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1. Posted by Andy B (Full Member 34 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

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 Star this if you like it!

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 Star this if you like it!

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 Star this if you like it!

Use Craigslist ride share:

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

5. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member 122 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

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 Star this if you like it!

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.

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