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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Road trip time coming soon. FlagDUDETTE and I have 4 states in the lower 48 to reach together: North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and New Jersey. Yes, I know the last one's fairly easy (not odd though, considering the 48th state for my vehicle was Delaware). So, the $64,000 question... any recommendations for things to do in the first three listed states? We'd prefer to go in the summertime, and I don't think we have UNO or UND on the schedule.
    I can tell you as a native North Dakotan that there aren't a lot of ways to sugarcoat it. A drive through the state of North Dakota can be pretty boring. The nice thing is that we let you drive faster than most places, and you won't be fighting any traffic, so even though it may seem like a lifetime, it won't actually be that long.

    That said, a couple of tips.

    First, I'd go in late July, even though it can be pretty hot, dry and windy. North Dakota when the flax fields (bright purple) and canola fields (bright yellow) are in bloom is actually very beautiful.

    Second, the trip into the Teddy Roosevelt national park from the east can startle you. You'll be driving for miles across dry, rolling hills without a tree in sight. Suddenly it's like you emerged into terrain that combines southern Utah with the painted deserts of Arizona.

    If you're trying to knock off Iowa, Nebraska and ND in one trip, and you're coming from the east, here is how I'd do it.

    I'd take Interstate 80 into and through Iowa. You'll hit Iowa City where the U of Iowa is located, as well as Des Moines, the capitol. You can take little side trips to see quirky attractions in the state, like the Bob Feller museum in Van Meter.

    I-80 will take you into Omaha. At that point you'll have a choice.

    I'd either head north along the Missouri river and follow that all the way up to Bismarck, ND, or head west into Nebraska to get more of a flavor for that state.

    Assuming you do the latter, I'd turn north at either Grand Island, NE or North Platte, NE. You'll get a real good look at the sandhills of Nebraska, and you'll pass through some Indian reservations that will be eye opening. Eventually I'd shoot for the Missouri river in northern South Dakota, and follow that up to Bismarck/Mandan in North Dakota. It'll take you past Fort Lincoln, where Custer was headquartered before he headed west.

    Once you get to Bismarck, head west on the interstate until you get to Medora in the Teddy Roosevelt park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Road trip time coming soon. FlagDUDETTE and I have 4 states in the lower 48 to reach together: North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and New Jersey. Yes, I know the last one's fairly easy (not odd though, considering the 48th state for my vehicle was Delaware). So, the $64,000 question... any recommendations for things to do in the first three listed states? We'd prefer to go in the summertime, and I don't think we have UNO or UND on the schedule.
    I'm sure that North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska all have some killer white supremacist gatherings, which should be of a particular interest for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    I'm sure that North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska all have some killer white supremacist gatherings, which should be of a particular interest for you.
    There's Posse out there, I suspect. They will leave the light on for flag.

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    3 weeks in and I'm loving living in Germany. Hopped a train on Monday to Innsbruck for a quick 2 nights and some snowshoeing in the Alps. We're not going to buy a car, so we're relying on the public transportation system. While amazing and more often than not on time, I realize why so many Germans get all upset at it. Handful of "just roll with it" type of situations but we've been able to get where we've wanted to go.

    Heading to Salzburg next weekend with some friends and then planning to hit up Prague in a month or so.
    When I was at the World University Games in Trento in 2013 I took a day trip to Innsbruck. Wished I could have stayed for two or three. Simply beautiful.

    My cousin has lived in Vienna most of his adult life and my wife's family is German. A trip to both it's on our bucket list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    I'm sure that North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska all have some killer white supremacist gatherings, which should be of a particular interest for you.
    That was over the line.

    I thought that was Idaho and Montana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    That was over the line.

    I thought that was Idaho and Montana.
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    When I was at the World University Games in Trento in 2013 I took a day trip to Innsbruck. Wished I could have stayed for two or three. Simply beautiful.

    My cousin has lived in Vienna most of his adult life and my wife's family is German. A trip to both it's on our bucket list.
    I'll be in Vienna for a week starting in early July. It's in a trip with Budapest and Madrid.
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    I'll be in Vienna for a week starting in early July. It's in a trip with Budapest and Madrid.
    mookie was thinking of vienna and another stop or two for christmas. but the older coming kid wants lyon.... so it will be that and geneva along with either milan or turin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
    mookie was thinking of vienna and another stop or two for christmas. but the older coming kid wants lyon.... so it will be that and geneva along with either milan or turin.
    I'm Italian, but Italy is so packed and so expensive, I have a tough time bringing myself to go there. maybe next year.
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    hmmmm
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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    That was over the line.

    I thought that was Idaho and Montana.
    Didn't see much of that when going through there. However, it's nice to know that I can't ask for advice on travel without encountering a political troll.
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    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    I can tell you as a native North Dakotan that there aren't a lot of ways to sugarcoat it. A drive through the state of North Dakota can be pretty boring. The nice thing is that we let you drive faster than most places, and you won't be fighting any traffic, so even though it may seem like a lifetime, it won't actually be that long.

    That said, a couple of tips.

    First, I'd go in late July, even though it can be pretty hot, dry and windy. North Dakota when the flax fields (bright purple) and canola fields (bright yellow) are in bloom is actually very beautiful.

    Second, the trip into the Teddy Roosevelt national park from the east can startle you. You'll be driving for miles across dry, rolling hills without a tree in sight. Suddenly it's like you emerged into terrain that combines southern Utah with the painted deserts of Arizona.

    If you're trying to knock off Iowa, Nebraska and ND in one trip, and you're coming from the east, here is how I'd do it.

    I'd take Interstate 80 into and through Iowa. You'll hit Iowa City where the U of Iowa is located, as well as Des Moines, the capital. You can take little side trips to see quirky attractions in the state, like the Bob Feller museum in Van Meter.

    I-80 will take you into Omaha. At that point you'll have a choice.

    I'd either head north along the Missouri river and follow that all the way up to Bismarck, ND, or head west into Nebraska to get more of a flavor for that state.

    Assuming you do the latter, I'd turn north at either Grand Island, NE or North Platte, NE. You'll get a real good look at the sandhills of Nebraska, and you'll pass through some Indian reservations that will be eye opening. Eventually I'd shoot for the Missouri river in northern South Dakota, and follow that up to Bismarck/Mandan in North Dakota. It'll take you past Fort Lincoln, where Custer was headquartered before he headed west.

    Once you get to Bismarck, head west on the interstate until you get to Medora in the Teddy Roosevelt park.
    Tnx for the info, I do recall using I-80 when coming home from a juniors game in Lincoln after going to a weekend at SCSU. I had "clipped" North Dakota using ND 11 and I-29 on the way. The Missouri Valley in Iowa was a very nice sight, IIRC. Probably not as nice on the other side of the highway, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover View Post
    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
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    Ahh crap I agree exactly with what FlagDude said.
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    So flaggy: you win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Didn't see much of that when going through there. However, it's nice to know that I can't ask for advice on travel without encountering a political troll.
    Dude, you're the political troll, I'm just making fun of you.
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    No, you’re the puppet

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    No, you’re the puppet
    Does that mean you're going to stick your hand up my butt?
    Having a clear conscience just means you have a bad memory or you had a boring weekend.

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    Preferably not

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    mookie is the only one at the poolside bar here in Doha wearing bib overalls

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    mookie is the only one at the poolside bar here in Doha wearing bib overalls
    mookie, that could be said at pretty much any poolside bar outside of Omaha.
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    Just found out my folks are planning a vacation to Florida next year. They're renting one of those 4-bedroom beach houses from an Airbnb-type site for a week and inviting the whole family (themselves, my sister/her husband/two kids, me.)

    We'll be in Ormond Beach, a few miles north of Daytona Beach. We're right on the ocean.

    Want to hit Universal Studios because I didn't get there last time I went and I want to see the Harry Potter and Simpsons worlds. Also want to get down to Tampa for Busch Gardens because I'm a coaster geek. I'm also in range of Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center, and it would be cool to catch a NASA/SpaceX launch if I'm lucky. Also want to squeeze in snorkeling/scuba diving (bucket list item, still kicking myself for not going to Seabase when I was in Boy Scouts.)

    Sister's husband is a huge Left Turn Contest fan, so Daytona International Speedway is probably on the list as well. I'd like to find a performance driving school I can tool around at for a day if I can.

    Sister's family is planning to kowtow to the talking mouse - I've been there once, I can take a miss on that.

    Any tips for survival in Floridaland, or places worth a look?
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