Super Adventure II: Destination Recommendations NeededEvery Christmas, Susan and I give our niece and nephews "adventures" for gifts. Throughout the year, they give us ideas of things they would like to do with us. Some have included: A Day of Heights (Skydeck at Sears Tower and lunch at the Hancock Building), baseball games (Cubs, White Sox, Brewers), days at museums (Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, etc.) and more.
We determined that eighth grade is the cut-off. When they celebrate Christmas during eighth grade, they receive a final "super adventure". They are given a questionnaire with a few basic questions. Based upon their responses, we take them on a small vacation somewhere within the 48 contiguous states. We don't use hard and fast boundaries, but seeing we live in suburban Chicago, the regions of the U.S. are fairly straight-forward. The questions are:
1. North or South?
2. East or West?
3. Urban or Outdoors?
4. Busy or Relaxed?
5. I want to be surprised, or I want to know
Prior to last night, we've only had one nephew reach this point. He picked: south, west, outdoors and busy. We didn't offer the surprise option back then. We planned a trip to see Spring Training baseball in Arizona with a trip to the Grand Canyon (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3).
Last night, it was our lone niece's turn. She selected: south, east, urban, relaxed and surprised. She threw us a curveball because we thought she was leaning toward north and east, so New York seemed like the logical choice.
We need some recommendations. We only have two limitations: we're not taking her to Florida (she's been there several times with her mother) and we're not taking her to Atlanta. Our niece is 14, she enjoys good food, she's a runner (but she doesn't necessarily like sports) and she participates in local kids theater.