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May 27

National Park for Kids

I would like to take my kids ( 6 and 8 ) to a U.S. National Park this summer. I don't think they are old enough to do any significant hiking nor would I want to put them on any cliffs. What parks could provide them an amazing experience without them getting bored or getting wiped out? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized around United States at 5:16 AM - 9 answers

May 24

New Hampshire: the next level

This was me a few months ago. Since then, it seems much more certain that I will, in fact, be moving, so it's time for a follow-up. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt around New Hampshire at 7:39 AM - 2 answers

May 23

Best places to stay in Silverton, CO with a dog.

Considering driving over to Silverton this weekend. Any recommendations?
posted by allelopath around Silverton, CO at 3:57 PM - 2 answers

Moving to Columbia, SC. Seeking housing advice.

I'll be moving to Columbia in June. I'd like your opinions about the safest/best parts of town to live in. [more inside]
posted by mr_bovis around Columbia, SC at 12:15 PM - 3 answers

May 21

North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota ... go!

So the Ferg fam is thinking about trying to do a road-trip vacation the middle two weeks in July - original thought had been a trailer-camping trip through South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, etc, but we've scratched that plan for this year due to the fact that we would have needed to plan it last year. So maybe that will be next summer. In the meantime, we have the travel bug, and time and (some) money, so are thinking about trying to do the eastern halves of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and maybe Wisconsin. (Coming from Kansas City, MO.) We've been to Minneapolis, but never really anywhere else in any of those 4 states, so ... what do we need to see/do/know? MeFi has been awesome for prior trip planning, so any suggestions are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jferg around Minnesota at 6:37 PM - 15 answers

Where to stay and what to do in Seattle

Planning a trip to Seattle in late August. Trying to decide where to stay and what things to prioritize, having never been there before. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit around Seattle, WA at 3:44 PM - 14 answers

How to spend the night before the eclipse this August in Jackson WY?

My partner and I are flying into Jackson, WY the day before the solar eclipse this August. We're really excited to check it out the next day but are behind the curve in planning things so there is absolutely no lodging available around there for the night. Everything I've checked has no vacancies and the few things left on airbnb are >$1000. [more inside]
posted by musicismath around Jackson, WY at 11:27 AM - 3 answers

May 20

Put your hands up for Detroit

Going from Toronto to Detroit for a weekend... how to get there & what to see and do? [more inside]
posted by crawfo around Detroit, MI at 6:31 PM - 10 answers

May 19

Rocky Mountains for the Acrophobic

My family will be traveling to Fort Collins, Colorado in about a month for a wedding. We will be flying into Denver and then driving up. The kids (ages 6 and 11) have never been in the Rockies before and we'd like to enjoy nature and the mountains. The difficulty is that Mrs. WtP has a history of severe acrophobia leading to panic attacks when driving on mountain roads. The acrophobia may be rooted in damage to her vestibular system. (She had severe ear infections as a child, required surgery, and has partial hearing loss in one ear.) [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust around Denver, CO at 7:07 AM - 23 answers

May 18

Where do I go in Buffalo for one hour of quiet time and wifi?

I will be traveling to Buffalo, NY this weekend. I also have to give a remote presentation via anymeeting. So I need a place with wifi and and quiet (and where I won't bug anyone by talking into thin air). My webcam won't be on so I don't need a backdrop or anything. [more inside]
posted by pixiecrinkle around Buffalo, NY at 7:44 PM - 6 answers has best

I'm still here. But I'm not.

Home security question. Can I cheaply and safely rent a nonmoving car to sit in my driveway? Snowflakes to follow [more inside]
posted by JulesER around Colorado Springs, CO at 7:28 PM - 14 answers has best

Charlotte: Urban edition

I'm going to be in Charlotte for 3 nights, yay! I won't have a car but my hotel is in Uptown. I'm looking for some suggestions on things to do not limited to Uptown and its surrounding areas. [more inside]
posted by signondiego around Charlotte, NC at 3:24 PM - 7 answers has best

Health insurance for a visitor to USA

I'm looking for suggestions on companies to purchase health insuarance for a person (age 60+) visiting USA for about 6 weeks. If you have made a claim with a company and was succesful in the claim, it is a plus. Thanks.
posted by WizKid around United States at 2:47 PM - 6 answers

May 16

JFK to the North Fork on a Saturday afternoon?

If I leave the West Coast on an morning nonstop, I'll get into JFK by 3 at the earliest. The last LIRR train to the North Fork leaves Jamaica at 2 on weekends. I'd really like to get to Riverhead, at least, preferably Mattituck, before having to have someone pick me up or getting a Lyft. Help? [more inside]
posted by wnissen around Northville, NY at 9:50 PM - 3 answers

May 15

Where to stay in the Denver/Boulder area?

On a lark, my wife and I booked flights to Denver in June for a week's vacation. We've never even been to the state of Colorado. How should we divide up our time and what towns should we stay? We are into beer and vegetarian restaurants and funky shops and hiking.
posted by smackfu around Colorado at 4:35 PM - 16 answers

Hello Cleveland! Need some trip advice.

Next weekend, my wife and I are visiting Cleveland for a family college graduation. On Monday, after the festivities, we'll have a day to ourselves before a late evening flight home. I'm looking for activity suggestions for the day. We haven't really been there before, so even the obvious is welcome. We like museums, and fine dining, not so much shopping, though a small amount is OK, if there's something not-to-be-missed unique. We will use Uber, most likely, and are staying at the downtown Marriott in the Key Center.
posted by cameradv around Cleveland, OH at 1:02 PM - 10 answers

May 14

Looking for an address from an old porn movie. San Francisco area

Was watching online the first porn movie I ever saw recently. It's from the 80s. I am reasonably sure this scene is somewhere in or near Potrero in San Francisco because there was a Ray Cicero Realty sign and I found out they were based in Potrero. Wondering if anyone is familiar with the area or has good detective skills. Kind of fascinated about the historical changes. Here are the (very poor quality) screenshots
posted by vizsla around San Francisco, CA at 7:57 PM - 6 answers has best

May 11

Can you purchase MetroNorth railroad tickets with cash and card?

When purchasing MetroNorth railroad tickets at the MTA vending machine that accepts both cash and credit is it possible for you to purchase you ticket with a combination of cash and card? For example, can I put $20 bucks in and make the rest of the total up with a credit card?
posted by OsoMeaty around New York, NY at 1:19 PM - 3 answers

May 3

Advice for where to live in northern New Jersey

My girlfriend and I are moving to New Jersey soon. One of us is working in Manhattan, the other is driving to the West Orange area. Where is the best place to live in terms of commute and quality of life? [more inside]
posted by bittermensch around New Jersey at 6:32 PM - 12 answers

May 1

Help with San Francisco travel

We'll be in San Francisco later this month and there are three things we'd like your help with: getting to the Union Square Grand Hyatt from OAK, checking out the Golden Gate Bridge, and getting photos of the skyline around dusk. (I've tried to sift through the Google noise.) [more inside]
posted by jroybal around San Francisco, CA at 10:20 AM - 14 answers