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1. Posted by HRTTIM (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hi There,

My partner and i are looking to do a biggish style trip from Florida to New York around xmas time next year 2012 and as we both like to plan things we are getting a start now.

I am looking for ideas on what to see and do over that period we would also like to be in New York for Xmas and New Years as there is a heap of stuff we would like to see and do in New York.

As this really is the first starting point i guess a couple of early questions are

1) How Much should we be budgeting for? This is the first time to the states for either of us so would it be recommended to do it ourselves as it works out cheaper from what i have heard or go on some sort of tour group??

2) What length of time (up to 4 weeks)

3) What are the main attractions to go and see along the way as a guide?

Cheers Tim

2. Posted by lil_gun_14 (Budding Member 55 posts) 5y

New york is more expensive or as expensive than the UK if your talking about Manhattan.

If your in Florida its a shame to miss Disneyworld i went as a kid and am defianetly going back this year ( i will be 25), its not like any place youve been before
But like isaid depends what your into!

3. Posted by HRTTIM (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

oh that sounds like a good start

we are after the real toruisty sort of stuff but would also like to go to some places that arent really on the tourist map and see what "real america is all about in the suburbs??

4. Posted by lil_gun_14 (Budding Member 55 posts) 5y

Would love to help but till i start in Feb 2011 i will have only done the tourist stuff and only in new york, im setting out on a year long road trip across america in 5 weeks cant wait!

5. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

I'd put Blue Springs Fl, north of Orlando and my list, as well as,

Savannah GA
Charleston SC
Nags Head NC
Williamsburg VA

from there you could head inland to DC then on up on I95 to NYC. This gives you a pretty direct coastal route north. Also consider going further north. Boston and Maine are fantastic at that time of year.

6. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 5y

I've done Florida to N.Y. by road.
First recommendation I would give , in contrast to what's already been said....
avoid Disney. It's expensive, the rides are tamer than a child's fun-fair, the food is all totally plastic and the whole place is just such a rip-off. Nothing personal - Disney, it's just that I couldn't see the attraction within the attraction.
Don't spend too much time in Miami - either. A very unsafe city at night, if you're unaccompanied at don't know where youre going.
Those two things apart, it's a lovely trip.
Don't miss Key West and Lake Okeecehobee. I have relatives in Florida that I stay with now and then - and even they had never been to the Lake. it's huge and has some very nice parking spots. The immense amount of wildlife on the water is wonderful.
Charleston - West Virginia has some very old bits (by USA standards though, not European - so only old in their eyes) and quite a bit of interesting history. it's beaches aren't up to much though.
In NYC itself, make sure you plan your parking well ahead. It's a nightmare.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 5y

Quoting flyingbob

Charleston - West Virginia has some very old bits (by USA standards though, not European - so only old in their eyes) and quite a bit of interesting history. it's beaches aren't up to much though.

Isn't that the South Carolina Charleston you mean?

Anyway, do you want to end in NY or end with sun in Florida? I would do it reserve to be honest. This only means one thing: if you rent a car in NY, the average price is higher than in Florida (Florida is the cheapest state to rent a car in the USA).
But in that case: do NY and take a train to Washington, D.C. to visit that city as well and start renting the car from there or any neighbouring city/place.

Apart from Charleston, SC and Savannah, I believe St. Augustine in Florida is a place with relatively old buildings and history.

I think the Smoky Mountains and/or Blue Ridge Parkway are not recommended in winter, but maybe people who actually drove that part in winter might now better.

For something different, try swimming with manatees in Homosassa or Chrystal River.
Everglades comes to mind as well.

have fun!
Mike

8. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 5y

Sorry about the mix-up here.
Not that I wanted to confuse our travelling friend.
Yes, I'm on about Charleston - West Virginia, but left out the bit that I've done both and the one in SC is on the beach - a pretty shoddy
beach at that, with some smelly factories close-by too.
It's the Charleston in WV that I'm on about - with the interesting 'Old' bits.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jan-2011, at 05:44 by flyingbob ]

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 5y

Quoting flyingbob

Sorry about the mix-up here.
Not that I wanted to confuse our travelling friend.
Yes, I'm on about Charleston - West Virginia, but left out the bit that I've done both and the one in SC is on the beach - a pretty shoddy
beach at that, with some smelly factories close-by too.
It's the Charleston in WV that I'm on about - with the interesting 'Old' bits.

I am still confused here
In my mental map Charleston, SC is also the one with the history and stuff. Charleston, WV has a Capitol building though, but can't find any more info on that.

Maybe ask a third person;)

10. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 5y

Maybe ask a third person
No need. As you say - you're still confused. It's quite OK - and a regular thing for you.
Much the same confusion happens in many of your other posts regularly.
If you have a mental cap - as you say you do, we all understand and take pity.