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Old 05-30-11, 12:45 PM   #1
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Vacation ideas needed - late July / August - somewhere with cool temps and in the US

Ideas? Specific locations / lodging that you've stayed at and enjoyed would be much appreciated. Mostly looking for somewhere to unwind, away from the city and the peak Texas heat. Right now leaning to Colorado, the Sierra mtns of Cali (or will all the parks be closed that are worth going to), or maybe Montana or elsewhere in the north west section of the country.
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To do what? Hike? Paddle? Ride?

Here is a handful of random suggestions:

- To canoe, Boundary Waters or Quetico Provincial Park.
- Ride? Finger Lakes region of Western NY.
- Mountain scenery? Estes Park, CO.

Right now, some friends are trying to talk me into backpacking in Escalante UT in early October.
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......Right now leaning to Colorado, the Sierra mtns of Cali (or will all the parks be closed that are worth going to), or maybe Montana or elsewhere in the north west section of the country.
Nope - Parks like Lassen don't get really clear of snow until mid June into July. The Sierra got a lot of snow this year.

During that time of the year, you really need to go to Mammoth Lakes or the June Lakes Loop area. You've seen my pics.

Fishing, hiking, cycling, doing nothing. It's all there. And you haven't lived until you've rolled off the top of an 11,000' dormant volcano on a mountain bike.
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Avon, CO and Rocky Mountain Nat. Park is pretty nice that time a year. I stayed with a friend.
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Estes Park and/or Grand Lake Colorado. Both are cool towns, Estes Park is a little bigger, and both open out into the Rocky Mountain National Park. Lots of great day trips to local towns are possible from either one.
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What about the Maine coast? Or Cape Cod? Assuming you like the beach, lobster, and beer.
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Mammoth Lakes is near the top of my list. My Aunt & Uncle had a lake home on the lower of the Twin Lakes and we spent some time there when I was young. I'm looking to go towards the end of July or mid August so figure any snow at the higher elevations will be gone by then. As far as what we're thinking of doing - much of nothing, with a little light hiking and some fishing would be ideal. Anything that doesn't involve a computer, cell phone, or sitting on front of a backlit screen of any sort.
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What about the Maine coast? Or Cape Cod? Assuming you like the beach, lobster, and beer.
Too many Yankees. And being a road biker, Cuda will appreciate the loathing that Coloradans heap on visiting Texicans.
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Old 05-30-11, 03:53 PM   #9
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Gold Beach, Oregon. It's where the Rogue River enters the Pacific Ocean, nice lodging options from campgrounds to vacation homes, small town, nice and empty beaches and fantastic fishing in the ocean or rivers.
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Mammoth Lakes is near the top of my list. My Aunt & Uncle had a lake home on the lower of the Twin Lakes and we spent some time there when I was young. I'm looking to go towards the end of July or mid August so figure any snow at the higher elevations will be gone by then. As far as what we're thinking of doing - much of nothing, with a little light hiking and some fishing would be ideal. Anything that doesn't involve a computer, cell phone, or sitting on front of a backlit screen of any sort.
Lake Tahoe is nice. If you get terribly bored you can hit the casinos on the Nevada side.
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Gold Beach, Oregon. It's where the Rogue River enters the Pacific Ocean, nice lodging options from campgrounds to vacation homes, small town, nice and empty beaches and fantastic fishing in the ocean or rivers.
If a beach has any appeal, the Oregon coast is lovely. We rented a house on the north-central coast in April and had a great time. Beautiful beaches, cool weather, great food, better beer, several good surf shops... Kind to tough to get to, especially if you're going to drive the whole way, but 2-3 hours from the Portland airport.

Great Basin National Park is nice, if you want to get to the middle of nowhere. There's a campground at about 10,000 feet, right under Wheeler Peak (13,000 feet), a moderately easy climb if you take your time. No cell/wireless service. It's heaven. Nearby accomodations are pretty non-existent.

We spent a few nights at/between Ouray and Durango, CO, but that was a few years ago so I can't vouch for what the current lodging's like. The public hot springs in Ouray are almost worth the trip by themselves. Well, if you like soaking outdoors in hot water, anyway. Telluride's just around the corner/over the hill. Kind of spendy.

The mountains in Utah are pretty but they kind of fill up in the later part of the summer, and we're crazy, toothless, gunslingers, married to first cousins.
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stuck on the US? one of my friends stayed here and loved it. About 5 hrs north of Toronto.

http://www.bartlettlodge.com/index.html
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I like Colorado myself. I've been to Silverton quite a few times. When it's 105 in Texas the high temp in Silverton is about 75. The town can be busy during the day with the tourists that drive through or come in on the train, but by mid afternoon they leave and the town is very quiet. OTOH there are times when there isn't much night life, and no fancy lodging. Another attraction for me is the big variety of 4WD roads, ghost towns and old mines. I like to go out in a Jeep and go places where only a Jeep can go. Of course this is a BIKE forum and Durango is a mountain BIKE hot spot.

The coast of Oregon and the coast of Maine are also interesting.

Even the coast of southern California is not too hot in the summer. We were there once in the summer and the temps were relatively cool. We could easily sit in the outside seating of a restaurant and not be uncomfortable.
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For several of the past ten years or so, I have taken the family to the central coast of California. We rent a house through VRBO and stay for a week or so. You can check out the weather; in August, the days are 70-75F, and the nights are 55-60F. It's a great way to escape the heat, and as you can see, there is some nice riding if you care to take a bike.

If you don't care to ride, there are other attractions. Wineries, for one...

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Visit Lake Erie and the islands.
Immigation visa from Texas will let you in up here Tex.
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+1-ish. Anywhere on the Oregon coast is likely to have moderate temperatures and decent lodging. Camping may be an issue- the state parks tend to fill very quickly. Astoria, Oregon is having its bicentennial this year, too.
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san francisco and someone mentioned tahoe another great idea you can drive over to reno and tube the truckee river and hit the casinos and strip clubs
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If you come to Colorado you must stay in Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain NP. Really I mean it, new law, no tourists outside the park.

How far out of town are you looking to get? There are several small resorts up in the mountains that few people ever hear of that do not have pizza delivery but plenty of scenery and quiet. Walden, in north park Colorado is the next Estes Park, all the mountains, half the cost. Delaney Buttes, 30 min from Walden, is where I go camping when I need a weekend away from town at the end of summer and don't want to deal with tourists or the denver yuppie crowd. I may be executed for putting this out on the interwebs.
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If you come to Colorado in August, you could even check out some races:
Quinzo's Pro Challenge http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/
Fort Collins Gran Fondo http://www.echelongranfondo.org/fort_collins/

This is a NoCo mountain loop, you can check out the trail for reference (includes RMNP and Estes).
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Mammoth Lakes is near the top of my list.
There's a good mountain bike park there too.
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Another vote for Estes Park. Not only is RMNP gorgeous but by going there you could also be helping some of the businesses that were hit hard by the flood last Fall.
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I think you should start by purchasing a time machine. Then go back to 2011 and buy a metric ton of lottery tickets.
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I think you should start by purchasing a time machine. Then go back to 2011 and buy a metric ton of lottery tickets.
Or save your money, read up on what the winning number was, go back in time and just buy that one.
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