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Old 03-03-2014, 06:36 PM
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I would head south as it will begin getting warm down here and the temps can be brutal. Come south while it's still enjoyable. Louisiana is my home state as well. New Orleans is a great place to visit. The World War II museum is outstanding. You will not find better food anywhere. There are some interesting places in Louisiana, St. Francisville is a small town outside of Baton Rouge where there are some cool antique shops. Natchitoches, LA is in central Louisiana and is celebrating its 300th birthday this year. It's a pretty little town with a river that goes down the middle. I'm a native Texan and can recommend Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Also, the Texas hill country, Fredricksburg area, is a fun place with vineyards and wineries. If you're into space travel touring NASA south of Houston is also fun. There's a town called Kemah down around Houston that has a fun boardwalk and some good restaurants. Austin is a music town and there are clubs and bars on 6th street that are fun if you enjoy that. Great Mexican food and BBQ in Austin. If you enjoy spending time at the beach you could head over to Gulf Shores, AL. Beautiful water and white sands. Hope this helps. We spend a lot of our time traveling. Enjoy it, but always like getting home to my kitties and my sewing room!
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:48 PM
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Seeing how it REALLY cold here and more snow on the way ... just wave and keep on going .... SOUTH!
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:04 PM
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When I retired (DH was already retired), we climbed into our RV and headed north from Oklahoma City. Went north all the way to SD and then headed west to the Oregon coast and then south just past Sacramento. Stayed with his brother for a week or so and then headed home. We were gone 9 weeks and I enjoyed every bit of it. I wish we could do it again but my health just won't allow it. I hope you see everything you ever dreamed of seeing. We never traveled over 200 miles in a day. Once we just went 35 miles and stopped. lol Have a wonderful endeavor in your travels.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:26 AM
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I'm in Saginaw and even though some of Michigan is remarkable, I'm from Louisville KY and I think Kentucky really outshines Michigan by miles. You should plan to go to Louisville for derby week. Festivities start the week before the race with hot air balloon races, a huge parade through town that is reminiscent of Macys parades, thunder over Louisville that is one of the largest fireworks displays in the US - there is something going on every day. And there is so much else to do in the city, the wonderful Brown theater, casino's on the river if you are a gambler, wonderful shops - need I say more!
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:47 AM
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North Platte, Nebraska has the largest railroad repair yard in the world. There is a visitors observation tower where you can watch as long as you like. A few miles West is Ole's Big Game Lounge full of stuffed animals and the best steaks in Nebraska. A few miles East is Kearney with the Archway over the interstate. It is full of history and has a grand tour. There are numerous antique shops and fabric shops just off the interstate. Happy Travels!
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:48 AM
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DOGGRAMMA: You may want to rethink that part about heading to KY for a few more weeks. It is 14 here this morning, after a nasty ice storm sunday night. But they promise us spring will come. you are right though, we do have the "40 shades of green" springs.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:52 AM
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Google "Americas most beautiful drives". There are several books like that. When we retired, we used one of those books like a diary. We went on most of the drives and added the date when we did it. Tells you something about every state. We found plenty of other places along the way. Have fun!
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:50 AM
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First of all, congrats to you both on your upcoming retirement! Its an exciting time. Being from northern Michigan, and previously a RV owner and traveler, I would encourage you to take the time to relax and enjoy this magnificent country we live in. Take the time to "smell the roses" along the way. One quick thought, if you want to select a area and live there for 5-6 months,consider "workamping" at one of the parks offering working opportunities. Often, this allows you a great way to become familiar with an area, venture out on your days off, and have an inside track on the local area from those you work with & for. Also it allows you to"exchange " your work for rent an benefits at the RV park. Its great on a budget. We did that for about 8-10 years until mu husband's health mandated we stop made many great friends long the way, and stretched the budget. Also there is a magazine called "Workamper News" you an subscribe to that shows you places looking for workers, which is a good way to get started. Good Luck& enjoy
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
At the top of my list would be natural wonders. The Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone and Grand Canyons, Niagara Falls, the California Redwood forests....etc.
There are 5 beautiful national parks in Utah, all worth a visit and, I am told, God lives in Yosemite!

Our NC Outer Banks is also a beautiful place to visit. There are also historical sites of interest there as well.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:24 AM
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Congratulations and much enjoyment for you both. I live not far from you, in Lake Orion, MI. I would go to the Smoky Mts. , beautiful place. Have fun!
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