Adventures in the Lower 48
February 15, 2011 8:30 AM Subscribe
Where should we go on vacation in the contiguous US (with credit-card-reward conditions and preferences inside)?
posted by ghostbikes to travel & transportation (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend is going to have a free flight within the lower 48 United States coming up from credit card rewards points, and I'm saving up my vacation days to do something great!
We're in Massachusetts, and we were planning on taking a week+ long trip to Yosemite in June or July, spending a weekend in San Francisco and then renting a car, driving to the park and camping for a week. Unfortunately we got shut out of reserving a site this morning and we don't want to take the risk of flying all the way out there and not being able to get one of the first-come, first-serve sites. So that's probably off the list. sigh.
To cheer myself up I'm asking this question: What are some awesome places we can fly to in the contiguous US? The flight has to be in and out of the same city and under $400. We can go pretty much any time after he can redeem the points, which should be at the end of this month. We were originally thinking camping but are willing to do otherwise if accommodations are affordable enough to satisfy two recently graduated college kids.
Things that are out: We've both been to and enjoyed the Grand Canyon and Chicago. We've been to LA, Las Vegas, Maine and New Hampshire together. He doesn't want to go to Florida. I've been to DC and San Francisco and loved them but would like to go somewhere new.
Things we like: outdoor activities, beautiful sights/scenery, wildlife, nightlife (bars or events), beer, food, unusual or offbeat attractions.
Things we'd like to avoid: tourist traps, unbearable temperatures that will cause great suffering, massive crowds.
So, any ideas for us? Thanks in advance!