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xkcd tourism in the United States

Postby vafel » Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:12 pm UTC

I'm going on a 4 weeks vacation in the United States and I need some advice.

Could you please recommend places a fellow xkcd fan might enjoy?

The route isn't yet decided so pretty much anything goes.

Thanks ahead for the help.


(sorry for my English)

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Re: xkcd tourism in the United States

Postby darknumchuck » Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:06 pm UTC

One word: Legoland (http://www.halftondesign.com/legoland/legolandca/).

Past that, it really depends on what kind of stuff you're into. New York and San Francisco are pretty cool cities from what I've heard. Florida and California both have some pretty cool beaches. If you're into more outdoors stuff, the southwest contains the Grand Canyons and other really cool things, we have two major mountain ranges on opposite coasts, half of Niagra Falls, and some of the prettiest land in the world in the Northwest.

What part of the States are you going to be in?
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Re: xkcd tourism in the United States

Postby Ramses IV » Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:31 pm UTC

Yeah, amusement parks and stuff are good. But b sure to stop and see the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building if you're coming into the states from NY.
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Re: xkcd tourism in the United States

Postby Mr. Beck » Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:57 pm UTC

Depending on what part of the country you are going through, seeing Yosemite/Grand Canyon/Yellowstone/Glacier ntl. Park/any big limestone cave is mandatory. I've seen most of the county, and am still amazed at the ecological wonders here.

IMO, Legoland is a bit of a scam.

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Re: xkcd tourism in the United States

Postby vafel » Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:23 pm UTC

Thanks for replying,

The current plan is going to San-Francisco, New-York, Washington DC and Las -Vegas at some point of the trip.

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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:36 pm UTC

vafel wrote:Thanks for replying,

The current plan is going to San-Francisco, New-York, Washington DC and Las -Vegas at some point of the trip.


Where are you coming from? Both answers - your home country and where are you landing/pulling in to port/whatever.

Are you renting a vehicle, or how do you plan on getting around?
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Re: xkcd tourism in the United States

Postby vafel » Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:52 pm UTC

Well we're coming from Israel

Landing in San Fransisco (no hyphens!) and rent a car.
We then plan to make our way to Las Vegas (along the course of 2 weeks).
From there we fly to Washington DC, rent another car and make our way to New York (again along the course of 2 weeks)

From there it's back to Israel

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Re: xkcd tourism in the United States

Postby aetherson » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:00 pm UTC

If you make it to DC, do so during the work week (Monday through Friday).
The weekends can be a little busy on the touristy things on the weekends, especially during the summer.

I found the Library of Congress to be a worthwhile stop. Since I was a student at the time I was able to get a pass (it takes about fifteen minutes or so...a couple of forms and a picture ID later...I also believe it was free) and actually go down on the floor and snoop around. The regular tours don't let you down stairs. I would also suggest finding out the times that 'The Map Room' is open. It's not in the same building as the library that the tour goes to. It's about a block or so away. While I've never been, I missed the closing time by an hour, I hear it's absolutely amazing.
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Re: xkcd tourism in the United States

Postby poprocks and coke » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:03 pm UTC

Washington has a lot of stuff. The museums are great but can be extremely crowded (especially The Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum.)

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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:21 pm UTC

vafel wrote:Well we're coming from Israel

Landing in San Fransisco (no hyphens!) and rent a car.
We then plan to make our way to Las Vegas (along the course of 2 weeks).
From there we fly to Washington DC, rent another car and make our way to New York (again along the course of 2 weeks)

From there it's back to Israel


And while you're here... you're just wanting to see the major stuff?

Anyway, since you'll be in the neighborhood for two weeks, go see the hole in the ground.
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Re: xkcd tourism in the United States

Postby vafel » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:27 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
And while you're here... you're just wanting to see the major stuff?

Anyway, since you'll be in the neighborhood for two weeks, go see the hole in the ground.


Well I'm posting here mainly to get ideas for things that are not obvious tourist attractions.
I have only 4 weeks and I'd really like to make them worth while.

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Postby Alomax » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:28 pm UTC

The Smithsoian Museum in DC is quite interesting, I spent 3 whole days in it. The Air & Space Museum is quite awesome as well. As well as all the various monuments, statues, and buildings all dealing with our government both current and past.

In NYC the Statue of Liberty is a must-see, but I don't think they let people walk up inside of it anymore (so I've heard). Make sure you get a hot dog from Gray's Papaya in Manhatten. There is also Coney Island, which contains several amusement parks as well as numerous other points of interest along the coast. Visiting Times Square is kind of implied when you visit NYC, but make sure to stop by there. It's just a huge intersection, but there are a lot of shops around you may find interesting, and it also happens to be the site where a lot of events are held (namely the New Years Celebration).

In Vegas there are far to many things to mention, as it is a town that literally survives on tourists. Every casino has something interesting. There are performances every night by talented people, from comedians to singers to acrobats. Some names that might interest you : Circ de` Sule, the Blue Man Group, Penn & Teller, and tons more. A word of warning, keep your wits about you, as there are people who will scam tourists frequently. You don't necessarily have to worry about pickpockets, but worry more about someone on the street approaching you and offering you a deal that sounds odd or to good to be true. If you hear about something that's interesting, ask your hotel concierge to look into it for you.

San Fransisco - The Alcatraz Prison is a really cool thing to see. I visited the Exploratorium when I was younger and loved it to death. It's a science museum where most of the exhibits are hands-on so you can play with them.


:edit: This is a geekier Hole in the Ground ;) Also if you're looking for really oddball places to visit, goto Roswell, NM.

And that's all I got :)
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Postby Ramses IV » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:48 pm UTC

See the redwoods.
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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:45 pm UTC

vafel wrote:Well I'm posting here mainly to get ideas for things that are not obvious tourist attractions.
I have only 4 weeks and I'd really like to make them worth while.

Sadly, I'm no help. You're flying over all the interesting shit I know about.
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Postby Alpha Omicron » Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:51 pm UTC

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The way less impressive half.

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Postby Mr. Beck » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:32 pm UTC

Alomax wrote:Also if you're looking for really oddball places to visit, goto Roswell, NM.

As a New Mexican, I can wholeheartedly tell you that Roswell is a scam. Also, it's nowhere near L.A -> Vegas.

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Postby SecondTalon » Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:01 am UTC

Crazy Ass-Places in the US (That are nowhere near the coasts)

Wall Drug. It's not the destination, it's the journey. In which you will see no less than 500 gajillion billboards advertising it and your relative location to it. - South Dakota

A big ass-cave. Really. It's big. Also, one of it's entrances was the inspiration for the first computer adventure game. Fo' realz. Apparently, playing the game will let you navigate the real thing accurately. - Kentucky

The World's First Nuclear Reactor to power a town. Also the home of the World's First Meltdown, apparently. - Idaho

The Montana Dinosaur Trail to see where all those fucking raptors will be cloned, or something. Not surprisingly, - Montana

Yellowstone National Park because there's fuckall else to do in - Wyoming.

And this exciting little number in both Nebraska and Kansas. Also, traveling through there will give you a pretty good idea of the American People. Looking around will explain why the fuck they're the way they are.
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Postby Roland Lockheart » Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:02 am UTC

The Smithsonian Institution is a cool place, but skip around the midwest if you can, there isn't much here I'm afraid, although Chicago has a pretty neat theater scene if you're willing to spend some money on shows.
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Postby Sartorius » Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:29 am UTC

Personally, I find Las Vegas to be a bit of a bore, but then again I am not of gambling age. Cirque du Solei is supposed to be effing awesome though. If you do still want to go, I recommend that you go to the Hilton (which is off the strip a bit) which has the Star Trek Experience and is epically nerdy. They have a restaurant where staff are dressed up as Klingon and Ferangi and wander around and talk to you while you're eating.

If you somehow end up in the Houston area and want an oddity, you can go to the Beer Can House.
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Postby darknumchuck » Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:12 am UTC

You'd have to hit this early in your trip, but Crater Lake in Oregon is a really amazing site to see.
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Postby Alomax » Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:18 am UTC

Sartorius wrote:the Hilton (which is off the strip a bit) which has the Star Trek Experience and is epically nerdy. They have a restaurant where staff are dressed up as Klingon and Ferangi and wander around and talk to you while you're eating.[/url]

ah man I totally forgot about that one. And I've been to vegas twice :(
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Postby MikeBabaguh » Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:44 am UTC

If you'll be in New York City, I'd suggest visiting the observation deck near the top of the Empire State Building. Weather permitting, you get a heart-stopping view of Manhattan Island.
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Postby benjhuey » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:01 am UTC

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Places in the US, west of the Mississippi (roadtrip)

Postby 22/7 » Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:05 pm UTC

dreadfulduck should visit (when he/she has the gas money).

My votes are for San Francisco and the Badlands (South Dakota, it's real, I promise), but that's just me. Anyway, apparently dreadfulduck hasn't been anywhere in the US west of the Mississippi, so in an attempt to broaden his/her horizons, let's give him/her some suggestions of destinations. It also might be helpful to include why you think it would be a good idea to go to this place.

Ok, San Francisco because there's a ton of history there, it's got a lot of culture, it's a beautiful town with some amazing views, and you can walk across the Golden Gate Bridge if the mood strikes you. The Badlands because it's good to know that South Dakota really does exist, and visiting there gave me a great deal of respect for the people who used to call that place home, as well as anyone who traveled there before the advent of automobiles and highways. It's also just drop-dead gorgeous country.

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Postby benjhuey » Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:09 pm UTC

My house. :wink:
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Postby dreadfulduck » Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:03 pm UTC

aww i feel so special!!! A thread just for me!! by the way i'm a girl.

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Postby Windmill » Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:10 pm UTC

Don't skip out on West Texas. There's nothing out there, but if you can run through the pandhandle at least, you'll run into Lubbock or Amarillo and they have some great places to eat. A good point to stop, eat, spend the night, maybe. I highly recommend the Country Barn Restaurant in Amarillo. Don't be fooled into going to the Big Texan (Free 72 oz. steak) because the rest of their food isn't all that great.

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Postby 22/7 » Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:14 pm UTC

Windmill wrote:Don't be fooled into going to the Big Texan (Free 72 oz. steak) because the rest of their food isn't all that great.

This I can attest to. We went there simply because the movie with John Candy (I think it was John Candy) was shot there. It was good food, but for the price, I've had better.
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Postby EdgarJPublius » Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:25 pm UTC

San Antonio, because of the Riverwalk and and an entire city that doesn't have a single bad or even just decent Mexican food restaurant (they are all amazingly good), and to remember the Alamo.

Austin, because it is the Live Music Capital of the world, has the biggest capitol building, and is generally a better capital than any other.

The Grand Canyon, because it is Grand

Yellowstone national park, because sometimes it's comforting to know that Wyoming doesn't really exist.

The Rocky Mountains, because they are the best mountains to visit, so much better than those lame Appalachians.
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Postby emceng » Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:36 pm UTC

benjhuey wrote:My house. :wink:


Just what I was going to say, but I am actually north of the MIssissipi, not west.

I second the Grand Canyon. It is truly awe inspiring.

My other suggestion would be Grand Teton National Park. It is just south of Yellowstone, and in my opinion far more beautiful(and less crowded). Glacier-Waterton IPP is also a good choice.
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Postby Mr. Beck » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:12 pm UTC

I agree with all the above national parks, but hasten to add Yosemite and Sequoia NP. Also, make sure to go through southeastern Utah. Zion, Arches, and Canyonlands are all must-see. While you're near Yellowstone, ya might want to spend a night at Devil's Tower.
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Postby liza » Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:13 pm UTC

Go to OREGON. We have loveli lakes and the majestik moose and a telefone system.

If you're doing cities, Portland is incredible. Powell's is worth checking out - it's a bookstore three or four levels high that fills a city block.

30 minutes west (or so) you'll see Multnomah Falls. It's a waterfall, and words don't do it justice. The drive east from Portland is gorgeous in and of itself, so I recommend that. The drive west can be rather pretty too, and the coast is nice. Coolish in the summer (mid- to high 70s as a high) and far less populated than California coast.

If you hike, there are tons and tons of excellent, awe-inspiring trails in the area of every difficulty. I don't really feel like listing them all here, but anyone reading this thread can feel free to PM at any time and I'll gush about hiking around here for a while.

If it's winter and you want to go try skiing/snowboarding/something else snow-sporty, Mt Hood is excellent and, again, gorgeous.

If you find yourself in Utah, go to the Salt Lake Temple. It's dazzling and impressive even if you've no Mormon ties.

Seattle: go check out the Experience Music Project and Pike Street Market. The Space Needle's okay. Half the fun of Seattle is checking out the street performers, though. Very cool stuff.
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Postby Dave Rapp » Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:21 am UTC

What's with you people and nature? Jeeeeeeeze. I'm half expecting someone to yell at me for eating meat and killing cows.

Go to redmond and see the headquarters of Nintendo, Microsoft, and Digipen. Also doesn't Panny Arcade live there too?

Go to the mall of America. It's a goddamn theme part.

And of course you've got Disney Land and all them other places in California.
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Postby Windmill » Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:31 am UTC

If you're going to see any canyon (besides the Grand Canyon obviously), do yourself a favor and see Bryce Canyon. I remember being there a few years ago and it was far less populated than the GC but just as beautiful. Less people + just as nice = Bryce Canyon

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Postby Adalwolf » Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:04 am UTC

Stop by Kansas City and get some BBQ!
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Postby clintonius » Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:23 am UTC

I'm amazed how far down the first mention of Seattle was! And Liza's was really only cursory. Being that I'm from the area, I have to cast my vote in that direction. I'll agree that the Space Needle isn't the coolest thing in the city, but it's definitely worth doing for the view. There aren't many places in the world where you can look at the ocean (alright, the Puget Sound, which is a big damn body of water that connects to the ocean) as well as high mountain ranges to the east AND the west. If you're lucky, the clouds will be thin enough that you'll be able to see Mr Rainier, too. Man, I miss that place.

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Re: Places in the US, west of the Mississippi (roadtrip)

Postby asad137 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:23 am UTC

Dave Rapp wrote:Go to the mall of America. It's a goddamn theme part.


Ok, so the Mall of America barely counts as west of the Mississippi (by less than 10 miles directly west). And it's really not worth the effort if all you're going to see in Minneapolis is the big mall.

Minneapolis is a great city to live in, but there's not all that much "touristy" to do, IMO.

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Re: Places in the US, west of the Mississippi (roadtrip)

Postby kgirlfae » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:33 am UTC

As a native of Denver I'll recommend you avoid the city but visit the mountains to the west. Mt. Evans is beautiful during the Summer (inaccessible during the winter), and at its foot is Idaho Springs which is a great little mountain town. Red Rocks Amphitheater is great (if somewhat a tourist attraction), and offers a fantastic view of Denver. In Denver I recommend the Cherry Cricket as a great place for food.

If you really want to go out of your way, you can drive through the REAL South Park. That always gets a chuckle out of people.

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Postby CVSoul » Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:21 am UTC

Also as a Denver native, I know little about the area outside the bounds of Colorado. However, I do know many great places around here that are road trip worthy. Town is somewhat useless; However, the country's biggest waterpark is in a northern suburb, and next door to it is the cheapest gasoline in Denver.

There are other places in CO to go too, though- In the far south, we have the Great Sand Dunes, which are incredible although dangerous in the summertime-- easily reachable if you do go through Texas or something. Also in the south, you can find Mesa Verde, where you can tour a native American city carved into a cliff face. Very neat.
On a westbound direction from the seventh circle of Kansas, you can speed through Denver and into the Rockies on interstate 70. There are plenty of towns in the mountains worth visiting, but especially on a road trip you'd most likely need to just pick one-- it's brutally expensive up there, kind of like a landlocked Hawaii. Right now, gas in the mountains is about 60 cents/gal more than in town. If I were to recommend a place along that route, it's definitely worthwhile to check out Glenwood Springs. They have a swimming pool/hot tub there that is naturally heated by a mountain hot spring; although it smells slightly of sulfur, it's a great place to visit year round.
Very close to Red Rocks amphitheater is a tourist trap called Heritage Square, where you can find a fantastic live play if you schedule your trip properly.
And, while you're up there in the summertime, you probably should find a decent Alpine Slide (more information on Wikipedia if someone hasn't heard of this yet.) The one I went to was in Breckenridge, and it was pretty good.
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Re: Places in the US, west of the Mississippi (roadtrip)

Postby ParanoidDrone » Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:43 am UTC

New Orleans.

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What? It's west of the Mississippi. I think. It's been a while since I've looked at the map. Either way, it's practically right on top of it, so it's not like it'll make a huge difference. <_<
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