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    nicki143 Posts: 187, Reputation: 22
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    Feb 28, 2008, 01:10 AM
    Coming to America
    Planning this years holiday I wanted to go somewhere different we usually go to the Med. But this year want somewhere different been and done the whole Disney thing wanted to come and see something different in the states got kids so what does any one suggest cannot do a fly drive though
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    Feb 28, 2008, 02:04 AM
    When is your holiday going to be when you are going to get away for while? Knowing when it is would make a difference in answering as to what the best places might be to visit in the U.S. Also, what sort of things might interest you the most - music, land formations, beaches, small towns, big cities, major tourist locations or not.. Thanks!
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    Feb 28, 2008, 03:56 AM
    We usually gon June but I am more looking at September this year usually go for beach holidays want to this year maybe small towns but with something for children. Where do americans go on there holidays
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    Feb 28, 2008, 04:38 AM
    OOOOh Nicki... how exciting.

    I've never been but everyone I know, or most everyone, with little ones goes to Disneyland in Florida and there is also a Disneyworld in California ( I think )
    And September is a beautiful month.

    Oh you said small towns... Others will pop in I am sure. And I will think more on it as well.

    Soooooooooooooooooo excited for you.

    Love you
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    Feb 28, 2008, 05:46 AM
    Love my holidays want something different this year sick of sat around a pool for 14 days.
    Say small towns do not know why but on films they all look so nice and the people so friendly would want something for the kids as well.
    But I am willing to try anything see what people come up with
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    Feb 28, 2008, 07:28 AM
    What about historical? I would suggest the Colonial Williamsburg area. This area is jampacked with things to do. Colonial Williamsburg can take 2-3 days, then you have Busch Gardens theme park which can also take 2 days to see everything. You have Jamestown (first settlement) and Yorktown battlefield (may be a sore point for a Brit ;) ) You are close enough to Washington DC for a day trip (many of the resorst run tour buses to DC). And there are other things.

    If you want to see small town America, you really need to drive around.
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    Feb 28, 2008, 09:44 AM
    I was thinking Williamsburg as well; it has tons of kids activities and is very historical. It's also located in an area where you can visit other attractions in a day or multiple days. As Scott mentioned, DC is one. You're also close enough to take a few days to go to Virginia Beach or the Outer Banks in North Carolina. In the Outer Banks you get beaches, sun, a small beach town, the Wright Brothers Memorial, sand dunes, and tons of lighthouses (I've been going almost every year since I was a child). You are also about an hour from Richmond, the VA state capitol.

    The Shenandoah Valley is also beautiful, especially in September. Lots of small towns, antique stores, caverns (http://www.luraycaverns.com/), hiking trails, etc.

    The North East states are all beautiful in September to see the foliage, but they are also crowded during that time of year.

    There are theme parks all over the country you can visit, if you want to go that route. It's a great way to keep the kids busy, and many of them are less crowded and less expensive than the Disney parks.

    Americans visit many places; beaches, large cities, historical sites, natural wonders (Yosemite National Park), medium sized cities... lots of stuff. I'm partial to beaches, myself; I just had a great vacation in Honolulu this past December, but that's a really long flight to make with kids. Given the length of the flight you might want to stay on the East Coast, unless you have lots of time for the trip.
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    Feb 28, 2008, 12:55 PM
    Willimsburg looks great just what I was looking for.
    Thanks everyone
    Going to look at everything what's the cheapest way to travel in the states train or plane
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    Feb 28, 2008, 01:38 PM
    If you go to Williamsburg, probably flying into Norfolk or Richmond and renting a car would be best.
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    Feb 28, 2008, 01:44 PM
    Train travel isn't big here, and it takes a long time to get from place to place. Flights can get expensive too, so really, a rental car is the best way to go. The roads are well marked and easy to navigate and using Map Quest will get you pretty much anywhere you want to go. So aside from that driving on the opposite side of the road thing, you'll be fine! :)

    Here's the main site for Colonial Williamsburg, you should be able to find some great info there:

    Colonial Williamsburg Official Site Where History Lives
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    Feb 28, 2008, 01:45 PM
    Thanks that's great been looking at the web at it, its looks great and the prices isn't that bad either
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    Feb 28, 2008, 01:50 PM
    Nah, you're lucky, what with your high-value pound against our piddly little dollar! :D

    Check out things in the surrounding Williamsburg area too, there's more than just the historic town.
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    Feb 28, 2008, 01:54 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by jillianleab
    Nah, you're lucky, what with your high-value pound against our piddly little dollar! :D

    Check out things in the surrounding Williamsburg area too, there's more than just the historic town.
    Yeah I did it looks great the beach and lighthouse and stuff.
    Cannot believe I have been a travel agent for a lifetime o so it seems and never sent any one to this area.
    Most of my clients are Med based holidays if it's the states its Florida or a shopping trip to New York
    I am going to check out evrything in the area and plan it well
    Thanks all

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