I'm travelling to Boston in early Jan 2006 and have four weeks to get down to florida using the railways as transport and cheap hostel accomodation.
If you've had experience of this type of trip on the East Coast or it's areas, what should I see and do?
would it be okay to get list of hostels in each of the areas I'm visiting and book a room a few days in advance when I'm out there, or just book weeks before I go? Don't want to limit myself too much though, might stay longer in areas I like. Any links/resources would be greatly appreciated.
Also, if anyone needs help or advice about Northern Ireland/Belfast, then message me. Thanks!
Boston - Try the freedom trail! and the Old twon trolleys are fun - but prepare to freeze as every year in January Boston is the center for the Ice Age cometh. dress warm or head to Florida asap!
On ur way south - stop in NYC and Washington DC.
youl not need much bookin ahead as in the new england area is void of many tourists until spring - wehn u get to 'The South' book ahead as many americanos take winter holidays in sunnier climes.
if u need Boston advice in particular send me a mess.
Thats okay, don't mind freezing for few weeks- well used to it in Ireland. Besides I'll be heading down South for second half of trip. Many thanks Jeff.
Anyone else got some advice, general or otherwise- a place or an activity I should definately not miss out on?
Im not looking bars or clubs...I'll be flying solo so I'm looking to take in as many sights and experiences as I can.
Spend less time in Boston and try to spend lots of time in D.C. -- Expect moderate to heavy snow in both cities. D.C.
Both cities have great subway transport; both cities has lots of historical cites, but D.C. has more large indoor attractions to offer which is great since it so damn cold! Examples: The Captial Building, Supremem Court, The Smithsonian (several large museums and close to many monuments).
I personally found D.C. to be more friendlier to travelers than Boston.
NY is cool too -- you can't go wrong in Manhattan (NYC).
Agree with the comments above on Boston, NYC, and Washington. Once down in Florida, stop in Orlando to visit the amusement parks and water parks (Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World), then go on to Miami (if that's where you are flying out of). In the Miami area the places to visit are South Beach or Fort Lauderdale.
i literally just got back from boston, and other areas in new england, and i'd say spend alotta time in boston, its my favorite city ever! its so cool. and i did what you did, no bars or clubs, just wandering. theres a huge irish influence there (i think the demographic is something like 51% of the population is irish) and its plain gorgeous. stay at either the prescott hostel in everrett (north boston) or the HI boston near back bay. prescott is cheaper, but harder to get to downtown. the HI is hard to book, cuase of the colleges around there, but its at the heart of things, just book a bit early for them. (there both good) dont stay at the beantown one, i heard its a shithole...
i explored like every area of the city becuase im a maniac, and i encourage you to do the same! theres beauty everywhere, and definatley check out bunker hill monument in charlestown and dorchester hieghts in south boston (all of southie is really cool, as well). check out beacon hill, and you can cross the longfellow bridge from beacon to cambridge, that area is gorgeous, too. you'll figure it out.
but nyc is... interesting, if your into that kinda area. D.C. is really cool, worth seeing. alot of new england is more european and historical, when you get to southern states they get kind of predictable, but it can be fun, probably when its all knew to ya
aite well just msg me if you need more info, i know way too much about the east coast.
long-winded i know.
P.S. theres alotta travelers in boston hostels, so there'll be plenty o' people to hang out with and go explore. i met more people there than everywhere else i went combined.
thanks SeeTheSky! I'll take your recommendations on board! excited!!
Definetely spend a few days in Boston it is a really cool city but yea u will freeze ur nuts off there in january.South Boston is pretty cool to check out all irish neighborhood alotta stuff to check out like they said before freedom trail boston common fanueil hall...nyc is sick not sure about hostels there but u will find 10 million things to do there..If u have a month u should def. check out Philly,Baltimore is worth a day or two as well and dc too......Also when u get down south its off the coast but go to tha ATL strip club capital of the US u'll get some of that dirty dirty youll need after a few weeks on the road..then when u get to miami just so u know its pretty expensive like NY but really cool its pretty much all latin completely different then all the other cities youd see...its too bad ur doin this in winter tho there are some cool beach towns down south you could hit up....not sure if theres too much hiking right on the coast if your into that you gotta go inland more i belive..hope this helps bro
Yeah, unfortunately this is the only time I can do this- before I concentrate on a career, I gotta get to the States for a holiday! You reckon it'll be warm down south...in Florida during January for example?
Doing some snowboarding in New England...so not worried about the cold!