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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 72,944
    ..and, maybe on up to Toronto for a couple of days... Cleveland and the Rock and Roll HOF on the way back..

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    If you like theatre, don't miss the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake. Cool town even if you aren't into plays.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,019
    I was just on a four day trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls in April :P

    Might want to make a reservation to eat in the restaurant in the CN tower in Toronto. That's pretty cool.

    And then there's the Houdini museum in Niagara Falls and don't forget the Niagara casino! :shades:

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  • gussguss Posts: 1,181
    Then we're swinging across to Lewes, DE to catch the Cape May ferry on our way to Ocean City, NJ. Not being a beach guy, it's fortunate that the friendly confines of the poker room at the Trump Taj Mahal is just 10 miles up the coast

    I'll be loading up the Mini-van(5 bikes,3 boogie boards,a wagon and a ton of toys) and heading to Ocean City, NJ also.

    You'll like the ferry, we took it last year and the dolphins were fun too watch.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,444
    My brother use to live in Fort Walton Beach... just a dolphin ride from Destin. We'd often drive over to Destin for food, entertainment, and the beach.

    Panama City Beach has a lot to offer. But, the recent growth in high rise hotels and condos take away a lot of the charm.

    Eat something fried from the Gulf for me.

    My stomach and I will try to honor that request for you Steve, but I usually eat the catch of the day grilled. Grilled amberjack or grouper being my favorite. :shades:
  • bryanbryan Northern VAPosts: 217
    Or Shifty could just zoom past the Lewes turnoff and go south another 5 miles to my house in Rehoboth Beach!

    Gotta love the Delaware/NJ coastlines--some of the nicest places to visit and vacation, and in my case, purchase a retirement home. I always smile when I hear folks are "going to the beach" in Delaware and "down the shore" in Jersey.

    The Cape May/Lewes ferry is an awesome trip to make. I use it for short jaunts to Atlantic City myself!

    Enjoy your vacation.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    Rented a condo a couple of times there and enjoyed it very much. Savannah is just 45 minutes away too. I like the beach, but the mountains are my favorite getaway. I prefer hiking and bears to sand and sharks. :shades: However, I really, really hate how commercialized the Smoky Mountain area has become. :(

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  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,335
    Rehoboth Beach? I'm all set to visit.

    I love the Cape May Lewes Ferry. I toy with checking out what one could do to work on the boat. I could live with being on that all day. I go on it at least once a year and in some years much more frequently.
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  • oldguy70oldguy70 Posts: 97
    Karen, I can help you with the plans for a New Zealand trip--spent a great month there two years ago and saw it all.
    Having visited many other countries, and lived in a few, NZ is by far and away my favourite!
    It is a jewel.
    E-mail if interested in some info.
  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 1,011
    Just got back from Sedona yesterday, beautiful area, we had a great time. Saw the Grand Canyon, did Slide Rock, Out of Africa, saw Jerome, many other things. Didn't do the Jeep tour, but we got our Mazda5 rental pretty far up the trail. When it started spinning the tires, it was time to turn back. We were in a little parking area, when one of the Pink Jeep tours went by. The tourists looked stunned that we got that far up the trail!
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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 72,944
    Sounds great! We didn't do Out of Africa..

    Gee.. now I wish we'd done the trail in our rented Ford Fusion, instead of spending the $200.. ;)

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  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 1,011
    Out of Africa was OK, probably best if you have small children. Ours loved the feeding giraffes, holding the snakes, etc. It was HOT, though. We were supposed to have a Fusion, but they were out. The Mazda5 was pretty decent: lots of room, handled great, sunroof. A little low on power climbing the mountains. I gave the manumatic a good workout.
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  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,444
    Just got back from Panama City Beach. Had a great time with the wife and kids. Wife insisted on going July 4th week, as the fireworks on the beach are awesome. But, then you get some knucklheads lighting off large bottle rockets the next 2 or 3 nights up until midnight. As you all know, Jip needs his beauty sleep.

    The food was great. I had the grilled grouper at: The Treasure Ship Restaurant, Montego Bay and at Skampies(blackened). Portion at Treasure Ship was small... and thus disappointing. The other 2 restaurants were generous.

    My 6 year old son had 7 holes in one playing miniature golf at Coconut Creek. The Gulf World Aquarium was weak and a disappointment ($$$). The Pirate Ship Cruise was great. My son and I teamed up to beat the competition in a go cart race at Emerald Falls.

    Next year? Going to try Disney World. :shades:
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 72,944
    Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Cleveland..

    Anything we shouldn't miss?

    On tap:

    Buffalo Bisons game (AAA baseball)
    Niagara Falls (duh)
    Indians/Red Sox game
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Family vacation.. me, wife and 13 yr old son.

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I've been to the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake a couple of times and really enjoyed it. The little town itself is trendy with lots of good restaurants, and there's miles of bike trails there too. It's a nice diversion if the touristy stuff at the Falls starts to get to you.

    The Martin/Frank Lloyd Wright house in Buffalo is interesting too.
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  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095

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  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 1,011
    And you'll feel right at home since there's more people from Illinois than Wisconsinite's.:) Nice area, though, we try to visit once a year.
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  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    87 Octane, Chevron Gas in Blaine, WA = 3.20 (Pacific crossing)
    94 Octane, Husky Gas in Whistler, BC = 4.65

    The Blaine gas was substandard quality causing me to top off in Whistler. Averaging in the 94 octane with the so called 87 bought at the border increased the octane in the tank to almost 89 and that stopped the pinging.

    At the start of the trip............
    We filled up on the WA side of the Columbia and 87 = 2.79
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,173
    There is no such thing as a vacation in my future. I am looking forward on my next day off to go over the the AACA Museum here in Hershey. AACA Museum Funny, I've lived here in Hershey since '98 and have not yet been in there. :confuse:

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