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August 18

What should we do in the San Juans?

We're staying on Orcas Island for almost a week soon. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by SirNovember around Washington at 3:39 PM - 7 answers

August 17

New Orleans recs please!

I will be in New Orleans in October for a family wedding. I haven't been since 2006, when a lot of stuff was still closed. I am hoping Mefites can recommend some restaurants and shops and things bc I will have a bit of free time. [more inside]
posted by leesh around New Orleans, LA at 9:13 AM - 9 answers has best

Magical, Offbeat Chicago

I will be visiting Chicago in the fall. Please tell me what gives Chicago its own unique sense of place. Bonus points for places you would take a special person, places with a strong sense of place, things that are highly typical of or unique to Chicago, restaurants with wonderful food, striking or unusual architecture, neighborhoods to explore [more inside]
posted by sleepy psychonaut around Chicago, IL at 8:13 AM - 17 answers has best

August 14

What to do/see/eat on an Oregon/NoCal coastal roadtrip?

I will be driving from Seattle to Monterey, CA. I've already got plans set up for the Oregon Coast as far as Newport, and also have plans for San Francisco and Monterey on the other end, but I have a block of about 6 days between Newport and SF that is unplanned and open to suggestion. See inside for details. [more inside]
posted by matildaben around California at 9:52 AM - 5 answers

What to do in Mexico (Missouri, that is)?

(Asking for a friend) We’re headed to Mexico MO next weekend for the eclipse. Rather than fight traffic, we’ll be arriving on Saturday. So what do we do when we’re not watching the eclipse? We like interesting hikes, nice restaurants as well as dives/local gems, and anything on the quirky side or unique to the area.
posted by DrGail around Mexico, MO at 5:04 AM - 3 answers

August 13

Stepthrough/mixte hybrid bikes for tall people.

I'm a 6'1" skirt-wearing human looking for an appropriately-sized hybrid bike for my daily commute with a $400-$900 budget. [more inside]
posted by Corinth around San Francisco Bay Area, CA at 1:26 PM - 16 answers

August 12

VacationFilter: South Pacific

Daydreaming about getting away over the holidays has turned into some serious planning for a week in the South Pacific. Have you stayed somewhere amazing? Please, do tell! [more inside]
posted by jshort around Houston, TX at 5:07 PM - 3 answers has best

Do I really need to pay to look at the sky during the eclipse?

I am planning to be in Nebraska or Missouri for the eclipse. There are a number of places I could go that have festivals, fields you can pay to park in, etc. What are the chances of just randomly finding a place off a rural road where I can park, throw my camping chair on the nearby grass, pop open the cooler, and enjoy the day in peace away from people and traffic? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips around Nebraska at 11:31 AM - 3 answers

Quick suggestions for easy activity w 90yo in Chicago

We are in Chicago for the weekend visiting an elderly relative. He doesn't get out much beyond his immediate area and I'd like to take him somewhere today for a little visit and variety. He's not very mobile, but doesn't use a wheelchair. Someplace nice to sit with a coffee is fine, or a nice neighborhood to drive around, any other creative suggestions would be really helpful!!! Easy parking for us is key.
posted by leticia around Chicago, IL at 9:38 AM - 11 answers has best

August 11

Where to go in New York/Boston for authentic feel

My partner and I have saved a bit of money as we want to go on a 'special' holiday. After discussion - instead of going on a beach holiday we've decided we'd love to go to America and were thinking of New York/Boston. We're not particularly into shopping but would love to go and see the 'real' New York - like in the Sopranos! Also Boston like the bar in Cheers. Any suggestions?
posted by Flowerpower around Boston, NY at 9:06 AM - 31 answers

Advice needed: Blue Ridge Parkway / Skyline Drive

Next Saturday my family and I will be driving from Boston to Roanoke, VA, continuing on to Nashville on Sunday. I'd like to get in a scenic drive if I can, but I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff around Virginia at 7:02 AM - 17 answers has best

August 10

Should we cancel our Montana vacation due to the wildfires and smoke?

My partner and I are planning to spend a little over a week in Missoula, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia Falls/Whitefish area starting this Saturday, 8/12. Our plans include a lot of outdoor activities, but I'm increasingly worried about the air quality. Is it still worth going on the trip? [more inside]
posted by oiseau around Montana at 7:44 PM - 7 answers

What's there to do in New Orleans super early on weekday mornings?

I'm going to be in NOLA and will be up and about at 5:30AM. How can I make the most of the city at such an early hour? What's open? [more inside]
posted by bluelight around New Orleans, LA at 6:23 PM - 11 answers has best

August 8

A Night and a Day in North Carolina in November - what to do?

I will be leaving Asheville NC after lunch and need to arrive in Chapel Hill some time the next day. The trip will be on a weekday in early November. I will have a rental car and 24 hours for the perfect solo retreat - where should I go? [more inside]
posted by metahawk around North Carolina at 6:04 PM - 3 answers

Highway traffic Saturday/Sunday before the eclipse, PNW?

Dingowife's close friend is going to be in the Seattle area from across the country. We live in Oregon and decided to try to meet up. Friend booked a trip over Eclipse weekend/day without realizing. How bad is it gonna be to try to drive from Eugene to Seattle-area on Friday, and back to Eugene on Sat or Sun? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats around Oregon at 4:52 PM - 8 answers

August 7

Craft cocktails in Atlanta

Heading down to Atlanta for a conference this weekend and interested in suggestions for the city's best craft cocktail bars. Staying downtown but don't mind taking a car to get somewhere worth going. Thanks for your tips!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell around Atlanta, GA at 1:36 PM - 7 answers

August 5

DC-Metro area traffic issues: who's blogging about this?

I'm trying to learn more about the problems that cause motor vehicle traffic, and possible solutions for remediating said problems. I'd like to find transportation-focused blogs and Twitter accounts I can keep up with. Subject matter should include gridlock, infrastructure funding, bike lanes/safety, accident prevention, funding, and government contractors hired to research and implement said proposals. Bonus points for DC Metro area extending into Virginia, even as far south as Fredericksburg, or Richmond. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings around Manassas, VA at 9:23 AM - 5 answers

August 4

Mom Nature sabotaged our vacation! Now what?

[Coastal PNW filter] Lesson learned: Never plan for 10 days of camping, hiking and mountain biking in August. Vacation starts tomorrow. Wildfires, unhealthy air quality and high temps have foiled plans for the Cascade Loop. Fleeing toward the coast and south—except Oregon's on fire too!—where to? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife around Seattle, WA at 1:14 AM - 15 answers has best

August 3

Hotel between Mtn View and Oakland

In October, I am planning a visit to the Bay Area that will include an evening show in Mountain View and a weekday at the Oakland Zoo. I will fly into SFO and rent a car. Where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by soelo around Oakland, CA at 2:27 PM - 10 answers

August 2

Looking for a good dance spot in NYC this weekend

I'll be in Manhattan this weekend for the last three Phish shows (Fri-Sun), and for the first time I'll be rolling solo (or can choose to do so) after the shows. At least one night, I would like to go out post-show and enjoy some dance club vibes, but I need some help finding the right spot. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards around New York, NY at 12:06 PM - 2 answers has best