Memorial Day week - best vacation city - DC, Atlanta, L.A.

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    Feb 26, 2009 11:54 AM GMT
    I've got a week off coming up on memorial day. My three choices for visiting are currently Washington DC, Atlanta, and L.A.
    I've been to DC before, but never by myself so there are definitely things I'd like to do there.
    I'd like to go to Atlanta because I've heard great things about it but never been other than the airport.
    L.A. simply because I've never been to CA.

    I'd be going alone. So any suggestions or recommendations or caveats.
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    Feb 26, 2009 3:13 PM GMT
    Good luck chosing. I am almost always in OKC on memorial day weekend. OGRA Rodeo, and all the hot gay cowboys.

    Something else you should remember IML in Chicago. Another huge Gay destination
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    Feb 26, 2009 3:33 PM GMT
    I've been to Chicago and I sort of want to go to a new destination. DC isn't new, but the last time I was there, I didn't really get to do what or go where I wanted.

    Since I know nothing about Rodeo, I'd rather go to something like that with someone who knew something about it.

    The choices are currently based on the possibility of meeting friends there. I'm just looking for something compelling to avoid a 'coin-flip' choice.
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    Feb 26, 2009 5:10 PM GMT
    Why are those your choices? If you've never been to CA before, I'd go to San Francisco. It's a MUCH nicer city than L.A. If you can only go to one of those three cities, however, I'd go to L.A. There would be a lot more things to see and do there than in Atlanta. Since you've already been to D.C.
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    Feb 26, 2009 5:14 PM GMT
    The two big things in DC during Memorial Day Weekend are Rolling Thunder (biker dudes and chicks roaring through town on their Harleys, see /www.rollingthunder1.com) and Gay Black Pride (www.dcblackpride.org). There's also a cheesy parade.

    I hear Pensacola, FL is fun; http://gaytravel.about.com/od/previewsofpridefestivals/qt/Pensacola_Mem.htm
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    Feb 26, 2009 5:14 PM GMT
    Pensacola, FL is always a hot time if you can tolerate the south......
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    Feb 26, 2009 7:01 PM GMT
    Maybe SF would be better than LA. My reason for choosing those cities (besides seeing friends) is that there's culture there. While someplace like Pensacola could be fun if I were traveling with someone, by myself, I suspect it might be very boring. I'm not a party person. I don't do the dance club scene unless it's with a bunch of friends (I'll be alone) and I don't drink. I like shopping to a certain extent, but not enough to make it the focus of a vacation destination. I like museums, culture, activities.

    Last year in the late summer, I went to Western NC. I went to Cherokee, and hiked at various places along the Blue Ridge Parkway including a day spent hiking around the Biltmore Estate, and then spent some time in Asheville. It wasn't supposed to be a vacation, but I turned it into one and it was great. (Thanks in part to some really good hiking suggestions from Dancerjack.)

    I see vacations in two ways. With someone or without. Lying on the beach with someone is romantic (to me). Lying on the beach alone is boring. Going out to a club in the evening, by myself, is a good way to put me in a bad mood, or frustrate me. Plus, the last thing I want to be on vacation is 'creepy old guy' at the edge of the dance floor.

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    Feb 27, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    As much as I love LA, it can be pretty boring here, especially during the holidays. On Memorial Day weekend, it's pretty typical for people to stay at home and have a BBQ with friends. Or just hang out at the beach.

    We do have spots for hiking, if you're really into that. Malibu/Agoura Hills is within reasonable driving distance from LA.

    http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=614

    And you can always just spend your time exploring the city. LA has a lot off museums and cultural spots.