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1. Posted by Monic111 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 15 Mar '09 19:01

Hello
I am Monic, 20 years old and I live in Washington and work as a Nanny. I just moved here and I will stay here just for a half year and than I will go back to my home country...
I am a little bit confused about my travel plans and I hope you can help me. I have just 2 weeks holidays and one month to travel and sometimes the weekend off... at least I would have 3 times 2 day off...
I already have been to Colorado (Denver), Ohio, Chicago and Victoria (Canada)...

1) I thought I would go for one week (7days) to an roundtrip in May. I will fly to NY and Manhattan and Brooklyn (2days) than drive with my friends to Nigara Falls (2days), with the bus to Boston (1day), with the bus to Philadelphia (1day), with the bus to W.DC. (1day) and than fly back to Washington...

I was in NY before so I don't like to spent so much days there.. About W.D.C. I heard that you need normally more days.. , but I am not so interested on all the history.. so I think it would be fine....

Can you give me some advice what I should visit there on my roundtrip and what I have to see... I love buildings and I love to take picture and I love landscape, parks.. but I am not so interested on museum and history...

2) I really want to visit Florida (may be for 1 week). Than I want really see Californien (San Diego, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Sacramento) incl. some parks at least the famous one Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park. Than Arizona with Grand Canyon and some national parks?! May be you can give me some tips there....

(If it works out.. )Than I think Utah is pretty nice with Utah falls and are there not so much nice national parks?! and Salt Lake City....
I was in Denver, but I saw just Downtown and the red rocks.. May be it would be cool to see the Rocky mountains... and is not Messa Verde National Park a famous park in Colorado, too.??!!
I heard Oregon and Idaho is pretty nice, too.. Is it true or is it not so important to see this?!

3) My plans are to spend 1 week in NY... and the other vacation week in Florida...
than I thought for short weekends would it be fine to spend 2 days in San Francisco maybe in march or april...
I thought also short trips on the weekend could be fine for Oregon and Idaho or what do you think?

For my travel month I thought I will fly down to San Francisco and than make a roundtrip through California till San Diego with Arizona, Idaho falls, (Colorado) and all the parks... and perhaps New Mexico.

or I would fly to San Francisco and would go down till
San Diego and than to Arizona and than up to Las Vegas, Nationa Parks... Idaho and fly back to Seattle....

I need a lot of advice for my trip and how long do you think it will takes for Los Angels.... Did I forgot something? Are there although some thinks what I have to see near Seattle besides Mount Rainer, Olympic Mountains, Mt. St. Helens, Portland and Astroia, Leavenworth and Downtown Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia and the beach...

I have no clue how I can handle my travel month, because I do not have a car... are there a lot of cheap travel bus like chinatown bus or so? Do you know if there is a good link with the bus or is it better to use the train?!

Thank you for all your help I appreciate this. If you have any questions than please let me know...

Monic

2. Posted by nigelpeaco (Respected Member, 10 posts) 16 Mar '09 15:31

No car?

Take a look at train routes at amtrack.com or coaches from Greyhound at greyhound.com

I used both on a recent trip to the US to travel between Orlando and Los Angeles - worked well.

Tip: Book your tickets a week in advance and you will save money, ut it does tie you to a specific train or coach.

-Nigel-