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summer vacation suggestions, on the cheap side

I am looking for some interesting long weekend summer vacation suggestions.

In the past we have gone white water rafting in west virginia, we have gone camping and boating in the north woods. I am looking for more suggestions along those lines. Camping to save money is fine. Family friendly preferred, however this trip is usually a group of 20 somethings that usually end up drunk passed out in front of a camp fire every night.

any of the trips that we have done have had costs in the neighborhood of $200~$250 a person plus normal travel expense's (food / gas to get there, etc)

I am not opposed to driving 10+ hours for this trip...

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Rent a House boat in Lake of the Ozarks but pick your crew wisley as they are on the boat witcha all day and night - If ya can swing the $$, get one with a Ski Boat too

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Rent a House boat in Lake of the Ozarks but pick your crew wisley as they are on the boat witcha all day and night - If ya can swing the $$, get one with a Ski Boat too
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is there anything else to do down in lake of the ozarks? I have heard about party cove

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I camped at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado last summer...it was amazing. Did not cost us much more than gas/food for the trip either.

Lots of great hiking and unbelievable views.
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is there anything else to do down in lake of the ozarks? I have heard about party cove
Did it YEARRRRRRS ago and had a blast - I did not get invloved in the planning, just paid my $$, drank and skiied

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niagara falls is only about a 9 hr (depending on how you drive) drive from chicago. i have yet to do this road trip, but its on the to do list.

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I am looking for things to DO, not places to see. While I agree Niagra falls is probably very nice to look at, but unless I plan on riding a bucket down it, that will probably bore me.

The house boat sounds like fun.

Bug, how many people can you fit on one of those house boats? how long did you rent it for?

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also,

I have been to MO / Kansas area and remembered seeing some things were you could rent Jeeps and going driving through caves. I would be willing to do that...

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I am looking for things to DO, not places to see. While I agree Niagra falls is probably very nice to look at, but unless I plan on riding a bucket down it, that will probably bore me.

The house boat sounds like fun.

Bug, how many people can you fit on one of those house boats? how long did you rent it for?
We had about 14 ppl on it - You can rent all sizes and shit - We opted for the Ski Boat as well and it was nice to jaunt back and forth to land on - I am sure you can now get them with jet skiis and such but we were all skiiers

We had it for a week - I'll do some digging

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Traverse City, Mi around 4th of July is amazing! you can either camp or rent a house. there are tons of prive large houses for rent up there. The camping is awesome, just bring mesquito spray.

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Was as easy as google - Houseboat rentals - Lake of the ozarks

http://foreverhouseboats.com/housebo...useboatKey=239

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I went mountain biking in the Michigan UP/Upper Wisconsin area with a bunch of guys once - there are ski resorts with bike trails and we were able to ride down some of the slopes on the bikes. The best one allowed you to take your bike (attached to a ski lift) up and then ride down th back of the mountain (my favorite).

It was super-cheap (especially if you have your own bike), we camped out at MI state parks. Most of the money spent was on the strip clubs in the ski towns. We had 6 guys, which was a bit of a challenge because everyone was at a different fitness level, but mostly we just used the MTBing to pass the time until we were able to hang out at night.

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While I agree Niagra falls is probably very nice to look at, but unless I plan on riding a bucket down it, that will probably bore me. (edited for space)
Dude, if you ride a bucket down Niagra, I will totally give you rep. If you or anyone else need help planning Disneyworld trips, PM me. Our family usually go there twice a year, and can get you the most for your $$$.
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Not sure of actual things to DO other then the water part of it, but check out Lake Havasu, AZ maybe, its basically a small town centered around a lake, you can rent a boat and go out about 5-10 mi into the lake and theres generally about 200+ boats there all for the most part linked together, its like a huge drinking bonanza on water night and day, every day.

I went on an off-month (march?) and there was a fairly good # of people there.

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and what I am supposed to do when I get there? stare at the lake for a week?

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I went mountain biking in the Michigan UP/Upper Wisconsin area with a bunch of guys once - there are ski resorts with bike trails and we were able to ride down some of the slopes on the bikes. The best one allowed you to take your bike (attached to a ski lift) up and then ride down th back of the mountain (my favorite).

It was super-cheap (especially if you have your own bike), we camped out at MI state parks. Most of the money spent was on the strip clubs in the ski towns. We had 6 guys, which was a bit of a challenge because everyone was at a different fitness level, but mostly we just used the MTBing to pass the time until we were able to hang out at night.

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is that up in the boyne area? We looked at going skiing up there this winter, but found out that it was cheaper to ski CO... but mountain biking does sound like fun

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and what I am supposed to do when I get there? stare at the lake for a week?
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now your talking, I assume where you can rent jet ski's you can also rent ski boats?

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