Travels in TV Land, Part 2: South Park, Springfield, Quahog
Last week I brought you the first installment of Travels in TV Land. This time I'm kicking it up a notch and exploring destinations in your favorite animated TV shows--so what if they're fictional! Let's open our minds, people.
South Park, Colorado - Unlike the town of South Park featured in a certain Comedy Central series about politically incorrect fourth-graders, the actual South Park is a huge glacial valley amid the Rocky Mountains. Beautiful, but pretty much devoid of anything but a gas station. A more welcoming place is Denver, about 60 miles away. Book the Ultimate Escape package at the JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek, where, in addition to your room, you'll get a $100 gift card to Neiman Marcus, a $100 certificate to Nectar Spa, two cocktails at Second Home Bar, and valet parking, all for $339. After this indulgence, you'll need a shot of culture, and there's no better place than the Denver Art Museum.
Quahog, Rhode Island - The kids of South Park are lightweights compared to the appallingly offensive Griffin family of Family Guy. Ironically, their hometown of Quahog is based on Providence, Rhode Island, one of the country's most liberal cities. Here's proof. Thankfully, Family Guy's rabid fans now have a posh place to hang their hats: the Renaissance Providence Hotel. A lofty $100 million renovation put it on Condé Nast Traveler's 2008 Hot List of the world's best new hotels. And with a $189/night price tag, you'll have enough left over for a city tour.
Springfield, ? - For the entirety of its 20-year run, The Simpsons has never revealed the location of Springfield. Even the fanatics running this exhaustive archive haven't come up with a conclusive answer. And no wonder: There are 71 Springfields in the U.S. In which of these towns do you think The Simpsons takes place? Let us know and we'll come up with the best travel deals there.