View Full Version : Looking for vacation ideas
06-30-2004, 07:01 AM
With the Gyro community spread throughout the U.S. and the world I’m looking for some vacation ideas.
My wife has a rather hectic job in the accounting field. She usually works 7 days a week from the first of the year till mid March. By then she’s ready for a break. :confused: What we like to do is take a weeks vacation the last week in March. Unfortunately this is during the same time period as the college crowd has spring break. So I’m asking for ideas where we could go that would not be crowded.
We thought of Cancun or somewhere else in Mexico. But out daughter, who spent a spring break there, said we would probably not be able to sleep for all the partying and noise going on. :eek: My wife (and I) would like some peace and quiet and relaxation.
We both enjoy National parks and short hikes. But with it being the end of March the cold weather rules out the northern 2/3 of the U.S. :cool:
Anybody know of any warm (60 degree or better) scenic areas. We have never been to California. There must be some nice spots there. :)
Thanks for any and all ideas;
06-30-2004, 07:29 AM
My wife and I take time off in Kitty Hawk/Nags Head, NC. We're from historic Williamsburg, VA so the Outer Banks is only a couple of hours from here. The beaches are nice and the food is great. March is just prior to the spring break folk arriving, so it's quiet, too! And if some of the public beaches are to your liking, then there's always the beaches in the National Park region. . . they're always deserted. You'll find me lounging in my beach chair and my wife combing the beaches for shells. Believe me, we get tons of tourists during the summer months, so the Outer Banks in March and late September is our sanctuary.
06-30-2004, 07:58 AM
Cancun at spring break? What would you expect? It is crazy there at that time. Why do you think your daughter went there? lol She had heard what it is like there then went.....
But now..... We have been there 6-8 times I guess - I think once during spring break. It is inexpensive and we love the ocean and scenery. Many things to do if you want to do more than just lay on a beach. I'm just saying don't discard Cancun or even Cozumell just because someone said it was busy at spring break. A lot of people are going a lot of places during that time. It is just known to be a destination spot for kids who want to get drunk and not have to answer to parents. We have been there on one of our trips during that time and we saw all the young faces in a foreign country. We just avoid those times anymore. They are clamping down on things more now also because they are tired of all the trashing. They like the money coming in but it comes with a price. jtm
ps there are many Mayan ruins around that are just incredible to see. We have been to Chit'zen Itza a few times and climbed the paramid. When we were there 2 years ago they had just opened a new secret passageway they had found. By the way - that is a site that I saw mentioned that an autogyro had landed at. Suppossedly there are some cool photos of it somewhere? All I can tell you is that the land it beautiful and it is exotic and educational. I look forward to returning - we love it !
06-30-2004, 08:40 AM
you can 1: play golf go to several beaches, fly gyro, ultralights, party hard if you want. go snorkeling , sailing , even fly to us virgin island that is duty free. for 100 bucks each person. Or just lay back an do nothing drinking croronas at the beach.
Now if you are coming let me know I can get better deals on week rental or holtes vs the net. They just want MONEY.
06-30-2004, 08:54 AM
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06-30-2004, 09:28 AM
I always wanted to go to PUerto . . .and it is getting closer!
I looks and feels a lot like Brazil!
06-30-2004, 10:05 AM
Thanks for the ideas so far. I'll print them out and discuss them with my wife. :)
Please keep the ideas coming. ;)
06-30-2004, 10:47 AM
If you looking to peace and quite at a slow pace, you can come to my home town. A big night out here is to go the the cross road and watch the traffic light change. It's pretty cool, it goes green........yellow.......red.........green....... .yellow.......red, and it does it all the time. So when ever your bored it's there waiting on you!
06-30-2004, 10:51 AM
LOL that is a good one.
Heron Brazilian girls have more Protuberance than PR. Ours have more wide bumper than a Yukon Truck.
06-30-2004, 12:32 PM
I can highly recommend Costa Rica. It's a beautiful country with very nice people. You can stay in pretty much any kind of place you want, from expensive resorts with golf and nightlife, to jungle retreats where there's a lot more wildlife than humans. I stayed in a great palce in Montezuma, which is on the tip of a penisula. We were in some really nice little domes on the beach, about a half mile walk up the beach from the town. Quiet, gorgeous, secluded and relaxing.
06-30-2004, 03:06 PM
Try Helen GA. Quiet little german town lots of parks around. If you like parks waterfalls and log cabins ok and german beer look them up on the web.
06-30-2004, 08:17 PM
what about disney world? That is my hot spot. Love to do the Aerosmith rocking roller roller coaster!
06-30-2004, 09:04 PM
I went to the Blue Ridge Mountain last year and it is gorgeous and quiet, lots of history also . . .Little Switzerland is the place.
They sell gems at this places where you are lured and look like it is the real thing with mining and gem cutting and all . . .but I have to tell you . . .they all come from guess where??
07-03-2004, 06:25 AM
And the winner is?
make a desition yet?
07-03-2004, 08:03 AM
I have to agree with the Blue Ridge Mountains. I lived in Greenville SC for a few years. Getting up to the Asheville NC area was a treat, especially in the summer, when I could gain 3,000 feet in elevation and lose 10 degrees F with a 35-mile drive.
Here in Portland OR, the Cascade Mountains are bigger and more impressive, but no prettier, and it takes forever to get around them. There's nothing equivalent to the Blue Ridge Parkway scenic highway, a gorgeous two-lane with a 45 MPH speed limit, or the dozens of great little affordable places along it.
07-03-2004, 06:41 PM
I live only 2 hours away from the Blue Ridge Parkway - heck I grew up in the mountains of N.C. - and I ride my motorcycle along the parkway at least one or two time each summer. Place is crowded all summer with tourists, but not too crowded. Be warned though... If your there and not on two wheels - as in on a motorcycle - you WILL be wishing you were! It is a motorcyclists heaven
07-03-2004, 10:28 PM
I hear Baghdad is nice that time of year. Actually, I can't think of a better place to be than where I'm at. :cool:
07-04-2004, 06:54 AM
Yea, my brother just instant messaged with me yesterday from Iraq. Said 120 degrees and had just got back from one day pass to bagdad. Flew in on Blackhawks. He went swimming in one of Saddams pools at a palace. I asked if he pe.. in it. He didn't answer. jtm
07-06-2004, 05:55 AM
Hey ken J. Tell me a little more about San Diego.
Isn't there some nice islands to go to? How would I get to them and once there what is there to do?
I also heard driving the Pacific Coast highway is very scenic.
07-07-2004, 02:24 AM
I wouldn't recoment Oz,coz it's full o ferels.[besides,there's not enough room for anymore people.]
07-07-2004, 09:20 AM
Birdy, you're a treasure. Don't ever sell your computer!
I highly recommend Southern CA. Sandy Eggo is a nice town, and you can visit Tijuana for a day (no need for a car, you just walk accross the border). I especially like HWY-1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Lots of tourist attractions on the way. The northern part of the route is more rugged and scenic. While you are there, don't miss Yosemite, Squoya and Kings Canyon. All these places are nice in the winter too.
p.s. Birdy - if you think that OZ is crowded, you havn't seen California! What the heck is ferels?
07-09-2004, 07:19 PM
The beaches on the barrier islands here off Bradenton are superb. It's still quaint and fairly quiet. Most of the spring breakers go to other beach towns with more night life.
Research Anna Maria Island and it's island cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach.
Let me know if I can assist in any way.
07-09-2004, 10:04 PM
Chuck, Catalina Island is about 27 miles offshore (from LA). It reminds me of a Greek Island. I stayed there for a few days a few years ago. I also flew there a few times in my Ercoupe. They have an airport and restaurant, but it's not close to the town, Avalon. Once when I was feeling reckless with my money (O.K., more reckless), Demetra and I went by helicopter both ways. It lands in Avalon. There are numerous boats, slow and fast, around Long Beach that will get you there. If you fish, boats go to the Coronado Islands, which are actually in Mexico, but you can see them from here. I don't think they're inhabited though. From Sandy Eggo, you can be in the mountains, the desert or at the seashore in a short driving time. You could probably hit all three if you left early. If one can't find something interesting to do here, they're in trouble.
07-12-2004, 05:45 AM
Thanks everyone for all the ideas so far. :)
My wife's been working long hours again. I've shown her all the postings but I haven't been able to pin her down on anything yet. :cool: We have time to decide so I'm in no hurry.
I'll admit, I like the idea of San Diego best or the Outer Banks. I'd also like to drive part of the Pacific Coast Hwy.
We're going to Costa Rica this november. So thats out for march. We also did the Blue Ridge mountains (Parkway) previously. But I would like to go there again some day.
07-12-2004, 06:45 AM
The US has many, many wonderfull places to visit. Close your eyes, put your index finger in the map . . .chances are I've been there!
The west coast, east coast, midwest, norht east, The Dakotas in winter, The desert still vivid in my memory, it is like chinese restaurants, you always come out happy!
Florida is a manicured state and very beautyfull, I like here to live.
Truly a great country!
07-12-2004, 08:14 AM
Thanks for ideas Heron. We are planning a weeks vacation, but because of my wife's work it may turn out to be only a long weekend. I'm trying to keep that in mind as we pick a place to go.
I'd love to go back to Puerto Rico, but if it's only for a short time (4 days or less) I don't think it's worth the expense and time to get there.
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