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wildwing64    1,143
12 hours ago, Cosmic said:

As people who came from far away, what was your opinion of the Falls?  I'd think it would be a great day, but not necessarily a week-long trip.  The Maid of the Mist (or whatever the Canadian equivalent is now) I think is very satisfying, contrasted with a place like Mount Rushmore that I've heard is disappointing to actually visit.

 

Yeah, basically that. The Falls are a sight to behold. The Maid of the Mist and Journey Behind the Falls are a lot of fun, but there's not really a whole lot else around town so I wouldn't spend more than a day there.

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marble21    392
14 hours ago, Cosmic said:

As people who came from far away, what was your opinion of the Falls?  I'd think it would be a great day, but not necessarily a week-long trip.  The Maid of the Mist (or whatever the Canadian equivalent is now) I think is very satisfying, contrasted with a place like Mount Rushmore that I've heard is disappointing to actually visit.

 

Not directed at me I know but I can also agree with what Wildwing says. I stayed with family in Oakville about an hour away and just travelling up on the day was enough to see and do everything. It was the 4th of July too so the number of people there was probably above average if anything.

 

Also fun fact: whilst in the queue for the Maid of the Mist the guy in front of us was struggling to put on his waterproof poncho thing. So we helped him out and it turned out that he lived under a mile away from where we do. Funny how you can be 3000 miles away from home and randomly bump into someone from the same village as you.

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2001mark    1,187

re. Niagara, it's a very good drive for a warm day if you will.

 

Every couple three years or so I bomb down the QEW & exit #51 (just west of St. Catherine's) to drive Lakeshore Rd through Niagara on the Lake.  The Niagara River Parkway (southbound I prefer arriving to the Falls) is an excellent drive north of the falls, I prefer late spring when foliage is at peak.  

You can probably see & do most everything you want within a single day, if you start mid-morning & run through later evening.  Stay longer if you want to visit any casinos &/or wineries away from the city.  

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ICTknight    40

I would like to finnish out seeing all 50 US states. 

-Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina

In Canada I would like to see Calgary, Montreal, and Quebec City.

Also anywhere in Europe that I have not already been to. 

The closest thing that I have to a bucket list was to see all the home football stadiums of the Big XII teams. I have been to all of them, and both Baylor stadiums, except West Virginia. 

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Still MIGHTY    1,817

Most of my bucket list is sports, so here we go:

 

USA/CANADA

 - All 30 NHL Arenas (Been to 12/30 - Anaheim, LA, SJ, AZ (America West and Glendale), COL, DAL, STL, CHI, DET (Joe Louis. I'm gonna count that even next year, no need for Little Caesars), NYR, OTT, MTL.) (31 next season with Vegas)

 

- MLB: Fenway Park, Camden Yards, Skydome for a day game or playoff game, AT&T Park. Not on a mission to see all 30, but I want to get to those. Been to Angel Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Petco Park, Jack Murphy Stadium, Chase Field, Wrigley Field and old Yankee Stadium.

 

- NFL: Only true bucket list NFL stadium is Lambeau Field. Others would be nice to go, but only Green Bay is mandatory. Been to Qualcomm Stadium and University of Phoenix Stadium.

 

- NBA: Knicks at MSG. Celtics at the Garden. Lakers at Staples Center (nope. Never been.) Only been to one NBA game at US Airways Center.

 

- NCAA: The Rose Bowl Game (no UCLA), Autzen Stadium Oregon, Horseshoe Ohio state, Big House Michigan, Notre Dame, Bryant-Denny Alabama, Death Valley LSU,   the Swamp Florida, Army-Navy. Been to LA Coliseum USC, Sun Devil Stadium ASU, Kyle Field Texas A&M, Fiesta Bowl (UoP), Holiday Bowl (Qualcomm)

 

- Curling in Canada

 

- Junior hockey in Canada (preferably a small prairie town)

 

AROUND THE WORLD

- Soccer in Europe:

- English Premier League (Old Trafford, Anfield, Stamford Bridge, Emirates, White Hart Lane, Wembley)

- The Old Firm: Celtic vs Rangers (or just a game at Celtic)

- La Liga: Real Madrid, Barcelona.

- Bundesliga: Bayern Munich

- Serie A: Roma, AC Milan, Inter Milan.

 

- Soccer in South America for either Brazil or Argentina national teams (or maybe something like Boca Juniors or River Plate)

 

- Hockey in Finland (Jokerit), Sweden (HV71, Frolunda, Modo), Russia (SKA St. Petersburg)

 

- Rugby in New Zealand or Australia (or even Fiji or Samoa)

 

- Cricket in Australia or India or England

 

- Baseball and Sumo in Japan

 

- Handball in Iceland or Denmark

 

- Monaco Grand Prix

 

- Non-US Olympic Games (I'll probably try to get to the 2024 games if they're in LA, but I want to experience it elsewhere)

 

REGULAR TRAVEL

- All 50 US States (Been to 24 plus D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands)

 

- All 10 Canadian Provinces (Been to BC, Ontario (well, just Ottawa) and Quebec. Also, sooory Territories, but no thanks)

 

- Visit a lot of the places around the world I've been, but as an adult. I went to England, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Japan all before the age of 13. I did the touristy things, which is nice and even that's something most don't get to do, but I don't know if I truly *experienced* those places. So I'd like to go back. Since 13 (14 years ago), I've been out of the country to Canada once and two cruises through the Caribbean (only one after 21).

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BigBubba    721
On 3/1/2017 at 11:19 PM, Still MIGHTY said:

All 10 Canadian Provinces (Been to BC, Ontario (well, just Ottawa) and Quebec. Also, sooory Territories, but no thanks)

 

I wouldn't write them off that easily.

 

I very much look forward to visiting the Territories one day. There's actually much, much more to them than frozen tundra. In the summer, they get fairly warm (I remember reading ~20°C, or 70°F...and yes, I do consider that warm :P ). The scenery and wildlife are supposed to be spectacular, and there are plenty of places to hike, canoe, bike, camp, drive, and just go exploring. Granted, I recognize that that isn't everyone's idea of a fun vacation but, if it is, the Territories are a must-see. Yukon's travel website does a great job of selling the place (obviously their job it to make it look good, but I don't think that invalidates the natural beauty one bit).

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Cosmic    2,477
46 minutes ago, BigBubba said:

 

I wouldn't write them off that easily.

 

I very much look forward to visiting the Territories one day. There's actually much, much more to them than frozen tundra. In the summer, they get fairly warm (I remember reading ~20°C, or 70°F...and yes, I do consider that warm :P ). The scenery and wildlife are supposed to be spectacular, and there are plenty of places to hike, canoe, bike, camp, drive, and just go exploring. Granted, I recognize that that isn't everyone's idea of a fun vacation but, if it is, the Territories are a must-see. Yukon's travel website does a great job of selling the place (obviously their job it to make it look good, but I don't think that invalidates the natural beauty one bit).

I listened to a travel podcast about Canada's UNESCO world heritage sites, and the more remote ones sounded pretty cool. Not so easy to get to, though.

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2001mark    1,187
7 hours ago, BigBubba said:

 

I wouldn't write them off that easily.

 

I very much look forward to visiting the Territories one day. There's actually much, much more to them than frozen tundra. In the summer, they get fairly warm (I remember reading ~20°C, or 70°F...and yes, I do consider that warm :P ). The scenery and wildlife are supposed to be spectacular, and there are plenty of places to hike, canoe, bike, camp, drive, and just go exploring. Granted, I recognize that that isn't everyone's idea of a fun vacation but, if it is, the Territories are a must-see. Yukon's travel website does a great job of selling the place (obviously their job it to make it look good, but I don't think that invalidates the natural beauty one bit).

I'd go, yet I'd be quite wary of running out of gas or blowing a tire on a rough road hours/days from assistance.

I'd also cruise around Antarctica except it's still pretty roughing it aboard the eligible vessels.  Also it costs an arm & a leg.

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B-Rich    223

OH! one true bucket list thing that I COMPLETELY forgot about.  I WILL go to The Masters at Augusta sometime soon. My oldest & best friend and I have discussed doing this in the next few years, certainly by the time we turn 60 (in 8 years) .  My dad-- a big golfer and golf fan-- was able to go a few years back, albeit on the Wednesday practice round and Par 3 contest. My buddy and I plan to go for a real round (either Thursday or Friday) when we make the pilgrimage.

 

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McCarthy    6,408

This weekend I am crossing New Orleans off of my list. 

 

Besides the obvious things that everyone suggests what is something I should do/see while there? 

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B-Rich    223
10 hours ago, McCarthy said:

This weekend I am crossing New Orleans off of my list. 

 

Besides the obvious things that everyone suggests what is something I should do/see while there? 

- Don't waste too much time on Bourbon Street.  It's basically a tourist trap. Locals don't drink or eat there except for Galatoire's. 

- Wander the rest of the Quarter between Bourbon and the river.  DO go to Pat O'Brien's and have a drink in their courtyard. The Hurricane glass is a nice souvenir, and they give you a box for it.  I'd also suggest Napoleon House as a quaint, quieter place to check out in the Quarter.

- Check out Uptown for architecture/greenery-landscaping. A great way to do this is via the St. Charles Streetcar to Tulane & Loyola Universities/Audubon Park.

- Visit a cemetery or two with all the tombs instead of in-ground graves.  St. Louis #1 is oldest/most historical, but Metairie has better & more interesting "architecture".

- Pass on the riverboat cruises and just take the Canal Street ferry (free for pedestrians, last time I checked) to old Algiers (worth a quick explore on its own) for a water trip and different vista of the city.

-- Lots of art galleries and some museums in Warehouse District, including the National WWII Museum. 

-- Of course, partake in some food, drink, and live music. Suggest the $20.17 lunch special (with signature 50 cent cocktails) at Antoine's--  it's a great deal to eat at one of the country's oldest  (and New Orleans' most renowned) restaurants.

 

-- I'll PM you my cell number/email in case you have any questions before leaving or while here. Feel free to call or text me anytime.

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McCarthy    6,408
30 minutes ago, B-Rich said:

- Don't waste too much time on Bourbon Street.  It's basically a tourist trap. Locals don't drink or eat there except for Galatoire's. 

- Wander the rest of the Quarter between Bourbon and the river.  DO go to Pat O'Brien's and have a drink in their courtyard. The Hurricane glass is a nice souvenir, and they give you a box for it.  I'd also suggest Napoleon House as a quaint, quieter place to check out in the Quarter.

- Check out Uptown for architecture/greenery-landscaping. A great way to do this is via the St. Charles Streetcar to Tulane & Loyola Universities/Audubon Park.

- Visit a cemetery or two with all the tombs instead of in-ground graves.  St. Louis #1 is oldest/most historical, but Metairie has better & more interesting "architecture".

- Pass on the riverboat cruises and just take the Canal Street ferry (free for pedestrians, last time I checked) to old Algiers (worth a quick explore on its own) for a water trip and different vista of the city.

-- Lots of art galleries and some museums in Warehouse District, including the National WWII Museum. 

-- Of course, partake in some food, drink, and live music. Suggest the $20.17 lunch special (with signature 50 cent cocktails) at Antoine's--  it's a great deal to eat at one of the country's oldest  (and New Orleans' most renowned) restaurants.

 

-- I'll PM you my cell number/email in case you have any questions before leaving or while here. Feel free to call or text me anytime.

 

Much appreciated, sir. Thanks!

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LMU    3,000

This is a month ahead of time (haven't been to Texas but going four weeks from Monday).  Throwing it up now so I won't have to tweak it.

 

Legend:

 

Green-home

Red-one visit, no nights (including airport layovers)

Yellow-either one night spent or multiple visits with no nights

Blue - Multiple nights spent

 

 

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And, globally speaking:

 

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charger77    1,038

The girlfriend and I are planning a trip to one of our bucket list locations... Mount Rushmore. We're both social studies teachers so we're super geeked about it! 

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LMU    3,000

The current county situation:

 

 

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