SQ wrote:Hawaii is also waaay overrated.
I somewhat agree.
Avoid the more tourist-y areas and there are some nice stuff to try and see. The beaches here are generally nicer than those in most other places, and the weather is usually pretty agreeable. And crime is fairly low.
The cost-of-living is more expensive and I'm always stunned at how much cheaper most stuff is in the rest of the U.S. Although gas prices in some other states are close or higher (California, Oregon, etc.).
I always feel a bit weird if I'm visiting somewhere and I can't see the ocean or a mountain nearby.
I've been to Hong Kong and China when I was much younger in the 80's. I'm sure they are quite a bit different now since China took over HK and the economic and industrial boom happened to the mainland.
Oregon is always nice, although I seem to only go there during spring and summer months. Hopefully, my next visit might be during fall (leaves changing color) or winter (snow). Not paying any sales tax is something I always find amusing. I can give $1 to the person at McDonald's for a 99-cent double cheeseburger and get 1 cent back.
San Francisco was nice to visit, I got to see the houses on Steiner Street next to Alamo Square, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge.
Los Angeles has a lot to see, and Disneyland is always pretty fun. But the water from the tap sucks big time. I probably should go and visit my relatives there again sometime.
I visited Las Vegas when I was younger, but I'm sure it's not nearly as interesting unless you are able to gamble in the casinos. The buffets were nice, though.
Vancouver B.C. was both nice and crappy. Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium was nice to visit. Although parts of the downtown area are not so nice...
I'd like to visit places in the U.S. east of Nevada (AWA?), Europe, and Japan someday.