Hi i am planning a trip this summer for three or four weeks, and ideally i want to see all the big cities, New York Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Miami within the first two weeks, spending a few nights in each. then to head from Miami to Cancun for the final week. Im unsure as to what the best way is to get about, by best i mean the cheapest, i am a student after all!
if you have any more tips or websites that are useful to look at let me know, i dont really know where to begin.i have never done anything like this before.
very much appreciated,
I would either take a lot more time or limit my trip to either east or west coasts. If you try to do all you described, you will find yourself spending as much time in airports or on the roadways as you will seeing the different cities. You cannot see New York or L.A. or even Miami in just a couple of days and get a true feel for any of these cities. Las Vegas is not one of the bigger cities in the U.S. but is kind of an adults disneyland of sorts. Can Cun is the only city on your list that I can say that I had had enough of after a couple of days, its much nicer to the south around Cozumel or Playa Del Carmen and Tullum, just my opinion. You will also spend a ton of money flying back and forth from east to west and then to mexico. A bus from N.Y.C. to L.A. will take you the better part of 2 days as will the return to Miami from the west coast so that's not much of an option if you have limited time. It takes over 12 hours just to drive across Texas, I've done it several times.
I dont want to dampen your plans but I would cut back some on the travel in order to get the best experience out of each segment of the trip.
I'd have to agree with jekalo in that I would limit most of my trip to either the east or west coast. I haven't been to the east coast a lot, but on the west coast I would definitely visit San Fransisco, Seattle, and Vegas, they are all really cool places.
If you definitely want to see some large towns on both coast in this 3 week period, I'd try the following route:
Fly to Washington, D.C, then go by train (first choice) or bus to New York City.
From New York I'd fly to San Francisco, then rent a car and go to Los Angeles, then to Las Vegas.
From Las Vegas I'd fly to Miami, and then from Miami, I'd fly to Cancun.
All these flight will not come cheap--it's a five or six hour flight from NY to SF, for example, and five hours to/from Miami to Cancun. Also, you'll have to go through customs in Washington, D.C., in Miami (upon leaving), in Cancun (upon arriving and leaving), in Miami (arriving again), and then when leaving either Miami or Washington, D.C. to return home. All of this takes time.
However, it can be done--but like the others said--for a student, we definitely suggest picking one section of the country and just concentrating on that.
I agree too - first of all I've heard Las Vegas is not worth going to. I plan on never going there if I can help it. All along the East Coast there are so many wonderful places to visit. Washington D.C., Boston, New York. You can easily spend 5 days in NY City alone. Boston and Washington D.C. are wonderful places to go to get a great understanding of the history of the U.S. I think you can see a lot in just 2 or 3 days in Boston but D.C. takes longer.
Another great place to go that you could get to by car would be through the Smoky Mountains (North Carolina) down to New Orleans. It would be a completely different experience that anything up north. Then you can get to Miami in 14 hours from N.O. There isn't much to see in between the two places but once you're down south you can see Orlando, Palm Beach, Miami, and Key West before you go to Mexico.
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