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Need summer vacation ideas!

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Colton, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Feb 2, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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    Hey guys,

    Every summer, my family and I go on vacation for a week during the summer (June, July, or Aug) and need some suggestions as to where to go. The past two summers, we have been to the Orlando area and loved every minute of it, very nice area. Even though we had a great time, we would like to go somewhere different. We don't drink, so bars/nightclubs aren't important. It's more/less a family vacation but without the little kids. :eek: I'd like to keep the price below $1,250 for the place we would be staying at for the week, and there will be a total of 5 people.

    I'm thinking somewhere in south Florida, California, Arizona, etc. but I have no idea as to what to do when we're there. We are still open to Hawaii, but airfare is going to kill us. Any ideas are welcomed and appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Feb 2, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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    Savannah,Georgia.....Tybee Island area. you simply will not regret it. awesome restaurants and the city is badass. and the ghost tours there are awesome as hell man.
     
  3. Feb 2, 2011 at 3:21 PM
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    Savannah is beautiful and I highly recommend Sedona Arizona. The grand canyon is only 1.5 hours away.
    Quebec City is next on my list.
     
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    maybe try savannah and visit charleston? both are great cities
     
  5. Feb 2, 2011 at 3:32 PM
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    I would think out west would be tough to do for a week with a family on that budget. If not, I'd hit up Colorado.
     
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    Mexico all-inclusive resorts in & around Cancun, Riviera Maya, etc.
    They're frigin CHEAP!! Costs includes ALL your food & drinks (including alcohol).
     
  7. Feb 2, 2011 at 3:48 PM
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    We're headed to Colorado this summer again. Pagosa Springs to be exact. Might even take the Tacoma this time.

    I had a friend who did one of those trips for his honeymoon. Sounds like he and his wife liked it a lot.
     
  8. Feb 2, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    Cool, thanks for the suggestion Will, I'll have to check it out.
    Yeah Sedona looks like a nice place to relax/sight see. I'd love to go out there.
    Yeah that's an idea, if I went to Savannah, I'd definitely have to go to Paula Deen's restaurant. :hungry:
    I edited in the OP, but that price is just for the hotel/place to stay for the week. Airfare/food/car rental/stuff to do would not be included for that price. Colorado would be awesome, I'd love to go there and ski/snowboard all day. :D Thanks for the suggestion Jason!
    Never really looked into Mexico, but I'd be down for that trip. I'm not sure how the rest of the family would like it because of all the negative things like kidnapping/drug smuggling, but I'm sure the resort areas are a whole lot nicer with less crime. I'll definitely look into it. Thanks Jandy!

    Thanks to everybody who has chimed in. :)
     
  9. Feb 2, 2011 at 3:59 PM
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    honestly man......Paula Deen's restaurant "the lady and sons" really aint as good as the hype it gets. i mean...the friend chicken is ok.....but almost the same as church's chicken in my opinion. if you are in Savannah......go to "river house seafood and bakery", "the pirate's house" and "stingrays" and "the crab shack" over on Tybee. awesome, awesome eats man.
     
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    Thanks to everybody for your opinions. Just to bump this up, we've decided that a cruise would be the best option for us, so that everybody has something that they can do on the trip. That brings me to my next question...

    Eastern, Southern, or Western Caribbean? We would like to go on one of these itineraries (leaning eastern or western) but would like some input from the folks on TW. We will be cruising on Carnival, unless you guys have a better option. (Royal Caribbean is a little high) What would you choose if you were in this situation?
     
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    Wow Colton, I just looked at Smithfield, VA on google maps. You pretty much have your choice of beautiful vacation spots a stone's throw away.
    I'm envious of your location! :)
     
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    Why thanks Bill! :) Only thing is when ya live near the vacation spots and go to them often, they get repetitive after a while. :eek:
     
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    I've only been on one cruise...and it was with Carnival. Not impressed...
    The ship was old, small, and going to be retired at the end of the season. The same chicken that you ate in the dining room the night before, was the same chicken they served at the lunch bar the next day. The disembarking was a cluster kaos-phuck. We followed their instructions and still missed our flight. They were delayed in letting us off the ship!! That was 15 years ago.... I'd personally never go with Carnival again.

    Where did we go? We sailed from Puerto Rico to St. Thomas, St. Martin, Martinique (didn't actually stop there due to bad seas) and Barbados.

    For the excursions that we took...it's all pretty commercialized in a Caribean kinda of way. I think we liked Barbados the most. The water was soooo damn clean & crystal clear!!
     
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    So true. Savannah is one of my favorite places!!

    Grand Canyon was my first thought to recommend.

    Yep! Charleston is awesome and they're only 2 hours apart +/-

    Or Moab! You could reasonably drive to both grand canyon and CO. In the meanwhile, visit moab which is amazing (arches, canyonlands, etc)
     
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    If your just looking for a nice place to go and relax, and enjoy fresh seefood, St.George Island in the florida panhandle is nice. We usualy go stay up there for a week around October. I know the prices to rent houses are more during the summer, but it also depends on how fancy of a house you want and where it's located on the island.
     
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    I would consider any of the National Parks. Every summer for the last 45 or so years I have gone to Yosemite National Park. I started as a kid with my parents and then started taking my family. As a kid we camped, now we rent a home just outside the park.
     
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