by Kevin Henriksen
Not much to do in the Poconos and no mountains there either just hills with lots of trees (look out for Big Foot). You can go draft horse back riding but that was very slow. There is a waterfall but it was dry when we were there and they actually charged us to see it.
Iceland was very cool in that it’s rather primitive but the capital city is modern and colorful. Geysers, glaciers, and strange rock formations on this volcanic island make it an interesting out-of-this world place to see. Very few power lines as they mostly use geothermal energy. The locals like to stack the rocks on the side of the road.
The fjords of Norway near Sogndal were fantastic with great views and great hikes. The 900 year old Viking churches and salmon streams on the way to the fjords were very awesome to see as well. Many waterfalls including 3000 foot ones aren’t even listed on the map since they are dime a dozen over there.
Vermont has many waterfalls and is pretty in the fall.
Montreal was ok, kind of old, with lots of punks hanging out by the subway. A park overlooks the city and the zoo at the Olympic park has a cappybarra.
Toronto is a much cleaner, well organized city and the view from the CN Tower is very nice. Look out for goose droppings if you go to Toronto Island.
Utah is awesome skiing and the Canyons was a huge resort. Alta was ok, with nice views and a couple well groomed trails but not many lifts. Salt Lake City is very cool to walk around the Temple area and also the Jazz were fun to watch in this city surrounded by mountains. Tavernacle is an interesting dueling piano bar. Park City is more of a old scenic mining town but has a lot of new cookie-cutter housing that detracts but still a great area. Olympic Village was great to talk to some gold medalists who were competing that day. The Mormons are friendly, very family orientated and religious. The church is very centrally organized with lots of huge government like buildings downtown.
Colorado has great skiing at Vail and night skiing at Keystone. A-Basin has some cool trails but the lifts are slower. Winter Park has great views but winding roads to get there.
Arizona is pretty awesome, especially the Grand Canyon area. Also check out Wupatiki Village with the 800 year old field hockey field and natural blow hole in the ground. The nearby volcanic area is cool too. Yuma has lots of sand and RVs. Phoenix Coyotes were fun to watch but fans aren’t that crazy.
San Diego is ok but I enjoyed riding my bike from Santa Monica down to LAX along the beach while in the LA area.
Oregon coast is very nice and Mt Hood is an excellent hike. Mt St Helens is too far to drive too close too. Mt Ranier is too big to hike. Seattle’s Boeing Museum is cool but you can get sick on the simulator that you control. Mariners have an awesome ballpark and I would recommend taking in a game there. The underground tour was interesting too.
Vancouver looks great from a distance with all the high rises but up close the buildings look sort of cheap 70ish. I would love to take a seaplane and fly around this island city surrounded by mountains. The Canucks are fun to watch.
Denmark is sort of flat but the people are easy going and Legoland, Tivoli, and Little Mermaid are things to see.
Cancun is pretty cool but noisy at night. The water is very beautiful.
Miami Beach is nice but interesting in that the North is very Jewish and the South is very gay. Cruising from Miami was cool in that you don’t need to drive and can just relax and the boat has plenty of things to do. Bahamas very ok to see and Key West has lots of bars but is rather flat as is most of Florida.
Charleston has lots of cool old homes down by the Battery and dolphins swim in the bay by Fort Sumter.
Savannah has cool parks and waterfront as well as railroad museum with roundhouse.
New York Open was awesome to see pro tennis live and so many matches going on it was overwhelming. I watched 20 hours of tennis over 2 days.
Boston is very historic like Charleston, as both cities were very rebellious at different times.
Las Vegas is pretty cool with all the architecture looking like you are in other parts of the world. They shoot you up at the top of the tower overlooking the city. The Luxor was a nice place to stay.
Pella, Iowa is pretty cool to see during TulipFest with over 100,000 tulips all around town.
The Iowa State Fair has never been that great for me as it’s usually 100 degrees and miserable but alot of other people like it. Check out the butter cow.
Oceans of Fun in Kansas City was cool with all the water rides. Ottumwa’s Beach actually has a very steep dropping water slide and tidal pool. Adventureland, Six Flags, World of Fun, Bachen (Denmark), and Valley Fair are good amusement parks too. I did get heat stroke at Adventureland, sick to my stomach at 6 flags after eating some hot dogs, and my neck almost spun off on an out of control ride at Valley Fair so I have sort of given up amusement parks as an adult. I never got sick as a kid.
Spirit Mountain in Duluth is a good place to ski in the Midwests as it has a 700′ drop. Otherwise Chestnut and Sundown near Dubuque are your other options. Fun Valley is more for beginners and for tubing. I was rather disappointed with Afton Alps ski resort near the Twin Cities. The lifts were small and the hill rather short.
Upper Iowa River is great for tubing and canoeing especially from Kendalville to Bluffton with beautiful bluffs and clear shallow water.
Lake Kentucky is a nice place to camp, ride bikes, and jet ski. They also have bison and elk herds.