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1. Posted by Sophietravelnut (Inactive 16 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone I am sooo desperate to travel America but its a huge country and I dont know where to start. Does anyone have any time to help me with suggestions for my blog so I can plan this. I have travelled some of Europe and will be happy to share my tips with you. Thank you, Sophie.

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 315 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi Sophie. You're right; America is a huge country. I've been to 49 of the 50 states and it's taken a lifetime. What kind of things do you like to see and do when you travel? For the average person, I'd probably suggest starting with New York City and Boston on the east coast for a couple reasons. First, they are closer to Europe so don't take as long to get there. Second, they are both historic and fascinating cities with a lot to do. If you have the time, visit Washington D.C. on that first trip and you should have a good idea of the USA east coast.

Many people skip the Midwest USA and I sort of understand, but since I grew up there, I think it's pretty interesting too. It is certainly historic and there are very beautiful parts. They just don't have a seacoast. A real must-see is Chicago. It's a fascinating and vibrant city with so much to do. There is St. Louis with the Gateway Arch by architect Eero Saarinen is a must-see. My favorite Midwest city is Kansas City, Missouri. It has more fountains than any other city except Rome and it also has a wonderful art museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. There are parks and for nightlife, Kansas City has jazz easily as good as New Orleans. There are lovely small towns too like Galena, Illinois; Pella, Iowa; Frankenmuth, Michigan and Loudenville, Ohio among others. There is the historic village of the Amana Colonies in Iowa.

The western USA has Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego in California; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Santa Fe, New Mexico and lots of gorgeous National Parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Crater Lake, Olympic, Mt. Rainier and lots of others. San Diego has Balboa Park with the Zoo and Safari Park outside town. There is also the Gaslight District; the Historic District; the Harbor and the beaches. Los Angeles has the Getty Museum, LACMA museum, Huntington Museum and Gardens and in Pasadena, the Norton-Simon Museum among other museums. There are beaches, the pier at Malabu, shopping for anything you could possibly want, and both Disneyland and Universal City theme parks. San Francisco doesn't need any advertising.

You might want to plan three trips to visit the three different areas. On the other hand, you might want to try a little sightseeing on both coasts on one long trip. Try pulling up Google Maps and plotting a few things you want to see. That may help you organize yourself into a trip.

Good luck. Planning is half the fun.

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2571 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sophietravelnut

Hi everyone I am sooo desperate to travel America but its a huge country and I dont know where to start.

Start by giving some minimal info so people can make informed suggestions.

What time of year? For how long? What's your budget? Interests? Likes/dislikes? Can you drive a rental car? Nationality? Etc.

Have fun with your research.


4. Posted by Sophietravelnut (Inactive 16 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Wow thank you soo much for all your info here I really appreciate it. Well I was thinking next summer so around July time and my budget I honestly dont know yet. I will be 19 so cant drive I think and defo cant drink but I dont mind. I am from England btw,

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 315 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

You will be using public transportation because of your age so I definitely recommend the east coast for a first visit. They have much better public transportation options than the rest of the country. Chicago has great public transport but Chicago is very far from everything else and would be best on a tour of the Midwest. You could fly into Chicago, visit the city; then rent a car and drive on to visit the rest of the Midwest . . . but not until you are old enough to rent a car in the USA. If you fly into Boston, visit Boston, then New York City, then Washington D.C., you could fly out of Washington D.C. and it's all easy to do by train. You can use buses and subways in the cities.

If you want to do National Parks in the West, you could book a National Park Youth Tour. They do camping tours and from what we've seen, they have a great deal of fun on them. You might look at this web site for ideas. Also do a search on camping tours of the USA.

We've used STA Travel in London and they served us well. That's the only reason I put this web site here. You can get a lot more web sites with a search. Hopefully, other members will suggest things that have worked for them. We've run into TrekAmerica tours when we've been camping in the USA but I've never talked to any of the young folks on the tours. They were definitely having a great time when we saw them. :)

6. Posted by aah2 (Budding Member 18 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I would say the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, and South culture are so unique and different. It really depends on what you're looking for. Describe some interests for us and perhaps you might be able to find something.

East Coast: Think NYC, Boston, Maryland. These places. Lots of seafood, might even throw in a day trip to Canada. Niagra Falls. Arts, such as Broadway, great museums, historical places in Boston. Scenic coasts, not necessarily the greatest for swimming. A stereotype would be it's colder up here. But a very chic, and stunning part.

West Coast: Typically warmer. Think California. Great National Parks, stunning beaches in the summer. Lots of delicious Asian and Mexican food here. Arizona, for the Grand Canyon. Yosemite and Yellowstone National Park. Las Vegas if you're interested in partying, LA for the Hollywood experience.

Midwest: To be honest, many people skip over this part. However, I grew up here, and it's lovely. Think lakes, lots of woods, cornfields, small towns with the occasional big town, such as Chicago or Peoria. An excellent place to raise children. Touring? I'm not so sure. A lot of small pioneer, historical places to find, though. DEFINITELY, go to Chicago. A wonderful city that should not be overlooked.

South: Think Louisiana, Houston, Georgia. This is a whole new culture, I am not familiar with. However, I've heard the food is delicious. It gets very hot in the summer. Lots of charm and special colonial beauty of its own however, and definitely worth a visit. Think New Orleans for their delicious food (gumbo) and French influence, and jazz.

Research, think about what you really like, and STICK to one coast. Literally, unless you're here for three days and wanna hit the highlights, like LA and NYC, stick to one coast.

7. Posted by Sophietravelnut (Inactive 16 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi thank you soo much guys. aah2 I really loooove beaches and also cities so what would you recommend please?

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 315 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

New York City. It has everything including nearby beaches with good public transportation. How long do you have? The other great beach city would be Los Angeles. Unfortunately they are about 2500 miles apart so I'd choose one or the other. In July, it can be quite hot in either city but you don't have the humidity in LA. NYC is probably more fun than LA unless you like theme parks. Both are great places to visit. Type them into the search engine here and check the TP Guides to see what's available. It would also be a shorter trip for you from the UK to NYC.

Miami in Florida is famous for its beaches but as a city, it's not that interesting and the weather in July is just miserable. Save it for a winter trip some time when the rest of the world is snowy.

9. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 307 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I went to NYC, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Toronto and Boston in 3 weeks, i saw everything i wanted to and didn't feel rushed at all. I flew between DC and Toronto and Toronto and Boston, the rest of the travel was by bus, Philly was a real surprise for me, i only really included it because i was catching up with a girl i met some years before in Belgium, i found it to be a really interesting place with some important history and figures from the development of the States as a nation.

10. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 314 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Having lived in Florida for several years, i can say that weather in there (Miami, Key West, Pensacola etc) in July isn't that different from the weather in Chicago or NYC, or where I live now in Maryland, but Florida has the advantage of being close to the ocean so it isn't as stifling as in the big cities. Typically in Maryland we have over 30 days per year that are over 90 deg F (33 deg C) with high humidity. Key West is hot, but it doesn't have long periods of weather 90-100 degrees where it doesn't even cool off at night.

There are beaches all up and down the east coast (Cape Cod, Atlantic City, Rehobeth, Cape May, Ocean City, Virginia Beach, the Outer Banks, Myrtle Beach, Tybee Island, Daytona, Canaveral, Bahia Honda). But if you want to use public transportation to get to them, probably Atlantic City would be the easiest to get to. Temperatures range from 73.0 °F (22.8 °C) in Massachusetts to 80.2 °F (26.8 °C) in northern FL.

There are nice beaches on the west coast, but the water is way colder there if you want to swim. Southern coast it reaches around 68 degrees F (20 degrees Celsius) during summer, while off northern beaches the ocean temperature hovers at just 52 degrees F (11 °C).

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Aug-2017, at 20:09 by greatgrandmaR ]