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Help me plan a day trip from San Francisco to the Monterey Bay Area.

Where should my boyfriend and I go and what should we do on a day trip to the Monterey Bay area? [more inside]
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Aug 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Bonus points if you suggest a place where my child can harass ducklings

What to do with a 1-year-old this weekend in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by town of cats on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Help Me Shoot (Pictures) Gary, Indiana

As a kid, I happened to pass through Gary, IN, on a handful of occasions. I was always blown away by the frightening industrial sprawl; it looked like Mordor, or Blade Runner, especially at night. Now I'm a grown up, and I would like to take cool pictures of this. [more inside]
posted by credible hulk on Aug 6, 2014 - 9 answers

Where can I eat gooseneck barnacles & explore unique spots in Portland?

For instance, my SO really wants to find a place that serves gooseneck barnacle like they did here and explore spots like the abandoned Upper Salmonberry River Railway. We wanted to see sloths, but it was booked. We know these kind of unique local gems are coveted, but does anyone mind sharing their favorite off-the-beaten path activities in PDX? [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Aug 6, 2014 - 7 answers

What to do in Napa before dinner, with no hotel?

Looking for suggestions of chill hangout spots or low-key activities (preferably not wine-related) for that awkward "before dinner" time in Napa. [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Jul 22, 2014 - 13 answers

One woman, ~48 Hours, San Diego - what to do?

I'm going to have a weekend or more to burn in San Diego in mid-September. I've visited several times before & done most of the obvious tourist things (list behind the jump). Complications: I can't drive so public transport/on foot options only; vegetarian; I'm active enough to walk/hike distances but not interested in sports activities; I'm comfortable doing most things by myself, but bars are always a challenge unless you know it's a zero-harassment place; I'll be based in Old Town. [more inside]
posted by AFII on Jul 1, 2014 - 19 answers

Where to stay for a weekend retreat in between Orange County and SF?

I'm trying to schedule a weekend away that is convenient for everyone, so I'm looking for hotels/motels/cabins/other along the California coast that are relatively equidistant between San Francisco and Orange County. I'd like plenty of access to hiking, the beach, good food and wine, maybe some good stargazing- but all this on the lowest end of the cost spectrum, please. There will be either 2 or 3 of us and I'd like the cost of accommodations to be as low as possible without entering into roach motel territory. (Under $100 per person)
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jul 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Fun stuff to do on a Sunday night in the San Francisco Bay Area

I'll soon be flying to the Bay Area in order to attend a memorial service. My schedule is pretty structured for that weekend, but I'll have about five hours of free time (by myself) on a Sunday night. What's the best way to spend those hours? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Jun 26, 2014 - 7 answers

North West Road Trip (what to do in Oregon)

I'm taking a leisurely drive from San Jose CA. to Tacoma WA. I have allowed myself 4 days for the ride up and 4 for the ride back. What should I see? [more inside]
posted by doctor_negative on Jun 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Vague road trip question

I want to take a road trip this summer but have no idea where. I'm willing to drive within about a 10 hour radius of Champaign, IL. Specifications inside. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Jun 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Walking in London

Where are some interesting places to walk in London? I am in London the next few days and would like to explore some new areas after work. All I know is Bloomsbury to Mayfair to Westminster, so not much at all! It would need to be reachable by tube and should be safe. I would love to find little shops or cafés as well as just a pleasant place to walk for a few hours. I am staying in Hackney, if that is relevant. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Jun 1, 2014 - 16 answers

What should we do in Edinburgh Monday morning?

We've got until 1:45pm tomorrow in Edinburgh. I feel like we've hit most of the obvious sights. What else should we do? [more inside]
posted by Jasper Fnorde on May 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Far from the madding crowd

I pretty much only have time off when everybody else has time off, but I don't enjoy spending my time off with everybody else! What are your general tricks and specific suggestions for enjoying tourist destinations without crowds? I'm especially interested in California (I live in the SF Bay Area), but general ideas and other places are fine too. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on May 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Cool stuff to see in Seattle

What interesting/unusual things can we do for a weekend in Seattle? Looking for something outside of shopping and the typical tourist stuff. [more inside]
posted by noxperpetua on May 16, 2014 - 24 answers

French road signs

Where can I view a specific tourist road sign design I saw in France? [more inside]
posted by hayvac on May 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Off the beaten path in London, Paris, Venice, Rome

I can't believe I waited this long to ask the MeFi hive-mind, but here we are. In 24 hours my wife and I will be leaving on our honeymoon to the above-mentioned destinations. What I'm looking for are some cool, unusual, secret, or just plain "local favorite" things to do and places to go. Rather than simply pointing me to other sites offering collected reviews of places (tripadvisor, et al) I'm hoping to get some first-hand recommendations from you all. Time will be rather short in each city (3-4 days each) so let's try to stay within the cities themselves, as we won't really have time for outlying excursions. To give you an idea of what we're after, my wife and I are both lifetime members of the gothic subculture, and she in particular is very interested in fashion. Eccentric bars/pubs are also favorites. We leave on May 4th, but feel free to contribute later in the week, as I'll be eagerly checking this thread for your suggestions. Cheers, MeFi!
posted by ShutterBun on May 3, 2014 - 25 answers

viewing fireworks in Nashville?

This is a long shot, but here goes - I'm trying to come up with evening entertainment suitable for visiting children ages 5-10, here in Nashville (tonight and tomorrow), and I see that the Sounds are putting on a fireworks display (presumably at LP Field). Does anyone know of a good viewing spot that would be comfortable for children? The likeliest spots are downtown in the midst of all the adult honkytonk. Maybe Riverfront Park or the pedestrian bridge, but it would be nice to have a kid-friendly strategy, rather than experimenting with them in tow. Suggestions handy to the Art Crawl on 5th would be especially valuable, as would any other after-dinner ideas.
posted by mmiddle on May 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Off the beaten path in Saigon

I will be in HCMC for the next 48 hours (including Reunification Day.) Other than the obvious sites, what are some quirky and worthwhile things to do/see and places to eat in Saigon? Also what is the best place to go to witness the parades and holiday celebrations? [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Apr 27, 2014 - 4 answers

What to see and what not to see in Chicago

Sooooo... my parents will visiting loverly Chicago... unfortunately, I just noticed that they won't fly in May 17th, but APRIL 17th. In two days. I'm a dumb. Anyway, I need some advice on what we should check out while they're here. I have a couple ideas, but I haven't done much of Chicago's touristy stuff since I moved in several years ago. What are some big obvious things that are actually worth the hype? Any hidden gems you like? They'll be staying downtown, but we'll have cars available so travel isn't a problem. I have mobility issues, so bonus if it's sitting down/limited standing.
posted by Evilspork on Apr 15, 2014 - 18 answers

what should we see in Perth, WA?

About to visit Perth WA with an eight and a five year old. Googling isn't really coming up with much exciting to see or do. Advice and suggestions? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Apr 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Best quaint/charming shops/sightseeing near Silver Falls State Park?

Looking for charming and quaint attractions, sightseeing, shops, etc near Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. What are the best places, cities, and other things to go do nearby after visiting the State Park? Dog friendly is a really big plus!
posted by skjønn on Apr 12, 2014 - 3 answers

I'm sure the space needle is great, but...

What are some fun things I can do in Seattle tonight/Friday/this weekend by myself, ideally without being on my feet the whole time? [more inside]
posted by mismatched on Apr 3, 2014 - 35 answers

Travel Bucket List

Travel Filter: What would you consider to be the "MUST DO" travel spots in your city/town/state? If I had 50 days left to live, and had time to visit one thing in each state, what would it be from your region? [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Mar 21, 2014 - 39 answers

Beautiful places in San Francisco for a person with limited mobility?

A friend's mother is coming to town and we're trying to brain storm some beautiful places to take her. The thing is she has limited mobility and tends to get around in a wheel chair. When I think of places to take people it usually involves a hike to something like the Sutro Baths or China Beach, etc, etc. Would love to hear some thoughts!
posted by matt_od on Feb 25, 2014 - 17 answers

What features would you like in a mobile app promoting a town or city?

What features would you like/expect to see in a mobile app promoting a town or city? How would that list differ if you were a resident or a visitor? How would it differ from a Tourism website? What would make you download it, keep it or delete it?
posted by terrortubby on Feb 16, 2014 - 24 answers

Graveyard in the median of a divided highway in New England?

Somewhere in Vermont, I think, there's a graveyard in a wooded area between the north and south lanes of a divided highway. Where is it? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Feb 5, 2014 - 19 answers

Recommendations for trips/sightseeing out of Los Angeles

I'm going to be in Los Angeles from June 6 to June 11. I'll be hiring a car to get around L.A. - though we'll mostly be sticking to Central LA and Santa Monica over that weekend (7/8 June). I've been to L.A. before and done most of the touristy things - relying on both local buses and hop on/hop off tourist buses. Because I'll have a car this time, I was wondering what recommendations people have for things to see and places to go that are tricky to get to without a car. Anything within a couple of hours drive of Los Angeles. Thanks.
posted by crossoverman on Jan 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Dental Tourism

I'm looking for some suggestions on dental tourism, and if it is right for my situation. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jan 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Chicago on New Year's Day. What's there to do? Where to go?

Catch: New Year's on a Wednesday. I don't have the surrounding days off. [more inside]
posted by harisund on Dec 23, 2013 - 4 answers

A long walk in Philadelphia and New York: Where should I be going?

Last year around the holiday, there was a trip to Chicago that ended up having an awesome walk down Clark Street for five or six miles. My boyfriend and I had a great time and want to replicate the experience in Philadelphia and Manhattan/ possibly the other boroughs. So, Philadelphia and New York people, what route would you recommend? Route preferences: between 5-7 miles, photogenic architecture, relatively safe neighborhoods, and not exclusively through highly touristed areas. We will be staying in Philadelphia and traveling by train to NYC so somewhere near a commuter train station would also be great but not absolutely necessary. I like snobby coffee, book stores, and craft beer, so any walk that incorporates some of those along the way would be great. Also open to suggestions for activities, shows, or other interesting things to do between Jan 9 and 13 in either city.
posted by _cave on Dec 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Where to live in the UK this summer

My spouse and I are interested in living in the UK next summer. We'd like to stay for three months, and we're looking for ideas on where to live and how to approach organizing this visit. [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Dec 23, 2013 - 14 answers

What can I do on Christmas Eve in Fort Smith, Arkansas?

As part of an epic, if ill-timed, roadtrip, I will be in Fort Smith AR on the evening of Dec 24. What might I find open in terms of restaurants and entertainment?
posted by eaglehound on Dec 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there any good William Blake tourism to be had in London?

I'm headed to the UK for the first time, and would like to do some sightseeing related to William Blake. Is there anything worth seeing? I've haven't found anything apart from Poet's Corner and this very dodgy seeming walking tour. Alternatively, can anybody advise me as to which museums in the UK are best for viewing Blake's original prints?
posted by HeroZero on Dec 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Recommendations for New Orleans?

I'm going to New Orleans in a few days to cover a conference for a client. I will be going a half day early and staying an extra ~2 days more. I have limited time to do research, and do plan to go through the archives and NYT recommendation article. However, I was hoping to dig up any recommendations as to other things to see/check out when I'm there, and this seems to be an easy way to do so. [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Dec 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Suggestions for what to do on a 12-hour layover in Mexico City?

I have an upcoming trip that includes a stopover from about 6AM to late evening in MEX. We'll be traveling with a 3-year-old, so we will probably spend the first few hours trying to get some sleep at an airport hotel. I'm wondering if anyone has an idea for something to do with the rest of the day that won't cause a lot of stress about making it back for our flight? I've never been to Mexico City. What are the usual tourist attractions? Is traffic so bad that we could only fit in something really quick and nearby? Is it even worth it to leave the airport area? Thanks!
posted by mmc on Nov 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Where to go in Europe?

Going to Europe. We have 4.5 weeks. Help us narrow down our choices! [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Nov 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Please help me find a wellness escape where I can recover (East Coast)

One of my oldest friends just died and I'm feeling serious Crohn's pain starting to creep up again, threatening my remission. Everything in my life right now is stressful and exhausting, and I know that if I do nothing I will have a full-bore flair on my hands by thanksgiving. I need help finding a health resort/ wellness retreat on the East Coast - optimally between DC and Boston. My wealthy uncle says money is no object, so my only real stipulation is somewhere that isn't too scary/isolated for a young woman alone. [more inside]
posted by howgenerica on Nov 16, 2013 - 7 answers

How to consolidate, organize, and share tourism information?

I'm looking for smart ways to consolidate, organize, and share tourism information for people who visit me and for places that my partner and I might visit. [more inside]
posted by neushoorn on Nov 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Traveling to Nicaragua in February. Costa Rica and other questions...

Looking for a particular kind of vacation in Nicaragua. If it isn't possible, hoping for some advice on the best way to Costa Rica. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Nov 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Summoning native Rhode Islanders

Help me locate this historic home /museum in the Fall River area of Rhode Island near or across the border in Massachusetts. (No Lovecraft jokes required.) [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 13, 2013 - 16 answers

A Broad, Abroad, Alone

In a month, I'll be traveling abroad for the first time, all by my lonesome. Looking for helpful tips for a first-time international traveler. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 13, 2013 - 26 answers

Vacation in El Salvador?

Two wonderful people - a Salvadoran and a Russian, both living in New York - just got married and have invited my girlfriend and me to join them on vacation in El Salvador this December. Carlos is very sweet, very generous, and very excited to show us his country of origin. It all sounds wonderful to me - beach, mountains, pupusas, family, etc. Plus monkeys! My girlfriend is also very fond of the couple and loves the idea of a tropical vacation, but is typically more cautious than I am and is concerned about safety. This seems to be a valid concern, given the overall crime rate, State Department travel warnings, and so on. El Salvador has a murder rate of 69 per 100,000 people, which is about the same as Flint, Michigan and twice that of Baltimore. I'm a fairly experienced traveler and am inclined to think we'd be safe as long as we stuck with Carlos and his family, but don't want to be foolish. Neither of us speaks Spanish terribly well and we could probably be identified as foreigners by our appearance. The same can be said for Carlos' wife. G/f and I decided to turn to the fine folks of MetaFilter for outside perspectives - thoughts, anecdotes, information, or advice - on the safety and advisability of traveling to El Salvador for fun. Thank you!
posted by jcrcarter on Nov 11, 2013 - 6 answers

How much camera stuff can I take with me to Mexico?

As a tourist, how much photography gear can I take into Mexico without requiring a professional visa? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Nov 6, 2013 - 7 answers

"Can't miss" food and relaxation options in Los Angeles

I recently moved to the Los Angeles metropolitan area. I am looking for recommendations of your favorite low-key restaurants and food options as well as great "relaxation" spots. [more inside]
posted by jayder on Nov 5, 2013 - 15 answers

2 weeks in Turkey - how do we use our time wisely?

The DingoWife and I will be honeymooning in Turkey this 2-16 November, and based on inputs to our last question, we'll be doing it on our own, sans-tour package. Now we would love input as we pin down our itinerary. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Oct 16, 2013 - 13 answers

Ideas for a solo trip in North America in early December?

I scheduled a week off from work in early December and am interested in suggestions for solo travel. I'm in Chicago, and I have enough airline miles for a round trip in the US or Canada, and would be looking to go somewhere for 4 or 5 days. I'm not much of a beach person, and I am most comfortable in an urban setting, though I wouldn't be opposed to a day trip for hiking or some sort of outdoorsy stuff. I'm from Chicago so cold weather doesn't phase me. I love museums, architecture, walking tours, casual (but awesome) restaurants, and bars; I would prefer somewhere where I don't have to rent a car to get around. Thanks in advance for the suggestions!
posted by bdk3clash on Oct 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Answer this question, and I may send you a stupid t-shirt.

What is the origin, or the earliest known example, of the "X went to Y and I all got was this stupid T-Shirt?" t-shirt?
posted by Shepherd on Oct 11, 2013 - 11 answers

Rome in a Day

I'm going to Rome. I have one free day to use as I see fit. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Sep 20, 2013 - 25 answers

Calgary highlights

What is worth seeing or doing in Calgary? I've got two-and-a-half free days in the city before a business trip. Tell me what I shouldn't miss. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Sep 11, 2013 - 7 answers

faire du vélib

I'm going to be doing two medium-long (6-8 hour) layovers in Paris soon and I want to spend them riding around on a bike using the Velib bikeshare system. What are the best places to do this, using one of the RER B stations as a jumping-off point? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Sep 4, 2013 - 8 answers

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