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Re: Amuricah

Post by The Venerable Bogatir X » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:03 pm

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Post by The Venerable Bogatir X » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:06 pm

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Grandpa's Spells wrote:4 days is a shitload of Vegas. I would plan on three.
Yep.

Make a trip to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon @ the see through balcony over the canyon.
Can't you hook them up with a well broken-in BNSF car complete with filthy blanket and not too much in the way of stale hobo piss? That would be better than a road trip.

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Post by Pinky » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:09 pm

nafod wrote:...it's the space in between (Great Plains, western deserts, central coast of California) that I think you will remember.
What you'll remember most about driving through the Great Plains is the overwhelming boredom. Don't do that.
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Re: Amuricah

Post by seeahill » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:29 pm

You are invited to Montana. We got a couple of people from England living here, so they could translate for you.
Serious invite if you get anywhere near Yellowstone.
It's a shame your wife doesn't want to do a road trip. It's the American thing to do. Especially out west of the Mississippi where there is little traffic and beautiful country.
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Post by Grandpa's Spells » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:09 pm

+1 on not driving the Midwest/Great Plains, it is painfully flat and un-scenic.

It would be a pretty big mistake to do Vegas and skip the Grand Canyon. I liked the drive out to the Hoover Dam, but desert is a novelty for me.
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Re: Amuricah

Post by The Venerable Bogatir X » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:18 pm

Pinky wrote:
nafod wrote:...it's the space in between (Great Plains, western deserts, central coast of California) that I think you will remember.
What you'll remember most about driving through the Great Plains is the overwhelming boredom. Don't do that.
A buddy of mine and I flew out to Aspen and drove back a Jeep Liberty for his wife and we did so non stop. The drive fucking sucked.....we drove through Colorado in the middle of the night and then kept right on moving until we got back to the Twin Cities....I used to think those signs about not picking up hitchhikers as they might be escaped convicts were a joke, but those signs seemed to be pretty regular on that trip, IIRC.

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Re: Amuricah

Post by Beer Jew » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:32 pm

Seahill, thanks for the invite. She's not against doing a roadtrip - she loves the idea. It's just that if we're only there for two - three weeks (which would take up most our annual leave for the year), she'd rather not spend a week of that in the car.

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Re: Amuricah

Post by johno » Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:46 am

I'd advise you fly into O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois, then take a commuter plane to Davenport, Iowa, on the scenic Mississippi River. From there, drive west on Interstate 80. After an eternity, you will find Des Moines, Iowa, and then Omaha, Nebraska. Then on to Grand Island, then North Platte, Nebraska. This drive is akin to an extended meditation in a sensory deprivation chamber. During it, you will experience nothing but vast cornfields, annoying drivers, speed traps and Seven Elevens. You will explore the deepest recesses of your persona, and your wife's. You will come to hate yourself, and off your wife. On the plus side, it's easy to hide a body out there. Bring a shovel.
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Post by The Venerable Bogatir X » Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:54 am

johno wrote:I'd advise you fly into O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois, then take a commuter plane to Davenport, Iowa, on the scenic Mississippi River. From there, drive west on Interstate 80. After an eternity, you will find Des Moines, Iowa, and then Omaha, Nebraska. Then on to Grand Island, then North Platte, Nebraska. This drive is akin to an extended meditation in a sensory deprivation chamber. During it, you will experience nothing but vast cornfields, annoying drivers, speed traps and Seven Elevens. You will explore the deepest recesses of your persona, and your wife's. You will come to hate yourself, and off your wife. On the plus side, it's easy to hide a body out there. Bring a shovel.
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Re: Amuricah

Post by JohnDoe » Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:27 am

I'd head to Seattle and do the San Juans, North Cascades, Portland, Rainer, Hood, and up to BC/Vancouver. But I wear Chacos a lot.

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Re: Amuricah

Post by Jay » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:44 am

Chicago Pizza at Giordanos

You will have an orgasm

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Post by The Ginger Beard Man » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:05 am

Jay wrote:Chicago Pizza at Giordanos

You will have an orgasm
He's been to Brooklyn. He's had real pizza.
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Post by The Ginger Beard Man » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:09 am

With all the advice you're getting, you need to keep the phrase "flyover country" in mind. It's called that for a reason.
Keep it brief in Vegas. Go to the Grand Canyon, then California. Consider flying to Vegas from Philly. It's got a lot of history and good food and is worth an overnight stay.
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Re: Amuricah

Post by TerryB » Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:49 am

Got your message BJ.

$2000 to throw bologna at you isn't going to work for me.
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Re: Amuricah

Post by Beer Jew » Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:15 am

TerryB wrote:Got your message BJ.

$2000 to throw bologna at you isn't going to work for me.
$2250. And I'll piss on you whilst you throw it, as requested.

Final offer.

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Re: Amuricah

Post by Jay » Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:44 am

The Ginger Beard Man wrote:
Jay wrote:Chicago Pizza at Giordanos

You will have an orgasm
He's been to Brooklyn. He's had real pizza.
I am partial to NYC pizza being that I lived there for a long time, but Chicago pizza is also damn good

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Jay wrote:
The Ginger Beard Man wrote:
Jay wrote:Chicago Pizza at Giordanos

You will have an orgasm
He's been to Brooklyn. He's had real pizza.
I am partial to NYC pizza being that I lived there for a long time, but Chicago pizza is also damn good
I was shocked by your traitorous post.
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Re: Amuricah

Post by Turdacious » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:45 pm

If you're doing the eastern seaboard, take the train. Most of the stuff worth seeing is in cities anyway. Delaware is nice if want to rent some kayaks and spend some time on the water.

For the west coast, it all depends on what you want to see. For natural stuff, the Salt Lake City area is incredible. Yosemite is nice in Cali, and the road trip up the coast is a nice one. The cali coast is nice all year, the Oregon coast is incredible in the summer (camp near a beach) and only in the summer, the Washington coast is shitty all year. San Fran is nice, but the traffic is a nightmare. See Crater Lake on your way up north. Portland and Seattle are nice. Take a couple of days and go to Mt. St. Helens. If you plan it out, you can climb up to the summit as an relatively easy day hike. The Lava Canyon is great too. Don't spend much time on I-5 once you hit the Oregon border, take some other routes. Vancouver BC is overrated; Victoria is not.
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Re: Amuricah

Post by Fuzzy Dunlop » Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:38 am

2 nights in Vegas is a blast, 3 nights is pushing it but could be OK for your first time, 4 nights will be overkill on your mind body and wallet

Driving across the country is retarded. Heed the advice... it's called "flyover country" for a reason. If you want to see something in the midwest fly to Chicago on your way to Vegas. If you don't pretend those weird saucepies are a pizza then they're actually pretty tasty.
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Post by nafod » Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:52 pm

Beer Jew, use the googled mapper and get directions from New Orleans to Vegas. It is a mere 25 hour drive. Doing the speed limit. You leave New Orleans at 10:00 PM, drive through the boring stuff in the dark, bury the needle on your rental car past 100 on a straightaway that is LONGER THAN YOUR COUNTRY IS WIDE, watch the sun rise over the Great Plains, watch the Rockies appear on the distant horizon and imagine Lewis & Clark ganging on Pocahontas the first time they saw the mountains in the distance, eventually crossing the dark, dark desert as night falls so you arrive in Vegas in the car, hopped up on red bulls and monster drinks to the point of hallucinating, at night, where it appears like some crazed Xanadu temple to the gods of fluorescent lighting in the middle of complete darkness. Don't worry, it will be open for business.
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Post by Jay » Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:07 am

The Ginger Beard Man wrote:
Jay wrote:
The Ginger Beard Man wrote:
Jay wrote:Chicago Pizza at Giordanos

You will have an orgasm
He's been to Brooklyn. He's had real pizza.
I am partial to NYC pizza being that I lived there for a long time, but Chicago pizza is also damn good
I was shocked by your traitorous post.
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Re: Amuricah

Post by stosh » Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:43 am

JMO, because that's all I have, you need to do a few days in the Rockies. Southern Colorado (Durango), the Tetons, Bitterroots, etc.
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Re: Amuricah

Post by Cave Canem » Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:16 am

The Venerable Bogatir X wrote:
Jay wrote:Newark is gorgeous this time of year
LMAO....so wrong.
Wrong would have been if he said Camden. Although they do have a nice aquarium.
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Re: Amuricah

Post by Beer Jew » Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:40 pm

So finally planned our itinerary...

We need to start in New Jersey for a couple of days for my BIL's wedding.

New Jersey - Washington DC, spend a couple days touring Washington.

From Washington, fly to Las Vegas. Arrive in Vegas on Wednesday, leave Sunday morning.

Pick up the mustang on Sunday morning in Vegas, and drive up to Yosemite Valley for 3 days.

From Yosemite, drive to San Francisco, rest up for the night, and then drive down the coast to LA. Spend a few days in LA, and then head home.

So... tips needed.

1. Is it worth renting a car for DC? I feel we would spend more time stuck in traffic than actually sightseeing.

2. Where to stay in Vegas? I want a buzzing hotel on the strip with great room for the money.

3. Where to stay in Yosemite?

4. Where to stay in San Francisco (as in which area, not which hotel).

5. Where to stay in LA? Again, area, not hotel.

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Re: Amuricah

Post by DrDonkeyLove » Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:28 pm

Beer Jew wrote:So finally planned our itinerary...

We need to start in New Jersey for a couple of days for my BIL's wedding.

New Jersey - Washington DC, spend a couple days touring Washington.

From Washington, fly to Las Vegas. Arrive in Vegas on Wednesday, leave Sunday morning.

Pick up the mustang on Sunday morning in Vegas, and drive up to Yosemite Valley for 3 days.

From Yosemite, drive to San Francisco, rest up for the night, and then drive down the coast to LA. Spend a few days in LA, and then head home.

So... tips needed.

1. Is it worth renting a car for DC? I feel we would spend more time stuck in traffic than actually sightseeing.
Not worth renting a car. Uber, taxi, subway, and/or Grayline tour where you can hop on and hop off. Will be hotter and more humid than Satan's ball sack in August.

2. Where to stay in Vegas? I want a buzzing hotel on the strip with great room for the money.
Central strip best suits your requirements. MIrage, Caesars, or TI for good and happening hotels in the middle of everything. Flamingo, Harrahs for cost savings but still in the heart of things. Bellagio, Venetian, Palazzo, Wynn for higher end. Go to hotel web sites for pricing. Expect rapings on Friday/Saturday. If you want better pricing on the weekend, you may need to go off strip or extend your operating area to south/north strip.

3. Where to stay in Yosemite?
Get on it soon of you'll end up in Modesto or some such hell hole and commuting in.

4. Where to stay in San Francisco (as in which area, not which hotel).
Avoid airport area = boring. Go to Hotwire and look at their SF neighborhoods. Not recommending Hotwire as their service has deteriorated substantially lately but they'll have a good list of neighborhoods. Quite a few lesser known hotels that cater to international tourists in the areas you want to be. I've stayed at The Opal (old but not bad) and The Hotel Whitcomb (older, not as good, and surrounded by homeless, but not horrible). SF can be surprisingly chilly in the summer. Much more scenic, interesting, and accessible than LA

5. Where to stay in LA? Again, area, not hotel.
Airport & Downtown = no. The rest is too big for recommendings. Depends on what you want to do.

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You're packing a lot in but you've picked great areas to visit. The ride from SF to LA along Hwy 1 is superb - one of the most scenic in America. Might want to give yourself an extra day doing that. More beauty along that road than the law allows. Will be an unforgettable part of your trip. Hwy 101 & Hwy 5 to LA are ugly and boring but they're quicker.
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