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1. Posted by stoneyafcb (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

Hey All

I been trying to plan my trip to usa and its all just stress, sorting out where to start end etc and how to get round. I think im getting somewhere slowly but i got till may 2006 to sort everything out so should be all ok i hope. i was going to go this year but i figured i cant be doing without the beer situation being 20 and 21 in may thats why i choose then :).

Anyway i figured i would start off flying from london to new york.
New York being its the cheapest from here and im all for the cheap as im a budget prob around 4000 too 5000 USD for 3 months and im hoping im not going home afterwards the only reason why im in usa for 3 months is cos they wont let you stay for anymore...barstards.

my trip will be round abouts like this on amtrak i wanna see a bit of everything like cities and the small town life etc. if theres anywhere else worth seeing a visit please let me know i just seemed to pick these on random following a route

New York
Boston
Niagara Falls
Washington DC
Virginia
Louisiana - New Orleans
Texas – Houston – San Antonio
El Paso
San Diego
Los Angeles
Washington
Minnesota/Wisconsin
Chicago
to new york to
AMSTERDAM

Any info and advice would be great as this will be my first time going around usa and ill be doing on my own.
if anyone wants to come along or meet on the way if your around then give me a shout
Stoney

2. Posted by bob345 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

I would scratch Houston....Just a big city and not much to see...and add Austin. Much more fun to be had on sixth street.
A Houston native

3. Posted by sbourgoin (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

I have to totally agree about Austin. I would scratch every city in Texas except that.:)

4. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Quoting sbourgoin

I have to totally agree about Austin. I would scratch every city in Texas except that.:)

Scratch every city in Texas.You have got to be joking.San Antonio is a fantastic place and well worth the trip.Ive travelled to many many places in America lately and San Antonio is in the top 5.

5. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 11y

Hi Stoney,
Don't miss San Francisco.

Pranav

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Ditto! San Fransisco is great! :)

7. Posted by solveig (Full Member 53 posts) 11y

Why do a round-trip? You could take a flight back from eg. San Fransisco or Seattle. Unless you really like cities and not nature, add some national parks to your list! USA has many great nature sites to visit. At least don't miss grand canyon. I would also recommend Yellowstone (WY) and all the national parks in California, Yosemite being at the top-list. However, the parks are difficult to visit without a car, maybe you could rent a car from time to time. It is quite cheap in the states.
But you do need a credit card! (Actually, I'm afraid that most car-rentals require the person to be older than 24 also, I'm not sure).

8. Posted by Lissyrl (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Definitely do Austin over Houston, and get to San Francisco, Yosemite, or Yellowstone if you can! Totally worthwhile. You might want to add Arizona to the list- Sedona is great and not too far from the Grand Canyon or Phoenix.

9. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

I would sugggest that you buy a van once you get to the US. You are too young to rent and a 3 month Amtrak pass would be more than buying a used van. Check out the Dodge Caravan. There are tons of them for sale, get decent gas milage, easy to drive and are big enough to sleep in. Try to buy one from a car lot that will let you sell it back to them once you are done with it. This allows you total freedom to visit all parts of the US and stay as long as you like in each location. You also can avoid many nights accommodation if you sleep in the van. I have done this from coast to coast with no problems.

I see that Las Vegas is not on the list. If you are going to the Grand Canyon, Vegas is only 5 hours away. Don't miss one of the most exciting cities in the world. PM me if you have any questions. Good Luck.