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1. Posted by minijmoore (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Hello

I'm planning a 2-3 month trip around the US using the greyhound busses, I was wondering if I could hear from anyone who has used them for a long holiday trip around different states.

I was wondering if someone could tell me how close to major places they stop, say I wanted to go to the Las Vegas strip or see New York or the Grand Canyon or Graceland; from the nearest stop how would or could I get to these places?

I know the question is a little silly, but I really don't know anyone who has been, and these so much conflicting info on the net about it, but no one tells of the details.

THANKS

2. Posted by PsptJunkie (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

Hi -

I can help you understand your options in Vegas - the easiest (though most expensive) would be to take a taxi from the station; they are plentiful there, I'd estimate it at about $15 USD. The public transit option is a little funky - you'd need to walk to the Fremont Street Experience from the station (a few hundred feet, not very far at all); hop on bus #108 to the Sahara Hotel/Casino ($1.25 USD), then board the Las Vegas Monorail which will take you to the main strip casinos (Flamingo, Ballys, or MGM - $5 USD).

For the Grand Canyon, you'll likely be dropped off in the city of Flagstaff, which is a small town close to the Grand Canyon sights - I think but am not certain you can easily arrange transport/tours to the Canyon from Flagstaff.

Though I've only taken Greyhound for short trips, I can tell you one potential issue for longer trips is legroom/seating area - it may feel a bit cramped if you have long legs. Also, be alert when arriving/departing from bus stations at night - in some cities the bus stations are in slightly "dodgy" areas of town.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Once you are in Las Vegas, you have several options to tour the Grand Canyon. Plane, helicopter or bus.
Let me know if you need any help with Vegas.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-May-2009, at 23:58 by vegasmike6 ]

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I've done The Greyhound a few times, in both The USA and Canada. It really isn't my favourite mode of transport out there. If you have a decent budget, then I would suggest a couple of Greyhoud trips (max) and do some one ways on a budget airline. There are so many of them. The Greyhound is nice for seeing the sites, but after a few hours - it starts to get rather cramped and frustrating.

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

I'm assuming you're very young and very flexible? That being the case, I'd recommend an alternative to Greyhound (all the losers in America ride Greyhound) - the Green Tortoise bus tours for people your age. It's inexpensive and fun (no, I've never been on one - really doubt if they'd welcome an old guy like me!) I believe there are similar companies running additional bus tours too.

Check them out here:
http://www.greentortoise.com/adventure.travel.html

[ Edit: Edited on 15-May-2009, at 11:38 by Daawgon ]

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Post #5#.... Why do all the losers in America ride Greyhound?? I'm curious.

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 7y

I didn't post the original post, but I think I know what point #5 was making about "losers" on the Greyhound. In the USA it is generally very cheap to fly anywhere if you plan ahead and are a little flexible, so the folks that end up taking the Greyhound fall into two groups - those who can't afford to take a plane or those who really want to travel overland. As such, when taking the Greyhound you have a pretty good chance of winding up sitting beside someone whose life has taken a few bad turns and they are now scrounging together the $10 required to take the bus from Cleveland to Detroit. It's a slice of America, to be sure, and if you aren't the type the scares easily and can handle yourself, it's kind of fun to talk to those who are really on "the other side" of life. But, if you are looking for a nice tourist trip where folks are interested in seeing the sites passing them by, then the Greyhound may not deliver.

Greg

8. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Well I sort of get the point - but not totally.
As unexciting as The Greyhound was for me - I actually thought it an OK mode of transport, even though the seats seem to be designed to make you feel uncomfortable. I struck up conversations with some very interesting people. The people, for me, that use The Greyhound are quite unique and, so very often, are far more interesting than those I sit next to on flights.
One of the maddest forms of transport for me in North America is the train. Now that 'Is' a quite unique experience.
You meet so many people on a train out there - but once you've arrived at your destination, it's difficult to find anyone that's ever travelled on one!!

9. Posted by minijmoore (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Thanks for all the replies, truely I wanna see everything in my own time, and see some things I've been told about and have read about that arn't on some of the bus routs. So I may look at the price of plane and car hire, may have to save up a bit more.

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

OP.... If you've a driving licence, then give it a go. They've got some great cars to rent out there.