Coolest Places You Have Visited?

Discussion in 'Travel Polls' started by BostonBill, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. Eric!

    Eric! Supporters Lifetime Supporter HipForums Supporter

    Impressive and scary at the same time
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  2. Eric!

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    That’s beautiful! Didn’t think anything like that would exist in Myanmar.
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  3. lbushwalker

    lbushwalker Members

    Myanmar is full of such treasures of antiquity.
    It is just that this one is the best known and easiest to see.
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  4. granite45

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    Jerry Johnson hot springs off the Lochsa highway in Northern Idaho. By far the neatest collection of user friendly hot pools surrounded by lush Idaho forest land.
  5. Up4Fun757

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    One of the coolest places I've been was the Greek Island of Santorini (Thira). Gorgeous black beaches, and friendly people and awe inspiring landscapes. The island is basically the top of an inactive volcano.

  6. wooleeheron

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    I've heard good things about it too. Such places are becoming rare. :)
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  7. scratcho

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    Haleakala on Maui was the quietest place I have ever experienced. Plus one can pass from the tropics through temperate zone to snow.
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  8. highlander69

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    Las Vegas for me
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  9. granite45

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    A walk from the village of Salema, Portugal to a nearby beach.....listening to the cowbells as a herder guided his cattle along a path below.
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  10. lostinitall

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    coolest place 4 me was Cairo, Egypt.... lived there about 5-6 months
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  11. soulcompromise

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    I want to go to Kyrgyzstan! I want to go to Kyrgyzstan! I want to go to Kyrgyzstan! I want to go to Kyrgyzstan! I want to go to Kyrgyzstan! I want to go to Kyrgyzstan! I want to go to Kyrgyzstan! I want to go to Kyrgyzstan! I want to go to Kyrgyzstan!

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  12. lostinitall

    lostinitall Members

    :laughing::laughing::laughing: guess u wanna go .... lol
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  13. soulcompromise

    soulcompromise Member HipForums Supporter

    I do. From what I've seen in pictures, books, articles, etc. it's just amazing.
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  14. soulcompromise

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    For places I've already been (hence 'have' visited, not 'haven't') I'd have to say Mexico; though I can't remember - too wasted.

    When I was 18 we (my immediate family) went on a cruise of the Mexican Riviera. We were to stop in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas. But the boat didn't stop in Cabo - I think we got some kind of refund or discount because of that. They were having issues with the port.

    Anyway, Mexico is enchanted. The people are such a vibrant culture; exuding values and charm with every word and movement. Really cool place. But I was 18 and all I cared about was getting trashed - I'm pretty sure we were allowed to drink once in international waters or something. I know I was really really drunk for most of the trip.
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  15. lostinitall

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    never went to Mexico... Did a cruise in the Carribean when i was younger that was cool.. N i was in Sicily for about a week
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  16. Piobaire

    Piobaire Members

    Belize. 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Pristine reefs and 100'+ vis. Like floating in air.

    Cozumel, back in the day; long before the fucking cruise ships. Especially, Maracaibo Wall; 115' at the crest. Saw a Great Hammerhead as big as the boat.

    Puerto Rico; Vieques (what Key West wishes it was, before they perverted it into a fucking theme park), and La Parguera Wildlife Reserve. Saw my first "green flash" in a sunset at Boquerón (several times, actually). The people of Puerto Rico are some of the nicest folk I've ever met.

    Crewed a square topsail schooner out of San Francisco for a couple of years; once down to San Diego and west to Hawaii. Used to see lots of grey whales on their migration off of San Francisco; usually looking down from the topsail yard. En route to Hawaii, saw a great blue whale. You've never seen stars until you've been up on deck in a tropical ocean on a clear night with a new moon, especially if you can lay aloft and get the whole 360° panorama unobstructed by sails. Used to gather the flying fish that would land on the deck at night, and fry them for breakfast.

    My mother was born & raised in Tampa; once she told me that she'd always wanted to dive with the manatees. I rented a pontoon boat and a hotel room and flew her down to Crystal River Florida for three days. On her last dive on the last day, a manatee would repeatedly swim up to her, roll over, and tap it's chest a couple of times with a pectoral flipper; the universal sign for "please give me a belly rub"; something I could've never orchestrated. Probably my best memory of time spent with my mother.

    For years, my days off were weekdays. I had a 17' sloop that I'd sail out to the Gulf of Mexico and Anclote Key; a big deserted and undeveloped island off of Tarpon Springs. Back then, I could walk the beach all day and never encounter another human. Seaward, it was so quiet that you could hear the sea turtles & dolphins spout, and I could reliably catch the week's worth of fish trolling sardines from the transom. What Florida must've looked like to the Seminoles.

    Spent a week rafting the Colorado through the Grand Canyon, camping on the gravel bars at night. So radically different than any place I've ever been; kinda like being on another planet.

    Fly fishing for trout with my Dad in Alaska. No roads, theme bars or tacky hotels and gift shops; they're all a 2 1/2 hour flight back to Anchorage in small radial-engined float planes only slightly better appointed than a P-47. Bears, wolves, moose, bald & golden eagles, and rainbow trout the size of rottweilers. Breathtakingly beautiful.

    What a wonderful thread; I haven't revisited some of these memories in a long time.
    Thank you.
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  17. Mallyboppa

    Mallyboppa Nails Mc Fugger

    Still Runcorn !
  18. granite45

    granite45 Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    A wedding of our niece in Ottawa to a Canadian military intelligence officer. The wedding was in the Chateau across from Parliment building. Ottawa is very cool, big cultural difference from BC which is just up I-5 a bit.
  19. Sexwise

    Sexwise Members

    Las Vegas
  20. Sexwise

    Sexwise Members

    A special mention for Belize

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