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    Cyburbian Plus Whose Yur Planner's avatar
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    28 Places To See Before You Die

    The Smithsonian has come up with the list. It includes:
    1) Mesa Verde
    2) Pompeii
    3) Tikal-Guatemala
    4) Petra
    5) Pyramids of Giza
    6) Taj Mahal
    7) Easter Island
    8) The Great Wall
    9) Aurora Borealis
    10) Serengeti
    11) Iguazu Falls-Brazil
    12) Machu Picchu-Peru
    13) The Louvre
    14) Zen Gardens of Kyoto
    15) Uffizi Gallery-Florence, Italy
    16) Fallingwater
    17) Yangtze River
    18) Antarctia
    19) Mount Kilimanjaro
    20) Grand Canyon
    21) Pagan-Myanmar
    22) Parthenon-Athens, Greece
    23) Angkor Wat-Cambodia
    24) Ephesus
    25) Venice-Italy
    26) Amazon Rain Forest
    27) Great Barrier Reef
    28) Galapagos Islands

    Has anyone been to one of these? What do you think of the list?
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    i have only been to # 22. I don't think the average person could afford this list!
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    WooHoo, one down and 27 to go. I've been to Mesa Verde.

    I've seen the Aurora Borealis. IMHO, it is a phenomenon, not a place, so the entire credibility of the Smithsonian and it's list is in question!
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    I've been to:
    1) Mesa Verde
    and
    20) Grand Canyon

    Seen:
    9) Aurora Borealis

    They forgot the Grand Rapids Fish Ladder.

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    I've been to the Louvre, Grand Canyon, and Fallingwater. Its interesting that Fallingwater is on the list. Most other items seem to be natural wonders and the other man-made items are much, much older. Still Fallingwater has to be one of the more interesting pieces of domestic architecture I've seen.

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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    I've been to:
    1) Mesa Verde
    and
    20) Grand Canyon
    Same here.

    I want to see the Moonbow at Cumberland Falls State Park KY.
    Has anybody seen it ?
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    Hmm i have been to...

    Pompeii
    The Lourve
    Uffizi- Florence
    Parthenon
    Venice

    and well been close to the Barrier Reef

    looks like i have a lot of sight seeing to go!

    But agree this list is very debateable
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    Quote Originally posted by tsc View post
    i have only been to # 22. I don't think the average person could afford this list!
    I've made it to numbers 2, 5, 6, 13, 14, 15, 20, 22, 25, and 26 and got paid to see them (except number 20)... you know what they say, "Join the Navy and see the World!" (well, in my case it was the Marine Corps)
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Same here.

    I want to see the Moonbow at Cumberland Falls State Park KY.
    Has anybody seen it ?
    I've seen the moonbow. Beyond that, I've not seen any of the places on the list.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    I've only seen/been to 14 and 9.

    What the hell was the Smithsonian thinking?! I don't see a single roadside attraction on that entire list.

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    Been to:

    1, 13, 21

    they need to add my backyard cause with its pile of plant clippings in the middle it is sure to rival the great pyramids.
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    1, 13, and 20 for me.

    *sigh* i wish i had the time and money to see the others.

    they need to come up with an Affordable 28 Places in the US to See Before You Kick It list.

    1. Grand Canyon
    2. New York City
    3. La Jolla, CA
    4. Monument Valley, UT
    5. Niagra Falls, Canada (not in US but close enough)
    6. Alcatraz
    7. New Orleans
    8. Finger Lakes in NY
    9. Florida Keys & Key West
    10. Philly Art Museum
    11. Jackson Hole
    12. Yellowstone
    13. Outer Banks
    14. Acadia National Park
    15. Craines Backyard
    16. Budgie's Segway
    17. RJ's hot tub
    18. Jaxspra's watering hole
    19. UP
    20. Toledo
    21. Boston
    22. San Francisco
    23. Vancouver
    24. Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame
    25. Graceland
    26. Redwood Forest
    27. Rumpy's Deskfort
    28. Cyburbia central
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    I've been to Fallingwater and the Grand Canyon.

    Mesa Verde I've heard great things about.

    Some of those would take some serious effort. Can you just go to Easter Island or Antartica? Or do you need some kind of permission or special arrangement? I didn't think going to either was like just hoping on a plane to Paris or Venice.
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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    they need to come up with an Affordable Places in the US to See Before You Kick It list.

    15. Craines Backyard
    16. Budgie's Segway
    17. RJ's hot tub
    18. Jaxspra's watering hole
    19. UP
    27. Rumpy's Deskfort
    28. Cyburbia central
    Don't forget 29 Steps Bar in Green Bay, WI
    Need to add these events:
    Stanfest
    APA National Laefest
    Oddball
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    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    I haven't been to any of the places on the Smithsonian's list. Maybe if I won the lottery, or a very large inheritance (from someone I don't know... 'cause no one in my family has big bucks).

    I like dandy_warhol's list, which is infinitely more achievable. On that list, I've been to #2, 3, 8, 10, 13, 14, 21, and 22. Yellowstone and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame are places I've wanted to go for a long time. And I'd add Yosemite too.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    What the hell was the Smithsonian thinking?! I don't see a single roadside attraction on that entire list.
    Or the World's Largest Ball of Hair in Alexandria, IN.

    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    The Smithsonian has come up with the list...Has anyone been to one of these? What do you think of the list?
    I haven't been to any. They are all places I'd like to go if I had the money...well, mostly. It's not really attainable for "average" folk. Interesting, though.

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    Well let's see now, I've knocked out 13, 15 & 25.

    Doubt I'll ever hit all 28, but I've thought about creating a list for myself - a places I want to see before I die list.
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    Been to Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon. Seen the Aurora Borealis twice (once in South Dakota and once in Montana.) Lived a year and a half in Alaska without ever seeing it (too cloudy in Ketchikan).
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    Just 20. From all sides (north rim, south rim and from above). Have seen the aurora borealis several times, but never so brilliant than several years ago in . . . Champaign, Illinois[

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    I'm doing much better here.

    1. Grand Canyon
    2. New York City
    5. Niagara Falls, Canada (not in US but close enough)
    6. Alcatraz
    7. New Orleans
    8. Finger Lakes in NY
    11. Jackson Hole
    12. Yellowstone
    19. UP
    20. Toledo
    21. Boston
    22. San Francisco
    23. Vancouver

    25. Graceland
    (didn't go in; the environs were enough)
    26. Redwood Forest

    And I've pedaled, and walked, across the Mackinac Bridge.

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    Quote Originally posted by Joe Iliff View post
    Some of those would take some serious effort. Can you just go to Easter Island or Antartica? Or do you need some kind of permission or special arrangement? I didn't think going to either was like just hoping on a plane to Paris or Venice.
    I am not sure about Easter Island- But Antartica is easy to go to- im pretty sure you just have to go through a tour company- obviously you need to go on an ice breaker too- or you can take flights overhead.
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    I've been to the Louvre, Venice, and the Grand Canyon.

    I did better with Maister's list:

    I've been to South of the Border many times.
    I've been to Weeki Wachee twice, as a small kid and about 12 years ago
    I've seen at least 2 of the "biggest" listed for FL, the orange in Kissimmee and the Great Dane in Orlando. BTW, the great dane was atop a sign outside a trucking company for decades but was taken down a few years ago when the property was sold.

    Whoops, and RJ and I saw the Alabama hog in Dothan recently.
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    Nice List

    Been to or seen:

    #1, 9, 10, 13, 20

    Am I the only one who thinks RJ's pool should be on the list

    Mesa Verde deserves to be at the top of the list, I love that place....fantastic!

    Why not Mt. Everest or Hawaii?
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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    The Smithsonian has come up with the list. It includes:
    1) Mesa Verde
    9) Aurora Borealis
    20) Grand Canyon
    Been here/seen this.

    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post

    they need to come up with an Affordable 28 Places in the US to See Before You Kick It list.

    1. Grand Canyon
    3. La Jolla, CA
    4. Monument Valley, UT
    7. New Orleans
    11. Jackson Hole
    12. Yellowstone
    17. RJ's hot tub
    22. San Francisco
    23. Vancouver
    26. Redwood Forest
    27. Rumpy's Deskfort
    I did better on dandy's list...
    FYI, ZG and I built Rumpy's panhandle deskfort.

    Quote Originally posted by The One View post
    Am I the only one who thinks RJ's pool should be on the list
    Without question. Gotta be a Nat'l Monument to, to something or another.


    Yosemite must be on the list.

    So is any Cyburbia Laefest.
    Last edited by Richmond Jake; 09 Jan 2008 at 9:05 PM. Reason: Laefest

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    28 Places In the UP to See Before You Die

    Here's a starter list, please add on as you see fit:

    1. Kitchitikipi Spring
    2. Mackinac Bridge
    3. Pictured Rocks
    4. Grand Island
    5. Copper Harbor
    6. Iron Mtn.
    7. Soo Locks
    8. Taquamenon Falls
    9. Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
    10. Lake of the Clouds
    11. Ft. Mackinac
    12. Isle Royale
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