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  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    edited May 2011
    Heated pools are usually too cool for me. :-) My wife grew up swimming in the Pacific off San Diego and then taught swimming in the Yukon River one summer, so I fully expect her to jump in the big water some.

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  • xluxlu Posts: 457
    My last 10 day trip in April was a bit less than 3,000 miles

    Similar here; our family goes to a road trip every year in different part of the world, usually it's about a 3000 miles in 2 weeks.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    Drove thru 42 states. Would stop at the welcome stations and pick up the cheap motel/hotel books. Picked a nice motel that offered free breakfast. Would start our drive after breakfast and would start looking for a motel before 5PM. If we liked the area we would stay more than one day. Many beautiful places to see in the good ole USofA.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Anyway, do come to NJ. My best recommendation for places we haven't screwed up too badly are in the northwest corner which is hilly and still reasonably rural, Cape May and, naturally around Long Beach Island which is my current neighborhood.

    I think that you can still have a very nice "Jersey Shore" experience in Ocean City. Plenty of nice beach, a nice boardwalk and you are a stones throw from all the towns.

    Sea Isle if you want to hit the bars on Ocean Drive (15 mins)
    AC for Casinos etc (25 mins)
    Wildwood for the boardwalk/ water parks etc (35 mins).

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,346
    I would agree with that.

    Another nice shore place is Seaside Park. Just south of Seaside Heights (which is a whole different story) and north of Island Beach. Seaside Park hasn't gotten horribly tacky like its northern neighbor and is a quieter, family town.

    My cousins tend to rent a place in the northern part of Seaside Park and it's great. Has a nice boardwalk to walk on but no businesses on it yet it's walking distance to Seaside Heights so you can do the crazy boardwalk things if you want.
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214
    so did you travel with friends or family? kids?

    I like the idea of going without planning. However, with 2 boys now, we can't do it like that.
    I hope one day, before I get too old, I will have an opportunity to go cross country without worrying about kids, jobs, family.... just like a moive :)
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,346
    A moive? :confuse: :P

    Sorry. Couldn't resist.

    Yeah, I remember a couple of trips where I didn't know I was going until maybe 20 minutes before taking off. This is from NW Jersey. One day an old high school classmate called and asked if I was doing anything and I said no. He say "you want to go up to Connecticut?" Maybe four hour trip and stayed a couple of days. Really nice time.

    Another time my brother decided he was hitching across the country. This scared my mom. My dad wakes me up offering to pay all costs to get him to Michigan where he knew someone so mom would worry less. This was fine. Such trips are how I devloped my love of the Great Lakes and the UP.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    Isn't that the way you guys in Joisey pronounce it? :P

    We sold out in '99 and did a year long road trip. Good times.

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  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,327
    I would pick up my wife at work and we would head out in whatever direction the car happened to be pointed. We had jobs, a new car, and no kids. This lasted for 3 years and then we became parents. Our destinations included the ocean, the mountains, Canada, or Oregon. :D
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,346
    Sweet. I really want to get out on such a thing. Of course now in addition to kids old and young I have medical issues that really limit how long I can be away.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,201
    If you go to the UP, Copper Harbor and the Porcupine Mountains are very nice.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,346
    Those are areas I haven't seen. Gotta have another trip!
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    We're going to try to get over to the Porkies this weekend.

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  • kathyc2kathyc2 Posts: 159
    They look like they would be right on the way of areas we are already planning on.

    Is there anything in particular in these areas you recommend?
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,968
    Isn't that the way you guys in Joisey pronounce it?

    Awww, good night Nuyse, Joisey. EVERYBODY hates Joisey! But somebody's gotta live there!

    Sorry, had to throw an Archie Bunker reference in there! :P

    I had a good friend who lived in Jersey, near Asbury Park. For all the ragging that Jersey gets, I gotta say, I didn't see it. Dear, sweet people, no skylines filled with refineries, etc. And I say "had" because he recently passed away from cancer, at the way-to-young age of 44. Hell, I have cars that are older than that! It just ain't right. :sick:
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,968
    Hi Kathy, thanks for the ideas on other things to do in the Sandusky area. One of my friends that I make this Cedar Point pilgrimage with is from Michigan originally, and when I mentioned "Put In Bay", first thing he said was "Party Central"...so I guess it has a reputation!

    The drive thru Safari sounds interesting, too. When I was a little kid, my Mom took us through one of those in Florida. I was only 5 or 6, so I don't remember much of it, though.

    This time around though, we're not going to have much time to do anything other than the amusement parks. We're arriving at Cedar Point on a Saturday afternooon/evening (depending on how early we get up and how fast we drive!). Staying there thru Sunday, and then on Monday, driving down to Kings Island near Cincinatti. We'll be at King's Island Monday afternoon, Tuesday, and then Wedneday, driving back home to the DC area.

    I'll definitely keep those areas in mind for 2012, though! I have a feeling that Kings Island is going to seem kinda tame compared to Cedar Point, but I at least want to experience it. Maybe in 2012, I can lobby for us to do a little mix and match between Cedar Point and other local attractions.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,346
    Put in Bay had a nice item in National Geographic years ago. Right then I said I have to do that sometime. Haven't yet but it's on my list.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,683
    Left Thursday afternoon and got back this afternoon. Drove to Ohio and back to CT. My wife drove from CT to Northwest Indiana to Southwest Ohio and back.
    2 vehicles, 4k miles. Hope gas drops $.50 for the summer. Have more trips planned.
  • impala0169impala0169 Posts: 6
    Love them First one was 1975 trip to california. 76 N.C .......80 Pa..........82 Worlds fair in TN......84 Yellowstone and S.D. 85 again......89 Fl.............90 Indiana PA and Maine...........
    98 California north to south....99 Ariz Nev Calif............2002 PA........2003 Calif Nev.... Those were the big ones. Seen 37 states so far. Looking at new cars and maybe next year Alaska Im hoping for 3 weeks if the money is there. I miss the road trips.Have not had one since 2005.Live in wisconsin and need to get away with these winters.....
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    Fun; never talked to anyone who went to Knoxville in '82. :-) Apparently 11 million people (and Bart Simpson) did, but I had moved out of state by then and missed it.

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,346
    I spent a day at that Knoxville fair!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,968
    Apparently 11 million people (and Bart Simpson) did, but I had moved out of state by then and missed it.

    I had almost forgotten about it, but when my Grandparents took me on an ~8 week cross country camping trip in 1982, the World's Fair was one of our stops. I don't remember much about it, except that I didn't like it. But, I was only 12, and was probably more in the mood for an amusement park with roller coasters and such.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    I had never been to any of the World's Fairs, but my parents went to the New York World's Fair in 1964-65 and I believe Expo '67 in Montreal.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,201
    edited May 2011
    The basis for my recommendation is that we found the Copper Harbor area and the lake shore there, in particular, to be beautiful and rather unique. They're also very relaxing, in part due to their remoteness. The Porcupine Mountains may not be as unique, but they represent something different from the rest of the UP.

    Regarding whether it would be worth extending your trip to include these, I'm hesitant to be definitive because I don't know your (including your travel companions) likes and dislikes, budget, available time, etc. What's worthwhile or a "must see" to some is a "eh, it wasn't worth it" to others, if you know what I mean. Of course, one could say this about many destinations (some, like Rome, Paris, or the Galapagos, are definitely "must sees"), but in the context of the UP, I'd consider these very worthwhile, if time and budget allow them. If you can only do one of the two, I'd pick Copper Harbor, including the drive on the elevated road near there.

    I hope that helps. Please let us know about your UP experience when you get back.
  • kathyc2kathyc2 Posts: 159
    Actually, this trip is more about getting away from the stress of every day life than anything else, so we don't really have an agenda of certain things. I'm the researcher/ planner one out of the group, and like to have several ideas and then see how the time works out. We have from Wed noon to Sunday evening, so while not a huge amount of time, should be sufficient.

    Copper Harbor may work out great. One of the gals has a 95 year old Uncle in Lake Linden. If it turns out she wants to spend more than a couple hour visit with him, we can drop her off and the rest of us could go to Copper Harbor and then pick her up. Thanks for suggesting it. A lot of times I think the suggestions from people who know areas is better than what some of the travel sights recommend.
  • kathyc2kathyc2 Posts: 159
    That's a lot of coasters!

    I don't know if they still do it or not, but it used to be if you stayed at a hotel within Cedar Point you could get into the park an hour or two before it opens to the general public.
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214
    As I mentioned, I don't like camping due to lack of shower and bed. How do you spend your night during road trip? Just stop by any nearby local motel? or you book ahead of time? Back then I remember I use the AAA travel book and have the motel booked that way, did a short trip between San Diego, LA and Las Vegas. Kind of fun, drove a rental car and I think it was around $40/night :)
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,968
    I don't know if they still do it or not, but it used to be if you stayed at a hotel within Cedar Point you could get into the park an hour or two before it opens to the general public.

    Yeah, that's what we do, stay at a place called the Hotel Breakers, or something like that, which is actually on the grounds. It's a short walk to one of the entrances to the park, and they let you in an hour early.

    I also booked us a place that's on the premises at Kings Island, but I don't know if they offer the same deal or not.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,327
    I hope and pray your medical issue does not involve Colon Cancer.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,327
    3 weeks is not much time for a round trip from Wisconsin to AK. Suggest you fly to Anchorage, buy a vehicle there and drive back.
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