Travel tips - USA

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Karel, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Karel

    Karel Still Mildly Glowing

    Jan 21, 2006
    I will be in the US for some time - any Fallout / Cold War / urban exploration tips around Colorado and surrounding states (or websites / communities)?
  2. ZeusComplex

    ZeusComplex Still Mildly Glowing

    Feb 12, 2010
    Las Vegas? Sorry man, but the US isn't well known for any sort of dreary locations. If you want that, then just go to Chernobyl. :P

    If you want urban and want to keep it close to the west, California is your best bet. Can't beat Los Angeles or San Francisco. Denver is fairly good, but I don't think it's exactly "large." Never been, so I can't be for sure. Still, from what I've heard Denver is still fun. Look up a few subjects your interested in and just attach Denver to it. Good way to plan your trips out.

    I always tell people to check out Seattle, as the mellow atmosphere and sense of culture and music was always fun to explore. But I doubt you would want to go there since it is a bit of a ways to the north. And if you do go! You might as well check out Canada while your there. Interesting things can be found in Canada.
  3. Gaspard

    Gaspard Kasparov

    May 7, 2009
    Detroit ? Half a world away but would prolly do the trick
  4. PainlessDocM

    PainlessDocM Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 5, 2010
  5. Gaspard

    Gaspard Kasparov

    May 7, 2009
    Word !

    edit: also - cool video
  6. Karel

    Karel Still Mildly Glowing

    Jan 21, 2006
    I won't be staying in Las Vegas, but in a "cow town" (sorry) near Denver...

    I was thinking more in terms of "hidden gems" like museums in missile silos (I already found Titan II and Minuteman museums "nearby" *) ), fallout shelters, abandoned mining towns, weird places (Trinity site is probably too far) and so on (with only two requirements: the site has to be legally accessible as I don't want to risk my visa and should be generally safe, because I'd rather not test my insurance).

    *( nearby as in a few hours in a car.
  7. ZeusComplex

    ZeusComplex Still Mildly Glowing

    Feb 12, 2010
    I stand corrected, Doc. I've never been to Detroit, now I really don't want to.

    And I hadn't even thought about ghost towns dotted around. In that case, isn't there quite a few of those in Arizona as well as New Mexico?
  8. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    If you've ever seen Close Encounters of the Third Kind, you could check out Devil's Tower in Wyoming. Not Fallouty, but interesting nonetheless. Add it to the list if you find yourself going that way.

    Don't skimp on the cowboy/old west stuff.
  9. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    That can only be some kind of joke right. :P
  10. Wintermind

    Wintermind Vault Senior Citizen

    Jan 21, 2011
    jesus that sounds so goddamned hick-like I don't have words for it.

    what is this 1958?

    While it's far away, in Arizona?, I think, you can see/drive by the Airplane Graveyard. Just row upon row of older, decomissioned airplanes. Lots of BUFFs in there. Don't know the legality of tours/etc, but you can drive past and stuff.
  11. Ohaimerk

    Ohaimerk modoc, den, grave Orderite

    Mar 30, 2009
    Visit the abandoned alaskan pipelines if you're in the neighborhood, one of the james bond movies was filmed there.

    EDIT: It's in alaska
  12. BunkerBud

    BunkerBud It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jul 12, 2008
    This website, if you not familiar with yet, is definitely worth a look.

    DB has 60 different spots within colorado alone, 1600 for all usa. check it out
  13. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    Maybe we should get a clearer definition of the distances Karel's willing to travel. Alaska and California are pretty far away from Colorado.

    I don't know anything specific, but I bet you could find an abandoned old west-era gold mine or something like that. Might be interesting.

    If you take a drive down south you could check out Monument Valley in Arizona. Some awesome desert in Arizona and New Mexico.
  14. Karel

    Karel Still Mildly Glowing

    Jan 21, 2006
    It depends on where I would be going... I should have blocks of 4 days of free time for traveling each week, so I can reasonably do few trips of about 1000-1200 miles by car (depending on the weather and money or suitable "victim" with a car) and few by plane (depending on TSA). I will probably do the Titan II museum (which is about 1000 miles) if I can get on the extended tour. looks promising.
  15. Ohaimerk

    Ohaimerk modoc, den, grave Orderite

    Mar 30, 2009
    That site is pretty lame for my home town, I'd recommend checking for a UE website run by locals who know the area personally. My town has one and it's only got around 100k people, there's got to be some for colorado places.
  16. WillisPDunlevey

    WillisPDunlevey Mildly Dipped

    Feb 2, 2010
    I have to agree with Farmerk about that site being lame.

    I live about 40 miles from Detroit and have spent lots of time there clubbing etc. over the last 20 years.

    They only have one site, which is a hotel near the Greektown Casino.
    The only reason to go to that hotel is because you are a chickenshit and want to explore something close to valet parking.
    I am not an urban explorer and don't mess around in abandoned buildings but i have respect for those of them who risk their lives etc. to get into interesting places.

    Nobody knows how many empty buildings there are in Detroit.
    A conservative estimate of empty single family dwellings would be 40000.
    As for buildings over two stories that are empty there has to be 1000s.
    Buildings over 10 stories that are empty, there are probably dozens.

    Somehow that lame site only found one, in a "safe area" (more or less)
    Near a casino patrolled by detroit cops.

  17. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    When are you going to be there?

    Again, this is not exactly what you asked for, but if you want something interesting to do...

    State fairs can be great fun. Never been to Colorado's, though.