I am travelling to London from Lima via Atlanta, and have thought about perhaps visiting the US between the 2 legs of this journey. I would like to go to New York, and so I wonder whether anyone could tell me ways of getting from Atlanta to New York, how much they cost etc, and what, if anything, is worth seeing on the way. Travelling on a fairly tight budget.
4 ways to get there
(2) take the train
(4) take a bus
If you really want to see things, the only real choices are 2 or 3, but on a budget, I'd say (2), because they charge a fortune here in the US for a one-way car rental.
I'd take the train to Washington, D.C. then get off and travel by metro around town to the area near Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and all the monuments. Then I'd get on a train to Philadelphia and do the same thing--going to see the Liberty Bell and downtown area, then get back on the train up to NY.
This way you get to see 4 of the main cities (Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and NY) --and of these, NY and Washington are probably the best on the east coast for tourists to visit (Boston and Miami would be the other main ones on the east coast to want to see, but Miami has no metro system and is south of Atlanta--and Boston is on the other side of NY
(If you were going to the west coast, the main cities are SF, LA, SD, Seattle and Las Vegas ).
All passengers trains are booked through Amtrak--www.amtrak.com
Make sure you click the "Hot Deals" button if you are a student, because students get 15% off. Also, try to get a ticket that allows you to go all the way to NY, but make a stop in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia on the way.
Oh, I forgot to mention. The train number you will want is 20. This is the Crescent that runs from New Orleans to Atlanta to Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia to New York City. Here are the places you could stop and get on or off at:
Atlanta, GA (ATL)
Greenville, SC (GRV)
Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Greensboro, NC (GRO)
Lynchburg, VA (LYH)
Charlottesville, VA (CVS)
Alexandria, VA (ALX)
Washington, DC Union Station (WAS)
Baltimore, MD Penn Station (BAL)
Wilmington, DE (WIL)
Philadelphia, PA 30th Street Station (PHL)
Newark, NJ (NWK)
New York, NY Penn Station (NYP)
Also, once you get as far as Washington, D.C., you can also take any of about 8 or 9 trains. You just need train 20 to get from Atlanta to Washington, D.C.
Wow thats fantastic-thanks very much