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    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2008
    Hello everyone,

    In the start of June i'm going with 4 young people from the capital of Denmark.
    We're going coast too coast from NY to Burningman this summer and would really like some pointers on where to go.

    We're around 25 years old, from the alternative culture underground in Denmark, Scandinavia, and like music that makes you dance the nigth away, over the edge experiences and cosy secret spots everywhere.
    On the way we're looking for places, people, music, food and whater ever else can give us an idea of what makes America what it is. On all levels.
    We drive in a huge ass RV and bring our cameras, videogear and our blog.

    On our website EAGLEKIDS.ORG you can see where we're going when. If you have anything that we NEED to see in your area or city we would really love to hear from you. It would be fantastic if some of you could drop us tips on your special places.

    What we give back is a roadblog with your spot on it and if we ever should meet i'll bring a beer and a big smile!

    With the hope to hear from you...
    • CommentAuthorJade
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2008
    Where to start, Where to start. Ok in New Jersey, in the town of Montclaire Check out a awesome little coffee house called the Ecclitic Cafe, Amazing food, great Coffee, Also if you can make it to also this place is amazing, yes I copied and pasted, it...

    Country Pancake House
    12 reviews – Review Country Pancake House
    140 E Ridgewood Ave
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450

    Cafe Eclectic
    444 Bloomfield Ave
    Montclair, NJ 07042

    Last but not least is

    Pacem in Terris

    89 Covered Bridge Rd
    Warwick, NY 10990

    (845) 987-9968?

    The Last place is an out door zen like art gallery, of a famous artist. Beautiful Place to go. Good Luck and I hope you enjoy.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2008
    Heh. If you hit Detroit, Michigan, make sure to stop at the Leland City Club on a Saturday night. It's a craphole club, but there's nothing like the crowd and the music anywhere else. You'll see everything from your average goth-type person in leather and hair falls to a girl that goes regularly in nothing but a thong and electrical tape. And there's always the latex people..... it's a couple that are head to toe in liquid latex..... and there's dancing and drinks to be had, of course.
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2008
    Honestly, I don't know where America is, and I live here.

    But if you come to Brooklyn, have dinner at Maggie Brown on Myrtle Ave. It's my local pub. Get their mac&cheese. It's to die for. I kid you not. If America is anywhere, it's in a bowl of their mac&cheese. Go to the indoor ferris wheel at the Toys'r'Us in Times Square. It's touristy, but it's cheaper than outher tourist stuff, and it's a good date. Go to the promenade at Brooklyn Heights. Sit there or walk. It's just a nice place to be.
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2008
    Thanks for all the tips and tricks!
    Keep them comming on full speed...

    Our plan is to go south from NY and take the coastride to mexico and then go through the desert to Las Vegas and LA. So I'm afraid we wont go by NJ or Detroit.
    Hopefully we'll return another time and take the northern parts to get the full view of America :)

    CCosker: Hurray for the Brooklyn guide! - Mac&Cheese is one of the things i'm looking forward to get my mouth at. Do you find anything more American then a bowl of cheese with macaroni somewhere at the bottom? ;)
  1.  (2200.6)
    Finding America? It's always the last place you look....

    As far as places in LA/SF, there was this thread:
    I still stand by my entry.

    As for Burning Man, I recommend the Booby Bar and the Bad Idea Theater at the 3:00 keyhole, and the Black Sabbath Pancake Breakfast on Sunday at Carp Camp. I also know a guy who likes to cook kebab at three in the morning and pass it out to wandering passers-by at Tribal Thunder off at Esplanade and 9:00. I'll be the one in the black utilikilt carrying the cherrywood staff with which I beat back the hippies....
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2008
    I see that you’re stopping in New Orleans. I grew up there. When you’re in the French Quarter check out the French Market – it’s on Decatur. There’s some local art there as well as trinkets, and there’s a snowball cart usually off to the side. Since it’ll be Summer, you’ll need some cooling off. The spearmint ones are wonderful and will color your whole mouth green for a time. You can also get chocolate ones with evaporated milk on top. I’ve also always loved Café du Monde (near Jackson Sq.) for coffee and beignets. It’s always open.

    Be sure to stop in The Dungeon (opens @ midnight), and remember St. Louis Cathedral is beautiful and cold inside. Port Of Call on Esplanade Ave (at the edge of the Quarter) has great burgers, and usually locals. Try Mandina’s on Canal St. (you may need to get a taxi) for really great New Orleans food. In New Orleans, America is found in its food.

    I think that the streetcars are running again. If so, take the one down St. Charles Avenue toward Uptown/Garden District. Watch for the Mardi Gras beads in the oak trees. I used to be able to spot some of them in the sunlight months after the parades had ended. Get off when it starts to turn onto S. Carrollton (after Tulane’s campus), there is a French Pastry Shop and Hana Sushi in that little neighborhood across the street. Be careful, and have fun.
  2.  (2200.8)
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      CommentAuthorWillow Bl00
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008 edited
    In NYC, check out the differently styled gardens in Central Park. Check out an off-off Broadway play if you have a chance, and get a cold hot chocolate at Serendipity3. If you go through VA, try to see the Pagoda garden and have the pork at Havana (both in Norfolk); also The Naro in Ghent, a section of Norfolk, is the most amazing movie place I've ever been in. And definitely the BierGarden for dinner over in Portsmouth. Take a cab home, and leave hours for this adventure - they have hundreds of delicious beers.If you do end up in south-central Indiana for some reason, hit up The Runcible Spoon in Bloomington without a doubt. In Santa Fe check out the Loretto Chapel. In Tucson check out Grill. The high desert between Santa Fe and Tucson is some of the most beautiful space I have ever been in. Drive the coastal road from LA to SF. Hit up Powell's in Portland. Go to the Can-Can on a night that The Castaways are performing in Seattle.

    That's all I can think of off the top of my head. It was a fairly recent trip for me, though it was mostly for the people, not the places. I could rant at you about Imagined Community and all that, but I don't think it's what you're going for. Any chance you're Twittering all this?

    Best of luck. I'll try to keep up with where you're at and take you out for a night when/if you're in Seattle.
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008
    You might want to check out the Geocaching site for cool places to stop along the way. Just input some of your GPS coordinates and find nifty little tidbits of America.

    If you go north from New York on the west side of the Hudson, you'll find the sole surviving New Netherland fort village is Kingston, New York. The palisade wall is gone but you can trace the route of much of it. Parts of the town square area contain very early colonial architecture. Woodstock is right up the road, and there are many hippies still in residence.

    Along the east coast I-95 corridor going south, some things you might want to do include:

    • The "Mexican Charles Lindbergh" Emilio Carranza was ill-fated, but his monument still stands in New Jersey.

    • Check out Swedesboro, New Jersey, which is probably the only place in the territory of the 17th century colony of New Sweden that retains any sense of that identity. (Yes, the Swedes colonized North America. Poorly.)

    • Delaware is a bad place. Drive quickly.

    • Maryland is a bad place, too. Drive slowly or you'll get a ticket. (In fairness, Annapolis is very beautiful and has terrific food.)

    • Lots to do in Washington, DC. You can spend several days in the museums on the National Mall, but there are a lot of very cool smaller museums. My fave is the Walter Reed National Museum of Health and Medicine, which may or may not still be open. Call to be sure. There are many disgusting exhibits there, including parts of Abraham Lincoln's head and a row of mutant fetuses in jars. (Teenagers will love it.)

    • In Virginia you should definitely check out the Stonewall Jackson Shrine. Thomas Jackson was a man of great ability and intellect and probably would be horrified that fetishists of the Confederacy had made a shrine of his deathplace, still functioning almost 150 years after the fact. (But it's kinda funny.)

    • Other options in Virginia include Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and George Washington's Mt. Vernon, both of which are fairly amazing.

    Below Richmond, are you planning to take Interstate 85 or 95 south? 95 is the quickest to Miami, but 85 will put you in range of the North Carolina piedmont, which has some amazing parks. The Last of the Mohicans was filmed there - much of it is wilderness.
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008
    If you pass through Philly, visit the Mutter Museum.
    • CommentAuthorvian
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008
    when you come to new york, visit bed-stuy in brooklyn (coincidentally, where I live.) Several years ago, it had the worst reputation in brooklyn. Now it's a rather middle-class community trying to pull itself out of the 'bed-stuy, do or die' image. there are high-class cafes next to storefront with posters praising robert mugabe. at the very least, it's an interesting time to live here.

    says a young white dude gentifying the area.
    • CommentAuthorSetesh
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
    I'm not sure where exactly in New York you're going to be, but if you get the chance I'd try swinging up north to the Adirondack State Park. One of the few old-growth forests that's still relatively untouched on the East Coast. You'll see things like 100 foot hemlocks, peat bogs with insectivorous pitcher plants and sundews, tons of birds, small lakeside towns, decently sized hikable mountains, and other such things. If you're lucky, ya might get to see a cougar, moose, wolf, black bear, or spruce grouse. All those are in the area, just kind of rare. TONS of salamanders and such there as well. The Adirondacks actually have the highest species diversity of salamander on the planet. It's right near the St. Lawrence Seaway, too. Lots of neat towns and things to do around there, it's the outlet of our Great Lakes to the West Atlantic. Any decent NY state atlas will show you how to get around in there easy.

    Anywho! That's my two cents. I've been through a lot of America in the decades I've lived here, and it's never really been the human stuff that interested me. It's fun, sure, but the real experience is in the wilderness. Nothing like having to hang all your food in a cooler from a tree away from camp. Otherwise it can attract bears.

    Hope ya have fun, whatever you do.


    P.S. Seriously think about gonig to Kingston, Montreal, or Toronto. Those're somewhat like the U.S. cities, but way hipper.
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2008 edited
    I must say, as much as you can take issue with stuff the US does, seeing all the major sights in Washington D.C. when I was there in 1999 was a fantastic experience for me.

    And the Smithsonian air and space museum was the pinnacle. A childhood's dream come true in a way. Nothing exemplifies America like seeing the command module from the Apollo 11.
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2008
    If you pass through Chicago be sure to pick up a six pack of Goose Island summer brew. Then head on over to The Alley on North Clark Street and do a little shopping. Take a little trip down to West Belmont and and get some new body art from the Chicago tattooing company, or just browse the art.
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2008
    Finding America? It's always the last place you look....

    Kitsune: In that case it's gonna be somewhere at Burningman :) - this years theme is The American Dream...

    Willow Bl00: I'm affraid we won't be going to Seattle. But thanks for your NY guide!
    Lingster: Perfect with your historical journey-guide. I'll remember to step on it through Delaware and behave in Maryland!

    Thanks to all of you contributing to this! You'll be with us in our secret planning.
    And thanks to Warren for the "mad group of Danes"... just be happy we're not dropping by the shores of England!
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2008
    Are you doing Route 66? You'll have friends at the pier if you want.
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2008
    If you're passing through Houston, Texas - check these out:

    Art Car Museum
    It's got both art and art cars and is free.

    The Orange Show
    It's really hard to describe. You just have to see it.
    • CommentAuthorepalicki
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2008
    Austin, Texas. Guerro's. Try the fish tacos. Then head up Antone's.
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2008 edited
    I'll provide an antidote to Lingster's assertion that Maryland is a "bad place". As we all know, Maine is the only state that truly qualifies as a bad place.

    If you're passing through the Old South, stop by Maryland. Baltimore has exceptional crabs, if you're into that (I'm not), but they will put a lot of Old Bay seasoning on it and perhaps everything else you eat. The city is in a particularly horrible crime rut, but it's almost completely insular, so please don't fret over that. If you're a hipster, go to the Sonar Lounge, I guess.

    Maryland has a lot of great racial history, and there's a lot to explore if that interests you. You can go to Antietam, a beautiful swath of countryside where, in a single day, more Americans died than any other day. It's beautiful in summertime, but it's hot! You can learn an awful lot about the nitty gritty details of the war and its battles here.

    If you're in that neighborhood, it's a 30-minute drive to Harper's Ferry-- the intersection of Maryland and the Virginias, and the nexus of the Cumberland wind gap, a big cut through the Appalachian mountains which stretch across our east coast. Harper's Ferry is where John Brown staged a rebellion to end slavery. It didn't go well. There are museums and a few stunning vistas.

    20 minutes north of there is my hometown, Frederick, Maryland, home of Roger B. Taney, author of the Dred Scott decision. He was a dick and there is very little to learn here. Avoid this place. Unless you're looking for moonshine. If you are, look me up and I'll point you in the right direction.

    If you go to D.C., do the tourist thing for a half day. We have some wonderful museums. But then head down to the Potomac River and take a walk.

    I can't help you with the nightlife stuff much. D.C. has a thriving gay scene around Dupont Circle. Georgetown is full of trust-fund kids, and rich college kids. If you're looking for politics, stay near Foggy Bottom. (and then kill yourself). The 930 club is one of the best rock clubs in the world.