questionswhere is a good non-tourist vacation spot?


How much of an issue? Arizona is a great place to go and relax without having to worry about the crowds you find on the beach or at tourist attractions. It's off-season, so there's good deals to be had.

This location in Texas looks like a godd spot to relax as well:

It's still very nice here in Texas. It's ranged from 72-75 here in West Texas for the past couple of weeks.


Consider yourself invited to the Northern Rockies of MT. We have Glacier National Park, which is slow now that tourist season is over. It is a fee area but not very pricey to camp. And the fees are not for enjoying the park, but for making sure it is there to enjoy for future generations. This entire part of the state is full of natural beauty and there are tons of free camping and recreating areas for whatever activity you enjoy. Amtrak will drop you off in E.Glacier, W.Glacier or Whitefish or you can fly into Glacier Int. Airport. There are plenty of options for hotels, car rental etc. We also have some great restaurants, being a resort area.
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Man, the places you both mentioned look beautiful. I also like the idea of jumping on a Train, and just spending some time traveling.


If I were you, I'd go next door to West Virginia. If you enjoy a drive on winding mountain roads, beautiful scenery, peaceful nights, friendly folks, and a laid-back atmosphere, you'll love it! There is so much to do (skiing, fishing, hiking, birding) or not do - just get away and relax. That's what I recommend.


@hot72chev: Oh no, my wife's family are from West Virginia, and there are still bad feelings LOL That is why they moved to Ohio


What type of surroundings do you like? Mountains, beach, forest, city, country, or or other?
That may help narrow it down a little.


Check online for small towns with good bed and breakfasts. I was once looking at spending a weekend in an adorable Florida town that didn't seem to be tourist central. Wish I remembered the name. I'll try to look it up.

edit: the b&b I was considering was a bit quainter than this, but this place looks really nice. The area surrounding looks to have plenty of sights to see, without reaching Disney levels of touristy.


@purplefeather: Can you remember even what part of the state it's in?


I'm fairly certain it was Amelia Island, which is Northeast, iirc. Here are some reviews of several of the local places. Now I want to go...


@purplefeather: It's about 40 miles from me. Lovely area, for the most part very upscale. Restful, peaceful, good choice.


@magic cave: That's good to know. :) We chose a different location for our trip that year, but I Amelia Island always stuck in the back of my mind as "that place I wish I'd gone."


Well, if you really want to get away from it all, you can go live in a cave. A really, really nice cave in Farmington, NM.

Cave Bed and Breakfast, blasted out of rockface

This 1,650 square foot, one-bedroom cave home carved from a 65-million year old sandstone formation 280 feet above the La Plata River is furnished with plush carpeting, Southwestern style furniture and accents, hot and cold running water, a well-appointed kitchen including microwave and washer/dryer, cascading waterfall-style shower, and a flagstone hot tub.


Or if you are up in the air on where to stay, you could indulge your inner child and rent a treehouse in South Carolina. Treehouses are tucked in the woods out of view of each other, perfectly nestled in the trees on the river's edge. You aren't going to be bothered by anyone here, they're accessible only by canoe. The Treehouses are solidly constructed of completely natural and locally harvested materials and furnished with kitchen utensils and cookware (no electricity or tap water), futons, outdoor grill, dining deck with tiki torches, screen windows, outhouse; shaded by cooled by tall trees; overlooking the river.
I spent some time this summer looking at exotic rental properties, mostly because we want to rent a castle while we are in Europe next fall.


My back yard - nice vacation spot and no tourist.


I like the treehouse idea. Used to go to Manitowoc, WI when I lived in the Midwest. There's an interesting maritime museum and it used* to be a nice little small town (compared to Chicago) to wander around, have fun and not spend much money.

*haven't been for 15 years or so so can't guarantee current state but on my places to return list


The White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire are a beautiful place to visit and it is very relaxing. Even in the late spring you can see snow capped mountains. Lots of hiking if you are into the outdoors. Summer time (June-July) temperatures are great most years. Lots of wild life. ( Deer, Bear and Moose).
Fall has the best foliage i have ever seen and during the winter there there are plenty of outdoor snow sports to enjoy. (Skiing, Snow Shoeing, Snowmobiling)


Arizona is quiet and not much tourism but it's so freakin hot. I like New Jersey or Washington.


Grass valley CA.,beautiful ,scenic ,quiet..Stay at Elam Biggs bb..great folks


The above places were all once great, but nobody goes any longer because they are so popular. My advice is a Soviet-era hagfish trawler. You'll be able to hear yourself stink.