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1. Posted by thecrimson (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Ok so im thinking of spending 3 weeks travelling between cities, i was looking at the weather in the cities at the time. my visit would be mind nov- early dec, would this be a good time to visit the following cities?

LA
Chicago
Milwaukee
New Orleans
Dallas
Washington
Boston

or would it be best doing it at another time?

also i havent really finalised my list of cities yet, so what baring in mind i would be spending aprox 3days in each city what cities in America would u say are must see cities?

(i have excluded NY because i hope to go there on holiday next year)

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 8y

Well, you've got quite a list there.....roughly 3000 miles between the east and west coasts. And to see the 7 cities you've listed, for 3 days each doesn't leave a lot of travel time. Not that it can't be done, certainly, but you would need to fly between some of them.

I know Chicago the best, and it is always worth seeing. In Nov-Dec, the weather can be anywhere from -10F to 60F (-29C-16C). Same goes for Milwaukee as they are both on Lake Michigan and only about 3 hours apart by car (depending on traffic). And you could easily spend a week and not see some of the best stuff.

As to timing.....what kind of weather do you want to travel in? LA, Dallas, and New Orleans will have the warmest temps (probably average about 60F-70F (16-21C), but that's quite variable). Chicago, Milwaukee, Boston, and Washington are all likely to be somewhat cold (below 40 F (4C)).

If its your first time in America, I'd suggest doing it by region. The Midwest (Chicago, Milwaukee) is a vast region all by itself. California can be done in 3 weeks by car, but you still won't see everything. The East Coast (NY, Washington, Boston) can be done in a single trip.....there is just so much to see and do, that's it's hard to advise you how much time it would take.

It might be helpful to go back through this Forum to previous pages and check threads that deal with the areas you want to see. There has been a lot of good info posted.

Good luck, and Happy Travels

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

Personally, I'd do a few less cities and take more time with each. If you're going to New York later you might be able to see Boston and D.C. then. I'd probably leave out Milwaukee, but maybe you have a reason to go there. If you want to keep in the east coast, maybe just do Boston, D.C., New Orleans, Dallas, and then either L.A. or Chicago. Would give you more time in each place and not SO much travelling. Hope this is a little bit of help:)

4. Posted by thecrimson (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

i have a friend who lives in milwaukee which is the reason for its inclusion! i have researched into all the flights on expedia getting me from place to place, i would get the train from chicago to milwaukee as its cheaper and doesnt take too long!

i really wana see a bit of each region of the country rather than stick to one bit hence the vast space between each place! im not finalised on some of the places, which is why i was asking on cities that are worth visiting

thanks for the help so far guys

5. Posted by mostrim (Inactive 80 posts) 8y

If you intend taking slower modes of travel then I'd suggest not taking in as many cities. I took a tour from San Francisco to Yosemite, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon then back to San Francisco. It took four days and on a map they look relatively close. I saw parts of the country I would not otherwise see but only spent a few hours in each key location, it was a nice taster, but that's it. I spent seven days in New York and took in a load of stuff but could have easily spent seven more. I am sure you could spend a week in each of the cities you list(your friend in Milwaukee could probably show you lots of interesting stuff that may not be high interest tourist attractions). I know I plan to go back at some stage to see more.

6. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

sounds like a good trip. personally I'd skip dallas an go with austin. new orleans definitely. also if you are going to boston you might want to think about driving the east coast...DC, baltimore, philly, new york, boston. all of those cities are a like 2 hours a part from each other

also you are going to run into some funky weather in november in the north. bring shorts and a t shirt and a seriously heavy winter coat. and be prepared to wear both on the same day.

7. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

oh and always, miami, is a must see city.