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1. Posted by Andy B (Full Member 34 posts) 12y

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Hi everyone.

I'm arriving in LA in late May'05 and want to spend arond 4 weeks travelling up to Vancouver. Trouble is money is tight and probably wont be able to afford a hire car. Can anyone recommend a cheap way of doing this. I was looking at greyhounding from LA-Vegas-San Francisco-Seattle-Vancouver. I know this misses out quite a few of the smaller places but i can't think how else to do it. Any info on what to see/do, places to stay etc would be wonderful. Remember, cheap is good!
Oh also, what sort of budget do you think i should be planning on?

Cheers

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

It will probably be more expensive than the bus, but you could take the train:

http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Route/Vertical_Route_Page&c=am2Route&cid=1081256321841&ssid=132

Train travel is great because it allows you to see actual nature as well as the more built up areas. You can get yourself a rail pass and have lots of hop on and hop off side trips.

I haven't specifically done this trip, but I have heard the scenery is awesome!

Greg

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

Sorry, link doesn't seem to be working very well.

Go to http://www.amtrak.com/

Click on ROUTES

Scroll down and click on COAST STARLIGHT under the ROUTE TABLE heading.

4. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 12y

Use Craigslist ride share:

http://www.craigslist.org/sfc/rid/

5. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member 122 posts) 12y

I agree with the train. Its a great trip. I did it once from seattle to san diego (with a couple days in san fransisco) and it was so nice. Very scenic. I'm not sure on the cost (i got it free with frequent flyer miles) but it's something i would highly consider.

6. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 12y

I am not sure how much u want to spend on transportation. Another good one is to buy a "beater" car. A simple A to B. U can buy one pretty cheap. Greyhound is a good option though. Take the HWY 101 route. It's longer than the express route, but get see the small college towns and beautiful cali sunset.

M