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Living 22 miles south of Chicago there is always something to do. The only problem is that it is a destination spot so there's way too many people for my liking. I go down to work and back home. Otherwise we go down probably 6-8 times a year just to bum around, walk the lakefront, do a little shopping or go out for lunch. We usually go to Brookfield Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry a couple of times a year. Girl Scouts has outings to the many places at reduced rates so we try to go if we are available - The Ledge, Hancock 360, The Shedd, ball games, etc. It is a fun (but expensive) city to visit.

As for a stay-cation, we are trying to figure that out for this fall. Might go to Michigan or Wisconsin, somewhere within two hour driving since I'm not a driver and just want to get there!

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Sandy, I have been to several of those places you mentioned. I am pretty sure that was the first zoo I ever went to. Do they still have that organ museum and little church down at the river front?

If I could afford it I would go to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, several of the museums in Denver, The Botanic Gardens at both locations, Denver Zoo, Butterfly Pavilion, several of the places in Colorado Springs area like Seven Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cave of the Winds, Pikes Peak. Might try to take in a play downtown and the symphony. Would also go to a baseball game, maybe the Rockies and Cardinals. Then I could route for both teams emoticon I used to go to Cardinals games with my aunts when I was in St. Louis.

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7/3/17 10:35 P

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stay-cation as in staying in one's own country or staying in one's own state? If it's the latter, there's still so much I haven't explored. I like historical places.

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We too are located where many great day trips are available to us. If we share the driving, we can get out as far as two and a half hours which puts us in range of Philly, Pittsburgh, DC, Baltimore, and more. Usually, we enjoy it more if it's an hour or less one way. We love to picnic and hike or bike and we are surrounded by mountains, so that's what usually happens. Now and then we head for something commercial or historic. Gardens are a favorite with us. We just visited Hershey Gardens last month and a local state park (Kings Gap) has provided an area for the Master Gardeners to do their magic and we love that one. Our favorite is Longwood Gardens in Philly, but that's not as frequent as it requires about five hours of driving and a lot of walking. We usually stay over for that one, but have done it in one day. Another favorite is to drive to the nearest DC Metro station and go into the city that way to see the sights. The National Arboretum is great. Also, love the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Many things to do around here.


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We moved to this farming community three years ago. We haven't done much exploring because it is hard for my husband to get around. One I know of the the OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Generally, the streets here are very narrow and hard to navigate, so we have become hermits in a way. The Pacific Coast is within a couple hours drive but other than sitting on the sand, usually on cool and cloudy days, there isn't much to do. Well yes, there are casinos, but we are not gamblers.


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I enjoy taking visitors too my favorite places or where they want to go. Here's are some of my favorites Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Brandywine River Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Nemours Estate,Hagley Museum and Library, Longwood Gardens and all the historical sites in Philadelphia, PA.
I live in a rural area and there is so much available within an hour and a half drive in any direction. I tell visitors that if you are bored when you live in this area there is something wrong with you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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We moved North of Phoenix 10 years ago. It was all new to me and most of it still is. When folks visit there is always some place to visit, that is new to them and to me. I'm still exploring AZ is a wonderful state to live in. We are always on vacation here.

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South to Galveston Island. That includes Moody Gardens, the beach, Splashtown and the Strand. North and you can go to Houston with the museum distract, shopping, theater, and 3 professional sports teams, east to the NASA SPACE CENTER. West to the state Parks

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7/3/17 1:51 P

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There is a lot of history in the area where I live. I go to different areas and attractions periodically.

For me, a true staycation would involve sleeping, knitting, museums, amusement parks, beaches, walking, taking photos, and more sleeping.

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I've done this. I consider myself lucky to live in St. Louis as we have many great places to visit such as the Zoo, City Museum, Forest Park with its various museums, the Muny, etc. There's always somewhere to go & something to do here.

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If you were spending a week on a staycation, what local attractions would you be sure to put on your to-do list?

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