I was wondering about that earlier.Panj, I've lived and visited several places in the U.S. where there's a prominent river that people like to visit, sort of like going to the beach. In such places, everyone knows what you're talking about when you say "go to the river."
That all depends on the location. Here in the Los Angeles area, there are several different beaches one can visit. My husband and I used to go to one beach a lot, so if he said "let's go to the beach" I instantly knew which beach he had in mind. That was years ago, though, and today if he suggested going to the beach I'd have to ask which one.I was wondering about that earlier.
In that kind of location, would "going to the beach" be just as familiar?
I suppose I was wondering if there needs to be some particular location in mind to make the beach, the mountains, the river seem natural - or can these expressions be used generically.