I've used AskMeFi for travel advice before and it's been invaluable. This time I'm planning a road trip from Gainesville, FL to Austin, TX around Halloween to coincide with a music festival I attend each year.
I've been to the United States (NYC, San Francisco, and the Pacific Northwest) many times but never to the south – with the exception of Florida if that counts. Do you have any suggestions, places to definitely see, places to definitely avoid? More below if useful... [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23
on Apr 15, 2013 -
Can somebody please explain to me in very basic terms (as if I were a 5 year old) the difference between a "Commonwealth state" and a state in the United States? I have Googled this question and still don't understand the difference.
posted by Coffee Bean
on Dec 26, 2012 -
How much in-house print and/or photocopy production can federal offices perform without violating 44 USC § 501? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian
on Aug 14, 2012 -
The US and Israel, according to all accounts, are behind the Stuxnet and Flame worms. Does the creation and deployment of these cyber espionage worms violate any treaties or international law? Does the creation and deployment of these worms violate any existing domestic law? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes
on Jun 21, 2012 -
Are there any home exchange websites specifically for rustic cabin-type dwellings? Looking to swap my place in Spain for something in the states. [more inside]
posted by maca
on Mar 16, 2012 -
I need your assistance in helping identify the most physically remote areas of the lower 48 that have towns and a population. Examples might be Appalachia, northern Maine, west Texas, the Oregon desert, but specific towns, general areas, personal anecdotes, histories or even hearsay would be appreciated.
posted by lstanley
on Nov 17, 2011 -
Is there a site that lists ALL of the names of U.S. military service personal casualties from all wars/conflicts/etc? [more inside]
posted by jca
on Aug 2, 2011 -
Can anyone explain to me the reason why the pay for members of the United States Congress is paid by the federal government and not their respective states? Was such a system ever considered and rejected and, if so, why? I recognize that the offices are federal, but their ties to their state is the very reason they are there. Wouldn't state legislatures want that control or were they happy to dump the costs onto the federal government? This seems like something that would have been debated very early in our history yet I can't find any info on it.
posted by Jamesonian
on Jul 7, 2011 -
I'm looking for a place to live in the U.S. that is a) relatively affordable (compared to Los Angeles), b) does not require a car to get around and c) does not suffer from sky-high unemployment. Does such a place exist?
posted by allseeingabstract
on May 3, 2011 -
How would you illustrate the U.S. public debt of $14 trillion in a concrete way? [more inside]
posted by keijo
on Apr 26, 2011 -
American cooking : If someone from Europe was your guest, someone with a sweet tooth, and you really wanted to treat that person to a special dish representing a genuine sample of your State's cooking, what would it be ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin
on Apr 14, 2011 -
I'm going to take a six week vacation, and I want to tour the United States. I'm based in Los Angeles, and I have a reliable car. I am familiar with most parts of the western and southern U.S., but I've never been to New England. I want to do this late summer (say, mid-August through mid to late September, but this is flexible). How can I make the most of the trip? What are the must-sees? Must-haves for the trip? Any tips for the road?
posted by allseeingabstract
on Apr 6, 2011 -
US travel visa filter - Canadian musicians travelling and performing in the United States, but not getting paid. Do we still require a visa? [more inside]
posted by breakfast!
on Jan 17, 2011 -
Where can I buy Joose energy drin/ malt liquor? It has just been made illegal in california. Are there states where you can still buy it? Is bringing it back from Mexico a possibility? Or will I be jailed for trafficking caffeine?
posted by TigerCrane
on Nov 29, 2010 -
Should I give up my Chinese citizenship for a US one? If so, any tips or advice on going about it? Details and background inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 25, 2010 -
i'd really like to learn more about the philosophy that seems to drive the "other half" of the united states. but i react badly to fox news and conservative talk radio. help me find a conservative writer or speaker i can trust and respect. [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor
on Feb 21, 2010 -
A Canadian friend just got accepted to an American grad school (Chicago) for a 5 year Ph.D program. He'll have funding, but how would his equally Canadian wife make a living in the U.S.? Getting the basic information is not as easy as they expected. What's the skinny? [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on Jan 29, 2010 -
WeightWatchers Canada vs WeightWatchers United States -- is there a difference, besides price, for the online version? [more inside]
posted by cgg
on Nov 13, 2009 -
Looking to go to grad school for Linguistics or TESOL, but I'm a non-traditional student. I have a few schools picked out but don't want to end up in another tiny "college town." Help? [more inside]
posted by patheral
on Sep 25, 2009 -
What is the one dish that is quintessential to your state? When I say [North Dakoda, New York...] you say?
posted by bigmusic
on Jul 8, 2009 -
What do you call a gel that turns into a liquid with very minor agitation/pressure? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread
on May 30, 2009 -
I am helping my partner migrate to the U.S. after our marriage. We're nearing the point where we do an Affidavit of Support during our embassy interview abroad, which says I need to bring tax returns. I have not filed income taxes for the last three years, because I have been a full-time student in this country. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 13, 2009 -
Where can I find a state-by-state breakdown of deaths in the 1918 flu pandemic in the US? [more inside]
posted by elder18
on Apr 14, 2009 -
I'd like to read a book set in/about every US state, and would love recommendations from those living in or from each state. Actual travel I'd been hoping to do won't happen, so please help me make a journey via the library. [more inside]
posted by carbide
on Nov 18, 2008 -
Where can I find a freeware or shareware download for Mac OS X that will allow me to plug in numerical data (e.g., public library funding in a given year) for each U.S. State and get a map of the USA that displays color-coded states? Like the infamous red / blue states map, which also has county breakdowns.
posted by bad grammar
on Oct 28, 2008 -
How can I accurately predict the overall winner of the 2008 US Presidential Election. I would also like to know the best methods of accurately predicting the winner of the electoral votes of each individual state. [more inside]
posted by clearly
on Sep 2, 2008 -
I'm in Canada, and I need to send some computers to our office in the U.S.A. (Vermont, to be more specific). Will the hardware be inspected by customs or other security as it crosses the border? [more inside]
posted by danwalker
on Jun 25, 2008 -
Are there any agencies to help people exchange properties / relocate in the US (i.e. from one state to another
)? Do large organizations HR help their employees? Is it something the Government does to help out?
posted by Dub
on Mar 21, 2008 -
Why has the United States stopped where it has? Are there any plans for further enlargement? [more inside]
posted by greytape
on Mar 18, 2008 -
Is there a version of this
representing attitudes from people within the US about their neighboring states? [more inside]
posted by bjork24
on Feb 20, 2008 -
Where can I find a free, vector map of the United States, with outlined states? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie
on Feb 14, 2008 -
Am I, a nonresident alien who is a "US resident for tax purposes", going to get the $600 US tax rebate check in 2008?
posted by tabulem
on Jan 24, 2008 -
Where would you visit in the lower 48 during the month of MARCH for a long weekend? Through an airline bungle, I have two tickets to use. The whole trip will be 4-5 days.
What events, conferences, shows, etc. are going on in MARCH that you would love to travel for? Alternatively, we could just do great "get away" spot that doesn't cost a fortune. Take me off the beaten path, folks. Show me the way.
Background re ticketholders: He is an Apple geek engineer with a Pruis, she is an art/history buff and foodie that works in the legal field. Both live in Northern California.
posted by ohjustsayso
on Jan 22, 2008 -