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Tell me about the state you live in
Old 05-14-2020, 03:28 PM
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I’m a bit of a homebody but I’ve decided that I’m not really living my best life. Next year, I would like to do some traveling in the US with my husband.

With that being said, what’s great about the state you live in? What are some must see places to visit within your state? It can be popular tourist attractions or unusual landmarks.

(I live in NC.)

ETA: I grew up in northern NJ so I’m very familiar with NJ and NYC sights.

TIA!



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Old 05-14-2020, 03:36 PM
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I知 going to love reading this post. I知 on VA just north of you so you probably have already been here lots. If I was talking to someone from further away, I壇 tell them to hit the National Parks葉here are so many and they cover such a variety of places. Chincoteague and Dkyline Drive for nature, Richmond and Fredericksburg for history, northern Va for history and culture and proximity to DC and the monuments.
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Old 05-14-2020, 03:37 PM
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I知 in IL. Downtown Chicago is a great place to visit (though I wouldn稚 want to live there). Great food, great attractions, great shopping.
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Old 05-14-2020, 03:44 PM
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I'm a VA native. I love that we have mountains and beaches. My favorite places to visit are:
-Breaks Interstate Park- largest canyon east of the Mississippi- straddles the VA and KY state lines
-Williamsburg- history, shopping, and Pierces Pitt BBQ
-Staunton- small town features great eateries, the Blackfriars Playhouse, a great farmer's market, and the beautiful Stonewall Jackson Hotel
-VA Beach- First Landing State Park, my in-laws , boardwalk, Mt. Trashmore
-We have a s$!t ton of wineries, incl one owned by Trump and one owned by Dave Matthews. One of my faves is Prince Michel near Charlottesville.

I grew up in a suburb of Washington, DC, and grew up going to The Mall, Smithsonians, and the big memorials. I also loved live music at Wolf Trap and the Birchmere. I still visit DC and Northern VA to see family, friends, museums, and live music/theatre.
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I live in Western NY
Old 05-14-2020, 03:45 PM
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what we have to offer are the beautiful Finger Lakes, lots of wineries, and Niagara Falls. Additionally, within the state we have the Adirondack Mountains, ski slopes and of course NY City. There is something magical about Broadway, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building. I wouldn't want to live in NYC unless I had skads of money, but it is fun to visit.


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Old 05-14-2020, 04:06 PM
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I知 in Kentucky.
  • bourbon trail tours
  • thoroughbred horse farms
  • horse racing
  • lots of nice state parks
  • Corvette & Toyota plant tours are both interesting
  • Mammoth Cave
  • Newport Aquarium & Louisville Zoo

I live close to Lexington, and there is lots to do there. DSS lives in Louisville, and he loves it. They are always doing things.
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Old 05-14-2020, 04:06 PM
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I am from Illinois. Besides Chicago- Springfield is loaded with Lincoln history. Southern Illinois has several beautiful natural areas like Giant City State park. Galena is a northwestern town that is fun to explore. Starved Rock in Utica, Il is probably the most famous state park.
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Old 05-14-2020, 04:26 PM
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NH. Lots of lakes all over, White Mountains in the North, beach at the short coastline, plenty of hiking trails if you like that kind of thing.
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Pennsylvania here!
Old 05-14-2020, 04:26 PM
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Depends on where you are, but there is so much to do and see here.

  • Presque Isle State Park in Erie. Beautiful park on the lake, you can bike the entire peninsula.
  • Grand Canyon of PA in the eastern part
  • Philadelphia is full of history
  • Gettysburg is a Civil War buff's dream
  • Lancaster has the Amish (actually there are Amish near me in Western PA too)
  • Pittsburgh has many cultural events
  • and the rest of the state is just lovely with state parks, hiking, small towns
I love living here!
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Delaware
Old 05-14-2020, 04:28 PM
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Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach
Lewes Beach-Zwaanendael museum
Winterthur house and museum
Nemours Mansion
Fort Delaware


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My state
Old 05-14-2020, 04:33 PM
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California!!!

Winter and summer sports in Lake Tahoe

A plethora of national parks and recreation areas:
Yosemite
Channel Islands
Sequoia- Kings Canyon
Golden Gate National Recreation area

Southern CA beaches
Disneyland
LEGO Land
San Diego
Monterey/Carmel
San Francisco
Etc., etc., etc.
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Old 05-14-2020, 04:35 PM
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I live out side Philadelphia, PA and love to visit the Art Museum, Franklin Institute, and Constitution Hall. I also like to walk around and see the many different sites, Liberty Bell, Carpenter's Hall, Independence Hall, Christ Church, Benjamin Franklin's grave, etc. Here is our Visit Philly website.....

https://www.visitphilly.com/

Outside Philadelphia are wineries, Longwood Gardens [DuPont Family Lands], Hershey Park, Lancaster, Outlets, Poconos Mountains, etc

https://www.visitpa.com/free-happy-traveler-guide
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Old 05-14-2020, 04:36 PM
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I'm in New York City (Manhattan)
Amazing restaurants
Beautiful hotels
Central Park and it's zoo
The Village (shops, restaurants, Washington Sq Park)
Museums
Broadway shows
Hanging out in Times Square and seeing yourself on a huge screen as you sit on the red steps
Chinatown and the best food ever and all their little shops
The Twin Towers memorial
Empire State Building
Rileys Believe it or Not
Little Italy
The American Girl Store
The Lower East Side..very trendy
and soooooooooooo much more!!!!
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Old 05-14-2020, 04:49 PM
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WV



Beautiful mountains, Seneca Rocks is amazing. Hiking, zip lining.

Unique natural areas Dolly Sods, Cranberry Glades.

New River Gorge Bridge. Bridge day people bungy cord, parachute, hang glide off the bridge, it's wild.

White water rafting on the New River, Gauley River, and more.

Summersville Lake, it is so clear, and clean, there is suba diving.

Also, we have no large cities. Our largest city has a population of less than 50,000.

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Old 05-14-2020, 05:28 PM
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I'm in CA as well - we have it all! Beaches, deserts, mountains, cities, towns, amusement parks, food, wine, entertainment of all kinds. Too much to list but it's always worth a visit!
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Old 05-14-2020, 05:39 PM
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Downeast Maine

I now live about 20 minutes from Acadia National Park. One of my grandmothers was born on Mount Desert Island. A grandfather was born in Stonington, Maine on Deer Isle. The combination of ocean and coastal mountains and just the ruggedness of the Maine coast up here is spectacular.

Come in the fall. There is a deep intensity of color that spreads out like ribbons among the deep pine green forests. Or you can find yourself in a world of golden yellow as you travel down a dirt road, passing by misty gray bogs with solitary cranes and herons and beaver lodges, small brooks that are a jumble of natural lichen growth, fallen logs and branches and mossy rocks. A bank of orange and red bittersweet meets the road or trail, and then a serene pond rimmed with grassy reeds and clumps of cattails waving their brown spikes appears. Blueberry fields turn into textured red carpets with rough grayish white boulders piled up to form natural fences. And you don't really have to drive around to see it. You could rent one of those cute little one-room tourist cabins found on lakes and by the ocean and just sit there in your adirondack chair and take it all in. It isn't just a pleasant dream. It actually happens up here, fall scenery so spectacular that the state has to put up temporary signs telling you not to stop and take photographs of the view because the road is too narrow. No problem; there are plenty of pullouts and scenic stops where you can take it all in.
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Old 05-14-2020, 05:41 PM
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Bald Mountain just down the road from us.
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Old 05-14-2020, 06:57 PM
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I am in FL and liver along the NE/Central coast. We are surrounded by theme parks - Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, etc. We also have beautiful beaches, Daytona International Speedway, St. Augustine which is historical, beautiful, interesting and fun. The Cape is an hour south of us and that also makes an interesting and fun tour. There is a lot to do here!

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More California
Old 05-14-2020, 07:47 PM
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Don't forget Los Angeles with the Hollywood Walk of Fame and being able to attend live tapings of shows (well, not right now, but.....)
We have the Gold Country where the Gold Rush started in 1849, now cute little towns with nice shopping, gold panning, and historic places to visit.
We have factories you can visit: the Jelly Belly Factory, Anheiser Busch, Boudin Sourdough, wine tasting, beer tasting.
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Old 05-14-2020, 08:25 PM
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Western Washington at least - Eastern WA is very different. From Seattle, drive 3 hours north and visit Vancouver BC. Drive 3 hours south and visit wonderful Portland, OR.
We have beautiful blue skies, mountains, and water. Take a ferry to an island. Go to a baseball, football, or soccer game. Emerald Downs for horse racing is fun. Visit Snoqualmie Falls. Visit Mount Vernon痴 tulips. Take a boat to Tillicum Village on Blake Island. Go kayaking on Lake Union or in the Arboretum near the University of Washington. Eat at amazing restaurants. Visit the Pike Place Market and the Seattle Waterfront. I love where I live!
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Even more California
Old 05-14-2020, 09:15 PM
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Big Sur, Death Valley, ghost towns like Bodie and Pioneertown, Mount Whitney (tallest mountain in the contiguous US)...
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Kansas
Old 05-14-2020, 11:47 PM
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  • Wheat fields
  • Kansas Speedway
  • Wheat fields
  • Flint Hills
  • Wheat fields
  • Clean air
  • Wheat fields
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my state
Old 05-15-2020, 02:48 AM
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What's high in the middle and round on both ends?
O-hi-o!

Anyway:
*Midwest four seasons-autumn is beautiful!
*Lake Erie in the north-boating, fishing, beaches
*Ohio River to the south
* Three C's (Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland) lots of museums like Rock Hall of Fame, Cleveland Art Museum, all 3 have zoos, sports teams
* The Wilds
*Amish areas
* Huge park systems with hiking/biking trails, camping
*Amusement parks: Cedar Point, King's Island
*Covered Bridges in Northeast
* So much history! Aviation figures: Wright Brothers, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn all lived here and have museums devoted to them

I could be a tour guide. I love our state! Many weekends , we simply check out places and things to do off the beaten path. We find places to hike and bike and eat out or picnic in the parks-at least during the pre-pandemic days.

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Old 05-15-2020, 05:26 AM
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Fort Worth - stockyard area, Sundance square, Amon Carter Museum, zoo, botanical gardens
San Antonio - Alamo, Majestic theater, Witte Museum, River Walk
Canton - first Monday
Palo Duro Canyon State Park - Texas musical
Glen Rose - Fossil Rim
Austin - 6th Street
Galveston - Rain Forest pyramid, Moody Gardens, Discovery Pyramid
Kemah - board walk
Corpus Christi/Mustang and Padre Islands - beaches, aquarium, Lexington
I know there are a lot more places, but I'm drawing a blank right now.
Waco - all the Magnolia places, Ranger museum, Dr. Pepper museum, Waco mammoth site
I'm sure there are a lot more in Texas and someone else will post them.

Not my state, but
Arkansas - Murfreesboro diamond mine, War Eagle Craft Fair at Eagle Springs

Oklahoma - Tahlequah - Trail of Tears, working Cherokee village
New Mexico - Hot Air Balloon festival, Santa Fe

If someone already mentioned some of the ones from other states, sorry.

Hope wherever you go, you have fun.
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Old 05-16-2020, 05:50 PM
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I知 excited to start planning our adventures!
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