Orleans, wonderful place. For us, we love going to Sandusky OH, spending time at Cedar Point and at the beach on the lake is lots of fun if you are looking for lots of family fun.
  7. by   grimmy
    [font=book antiqua]a beautiful place to rent an ocean house and just be is jekyll island, off the coast of georgia. it doesn't have the ritzier atmosphere of st. simons, and is considerably cheaper and quieter. the dolphins are awesome, the beach is wonderful...you can golf there, too, if you don't mind an occasional alligator. another summertime vacation place that feels like you've gone to europe (without having to convert us dollars to much fewer euros) is vieux (old) quebec city. wow, what a romantic town! :kiss it is the oldest fortified city in the northern hemsiphere. people speak french-canadian, most speak english, and there are street performers, the funiculaire, st. lawrence river, gorgeous and cheap b&bs... if i ever got married, that's where i'd want to honeymoon. if you like to ski, and you're not into the whole "aspen" sort of crowd (or prices), go to coeur d'alene, id. it's a beautiful town with lots of artsy sorts of shops, nice people, and decent places to stay. i guess a lot depends on what your expectations are of a vacation.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I take it twice every year! It's a week in a house in the Pacific Coast of WA. It's pure heaven, looking out the windows and seeing nothing but ocean and sunset and building campfires on the beach after dark. It's the best thing I can think of to do with the dh and kids and definately feels romantic. I love it. Heading out there May 13th for week. Cannot wait.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 22, '05
  9. by   Tweege
    After we returned from being stationed in Germany for 2 1/2 yrs. our first family vacation was one I had dream of for years. We traveled from North Carolina where we live to Colorado and Wyoming camping where ever we could along the way for two weeks, it was the best vacation ever. Our kids were young enough then that everything was an adventure, now we couldn't drag them, except maybe the oldest he loves fishing, camping and such.
  10. by   truern
    Snorkeling at St Thomas in the Caribbean....I loved it so much hubby bought me my own equipment

    It's just not the same snorkeling at the NC coast, though...I'm putting in my order for another trip south just as soon as I graduate
  11. by   smk1
    Quote from PennyLane
    I'd like to go to Jackson Hole and Montana. Sorry, not much help, but I think that would be a great vacation. Go out west, rent a car, drive around, go hiking, camping, horseback riding, and gawking at wildlife and scenery.
    i have heard of this place and will have to check it out! We do love camping (as well as paradise type vacations). If they have cabins it would definitely be an idea! ( we live in the pacific nw and we'd have to fly so carrying camping gear would be practical)
  12. by   smk1
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I take it twice every year! It's a week in a house in the Pacific Coast of WA. It's pure heaven, looking out the windows and seeing nothing but ocean and sunset and building campfires on the beach after dark. It's the best thing I can think of to do with the dh and kids and definately feels romantic. I love it. Heading out there May 13th for week. Cannot wait.
    i live in pacific nw so this is always a good option for us, i was thinking about a beach week with just hubby and i for a few days and the rest of family for the rest of the week, but i want to go to a "new" beach just to spice it up a bit (we latley ahve been heading down to lincoln city a lot) which Wa coast beach do you go to? Long beach or oceanside?....
  13. by   smk1
    Quote from truesn
    Snorkeling at St Thomas in the Caribbean....I loved it so much hubby bought me my own equipment

    It's just not the same snorkeling at the NC coast, though...I'm putting in my order for another trip south just as soon as I graduate

    if we have the money to do it we will be going to Cancun, because I love fun in the sun and boogie boarding snorkeling etc... but that is a big IF (about having the money) so I am trying to think of many other fun options that are cheaper, a lot of these ideas are great! a road trip sounds kind of fun (no kiddie though!) a wine tasting tour with bed and breakfasts might be fun too, or a reno trip with a rafting tour. Ahh decisions decisions!
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from SMK1
    i live in pacific nw so this is always a good option for us, i was thinking about a beach week with just hubby and i for a few days and the rest of family for the rest of the week, but i want to go to a "new" beach just to spice it up a bit (we latley ahve been heading down to lincoln city a lot) which Wa coast beach do you go to? Long beach or oceanside?....
    I don't like the South Beaches much. ( having visited Astoria to Ocean Shores and between).

    I much prefer the rocky, less-than-docile North Beaches, north of the Quinault Indian Reservation. I love Ruby Beach and Neah Bay. (just grab Mapblast or an atlas and look at Highway 101 NORTH in the Penninsula and you will see the beach access I am speaking about). It is true, it takes longer to get there, and the beaches are much rockier than the flat ones of Long Beach and Westport. But there are fewer people and your beachfront experience is much nicer, if you ask me.

    Now if you are into casinos and lots of glitzy entertainment, then Ocean Shores is your more for you. Personally, that is not what I go to the beach for. I go to walk and observe tidepools and experience the joy of seeing the trees meet the rocky coast. So the North Beaches, to me, are "where it's at". You wont' find too many people from Seattle who know of them, much less visit, which adds to the appeal for me.

    Snorkling in Mexico sounds wonderful. I would like to do that one day.....sigh.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 23, '05

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