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2010 Summer Vacation—Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit & Galveston

(Blogger’s Note—This is a post I ran last year. It merits another go-round because the places I list here are very good places to go.  For 2010, I’ve updated the post and also added Detroit to the list.)

Where should you and your family take a summer vacation this year? Where should you go by yourself or with that someone special for an excellent 2010 summer trip?

The answer is clear enough.

Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Galveston, Texas are the places to go.

I have visited all these cities in the summer and I can say they are nice places to visit and see.

These cities have long-established museums and interesting neighborhoods to explore. They have good restaurants. They have grand old buildings. Each of these cities has a river, a lake, or an ocean to enjoy.

The wife and I—though she was not the wife yet at the time—spent a summer week in Buffalo and Niagara Falls in 1998. It was fun.


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Here is information about visiting Buffalo and the Niagara region.

I took a family vacation to Cleveland in the early 1980’s. Nothing is nicer than the Great Lakes in the summer.



Here is information about visiting Cleveland.

I lived in Cincinnati for 18 years. It is a pretty city in the Summer. There is more than enough for you and your family—unless maybe you would like to enjoy some time by yourself— to do for a few days.


Here is information about visiting Cincinnati.

The (future) wife and I  once spent a weekend in Pittsburgh. The weekend was not enough to see and do all that Pittsburgh offers.


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Here is information about visiting Pittsburgh.

There is plenty to do in Detroit. There is an excellent   lake, a Greek quarter, the Tigers baseball team and many museums. It has been many years since I have been in Detroit, but I was there for a couple of weekends in the summer and there was more than enough to do. I wager you could find enough to enjoyable do in detroit to last you more than a weekend.


Here is information about visiting Detroit.

Galveston, Texas is my home away from home. I’ve lived in Houston for 12 years and I go to Galveston every six weeks or so to take a walk on the sunny shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston is on the rebound from Hurricane Ike and is open and ready for visitors. There is no oil on the beaches from the oil spill. (You should call any Gulf Coast destination you plan to visit before canceling a trip because of the fear there may be oil on the beaches. As I write this post on June 1, 2010, I’m not aware of any resort area in the Gulf that has a problem with oil. People’s jobs in these areas depend on tourism. Please don’t make a decision without all the facts.)


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Here is information about visiting Galveston.

Maybe you live near one of these cities. Maybe you’d like go somewhere where there is some history and some character.

Give one of these cities a try. Disney does not need your money. Visit places where they will be happy you came.

You’ll be glad you did!

June 2, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I’ve wanted to visit Detroit ever since I was 18 and decided that my all-time favorite painting is this one by Artemisia Gentileschi: http://www.dia.org/object-info/0573dd3e-1079-4ce3-8262-78b0e1e68331.aspx?position=3

    It is, to me, a perfect painting. We see a moment of high tension. Judith and her maidservant have just slayed their enemy, Holofernes, in order to save their city. But they hear someone coming.

    Also, Artemisia took artistic risks here. Look at the dark shadow that Judith has on her face, for instance. Artemisia has almost completely obscured the face of the central figure. Pretty bold.

    Thanks for reminding me that I’d like to go to Detroit someday.

    Comment by Sarah V. | June 4, 2010

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