Hi, I am hoping to travel to America around 25th Oct 2010.
Have never been to America before so would really appreciate any help or guidance with my itinerary. The plan so far is to fly into LA and hire a camper van, was going to actually try to buy a cheap camper van rather then hiring as thought it might possibly be cheaper however after reading a few forums it seems quite difficult and pricey. From LA up through California and visit San Francisco, Sacramento then up to Washington , then on the return come back down via Utah, Salt Lake city, Vegas and finally Arizona. Does anyone have any idea how much time would be needed to visit all those locations and am quite concerned about the cost of fuel and cost of camper van for this length of time.
After all those destinations am going to fly from LA to Florida and spend a few weeks in Orlando and visit Miami, whilst here I was just going to stay in hostels. Any recommendations for good hostels in that area? Then was gonna either hire another van or possibly use the greyhound bus system to get up to NY. Really would like to spend Christmas and New Year in NY
Whilst in NY was hoping to go to Chicago and even visit the Niagara Falls just as day trips is this unrealistic or would it be best to spend a few days in these locations.
These are the places I would like to visit whilst in America, but would really appreciate any helpful hints and tip to aid my journey. Any information people have on camper vans, fuel costs, places of great interest, timescales would really help.
The problem is you've never been to the US, and you're starting out in LA!
PLEASE START ANYWHERE BUT LA!!!
Seriously, the freeway system in that area is so complex and the highway speed in that area is so high that I feel I need to warn all foreign tourists. Fly up to Sacramento and rent from there - they drive a whole hell of a lot slower in that area and the traffic will be considerably less - giving you the chance to get used to American highways. Currently regular gas is about $3. a gallon here in Oregon/about average for the USA. You can get RV pricing details at this CruiseAmerica site.
[ Edit: Edited on 23-Sep-2010, at 09:42 by Daawgon ]
Budget a month and about $8000 for the first leg of your trip, be a lot cheaper with a rent a car and a tent.Expect many of the northern tourist areas to be closed for the winter at that time of year, might want to call ahead if you are thinking of some place specific.
Over to the east coast.
Whats happening in Orlando? friends? Family? not much else there besides Disney.Miami Beach and a trip to Key West would be more memorable,
budget around $150-$200 per day including rent a car,while you are in Florida
Bus it up to NYC plan on a week or more in NYC and if you stay in hostels and use public transit budget $100 per day., may as well do Boston while you are in the Vicinity.
Niagara Falls would be a 7 hour bus ride from NYC,Chicago would be a 13 hour bus ride from NYC, i'd also budget $100 per day for hostel,food,souvenirs , attractions and bus fare.
So we are up to 2 months and probably approaching $15000.Still in the game?
Points of interest at each destination can be had by exploring past posts, or Googling each state and asking them to send you a travel guide.
I agree with Daawgon on LA just one huge suburban megalopolis, to be avoided if possible.
[ Edit: Edited on 23-Sep-2010, at 12:38 by jambo101 ]
You might want to read this post about RV costs
You missed San Diego ff your list - it was one of the coolest places I went in the US. Best zoo I've ever been to.
If you must go to LA try to get to Magic Mountain. It's a themepark with nothing but rollercoasters.
And I used Flagstaff as a base for the Grand Canyon. I adored Flagstaff. I was there for a week and I have no idea how I spent my time but the hostel was great and I had endless fun. Good times.
LA is a crazy place... Very fun and excited. My sister wants to go live there. It is huge. I am living in Qingdao China currently and it is spectacular. If you want to know more about it please contact me