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    • alligators + tourist attractions

      Tampa Jan 31, 2017 at 5:46 AM

      I have a phobia about alligators and yet I want somewhere warm for an end of Nov/Dec break. Are there any alligators on the beach at this time of the year - does anyone have personal knowledge of the situation

      Apart from Disney what other attractions are there - we would like to do some touring but looking at the crime rate in Charleston/New Orleans we are scared as we came close to being run off the road in Washington DC near the Jeffereson library Plan to stay about 2-3 weeks so could do 1000/1500 miles comfortably with hotels interspersed

      Can I add my thanks to VT which has been invaluable to me and enabled me to stay safe and see lots of places I wouldn't have seen. Only hope there is a last minute reprieve

    • Arizona/Utha in Fall

      Arizona Jan 29, 2017 at 9:49 AM

      Hi :)

      I need some advice for travel. I want to go to Las Vegas this fall and then drive by car to Grand Canyon and etc.
      My plan looks like this:

      First Day - Pick up the Car, drive to Hoover Dam and then to Tusayan

      Second Day - Visit Grand Canyon. We are not really "hiking people", so everything that takes more thatn 2hrs round trip is probably to much.But as i seen on then internet, most places are pretty accesible by car or shuttle.

      Third Day - Drive to Page, visit the Slot Canyons arount 11 AM (tours start then). and visit Horseshoe Bend in the afternoon

      Fourth Day - Drive from Page to Bryce Canyon (about 3hrs). Anything nice to see on the way there?

      Fifth Day - Visit Bryce Canyon

      Sixt Day - Drive to Springdale for Zion NP (about 2hrs). Anything nice to see on the way there?

      Seventh Day - Zion NP (visit The Narrows)
      Eight Day - Zion NP - What should we do too?
      Ninnth Day - Spend morning in Zion then drive back to Vegas, Anything nice to see on the way there?

      What do you think, is it a good plan? Should we spend less/more at a specific place? We have read that roads in this area are usually straight and not crowded, so driving shouln't be a hussle.

      Any help is appreciated

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      Weekly rates

      International Falls Jan 26, 2017 at 12:27 AM

      Hi! Dies anyone know of a room for rent or an apartment for rent that has weekly rates? I will be staying in International Falls for 3 weeks. Staying at a hotel would be costly. Thanks!

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      Tillicum excursion from Seattle during the week in May

      Seattle Feb 18, 2017 at 9:34 PM

      I'm going to miss this site!!!Love getting replays from locals as much as I like helping others when they come to Australia.
      Anyway.....Anyone know the best tour company to visit Tillicum? A tour that offers either a Tuesday /Wednesday or Thursday in May?

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      Charging stations Terminal D IAH

      Houston Feb 7, 2017 at 6:49 AM

      I am gonna have a bit of a layover in Houston before flying out of terminal D. Looking for some suggestions for a good place to have a couple of beers and possibly charge my phone. Any ideas?

    • alligators + tourist attractions

      Tampa Jan 31, 2017 at 5:40 AM

      I have a phobia about alligators and yet I want somewhere warm for an end of Nov/Dec break. Are there any alligators on the beach at this time of the year

    • Weather and hotels

      Miami Beach Feb 18, 2017 at 8:05 AM

      We are considering to visit Miami beach in January 2018
      Does anyone know if this is a good time for a beach holiday?
      We are living I Norway and would like to have some sun and warmth when it is winter time here.
      Does anyone have facts about a nice not to expensive hotel as well?
      Best regards
      Turid in Norway

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      Can I do Catalina and Balboa island in one day

      Newport Beach Feb 2, 2017 at 11:51 PM

      Staying at the holiday inn express Newport for 3 car...
      Already booked and paid after I realised not walking distance to beach at all...
      Can uber to Laguna one day and I thought these 2 islands would be a great idea...

    • Weather November

      California Feb 1, 2017 at 1:44 AM

      I know I asked yesterday about Florida but we are also looking at Palm/Desert Springs California - what is the weather liable to be like in November

      Will the roads be snow free to Las Vegas and what is the weather liable to be like in Vegas in November.

      Plan to possibly fly to Los Angeles - use Desert/Palm Springs and tour from there and possibly take a few days out to visit Vegas - could even fly into Vegas if the flights were cheaper

      Many thanks for so many questions

    • Travelling by rented car

      Miami Feb 16, 2017 at 4:55 AM

      We will be travelling in America this March, so we have decided to rent a car. We have heard that there are roads which require payments. 1. How can we pay these fees? Cash, credit card? Could rented car use sunpass and toll-by-plate? If yes, how to get it online? 2. What insurance car needs to have zero excess?
      Thank you in advance :)

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      subway access

      New York City Feb 3, 2017 at 7:55 AM

      Is it easier to catch the subway from John F Kennedy or LGA? thanks (typed out JFK for enough words to get it in the system.

    • Internatiola flight to lax and then national flight

      Los Angeles Jan 26, 2017 at 10:37 AM

      We are arriving at 26.September at LAX

      Our flight - LX40 Swiss - will arrive at 4:30PM, we checked online that is usually on time.

      We want to fly the same day from LAX to Las vegas. How much stopover time should we calculate?

      Possible flights:
      7:05 PM - Delta
      9:05 PM - United
      10:40 PM - United

      We currently looking at the 7:05 PM, but we don't know, is 2.5 hrs enough for transfer - to less or to much?

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      new york or orlando

      United States of America Feb 19, 2017 at 9:28 PM

      hi, we're going to the USA with our twelve year old daughter and need to choose between New York and Orlando for a four to five day trip. we need to go to indianapolis after this trip to visit relatives. Please advice as to which is the better option with respect to both, activities and expense. Thanks in advance.

    • Yosemite Valley

      Yosemite National Park Feb 6, 2017 at 11:07 AM


      Me and a friend are planning of going to Yosemite valley in about a week (17-18 feb 2017). Will we be able to drive there from the west (Mariposa) without any snow chains on the car? Is the road even open?
      Thanks in advance for answer!

    • Suggestions

      by Diva47 Online Now Jan 6, 2017 at 12:50 AM

      Planning a trip to Portland USA end of Feb 2017 after my Alaska trip for about 6days. Planning to rent a car to move around while there. Any suggestions as to where I should visit in Portland and mayb any nearby city that its a worth to visit too while there? Hear from you soon and thanks in advance.

      9 Answers Jan 9, 2017 at 2:33 AM
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      Toll roads?

      by suekay3 Online Now Aug 17, 2016 at 6:00 PM

      We are renting a car in Portland and the car rental agency wants us to rent a PlatePass to pay for tolls where there are no cashiers in the booths. Apparently this is a national trend. Can you tell me if there are many tollroads in the Portland area ?

      14 Answers Aug 19, 2016 at 4:12 PM
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      Toll roads?

      by suekay3 Online Now Aug 17, 2016 at 5:51 PM

      We are renting a car in Portland and the car rental agency wants us to rent a PlatePass to pay for tolls where there are no cashiers in the booths. Apparently this is a national trend. Can you tell me if there are many tollroads in the Portland area ?

      2 Answers Aug 17, 2016 at 6:30 PM
    • Trying to put together a 7-10 day trip to explore Washington and Oregon

      by kellyandbrian Online Now Jul 21, 2016 at 1:48 PM

      The plan is to fly into Portland or Seattle and fly out of the other city.
      We will rent a car and want to definitely see the highlights that are most reasonable given our time constraints.
      I've heard the Oregon coast is amazing. Also heard about the hiking in the gorge!
      As for Washington - I know the winery Chateau St Michelle is nearby - that may be more doable.
      My boyfriend has never been to Seattle so I want him to see the market etc.
      But I would also love to see some of the whales and not sure if trying to squeeze in any of the islands is worth it or reasonable.
      We are foodies and hope to experience the each city for atleast a day a half plus some excursions.
      Any suggestions you can offer about routes to take - things to see and do and or a reasonable itinerary for 7 days is awesome. We don't want to come home exhausted but we also aren't afraid to pack a lot into a day and want some unique experiences that we can't have in other states!
      Thank you!

      7 Answers Jul 22, 2016 at 10:05 PM
    • Wedding night

      by halfdozmom6 Online Now Jun 19, 2016 at 9:19 PM

      Looking for the best honeymoon hotels/packages in Portland, OR

      6 Answers Jun 21, 2016 at 11:45 AM
    • Getting around in and from Lake Oswego, Portland, Oregon

      by DavidAycrigg Online Now Feb 25, 2016 at 4:17 PM

      Hello, My wife and I (resident in New Zealand) are visiting my elderly mother at Marys Woods for about 2 weeks in May. If we want to get around a bit, should we rent a car or depend on public transport and taxis?

      7 Answers Apr 12, 2016 at 4:10 PM
    • Lodging for Pub Tour

      by larryinca Online Now Jan 15, 2016 at 11:32 AM

      Would like suggestions for decent affordable($100 or less) hotels conveniently located for brew pub touring.

      3 Answers Jan 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM
    • Some help, please!

      by ConnieRN1 Online Now Dec 29, 2015 at 7:33 AM

      Hey guys! I've seen some really useful answers here so I figured I'd pose my question. My boyfriend and I (early 30s) are very interested in going to Portland but we're from Miami so the cold weather isn't exactly in our blood. WIth my scheudle we're limited to going specific dates at the end of January but we don't want to freeze our buns off and be unable to enjoy our time. We want to travel afforadbly and found some decent reviewed hotels for a reasonable price (all we need is a place to rest our heads and stay warm). We enjoy outdoor activities and relaxing at a good microbrewery (a little disappointed that the Japanese garderns will be closed but I'm sure there's still lots to do). We figured we would decide when we get there if we wanted to rent a car or use Lyft services to get around. Any input would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks all!

      2 Answers Jan 1, 2016 at 10:24 AM
    • New Years Eve + Hotel/Things to do Questions!

      by nay_parks Online Now Dec 28, 2015 at 7:33 PM

      Hi All! My husband and I (mid 30s) booked a last minute trip to Portland for New Years Eve- we arrive on Wed Dec 30 and leave Sunday. We are looking forward to exploring the city, visiting wineries, maybe seeing whales migrate and generally relaxing and taking in some beautiful scenery and great restaurants. A few Qs:

      1. Any advice choosing between Hotel Monaco or Riverplace Hotel? Monaco seems to have a better location but Riverplace looks really pretty (note there are no river view rooms left so not sure if it's still worth it). Both are reasonably priced so not worried about that.

      2. Any advice on things to do on New Years Eve in Portland? Not looking for any big parties- maybe just a nice dinner and drinks, something low key. Restaurant ideas?

      3. For wineries- is it better to do a tour or do on our own? If tour, can anyone recommend a private tour? (we'd rather customize our day versus doing a big bus tour)

      4. I read it's a great time of year to see whales migrating to Mexico- any advice on where to go to have the best chance of seeing whales?

      Phew- I think that's all for now! All advice and tips appreciated!


      4 Answers Dec 28, 2015 at 9:13 PM
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      Car Hire - Portland

      by danishtraveller Online Now Dec 9, 2015 at 4:12 AM

      I will be in Portland, OR for 2 weeks around Christmas from 13 to 28 December and I need to rent a full size vehicle or similar for 5 people. Alamo comes in as the cheapest but their reputation precedes them... Can anyone recommend a place to rent a vehicle from in Portland. It doesn't matter where in Portland. I am from Denmark, live in Malaysia and hold drivers licenses from the UK and Australia.

      8 Answers Dec 14, 2015 at 2:50 PM
    • djs music dub trap

      by jensparkles Online Now Oct 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      where can i see djs mixing dub and trap music

      1 Answer Oct 29, 2015 at 8:24 PM
    • hotel/b&b recomendation

      by hjc212 Online Now Oct 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM

      Have a trip to Portland that has come up last minute and I could use some recommendations for reasonable hotels/b&b's. Would prefer downtown or close to downtown. Thanks!

      6 Answers Oct 6, 2015 at 5:26 PM
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      Addon Rental Fees

      by WhiteMughal Online Now Jul 27, 2015 at 5:24 PM

      Just wondering. I rented a car at the airport in Portland, and on the bill there were miscellaneous fees, some apparently government taxes, added. They totaled $127 on a two day rental. Is this only this bad at the airport?

      8 Answers Jul 29, 2015 at 3:05 PM
    • Recommendations for 3 day stop

      by HaulinOats21 Online Now May 10, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      I will be dropping by Portland for about 3 days after a trip in Seattle on June 6-8. After hearing great things about the unique traits of Portland, I was hoping to get some recommendations (can never have enough beer) from some locals on what to do (Mon-Wed) to have a fun relaxing visit.

      I love good food and great beer, two things I know Portland is well known for.

      9 Answers May 15, 2015 at 8:55 PM
    • what hotel

      by KevinM77 Online Now Nov 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Looking for a hotel that's by all the nightlife any suggestions?

      4 Answers May 15, 2015 at 12:45 PM
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      Visiting Portland for one week

      by mosaka Online Now May 14, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Hello Portland folks,
      I'm thinking of visiting Portland one week in July.
      Any cheap hotel recommendations ?

      where should I stay close to downtown city . I wanna be close to sightseeings, cafés, good restaurants, parks, outdoor..... anything touristy

      Also how does transportation works there ? How do people/tourists get around town?

      Recommendations please ?
      Thank you :-)

      5 Answers May 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM
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      Brewery tours

      by rickd11 Online Now Mar 28, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Which breweries give tours?

      4 Answers Mar 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM
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      Greyhound Station to Portland Airport

      by parttimetraveler Online Now Feb 8, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      What would be my cheapest/best mode of transportation from the bus depot to the airport?

      5 Answers Feb 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM
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      New to traveling, thinking of going solo, any tips?

      by RacerRex9727 Online Now Jun 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      My name is Tom. I'm 24 and I'm new to Dallas, I just moved here a year ago from Phoenix. I have an awesome blessing of working for a large U.S. domestic airline at their corporate office. I've been working hard long hours there for the past year or two but now I'm finally established. I never really used my free flight benefits because I was so busy working.

      I never really traveled much growing up, my parents did not have much money and put it all towards my private education, and I spent more time studying and had few outlets for recreation. Now I have this explosive opportunity to fly wherever I want whenever I want. The concept of recreation is alien to me as I have studied and focused on professional development as long as I can remember. But now I want to branch out and explore, and discover who I am outside of my career.

      But I won't lie, I'm a little intimidated. I've traveled for recreation a little with family since I started working with the airline. But I want to take a leap and explore on my own. I can travel to almost 100 destinations but I don't know how to get started. I'm too young to rent a car without getting hammered with fees, so what cities are good if I want to walk or use cheap public transportation? I am thinking of doing Portland since I enjoyed Seattle so much with my family. I also don't feel comfortable traveling with my new friends yet as I don't know them well enough (and I don't drink or hit bars like they do). Is it normal to travel alone? Will I be lonely or depressed that I'm not sharing my travel experiences with someone? I heard its sometimes good to unwind and escape people and social pressures and leave them behind. Any suggestions?

      14 Answers Jul 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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      Things not to miss during the trip from Cincinnati to Portland?

      by chrisspinney Online Now May 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Have a tentative plan already to see both Arches and Yellowstone National Parks. Here's the trip so far:

      I have 3 weeks and am very open to changing the route along the way. I'm into photography so places that are fun to take pictures of are a must, also really like architecture. Any suggestions?

      8 Answers May 31, 2013 at 5:08 AM
    • Buy a phone with sim card

      by depart76 Online Now Apr 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      I plan to visit Oregon and California next july, arriving through Portland.
      Can I buy a phone somewhere with a sim card, and at a reasonable price so that people I know may reach me ? I don't need to have lots of time on advanced purchase, that's mostly to receive calls. Can I buy it even if I'm a European visitor ? Where are the best deals ?

      8 Answers Apr 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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      Hotel by Amtrak Station?

      by ctrmom Online Now Apr 8, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Need a one night hotel by Amtrak Station/Union Station so I am close to walk with my rolling suitcase the next day to the train. thanks

      3 Answers Apr 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM
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      Cycling in Portland

      by Cveilleux Online Now Mar 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      We are going on an organized cycling tour the 3rd week of June, but will arrive 3 days before the trip begins. We will be bringing our bicycles and will be staying in a B&B in Southeast Portland. Which trails are the best ones to go on?

      1 Answer Mar 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM
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      1 day 1 night in Portland

      by tracyskf Online Now Feb 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      We will be on a road trip in a couple of weeks time and will get to spend 1 day 1 night in Portland. Can someone provide us recommendation on the top must-see? (Already booked accommodation and we will have a rented car to go around).

      Keen to explore good places for food where locals go. So hope to get recommendations on this too (already making plans to go for Voodoo doughnuts!) =)


      6 Answers Jan 7, 2014 at 9:02 AM
    • lodging close to Oregon Health and Science University and with public transportation?

      by sliang1109 Online Now Jan 30, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Hello, my son is going to have an interview at OHSU. My questions are:

      1) What neighborhood is OHSU located? We are thinking about bidding for a hotel room online, but don't know which neighborhood(s) should we check from the list.

      2)Does anyone have recommendation for inexpensive stay near OHSU and with convenient public transportation to/from OHSU?


      1 Answer Jan 31, 2013 at 7:42 AM
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      Portland or Mt. Hood - must visit restaurants

      by jagheter Online Now Dec 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      I'm going to be in Portland the first week of January with a bunch of foodies. Does anyone have a must-visit restaurant, gastro-pub, food shack, that they recommend?


      6 Answers Jan 6, 2013 at 1:41 AM
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      Portland in january

      by kimcap Online Now Nov 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      hi :) im from southern california and was wondering if anyone could tell me what to expect weather wise ( other than rain, rain, and more rain :)

      Being from a warm climate i only have casual clothing and i love to dress pinup..(ha! that sounds so stupid.. but hey, i love the whole vintage look.. and it's huge and not silly at all down here. most of my wardrobe is bettie page inspired. bah)

      my new bf is from here, is used to the cold and well lets face it, he's a guy and has no clue as to what to advice me to bring..
      I was just wondering if it's completely ridiculous to bother bringing any of my usual dresses in january...
      hopefully someone can answer this without making fun. ;p although i dont mind it..

      thanks :p


      6 Answers Nov 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM
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      Public transportation

      by NYTim Online Now Apr 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Coming to Portland next week. is there an easy way to go the coast for a day trip via public trans?



      3 Answers Aug 29, 2012 at 8:53 AM
    • Visiting Portland on Foot... By Train.

      by IronTitus Online Now Apr 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      I'm thinking of coming down either Thursday the 26th or Friday the 27th with my wife. it will be our first real Portland visit (from Seattle area).

      Any tips on how foot-based tourists could enjoy themselves? local hotel you'd recommend, maybe near a good night club or two? we like to dance, drink, explore cultural areas, and are considering hitting the Portland Center Stage for live theater one night as well.

      Any tips? we're not so much the t-shirt and baseball cap type much as we prefer the nitty gritty. good night clubs, dive cafe's, where the locals romp.

      thanks guys :)


      8 Answers May 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM
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      Portland in February 2012

      by Dekeboo Online Now Nov 18, 2011 at 3:16 AM

      I am going to be visiting Portland in February (amongst other places) and wondered if anyone could advise me on the best things to see. I am estimating about 3-5 days will be spent there before I leave to San Francisco (is this too many?). I also wondered what the weather would be like?

      I am interested in interesting/unusual tours, music, art/history museums and book shops. I am an avid walker and am also keen to know how easy it is to get around Portland by foot (and occasional public transport). The tours don't have to be city tours - if there are day trips from Portland that you think shouldn't be missed?

      many thanks in advance

      15 Answers May 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM