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1. Posted by SCN (Budding Member, 20 posts) 16 Dec '05 14:54

Hi i'm new to the board, and i was wondering if all you experienced travllers could give me some advice :)

As part of the trip were considering travelling across USA, but can anybody suggest any good routes...were thinking grand canyon, vegas, white house, all the usuals.

Thank
shane :)

2. Posted by gagnon (Budding Member, 27 posts) 16 Dec '05 15:37

If you are coming from the UK, I think Boston is a good starting point (Portland, Maine is really nice if you want to start a little farther north). Then you can go down through New England to New York City, followed by Philadelphia to Washington D.C.

After that, I think it depends on what you want to do to get out west. You can either start heading south and west or north and west towards Chicago or somewhere.

In the west, like you mentioned, Vegas is really fun and the Grand Canyon is amazing. Additionally, you should check out some national parks in the Rockies if you're interested and California has a lot of stuff to see as well. Going up or down Route 1 from L.A. to San Francisco is nice drive.

3. Posted by gagnon (Budding Member, 27 posts) 16 Dec '05 15:59

It's the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in California...Routes 101 and Route 1.

4. Posted by IAMNOBODY (Budding Member, 31 posts) 22 Dec '05 06:54

Quoting SCN

Hi i'm new to the board, and i was wondering if all you experienced travllers could give me some advice :)

As part of the trip were considering travelling across USA, but can anybody suggest any good routes...were thinking grand canyon, vegas, white house, all the usuals.

Thank
shane :)

If possible, I suggest a small detour into Canada as well. In the east, try Montreal, Ottawa or Toronto. In the west, try Calgary (Rocky Mountains) or Vancouver.

5. Posted by dunlow (Budding Member, 15 posts) 24 Dec '05 18:07

TORONTO!!!!!cheap hostels downtown - great night life - restaurants - concerts - happening music scnene, and then go to montreal on greyhound 2 for 1 adult ticket prices and its much more of a cozy city with a european touch to it.

6. Posted by -reece- (Travel Guru, 1368 posts) 25 Dec '05 01:26

How long are you thinking of travelling around America and possibly Canada for and what mode of transport are you using car,bus etc?

Im just back after spending 1 month in canada where we drove from vancouver to quebec and 3 months in America and that was rushing around quite abit although we did manage to see a fair bit in each country.Check my blog for details.I think in America we visited 31 states in total.

As Gagnon said Route 1 from La to San Francisco is an awesome drive.
The sunrise and sunset at the Grand Canyon is mindblowing.San Antonio was also really nice where you can take a small boat ride down the river.New York is just totally crazy but a must see.Chicago is certainly in my Top 5 cities on the whole trip.If you want to stay in a really bizarre place go to Truth or Consequences in New Mexico.Its a really unusual place to chill out and not much to see but the hostel we stayed in was a crazy place and the people were awesome although maybe a little mad.Plus the hot springs there are great for relaxing in.
I could go on forever but like i said its all in my blog.

7. Posted by ivan76 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 28 Dec '05 09:01

The Midwest doesn't have much to offer, it's fairly flat and boring. But if you can make it to Denver and drive west over the Rockies through Utah and finish in Vegas, you will not be disappointed. The scenery is stunning regardless of time of year. And don't forget about the Grand Canyon. Who knows, you might be able to pay off your whole trip after a few hours in Vegas, just need a little luck.