Published: February 2, 2008 at 2:16 AMThe reason that I checked Central Florida is that there is the Kennedy Space Center just an hour ago and that I am a space enthusiast...
Published: February 2, 2008 at 5:41 AMIT is going to be a long time before Central Florida is not #1.
Not only the theme parks, but there is a huge renovation going on in Orlando for Tourist type spots that are very local friendly as well. Check out Pointe Orlando on I-Drive the next time you are in town! The old mall area just received a $45 million facelift and it is really nice with some new upscale dining and shops!
Disney is forever evolving and USF is catching on! The new SeaWorld water park Aquatica is sure to be a hit this yaer as well.
We cannot forget Kennedy Space Center. It is educational and fun as well. I have seen several launches, but they never lose their splendor!
There's a WHOLE lot of vacation in one spot!
Published: February 2, 2008 at 7:00 AMCentral Florida also hosts professional major-league sports teams (Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays), excellent museums (MOSI in Tampa, the Salvador Dali museum in St Petersburg), beaches (on both coasts), salt- and fresh-water diving (offshore or in the springs), and is only a couple of hours away from Miami and the swamps of south Florida. There's NASCAR and Grand Prix auto racing (Daytona, Sebring, and the St Petersburg Grand Prix, one of the few remaining races through a downtown area!). Hunting. Fishing. Camping. What else do you do? We do it here in Central Florida, too.
Published: February 2, 2008 at 8:30 AMI chose SoCal because not only do you have the Disneyland Resort, you have the Anaheim Resort with many fun features and museums. You also have close access to Knott's, Six Flags, The beach, San Bernadino Mountains, LA, The Honda Center (aka The Pond) with concerts and hockey, Anaheim Stadium, the list goes on and on
Published: February 2, 2008 at 11:13 AMI chose the Smokies because its the closest to me. We live about 2 hours from Gatlinburg, so we visit quiet often. We never get tired of the mountains. As the first poster said, we visit Kennedy Space Center once a year and if lived close enough would love to go more often.
Published: February 2, 2008 at 11:31 AMTo me, being a lover of American History it has to be Williamsburg VA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
With JamesTown/Colonial Williamsburg/YorkTown right next door to BGE, and then within a very easy drive is Mount Vernon and all the museums in Wash. D.C., besides the Confederate White House in Richmond VA, and so many other historical sites in the general area you cant beat the area for a great placce to ride coasters in BGE/PKD/SFA and then see all the varied historical sites.
So IMHO there is no other part of the country that can give you great rides and great American History experiences!!
Published: February 2, 2008 at 9:47 PMI picked Southern Cal because I am a Hollyweird fan. I also love the good ol 90210 zip and the O.C. You also have Catalina island, Universal the original, Magic Mtn. Knotts Berry Farm, Lego Land and all the San Diego things like Sea World. You can tour the stars homes, there are it least 5 Hard Rock Cafe's, beaches that are popular like Hunington for the surfer, of course Malibu and Venice and then shown in numerous shows and movies you have the Santa Monica Pier. Long Beach has the Queen Mary and Aquarium of the Pacific. Then there is Medieval Times and the Pirates Show, Rodeo Drive the Sunset Strip, Chinease Theatre and the Hollywood Bowl. Don't forget the Hollywood sign and Griffith Park. Not too far away is also Palm Springs and the Salt and Sea and Ariel tram as well as tours of the San Andreas fault. :)GOD! I wish we could afford to live there. It is just too much for what you can get in housing and car tags etc... We live in Phoenix (SuperBowl Home tommorrow :) ) Arizona and are only 4-5 hours from Southern Cal. I love it there and you can really never get bored. I have been going there a few times a year for years.
Published: February 3, 2008 at 5:31 AMI LOVE the mountains, so the Great Smokys have got my vote! We love to hike and I am a naturalist and love to watch for wildlife. Also, the calmness of a mountain trail balances the mindbending effects of rollercoasters and the noises of theme parks. Mountain trail hiking is the perfect way to end up a theme park vacation!
Published: February 4, 2008 at 2:47 AMI voted Southern california.
Where else can you visit the beach, the mountains,the desert,the inner city and even another country all in one day ?
Published: February 7, 2008 at 5:58 AMI'll just echo what some have already said. Central Florida has it locked up pretty well right now. From putt-putt, t-shirt shops, outlets, malls, restaraunts, weather, beaches an hour away, Daytona Speedway, the Space Center, Gatorland, and other smaller attractions. So much to offer families and people young and old.