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11. Posted by Cbppc25 (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

Andy,
I've been living in Chicago for over a year now. It's a great city full of character! Some of the best jazz clubs i've ever been to are here. And if you like theatre, it's all over the place. Let me know if you have any questions about it.

12. Posted by KCambello (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

Hey Andy! I live in Seattle. It is a great city. If you are planning time to stop in each city you can't miss some of the stuff in Seattle. One of my favorite places is Experience Music Project. It is a lot of fun, even if you aren't a big music buff. Everything is great in Seattle all I can say is just check it out, you will love it. And maybe I can show you around.

13. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

Andy,

As someone who has lived in LA, SF, and Seattle, I feel like I can comment with some authority on them (and Las Vegas). Keep in mind that my comments apply to June--and would be somewhat different during other months.

LA--Nice weather in June, but the city is somewhat "soul-less" as mentioned earlier. Great place to go to the beaches. Head out to Venice Beach to cruise the sidewalk, then either head north to Santa Monica or south to Manhattan Beach to lie on the sand.
Amusement parks here are good--the main ones being Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood (including their citywalk at nighttime--I was there earlier this week) and Seven Flags Magic Mountain (which is a long ways out of town). The only way to get around in this town is by rental car. Anything else is a joke.

Las Vegas--EXTREMELY HOT in summer (108 degrees F average), but this place absolutely rocks. Everyone will be at the pool or inside gambling. The casinos are unbelievable, the shows the best in the world, and the restaurants top-notch. You biggest problem will be booking planes and hotels, since everyone will be trying to go here at this time, despite the heat. Stay on the strip--not downtown or on the fringe of town. (For a list of great hotels, check out the Travel Channel's Top 10 Las Vegas lists.) Take cabs around town, or the bus that goes up and down the strip. (Las Vegas Blvd). There are more hotel rooms at the hotels on one intersection in Las Vegas than in the entire city of San Francisco.

SF--Favorite place in America to live. They do polls every year on where everyone in the country wants to live, and while NY is a close second, San Francisco wins every year. Best places for visitors is Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Pier 39, Ghiradelli Square, Golden Gate Bridge and Park, north to Sausalito, SBC Park (baseball stadium) to see Barry Bonds play, or out for a cruise on the Bay. Out of town is Monterey Bay--for the worlds's best golfing and sailing, either in Monterey or Santa Cruz (my home town), Napa Valley (great wineries) and the redwood forests. Take a car for out-of-town. Use cabs or the cable cars for going around town.

Seattle--beautiful weather in the summertime (terrible the rest of the year). Visit the Snoqualmie Falls 18 miles east of town, Pike's Fish Market and the Space Needle downtown (which also has the Experience Music Project and an Alien Museum at its base), and the Boeing Aviation Museum on the south edge of town. Book a concert at the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery (American winery of the year). Go to Lake Union (Chandlers Charthouse) or Kirkland (Yarrow Bay Grill or Purple Cafe) for the best food and wine. Popular side trips are to the San Juan Islands, Vancouver and Victoria in Canada (and Grouse Mountain outside of Vancouver and Butchart Gardens outside of Victoria). In the winter, the Whistler ski resort north of Vancouver is the "happening" place. Travel by car and ferries to get around here.

Chicago--a bit hot in summer, but fairly nice. Lots to do, but I'll leave it to others to comment.

New York--happening spot of the country, but also a bit of claustrophobia sets in during the summer. City gets quite hot and unbearable with all the tourists. Go see the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Rockefeller Square, and the various museums. I'll leave it to others to make additional suggestions.

Enjoy.

14. Posted by vpowerpuff (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

i lived in Vegas for a year. If you love cheesy American theme parks and tourist traps, then you can stay forever. The Strip (referring to the street lined with the fancy hotels)is worth one, two days tops. Each hotel has 4-5 restaurants, all of them pretty pricey, even the cheaper ones.

If you like hiking, you simply must hike Red Rock Canyon. You'll need car to get there; its 20 miles from teh strip. Just take a left on W Charleston Ave from Las Vegas Blvd and you'll run into it.

Don't get me wrong, Vegas is a good time. Be prepared for a 24/7 party and buy booze at a liquor store if you can; you can drink anywhere you want, even in teh streets. Enjoy!

15. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 11y

Hi Andy, as you will see, i have a completely different perspective than the others who replied to your post. I'll only mention cities i've lived and visited. This is what i would do if i were you:

First, L.A. is a great place to visit. LA has cool museums and The Getty is a must; The Getty is open nights too. I would stay in West Hollywood -- lots of restuarants and bars/clubs. The beaches are nice. During June most people wear unique t-shirts, long shorts, and flip flops. Go to the bar "the Abby" -- no cover charge and strong (expensive) drinks, but you just may see a few of "B" movie stars. I'd stay 5-7 days in LA, so you can visit the Venice Beach, Santa Monica, 6 Flags (amusment park). San Diego is about a 2 hour drive (traffic not included) which you could go visit the Zoo if you into zoos.

Consider renting a car and drive to Las Vegas (3 hours), but a cool drive. If you want to save $$$, don't stay on the strip, but if $$$ is not an issue stay at any hotel (choose your theme) on the strip. Once you are in Vegas visit all the hotels on the strip and see some shows. Stay at least 3 days.

San Francisco is too far to drive from Vegas (but consider going to SF after LA driving up highway 1 -- 7 hour drive, but worth it plus you could drive 1/2 way stay in some sleepy town and drive the rest the next day). I live in San Francisco, so if you need a more details let me know. But i do hate alcatraz and fisherman's warf -- total tourist traps -- Stay at least 7 days, to see: (nature Angel Island, walk the Golden Gate bridge, Twin Peaks is cool, hang out in the Castro, Sunset, GG park (not near the bridge), Haight/Ashbury, (buy your soveniers in) Chinatown. Also by the Muni pass (bus/subway) to get around town. Close trips, Napa/Sonoma wine tasting usually free, and Berkerly. San Francisco is know an as the City to locals; never call it Frisco. IT WILL be cold at night for sure, and chilly during the day.

NY another awesome place. You will need 7 days at least. I was there for 7 days and didnt even make a dent in thing to do. Great weather t-shirts and shorts by day -- do not wear shorts to dinner restuarants. The night boat tour along the hudson and around manhattan is nice. I also did the helicopter tour which was cool. i missed the museums, but central park is very cool.

16. Posted by mikieguns (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

wow, sounds like quite a trip! have fun! here are some tips from someone who has traveled to all those cities (and lived in a few!):

1. I see new york is your last stop. what a way to end the vacation! NY is the best one on that list. plan a week there or at least 5 days. TONS to do. but expensive! so save your cash. great theater, great nightlife, easy to get around (get a subway map), great bars, great restaurants, and the list goes on and on. definitely some must sees: times square, central park, wall street, east village, mid town, madison square garden, empire state building, little italy...
2. Chicago is awesome. Definitely the 2nd favorite of mine on your list. again, tons to do. best restaurants in the country! check out www.metromix.com when you are here. spend 5 days. go check out the loop, milenium park, navy pier, take a stroll along the lake near north beach, go up to the top of the hancock building and get a martini, hang out at the lincoln park bars, spend a night in wrigleyville (go to a cubs game if it is baseball season), the list goes on and on!
3. Ok let me try and summarize the rest of your list. All are great cities that you should have fun in. But after NY and Chicago, let me list them in order of best: Vegas, San Fran, Vancouver, Seattle, LA. Vegas is simply a blast. Spend 3-5 days. Hit the clubs, the casinos, a few shows. San Fran is beautiful. Walk around town. Go to Alcatraz. Not a ton of nightlife. People are kinda snobby. But still a nice town to visit. Seattle is cool. But you need to find the right places to go. Try www.seattle.com. It always rains though!
LA is ok. Very spread out. Need to drive everywhere. Not a great "city" but nice outlying coastal areas and of course, Hollywood is worth taking a peak. Personally, i'd switch this to san diego! Also - not stopping by new orleans?

Have fun!

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