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11. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 6y

Quoting DaveinMD

You have to take the boat ride tour of the Chicago River.

Agreed, that was pretty cool. We did that and it was pouring rain making it far from ideal, but it was still an enjoyable trip. Learnt a thing or two about skyscraper architecture on that boat :)

12. Posted by ManicGypsy (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

Hi!

New here and just found this site. Created a blog to begin recording my journey.

I too am planning a road trip around USA borders...solo....
This is an entirely new adventure as I have done little travelling, and even less alone. Being Canadian I thought I would start with the USA as it is much less intimidating then say...SE Asia.....

I mapped out a rough route on my newly developed travel blog. I was hoping to reduce my expenses by utilizing "couch surfers" and to meet people that may be crossing my path.

Rough Route: Edmonton, AB - Vernon BC - Vancouver BC - Olympia WA - Portland OR - Eureka CA - San Francisco - Los Angeles - Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Phoenix - Albequerque - Midland - Houston - New Orleans - Orlando - Ft. Lauderdale - Jacksonville - Savannah - Myrtle Beach - Virgina Beach - Washington DC - New York - Boston - Halifax NS - Moncton NB - Quebec City - Toronto - Chicago - St. Paul - Winnipeg - Regina - Edmonton....

I plan on doing this road trip from December 27, 2010 to April 15, 2011....

Any advice, recommendations would be greatly appreciated.....

13. Posted by Raphiki (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Depending on when and where you leave NY, I would definitely recommend New Paltz, way cool town with epic rock climbing, hiking, biking, and awesome downtown (small). If you are starting further north, check out the Adirondacks specifically Keene Valley, Pharaoh Lake, or even Lake Placid. Both the Catskills (near New Paltz) and the Adirondacks (largest state park/preserve in the country, larger than some Nat. parks) have exceptional hiking and a lot of it is accessible to inexperienced hikers. Parts of Penn and Ohio are pretty but I would recommend the more northern route to Niagara Falls, into Canada, back into Michigan and up 75 to the northwoods of Wisconsin. The Upper Peninsula is spectacular and if you haven't crossed the Mackinaw bridge, it is an experience. The land of a thousand lakes, northern WI, is gorgeous and easily accessible. I went across South Dakota on 90 to go to the Badlands National Park which I absolutely recommend, it is an ancient sea bed with unique geology and formations, its really cool. Like someone else recommended earlier, go through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone northern Wyoming is a special place. I had to go south from there to Lake Tahoe but I agree with another post that you should try to go to Glacier Nat Park while there are still glaciers (they will be gone within 10-15 yrs or less). From there you're practically to Seattle and you will have experienced the grandeur of north america.

14. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 6y

Quoting ManicGypsy

Hi!

New here and just found this site. Created a blog to begin recording my journey.

I too am planning a road trip around USA borders...solo....
This is an entirely new adventure as I have done little travelling, and even less alone. Being Canadian I thought I would start with the USA as it is much less intimidating then say...SE Asia.....

I mapped out a rough route on my newly developed travel blog. I was hoping to reduce my expenses by utilizing "couch surfers" and to meet people that may be crossing my path.

Rough Route: Edmonton, AB - Vernon BC - Vancouver BC - Olympia WA - Portland OR - Eureka CA - San Francisco - Los Angeles - Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Phoenix - Albequerque - Midland - Houston - New Orleans - Orlando - Ft. Lauderdale - Jacksonville - Savannah - Myrtle Beach - Virgina Beach - Washington DC - New York - Boston - Halifax NS - Moncton NB - Quebec City - Toronto - Chicago - St. Paul - Winnipeg - Regina - Edmonton....

I plan on doing this road trip from December 27, 2010 to April 15, 2011....

Any advice, recommendations would be greatly appreciated.....

Gotta some some strange destinations if you don't mind me saying so. Ft Lauderdale? Not unless you are a college jr. on spring break IMO. If you are going to Albequerque you simply have to spend a few nights in Santa Fe, one of my favorite places I've visited. What is the lure of Myrtle Beach unless you are a golfer? IMO there are a ton of similar beaches all up the coast and most are much more manageable. Myrtle is HUGE. Please don't take that to mean I am anti-beach towns. Not so, we go to Ocean City, MD or Rehobeth beach several times a year. Just saying there are so many to chose from all up the coast and they are all pretty similar. VA Beach is a good one. You may want to look at the Outer Banks in NC as well. If you do Savannah you need to do Charleston too, very similar but in a lot of ways better.

But I'd be fascinated to read about your adventures. Too bad you don't have a van, you can save a ton of money by simply setting up a bed in the back.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Dec-2010, at 04:55 by DaveinMD ]

15. Posted by ManicGypsy (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

To Dave....

Thanks Dave for the advice....The reason I'm going to Ft. Lauderdale is I have a friend that lives there...I have actually been there before as a kid...I will look into Santa Fe....thanks....Myrtle Beach? uh..another suggestion from a friend..I don't do golf though..yikes..lol.. so you are recommending Outer Banks, and Ocean City...will look that up...I will look into Charleston....

Yes it is to0 bad I don't have a van...thought of buying one but then that would defeat the purpose...also I plan on staying with friends in some places, other's I may utilize "couch surfers" and then some hostels.....occasionally I will treat myself to nice hotel...maybe...who knows...I'm winging it...lol....

Are you from the states?

16. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 6y

Quoting ManicGypsy

To Dave....

Thanks Dave for the advice....The reason I'm going to Ft. Lauderdale is I have a friend that lives there...I have actually been there before as a kid...I will look into Santa Fe....thanks....Myrtle Beach? uh..another suggestion from a friend..I don't do golf though..yikes..lol.. so you are recommending Outer Banks, and Ocean City...will look that up...I will look into Charleston....

Yes it is to0 bad I don't have a van...thought of buying one but then that would defeat the purpose...also I plan on staying with friends in some places, other's I may utilize "couch surfers" and then some hostels.....occasionally I will treat myself to nice hotel...maybe...who knows...I'm winging it...lol....

Are you from the states?

Yeah I have lived outside of Washington DC all my life but have traveled quite a bit, particularly in the east. As for the beach towns as I said for the most part from Ft. Lauderdale to NJ they all are very similar. If you have a friend in Ft. Lauderdale then by all means stay there. Not saying it's a bad stop, just a strange selection for the reason I mentioned. Most of the Outer Banks are unique in that there is a lot of open space with parks, big sand dunes etc, which is rare along the coast. Of course that is where the Wright Brothers took the very first plane ride so you should investigate that But the beach towns on the OB such as Nags Head again look a lot like any other beach town so I'd see one and then move on as there is so many other things to see in the States.

You could always buy a van and then sell it at the end of your trip. I know it's kind of a hassle but I doubt you will lose much money in the transaction and given the number of nights you will be spending it may pay for itself. There are companies such as CarMax that will simply buy it and hand you a check in a matter of an hour. That eliminates that part of the hassle but you will have to deal with registering it etc. Of you will need to be comfortable locking the doors and going to sleep anywhere you stop and I know that's not for everyone.

I'm thinking since you are blogging that you are interested in meeting people etc. Even though I consider Washington DC a must see for any visitor to the States I'm not so sure walking by the White House will make for an interesting read. For that reason I'd suggest a few small out of the way towns where you can really discover America and Americans. Hell if you make it up this way send me a PM, I'll buy you lunch.

17. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 6y

Oh wow, just saw you are from Alberta. My dad is in Vancouver and one of our top 10 trips ever was across to Jasper, with a stop at Emerald Lake, and then of course down to Banff. Loved the Canadian Rockies.

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