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Save my kids and me from 5+ hours in the car

This summer (mid June) I am carting my family off to a wedding in Bloomington, IN. However, due to various issues, we are flying into and out of Chicago and then driving down. So I need suggests for where to stop along the way so that I don't kill my kids (5 and 2 years old), and they don't go crazy from boredom. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on May 16, 2014 - 16 answers

Best Hike near St. Louis

I remember reading in an old Backpacker Magazine the Best Hikes in the Midwest, and number one was a few hours outside of St. Louis. But I don't remember what it was and I can't find it online! Failing someone finding that, I would like recommendations for a place within 3 hours of St. Louis where we could hike a couple hours and then camp for the night. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on May 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Here's the pitch: "It's a giant reflective $6-20 million Queen Conch."

How do you pitch a community on building an iconic landmark? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Apr 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Exciting Times in SLC

Suggestions for adventure and outdoorsy fun- on a tight budget, and without a car- in Salt Lake City this weekend? [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Oct 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Place to read and talk all afternoon in London

Where can my girlfriend and I sit down, relax, read, and talk for a long while during our visit to London? When weather is good, we love parks. When it's raining, we're at a loss. Are there any especially good libraries or other places for this kind of thing? Thanks!
posted by honest knave on Oct 14, 2013 - 14 answers

Please help save our road trip!

So, the National Parks are shut and husband and I are on a US road trip of a lifetime, during which we were due to visit/camp at many of those National Parks. Boo! Please help us salvage our trip and tell us about your favorite State Parks/hikes/non-NPS camping spots in OR, CA, AZ and southern UT! [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Oct 1, 2013 - 27 answers

Denali, AK In Two Days?

I was invited to a cool work conference in Anchorage Alaska in late June, and after the conference I would really really really like to try and see Denali if at all possible. I will only have 2 - 2 1/2 days. Aside from the short time-frame, I will be all by myself. Also, I have two legs and can walk, but 'wilderness survival,' is not exactly something I have any mastery off. Any general advice, specific advice, or help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by rosswald on May 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Tell me about Minneapolis' Parks

Do you live in Minneapolis? Have you lived there in the past? What can you tell me about the Parks system there? [more inside]
posted by Shohn on May 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Need Examples to Fight Ban on NYC Parks Performers

On May 8th NYC will start enforcing rules that will effectively ban performers from Washington Square park and most areas of the other parks. If I get a minute or three to speak at a hearing about this (first is 5/1/2013) I'd like to enumerate the films and TV shows that have NYC Park performers, and also performers who got their start busking in NYC. What should be on the list?
posted by Sophont on May 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Tell me about some awesome DC public spaces and places.

I recently discovered DC's indoor public pools. I also saw the Titanic Memorial for the first time. What other indoor or outdoor public spaces and places am I missing? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Apr 16, 2013 - 23 answers

Vegas and National Parks Itinerary Help

I'm looking for advice, suggestions, critiques, reviews of our July Las Vegas to Utah National Parks itinerary. [more inside]
posted by RoadScholar on Apr 1, 2013 - 23 answers

Mellow and distracting spots near the Galleria

In a week I'll be attending a big family event all the way down in Houston, Texas. The main family hotel is the Hilton and most events will be happening in the Galleria mall. I know I'm going to need an escape from all the intense family time, but I won't have a car and I'm low on non-family-time funds. I haven't been back to Houston almost at all as an adult. Is there anywhere nearby or in the mall that I can visit to regain a little calm or find a little funky charm to distract myself? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Mar 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Car camping in the US

Help me compile a togo list. I'm open to everywhere, everything. What is your favorite lesser-known US National Park or State Park for car camping? And the best time of year to visit?
posted by 1066 on Mar 18, 2013 - 16 answers

urban design in texas

Cool parks, public spaces and green/urban design in Austin, TX? Houston, TX? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Dec 26, 2012 - 10 answers

How to protest closing of a park?

Is there anything I can do about a local park closing for half a year? I have never done any community organizing and don't know where to start... [more inside]
posted by Shusha on Sep 25, 2012 - 8 answers

What are the best state parks in Western Washington?

Best state parks in Western Washington state? What should not be missed? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jul 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Where should my friends and I party in Elysian Park, Los Angeles.

Where should I go in Elysian Park, Los Angeles to celebrate my birthday? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Apr 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Wanderlust

My Italian nephew is the proud owner of a Greyhound bus pass. His pass is valid for two months, he speaks decent English, loves nature, and he is not afraid to sleep on the bus. He just arrived from New York City to Oklahoma City, where he will be based for a while. What loops around the US should he travel?
posted by francesca too on Mar 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Not for profit structure with a for profit wing?

A friend of a friend is a painter in New York state involved in a project aimed at building parks aimed at improving communication between refugees and citizens. I have been asked how he might be able to organize an entity as a not-for-profit with a profit wing to encourage both private and public contributors. Anyone know of any standard ways of doing this? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Jan 14, 2012 - 11 answers

How many layers of organization and management are there to running a mammoth operation like Disneyland for a day?

How many layers of organization and management are there to running a mammoth operation like Disneyland for a day? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jan 3, 2012 - 7 answers

I call horse shit!

Have you seen a successfully implemented rule requiring horse owners to clean up after their pets? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Oct 31, 2011 - 25 answers

As I went walking I saw a sign there And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."

Why do public parks have closing times? How are those closing times justified to serve the public good? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Oct 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for unique activities in Southern California

Looking for unique/unusual/off the beaten path things in the Orange County, CA area. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Jul 6, 2011 - 9 answers

how to turn a battleground into a park?

I'm looking for information on parks or playgrounds in areas of conflict, especially urban areas. [more inside]
posted by sepviva on Jul 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Where to stop on drive from SMF to SNA?

At the end of June, I'm thinking about driving from Sacramento to Irvine over a few days with my two kids, aged 9 and 11. Where should we stop along the way and where are some good places to stay? [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 on May 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Making travel plans to San Fran.

Trip planning to SF/Yosemite help! [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Apr 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Greenways!

Name me some awesome (U.S. and international) urban greenways (waterfronts, linear parks, bike/pedestrian areas, etc.). [more inside]
posted by taiscape on Jan 26, 2011 - 52 answers

Stanley Park Design Layout

Where can I find detailed Blueprint/ Design Layouts for various urban parks? Bonus: Stanley Park, Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by Jsn7821 on Sep 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Socal Weekend Camping

Where, within a two-hour drive of Torrance, California, can I camp for one or two nights? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Sep 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Feet in the water.

Feet in the water in Philadelphia or New York? Someone I care about and I have been through a rough time, and we're looking for a non-creepy, non-scummy body of water or river where we can take off our shoes and socks, dangle our feet in, and just sit for a while.
posted by zeek321 on Sep 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Seeking recommendations for camping in the New River Gorge National Park

Camping in the New River Gorge, seeking recommendations for picking a camping area. [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar on Jun 15, 2010 - 2 answers

Help make my cross country trip great

Additions, suggestions, and general information for my Cross Country (USA) Trip. Help me make it awesome please! [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words on May 26, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I find trailheads?

I know the park exists. I know the trail exists. I have my hiking shoes, my camera, and a car. Now where the heck is the trailhead? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Feb 21, 2010 - 22 answers

Which Parks? Shower Etiquette? Camping Ideas?

We are overwhelmed with choices for a 9-11 day driving trip from Los Angeles. Which national parks/areas are must-see, and which are skip-its? And other Car-Camping conundrums... [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Feb 18, 2010 - 8 answers

Canadian National Parks

This is for our Canuck MeFites (or those with knowledge or experience). Please tell me about the Canadian National Park System. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Aug 10, 2009 - 22 answers

Grilling in DC sans permits?

Where can we grill outdoors, in a park-setting, in DC or Arlington -- without permits or law enforcement getting involved? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 on May 22, 2009 - 5 answers

Road trip USA for Aussie noob

International Travel novice: What do I need to know that I don't know that I don't know? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Apr 17, 2009 - 28 answers

What kind of recreational sports can I play in LA?

What kind of recreational sports can I play in LA? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Apr 12, 2009 - 20 answers

Parks & Lakes near Dallas, TX

Impress a girl in Dallas? This weekend I'm going to Dallas to pick up a girl at the airport and I need some ideas (locations) to impress her. She loves parks and water...so I was thinking of taking her there for a while. I would also like places in Dallas that have an awesome view (from up high)...even a roof top garden (if you knew of one). I'm open for ideas...Do you know of any cool parks near water that are beautiful?
posted by 4chrisd on Mar 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Camping, hiking, backpacking suggestions for a beginner in the Midwest?

Summer isn't THAT far off . . . already trying to come up with camping/hiking spots in the Midwest for once it gets warm. Help! Looking for specific recommendations for spots in the IL/IA/WI area, plus whatever other random camping and backpacking tips you want to throw my way. Bonus points for places I can bring my dog, although I don't mind leaving her with my parents for a week either. [more inside]
posted by lblair on Feb 12, 2009 - 18 answers

Are parks/lawns/gardens highly valued in Australian cities and suburbs?

Are parks and lawns highly valued in Australian cities and suburbs? Does drought threaten parks/lawns/gardens in a palpable way? [more inside]
posted by GIMG on Dec 23, 2008 - 13 answers

Lake sailing near San Diego?

Anywhere to rent a sailboat on a lake near San Diego? [more inside]
posted by mamessner on Nov 23, 2008 - 4 answers

Best book about Disney park design?

I want to read a book about Disney's parks, specifically, one that focuses on the parks' designs and their impact on the visitor's experience. [more inside]
posted by davebush on Jul 27, 2008 - 5 answers

Staying classy as a homeless in San Diego

Staying classy cheap in San Diego.. where should I stay overnight? And any neighborhoods to avoid? [more inside]
posted by hobbes on Feb 20, 2008 - 15 answers

Good items for an auction?

I'm looking for ideas for items I can solicit as donations to an auction at a professional conference. [more inside]
posted by Shohn on Jan 10, 2008 - 7 answers

City community center: Free to them, fee for us

Can a public community center charge a private daycare for space that is free to the public? [more inside]
posted by mikelly on Aug 6, 2007 - 14 answers

Can I avoid crowds at Disneyland?

I want to take my kids/nieces/nephews to Disneyland, Universal Studios, and other SoCal theme parks. But I hate crowds. I'd like to go on the least crowded days. Given this is summer, is there a big difference in crowdedness if I go on a weekday vs weekend? Or will I just have to suck it up and deal with a huge crowd regardless of what day I go?
posted by b_thinky on Jul 26, 2007 - 24 answers

Newport Oregon Lodging

Newport Oregon lodging possibilities? [more inside]
posted by mctsonic on Aug 23, 2006 - 10 answers

How can we get the most out of Six Flags, Atlanta and IKEA?

How can we best enjoy a trip to Atlanta & Six Flags? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on May 30, 2006 - 14 answers

Help us see the Southwest

We're going to be in Tucson, AZ for a wedding the weekend of June 3rd. We'd really like to spend the week after the wedding seeing the Southwest (Mesa Verde, the Grand Canyon, and so on). Where should we go and how should we get there? [more inside]
posted by josh on May 1, 2006 - 15 answers

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