Me and my Partner have decided to go travel the USA for 5 months from Feb next year.
We will be starting in Chicago then round to NY state, down to Florida, Texas, then up the Californian coast (passing through San Diego, LA, L Vegas, San Fran) finishing in Wyoming visiting family.
We will be doing this by a combination of Amtrak and Car.
We have our route planned (kind of), money saved and are off to the US Embassy in London in 4 weeks to hopefully get our visa's!
I am just asking for advice from you all, what are the must see sights, things i cannot miss out on visiting - and any helpfull tips that you might have for me.
any help would be great
There are a number of things that are "must-sees" along the Great Lakes. Starting in Cleveland with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and continuing up to Niagara Falls. If you catch the Falls in March or April you will get a much different view than what you may expect. The Niagara River below the Falls has a huge ice bridge that is quite spectacular as is the Falls itself. If you are into art there are some great museums in Chicago, Cleveland and Buffalo. Same thing for some architectural history. Enjoy the US, but pack some warm clothes if you are starting in Chicago in February, as the Great Lakes area can be quite nippy at that time of the year.
I agree with taxman--dress warm and go to the R&R museum in Cleveland and Niagara Falls. Then go to the Statue of Liberty in New York, Washington D.C. (visit the Union station, Bureau of Printing and Engraving where they print the money, the aviation museum part of the Smithsonian, and all of the presidential monuments-tour the Capitol and White House (must book ahead for this). Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World in Orlando, Florida, New Orleans' French Quarter, Austin, Texas' 6th street, San Antonio's Riverwalk, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, Santa Fe (New Mexico), Grand Canyon, Monument Valley (on border of Arizona and Utah), as is Lake Powell (it's farther east--go near south tip outside of Page, Arizona, Las Vegas, San Diego (Mission Bay and Old Town San Diego, the Zoo, and the Gaslight district), Los Angeles (coast, TV studios, Huntington Library, & Malibu/Zuma Beach), California Coast--lots of places but best ones are near Santa Barbara, Monterey and Carmel, California (17 mile drive)--and San Francisco itself, Wineries in Napa Valley, the Redwoods, Virginia City, Nevada Also, in Salt Lake City,there's the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and temple grounds. Finish with Jackson Hole and the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. (And Mount Rushmore in South Dakota is just across the state line in South Dakota if your family lives in the NE portion of Wyoming--which is highly unlikely).
I know you won't be able to do all of this, so my top 7 would be: (1)New York City, (2) Washington, D. C., (3) Disney World (EPCOT in particular) in Orlando, (4) New Orleans' French Quarter, (5)Las Vegas (the strip), (6)Grand Canyon, and (7)San Francisco. Yellowstone might have made this list, but it's usually closed in wintertime.