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traveling the USA by debbunny on 28 May 2004 11:07pm
I've never been outside the USA...I want to very much. I'm an expatriot at home. I am from Alabama, the poorest state in the union (we compete every year for this honor with Mississippi and Louisiana).

but, if anyone wants to go to the South, go here: Gulf Shores, Alabama, Destin, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia and Williamsburg, Virginia
Re: traveling the USA by peripatetically on 29 May 2004 2:21am
Well, I can back up your recommendations, debbunny. I've been to all those places except for Destin, Florida and agree that they are really wonderful places to taste a bit of The South. I'm from Maryland!

Re: traveling the USA by intrepid on 1 June 2004 1:44pm
I've been to Virginia (Williamsburg, esp.) but I haven't seen "the deep south". What's there of historic interest to see in Alabama? Mansions, I'm guessing. What about Tuskegee? How do you say "Tuskegee"? And how many 'e's are there? -Daevide
oh yeah- and where is "Hot Coffee"? The town, I mean, not the substance. I don't know what state it's in. Anybody know?
Re: traveling the USA by debbunny on 2 June 2004 8:32pm
there aren't too many antebellum "mansions" in Alabama; the state never attained the wealth of some of its neighbors. I have never been to Tuskeegee, 'tu-skee-gee.' The state capitol at Montgomery and Jefferson Davis' house are wonderful to tour. Near Montgomery is Fort Toulouse and a riverboat tour. It's great for families. Huntsville, Alabama has the Twickenham historical district. Birmingham has some scattered attractions.
Re: traveling the USA by Middleclass twit on 2 June 2004 11:50pm
I currently live in Missouri but will soon be moving to Austin Texas, (not by my choice I can assure you.) Anybody tell me what to expect there? You know, weather, people that sort of thing?
Re: traveling the USA by sminobe on 3 June 2004 6:57pm
intrepid writes, "...where is "Hot Coffee"? The town, I mean, not the substance."

How did you hear about this town? The nearest I can find in the Columbia Gazetteer are:

Coffee county (in Alabama, Georgia & Tennessee)
Coffee City (in Texas)
Coffee Springs (in Alabama)

You'd think there'd be a Coffee-something in Hawaii...
Re: traveling the USA by George on 3 June 2004 7:28pm
Don't forget Coffeeville (Kansas)

Austin's a great town. Most people here in Texas wishes they could live there. Nice people, the University, the music scene, the Capitol.

Alabama is a beautiful state to just drive through if nothing else. Its hills and forests seem to go on and on forever and ever.
Re: traveling the USA by intrepid on 3 June 2004 10:14pm
Coffee Springs? Those jittery people need to find themselves a new aquafer. They should switch to Decaf County.
I found a place called "Hot Coffee, Mississippi". Hot Coffee, Miss., is listed on my 1998 Rand MacNally Trip Planner program, too. I'm suspicious of Rand MacNally, though, since they also list a "Boogertown, North Carolina".
Re: traveling the USA by intrepod on 10 June 2004 8:50pm
What's this? What happened to the other posting from George? Oh well.
Anyway, no, I haven't seen "Deliverance". What weird things happen in the Tarheel/ First in Flight state, North Carolina? Are they as weird as what's happened on "Palin's Travels"?
Re: traveling the USA by George on 10 June 2004 10:18pm
Apparently, I offended someone with my reference to "Deliverance" & North Carolina, where I lived for 5 years. The movie is based on the James Dickey novel which features incest, poverty, ignorance, & rape. Unfortunately, it has since become a cliche for life in the rural American South. Dickey was simply portraying human nature in a place he, himself was comfortable with, very much like Tennessee Williams. That said, I don't suppose every guy in New Orleans goes around yelling, 'STELLA!'. The people is North Carolina aren't any more weird than anywhere else. Trust me.

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