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Travelling USA late January - Tips please!

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1. Posted by steppers (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

I am begining a tour of USA east and west and would dearly love some advice on places to see and unusual things to visit! Anyone wanna join also would be fine. From late January onwards

thanks helpers!

2. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 11y

January's not such a great month (neither is February) due to poor weather, if you are into skiing/snowboarding Lake Tahoe or Colorado would be a good choice. Perhaps some New England has good skiing as well.

Places with unpredictable decent weather:
Florida might be ok, but South Beach and the Keys are the only interesting places I an think of in Florida. Oh and maybe wildlife tours in Everglades National Park or Lake Okeechobee. But Florida is such a "red" state I hate sending tourist dollars there.

Lousiana could use your tourist dollars -- specifically New Orleans and I think the French Quarter is open... do some research to see if visitors are working.

Texas (another "backwards red state"), Houston, Galveston, San Antonio (possibly Austin) Corpus Christi, Big Bend National Park and South Padre Island might be of interest to you.

New Mexico and Arizona -- I don't know much about these states.

Las Vegas! I don't think it snows or rains, but it will be cold and probably kind of expensive because I think there are many big conventions there in January -- hmmm I wonder why???? could it be decent weather????

Los Angeles and San Diego should have the best weather and tons of cool stuff to do. In Los Angeles I highly recommend The Getty.

San Francisco is the greatest city in the USA (or at least gives NYC serious competition), but it is usually raining all January long.

Why is weather important? Because for the most part Mass Transit in the USA sucks. You need a car for just about everywhere (except NYC and San Francisco) and with bad weather means lousy traveling.

Other places with great Mass Transit: Boston and Washington D.C. -- but can you say blizzards?

Good Luck!

3. Posted by Ogi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

How long are you traveling? We have a little of everything. I would highly recommend coming to Colorado and hitting up the slopes at Summit County ( Vail, Breckenridge, Keystine, etc). Also make sure to head through Utah on your way to California. Bryce Canyon is some of the coolest rock formations you will ever see. Also Moab if you are into some of the best mountbiking around. You can spend weeks in California and still not have enough time. Let me know how much time you are spending and I can give you some more great places to visit.

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4. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

woah! "unusual things to visit" .... yeah Northeast USA in Winter!!!

only thing visiting New England that time of year are snow storms...stay south of the mason dixon until April.

5. Posted by gautam (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

i think best place to visit is New York and Los Angles and if u are casino fan check out vegas and atlantic city those are best places for torurist u can visit washington dc

6. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 10y

I'll go with a couple of others on this one and venture to say that Colorado, specifically Denver, can be a lot of fun in January. Just bundle up.

It's really about the only "low season" in Denver--after the holidays, but before spring break (ski resorts are PACKED during Feb-March). If you get out there in Jan/early Feb, you get amazing deals on hotels. Just stayed there last week and got a $200/night room for $40. Last year, I got a room at the same hotel for $30/night. The city is packed with culture, all sorts of great ethnic food, although much outside downtown (LoDo), public transit is a problem.

7. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

if you like hiking i would def check out NH Vermont and Maine. Maine has some 250 miles of snowmobiling trails complete with hidden bars and lodges its quite an experence in the summer some good treking and white water rafting.

tyler