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June 16

Outdoor focused Pacific Northwest road trip

We're planning a roadtrip! Roughly, Bend OR --> Columbia River Gorge --> Olympic National Park -->Squamish, BC --> Seattle. If you're familiar with that part of the world, please pick apart/augment my plans within. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh around Portland, OR at 7:18 AM - 10 answers

June 15

Is it possible to decolonize a Hawaiian vacation?

How can we plan a Hawaiian vacation for a family of four, in a way that most respects the native people of Hawaii, their culture and environment? [more inside]
posted by amoeba around Hawaii at 11:34 AM - 7 answers has best

June 14

Where to stop by for some late evening live music in Nashville?

I'll be in Nashville Wednesday and Thursday next week with some colleagues for work. We'll be very busy during daytime hours, but if there's time in the evenings we'd like to see some live music at whatever bars, pubs, or other venues are easy to drop-in. I don't know how late the nightlife goes on weekdays, but later is definitely better for us schedule-wise. So what would be some good places to check out? Being Nashville, we mostly have in mind country, bluegrass, and folk but any genre is fine.
posted by theory around Nashville, TN at 3:04 AM - 3 answers

June 10

How safe is Orlando (North Mills Avenue and East Colonial Drive)?

I'm thinking about visiting Colonial Photo and Hobby in Orlando, which is at the intersection of North Mills Avenue and East Colonial Drive with my 16 year old step-daughter. As well as visiting the store we might go to the Starbucks a couple of blocks south of and maybe explore a bit - is this a terrible idea? Are there any areas in walking distance that we should particularly avoid? Bonus points for geeky or cool things to do/visit/see within walking distance of Colonial Photo and Hobby. TIA!
posted by Chairboy around Orlando, FL at 8:38 PM - 4 answers has best

Toddlers and National Parks

With a 1.5yr old, would you vacation to Redwoods National Park, Yosemite, or Lassen Volcanic Park? [more inside]
posted by inevitability around California at 7:38 PM - 13 answers has best

June 9

How do you visit a point of interest on a military base?

While visiting Kansas City, Google maps suggested I visit the spot where the Santa Fe and Oregon trails meet. The only problem? It’s on the Fort Leavenworth military base. How would a civilian check it out? I can’t find any info about how to visit it online. [more inside]
posted by mathowie around Leavenworth, KS at 1:11 PM - 4 answers has best

June 7

Late July events/activities/classes for two adults in the USA?

My husband and I are lucky to have ten days free (July 16-26), but we need to remain in the United States. We prefer to stay in one place, and do something we couldn’t normally fit into a long weekend. [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy around United States at 8:42 AM - 7 answers

June 5

pacific northYES

I will have an opportunity to visit Seattle at pretty much any time this year or next, for a week. When do I want to go, and what do I want to do? [more inside]
posted by colorblock sock around Seattle, WA at 3:57 PM - 18 answers

Florence, South Carolina for a few hours

I’m visiting family in Florence, SC and staying in a hotel nearish to the Civic Center. I don’t drive and rarely travel alone so I’m a tiny bit anxious about being trapped in a strange place when I’m used to being able to walk or hop on a train and do whatever I want. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws around Florence, SC at 11:01 AM - 2 answers

June 4

Get out of San Fran with Kids and Grandparents

2 adults, 2 kids, and 2 grandparents are celebrating grandparents 50th in San Francisco this weekend. For one of the days we would like to rent a car and get out of the city. I don't mind driving a few hours. I don't mind spending money. Tell me about cool locales / day trips that a 7 and 70 year old could both enjoy together.
posted by jasondigitized around San Francisco, CA at 12:36 PM - 18 answers

How to get the best from NYC Pride?

My wife and I are attending NYC Pride June 28-30. We have previously attended much smaller Pride celebrations and are a little overwhelmed by the options. [more inside]
posted by donnagirl around New York, NY at 9:52 AM - 3 answers has best

June 1

Why can't the MTA run double-length L trains?

I assume there's a good reason they don't do this, but I don't know it. The upcoming L non-shutdown is going to dramatically reduce total throughput because they can only run a train through the tunnel every ten minutes and they have to alternate directions. Why can't they increase throughput by stringing together longer trains, say, twenty cars instead of ten? [more inside]
posted by meaty shoe puppet around New York, NY at 9:06 PM - 9 answers

May 30

San Juan, PR Honeymoon in August

My fiance & I are considering San Juan, PR for a honeymoon in August. We're wondering if the first week of August is a good time to go weather-wise. Also, what about hurricane damage? I understand it's not completely recovered, but is it safe or advisable to go? More below... [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra around San Juan, PR at 3:06 PM - 3 answers has best

May 29

Norfolk, VA: things to do in the evening?

I'm in town for the next two weeks and am looking for fun things to do after work. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform around Norfolk, VA at 12:52 PM - 2 answers

May 25

Orlando Adjacent Beach Recommendations

Mr. Wasp and I are flying into Orlando next month. We're planning to immediately get out of the city and enjoy several days relaxing near/on the beach; we also like the idea of staying in a low-key, unique location. Google/travel site searches feel overwhelming and inconclusive. We're planning to visit Kennedy Space Center one day, but other than that, have a wide open schedule. Thank you!
posted by WaspEnterprises around Orlando, FL at 11:24 PM - 5 answers has best

May 22

Where should we vacation? (Western US Edition)

We live on the East Coast and have to be in Indianapolis in early October for a wedding. I'm thinking we should keep on going west after the wedding and spend a week somewhere. But where? [more inside]
posted by COD around West Coast of the United States, United States at 8:51 AM - 16 answers

May 21

Bike tour Alaska's Inside Passage by ferry?

What is the best itinerary for a week touring Alaska's inside Passage by bike and ferry with a Skagway departure? I'm flexible on where to go, other than I've already been to Haines and Juneau so would like to explore some new places. [more inside]
posted by bighappyhairydog around Alaska at 3:19 PM - 6 answers

May 20

Family anniversary "experience" in/near Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh folks to the rescue! My parents are celebrating a milestone anniversary this year. My brother and I offered to throw a party, but they said they just wanted something with the immediate family. Can you suggest something special we can do together so our memory is of more than just a nice dinner? [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues around Pittsburgh, PA at 8:09 AM - 4 answers has best

Colorado Springs/Denver

We're going to be in Colorado Springs and Denver from June 1 - 8. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri around Colorado at 7:41 AM - 6 answers

May 18

What neighborhoods should I visit in Providence?

I have the chance to visit Providence and would like to check out some neighborhoods as potential places to live. I like the East Side, though I'm interested in recommendations of areas where it's still possible to buy a single-family home for $250k or so. [more inside]
posted by pinochiette around Providence, RI at 12:50 PM - 5 answers has best