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Title: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: Beavermoose on August 20, 2016, 09:05:38 PM
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Hey guys,

I'll be road tripping through some of the US from Montreal to Vancouver throughout the month of September.
Since a lot of you live in the good 'ol Us of A, I thought you might be able to give me some suggestions of places to go, things to see.

My tentative itinerary is:

Montreal (Sept 2nd)
Toronto
Columbus
Indianapolis
Chicago
Somewhere in between there (Nebraska or Kansas) Open to suggestions.
Denver
Telluride (possibly to visit a friend whose working for the film festival)
Camping in a Colorado or Utah national Park
Salt Lake City
Somewhere in between there (Idaho or Nevada) Open to suggestions.
Portland
Seattle
Vancouver (Sept 30th)

I'll be mostly living out of my car, camping and couch surfing.
I'd much appreciate any suggestions of things to do both in and out the cities.
Couch surfing has always worked very well for me but if any filmspotters fancy a meet up and might be willing to put me up for a night I'd be more than willing to share my enormous supply of maple syrup. :)
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: Sandy on August 20, 2016, 09:25:08 PM
You can couch surf at my house, Beavermoose! :)

If you'd like to stay here, just let me know about when you'll be coming through the SLC area and I'll put it on my calendar. I'd be happy to show you around.

Some interesting things around here:

Park City
Alpine Loop
Antelope Island State Park/The Great Salt Lake
Temple Square/Downtown SLC
Golden Spike National Historic Site (1 hr 45 minutes from my home)
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will be at The Vivint Smart Home Arena Delta Center, Sept. 23rd -26th. :)

Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: oldkid on August 21, 2016, 01:12:38 AM
I'm sure I can work out a space for you to crash when in Portland.  Depending on when you are in town, I'd love to meet up with you as well.

Touristy stuff:
Multnomah Falls
Vista House
Voodoo Donuts (the only one on this list that I would call "overrated")
Japanese Garden (possibly the most beautiful spot in Portland, but you have to pay for it)
Washington Park Zoo
Timberline Lodge

Not-so-touristy stuff:
Mcmenamins Edgefield (food, ale, concerts, gardens)
Forest Park, especially the walk in Upper McCleay Park to the Stone House
Short trails behind the Audubon Society
Walking across the St. John's Bridge
Eating at Burgerville
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: Sandy on August 21, 2016, 01:32:24 AM
Now I want to go to Portland! :)
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: oldkid on August 21, 2016, 01:55:40 AM
Just wait!  Mrs. oldkid and I came up with a quintessential Portland experience (mileage may vary and Martin Teller would give you a completely different list), all in one neighborhood.

Walk down Mississippi Avenue and look at all the unique and small shops there.
Then go to one of the thousands of carts in Portland, we recommend Stoopid Burger on Vancouver and Fremont.
Go across the street to New Seasons market, one of the high priced specialty supermarkets in Portland (which also conformed to the low income neighborhood it was helping to gentrify).
Walk up Williams to get a cup of espresso by an artiste barista at Rostrettos and watch hundreds of bikes pass by.
While on Williams, experience both our Anarchy bookstore and our Feminist bookstore.

Oh, and on the more standard list above, I have to add Sauvie Island which is a serine drive in the country.

And Sandy, next time you visit Portland, I should take you to some of these places.  You'd love it.
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: Sandy on August 21, 2016, 01:59:58 AM
Yes, I know I would!

Let's stop by Powell's too. :)
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: oldkid on August 21, 2016, 02:07:05 AM
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Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: saltine on August 21, 2016, 02:30:51 AM
I love reading these responses.  You guys are the best!
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 21, 2016, 02:51:34 AM
South of Chicago is Jolliet prison, so you could check out the opening of Blue's Brothers. I need to look up a couple of things.
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: Bondo on August 21, 2016, 08:02:18 AM
My cart choice when I was in Portland was "Fried Egg I'm In Love" which was delicious.
As Portland beer options go, Deschutes is very good.

I should have tips on things to do in Colorado but I'm a terrible tourist.
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: ses on August 21, 2016, 09:45:20 PM
Let me know where you plan on being in Colorado, and I can come up with a few things for you to do.
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: saltine on August 21, 2016, 10:07:43 PM
Were you around when worm@work posted here?  She has a food cart in Seattle.  It's called Roll OK Please.  It would be a kick to drop past.  I hear she's highly successful at it.

Read this. (http://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/a-woman-quit-her-microsoft-job-to-serve-indian-food-sometimes-to-former-co-workers/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1)

Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: Corndog on August 22, 2016, 07:41:05 AM
Columbus!

There a few cool things to see. The Ohio State University campus is cool to see, and Ohio Stadium if you like sports. If you want to check out a movie in a cool theater, either Gateway Film Center (http://gatewayfilmcenter.org/) (which is very close to campus), or the Drexel Theatre (http://www.drexel.net/).

Depending on when you're in, there may be some cool festival happening at the time, and there are also so decent museums. The art museum (https://www.columbusmuseum.org/) recently had a lush new wing built/opened, and then there is COSI (http://cosi.org/), which is a cool interactive science space, although admittedly I haven't been in some time, but remember it being fun.

The Short North area of town is very cool as well. Plenty of boutique style shops and gastropubs/higher end restaurants

In terms of places to eat:
The Crest (http://thecrestgastropub.com/) - My fiancee and I's favorite brunch spot
Schmidt's (http://www.schmidthaus.com/) in German Village - Authentic German food (stay for dessert for the cream puffs)
Thurman Cafe (https://thethurmancafe.com/) - Home of the Thurman Burger
North Market (http://www.northmarket.com/) - Public Market, I've heard Hot Chicken Takeover (http://hotchickentakeover.com/) is phenomenal, but haven't been myself
Lola's (http://lolas-italian.com/) - Gahanna Italian restuarant. My fiancee and I's favorite spot
Ringside Cafe (http://www.ringsidecolumbus.com/index.html) - Best burger in town (or at least up there with Thurman)
Lindey's (http://www.lindeys.com/) - Always hear about this place, but never been
Jeni's Ice Cream (https://jenis.com/) - best ice cream in town

I could go on and on with the places to eat...
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: Beavermoose on August 22, 2016, 04:30:35 PM
You guys are awesome!  ;D
I'll take notes.  And I'll let you know when I have a better idea of when I'll be in your areas!
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: íKeith! on August 22, 2016, 11:19:40 PM
Gonna be at the Telluride Film Fest (and wandering the Nat'l parks in CO/UT for a couple days after) lemme know if you wanna meet up!
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: smirnoff on August 24, 2016, 07:37:33 PM
If you're passing through Kelowna at some point, coming or going, you're welcome to crash at my place. :)
Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: íKeith! on August 31, 2016, 03:24:40 PM
Gonna be at the Telluride Film Fest (and wandering the Nat'l parks in CO/UT for a couple days after) lemme know if you wanna meet up!

Heh, didn't realize you weren't gonna be in CO til well after the fest! Found this place to stay in UT - just inside one of the enterance to Canyonlands - looks hilariously awesome so booked it for a night! https://airbnb.com/rooms/12454074?s=8&user_id=14762784&ref_device_id=ec049bec23bfcf668c0947eb34498c623fb4105d

Title: Re: Beavermoose's Semi-Great American Road Trip
Post by: Beavermoose on August 31, 2016, 03:43:09 PM
Gonna be at the Telluride Film Fest (and wandering the Nat'l parks in CO/UT for a couple days after) lemme know if you wanna meet up!

Heh, didn't realize you weren't gonna be in CO til well after the fest! Found this place to stay in UT - just inside one of the enterance to Canyonlands - looks hilariously awesome so booked it for a night! https://airbnb.com/rooms/12454074?s=8&user_id=14762784&ref_device_id=ec049bec23bfcf668c0947eb34498c623fb4105d

I'll most likely be staying in Canyonlands for a night or two, I think the campgrounds are about 20$ a night. Tipi is a bit out of my price range.