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1. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 8y

Hi all,

Just wondering if people can offer me advice on how long to spend it each big American City considering how much there is to do there.
I only want rough estimations from people, a day/a few days/a week that kinda thing.
I obviously wanna take in the main tourist attractions but also local sights of interest and culture.
The info will help me when planning my route and rough timeframe.
I know Boston and NY as ive been there before.
But im thinking the likes of Washington, Chicago, Phili, Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver.

Many thanks guys

2. Posted by LindsJ (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

Well, it all depends on your budget and how long you're traveling for all together and the season.

For Toronto, there are many options available to you depending on the season.

There's the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, The Ontario Science Centre, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Casa Loma, The Bata Shoe Museum, The Eaton Centre just to name some attractions here.

Then there's Kensington Market, the Distillery District, Queen St W for shops, King St W for restaurants, Richmond Street for clubs, again, just to name some.

Keep in mind that Toronto isn't cheap. Many of the major attractions cost you a lot if you purchase admission separately, but there is a pass that you can buy that allows you to visit multiple attractions. I believe you can customize it to where you want to go.

If you plan on coming for a week, the best way to get around would be a Weekly Metropass ($32.25) which is valid on all TTC services (subway, bus, street car). Most hostels here will run you $15-$25 per night for shared rooms, but few Toronto hostels have shared accommodation's. Most private rooms go for about $20-$40 per night.

I've lived in the city for a year and have lived in the GTA my entire life and still have not taken in everything the city has to offer. If you just want some of the basics in Toronto, you can probably do it in 5-7 days.

3. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

It all depends - You could spend a week each (maybe more) in D.C., Chicago, and Seattle, though I would stay at least 4 days minimum. Portland and Phoenix I would say 2-5 days each, but I don't know them very well. Hope this helps:)

4. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 8y

Lovely stuff thanks guys.

In response to LindsJ i will be leanding in Miami 28th May, spending time in Florida before heading up the East Coast around 12th June.
I have a total of 90 days in America so wanna spread the time out nicely between East and West Coast as well as a few Canadian cities and some cities in the middle.

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

I agree with Wonkerer about spending at least 4 days, if not a full week, in Chicago. I have not been to DC or Seattle so can't comment on them. I have only been to Montreal for a long weekend (TP Meet-up) so only saw a small amount of highlights - all well worth it!

Chicago is best in the summer, as are most midwestern cities, because of the temperature and the amount of things to do/see. The first weekend in June is always the Annual Chicago Blues Fest in Grant Park. It is a free and runs from Thursday through Sunday. This year, Johnny Winter and James Cotton are the first night's headliners. (There's also a TP meet-up in the planning stages for this year's Blues Fest - June 5-8th, 2008.)

Taste of Chicago is a 10 day event, also in Grant Park, that starts at the end of June. This year it is June 27 - July 6th. There are free concerts nightly. At the same time, you have Chicago's Fourth of July celebration which is world-class.

As for things to see, you have the Museum of Science and Industry, The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and the Art Institute of Chicago. Millennium Park is also a must see on your way to one of the other attractions.

During the summer months, there are cruises along Lake Michigan that range from sightseeing to dinner and cocktails. August brings the Chicago Air & Water Show - a two day event. This year they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. The 51st Annual Venetian Night will be held July 26th where boats "parade" along the lake shore (lit up like Christmas trees) and the city has more fireworks. (It really is pretty cool to watch the boat parade.)

You also have the beaches, blues/jazz clubs, terrific restaurants and neighborhood festivals. Chicago is known for it's pizza and Chicago-style hotdogs. Blues clubs are spread throughout the city and if you want to be "trendy", there's Rush Street. If you are into sports, there are the Chicago White Sox and Cubs (baseball teams), Bulls (basketball), Bears (football), Blackhawks (hockey) and Fire (soccer).

Good luck planning your trip and hope this was helpful!

6. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 8y

WOW!
Isadora that is awesome, thank you so much for all that advice.
Very VERY helpful indeed :-)

I was debating where to be for 4th July and i think you've made up my mind for me.
Im very excited about seeing Chicago as i've never been but have been a White Sox fan for over 12 years now :-)