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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
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    Ignoring treasures in one's own back yard

    They say folks that live in NYC don't bother to visit the Statue of Liberty. I suppose people living in Orlando or Anaheim don't bother to go to Disney, or folks in San Antonio don't go to the Alamo.

    How about you - what don't you bother to see or experience that's in your back yard?

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    Living in NC for 8 years, I did not visit the Outer Banks until I had moved.

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    I lived in Michigan for 2 years and never went to Detriot or Ann Arbor.

    I lived in DC for a year and never went to the Archives or went in the Washington or Jefferson Memorial.

    I have lived in AZ for 20+ years and have only been to the Grand Canyon once (and that was briefly), never been to the 4 corners, painted desert, or rafted the Colorado River.
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    Living in Chicagoland all my 22 years, I've never been to Navy Pier and don't really feel like I'm missing out. Drove past it, went on a boat past it, but never actually been on the grounds. Never been to the top of the Sears Tower, but I have been to the top of the John Hancock. And I've never been to the Museum of Science & Industry, but have been to just about all the other major museums. I also feel bad since I've never been to a Bears game or Bulls game, though I have been to both Solider Field and United Center, but for concerts though. Also right in my backyard is the Illinois Railway Museum, which I still have not been to.

    Navy Pier really isn't on my list of places I'd like to go, but the rest are, particularly the museums and the games.

    Never been to many North Shore communities (Lake Forest, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette), the area used as the setting for many John Hughes movies. Only been to Highland Park once.

    Also, this year marks the first time I've been to Indiana in my 22 years in Chicagoland (but have covered a lot of ground in the state this year).
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    Living in Ohio, there really isn't much to miss. It took me a couple years to get to the Indian mounds.... lol.

    As an aside, good work Mike on your presentations on last Friday. I enjoyed you and the mayors information. Quite a travel to speak at a conference hope you enjoyed Dayton.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I suppose people living in Orlando or Anaheim don't bother to go to Disney,

    How about you - what don't you bother to see or experience that's in your back yard?
    Not true, when I lived in orlando I went to the parks often because we got free tix and there are reduced rates for residents. Its like a fun afternoon activity to do on a date or with friends there.
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink_Planner View post
    Living in Ohio, there really isn't much to miss.
    What, you've never stopped in Akron just to take a deep breath?!!!

    There are some gems in Ohio too yaknow, what about the Rock n Roll HOF in Cleveland or that "Key West of the North" Put-in-Bay?

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    I don't bother going to the casinos much, but will when I need free parking nearby. I also don't go to Lions games anymore. There also seems to be nothing that comes to the Fox Theatre anymore that compells me to go there, I must be in that ere where I am too old for annoying pop music but too young for the geezer shows.

    I do have a membership to the Henry Ford Museum Complex, and been to the DIA a few times since they expanded it.
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    Quote Originally posted by beach_bum View post
    we got free tix and there are reduced rates for residents.
    Wow, and you didn't even have to endure an hour long high pressured condo sales speil?

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    Fisherman's Wharf - I just really don't get the appeal of a bunch of trinket shops and overpriced restaurants. I tend to avoid the equivalent places in cities that I visit as a tourist too - the presence of a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Hard Rock Cafe, and Joe's Crab Shack in close proximity to one another is generally a red flag to me, though I don't really have an opinion either way on any of those places individually.

    It wasn't until my fifth year in the Bay Area that I managed to visit Alcatraz, which seems weird to me now (natski was here for two or three days and managed to visit, and it took me five years? )
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    30 years in Metro Milwaukee and I never did the Miller Brewery Tour.

    10 years in Oshkosh, WI and I never went to the Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In.

    6 months in Corpus Christi and I never went to the State Aquarium or toured the USS Lexington aircraft carrier.

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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    I lived in Michigan for 2 years and never went to Detriot or Ann Arbor.

    I lived in DC for a year and never went to the Archives or went in the Washington or Jefferson Memorial.

    I have lived in AZ for 20+ years and have only been to the Grand Canyon once (and that was briefly), never been to the 4 corners, painted desert, or rafted the Colorado River.
    Ok, vehicle......check
    Cooler.....check
    Camping gear.....check
    Fat Wad of Cash.....check and double check
    Now all we have to do is wait 3-4 years for an opening so we can raft the Colorado River (the interesting parts anyway) in our own state!

    Let's just continue having our mini fests at the local watering hole ok......
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    Funny that you mention the Statue of Liberty, Maister. One of my cousins recently brought her kids to the Statue of Liberty, and I mentioned that I'd never been there -- even though both my parents were born and raised in NYC and I spent a lot of time in the City while growing up.

    I think I've been to most of the major attractions in my own backyard. I enjoy museums and historic sites, and there are plenty of those around here.

    I have to say, though, that I have very little interest in visiting "the track" and watching the horse races at Saratoga in the summertime. I've never really understood the appeal of betting on the horses or of gambling in general, for that matter. So I'll leave Saratoga Race Course for all those people from out of town who have big bucks to spend.

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    Quote Originally posted by illinoisplanner View post
    Living in Chicagoland all my 22 years, I've never been to Navy Pier and don't really feel like I'm missing out. Drove past it, went on a boat past it, but never actually been on the grounds. Never been to the top of the Sears Tower, but I have been to the top of the John Hancock. And I've never been to the Museum of Science & Industry, but have been to just about all the other major museums. I also feel bad since I've never been to a Bears game or Bulls game, though I have been to both Solider Field and United Center, but for concerts though. Also right in my backyard is the Illinois Railway Museum, which I still have not been to.

    Navy Pier really isn't on my list of places I'd like to go, but the rest are, particularly the museums and the games.

    Never been to many North Shore communities (Lake Forest, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette), the area used as the setting for many John Hughes movies. Only been to Highland Park once.

    Also, this year marks the first time I've been to Indiana in my 22 years in Chicagoland (but have covered a lot of ground in the state this year).
    Been to most of what IP mentioned with the exception of the United Center and Soldier Field (have been to both baseball stadiums). Haven't been to the top of the Hancock but have been to the top of the Sears (before I moved here). As a transplant I have made it a goal to see as much of the region as possible. I guess being new here I don't just take everything for granted.

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    Well being your typical international tourist i have visited many of the places you guys havent been too!

    Disneyland- Anaheim
    Grand Canyon
    Navy Pier (Trust me your not missing out on anything IP)
    United Center (Ice Hockey)
    Sears Tower
    Science and Industry Museum (Actually i really enjoyed it there IP)
    Pretty much nearly every museum and memorial in DC (in the snow)
    Fishermans Wharf (CJC- we were waiting for our ferry to Alcatraz)
    Alcatraz
    Every touristy thing in NYC

    Mind you i love visiting all our touristy stuff in Sydney (except Bondi), been to the opera house, climbed the harbour bridge, ferries on the harbour, zoos, centrepoint tower, the rocks, botanic gardens etc. Seems a little sad now that i think of it I actually live near the blue mountains, so we frequently do touristy things up there
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    Hmm... interesting topic. Here are mine.

    Yosemite National Park
    since moving here, I have visited all of 2 times in a span of 6.5 years, and it is a mere 1 hour 20 minutes away

    San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts
    In 20 plus years of living in the area, I have yet to visit

    Yerba Buena Garden
    I have meant to go there twice now with my daughter. Each time we never made it because she a) fell asleep or b) had a meltdown

    Alcatraz
    It has been over 15 years since i have been here. Like CJC said, i generally avoid fisherman's wharf at all costs.

    Cable Car Ride
    I have done it all of twice, ever. Once when my wife's best friend was in town and second when i was too piss drunk to walk up a hill on mason street to make the walk to my buddies house, and i refused to pay for a cab, so i just hopped right now, 40 and all...man those were the days!

    Lake Tahoe
    Yea, its a few hours away, but again, no real allure here. Been there all of once in the last 10 years or so (and strictly to gamble).
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    I've been to every major tourist attraction in Chicagoland that I can think of -- except for the Art Institute. Don't really know why that is.

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    Quote Originally posted by CPSURaf View post
    Yosemite National Park
    since moving here, I have visited all of 2 times in a span of 6.5 years, and it is a mere 1 hour 20 minutes away
    That's a good one! I've never been to Yosemite as an adult (went once when I was 13 or 14 and my family lived in Idaho). I don't think my fiancée has been either - maybe a weekend trip sometime this spring is in order.

    San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts
    In 20 plus years of living in the area, I have yet to visit
    Meh, not missing much. The Exploratorium is ok, but the building itself is pretty boring.

    Yerba Buena Garden
    I have meant to go there twice now with my daughter. Each time we never made it because she a) fell asleep or b) had a meltdown
    I'm in the park at least once a week - in fact, I'm sure that I've posted on Cyburbia from there at some point in time! The rest of the stuff (ice skating, bowling, etc) I've done once or twice, but don't do much.

    Cable Car Ride
    I have done it all of twice, ever. Once when my wife's best friend was in town and second when i was too piss drunk to walk up a hill on mason street to make the walk to my buddies house, and i refused to pay for a cab, so i just hopped right now, 40 and all...man those were the days!
    Yeah, I haven't been on a cable car in years, even though it's free for me (with Muni Fastpass). They don't really go anywhere that I would need to go, and the lines of tourists waiting to get on are always really long.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Wow, and you didn't even have to endure an hour long high pressured condo sales speil?
    Ha no! If you knew someone who worked there (or any of the parks) they had free tickets often. Also one year I got a Sea World annual pass with my then bf, we went a couple of time a month and since we weren't there on vacation, you don't feel pressured to get to everything in one day.
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    When I lived in
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    never skied Ski Cooper Mtn. near Tennessee Pass or Leadville, CO

    Now in Indiana -
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    They say folks that live in NYC don't bother to visit the Statue of Liberty.
    We did before 9/11.

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    Since I'm still an import here, I've managed to hit most of the touristy things here and on the coast. The only to-do things are to see a play and a concert at the University. As for the other things in MS, I have been to them, including Vicksburg, Natchez, the Trace, Port Gibson. I been to the Coast before and after Katrina and seen most of the stuff there.

    When I was living in KY near Louisville, I never saw Churchhill Downs or Keeneland. I did manage to hit all the other touristy places in KY.

    When living in IN, I only went to the Speedway twice. Once to the museum and once to a time trial.

    I've been to most of the stuff in Chicago-Science and Industry, Shedd, Natural History, Cubs and Sox games. I've never been to to either the Adler or Navy Pier. I also never to see either the Bulls or the Bears play.
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    The only touristy things right near me that I haven't been to is the Motown Historical Museum... but I've driven past it multiple times if that counts for anything. I also haven't been to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra or the Opera House but would like to (I wanted to go see David Sedaris at the Opera House recently but it was way too expensive).
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    What, you've never stopped in Akron just to take a deep breath?!!!

    There are some gems in Ohio too yaknow, what about the Rock n Roll HOF in Cleveland or that "Key West of the North" Put-in-Bay?
    I hear ya. Put-in-Bay is beautiful in the Summer, by why on Earth would you go with all those tourists? Rock n' Roll HOF and Football HOF in Canton are both attractions I guess.

    Ohio does have the best two roller coaster parks in the country in Cedar Point and Kings Island. Well worth the money and lines.

    I think everyone should visit Dayton/Youngstown/Toledo at least once. It will be more of an urban decline tour, but what says vacation like cheap motels and shady people?

    I look forward to seeing Ohio take the lead in rail transit in the 3C and D push. THAT will be something to see
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