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Need ideas please
« on: May 30, 2016, 04:53:19 AM »
Hi,

I have a friend who is going through a tough time in his life right now. I am going to visit him in America, Gd willing, next month.  I feel it's important for him to take several days off of work and hope to give him a good time.

Can you DDFers give me some ideas?

Please have in mind while posting that there are certain limitations:

1) Something affordable. I can't spend so much money. Let's say about $300-$400 total (is that possible? I haven't been to America in a while...)
2) He doesn't want something that's more than a 4 hour drive (maybe 5) from Brooklyn (as that's the originating departure)
3) Something for about 3 days, 2 nights. Or something from Friday-Tues (we're observant, so have in mind shabbos..)
4) I have 80k IHG and 80k marriot points if that helps lodging...
5) Not looking for an amusement park. Something more relaxing, like site seeing, hikes, museums, etc.

thanks so much! I look forward to hearing what you come up with.
 

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2016, 05:05:38 AM »
Hi,

I have a friend who is going through a tough time in his life right now. I am going to visit him in America, Gd willing, next month.  I feel it's important for him to take several days off of work and hope to give him a good time.

Can you DDFers give me some ideas?

Please have in mind while posting that there are certain limitations:

1) Something affordable. I can't spend so much money. Let's say about $300-$400 total (is that possible? I haven't been to America in a while...)
2) He doesn't want something that's more than a 4 hour drive (maybe 5) from Brooklyn (as that's the originating departure)
3) Something for about 3 days, 2 nights. Or something from Friday-Tues (we're observant, so have in mind shabbos..)
4) I have 80k IHG and 80k marriot points if that helps lodging...
5) Not looking for an amusement park. Something more relaxing, like site seeing, hikes, museums, etc.

thanks so much! I look forward to hearing what you come up with.
AC. Checks all the boxes. The perfect place for the midlife crisis. There are plenty of nice hikes in that vicinity also.

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2016, 05:09:14 AM »
AC. Checks all the boxes. The perfect place for the midlife crisis. There are plenty of nice hikes in that vicinity also.
AC as in Atlantic City? I didn't know there were hiking there.

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2016, 05:11:57 AM »
AC as in Atlantic City? I didn't know there were hiking there.
Yes. not necessarily in AC proper but within relatively short driving distance are a whole bunch.

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2016, 05:14:56 AM »
OK. Looking to hear about more ideas.

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2016, 06:23:04 AM »
Boston, or Cape Cod, would be an option.

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2016, 07:29:23 AM »
New Hampshire.

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2016, 08:34:10 AM »
Washington DC

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2016, 09:51:17 AM »
Washington DC
DC is a good $$ option. The basic attractions are free. Just make sure to reserve in advance:
White House
Pentagon
Washington monument
Bureau of Engraving and printing

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2016, 02:07:59 PM »
thanks everyone for your ideas! keep em coming :)

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2016, 02:34:20 PM »
Philly: Franklin Center, Mint, Liberty Bell, kosher restaurants...

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2016, 12:22:56 AM »
DC is a good $$ option. The basic attractions are free. Just make sure to reserve in advance:
White House
Pentagon
Washington monument
Bureau of Engraving and printing
If you go to DC make sure to check out the Billy Goat Trail section A. It is my favorite hike in the world and it is right off the DC beltway. Parking is $10 but during the week you can usually get free parking in a different lot nearby.

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2016, 04:31:29 PM »
Sounds awesome... If anyone has any more idea, lemme know..

Re: Billy Goat Trail section A, is the actual hike free? If not, what's the entrance fee?
And what's good about the hike? Scenery? Do you see animals too, like deers, "goats" n stuff??

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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2016, 09:38:40 PM »
Re: Billy Goat Trail section A, is the actual hike free? If not, what's the entrance fee?
And what's good about the hike? Scenery? Do you see animals too, like deers, "goats" n stuff??
The hike itself is free but you must pay for parking in the main lot. If you arrive early enough or if you go during the week you may find parking in a different lot which is free. Main lot is by Great Falls Visitors Center, free lots are across the street from the Old Anglers Inn (do not park in the Inn's lot).

This is the most popular hike in the DC area and can sometimes get crowded but it is well worth it. The are no large animals on it, it is called the Billy Goat Trail because it makes you feel like a billy goat as you hop from rock to rock.  It is really fun and slightly difficult but not as hard as the website makes it seem. Most 8 year olds can do it and I once went with a 5 year old (I wouldn't recommend bringing most kids this young).
There is almost no boring walking on this hike except for at the beginning and end getting to and from the trailheads.  Most of the time you are overlooking the Potomac river so it is quite scenic but the main attraction is the "rock scrambling"; climbing from rock to rock, occasionally using your hands to climb up or down. 

I have never done sections B or C but they are supposed to be much less difficult, less popular, and less fun.

Feel free to PM me for more detailed directions and descriptions (you can also Google it as there is a lot of information about it online).

ETA: The hike itself is 1.7 miles plus a mile or more getting to and from the trail (alternatively you can hike both ways on the trail) so it should take between 1-2 hours.
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Re: Need ideas please
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2016, 03:13:31 AM »
The hike itself is free but you must pay for parking in the main lot. If you arrive early enough or if you go during the week you may find parking in a different lot which is free. Main lot is by Great Falls Visitors Center, free lots are across the street from the Old Anglers Inn (do not park in the Inn's lot).

This is the most popular hike in the DC area and can sometimes get crowded but it is well worth it. The are no large animals on it, it is called the Billy Goat Trail because it makes you feel like a billy goat as you hop from rock to rock.  It is really fun and slightly difficult but not as hard as the website makes it seem. Most 8 year olds can do it and I once went with a 5 year old (I wouldn't recommend bringing most kids this young).
There is almost no boring walking on this hike except for at the beginning and end getting to and from the trailheads.  Most of the time you are overlooking the Potomac river so it is quite scenic but the main attraction is the "rock scrambling"; climbing from rock to rock, occasionally using your hands to climb up or down. 

I have never done sections B or C but they are supposed to be much less difficult, less popular, and less fun.

Feel free to PM me for more detailed directions and descriptions (you can also Google it as there is a lot of information about it online).

ETA: The hike itself is 1.7 miles plus a mile or more getting to and from the trail (alternatively you can hike both ways on the trail) so it should take between 1-2 hours.
Very informative, thanks!

It seems like we'll do DC since there's a lot more things to do there. And money saved on the above mentions, can be spent elsewhere to add to the activites.

Anyone else have ideas to do in DC?  I will google but I'd like to hear what you have to say too.
Thanks