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11. Posted by Alicia T (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hey i live in San Diego all my life, i would recommed renting a car cuz everthing here is all space out. We don't have compact cities or towns like europe does. the buses here take a long time get from piont a to piont b from all the stop they do. I have car that is in the shop get worked on and i can tell you right now it sucks. I can't get to were i want to unless it going to take me a couple of hours. My advice is rent a car defintally, you would get around lot more easeir plus its a better way to go.

12. Posted by lagosmm (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

Quoting Alicia T

i would recommed renting a car cuz everthing here is all space out. We don't have compact cities or towns like europe does. the buses here take a long time get from piont a to piont b from all the stop they do.

I agree as well. US cities are definitely more spread out. When I lived in the US I needed a car to get anywhere. this is not the case in Norway or Canada (between countries at the moment.) I have been to nashville, LA, (lived) seattle, Boston, Salem, and Yosemite and I remember spending a bit of time in the backseat commuting between tourist locations. Especially if you want to explore the national parks, because they are normally outside the major cities, I can imagine it being difficult to commute there with public transportation. In addition, if you are interested in exploring the more historical, monumental side of the USA, most of the historic locations are not in the most convenient areas (aka downtown where the buses are located.)

13. Posted by nomadgirl (Budding Member 72 posts) 8y

when u get to hawaii..you won't really need a car if you are on oahu and stay in waikiki. there is a really good bus system on the island.

if you go to any of the neighbor island like kauai, maui, or big island you will want to rent a car on those islands.

happy travels!

14. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 8y

It might also be worth the $50 or so dollars it take to join the AAA (Automotive Association of America) who for your fee provide a huge number of discounts, offer unlimited free maps, free route planning, roadside assistance and even some coverage for hotel/alternative transport if your car breaks down. They also have a network of tourist information which is one of the best in the USA as well as other services.

But I wouldn't even consider doing this trip by public transportation.

15. Posted by lagosmm (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

Quoting DocNY

It might also be worth the $50 or so dollars it take to join the AAA (Automotive Association of America) who for your fee provide a huge number of discounts, offer unlimited free maps, free route planning, roadside assistance and even some coverage for hotel/alternative transport if your car breaks down. They also have a network of tourist information which is one of the best in the USA as well as other services.

But I wouldn't even consider doing this trip by public transportation.

I also agree on the AAA idea. I've been stuck in situations before when I was traveling and found the service convenient and helpful. It even worked up in Canada! I think by being an AAA member you can get discounts on hotels and tourist locations as well. Definitely look into it more.

16. Posted by jl98584 (Travel Guru 114 posts) 8y

Hi - it may be a little late to chip in, but if you haven't left yet I'd be remiss not to add a little here and there. Advice is always so specific to the individual, your budget, how many in your group, age (more agility and preference for comforts for rigorous activities), and personal likes/dislikes.

I'd agree with everyone else about a car, van or RV (again, budget & preferences come into play - an RV can cost as much or more to rent & drive as a small car + hotels, but also has some nice options (not as limited if you're really going off the beaten path). RV's are a bad option if you prefer big cities (parking & navigating). RV's are a good option if travelling with a family or elderly person as you have the comfort of your home with you.

You are listing an awfully big itinerary. I am currently on an 8 month plan to circumnavigate the country by RV and am finding it isn't nearly enough time - we're having to skip an a lot of things! However, the country is so much bigger and there are so many more things to do then most people expect, that even if you have only a little time - you'll probably enjoy the trip.

You might also want to plan your trip based on what season it is - avoid the southern half during the summer, the northern half during the winter (unless you like extreams of course). Just about everywhere is nice during the spring and fall.

I tend to prefer the out of the way places and just looking for unexpected things, but do take in a few tourist spots (Niagara Falls was one that we did visit). So far, we've enjoyed everyplace we've been and could have stayed longer in each one of them!

If you'd like some idea's for this sort of travel, feel free to check out my blog:

http://johnston.travellerspoint.com/

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