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potential sightseeing targets going East

  • The House on the Rock, Wisconsin (definite!)
  • Champaign, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Cedar Point
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Washington, DC
  • Kings' Dominion
  • Adirondacks, and ferry across Lake Champlain, NY
So what do I want to do?


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Jun. 15th, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)
someday i wanna go to the house on the rock :(
but i've heard it's not worth doing as a Trip in itself, and when am i going to have an excuse to be in WISCONSIN?
Jun. 15th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
Exactly why I must go there when I'm passing through this time...
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Jun. 15th, 2004 07:39 am (UTC)
Niagara - been there, done that, a few times now.

Someone told me the drives through the Adirondacks to get to the Champlain ferries were nice. Howe Caverns, I'll have to get more info on that, if I go that way... definitely the kind of thing I'm looking for on this trip.
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Jun. 15th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)
Washington DC? *perks up* Need crash space?
Jun. 15th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
I will need crash space if I go thataway :) That would be way cool...
Jun. 15th, 2004 07:26 am (UTC)
You should meet people at Cedar Point?

(Except I don't like roller coasters and DH is out of vacation time)
What/where is the House on the Rock (yes, I know you said it was in WI)
Jun. 15th, 2004 07:33 am (UTC)
It's a cheesy tourist attraction I've driven past a hundred times on I-90 going past the Wisconsin Dells...

The only difference this time is that it was featured prominently in Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
Jun. 15th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, right. I knew there was a reason it sounded familiar.
Jun. 15th, 2004 07:33 am (UTC)
Cedar Pointe
God I miss that place. Growing up outside of Detroit, we made it down there almost every summer. If you're into roller coasters, that is THE place to go.
Jun. 15th, 2004 07:37 am (UTC)
Re: Cedar Pointe
Thing is, roller coasters kinda make me, um, sick. :-/

Still tempting, if I can find people to meet me there, as chenoameg suggested.
Jun. 15th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
Re: Cedar Pointe
Oh. If you don't like coasters, the park is merely ok, but full of too many people. If you were going with a group that would be ok. When would you be coming through that area?

If you wanted to go very north, through the upper peninsula of MI, there's some lovely waterfalls, and Mackinac Island, accessed by ferry near the big bridge connecting
the peninsulas. Mackinac Island is wonderful; it's just a little tourist trap resort thing on an island, but there are no cars, and they make the best fudge, and it's a wonderful island.
Jun. 15th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)
The rock and roll hall of fame in Clevland?
Jun. 15th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
Amusement Parks
If you aren't into roller coasters, Cedar Park might be OK, but I remember having lots of fun as a Kid at Kings' Dominion.

*sniff* wish you were coming west before going east :)
Jun. 15th, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
I don't know when you'd be passing through, but yandros and I will be in Columbus for Origins June 24-27. We could have lunch. :)
Jun. 16th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
Re: Columbus?
Yeah, that's basically when I'll be passing through. Keep yer cell phones on. :)
Jun. 17th, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Columbus?
Any thoughts on having a visitor for a hotel room floor for one night?
Jun. 15th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC)
Well, Pittsburgh is a beautiful city; see the park at the confluence (Triange Park, IIRC). Very nice.

Lake Champlain cannot be beat. All those mountains up the Hudson river on both side: the Catskills, Adirondacks, Berkshires: they are all splended. Lake Champlain as well is really really nice. Vermont is very pretty to drive through if it's not mud season, so that would be a fun trip in or out of Boston.

Washington is amazing. Any American who hasn't bopped around the Mall doesn't know what they're missing. Of course anything at the Smithsonian is amazing, but you can't do it all, so look at the list of museums and go to the ones that seem most interesting. The other spots not to miss in my opinion: The Capitol, the Archives, the Lincoln Memorial. The Washington Monument is fun to walk up if you care for that sort of thing. Many people find the Jefferson Memorial moving, but it's at some remove from the Mall. For the Lincoln memorial, give yourself plenty of time; it's also near many of the war memorials, and each of them has its own distinctive power. But you should give yourself lots of time to just walk around the Lincoln Memorial and read the walls and sit and look at the statue, which will blow your mind. And the reflecting pool, from both ends, is very cool.

The White House is a very popular tour (and rightly so), but that means you have extra security steps and giant lines and you have to be there very early to get in. Takes advance planning, and in my opinion, while it's really cool, considering the time you spend on bureaucracy to get in, it's not very good on the cool per hour factor, given the other things a stone's throw away.

I find the Supreme Court building fun, but lots of people think it's boring (unless you can time it for a session, when everyone gets a sense of awe from being there).

Don't miss the Archives and the Capitol though; they are the true highlights in my opinion, along with the Lincoln Memorial.

Elsewhere in the city, you have to go to Washington National Cathedral, which is quite impressive; gorgeous architecture and art whether you have any religious bent or not. There is also a very very nice little "bishop's garden", which is to the right if you are facing the main portal of the cathedral from the outside. It's a very nice little place to sit and have a chat or something like that, or just a peaceful stroll.

Arlignton Cemetery is quite impressive too.
Jun. 15th, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, and also very nice at the Mall are the two main buildings of the Library of Congress. One of them (can't remember which) was built by the Army Corps of Engineers, and is perhaps the most beautiful library ever. But they are both truly a sight to see.

Their hours are more limited (like not open on Saturday, IIRC), so it's advised to plan in advance to get in.
Jun. 15th, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, and I really like Union Station in Washington.
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