My and my boyfriend are planning a trip to the USA.
We will start with about 7 days in New York City.
Our plane home will departure in Washington DC about 14 days later....
it is very difficult for us europeans to estimate the distances in the big USA....
Can anyone give us some hints on what is most interesting and what is do-able in this time?
What would be a realistic (and relax) initiary?
Thanks a lot! Would help us out a lot!
Also: What kind of accomodation should we choose?
More expensive but right in the centre?
Or something a bit more affordable but for example in near China Town/little italy?
If your hostel/hotel is not in de heart of the city is it easy (and cheap) to use public transportation (subway? bus?)?
So is it still cheaper to stay outside of the centre and go sightseeing with public transportation? Of will you end up paying the same as you would have paid at the hostel in the centre?
What about Sun Bright hotel? Any experiences here?
Or New World Hotel (near chinatown)
I grew up in New Jersey and lived in New York for 2 years. If you drive from New York to DC it should take you no longer than 5 hours, without traffic. I would recomend taking the slightly longer way and stopping Philadelphia and Baltimore on the way. It all depends on how much time you want to spend in each city. As far as accomodations I would check the website hotels.com. Sometimes they offer rooms at a very discounted price so it is worth a look. For transportation you can buy a 7 day metro card at subway station. That is good for unlimted travel on buses and subways 24 hours a day for the 7-days. Its the best value because you can go anywhere, and it will help avoid taxis which are very expensive. The metro system goes anywhere in manhattan as well as brooklyn, queens, and the bronx. Just get a metro map and you should be good to go. If you need help getting somewhere you can ask anyway on the subway platforms, new yorkers are very friendly despite the sterotype. Hope this helps. If you need any help with places to see, bars, or restaurants then please let me know. Enjoy. Brent
Thanx a lot!
All information is helpull!
I'm also wondering if it's easy to find vegetarian food in New York (that's to say: no meat/no fish, i do eat dairy products!)
Vegetarian food is very easy to find in New York.
How are you traveling from NY to DC? By car...by train...by bus?? By car - driving straight from NY to DC will take you roughly 6 hours...I've never traveled from DC to NY by train or bus so I cannot give you the distance for those 2 transportation method. Now, I do know there is a cheap bus you can take from NY to DC...you buy the tickets on location...not sure where the bus location is in NYC..but it drops you off in chinatown in DC for something like $15 - $20 (one way).
I would recommend spending at least 3 days in NYC - this way you're not killing yourself sightseeing and enjoying the NYC nightlife and broadway shows and then, take a drive through Philedelphia (day trip) to enjoy the original philly cheesesteak sandwich and also do a bit of history visit...where the constitution was signed...(Philly is probably 2 hours from NYC). You may want to look into Amish life/food in Pennsylvania...and then you hit Maryland - visit Baltimore and Anapolis (capital of Maryland...the famous harbour)...(Baltimore or even Anapolis is about 30min to an hour away from DC). DC has lots to offer...I would spend at least 3 days in DC...if you have the time...there are lots of other interesting places to see in Virginia...about 1.5 hours away from DC...i.e. Thomas Jefferson's house (Monticello). But within DC...you'e got all the smithsonian museums (don't miss the air and space museum near Dulles Airport...I believe there's a shuttle that will take you there - check into that...its an extension to the original air and space museum)...monuments (Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, FDR, WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Arlington Cemetery, Iwa Jima, White House, Old Post Office etc..and close by you've got George Washington's house (Mt Vernon), national zoo, spy musuem etc...all the night life, Georgetown...Arlington/Clarendon...Old Town Alexandria...and more.
Accommodation: DC is fairly easy to get around using public transportation...the metro is really handy - not so complicated. I would recommend searching for a hotel within walking distance of a metro stop or even somewhere that has a shuttle to get you to a metro stop. If $$ is an issue...there are plenty of decent hotels outside of the District that is affordable! Good luck and enjoy your travels!