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61-62 Cadillac Owners Group => General Discussions => Topic started by: Cadillacfreak on February 26, 2018, 02:09:41 PM

Title: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Cadillacfreak on February 26, 2018, 02:09:41 PM
Hello people,

I'm from the Netherlands and we are planning our holiday for this summer in the USA.
But what's the most beautifull state to visit? Is that California?
And what are nice cities or areas to visit? And what are the best car-related hot spots? I'm thinking about also stopping by the Gas Monkies in Dallas, has anyone done this? And is this 'do' or 'don't?
Many thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Clewisiii on February 26, 2018, 02:31:36 PM
I am partial to Michigan. The entire west coast.  You can go ghetto cruising in Flint and see GM Factory 1. It is the Dort Carriage company Billy Durant was at while starting GM. Northern Michigan is beautiful if you like Nature. Henry Ford museam and Greenfield village is nice.
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Clewisiii on February 26, 2018, 02:34:43 PM
https://www.michigan.org/
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Clewisiii on February 26, 2018, 02:43:23 PM
https://backtothebricks.org/

Back to the bricks car show in Flint
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Clewisiii on February 26, 2018, 02:44:32 PM
http://woodwarddreamcruise.com/

Woodward dream cruis in metro Detroit around the same time.
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Clewisiii on February 26, 2018, 02:52:20 PM
A lot of people do not realize GM is from Flint not Detroit.
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Perk2 on February 26, 2018, 03:42:15 PM
I agree Carl, I'm partial to Michigan too, very beautiful all year.

California coast is awesome though, from LA all the way to Washington!
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: RobertM on February 26, 2018, 07:06:04 PM
Keep in mind the size of the US, though I'm sure you already realize that. It's a 2 or 3 day drive from southern California to Dallas, and it's legitimately a 7-day drive across the country with hardly a stop other than for fuel and sleep.

The Pacific Coast highway (especially from about Monterey going south to and thru Big Sur) is the most breathtaking drive I've ever taken. For other beautiful views, you can't beat the Grand Canyon, and about a 12 hour drive away from there is Yellowstone Park.

The drive from Denver, Colorado to Cheyenne, Wyoming is very cool with the Rockies never changing off to your left the whole way. Treat yourself to Frontier days in Cheyenne July 20-29 with rodeos and a huge cowboy-themed fair.

I'm also partial to Michigan, having grown up in Detroit.  So much to see, but leave Detroit alone. Dearborn is the best choice for car-related tourism with the Henry Ford Museum.  Or go to Fort Mackinack on Mackinack island which is a small island between the peninsulas where cars aren't even allowed.  The 5 or so hr scenic route along the east coast of the state to get there is stunning.

And don't forget the CLC Grand National! June 6-9 in San Marcos, Texas!

Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: rare eldorado on February 27, 2018, 09:26:47 AM
no cruise is complete without driving route 66 ,The start of it all and its history.
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Hotrodln on February 28, 2018, 09:25:10 PM
California and the west coast probably has the best weather most of the year- the southwest could be super hot if you go in the summer- The Northeast has some of the nicest scenery in the summer. Your going to have to make a few trips ! you can't see it all in one visit, unless you stay the whole year!
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: FINCADI on February 28, 2018, 09:50:39 PM
Wow, that is like asking a room full of fathers whose daughter is the prettiest.  We have a beautiful country and every state has its own beauty. I am from Kansas which most people would put at the bottom of their places to visit list, but I love the lush green Flint Hills in the spring and summer and the wide open wheat fields that drop off into the horizon.  I would agree with the reference to travel Route 66.  It not only holds historical significance but it takes you through eight beautiful states (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California) where the scenery varies from flat open prairies, to mountains, to desert to the Pacific coast. A no disappointment trip.     
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: kkarrer on March 01, 2018, 02:04:33 AM
Here's my two cents on this.  It somewhat depends upon what part of the summer you're coming for.  If it's early, you'll want to start with Texas and the Grand Nationals in June.  The site is right between Austin and San Antonio and it's a great time of year to be there and there's so much to see and do.  Next, I'd work my way up I 35 to Kansas City and St. Louis.  In St. Louis alone I've spent many days looking at car collections within a 10 mile radius of the city.  Next go on up to Clear Lake in Iowa...great car show there in the summer and next move on up to Minneapolis for what's touted to be the biggest and oldest  car show in the U.S. and maybe the world. It's called Back to the 50's.  It's June 22-24 this year and it's at the state fair grounds.  You'll need at least 2 days for that one and the weather and food are great.  I'd move to the northeast and hit Detroit after that.  All of that puts you right in the heartland of America.
Ken Karrer
CenTex Reg. Dir.
1961 Eldorado Biarritz
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Cadillacfreak on March 02, 2018, 02:55:01 AM
Thank you guys so much for all the tips and information already. (I've written them all down) We are planning to stay the whole month of august and route 66 was already on our bucketlist. Since I'm coming over with my family I have to find interesting stuff for everybody. I would love to go to only carshows and scrapeyards but I can imagine that my wife has a different kind of holiday in her mind ;-)

We are now thinking of traveling around in California, a piece of route 66, also spend a few days at the beach where my sons hopefully can surf somewhere. I also have a big interest in native Americans. I've heared that there a so called 'pow wow' meetings. Are those interesting and do these take place in California? And is verybody wellcome there?

Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Sevillian on March 02, 2018, 03:38:10 AM
How much time do you plan here, and do you already have any “must see” places in mind? If you have 2 weeks, and you want to see New York City and Washington DC, you will not have time to do a drive down the west coast!  I’m in Northern California and can attest that the west coast is incredibly beautiful, and the cities (Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA, San Diego are fascinating and unique).  But the Rocky Mountain West is also spectacular, with incredible national parks like Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon. But unless you are going to spend 6 weeks or so here, you can’t “do it all” - you are going to have to make some compromises, especially if you plan on driving rather than flying once you are here.
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Cadillacfreak on March 13, 2018, 06:07:46 PM
Hi all.

The plan is to arrive in San Francsico on july 23th, than hire a RV for a week and travel through Yosimite, Death Vally to Las Vegas (visit Welder up garage) and stay a few days there. Then we go to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, go to Moab and then to Monument Valley. Afterwards we plan to visit Grand Canyon and drive a part of Route 66 to Kingman and than stay a few day on the beach in LA.
Does this sound realistic to do all this in 3,5 weeks? And is there anything classic related stuff, like grages or meetings to go to in this journey?
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: 62 driver on March 14, 2018, 12:47:32 PM
Sounds like a plan I been wanting to do for the past 20 years!  And I live in SoCal! Sounds wonderful. Good plan.
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Peter.1961 on March 17, 2018, 06:50:09 PM
I live in Los Angeles - let me know if you want to meet up and grab a coffee or a beer.
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Cadillacfreak on March 19, 2018, 04:45:13 PM
Hi Peter,

Many thanks for your kind offer. We have a busy schedule but if there's room, I'll contact you!
Best regards

Marcel
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Sevillian on March 22, 2018, 02:01:08 AM
I'm just outside of San Francisco, and would be happy to provide advice/answer any questions you might have about this area.  Some unsolicited advice about SF; do not waste your time going to Pier 39.  It is a tourist trap with overpriced parking, particularly given the high rate of car break ins in the area.  Instead, if you have time, go see the real City; walk through the Castro, go to Golden Gate Park and check out the Academy of Sciences and/or the deYoung Museum, or take a tour of City Hall (lots of history and some spectacular architecture).  Given your itinerary, two automotive "must sees" are the Petersen Museum in LA, and the Auto Collections at the Linq Hotel in Las Vegas.  And one non-automotive must see is to go to a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas.  "O" is spectacular, and "Love" is a must unless you can affirmatively state that you do not care for the Beatles.
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: 62droptop on March 27, 2018, 09:57:48 PM
I live in Los Angeles - let me know if you want to meet up and grab a coffee or a beer.

you must make time for a meet up with Peter!
I met up with him last sunday
he is an awesome guy with a really sweet 61 convertible  that he actually drives the wheels off!
as Peter drove off into the sunset ,he did a u turn with those wide whitewalls tires smoking and squealing off into the distance!
thanks again Peter, sorry we didn't get a chance for dinner
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Peter.1961 on March 31, 2018, 09:11:10 PM
Wayne you are too kind :-)

Next time we'll do dinner for sure. Hope things worked out with the cave!
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: 62droptop on March 31, 2018, 11:03:57 PM
Wayne you are too kind :-)

Next time we'll do dinner for sure. Hope things worked out with the cave!
cave was incredible,rest of trip was good too
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Zaid880 on April 02, 2018, 12:51:13 PM
It really depends what time of year you visit. There are cities that are great to visit year-round.
Places like NYC, Miami, Nashville, DC, Seattle, SF, LA are all great any time of year.

To be honest, most other places are fairly boring unless you are going for a specific reason or event.

I would say NYC SF Seattle and DC should be top of your list.
Title: Re: Odd question: non Cadillac related but I need your help
Post by: Sevillian on April 03, 2018, 05:36:55 PM
If you are interested in Native American events, you would be best off making a slight detour to Arizona. There are a number of reservations there that have events open to the public at certain times.