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Five cities for a quick weekend getaway-which would you choose?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I'm thinking of a quick fly-to weekend to one of five regional cities. Of course, I'd like to look at men's clothing, especially upscale dress lace-up shoes. But I'd like a bit of culture, a couple of good meals, maybe a great Mexican dinner or exceptional pizza. Anyway, I'm thinking between Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Denver or Houston. That's my "short list." Just curious what ones would be your choice for most shopping/ dining/ cultural fun on a short trip? I'd like a clean but not outrageously expensive hotel too. Suggestions? Thanks!

Jerry
post #2 of 24
I would pick Denver probably. But theres tons of other cities I would rather visit then those five
post #3 of 24
What about Chicago?
post #4 of 24
I would go with Houston or Denver, I can't see any other reason to visit the other 3.

JB
post #5 of 24
Just curious how you came to those 5 cities. Do you know people there, or have you already been to the other good cities in the US? I could reccomend 5 cities i'd rather go to not named new york and LA, and not mention those. I haven't been that many places so you might be looking for something new.
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all four of you.

Actually I was born in Chicago, so although I might want to return, it isn't on the top of my list.

It's probably in one sense "a no brainer" that Houston or Denver or Kansas City of the five I mentioned would be the best because they're the largest. However on a trip with limited time (and possibly just using taxis or public transit to get around) the largest cities also take the most time to fully explore. For the reason of their smaller scale, I was leaving Tulsa and Oklahoma City in the mix.

I'm choosing these five because all are within a 800-mile radius of me. I'm somewhat familiar with Dallas and San Antonio so didn't include them, for example. If my focus was "the beach" then my choices would be different- and most of them too far away for a two-day trip.
post #7 of 24
Ah, ok. Good info.
You said you would like to look at men's clothing; maybe another member can correct me but wouldn't Houston be the best place for that? I don't know about shopping in Denver.

JB
post #8 of 24
Great shoes -not in OKC unless delivered by the UPS man.
We can fix you up with the Mexican food though.
I lived in Kansas City for 4 years, better clothes and retail (Plaza)
Dallas can fix you up in the clothing area.
post #9 of 24
I think factory people used to be in houston(or was it austin?), but i'd imagine houston would have the best shopping on the list. I don't know the ins and outs of denver but i have a friend with relatives there and he always enjoys himself when he's visiting. He said there are plenty of solid resturaunts and good shopping, but he isn't as elitist as most of us on the forums are.
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by Jerry52 View Post
Hi, I'm thinking of a quick fly-to weekend to one of five regional cities. Of course, I'd like to look at men's clothing, especially upscale dress lace-up shoes. But I'd like a bit of culture, a couple of good meals, maybe a great Mexican dinner or exceptional pizza. Anyway, I'm thinking between Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Denver or Houston. That's my "short list." Just curious what ones would be your choice for most shopping/ dining/ cultural fun on a short trip? I'd like a clean but not outrageously expensive hotel too. Suggestions? Thanks! Jerry
I can't say much about the other cities you mention in that I've spent limited time in them, but I do know that Denver is a great place to spend some time. Plenty of decent restaurants and bars in LODO, which is part of downtown (LOwer DOwntown). Shopping is pretty decent. Andriesen Morton and Homer Reed Ltd. have very nice men's selections. Cherry Creek (a very close in suburb) has great shopping including a mall with both Nieman and Nordstrom. Homer Reed I believe has also opened a store in Cherry Creek. And even if you don't have time or the means to drive into the mountains, the view of them from Denver is worth seeing. Have a great trip wherever you go!!
post #11 of 24
I'd pick Denver, and you can visit Lawrence Covell, the best men's store in Denver. Houston is just too oppressively hot and humid and it doesn't have a lively downtown after 5.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by von Rothbart View Post
I'd pick Denver, and you can visit Lawrence Covell, the best men's store in Denver. Houston is just too oppressively hot and humid and it doesn't have a lively downtown after 5.

Not sure how I could have forgotten Lawrence Covell.
post #13 of 24
Living in Houston, I can tell you that it will be difficult to get around without a car. The mass transit here is virtually non-existent, but it isn't a bad city.

As far as shopping goes.. the Galleria mall here in Houston has a NM's, Saks, and Nordstrom. The rest of the Uptown Area has some decent shopping as well as food.

As far as touristy things to do, we have one of the largest museum and theater districts in the country. You can visit anything from the Holocaust Museum to the Museum of Health (though most people go to the Museum of Fine Arts or Museum of Natural Science, and they're pretty cool). Right across the street from the Museum of Natural Science is the City Zoo. In the Theater District, there are several venues which you might want to check out. A couple of them are:

Jones Hall (Houses the Houston Symphony and the Society for the Performing Arts)
http://www.houstontx.gov/joneshall/index.htm

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
http://www.thehobbycenter.org/hobbyp...medisplay.aspx

Alley Theater
http://www.alleytheatre.org/alley/Default_EN.asp

The Wortham Center (Houses Houston Ballet and Opera, and other stuff)
http://www.houstontx.gov/worthamcenter/boxoffice.htm


Anyhow, if you come ot Houston, have fun.
post #14 of 24
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Living in Houston, I can tell you that it will be difficult to get around without a car. The mass transit here is virtually non-existent, but it isn't a bad city.

Interesting though that most of the places on your list (with the exception of the Galleria and Uptown destinations) are connected via rail. Although Houston's pretty spread out, anything within the 610 loop is pretty easily accessed via the Metro bus system.
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your impassioned replies! I'm still checking in... I'd be glad for specific suggestions for great Mexican food, pizza or seafood in OKC, Tulsa, Denver, Houston or Kansas City! Or decent, not-too-expensive and well-located hotels! (I understand none of you is treating me to the dinners or hotels, lol!)
I appreciated the culture run-down on Houston from Jsoftz, I'll have to try the links, and the synopsis of best clothing stores in Denver from tonylumpkin. Chronoaug dropped the name of Austin, and THAT got me thinking- Austin is a fair-sized town I've never visited with a GREAT music scene- especially folk! I used to listen to a lot of Nanci Griffith, and I think she cut her teeth in Austin! Actually of the five I've listed, I've visited Oklahoma City (great zoo!) Tulsa, Denver and Kansas City, but I feel I could enjoy any of them again. In the case of Denver and Oklahoma City I really don't know them very well. Houston, I've never been to. One of you is from Pittsburgh, often regarded as one of the finest big cities in the country, but just a bit far away for this trip. I've never been there but I understand among many attractions, Pittsburgh has several great hot dog restaurants!I'd also go back to Portland, OR in a heartbeat if time allowed! In case any of you enjoy religious shrines, the outdoor Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother (the Grotto) in Portland is impressive!

Again, I'd welcome your nominations for best Mexican food or pizza in Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Denver, Houston- or Austin! Or good, no-frills hotels.

Jerry
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