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

Quoting Sophietravelnut

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

Girl in my opinion, go to the West Coast. Beaches and cities? That's basically California. Esp in July, it's hot there definitely, but you'll have a lovely time at places like Santa Monica beach. Throw in some cities like LA for Hollywood, San Fransisco for a unique food experience, Berkeley, San Diego. Already in Cali there's so much to do. But beaches and cities, like I said, I think California is the way to go.

Other West Coast options: Arizona. I've visited multiple times. Why not do the Grand Canyon? Stunning scenery, and on so many peoples' bucket list. Tex-Mex food is here and EXCELLENT. Lots of desert and cacti. BUT it's VERY hot here in the summer. Not sure if you'd want to be so miserable.

Do a National Park. Go camping, and maybe even swimming in Yosemite or Yellowstone. Look at the starry night skies, rent a trailer and look at some of the most beautiful natural sites in America.

If you want to hit up multiple places in the West Coast, literally GOOGLE "West Coast Roadtrip". So many people do it, and you'll have an AMAZING time. Soaking up the sun, eating YUMMY food, visiting the most FAMOUS attractions in America. Have fun!!

12. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 144 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I was in Miami just a few months ago, and it is a fascinating city and its beach while artificial is spectacular. Only thing if you can't drive you might not find much to do in Florida. If it is your first time I reckon stick with the classics, either do New York and around the East coast, they are really well connected with public transport or do the LA and San Fransico Route, I have friend who was there last year and she said San Fransico was amazing. I suppose it also depends how much flying you are willing to do on this trip. If you do the LA or NYC route you won't need to fly to see the sights but if you want to do things like Miami or Chicago you will have to add the time it takes to fly to your itinerary. Do you know how much time you will be spending?

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

Hi guys thanks soo much for all your suggestions. Yes I think that California and the west coast is for me first looking into it. I want to say I will have 4 weeks so will see so hopefully I can get more in.

14. Posted by goodfish (Budding Member 91 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

GOOGLE "West Coast Roadtrip"
...rent a trailer and look at some of the most beautiful natural sites in America.
Other West Coast options: Arizona.

Very kindly, the OP cannot drive so a googled roadtrip or renting a trailer isn't really going to be helpful or even possible. Also, the state of Arizona isn't "West Coast" : it's American Southwest.

That said, I'm partial to Northern Arizona and New Mexico and Southern Utah and Colorado areas. Here you'd see landscapes that you won't see anywhere in the UK - indeed, some not found anywhere else in the world - and experience history, food and culture that's unique to that region's indigenous, Spanish and Mexican heritages. From the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park to the hoodoos at Bryce N.P. to the expanse of the Grand Canyon, there is a LOT to see and do!

The only problem is that it's a difficult (sometime impossible) place to get around with public transit. As Beausoleil suggested, a youth tour which covers the key parks would be a very good idea for you. With 4 weeks, you could spend part of your time doing this, and then fly to California to explore some of the coastal cities and beaches for your remaining time. I'm not really up on transport options from, say, San Diego to LA to San Francisco but I know there ARE some, and I'm sure the folks who know the state well can/will offer some help.

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

Quoting goodfish

GOOGLE "West Coast Roadtrip"
...rent a trailer and look at some of the most beautiful natural sites in America.
Other West Coast options: Arizona.

Very kindly, the OP cannot drive so a googled roadtrip or renting a trailer isn't really going to be helpful or even possible. Also, the state of Arizona isn't "West Coast" : it's American Southwest.

That said, I'm partial to Northern Arizona and New Mexico and Southern Utah and Colorado areas. Here you'd see landscapes that you won't see anywhere in the UK - indeed, some not found anywhere else in the world - and experience history, food and culture that's unique to that region's indigenous, Spanish and Mexican heritages. From the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park to the hoodoos at Bryce N.P. to the expanse of the Grand Canyon, there is a LOT to see and do!

The only problem is that it's a difficult (sometime impossible) place to get around with public transit. As Beausoleil suggested, a youth tour which covers the key parks would be a very good idea for you. With 4 weeks, you could spend part of your time doing this, and then fly to California to explore some of the coastal cities and beaches for your remaining time. I'm not really up on transport options from, say, San Diego to LA to San Francisco but I know there ARE some, and I'm sure the folks who know the state well can/will offer some help.

Hi thank you soo much this is all awesome advice that I will keep and let you know when I decide!

16. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 316 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

San Diego to LA to San Francisco is easy by train. We used to go into LA by train all the time. The train station is a historic gem and it is a 5-minute walk from the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. If you check it on Google Maps, there are a ton of things right by the station to visit. We used to walk up to the Disney Concert Hall (by architect Frank Gehry) which is a great visit even if you don't want to hear the LA Phil. The Historical Monument (really a park) always has events going on that are great fun and related to the Mexican heritage of LA. It is also close to Chinatown and a museum of Chinese heritage of LA. It's a great train station. Union Station Los Angeles web site

From LA if you take Amtrak, you go to Oakland and then use BART (the local SF transport) into SF. We have BART passes and if you are doing a lot of traveling in SF, it might be worth looking into. Here's the web site for Amtrak California. Amtrak California

San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco are all wonderful cities with a lot to do. SD and SF have the best public transportation, but LA isn't far behind and if you get stuck, there is always Uber or a taxi. Late at night that might be your best option . . . or stay near where you might be visiting at night.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Aug-2017, at 13:53 by Beausoleil ]

17. Posted by Loneskyblues (Budding Member 8 posts) 5d Star this if you like it!

Hi Sophie, will you be sharing your blog on here? I'm also from England and hoping to do a bit of travelling around America next year, also female but much older than you, 36! I really want to do this, but am petrified. I think you're really brave and It'd be great to read your blog if you go through with it.
Thanks
Shee.

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