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1. Posted by SHELL1811 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hello,
Myself and my partner are planning on doing some travelling around North America, we are thinking of going to (in no particular order) Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Miami and Orlando.

Aswell as North America we are hoping to go to Thailiand and Australia so at the moment we are trying to work out what order to go in!!

If anybody can advise the best order to travel around North America and how to get from place to place that would be great.
We are travelling on a budget so will be staying in hostels etc, and trying to use the cheapest form of transport!

Any help you could give me would be fantastic.

I have also been told i will only need 1 day in LA, is this true? I am hoping to visit Laguna Beach while in the area also!!

Thank you!
xx

2. Posted by Chad_E (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

If you're going to the states from Australia/Thailand, you'll connect through the west coast, so that's proabably a good place to start. To travel the states, you'll need to rent a car, for the most part the age minimum is 25 and a major credit card, so check before you do this.

How long are you planning on spending in the states? It takes about 5 days to cross from west to east, that's at a reasonble driving pace, so you should factor that in. Gas is about $1.75 a gallon so you should factor that in as well. What time of year will you be here, if it's the summer, you won't have any travel issues, if it's winter then you'll need to avoid some areas.

Depending on what you want to do, LA will take more than one day. It's about 7+hours to drive from LA to SF. I've traveled pretty extensively through the states, and I live in California, so I'd be happy to make any suggestions.

Chad

3. Posted by SHELL1811 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hi,
Thanks for your reply.
We are looking to going to San Francisco to Los Angeles to Las Vegas, to Orlando to Miami and then onto New York.

The way i have looked at it so far is-
we will be flying from London to San Francisco, then getting a bus (Californiasguttlebus) to Los Angeles.
We are then looking to getting a bus to Las Vegas (gotobus.com).

We are then looking into flying to Orlando, although i have looked at buses (GREYHOUND) which i think it said took about 3 days, however there isnt much price difference between flying and getting a bus!!!
We will then be getting a bus to Miami and finally flying to New York.

Do you know if it would work out very much cheaper renting a car?

Also we are still in the process of looking at what we want to do in each city and how long we will spend there - do you have any suggestions?
We will be hopefully staying in hostels in each city (budget!!), Do you have any knowledge of the hostels in these cities?
I have looked on hostelbookers.com, and they seem quite reasonable.

We really just want to make our money last as long as possible!!

Thank you so much for you help and advice - we really appreciate it.

Thanks,
Shelley

4. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 7y

Well just a few things.. In Vegas try and stay off the strip or in the old section of Vegas if you want cheaper.. Also check your cheapest flight Orlando or Miami you never know.. Miami will be expensive. A side trip would be to head down to the Florida Keys as well... In NYC try not to stay in Manhattan, check the other boroughs like Brooklyn or Queens. They are all connected by the metro system.. Also buy an unlimitted metro card either a 7-day or a month depending how long you are there.. Avoid taking cabs and walk when you can.. New Yorkers are supprisingly friendly and will point you in the right direction if you get lost.. Also try to avoid little italy for an italian meal. There are a ton of places there and only a few worth going to.. Ask the locals instead.. If you want a real china town experience take the the subway (7 line) to Flushing in Queens!

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

If you're comfortable driving over here (we drive on the wrong side of the road but it's really not that bad) I'd really advise renting a car. Yes, you might be spending a little more than if you were to travel the Calif-Nevada leg of your trip by bus, but you will get so much more out of your trip. I'd also suggest avoiding Greyhound, which usually has its terminals in the worst areas of each city.

Best,

Cheap Guy

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