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Now that the wedding is out of the way, it's time for the wife and I to start planning (and saving) for our overseas honeymoon the the USA!

The only two fixed events at the moment are ReaperCon at the start of the trip and seeing Blue Oyster Cult in Reno at the end. We've hashed out a plan of where we want to go and at what times, so I'd appreciate any advice on things to see and do in those areas.

First of all we're looking at heading straight into Texas, stopping in Cross Plains before RCon to see the Robert E Howard museum (we're both big Conan fans). Then it's on to Lewisville and the con, with a couple of days allocated after for adventures around the area.

From there the plan is a road trip through to New Orleans, which will apparently take us through Cajun country. We'll spend a few days there doing a lot of eating, while a ghost tour and the voodoo museum sound interesting, but not a lot else in the way of concrete plans.

We'll fly back towards the east coast, staying a couple of days in Las Vegas. We have literally nothing planned for Vegas, so totally open to suggestions here. Kind of just want the experience of having been there.

Then we're looking at busing over to LA, particularly Anaheim to check out some amusement parks, something which just doesn't exist over here in NZ, as well as going to Medieval Times because JOUSTING AND FOOD. This will probably include a day trip to San Diego to check out the zoo, which is one of the things wifey is particularly looking forward to.

Next up to San Francisco for two or three days with not much planned other than a visit to the big science museum whose name I can't remember right now but I definitely remember reading about in that pamphlet we got from the nice travel agent, before heading over to Reno for BOC and then back home to Kiwiland.

So - any suggestions? Rhi's pretty keen on visiting big museums, zoos and art galleries while I'd be really keen to scope out various FLGS's around the place (especially successful and long-standing establishments so I can probe for ideas and tips), but really anything kind of geeky is probably going to be right up our alley, as well as suggestions for where to eat. Not so much interested in outdoorsy activities or going to see typically touristy monuments and such.

Thanks for any ideas you all have!

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If you have the chance while you're down in the Denton area you might want to visit the Scarborough Festival http://www.srfestival.com/

 

Excellent! Exactly the sort of thing I was after. The only weekend we have scheduled in Texas at the moment is the ReaperCon weekend, but it might be manageable.

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If you like snoopy and roller coasters, you have to do Knotts Berry Farm. Its about 15minutes from Disney Land in Anaheim California.

See, I don't even know if I like roller coasters! NZ only has one crummy little theme park, and I've never been. I was looking at Knott's Berry Farm though, as I don't fancy the idea of paying a premium for the Disney brand.

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(Psst, you mean West Coast, not East Coast. Rather different beasties, those.)

 

If you like art museums the de Young in San Fransico is said to be a good one. The Asian Art Museum is brilliant.

 

In LA the LACMA, Los Angeles County museum of Art, is legendary.

 

If you're into giant prehistoric mammal skeletons, Los Angeles' Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is a lot of fun.

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There is a Medieval Times in Dallas, so you could go there while you are in the area.

 

ub3r_n3rd lives in Las Vegas, so he would be a good resource for that area.  Probably worth catching a Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil or other show while you are there.

 

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Had to check Facebook to double check. What I loved most about Vegas was, oddly enough....the architecture of the hotels and interiors. The Luxor was nice, Paris hotel and wandering the Caesar palace was pretty. Ah and the rollercoaster in th New York casino was cool too.

 

OMFG you have to watch the Sirens show at the Treasure Island hotel. Its free and right outside of the hotel at night, probably 7pm? That is the most hilarious... Not in a negative way, I was probably far gone, but for children being around that was probably the most sexually suggestive show I have ever seen. It's probably 30 minutes long but yeah. @[email protected]

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(Psst, you mean West Coast, not East Coast. Rather different beasties, those.)

 

If you like art museums the de Young in San Fransico is said to be a good one. The Asian Art Museum is brilliant.

 

In LA the LACMA, Los Angeles County museum of Art, is legendary.

 

If you're into giant prehistoric mammal skeletons, Los Angeles' Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is a lot of fun.

 

You're right, I did mean west, I knew I meant west, but somehow my fingers didn't end up knowing.

Thanks for all the suggestions, the tar pits sounds like fun.

 

My foggy childhood memories of NZ roads suggest you guys don't NEED rollercoasters.

 

Heh. Things can get a bit up and down, twisty turny sometimes. I think there are probably enough "outdoor adventure" activities for adrenaline junkies in NZ that roller coasters are a bit superfluous.

 

There is a Medieval Times in Dallas, so you could go there while you are in the area.

 

ub3r_n3rd lives in Las Vegas, so he would be a good resource for that area.  Probably worth catching a Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil or other show while you are there.

 

Ron

 

Maybe I could go to both...

A show sounds good, we certainly won't be going for the gambling. Wife seems interested in Cirque du Soleil.

 

Had to check Facebook to double check. What I loved most about Vegas was, oddly enough....the architecture of the hotels and interiors. The Luxor was nice, Paris hotel and wandering the Caesar palace was pretty. Ah and the rollercoaster in th New York casino was cool too.

 

OMFG you have to watch the Sirens show at the Treasure Island hotel. Its free and right outside of the hotel at night, probably 7pm? That is the most hilarious... Not in a negative way, I was probably far gone, but for children being around that was probably the most sexually suggestive show I have ever seen. It's probably 30 minutes long but yeah. @[email protected]

 

I like the idea of just going around and poking my nose in all of those hotels and casinos, they seem so impressive in photos and movies. Sirens show sounds like a giggle, I'll have to check it out.

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Looks like the phone ate my reply because I was dunking around looking at maps of New Orleans trying to find the two restaurants that were off the beaten path that I missed the most.

 

The short version:

It looks like you have taken into account how big the US is, but just in case (because I've seen too many of my internet friends from over the years do the same) the US is big. The distance from Dallas to New Orleans is 505 miles and will take about 7.5 hours (not accounting for stops). I note the North island of New Zealand is 515 miles long from North to South. So driving from Dallas to New Orleans is like driving the length of your homes North Island. If you're cool with that, then my due diligence is done.

 

Next more fun stuff, New Orleans food. I haven't lived there since 2005-2006 ish. The good on bourbon street tends to be over priced for the quality. I think I found the po boy shop I loved. A small hole in the wall place with awesome food. It's called: GUYS PO BOYS

5259 Magazine St

New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

 

I was trying to find the seafood broil place I also loved, but no luck. But you need to try one of the little seafood stands that will do a shrimp crawfish broil and sell you the shrimp and potatoes and corn. Omg I have never found anything as good. And the awesome thing is the shrimp is fresh from the gulf, and some of the largest you will eat in you life (ok maybe not true for people who love on an island) and it tended to be cheap compared to most other things you could get.

 

For things to do, I haven't been back to the aquarium since Katrina, but prekatrina it was the best most awe inspiring aquarium I've been to. So I highly recommend it.

 

As for San Fran, we just did our honeymoon there. I can recommend the Young highly. It was quite nice. Plan to spend at least the day at Golden Gate park which has both de young and the science museum. I suggest renting bikes at the park so you can take more in, and riding down to the beach to catch the sun set. :lol:

 

Wish I could meet you at reaper con, but my vacation ends just as Reaper con starts. :down:

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For Vegas, a Cirque du Soleil show would be a must. Have enjoyed nearly every one I've seen. Can't recall the names. The one with the rotating stage was very cool.

 

The Bellagios water show is always fun. Not sure if it is still there, but the Imperial Palace had a car museum that was interesting.

 

Many of the newer "city center" casinos were really bland last time I went. Black and white dullness.

 

Excalibur is a medieval theme with a Krispy Kreme donut shop last time I was there. Luxor is the cool pyramid. Both are near New York.

 

The downtown casinos with the lightshow overhead is cool. Not sure if stay there.

 

Maybe take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon?

 

That's about all off the top of my head. Wander down one side then back up the other. And drink lots of water. It'll be hot.

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For Vegas, a Cirque du Soleil show would be a must. Have enjoyed nearly every one I've seen. Can't recall the names. The one with the rotating stage was very cool.

 

The Bellagios water show is always fun. Not sure if it is still there, but the Imperial Palace had a car museum that was interesting.

 

Many of the newer "city center" casinos were really bland last time I went. Black and white dullness.

 

Excalibur is a medieval theme with a Krispy Kreme donut shop last time I was there. Luxor is the cool pyramid. Both are near New York.

 

The downtown casinos with the lightshow overhead is cool. Not sure if stay there.

 

Maybe take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon?

 

That's about all off the top of my head. Wander down one side then back up the other. And drink lots of water. It'll be hot.

 

Cirque has a lot with rotating stages. @[email protected] If it was in vegas, it was likely to be LoVe though. (They still do the Bellagio water/light show)

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