Hey. Im from the UK and me and two friends are going to america for 2 months, starting in LA and making our way to New York. Haven't decided the exact route yet, but we are trying to find the best way to travel. Looked at renting a car but because we are 22 it will be too expensive. Have heard about greyhound buses, but not sure what they are like (e.g: how reliable, safe etc)
Any info we could get would be great!!
Will be visiting July and August. Well we have a bit of a plan. might be a bit of a dream route though.
start in LA, then to Las Vegas, then Santa Barbara, then San Fransisco, then Vancouver (this is the awkward bit because it's far away from the other places we want to go), then Seattle (only because it's close to Vancouver, then Texas (which is quite far, so not sure if its best to do internal flight rather than bus), then east coast places like chicago, Washington, New York etc.
Im hoping this is do-able, obviously some places will be a flying visit but just want to see them.
My first thought was not to do a bus, somehow find a way to get your own transportation because it will give you the freedom to explore places like Yellowstone Park, the Grand Canyon etc. But your agenda makes it sound like you are more interested in big cities so if that's the case the bus may be the ticket. My dad lives in Vancouver and trust me it's worth the trip. If you have time look into Vancouver Island, the gardens there are world famous.
Unless you have relatives in Santa Barbara i'd exclude it =nothing there,Vegas may have a visual appeal but apart from the casinos where you might lose all your money its just anytown USA out in the desert,just enjoy the drive From LA to Vancouver going up the coast highway.then bus accross America or Canada to the otherside of the continent and work your way down the east coast starting in Montreal or Boston.
As most traverlers ask similar questions about exploring North America i'm good at telling people where to go because i've been to most places,but have very little to offer when it comes to getting there affordably. Bus,plane,rental car,train or buying a car are all expensive options..
[ Edit: Edited on 16-Oct-2009, at 03:33 by jambo101 ]
Okay, might miss Santa Barbara then. Wasn't really my choice, just one of my friends. We are definately doing Las Vegas though..mainly to just say that we have been there, but won't be spending very long there because none of us will have the money to gamble anyway and doesn't really appeal to me.
The main issue we have now is gettin from Vancouver to somewhere in Texas. It's a very long way and the bus ride would take ages, so is an internal flight a better option or would that cost loads?
We need to end up in New York so our plan was to go from Texas up the east coast but to be honest we are all a bit clueless at the minute so need to have advice and sit and plan it all properly.
Taking the plane from Vancouver to Texas would be expedient and save a lot of time,too bad you'll miss driving through the Rocky Mountains though,,where in Texas are you going and why.? as its a long way from Texas to NYC with little in the way of scenery unless you plan to explore the Smokey mountains and maybe drive the Blue Ridge Parkway=
PS Heres your Santa Barbara=http://images.google.ca/images?gbv=2&hl=en&q=santa+barbara&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=li
Beautiful place ,do stop by on your trip up the Pacific Coast Highway but dont make it a sole destination as there are plenty of equally beautiful towns on the way.
[ Edit: Edited on 16-Oct-2009, at 10:43 by jambo101 ]
I think in the south it was Texas, Memphis and New Orleans that were some options. Again these aren't particularly my choices but one of my friends. Is it worth the trip to any of these places?
Texas is huge, its a 14 hour drive to cross it and other than the coastal beaches i cant see much reason to go there,Memphis has Graceland and some of the best BBQ restaurants in the south but other than that its anytown USA,if you are into seeing Country music shows Nashville would be a better choice,New Orleans has the old town centering around Bourbon St. lots of good music especially Jazz,excelent restaurants a real vibrant night life but get half a mile away from that downtown core and its anytown USA,worth going?Hows your money holding out at this point because if it means by going to New Orleans you wont have enough to do NYC i'd pass on the Big Easy. I maybe portraying "anytown USA" a bit casually but any of these places can be a vacation on there own as all the towns and cities have interesting features and events taking place year round but thinking time limit and budget you want to focus on the big stuff like Pacific coast highway all the way,
San Francisco,Rocky Mountains,and New York City.