Three-week trip to America

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I hope he did not go to LA. I cant imagine why someone would willingly go there. San francisco is a much nicer city. Less sprawl,more culture. lots more to do and see in northern California.

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found a round trip ticket FRA-JFK with Singapore Airlines for €420 so the planning phase of our 3 week USA vacation (NYC --> Raleigh, NC --> Austin [-->Chicago?]) has commenced! i like starting the new year planning a vacation :)

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Mail me some Rudys BBQ when your in Austin :)

 

 

I hope he did not go to LA. I cant imagine why someone would willingly go there.

I'm flying there tommorow to go see Texas win another football championship. This will be the second time I fly to that godforsaken city for that.

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Stubbs has good marinade that you can buy at TX grocery stores, but I always found the restaraunt itself fairly overrated. Seen a few good shows there though.

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OK, I have never laughed out loud at anything I read on wikipedia until I read about the "metal umlaut".

 

Now Elf, why do you have a ? after Chi-town??!!

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Stubbs has good marinade that you can buy at TX grocery stores, but I always found the restaraunt itself fairly overrated. Seen a few good shows there though.

 

I finally made it to Stubbs last year. It was cool going there and the food was pretty good, but it was definitely a tad overpiced and underportioned, if that is a word. But, the rent for that location can't be cheap. :blink:

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Now Elf, why do you have a ? after Chi-town??!!

 

simply time constraints. my mom's family is from chicago, i was born there too, but I'm not sure how much spare time we'll have yet.

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Ok, so I didn't read through all the replies BUT if anyone plans to do a trip to America, consider that enough time in NY means 2 weeks... if not a lifetime. That's if you're into seeing all the historical sites, museums, theater shows, and enjoying the nightlife. Seriously, Ny takes a lifetime. You CAN condense it to a week and a half and then a week and a half in LA/San Fran. I'd just do San Fran cuz LA is a dump but that's my opinion. If you like to rent a car and drive around in smog and traffic go for LA. It's cooool. No. Planning on where to go in the USA depends on if you are a city person or nature buff. I'd highly recommend driving down the west coast. Gorgeous. You can do the national parks and such. Then maybe go to Las Vegas for a crazy weekend or something and then fly home. I don't know. The US is huge. Do a cross country trip in the summer, take a few months out of your life and then experience the wonder of it all. Ah, no wonder most Americans don't leave the country on holiday...

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Ok, somehow I feel compelled to tell you all there are redeeming features to LA. My wife and I spent a 2-week vacation in California in the summer of 2008 and loved it all, including LA. Really hard to go wrong with renting a car and driving up the coast. San Luis Obispo was an unexpected gem, Big Sur, Monterey, Santa Cruz, etc.

 

But about LA. We stayed in Venice, at a low-key but modern, clean, reasonably-priced hotel right off the beach. Seriously. So there was no air conditioning, no breakfast and the name is cheesy, but we would be happy to go back -- http://www.thecadillachotel.com/

 

When you get tired of Venice, Santa Monica is a 15 min. run north along the beach. Besides the beach, there is cool shopping, along with perhaps too much of the normal retail.

http://www.munkyking.com/

http://www.giantrobot.com/

 

Cool bars

http://en.wikipedia...ther%27s_Office

 

Great food

sushi http://www.hamasushi.com/

tacos http://www.dailytaco.org/

burgers bacon avocado burgers... http://www.laweekly...-burger-722168/ or this place for something more upscale http://www.thecounte...om/santamonica/

 

LACMA and MOCA are great museums for contemporary art. And while yes, there is a surplus of soul-sucking strip mall architecture, there is also the Disney Concert Hall

 

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http://en.wikipedia...concerthall.jpg

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... and all those healthy, beautiful, overly tanned people. wow.

 

who in their 30s actually start to regret having tanned so much and at 40 have more wrinkles than they should.

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