Trying to figure out off-the-beaten-path ideas for Chicago-land activities with family during a Thanksgiving visit. We (Mrs. jferg, jferglets (5 & 7), and I) will be staying with my aunt and uncle in Valparaiso, IN for the days surrounding Thanksgiving; Wednesday-Saturday. Sister will be visiting her SO's family a little north of Milwaukee at the same time. Would like to meet up with sister and SO in Chicago area for one of those days. I'm looking for something fun to do that isn't going to be completely
packed with other tourists and humanity (or, $DEITY-forbid, Black Friday shoppers), where we can actually interact and have fun rather than spend all day following each other around a crowded museum. We've done most of the standard Chicago tourist fare (museums and tall buildings) on previous trips, and after the packed (and expensive) aquarium trip last Black Friday, I kind of just don't want to set us up for that again. Weather is always a crap-shoot in November, so zoos and parks are ... not guaranteed to be an option.
Suggestions from natives or people with more Chi-town knowledge than I? [more inside]
My dad and I are going to be in Chicago for a few days next week, and I'm trying to bash out an itinerary. Specifically, I'd like our focus to be a mix of sampling local beers, architecture, and nerdy things in the historical vein. I need the most help with the first part. Any suggestions for:
Microbrews with public taprooms?
Good bars with extensive local beer selection?
Good neighborhoods within which one could happily wander? [more inside]
Mrs. Arbac and I are going to be taking a cruise from Barcelona to Venice at the end of August. We're getting to Barcelona a few days early and staying an extra day in Venice. Where should we stay and what should we see? Budget and likes/dislikes inside. [more inside]
How can I be an awesome adventure tour leader for international tourists visiting the US? [more inside]
Can someone throw some light on this (possibly) tourist scam in Bali? [more inside]
Help! In London tonight, where should we go for dinner tonight? (a Friday night!?) [more inside]
Rapid Los Angeles trip: What to see? We are nerds, and like art, food, gardens, architecture (I really want to stop by the Bradbury and see downtown). We'll have about 18 hours of free time to use. What can't we miss? [more inside]
Mount Rushmore! Where to stay and what to do! Tell me. [more inside]
Destinations for christmas time winter sun holiday on a budget? [more inside]
In London there's a chain of restaurants called Aberdeen/Angus Steakhouse
- dated decor, expensive, scorned by locals but seemingly extremely popular with tourists. Are there equivalents in other cities?
What would French teenage boy like to see in New York? [more inside]
Saturday and Sunday mornings in Chicago. What's fun? [more inside]
I'm going to Kauai for a week at the end of the month. Looking for good suggestions of things to see/places to eat. [more inside]
Paris on a long layover? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are flying into JFK from the UK on Halloween (landing approx 12 noon). Hive Mind! I command thee to besearch your crystal ball and telleth me some spooking goings on I simply can't miss on that fateful eve! [more inside]
I have a question similar to these two
timely threads about what to do in NYC, but with a Brooklyn twist. My family is coming mainly to see yours truly, and we've decided to kick it mainly in my hood, Brooklyn. What should we do? [more inside]
Group of American tourists going to Europe. We need a mobile phone solution to stay in touch with each other. [more inside]
Whence the Asian tourist habit of having themselves photographed standing stiffly in front of monuments? It's the repetitivity/automation with which it's done that never ceases to amaze me. [more inside]
Help us plan our trip to New Orleans Jazz Fest! [more inside]
I'm looking for places in the US that are like Lancaster, PA in that they: 1.) have a low cost of living; yet 2.) Attract multitudes of affluent tourists looking to buy expensive hand made, "artisanal" things. [more inside]
Where are some good, specific areas to stay in LA for a two-day visit? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as "compassionate tourism" where people travel and volunteer their time/resources in rebuilding, in this case, the tsunami-hit South Asian region?
I'm going to be in Tucson
over Christmas. Anything that is just not to be missed? Any resources besides Citysearch and The Tucson Weekly
I'm going to Paris this weekend. It will be cold and rainy. But hey, I'll be in Paris.
What do MeFites (aka, you) think my SO and I should do?
Recommendations of what to see/do when visiting Washington D.C.? We're going next week, and have a list of a few touristy spots to visit, but I'd like to see what Mefites recommend. Locals advice also highly appreciated, i.e. dance clubs and restaurants to visit. Finally, all over the web it says you must arrange a White House tour with one of your congressional representatives. We can't do that (group of two), someone said we can join a tour at a kiosk. Anyone agree with this? Please be kind if the question has been posted before, I searched.
I have two and a half days in London at the end of May. What are must-sees? Also, anyone want to meet a group of travelling American bloggers at a pub for a drink the night of May 29?