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1. Posted by pw29010 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

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i was wondering how long is to long to travel around america. i was thinking of spending 10 - 14 days in a number of cities i.e. new york, chicago, boston, seattle, LA, san francisco and san diego that adds up to 3 - 4 months. do u think i'll be spending to many days in each individual city. obviously i may change my mind and spend less days in certain cities. any help would be much appreciated

2. Posted by bvheide (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

To me, it depends what you want to see while you're in those places. You could easily spend a month in and around the places you've mentioned. Of course, you could also easily do it in 10-14 days.

My opinion would be that you choose some places to axe and only see what you really want to see, then do another trip later. For example, unless you're into show buisness / surfing / etc I'd take a pass on LA. It just takes so long both to see what you want to see there AND it takes forever to get around in LA. Not to mention that you'd probably need to rent a car if you didn't have one. I don't know much about San Diego, so I can't speak to that. (Keep in mind that this is just my opinion and that others would probably disagree.)

For the time period you've mentioned, I'd say that you should shoot for cities that are more walkable and that have better public transportation...since you'd probably be flying between those cities, right? Then, you could probably cut your stays in each city down to maybe 5-7 days per walkable city and your 10 - 14 day estimate for less walkable places.

I think of these places as (mostly) walkable / reasonable public transportation:

New York, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle (once you're downtown), and Chicago (also once you're downtown.)

I think of both LA and SanDiego as less walkable.

Just my opinions, of course. Hope this helps!

3. Posted by twitchy78 (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

10-14 days seems to be a bit much for your average American city. The reason i say this si that your average American city is younger than 200 years old, and some are younger than 100. A term has been coined for many of American's metropolitian areas, "Generica". Or generic America. Our infrastructure grew fast enough, that many of our largest cities have lost a distinctive feel and tend to blur together. Only the oldest cities on the East Coast have the history to justify that amount of time. America is still very young by comparison to most European cities. My suggestion would be then to reserve your long stays for only our oldest cities and then focus on those cities that border on or are close to some of our natural wonders. See the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, Yellowstone and Zion National Parks. In my opinion, this will be a more rewarding experience.

4. Posted by zentric (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

hi there! well, i guess it would depend on the sort of stuff you want to do in each city. if you only want to see the "tourist bits", i would say 3-4 days in any city is sufficient. to really get a feel for a city, 7-10 days... 10-14 might be a little on the long side for some cities... its been my experience that after a week, i feel "at home". and if i'm travelling, that's the point at which i want to move on.

i don't know if you've settled on the particular cities you listed below, but i would also suggest las vegas, memphis, phoenix, miami, and dallas. gosh, now that i think about it, i could go on an on and on... but it might be interesting for you to see some different types of cities if you're trying to get your fill of america. my personal favorite is washington, DC. :)

hope that was at least a little helpful!

5. Posted by pw29010 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

thanx alot for the help. L.A. was one city i probably wouldn't have stayed for too long maybe only 5 days. i was thinking of adding vegas and phoenix to the list

6. Posted by bvheide (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Quoting pw29010

thanx alot for the help. L.A. was one city i probably wouldn't have stayed for too long maybe only 5 days. i was thinking of adding vegas and phoenix to the list

One thing to think about would be to hit the north suburbs of LA if you really want to go. Hit Santa Barbara (beautiful) and relax for a few days, then do a one way car rental through the Mojave desert, hit Death Valley National Park, swing by Hoover Dam, and drive into Vegas. Depending on what kind of trip you're looking for, measure out how long you think you'd like to stay in Vegas. It can be a bit much if you're not into the "party like a rock star" scene...not that you have to party like crazy, but it's kind of the culture.

Personally, I'd skip Phoenix, unless you're going to be there in the spring and watch some spring training baseball or something.

Again, only opinions.

7. Posted by bvheide (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

...also, I've stayed in Seattle for a week or two at a time. Honestly, if you do some of the area nature attractions as well as the city, you can have quite a visit there. I love that city.