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Hey all...

I'm just looking into some possibilities for vacations, probably next summer. My wife would LOVE to see the ocean, and we both agree that the east coast is more intriguing than the west coast (although, Portland may be an option if we DID go that way, so info on Portland would be greatly appreciated, as well).


Basically, the main things we're looking for are the types of things a person would not normally do every day...tours, museums, special events, etc...if you've got any insight into any cities on the east coast, I'd appreciate anything you could tell me. Don't worry about cost. I'll sort that stuff out later with my wife. We just want to weigh our options right now.

Thank you very much!
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Sure. Boston. [*] It's got everything you mention. And, if cost is not a big deal, that $150 a night you'll have to spend for modest accommodations won't sting too much. You would save a bit by not needing to rent a car, you can just walk everywhere in town; trains will take you most everywhere else you want to go. It's got the history, the architecture, the culture, the special events (many free), beaches (although the water is cold).

The Web site www.boston.com is an excellent one, maintained by the Boston Globe newspaper. That would be a good place to start looking. It's mainly news, but there are sidebar links on pretty much everything.

[*]Close readers of this board may remember that someone asked once on Boston vs. New York, and I said New York, even though I am from Boston. That was somewhat different; that person was from Britain and making a possibly once-in-a-lifetime trip to the U.S. But Long Island Sound is only ocean officially, while if you look out from the harbor in Gloucester, the next place of land is Ireland. You have to jump up rather high to see it.
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chambers was
looking into some possibilities for vacations, probably next summer. My wife would LOVE to see the ocean, and we both agree that the east coast is more intriguing than the west coast (although, Portland may be an option if we DID go that way, so info on Portland would be greatly appreciated, as well)

If all you want to do is LOOK at the ocean, the east coast could be OK. If you want an ocean you can actual touch and play in, you will need to go to the south of the US - Florida through texas or California mostly from LA basin south.

Florida has all the big amusement parks one could desire, the space center, beaches and lakes.

San Diego has oceans you can splash in with big beaches, rental boats, whale watching. It has a world famous zoo and Marineland park with an awesome killer whale show, a fun 'amusement park' type platform ride, and much more.

Museums on the east coast are much better than the west, although the Getty museum in LA is pretty good for the west coast.

Monterrey, California has a nice sandy (cold water) beach and arguably the best aquarium in the world.

If you like really warm tropical beaches and sport fishing, you will probably prefer Mexico, the Carribean, or Hawaii. I don't know that any of these places have a major aquarium or amusement park.

On the flippant side, the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas has a sandy beach with body surfing size waves and is within walking distance of Parisian, Venitian, Egyptian, and New York casino/theme parks.

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Probably not a lot of people will agree but Maryland has some nice places near Annapolis. I always enjoyed visiting the boats and the restaurants. Some really great seafood.

Mike
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I live in Virginia Beach, and there's lots to do here with something for everyone. You can stay beachside on the busy Oceanfront and boardwalk, or rent a house in quiet and residential Sandbridge. We also have all the shopping and culture the bigger cities have in nearby Norfolk, and there are some really great museums in the area. If you like history, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown is only a 45-minute drive from the Oceanfront. Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are also in Williamsburg, if you like amusement parks. Here are some links. Good luck in finding a destination, and God bless!

www.vbfun.com
www.vmsm.org
www.nauticus.org
www.virginiasymphony.org
www.shopmacarthurcenter.com
www.history.org
www.stjohnsbc.com
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I grew up in Rhode Island and lived in Boston for 3 years. If you want to take a trip to New England, you can do & see a lot more than just the beach.

With no regard to cost or time constraints, here's a list of suggestions.

Fly into Providence (named one of Money magazine's upcoming cities lately - my how things have changed). Drive 40 minutes to Newport RI for mansions & beaches (cold but swimmable) & touristy shopping.

Head north to Boston (2 hour drive). Spend some time doing the Freedom Trail, visiting the North End, shopping at Faneuil Hall, going to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Aquarium. Head to Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard. Or go to Portsmouth NH for a cute coastal town (1/2 from Boston).

Head up the coast of Maine. Spend some time in Rangely (inland, practically at the end of the road). Cut back through New Hampshire and head to Vermont. Be sure to check out Burlington. As long as you're that far north, head to Montreal!

Finally drop back to Rhode Island for your return flight (or book one out of New Hampshire). Be advised that driving in and around Boston is nasty, and the airport traffic is absurd.

All that being said, I live in Portland Oregon and if you decide to come this way I can compile a list for this area too!

Beth
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Do you have a preference to stay in the US? What about Canada?

Vancouver is a very cosmopolitan city on the coast (although no swimming) with lots of culture and busy city stuff. Fantastic Native American museums. Victoria is a short ferry from the Olympia peninsula in Washington state - you could drive or ferry across from Settle through the peninsula - beautiful - take a ferry across to Victoria for the day, or continue on the ferry from Victoria to Vancouver then back to Seattle. If you want some peace and serenity you could head to the Queen Charlotte islands and do some sea kayaking.

I live in Calgary Alberta which I love, but it is obviously not near the coast.

The East coast of Canada is fantastic - I have only been as far as New Brunswick, but it has great beaches and beautiful landscape. PEI has the red sand and the Anne of Green Gables stuff. Halifax is a bustling city as well, everyone raves about it.

Just a thought since the Canadian dollar is so poor right now (1.53 dollars canadian to each US dollar) that it would be an inexpensive vacation.
You can probably get loads of info from a website although I don't have a specific website.
Good luck!
Caroline
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Hello, chamberssj.

Looking at the specification for your holiday, have you considered Scotland?

Easily accessible from the United States, we have ocean in abundance.

Misty islands populate out coastline bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea.

Museums? Plenty.

Visit Edinburgh Castel which holds the Honours of Scotland (our crown jewels), which even Elizabeth - the current Queen of England and Queen of Scots - had to come to Scotland to claim. These honours are not allowed to leave the country. Not even for an English queen.

Historical castles, modern museums, oceans, islands, we've got the lot.

Cead mille failte an Alba!! A hundred thousand welcomes to Scotland.

John Daly
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Here are some great coastal cities (towns) - both east & west coast.

1. Newport R.I. - You call THOSE cottages?
2. Cape Cod/Cape Ann Mass and/or Marthas Vinyard/Nantucket Islands
3. Mystic, CT - Nice town with interesting things to see and do.
4. Halifax Nova Scotia - Canada Eh!
5. The Hamptons, New York - Some of the best beaches in the world, plus art & culture to boot.
6. Annapolis - Beautiful town, rich in history.
7. San Diego - Beautiful, temps are perfect, lots to do.
8. Santa Barbara - Currently all the rage!
9. San Francisco - What else needs to be said.
10. Portland- Nice city without Seattle's sprawl.
11. Vancouver B.C.- Perhaps my favorite North American city, Stunning!
12. Baja (Los Cabos area)- Just got back and loved every minute!

Hope you find this list helpful.
You'll get much more bang for your money if you choose a Canadian or Mexican destination.

Letsgothere
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