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The Summer Vacation

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Let's hit the road!

We all have our own idea of the ideal vacation.  There are many types of vacations one can take depending on tastes and budget.   Summer is quickly winding down so you better get moving and make plans if you have not already done so.  I have my own ideas about the perfect vacation but it involves bicycling and wine tasting which is why I went to the New York Finger Lakes last August for my vacation.  Read about it by clicking here.  For those of you who are not interested in riding your bike during the day and tasting wine at night, you might want to check out the following links for the 10 most popular destinations based on 2 different sources.

Below is the list from the Orbitz blog and the link to the article.

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Cancun (Mexico)
  3. Oahu, Hawaii
  4. Riviera Maya (just south of Cancun)
  5. Chicago
  6. Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
  7. New York City
  8. San Diego
  9. London, UK
  10. Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

Read the orbitz article

Below is the list from the web site and the link to the article.

  1. Chicago
  2. Orlando (thank you Disney)
  3. New York City
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Washington D.C.
  6. Atlanta
  7. San Diego
  8. San Francisco
  9. Anaheim (thank you again Disney)
  10. Dallas

Read the daily finance article here

Perhaps these two lists have given you an idea where you want to go before summer is over.  If none of those destinations appeal to you, I have a few ideas that might be of interest that I will offer.  Below is a few suggestions you may want to visit within the USA.

  • Canton, Ohio and the Football Hall of Fame – With the loss of the Preseason Hall of Fame game they can use all the tourism dollars they can get.  Millionaires and Billionaires fighting over piles of money ruined a huge event for this small town.  While in the area you could take an hour drive north on Route 77 to Cleveland and visit the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.  Depending on how much time you have you could then take a 2 hour drive west on the Ohio turnpike and go to Cedar Point and ride roller coasters for as long as your stomach can take it.
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway which is a scenic road that runs for 469 miles from roughly Staunton Virginia to west of Asheville, North Carolina ending at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  This trip could easily take 3 -4 days from start to finish as there are so many scenic overlooks and points of interest to explore along the way.  It is also a very old, winding two lane road in the mountains that is physically taxing to drive for long periods of time.  I highly recommend doing the drive.  You can get on at any point and design a trip to accommodate the amount of time you have to devote to it.  I have done this twice and reasonably estimate that stopping at most sites along the way coupled with the slow speed limit you can only make about 100-150 miles per day.  At the southern end you can take a side trip to Asheville which is a neat city on its own and can visit the Biltmore Estate.     If you go the whole way south you can got to Mt. Mitchell State Park in North Carolina which is the highest point in the US east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet.    When I was there in the mid 90’s I rode my bike to the summit from about 5,000 feet.  It was not that difficult pedaling despite the noticeably thinner air but the hardest part for me was the riding on the side of the road with the massive drop off of thousands of feet clearly in view.  At lower elevations it was in the mid 80’s that day and only 66 degrees at the summit.  Very cool in many ways!

I hope you are all able to get away for at least a few days and make some memories.


Written by pacelinebiz

August 8, 2011 at 7:21 am

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  1. I’ve been to Oahu, Hawaii, New York City, San Diego and Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. 4 out of 10 is not so bad!

    Mark zangari

    August 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

    • Mark,

      I have been to Punta Cana, Chicago, New York and the Riviera Maya. But does New York and Chicago really count? Hawaii sounds very nice.


      August 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

  2. There’s at least one destination listed that’s east of the Atlantic. Both sides are cool. We like Hamburg, by the way. – the transatlantic diablog


    September 20, 2011 at 3:00 am

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