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11. Posted by AustinGuy (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y

Can hook u up with a roof over your head in Austin..I own a few houses which are currently vacant. No furnishing, but all utilities. Austin is a great town too...happy to play tourguide if Im around...

12. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 12y

Hey Claire,
If you end up planning on going to Calgary, Canada, I live there so I could tell you all about what there is to do and see in that area.
Someone mentioned some National Parks to see in the States, and I think Banff and Jasper were mentioned about Canada. The Canadian Rockies are spectacular and are deffinately a must see. The Parks I would recommend, aside from the aforementioned, are Yoho National Park and Waterton National Park.
If you are into hiking, there are some incredible hikes there, and a good reliable guide that I would recommend is the book called "Don't Waste Your Time In The Canadian Rockies" to help you choose some hikes suited to your fitness level and time, place etc.
If hiking isn't an activity you want to pursue, there is world class ice climbing in Yoho (in winter), plus the Burgess Shale, a World Histroical Site open in early September, as well as incredible whitewater rafting on the Frasier River . . . and there are hot springs in Radium, B.C., as well as Banff, Alberta, which are natural, of course, and very soothing- some people say it heals cancer, or at least colds. If you see/do nothing else in the Canadian Rockies, go to one of the hot springs! Banff is the closest to Calgary- about an hour's drive down the Trans Canada Highway (#1 on a map).
As far as cities go, I love Banff- there is great shopping, not to mention the resident elk (yes elk) that wander around the town, plus good restaurants. If you aren't driving you could take the Greyhound there from Calgary. The cost is about $20 to $30 Canadian one-way (might be same for round trip, but I've never done it that way). This their english-language website: www.greyhound.ca/en/
If you are going to be there over winter, esp. Jan- March, and you ski, you HAVE TO go skiing in the Canadian Rockies- just don't go to Nakiska- it sucks! Go to Banff or Lake Louise or Sunshine- those are the best ski hills with fresh snow/powder. If you have any more questions, then message me or reply to this post! (sorry that was so long winded)
Good luck :)
-Steph

13. Posted by emilyh (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

hey! I live in North Carolina. If you want some decent backpacking while you are here (I prefer it to the big cities) check out the Appalachian Trail. Who knows, maybe you could work it into the trip if you are on the East coast. I reccomend Mount Rogers. Good luck in your travels!

14. Posted by mirandasea (Full Member 20 posts) 12y

You definitely need to go to Canada! North America is not just the US. I am a proud Torontonian, and if you come to my city, you will not regret it. Just watch out for the SARS, MadCow, WestNile and any random blackouts. (jokes) Come for the culture, stay for the Madcow I tell you.

But seriously, it's fun, and cheap. The building I live in offers summer accomodations for dirt cheap prices. About $15/night I think. Some hostels go as low as ten dollars. Many international visitors stay here in the summer. If you come and have to blow your hard earned cash on one thing, I recommend going to dinner at the 360 restaurant at the CN tower. You get to eat while the restaurant rotates, and you can see New York on a clear day. Meals are about 50$ each, prix fix. Good luck planning!

15. Posted by Claired (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y

Hi All
Thanks alot for all your replys..we have really taken them into consideration and have come out with the following destinations!!!

Toronto
New York
Washington
Orlando
Houston, Dallas and San Antonio
San Francisco
Yosemite
LA
Las Vegas (plus Grand Canyon)
San Diego

Our tickets are all booked and we cant wait...if anyone has any specialist info on any one place that would be great...we are compliling lists of must-see things/attractions or must-do activities

Thanks in advance

p.s we will be hiring a car from Houston to the bottom of the list, plus we have 3 internal flights

16. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 12y

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Hi Claired,

I live here in the US and travel to many of the places on your list. If you have specific question I'll glad to help. If you want to rent a car (British is hire) wait until a week or two before you need it, unless you rent from one of the car rental companies. Most of my car rental in the US from brokers on the net. They are about 50% cheaper than if you go through the car rental companies. I have a new personal gallery called North America Travel, which include, at this time, San Francisco San Antonio, Texas Coast. If you want to see, click on the address above. I will add to the gallery: Wash DC, Niagara, Seattle, LA, Missouri, ect...

If I were a tourist with couple months travel in the US like you, some of the places I would go are: Wash DC, New York, San Antonio, Grand Canyon (Flagstaff, Arizona), San Franciso, Seattle, Yosemite, Yellowstone National Park, Key West, Disney World (Orlando). If you don't mind driving, perhaps the most scenic drive is HighWay 1 from Southern California all the way up to Oregon and and I think I goes all the way to Washington state.
Happy travel!

17. Posted by Hammy (Full Member 8 posts) 12y

Claire -

Since one of your spots is San Francisco, let me know if you have specific questions with respect to bars, restaurants, sites to see. I've lived in California all my life (22 years in the Bay Area and 4 years in San Diego).

I would be more than happy to help.

18. Posted by Hammy (Full Member 8 posts) 12y

PS

The best time to visit San Francisco is from end of August to early November. We have what's called an Indian summer where all the warm weather occurs in the fall.

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