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US Cities worth a visit ?


By wellarmed

5 years ago



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    #51 5 years ago

    there were a lot of germans at sequoia national park last time i went.

    #52 5 years ago

    My Suggestions, based on experience:

    San Francisco: Pacific Pinball museum is nice, but SF is amazing anyways with cable cars, dining, nightlife, weather, history. You can get around on public transit and there's a LOT to do.

    New York City: Modern Pinball and the Pinball landromat for pins. Great nightlife. Recommend everyone party there at least once

    Boston: I am biased in that I live here, but it's a great city with a ton of history. Easy to get around. If you rent a car, and drive 1 hour north to New Hampshire, you can visit the Pinball Wizard arcade and play over 100 pinball machines.

    Las Vegas: Pretty much has it all, plus a massive pinball museum.

    #53 5 years ago
    Quoted from WApb:

    Pacific Northwest here is incredible, I am originally also from Europe, but living here has been a real treat. Cool cities are Seattle - Portland - San Francisco and anything in between. Beautiful drives, cool cities and easy lodging, plenty easy hotels and hostels.
    Don't buy a car, its a bit of a hassle when you don't have a Soc. Sec. number, especially insurance (Trust me, I have been there). Renting is cheap and easy, you can be all set for 400-600$ for the 4 weeks if you find a good deal, just check the major budget sites...

    Come to Detroit for your car insurance needs; strip mall insurance stores. Home of the "three day policy" Buy your license plates and then who cares?

    Actually, rent a car. You want a nice new car to drive across our country. National has tons of VW Passats, Jettas and Beetles. Or, go for a Mustang, Camaro etc. You don't need the hassle of a used car that could break down on you.

    #54 5 years ago

    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/

    Offbeat roadside attractions, if that's your thing. I worry less and less about cities when I travel (go to enough of them, and the awe wears thin) and try to see things off the beaten track. I get excited about cities that are hosting events I want to go to or places I want to visit - so if there's a music fest you want to go to, that's probably the best city for you. Or a pinball arcade or whatever.

    #55 5 years ago

    US is very spread out. If you are ok with spending 75% of your time driving (3weeks), you can probably make a "round trip" in car...

    I would strongly suggest flying from places like Texas to Nevada/California as well as Chicago to New York. It will allow you to see a lot more destinations if you fly for at least some of your travels. That may reduce your driving time by 1-2 weeks...

    #57 5 years ago

    New York for sure. Lots to do including a large amount of pinball venues, and a true Legend, me!

    #58 5 years ago

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    #59 5 years ago

    Fly into and out of LAX (Los Angeles). Head a bit south to San Diego and the coastal towns like San Clemente, then back to LA, then Vegas, then Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, North then through Salt Lake City into Wyoming, Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, through the Bitterroot Mountains in Montana/Idaho to Seattle, then down to Portland, then down to Napa/San Francisco, and back down the coast to LA.

    Killer loop with incredible natural scenery, as well as some big cities. Driving from New York, or even Chicago, to the west coast would not be the best use of time in my mind.

    #60 5 years ago

    go to disneyland (in L.A., california) or disney world (in orlando, florida).

    definitely recommend flying between certain parts of country.
    there's a WHOLE-BUNCH-OF-NOTHING to see in many areas that can take days to drive through.

    #61 5 years ago

    when in detroit, be sure to visit beautiful cass corridor in the downtown area

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    #62 5 years ago

    If you are going to Chicago, Then it stands to reason that you will most likely be driving through or near the Quad Cities. This is on the Illinois Iowa boarder, split by the fabulous Mississippi River. A drive along the Mississippi River is outstanding.

    While here, you can go visit the German American Heritage Center, which is located right across the Centennial bridge from Rock Island, Illinois in Davenport, Iowa http://gahc.org/

    Notable local cuisine include Maid Rites http://maid-rite.com/ Harris Pizza http://www.harrispizza.com/ for Quad City style pizza, and for desert Whiteys Ice Cream http://www.whiteysicecream.com/

    If you want to include that in your stop, let me know.

    #63 5 years ago

    I would suggest flying to Las Vegas with a stopover in New York for a few days. Good pinball but expensive hotels. Fly nonstop cheap to Las Vegas. Rent a cheap car (maybe splurge for satellite radio) in Vegas with unlimited mileage--some allow crossing into Canada-- and stay on the mid-Strip for a few days. Pinball Hall of Fame early each day and great shows/cheap drinks/amazement at buildings and women/ and even gambling later in day. Then East to Bryce and Zion parks. Catch Grand Canyon on the way to California (and don't miss Yosemite park.) I defer to left coasters as to what to do next. You will have seen our best parks and pinball machines already.You can turn in your car at a different location for a small fee. Catch New Orleans (my favorite) or Orlando or Washington or Chicago (ground zero for pinball) for a few days before departure. Then remember the USA for what we do best and not for our other misdoings.

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    #64 5 years ago

    Once you plan your trip. You might let people know which city and when.

    Locals may then be able to make your trip special. Invites, get togethers, bail bonds.

    LTG : )

    #65 5 years ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    bail bonds.
    LTG : )

    Gosh, what kind of trip are you planning here?

    #66 5 years ago

    really depends.. USA is huge; depends on what you are interested in? Cities? Nature? Food (what types?)? Art? Museums? If you try to drive the entire country, you will barely skim the surface. Personally, probably tackling a zone is the best if you don't want to be driving 95% of the time: New England, South, Mid West, South West, West Coast, Pacific Northwest. There are probably even more zones that I forgot; no offense

    #67 5 years ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Once you plan your trip. You might let people know which city and when.
    Locals may then be able to make your trip special. Invites, get togethers, bail bonds.
    LTG : )

    Imo this is the best advice of the thread

    #68 5 years ago

    Visit the city that started it all...Boston!

    #69 5 years ago

    I will agree about the friendly people, but in terms of history absolutely not true. (In terms of US history, yes, you are right. But in the terms of human history, the West and southwest have much much more than the east coast. Missions, Ancient indian dwellings, etc..)

    #70 5 years ago

    If you are looking to stay at AirBnB's while you are traveling many people have pins (my listing includes my Shadow) so you can stay in places with pinball too if you like (and probably meet neat pinheads). I always get a kick checking the last score played on the machine after a visitor stays at my place - and checking to see if they put their initials up

    #71 5 years ago
    Quoted from j_m_:

    when in detroit, be sure to visit beautiful cass corridor in the downtown area

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    #72 5 years ago
    Quoted from maddog14:

    If you are going to Chicago, Then it stands to reason that you will most likely be driving through or near the Quad Cities. This is on the Illinois Iowa boarder, split by the fabulous Mississippi River. A drive along the Mississippi River is outstanding.
    While here, you can go visit the German American Heritage Center, which is located right across the Centennial bridge from Rock Island, Illinois in Davenport, Iowa http://gahc.org/
    Notable local cuisine include Maid Rites http://maid-rite.com/ Harris Pizza http://www.harrispizza.com/ for Quad City style pizza, and for desert Whiteys Ice Cream http://www.whiteysicecream.com/
    If you want to include that in your stop, let me know.

    +1 on the Maid Rite.

    #73 5 years ago

    New York, Chicago, LA, Seattle for the cities ... they truly are the best at food, culture, and chicks.

    New England, The Rockies, California/Oregon Coast for absolutely breathtaking scenery.

    #74 5 years ago
    Quoted from pinster68:

    California/Oregon Coast for absolutely breathtaking scenery.

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    #75 5 years ago

    Sequoia National Park (not me pictured) - California

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    #76 5 years ago
    Quoted from pinster68:

    ....California/Oregon Coast for absolutely breathtaking scenery.

    Yosemite is even more jaw dropping than the coast for first time visitors. Pictures really don't do it justice.

    But that's not important right now. The whole west coast of the continent is loaded with pins. I'd start in San Diego and go north until I hit Vancouver. San Diego, LA, SLO, Bay Area, Sacramento, Redding, Eugene, Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, then BC. Travel maps at the link below.

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    #77 5 years ago

    New York City.

    New Orleans.

    If here in the summer, late July, Huntington Beach, Ca. Also known as "Surf City, USA. The Op Pro World surfing competition is held here every year. It is also about 20 miles from Disneyland.

    #78 5 years ago

    Austin, TX

    Fort Collins, CO

    Baltimore, MD

    San Francisco, CA

    Las Vegas, NV

    Yellowstone National Park

    Mir Woods

    #79 5 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    Research the national parks, pick some to hit, and plan around them.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_parks_of_the_United_States

    I agree with this. IMO the most beautiful part of the country is in the west, and focused on the national parks, national monuments, etc. Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Yosemite, Muir Woods, Sand Dunes, etc. 4 weeks is tough to see all that I mentioned, but choosing a part of the country in which to base your travels may be the way to go. But then again the OP asked for Cities rather than nature

    #80 5 years ago
    Quoted from twenty84:

    If it was my trip I wouldn't focus on the cities at all but rather the national parks of the west: Yosemite, Sequoia, Death Valley, Crater Lake, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Glacier, the Grand Canyon, Zion, etc.

    Agreed.

    I am particularly partial to the National Parks of Utah. Zion is nice, but it's actually my least favorite of the Utah parks. A photographers paradise!

    Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and best of all, Bryce! Moab is also a great city to visit and stay in.

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    #81 5 years ago

    Gatlinberg The Smoky Mountains is one of the most Beautiful places on earth

    #82 5 years ago

    Visit STL

    Pack accordingly tho

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    #83 5 years ago

    Start on the East Coast and quickly hit:
    Boston, NYC, Philly, DC. They are each 2-4 hour drive from each other. If you only do two, of these, make it NYC and DC (4 hours apart). Spend a max of one night in Philly and Boston.

    Then go South and hit New Orleans and possibly Austin, if you can.

    Midwest: Chicago is only place really worth visiting if you're from overseas. And even that may not be worth the hustle (I can say this: lived there for years).

    West coast: If you're driving, Start in Seattle, drop by Portland, spend some time in San Francisco, hustle down to Los Angeles; and if you MUST go to Vegas, make it quick.

    If you're looking for non-city sights, lots of awesome national parks and what-not, but seems like you're looking for urban areas.

    #84 5 years ago

    Avalon is a place I like to visit whenever possible. Haven't been there in a few years , but there is really no where else like it. The natives are very friendly.

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    #85 5 years ago
    Quoted from phishrace:

    Yosemite is even more jaw dropping than the coast for first time visitors. Pictures really don't do it justice.
    But that's not important right now. The whole west coast of the continent is loaded with pins. I'd start in San Diego and go north until I hit Vancouver. San Diego, LA, SLO, Bay Area, Sacramento, Redding, Eugene, Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, then BC. Travel maps at the link below.
    http://pinballmap.com

    Indeed. I was in San Francisco this past May and we took a day trip out to Yosemite. I'd share one of my pics, but again - just doesn't do it justice. And I had some pretty awesome panoramic shots... Well worth the trip. Reminds you how very little we are...

    #86 5 years ago

    ok, maybe just one shot of El Capitan. You don't realize how big this is until you see the tiniest little specks on the rock face is a team of climbers. It's just ominous...
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    #87 5 years ago

    I have visited different parts of this wonderful country with my family by car for several years. I fly into a city hire a car for a week and tour. This country is huge. I suggest you could fly to New York City possibly and make this your hub as you will fly back from there. I am assuming that this trip is May on not winter.

    Make a car trip south via New Jersey to Washington DC and back to your hub. The capital is a must. 4-5 days duration.

    Then after a little sight seeing in NYC Drive north via Boston up through beautiful country to Montreal turn west to Toronto, Nigeria Falls, then east through New York State back to your hub. 7 days duration.

    Take a flight west to possibly Sacramento hire another car and make a circle to Lake Tahoe it's beautiful for a few days then go south to Yosemite state park, fantastic drive and park. Drive south and west (1 day)to say Santa Barbara and then take the pacific highway north and drive to San Francisco (1 day) that is an on forgettable experience and stay in SF area for a while. Back to Sacramento and fly back to hub. 7 days duration.

    You have time for one more trip and that is where I am now considering, upper north west to Portland Seattle area, or south west, Florida area so many choices.

    #88 5 years ago

    Personally I would hit the National Parks and skip the cities. Yosemite, Sequoia, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Blue Ridge Parkway, Smoky Mountains, etc.

    #89 5 years ago

    This past Summer, my son & I took a two week road trip of 7700 miles (12,500 Km) from Detroit to North Platte, Salt Lake City then did a speed run at Bonneville. On to Northern California, then Seattle, San Francisco, stopped at Laguna Seca where the Porsche Club of North America was having a big event. Then drove Pacific Coast Highway to LA, then down to San Diego where we stayed longer as I have family there. Came back through Las Vegas where we stayed and then drove home. The scenery and various stops along the way made it the best trip ever.

    This from a guy who travels across the USA by air for my job.

    #90 5 years ago

    My suggestion would be, if your going to drive for most of your trip, I would rent a RV. Then you have your transportation and sleeping arrangements in one. The downside is finding places to park in the cities.

    #91 5 years ago

    Not so much cities but what must be seen in the USA:
    The Grand Canyon /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon
    Mount Rushmore /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rushmore
    Crazy Horse Memorial /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse_Memorial
    Las vegas /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas
    Redwood National Forest /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redwood_National_and_State_Parks
    New Orleans Mardi Gras /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Orleans_Mardi_Gras
    Bonneville Salt Flats /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonneville_Salt_Flats
    St. Louis Gateway Arch http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_Arch
    Mesa Verde National Park /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesa_Verde_National_Park
    Meteor Crater /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteor_Crater
    Alcatraz Island /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Island
    Yellowstone National Park /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park
    Walt Disney World /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney_World

    The Pentagon /// You can actually visit but need to supply passport and information in order to be invited for a visit

    World Trade Centre Memorial /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_September_11_Memorial_%26_Museum

    Durango Train Ride /// http://www.durangotrain.com/
    Seven Falls /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Falls

    Go See a MLB, NBA, MLS, NHL game

    Millions of things to see in the USA..... and don't forget to play pinball along the way.

    #92 5 years ago

    Yellowstone and Grand Teton are pretty cool

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    #93 5 years ago
    Quoted from RobT:

    Yellowstone and Grand Teton are pretty cool.

    That's an understatement. I have traveled extensively on business for 25 years, visited all 50 states in the U.S., and lived and worked abroad for five years, traveling to 28 different countries around the world. Yellowstone is a "bucket list" destination, and I don't toss that term around lightly. IMHO, it is a very unique destination that you DEFINITELY want to see sometime before you die.

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    #95 5 years ago

    I suggest bringing along Vid's mountain gal ^^^ for companionship. Seriously though, you have Pinsider friends in every state that are happy to assist. Once you have mapped out a route just let us know and we will make every effort to ensure you have a very memorable visit.

    #96 5 years ago

    Now you have done it! How long will we have to wait for, 'Vids Guide to applying Pasties, thread'.

    #97 5 years ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    Now you have done it! How long will we have to wait for, 'Vids Guide to applying Pasties, thread'.

    Applying? I'm thinking more along the lines of licking them off...

    #98 5 years ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Applying? I'm thinking more along the lines of licking them off...

    There could be several steps to the applying Video. Proper bra removal, surface prep, pressure levels, hard or soft application surface. Then, correct photo taking examples.

    #99 5 years ago

    Willkommen!
    Stop in Cleveland OH. Rock & Roll HoF, CLE Museum of Art, our world class Orchestra, & the brand spanking new Hofbrau House. http://www.hofbrauhauscleveland.com/ What a party!
    Tons of Pinsiders here too.
    Cedar Point is only 1.5 hrs away due west.

    That Vid guy is everywhere. "You can bring a whore to culture, but you can't make her think."

    #100 5 years ago
    Quoted from genex:

    If you are looking to stay at AirBnB's while you are traveling many people have pins (my listing includes my Shadow) so you can stay in places with pinball too if you like (and probably meet neat pinheads). I always get a kick checking the last score played on the machine after a visitor stays at my place - and checking to see if they put their initials up

    My AirBnb space has 5 arcade games (Turbo, Frogger, Joust, Battlezone, Ms Pac-man) and 3 pins (Breakshot, Twilight Zone, High Speed) at the moment.

    It would be cool if we could compile a master list somewhere - so road-tripping pinheads would know where to stay.

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