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1. Posted by Biskopen (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Hiya everyone.

Ive noticed that alot is asking the sam questions in this forum and I dont wanna be an exception xD.

The thing is that me and my 2 friends, indeed I have 2 of them, are planning a trip to USA this summer but we are not quite sure if we are in over our heads.

We where planning quite a long trip spanning from New York all the way down to Los Angeles, stopping at a few places on the way ofcourse. We where planning on buying one of those Greyhound Buspasses that let you travel as much as you want for as long as you want to, or 60 days ^^.

I would love some feedback from you travelers out there and people that are residents of the USA.

  • Are we really pushing it? Is they journey just to long?
  • Is it a pain tho get hostels, we are not picky, in the states in the peak summertime?
  • Would you suggest another route? Maybe not as long? But we are planning on staying for 3 months maybe so maybe it aint that far.
  • Is it expensive to live in the road? Whats an average for a meal, hostel accommodation and so on? Whats the barprices like?
  • Is there something you shouldnt miss while traveling USA?

I know this is alot of quiestions, but I would really appreciate if you could answer a few of them! We are in dire need of help and would be forever greatful!

Yours Truly

/David, Mattias and Kristian

2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

Well I can help answer a few questions. Your type of trip is not rushing it if you are going for 3 months. It's about 3,000 miles from New York to LA and you can can cover a lot of group in that time. Drinking prices will vary. Domestic beer between $2-$6USD depending where you are. I would adivise not missing the following naional parks:
Yosemite, Yellowstone, Arches, Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore in no particular order. In depends on which route you want to take to LA. I would suggest going north west from NY.. Chicago and into South Dakota.. Head to the parks in California then on to the coast. From here San fran and down to LA. From there you can trael into Arizona and New Mexico. I guess it really depends on what you want to see. Here is a good link to US parks and Monuments

Sorry I can't help with a budget or accomodations. I went cross country in a friends car and camped the whole way so it was rather cheap. Good luck. If you can narrow down some destinations by state it would help you to plan a bit better.

3. Posted by LyndseyB (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Myself and a friend are also going for 3 months, and we're planning on doing West coast to East. I question that we may be pushing it a bit time wise. We are planning on buying a car and then camping / hostels as much as possible.

Apart from the West coast we have our route pretty much sorted, the rest is a bit vague. We're preferring to keep it that way as to keep our options open.

Anyone think this is a bad idea?

4. Posted by LyndseyB (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y
  • Edit - we have the West coast sorted, its the rest that is vague.
5. Posted by ChubbDub (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

Geez you could almost walk across in that time =)

6. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

You have plenty of time. You could probably start in the Northeast (NY, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC) then head down south (Atlanta, FLORIDA) towards Texas then back up across the midwest (KC, Nashville) to the the great lakes region (Chicago, Detroit). Then you can do the whole scenic north thing and go down the California coast. You have plenty of time, you can do it :)

There's so many places to visit in the US but it's hard to hit them all when you're doing a coast to coast trip. If you were starting in NYC and ending in NYC it's a different story as you can just circle the US but oh well. Hope all goes well

7. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

If you Swedes or Lyndsey decide to pass through Colorado, drop me a line. I'd be happy to help, show you around the mountains, etc.

As for taking a Greyhound coast-to-coast, I'm afraid I can't be of much help.

Good luck!

8. Posted by Eric19382 (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

First, I suggest you decide what sorts of things you want to see; this will help you determine where in America you should go, and will enable people to give you some suggestions.

Once you know what you want to see, plan an itinerary. It may be hard to get hostel rooms in larger cities like New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, etc. during the popular summer months, so if you know when you will be there you’ll be able to reserve your rooms in advance.

I think America is so much fun because of all its different cultures. All of the regions have a distinct culture, and I think you should experience them. You can also sample all the bars and breweries along the way! ;)

9. Posted by LyndseyB (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Thanks for your help guys :)

I feel a lot more positive about the time issue now.

Basically we're going to do West Coast first... meeting in Mississippi (my Dad lives there, and i'm having a 2 week holiday with him first). Then flying to San Diego, rent a car and do all West (hopefully Rockies as well), then fly to Chicago, rent a car and do Toronto, Boston, NY, Atlantic City, etc, then IF we have time end up in Florida!

Phewy! Gonna be one hell of a trip :) I literally can not wait.

10. Posted by dlbrown (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

If there's anyway at all your budget will allow it (you may consider
a short amount of time spent, you won't need 3 months!), rent an
economy car (look online, lots of bargains to be found). I am afraid
you will be disappointed if you take Greyhound-- not always the best.
The buses will not stop always when and where you want to-- it
will fly right past something you want to see.
I'm not sure if Greyhound even goes to places like our national parks.
Right now our gas is about $2.50 per gallon which we consider
Please rethink your trip, time, and please get a car. I do believe you'll
be safer too and will also be better able to choose your hostel or motel.
Another suggestion: go to a Wal-Mart, Kmart or a very large grocery
store. Buy a styrofoam cooler (also, buy large plastic garbage bags
to line it in case of leaks) - fill it with ice, bottled water, juice,
sandwich meat, cheese, etc. -- picnics are fun and a big money saver.
US has lots of fast food restaurants but the locally owned ones will
have the local type foods.
I hope you have a great time and a safe trip.