Where To Go In North America

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    Nov 23, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    As you all know, I will be leaving the Caribbean for up to about a year or more of internships in North America, for 2 to 3 months at a time in locations of my choosing ... I wanted to ask RJ

    What places do you recommend?

    On my list already of consideration:

    New York
    Montreal
    Hawaii
    Alaska (dunno where)
    South Carolina
    Chicago
    New Orleans
    Michigan (dunno where)
    English-speaking rural arctic, continental Canada (Dunno where yet)

    Possibly other regions include:

    Pacific Northwest
    Newfoundland
    Southwest (Arizona)
    Texas
    New England
    Greenland

    Now my q is: I cannot possibly go to all of these places.... I have to narrow down up to a maximum of five places to live in.. the others I can always visit.... But of the above, and if you have any other options.. please recommend to me is a "must-be" and "must-see" in good old North America... and take into account personal experiences with the living conditions too... Do not hesitate to mention a region I may have missed

    I hereby thank all of RJ for your input,

    Your truly,

    GH
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    Nov 23, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    Head to somewhere in British Columbia, if you like the outdoors/hiking/camping/skiing/snowboarding/biking.

    I was in Newfoundland 2 months ago and thought it was beautiful (St. Johns and the west coast of the rock), but it would cost you a bit extra to fly and travel around there.
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    Nov 23, 2011 7:25 PM GMT
    Bale02 saidHead to somewhere in British Columbia, if you like the outdoors/hiking/camping/skiing/snowboarding/biking.

    I was in Newfoundland 2 months ago and thought it was beautiful (St. Johns and the west coast of the rock), but it would cost you a bit extra to fly and travel around there.


    British Columbia? Haha that is the last place I visited.. kinda ironic it would show up as first rec haha
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    Nov 23, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    Get a real feel of North America. Go to Montreal, New York, South Carolina, Chicago, and Arizona. Each place is unique, and will make it a real experience.
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    Nov 23, 2011 7:42 PM GMT
    Balljunkie saidGet a real feel of North America. Go to Montreal, New York, South Carolina, Chicago, and Arizona. Each place is unique, and will make it a real experience.


    That looks like a real good list.. thanks Balljunkie... though Im partial to go to Alaska too, and to drop Arizona, since it is almost Latin American desert and Im from just this kind of area.. Very good list, thanks icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 23, 2011 7:47 PM GMT
    Definitely come to New York and I live in New England and it is kinda 'meh' at best but there are some beautiful places to see. I personally never been to Chicago but I hear good things. Hawaii is beautiful but avoid Maui...it is a tourist trap.

    I am surprised California isn't on your list. If you go to California I would recommend going to Napa, San Francisco, Berkley, and everyone has to go to LA at least once.
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    Nov 23, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
    AlexanderB saidDefinitely come to New York and I live in New England and it is kinda 'meh' at best but there are some beautiful places to see. I personally never been to Chicago but I hear good things. Hawaii is beautiful but avoid Maui...it is a tourist trap.

    I am surprised California isn't on your list. If you go to California I would recommend going to Napa, San Francisco, Berkley, and everyone has to go to LA at least once.


    True, California I have visited too often already, this is why.. I plan to go back there, I want to see Lake Mono and road trip up the Pacific coast.. that and the trip across Canada seem to be the best road trips of the continent
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    Nov 23, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    Texas...it's a country in and of itself
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    Nov 23, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    jpBITCHva saidif you go to Michigan, the place you'll like best is Ann Arbor. There is a world-class medical school and teaching hospital at the U of Michigan, and the town is full of smart people in general, culture, nightlife, and hot young men.


    You know my only problem with that is? Is that my family is from there.. and I kind of want to get away a bit hehe icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 23, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
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    jpBITCHva saidif you go to Michigan, the place you'll like best is Ann Arbor. There is a world-class medical school and teaching hospital at the U of Michigan, and the town is full of smart people in general, culture, nightlife, and hot young men.


    You know my only problem with that is? Is that my family is from there.. and I kind of want to get away a bit hehe icon_razz.gif


    Considering your family situation as of late, I don't blame you for avoiding them at all costs!
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    Nov 23, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    Will your internship be setup in advance or are you open to choosing one?

    If you have a choice may I suggest American Hospitality Academy - Accepted by many Europeans schools and tourism university programs. You can be situated in a number if areas in the US - South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Texas, California, etc. I interned with them in Orlando, FL.
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    Nov 23, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    ^ I can go anywhere in the world since I am doing hospital internships and I can set them up on my own.. I am considering a minimum of three in North America.. the rest will likely be Europe, Asia, Africa and back here in South America.. since Im into global health issues, especially concerning environment and development... Im going north mainly to get working experience there which I do not have.. but its such a beautiful continent, I want to choose carefully ;)

    Edit: @Jpbitchva... what the men look like are of entirely no consequence whatsoever... I am going for professional reasons only ...
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    Nov 23, 2011 9:40 PM GMT
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    GreenHopper said
    jpBITCHva saidif you go to Michigan, the place you'll like best is Ann Arbor. There is a world-class medical school and teaching hospital at the U of Michigan, and the town is full of smart people in general, culture, nightlife, and hot young men.


    You know my only problem with that is? Is that my family is from there.. and I kind of want to get away a bit hehe icon_razz.gif


    Considering your family situation as of late, I don't blame you for avoiding them at all costs!


    Thats the idea ;) SHHHH dont tell!! lol
  • patmos9990

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    Nov 23, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    I would pick Baltimore because you can do DC, Philly, and NYC easily from there.

    I would pick Austin so you can explore San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston from there.

    I would pick Vancouver to explore Seattle and Portland from there.

    That would give you three distinct views of North America and allow you to spend time in 11 cities.
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    Nov 23, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
    For sure Honolulu.
    San Francisco
    Seattle
    Miami
    Guadalajara
    Las Vegas
    Vancouver
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    Nov 23, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    Whatever you do, drop Michigan.

    References: I live there.
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    Nov 23, 2011 10:25 PM GMT
    Er- San Diego? It's really beautiful there.

    Or you can try Phoenix, Arizona. It's not too far from the Grand Canyon. Flagstaff is a lot closer to the South Rim, but after spending a night there in 1995, I was not too impressed with the place.

    And I'm posting from here in the UK.
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    Nov 23, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    I'm from Michigan, born and raised in Lansing. Don't go to Lansing.

    I lived in Grand Rapids for 5 years, it's a nice but small city. Conservative-ish area, but fun and some cute guys there.

    Northern Michigan, like Traverse City, is really gorgeous year-round, but especially in the summer.

    Saugatuck is a "gay city" where a lot of guys from Chicago and other surrounding areas like to go to get away during the summer. There's a "resort" there called The Dunes, as well as a gay campground called Camp-It. Mostly middle aged guys last I knew.

    You can visit my DJ buddy at Necto if you go see family in Ann Arbor.
    Also, be prepared for snow in the winter anywhere in MI starting in November but hitting hard late Dec/early Jan.
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    Apr 18, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    GreenHopper saidAs you all know, I will be leaving the Caribbean for up to about a year or more of internships in North America, for 2 to 3 months at a time in locations of my choosing ... I wanted to ask RJ

    What places do you recommend?

    On my list already of consideration:

    New York
    Montreal
    Hawaii
    etc


    HA! I went for number 1 and got number 2.. aint that funny?