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Popular places you have no desire to visit

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by CD Boogie, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    I’d stay away from the various -stans that are run by virtual kings, but otherwise I’d explore any country, especially if I could mostly stay away from the crowded tourist spots. That means I'd explore Rome, but otherwise hit northern Italy. London, but the English countryside. China if I could get to one of the spots along the wall that isn't just teeming with tourists.

    I have no desire to go to Dallas or San Antonio or Phoenix. There’s plenty of things to do in greater L.A., but the traffic is brutal, so that’s a no thanks for me.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2019
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  2. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    Some thoughts about these, @maumann:

    Key West — clothing optional bar, yes
    New Orleans — been three times, including Mardi Gras 1999 and my honeymoon, yes
    San Antonio — forget the Alamo, no
    Mackinac Island — meh
    Niagara Falls — double meh
    Any Disney resort — have to hit the World again in a couple of years so the younger daughter can experience it, an unenthusiastic yes
    Joliet — I'm going to try to stay out of prison, no
    Memphis — Long distance information, give me Memphis, Tennessee, yes
    Las Vegas — I like to gamble, yes
    Phoenix — hot, dirty, crowded, no
    Atlanta — world-class aquarium, yes
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  3. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    My wife and I have been married 27 years, and this will still spark a fight at the drop of a hat. I can't find any redeeming quality about staying somewhere you have to go shower in a communal area, and/or sleep in a tent. She grew up camping.

    I told her she can take the kids and do the camping thing, while I stay home. She thinks the notion of "glamping" will win me over. Fuck that shit.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I "glamped" over Indy 500 weekend in the infield, which was fine. Not exactly roughing it, outside of the fact that the infield is usually a mud pit. I also don't need to do it again.
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  5. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I was shocked at how cheesy and commercialized Niagara Falls is. I just wanted to see the damned waterfall. Fortunately we were just passing through and it was pouring so we couldn't do much more than drive past.

    Probably like you, I had to go to Joliet for racing. But one race weekend coincided with a PGA Tour event in Chicago, so I ended up shooting dice with Woody Austin at a Joliet casino. Worthwhile story for an otherwise mediocre place.

    I need to get back to Vegas, but don't need the Strip. Give me downtown and the locals' joints every time.
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  6. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    I did the Kentucky Derby infield experience when I wore a younger man's shoes.
    Pure bacchanalia.
    It was fun and there were boobies but I don't need to do it again.
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  7. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    Chicagoland, Pocono and Talladega are three places on the NASCAR circuit I really don't miss. Lousy racing, plus lousy locations. You're too far from Chicago or Birmingham to enjoy them. And Newark is ... Newark.

    Unless I had credentials or someone gave me amazing seats, my days of sitting in the stands with 200,000 other people at the 500 are over. However, I would be happy as a clam being there from the first day of road course practice through final practice and watching the final weekend on the TV. The building tension of the cars roaring by on the edge of adhesion -- trying to find that last split-second to make the show -- coupled with the whispers of the history of the place when it's quiet is mesmerizing. I will do that again some day.

    And yeah, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is quite nice, as is their view of the falls. The American side is downright depressing.
  8. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    When I think of Niagara Falls, I think of the Twain story extolling the virtues of the noble Indians carving the nicknacks and such, going on and on — except it was the Irish. It’s funnier than I’m telling it.
  9. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    We went to Niagara Falls, Canada on our honeymoon in 2002. I wasn't expecting much, but was very impressed with the Falls and a couple nearby villages we visited.

    I'd go again.
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  10. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I'm biased because I grew up there but I cannot believe someone wouldn't want to do the L.A. thing for a week.
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  11. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    I can't either, having lived there myself.
    But I don't want to go to New Orleans or Las Vegas, so eh.
    Different strokes for different folks.

    I do think we need more specificity when talking about greater Los Angeles.
  12. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    I'm curious what you disliked so much about Brazil? I've never been there but love to travel and could see myself going there someday.
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