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Visiting the United States

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

I'll be in the United States next month; in Boston, MA and St. Louis, MO to be precise.
Assuming that the majority of Gametabbers is American I figured you guys might have some suggestions in terms of places to visit and things do over there, maybe even know some hidden gems the tourist guides don't tell you about.
I'd also like to note that we'll be on a bit of a tight budget. If we do spend money it better be worth it.

Feel free to suggest cute activities for couples, too: I'll be there with my girlfriend.

i think the active majority

Jacob31593

Location: Tampa, FL

Joined: Jan 04 2009

i think the active majority is european, i dont know anything about those places though mister trang :E

If I remember correctly

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

If I remember correctly archard was from Boston. To be he ain't around anymore.
Anyway, happy Independence Day! C:

There's tons to see in

N0Stars

Joined: May 22 2011

There's tons to see in Boston. If you don't know where you want to go, I'd recommend starting at the Public Garden. It's pretty close to a lot of landmarks, including Chinatown to the south-east, the Boston Public Library to the west, and museums/historical landmarks to the north and east along the waterfront. Of course the garden has free admission, so that's a plus. The public library probably doesn't sound like much fun, but it is a really cool building with amazing murals by John Singer Sargent (also, free admission). Most of the museums and historic sites require somewhat expensive tickets to get in, but if you are into American history, you can get a lot just by walking by them (got to visit the hub of the solar-system at least once in your life, right?). If you like art, I'd also recommend visiting the Gardner Museum. Tickets are expensive, but it's a unique Boston landmark.

St. Louis has a lot to offer too. Again, if you like art, the Saint Louis Art Museum is a world class establishment (with free admission). The building it is located in is also very interesting: it is a remnant from the 1904 World's Fair. Plus, there is a nice park in the surrounding area if you need fresh air. The Missouri Botanical Gardens is probably amazing at this time of year too, so I'd highly recommend it (also, the tickets aren't too expensive). Finally, if you find yourself ANYWHERE NEAR one of the two Ted Drewes Frozen Custard locations, stop by for an amazing dessert. I think a lot of especially food-driven people would be satisfied if Ted Drewes was the only place they could visit.

Sorry to go on at length, but you happen to be visiting the two cities I visited most as a child. I guess I have a lot of nostalgia for both places...

Thank you N0Stars. You've

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

Thank you N0Stars. You've definitely given me a few new items to add to our list.
I appreciate the effort!

Sure thing. I hope that your

N0Stars

Joined: May 22 2011

Sure thing. I hope that your visit goes well and that the weather stays under control while you're over here. Temperatures in August can be a little on the high side in both cities...

I'm dealing with 100°F right

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

I'm dealing with 100°F right now and we don't even have air conditioning over here. Boston's also humid, isn't it?

Oh wow. I didn't realize

N0Stars

Joined: May 22 2011

Oh wow. I didn't realize temperatures got that high in Germany. O_O
Well, I guess you'll be well prepared for the heat that you'll find over here.
You are correct about the humidity; both cities can get uncomfortably muggy. It might actually be worse in St. Louis though, since it has the Mississippi flowing past it and no ocean to cool it down.

You aren't completely off,

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

You aren't completely off, though. Right now it is unusually hot for German standards.

Anyway, I am prepared for high temperatures and I'm sure we'll find ways to deal with the heat. My girlfriend's been living over there for her whole life so why shouldn't I be able to deal with it for but a month?

Out of curiosity, why did you

N0Stars

Joined: May 22 2011

Out of curiosity, why did you choose to visit Boston and St. Louis? Please feel free to ignore my question if you feel it's too nosy; I don't want to be a snoop. I'm just surprised by your choices.

My girlfriend and I met

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

My girlfriend and I met online and she lives in one of St. Louis' suburbs. We wanted to meet in a neutral place first to get accustomed to each other before we travel back to St. Louis together where I'm going to meet her friends and family.
Boston simply seemed to be one of the more interesting cities to visit on the East Coast.

Ah, I see. Boston was a good

N0Stars

Joined: May 22 2011

Ah, I see. Boston was a good choice. d(-u-)z

We briefly considered Buffalo

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

We briefly considered Buffalo and New York but the latter's even more expensive than Boston. Buffalo just sort of fell out of favor for no reason in particular.
I'm glad you think we made a good choice.

I'm in Utah, if you ever come

thedstring

Nate Brooks

Location: Utah

Joined: Jan 05 2011

I'm in Utah, if you ever come around here I'll help you out =)

Sure thing! I'm actually

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

Sure thing! I'm actually friends with a guitar professor in Salt Lake City so chances are I will be over there some time.
In fact I'm considering to do my Master's degree over there.

If you do send me a PM!!!

thedstring

Nate Brooks

Location: Utah

Joined: Jan 05 2011

If you do send me a PM!!! I'll buy you a beer! Maybe we could play some stuff together =)

(I studied classical guitar at the University of Utah for a while)

Sure thing but it won't

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

Sure thing but it won't happen this time around. Everything's already booked and my budget doesn't allow a detour like that.