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1. Posted by lizzie5366 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

new york, san fran, las vages and la

How much time should i spend in each part? do i need to book accom b4 i arrive or can i do it once im there, looking to go around sept time.

whats the best way travel, flights, bus, buy a car???

thanks

2. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 7y

Hiya Lizzie

Nice choices, very nice in fact.

All of those cities offer muchus options of things to do.
I can only tell you how long i spend in each one and if i felt it was enough time:

NY: 5 days. I felt not quite enough time, but depends why you are in NY, shop, tourist attractions, sporting events etc

LA: 4 days. Not enough time coz i wanted to take in all the famous beaches and do a canoe trip over to a remote island which takes a whole day. Also the famous sites of Hollywood and the nightlife is very cool. Also Six Flags is nearby.

Vegas: 5 days. People told me that would be enough but i disagree. There isnt alot going on in the day but you tend to be sleeping/lazing around the pool then. At night there is so much to see and do and so man many casinos to visit that aent actually that close and walking is hard work in the heat. I heard the shows are down in price now as well and loads of them are worth seeing (Circue, Blue Man group etc)

SF: 4 days, verging on enough time. a wonderful WONDERFUL city, so pretty and relaxed and friendly, but 4 days almost covered it all as i did a city tour and alcatraz tour on the same day. If i did it again i'd give myself more time on Alcatraz though.

I dont know alot of details ref travel but i'd suggest a flight from NY to one of the others then hiring a car to drive between each one, and if you can afford it i HIGHLY recommend a soft top car to take in the california weather.

Any other questions holla at me

3. Posted by j3nn1f3r14 (Budding Member 60 posts) 7y

car is probably best, but it would be expensive... if your younger than 25!

airtrans is the flight company i used for internal flights all over the us, it does really cheap connecting flights to all of these places!

you could check out there website!

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Sorry, but as an American who's lived all over the USA, I do not agree with Deadman at all! Those might be the most famous cities, but they are far far FAR from our best. New York is ultra expensive, congested, and the best thing I can say about it is that there's great food there. I find it rude, dirty and somewhat dangerous. LA is just one big parking lot - it's also expensive, congested and unless you enjoy spending your vacation waiting in freeway traffic, you'll wish you went elsewhere. San Francisco and Las Vegas are worth seeing - both are very crowded. If you'd like to see America at it's best, I'd suggest New England (Boston and the States of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont), the Pacific Northwest States of Washington and Oregon, the very beautiful State of Colorado (Rocky Mountains), and the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Pensacola, Florida.
Americans love our Southwest Airlines for excellent one-way fares to all major areas.

5. Posted by rys (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

Los Angeles is a bit overrated, but a cool city to experience, nonetheless. It's really spread out, and as far as I know, the public transit isn't that efficient. Perhaps rent a car? And definitely check out Santa Monica while you're there.

San Francisco is lovely, as is San Diego. It may be worth it to drive down the coast - that would take a few days, however. Stop a few days in LA, but continue to SD/La Jolla. You'll have perfect weather, but Cali's going to be a little (or very) dry and brown in September.

I'd give 4 days in San Francisco, 4 days to drive down the coast (that may be rushing it); another 5 for Los Angeles (just because anywhere worth going is half an hour away), and probably 3 or 4 for San Diego.

As for the other cities... couldn't tell you! Haven't been yet, which is quite pathetic, being from the mid-Atlantic. But if you're looking for more experiences, check out New Orleans. It's extremely laid back. There's nothing like the French Quarter and beignets, and all of the food is very different (yet delicious) compared to the rest of the country. It's a little difficult to navigate on your own, but with a little research and planning would make it worth your while.

Southwest Airlines is probably the way to go. cheaptickets.com sometimes has reasonably priced fares as well.

Book accommodations in advance. You can always change them once you get there.

All the best!

6. Posted by lizzie5366 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

thansk for the info, i understand about there are better places to go but there are a must even tho they will be expensive and busy... so would you recoment fliying to the US on my RTW ticket but then get internal flights to go thru??

7. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 7y

Daawgon those are my opinions as an outsider, and as an outsider i know what kind of TOURIST places people wanna visit, the NY's, LA's etc
Its the same as if people came to England on holiday, they'd say "I wanna see London" i HATE London and wouldnt recommend it to anyone but i understand tourists wanna see it

I do however agree with you about New England, wonderful place.
Cape Cod was a great visit in partic Martha's Vineyard, such a pretty island.
And Boston is one of my fav places in the world, i just wish i'd been there when it's snowed, the photos look so lovely.

Daawgon's suggestions of other places are very good as well, obviously knows exactly what he's talking about and some great advice.