Solo traveler seeks life beyond Philly
March 1, 2013 7:29 AM Subscribe
I want to take a short trip to a new-to-me city over Memorial Day weekend. Where would you suggest I go, starting from Philadelphia? Interests, travel restrictions, etc, inside.
posted by ActionPopulated to travel & transportation (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Just as the question says--Memorial Day may be the only change I get this year to leave my area for something other than family functions. I want to take the opportunity to see somewhere new to me. Assume that I can leave anytime on the Friday before Memorial Day and come back in the morning or early afternoon on the Tuesday after.
-I'm leaving from Philadelphia and would like to keep the travel time to a day or less.
-I have a few hundred dollars in Amtrak credit-if I could use that for this trip it'd be great, though it's not absolutely necessary. Buses are okay at any price point. Flights...costs will probably ridiculous because of the holiday. I'd like to keep it to $400 or less if I flew, maybe even 350, but I recognize that that may be entirely too optimistic.
-The destination should be a city/large town with three days worth of walking/public transit/bike accessible stuff to do. (I will probably be couch-surfing, so feel free to suggest neighborhoods to stay in!)
-I lived in DC for two years previously, and have already done lots of visiting/touristing in Baltimore, New York, and Boston. I'd prefer to get out of the northeast corridor entirely, though I'll take nominations for northeast/mid-Atlantic cities that aren't the big obvious ones. Other places I've been to and liked recently: Charleston, Savannah, Asheville, Chapel Hill.
Things I like to do/see: woodsy city parks with hiking trails, yarn/knitting related stores and events, live folk music, modern art museums, shape-note singing, contra dance, local zines/diy culture, mefi meetups.
In my ideal world I'd be headed to Seattle, but I'm not sure it's worth that much time and travel cost for only three days. Other ideas?