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Old 02-19-2012, 06:24 PM
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Reason I ask is because sometime like August-Sept in Western Washington is fan freaking Fantastic for traveling and doing stuff... rest o the year. Yeah, not so much unless you like rain or hunting.
Washington is on our list--good to know about the weather though. My parents visited Seatle this past summer and loved it.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:28 PM
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Chicago would be a close one though I assume you've already done Brookfield and Shedd if you guys are zoo people... St. Louis has one of the best zoos in the country IMO. Indianapolis has the only underwater dolphin dome and it's AMAZING, but the rest of the zoo is just kinda meh, especially once you've been to the STL Zoo... they have done so many updates in STL, it's just beautiful and you don't get much of that "animals behind bars" feeling anymore. They've done a NICE job.

I love St. Louis honestly, and if you go to one of the smaller cities like St. Charles, it's so quiet and quaint and there's fun stuff to do. St. Charles has a downtown right along the river and it's old antique shops and all kinds of cute, quirky, kitschy stuff like that. Lots of cool things to do down in that area.

There's plenty of places on the east coast that are really nice, Virginia through the Carolinas. If you go during the off season you can score cheap hotels right on the beach too.

Hawaii is my dream destination. => I'd go island hopping in Hawaii if money and vacation time were no concern!
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:58 PM
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My favorite place is Hiton Head Island, SC!!!! I have been like 8 times, and I Adore it!!! I went on several family vacations there, so the place has an emotional tug for me. Some of the best beaches, fun area, close to Savannah and Charleston for a day trip. I love it!!
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:09 PM
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Another vote for western Washington.

There is a bit of everything here and it is beautiful.
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We really enjoy zoos and aquariums, so those would be awesome too.
Take a look at Gatlinburg. World class aquarium and the Knoxville Zoo just 40 minutes or so away. Lots to do there, or if you'd like a laid back but urban sort of spot, look at Knoxville, in the Old City area. Check out the Oliver Hotel. http://www.theoliverhotel.com/ There are always small venue concerts and stuff going on.

Hot Springs, NC is awesome too.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:34 PM
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Outer Banks, NC (relaxed atmosphere, can get away from tourists on Ocracoke or be near all the activities if you stay on Hatteras) or the Pacific Northwest (loved the Oregon coast, and the rainforests!) are on the top of my list.
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Aquarium and zoos? Dc and baltimore . Te national smithsoinian zoo in dc plus awesome museums and the aquarium in baltimore ... We usually do this at least once a year

Smithsonian zoo is FREE BTW
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California!! Whereelse can you go snowboarding in the morning, and surfing at the beach in the afternoon on the same day?
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My vote without a doubt would be somewhere like Kalaloch, Washington in the two almost always good summer months. The area is gorgeous if you like the outdoors and want to not be in a tourist trap. Downside is that it's a hell of a drive even after a flight.

Depending on the weather that year I might head to California either northern or southern has a ton of very nice places to get away to depending on your interests.
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Outer Banks, NC (relaxed atmosphere, can get away from tourists on Ocracoke or be near all the activities if you stay on Hatteras) or the Pacific Northwest (loved the Oregon coast, and the rainforests!) are on the top of my list.
Second the Outer Banks, although we stay a bit farther south, on Bogue Island, south of Cape Lookout. Lots of stuff to see and do (or not do), and good seafood! Don't know if it matters, but the town where we stay is dog friendly and while the beach is public, there's no public parking so you only have the folks renting the houses on the beach. We walk in the early morning and rarely see another person. Dolphins go up and down the coast, too, and sometimes ride the breakers in pretty close - pretty cool to see.
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