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Starting in Florid, but then how do we see ''real America''?

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1. Posted by si403 (Full Member 130 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!


October next year I've got to go to a wedding in Florida. Before / after that we're free to go where ever for about 2-3 weeks.

I would like New York and / or Miami. But other than that we are at a loss. We are thinking somewhere a little different, to some real America.

Anyone got any ideas/recommendations?

We are 30yo and 28yo. Our son will be 2yo so long flights after crossing the pond would ideally be avoided, but not strictly off limits.

Any help much appreicated.

2. Posted by katzgar (Inactive 220 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

you need to help yourself to start with. What sort of things do you want to see/do and when is this trip? The child is too young for Disney.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1835 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

The US is pretty big. How much you can see depends on how much time you want to spend in each location. (Maybe how much money too.)

Up to you. Some things tourists from Europe want to check out are "cowboy country," Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Yellowstone National Park, etc. (Washington DC is on the way to NYC if driving. On the East Coast Boston is popular too.)

If you want cowboy stuff and other things closer to the "Left" Coast flying might be better. Although roads heading West are pretty good. New York and Boston are not cheap for hotels.

Google check will give you some more help.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Sep-2016, at 18:11 by karazyal ]

4. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

Well I'm not sure what 'real America' is, maybe you can define it. Other than that, you have given no indication at all as to what is of interest to you.

How would going to live for a couple of weeks in a small Pennsylvania coal mining town that has fallen on hard times after the closing of the local coal mine sound to you? I'd say that is one aspect of the 'real America' and no doubt the local economy could use your tourist dollars. Or try staying in some of the sketchier neighbourhoods of New York city, that's about as 'real' as it gets.

If as I suspect, that doesn't appeal to you then maybe you should consider reading a guide book or doing some Googling for subjects that are of interest to you. Or you could say here what your interests are and ask for suggestions that are maybe not as well known.

For example, if you like hiking look at Acadia National Park in Maine perhaps. Like architecture, consider visiting Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. Like history, try visiting Savannah, Georgia and read a book on the history of the early days when it was a major port for goods going to and fro across 'the pond'. Forget looking for the 'real America'. If you find it, chances are you won't like it. ;)

5. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2009 posts) 46w Star this if you like it!

I agree, please define what you mean by the "real America" - it could be several things depending on your perspective.

6. Posted by katzgar (Inactive 220 posts) 46w Star this if you like it!

Looks like the OPer is face down in their grule

7. Posted by si403 (Full Member 130 posts) 46w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the general advice, that's all I wanted. I chose not to go into my specific interests for fear of reducing the number of potential replies, just wanted a broad range of peoples ideas. Although I now realise that opens me up to patronising responses, so my apologies! It was a dumb question and didn't give you much to go on!

I will use google. :)

8. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 46w Star this if you like it!

Try looking at the other side of the coin si403. You might not have wanted to reduce the number of potential replies but in doing so, you are asking people to give responses that may or may not align with your interests. That means that you are actually asking some people to WASTE their time answering you.

By providing your areas of interest, people can decide if what they would suggest is going to be of interest to you or not. No one then wastes their time including you having to read suggestions that are not of interest to you. It's a TWO way street.

You may feel you were patronized and I may feel it was justified. But we can move on from there. Why not tell us what your interests are and see what responses you then get. The more you put into your questions, the more you are likely to get in the answers.