Started by Jona L., June 03, 2011, 08:50:23 PM
Quote from: BobTheCactus on June 03, 2011, 08:55:24 PMDon't leave the airport - instead grab one of the hourly flights to Boston and drop by here But in all honesty, Chicago isn't much of a city for tourists
Quote from: BobTheCactus on June 03, 2011, 09:26:18 PMwhy would you want to see a butchery?
Quote from: J. Oates on June 03, 2011, 09:32:27 PMwhat to do in chicago....hmmm....oh i know...get a connecting flight
Quote from: BobTheCactus on June 03, 2011, 08:55:24 PMDon't leave the airport - instead grab one of the hourly flights to Boston and drop by here
Quote from: Jona L. on June 03, 2011, 10:01:02 PMYou're too late with those jokes, Jordan....Besides that, neither nor were funny, coz I am not intending to fly elsewhere... if I would, I'd go direct with LH, without going through ORD
Quote from: Jona L. on June 03, 2011, 08:50:23 PMHello, all!I will (with 95% certainty) be in Chicago for 5-6 Days in October this year. Those of you from the US, especially from Illinois or even better Chicago itself: Does anyone of you have good or especially "secret" tips on what to do? Also the general stuff is interesting My dad fancies to see some of the (old) butcheries that Bertold Brecht wrote about and both of us would like to follow some of those sites of famous robberies and things like that by Al Capone and co.Thanks already for input and ideas Jona L.
Quote from: BobTheCactus on June 03, 2011, 10:12:00 PMI suggest you pay the change fee and fly LH somewhere else
Quote from: Jona L. on June 03, 2011, 11:26:59 PMOkay, besides the jokings and all.... even the serious Ideas (Thanks, LemonButt) don't really support my thoughts/wishes.... heck I thought I found something Well, I guess it is best to search elsewhere We have not yet booked and are still not 100% sure, that is why I was asking, so we will check... maybe West Coast or Asia, up to the fares and hotel cost Thanks anyhow I will update on our final destination, and ask again then.Jona L.
Quote from: LemonButt on June 03, 2011, 11:55:42 PMThe West Coast of the US is also economically battered for the most part. There are exceptions, but in general it's an "everyone for themselves" mentality out west (I used to live in Las Vegas). All the big cities on the west coast leave much to be desired and are on par with Chicago in terms of touristy things to do. Don't get me wrong--there is great white water rafting and outdoorsy things to do out there, but it's a completely different culture than you'd experience in the Midwest, Northeast, or the South.Asheville is beautiful in October. You can fly into ORD, ATL, and CLT to connect and fly directly into AVL or it's only a 2 hour drive from CLT (3 hours from ATL). I live here and we're a big tourist spot--so much so Barack Obama actually came here for vacation last year The leaves are changing around that time, which means most hotels in Asheville are already sold out many months in advance. We've got the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Biltmore House (largest private residence in the US where George Vanderbilt lived--wife and I are season passholders), Grove Park Inn (includes one of the top spas in the nation), Navitat (one of the top ziplines/canopy tours in the nation) and we hold the title of "Beer City USA" for 3 years running, which would make a German feel at home We've got the Chocolate Fetish (LA Times called it the best chocolate truffles in the nation) and we're somewhat of a culinary hot spot--every restaurant downtown (besides a single Subway) is an independent, locally owned restaurant. We've also got "The Swag" nearby which is several lists as one of the top places to see before you die. Smoky Mountain National Park and Cherokee (Native American reservation) are both nearby also. Our tap water is so good they actually bottle it and sell it as bottled water in other parts of the country I highly recommend the La Zoom Bus Tour if you make it Asheville. Check out the links below...http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/http://www.biltmore.com/http://www.groveparkinn.comhttp://www.navitat.com/asheville/http://www.examiner.com/beer-in-national/beercity-usa-2011-videohttp://www.chocolatefetish.com/http://www.theswag.comhttp://www.airasheville.org/http://www.lazoomtours.com/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asheville,_North_CarolinaThe company I work for has a condo on the beach in Charleston and I'll be there in two weeks on vacation myself. I highly recommend Charleston as well, but the weather is much like Hamburg from what I understand--hot as hell and 100% humidity. Asheville is much more pleasant
Quote from: BobTheCactus on June 04, 2011, 12:32:36 AMI shall put in my pitch for Boston - plenty of museums (which you seem to like), and the fall foliage is beautiful - October is really a perfect time to visit. It's a historic city, lots to learn about the creation of the US of A, and the waterfront is nice. Also, Boston is a college city, with Harvard and MIT, and also BU, BC, Umass Boston, Berkley School Of Music, etc. which gives Boston a very dynamic feel, which any student would fit perfectly into. Also, since our populace around here is so well educated, the economic issues facing the nation have affected us less. In October, it will be about 10 degrees Celsius, a good temperature to walk around (because Boston is best seen by foot) and there won't be any snow. There is also plenty of nature, and plenty of places to get some good hikes on the Appalachian trail. And there are direct flights from Frankfurt and Munich on United, Lufthansa, and Delta.I can tell you tons more if you are interested.Other places I would recommend are Bermuda, San Fransisco, Istanbul, Dubai, Shanghai, Greece, and Fiji (assuming you have traveled through Europe)
Quote from: BobTheCactus on June 04, 2011, 12:32:36 AMI shall put in my pitch for Boston - plenty of museums (which you seem to like), and the fall foliage is beautiful - October is really a perfect time to visit. It's a historic city, lots to learn about the creation of the US of A, and the waterfront is nice. Also, Boston is a college city, with Harvard and MIT, and also BU, BC, Umass Boston, Berkley School Of Music, etc. which gives Boston a very dynamic feel, which any student would fit perfectly into. Also, since our populace around here is so well educated, the economic issues facing the nation have affected us less. In October, it will be about 10 degrees Celsius, a good temperature to walk around (because Boston is best seen by foot) and there won't be any snow. There is also plenty of nature, and plenty of places to get some good hikes on the Appalachian trail. And there are direct flights from Frankfurt and Munich on United, Lufthansa, and Delta.I can tell you tons more if you are interested.
Quote from: Jona L. on June 04, 2011, 12:50:17 AMnice, nice.... well, far destinations = expensive... planned budged should not exceed 2000€/Person in total.... so Fijia and that suff is out before looking at it Having been in Athens [not worth more than 4 days either] and my mom said the isles look all the same Dubai is not an option, as we are not too much into a) Bathing holidays and b) deserts... Shanghai is also pretty expensive from what I saw (yet) and also... I can't read nor speak Chinese , SFO is what I am looking at, but got damped by LemonButt a bit (see above) and Istanbul I have also been to LOLJona L.
Quote from: LemonButt on June 04, 2011, 12:53:07 AMOctober is a good time to vacation in the US--most cities are mildly cool and kids are back in school, so travelling is cheaper. There is a derogatory term for Mexicans who come the US called "wetbacks" (because they swim across the Rio Grande and when their backs are still wet once they get here). Here in Asheville, we have what we call "halfbacks". People from NYC move to Florida, decide it's too damn hot, and come halfway back to Asheville. My wife's extended family is in NYC and I've been to NYC 3 times and absolutely hate going there. It's one of the most God forsaken places on Earth and I have no idea why people like to visit. If you like a concrete jungle with streets covered in litter, you'll feel right at home. Don't get me wrong--there are some cool things to do there, but the people who do live/visit there have zero respect for their surroundings.I used to work at a lodge on the Minnesota/Canada border and I HIGHLY recommend checking them out. Not only is it absolutely beautiful pristine God's country, but the Northern Lights come out every night and people who live in Alaska (a place I've never been) said that the lights in Minnesota were better than Alaska: http://www.gunflint.com/ The only downside is that it is a pain in the butt getting there. Thunder Bay is the nearest airport (Canada), but international flights you'll have to fly into MSP and if you're lucky, hop on a plane to Duluth. MSP is 6 hours away and Duluth is 3 hours Beyond that, if you really want to bask in the culture, I highly recommend Washington DC. Traffic is a pain, but you could easily spend a month in DC and surrounding areas (Jamestown/Williamsburg/Mount Vernon/Montecello/Smithsonian are all amazing) and still not see everything. My grandparents lived in DC for 30 years and I have an aunt that still lives there. Furthermore, DC has a decent public transportation system with one of the cleanest/best subway systems in America.If you're an aviation enthusiast, I highly recommend Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, OH. If you stay in Middletown, OH you can visit Cincinnati and Dayton within a 30 minute drive to pretty much everything. I was born in Dayton and was raised in Cincinnati. The Reds are the oldest professional baseball team and will be in season and Wright Patterson is AMAZING. Cincinnati also has the Omnimax theater which is incredible if you've never been to one. Cincinnati also has the world's largest recirculating pool at Coney Island and one of the best amusement parks in the nation at Kings Island (including the longest wooden rollercoaster in the world--The Beast!). Jungle Jim's is also near Middletown and is the largest grocery store in the nation and actually has a monorail and it's own post office (and amazing food from all over the world). Cincinnati also has the Underground Railroad Museum where you can learn quite a bit about slavery in the US. Cincinnati is very German and the second Hofbrauhaus in the world was built there--it's that German! Wherever you end up going, I can probably give you more tips on what to do. Note: Cincinnati is VERY hot and humid in October.San Francisco isn't as great as people make it out to be. They actually have a law on the books that homeless people can't sleep on sidewalks because it's so rampant there. Everything costs a fortune and the surrounding areas (Oakland in particular) leave much to be desired. The French Laundry (top restaurant in the US) is nearby and Napa (wine country) is to the North, but unless you're 21 in the US you can't imbibe