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Would like to have a self driving tour in USA!

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1. Posted by catherine9 (Full Member, 15 posts) 7 May '08 20:28

Hello every one here!

We are in China now, we want to have a self driving tou in USA for about one week.
Is there any USA travel agent who can help us to book the hotel, hire the car, and make it
possible for us to self driving in USA.

Looking forward to your help;)!

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1940 posts) 8 May '08 10:41

I'm not a travel agent, just a private citizen in Oregon, but I don't see why you can't do it all yourself online. Send me a PM and tell me what you want exactly, and then I can give you help with suggestions as to where you'd like to go, URL's for car rental agencies, motel chains, etc. It's pretty easy and I'm pretty good with this type of thing as I've done it before, and I'll tell you how to save money too. Problem with travel agents is that many will guide you to overspend on things like hotels so it gets them a bigger commission. If you're from China you will need an international driver's license here, and if you're under 25 years of age the cost will be much higher.

3. Posted by travelus88 (Budding Member, 20 posts) 8 May '08 18:39

I see you only plan to spend a week in the US. There are so many great places to go. You can easily spend a week in just 1 or 2 destinations so I'm curious what interests you. I'll give you a few itineraries.

1 - Oregon and Washington
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon coast, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, and Silver Falls State Park

2 - New York State
Fly into a New York airport. You can easily spend 7 nights in New York City alone or you can try this.

Spend 1 night in the Hudson Valley (West Point Military Academy, Storm King Art center, www.artalongthehudson.org, Ithaca waterfalls, wineries, and Cornell University, Letchworth State Park, and maybe Cooperstown. Niagara Falls may be to much driving and you may or may not have time.

3 - Fly to Albany, NY
Stop in Lake George, Saratoga, go to Ausable Chasm, take ferry to Burlington, Vt. and spend a few nights in Stowe, Vt. (I like the Golden Eagle Resort but many nice resort hotels)

4 - Fly into Denver, Co.
Colorado Springs, Royal Gorge, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, drive to Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Arches and Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Point all around Moab, Grand Junction, Co. and drive back to Denver. Note this is a beautiful trip but the driving is mountainous from Colorado Springs to Montrose to Durango with 1 lane roads, no shoulder, and high altitudes so you may not be comfortable with it. I enjoyed the scenery but not the driving so I have to mention this up front.

Anyway let us know what you are interested in.