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Where to go for vacation 7/5-7/10!?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by TIMSPEED, May 4, 2021.

  1. TIMSPEED

    TIMSPEED Comps on my account, or blood on my knife.

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    We’re trying to figure out where to go for a vacation, and figured we’d ask for some “expert” help
    It’ll be for the week after July 4th (Sunday-Sunday or there within)
    Only requirements are:
    $5000 total budget
    Cannot be SWELTERING hot. (Ie: not vegas, and probably not Florida..although Disney World is in the runnings)
    Must be in the USA (we’re both fully vaccinated but don’t feel like dealing with covid test restrictions)
    We also have a 21’ travel trailer if you know any good camping spots in California (that we could drive to in a day and then park it there for the week)
    Our ideas so far:
    • Camp in Sierra Nevada
    • Road trip to Blackhawk, CO (never been)
    • Fly to AC and rent a car to visit NYC, DC, Philly, etc. (been once; for just barely a day trip)
    • DisneyWorld
    • Hawaii (never been)
    • Vegas (BUT with getting an AirBnB and not really gambling, and just finding local food spots and avoiding the strip)
     
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  2. jayperiodsmith

    jayperiodsmith Low-Roller

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    I would do the AC trip but enjoy the East Coast destinations as well...NYC is opening up in the next couple of weeks, explore Long Island (take the ferry over to either Mohegan sun/foxwoods), enjoy the Philly/Delaware/DC area. Great time to visit and the weather will be great! Enjoy regardless of what you do! :)
     
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  3. LB9

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    Agree, I would also do the AC trip, Tim. About 2 hours from Manhattan, one hour from Philly- both of which have excellent food. AC is obviously on the water too which is nice.

    You’re not particularly close to DC, as we’re about 3.5 hours away, but you probably don’t want to come here anyway given all the turmoil we’ve been experiencing the last number of months lol. If you like Italian food though, AC is the trip to take, especially if you’ve only ever been to this part of the US sparingly. I’ve also met a great group of VMB guys at AC over the years, I’m sure a few would drop by. Also, for what it’s worth, NJ is opening back to full restaurant capacity in the next 2 weeks per reports (Check NJ.com), so you’ll have plenty of great food options.

    Just remember, you can’t pump your own gas in NJ lol.
     
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    If you have time to plan fun stops for the drive, I pick Blackhawk CO. The other choices have the potential to be sweltering hot.
     
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    Given you not wanting it to be hot, I would think again about the east coast (AC) in July.

    It usually isn't sweltering hot, but can get very humid. 80-85 degrees with high humidity is more oppressive that 100-105 in the dry desert.
     
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  6. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    @TIMSPEED I am a big disney fan and would encourage you all to try that (and would be happy to share tips). Also, if you are wanting to avoid sweltering heat, I would avoid DC. It gets very humid in the summer
     
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  7. ExVegasLocal

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    I live in Colorado. Since you mentioned Blackhawk and your trailer, I thought I would mention that there is a KOA campground just above the casinos of Central City, which in turn is just above the casinos of Blackhawk. My favorite summer destination is Telluride. The weather is cool and pleasant and the scenery just doesn't get any better. But Telluride is not near Blackhawk, so it's either or, unless you are willing to make the drive between them.
     
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    My first thought would be AC and take day trips to Philly and NYC but that is 2 wasted days flying and probably pretty expensive..
    A road trip to Blackhawk would be cool.Take a day to sightsee Denver and another day park the trailer and drive across the Rockies seeing the national park..It is a nice day and breathtaking sights..
    Cali? Have you been to Lake Shasta,Mt.Shasta? Rent a houseboat on the lake,do some fishing etc..
     
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  9. ken2v

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    Hawaii.

    P.S. I usually suggest Kauai but things are still dicey up north. Our next fallback always is the Big Island. But, hell, any will work just fine.
     
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    hawaii
     
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    Hawaii! I have been to Maui once and will be going back this February. No casinos on the island will help keep the budget in tact!
     
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    A note on the Sierra ... if that camping might be in one of the national parks, get your reservation now, if you even can. If you flip over to the east side/Mammoth things should be more fluid.
     
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    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    Orlando in July is going to be just as humid as DC. Neither are ideal places to visit during the summer.
     
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    I would choose Hawaii as the Hawaiians choose Las Vegas because there is NO gambling in Hawaii. (like a bnb IN Las Vegas with no gamblin’ but better environment).
    So you CAN enjoy without temptation of bright lights and promises.
    Went once back in 1980. In a perfect world you would stay with a friend of a friend in a band playing the US base circuit and all the fallout that comes with that.
    They were good. (but that was then) and the trip was cheap and good. North shore. Saw the original Matsumoto shave ice guy foot peddling our snow cones. But again, that was then. Have fun wherever you choose.
     
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    - We wouldn’t be taking the trailer to Blackhawk (road trip only; towing is only 55mph)
    - We went to Disney world in March; going to Disney land next weekend (only reason not jumping at going BACK)
    - Didn’t realize DC/NYC was that hot in the summer
    - debating Hawaii but my GOD are hotels expensive.
     
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    Go to Colorado! It's absolutely fabulous scenery and it has casinos and all sorts of interesting things to do. The summer weather would be lovely and not humid!
     
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    Tim, out of curiosity, have you ever done the California Zephyr before on Amtrak? You'd get a pretty good variety of scenery from San Francisco, to northern Nevada, to Salt Lake City, to Denver, to Omaha, and then to Chicago. Perhaps take the train there and enjoy the sights, hang out in Chicago or thereabouts, and then fly back?

    Admittedly I've never booked Amtrak before, so I don't know how practical it is to book stopovers in a given city (though I suppose you could book individual segments to make up the entire route)... I'm only saying this because it would enable you to enjoy the casino action in Reno as well as Blackhawk (if it's easy enough to get to from Denver) and Council Bluffs (from Omaha).

    Perhaps a bit "out there" of an idea... but this trip is a bucket list item of mine personally, and for two people splitting a sleeper cabin it's not obscenely expensive when you consider you get meals and the closest thing to a hotel room on rails.

    Just thought I'd propose that since it would be an easy journey to start from California :)
     
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