I'm going to be flying into new york on april 28th then not sure what im doing from there.....
was thinking of flying over to cali?!
any help will be very much appreciated as i've never done this before, im also going on my own!
is it easy to make friends ect, hostels safe??
well i have a million and one questions so just any advice please!
I see you are from the U.K.
I say stick around NYC for a few days check things out go to Yankee stadium (it's there last year there). Take a bus down to Philly (1hr 45min and it's like $18) hang out at some bars in old city, get a cheesesteak, get a hoagie. Then take a bus down to Baltimore (2hr 30min) go down to the inner harbor, absolutely go to the aquarium there, imo it's the best in the country! there is a bunch of stuff to do down there too. maybe then go to D.C. check out the smithsonian. from there...virginia beach...to the outer banks...
you must fly down to miami. round trip from philly is is around $180 and only takes a couple hours I can only imagine it's really cheap from the carolinas...you will not regret it at all. go to south beach, spend a few days there. see the everglades, go on one of those air boat rides, it's awesome. from there take a plane to New Orleans for a few days then go out west, Vegas, denver, grand canyon, san diego (walk down to mexico maybe).
start booking greyhound buses now. you can get tickets dirt cheap if you book them 2 weeks in advance. and I'm talkin US$, your money will go a long way here. take advantage of the strength of your currency.
American hostels are very safe. That's the feeling I got while in them. Generally, I've felt safe in other hostels on different continents but there a few extra measures they take here in the US it seems. You'll have a good time and you'll meet a ton of other travelers such as yourself! Where you want to go depends on how much time you'll have.