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11. Posted by DaveinMD (Full Member, 190 posts) 5 May '11 10:26

First off never say "sorry" sanbot, we love giving advice and are happy to do so.

12. Posted by nicolenadia (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 8 May '11 00:07

About Couchsurfing, best if you can take the time to host (or at least meet up with and give a mini-tour) to travelers to your area. That way you can get some references. I've used CS in the past, and avoided hosting people who had no references.

And while CS is economical (and can be fun), it's very limiting too. Just be ready to adjust to the schedules of your hosts. It's a great way to meet people from all over the world, so I do recommend it--but only if you really need to save! I still much prefer hotels, hostels or rooms for rent.

Now about where to go--it's not always recommended, but try out New Hampshire. I've visited several times, and never get tired of it. There's hiking, horse riding, fishing, great seafood. Plus the people are really friendly (if a little plainspoken). Lake Winnipesaukee is beautiful, and if you can find a way to boat on it, it's lots of fun.

August is a terrific time to go, as the weather is perfect, and you can swim in the lake. I've never been to NH in the fall, but since the state is full of trees, the foliage turning is supposed to be beautiful. October is a good time, but I hear November is a little too cold.

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[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

13. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator, 1863 posts) 9 May '11 22:01

Sanbot,

I lived in northern Utah and it didn't get cold until the last week of October. I would expect that northern Montana should still be good to visit until early to mid-October.
I notice that the weather in October in Glacier National Park averages a high of 53 and a low of 31 or so in October--meaning, generally, no snow until the later part of the month at the earliest.

http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/weather.htm

Of course, weather is unpredictable--and the national park service says that they've even had snow in August--so going early is probably best.

14. Posted by t_nguyen (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 2 Jun '11 11:26

Hey San,

Well first off, that's quite a long list of attractions and states you want to make it through during your travels, but it's sure to be a great adventure! While I can't provide much information on lodging, I'd suggest that if you're going to Mississippi that you definitely spend a few days there and visit DeSoto County. It's a beautiful area with plenty to see and do!

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If you're making it a point to travel to Mississippi, definitely don't miss out on DeSoto County. Hope this helps and good luck with all your travels!

[ Edit: Moderator: I've removed a link here, because this really reads like it was posted by the tourism board (and was paraphrasing their site too) ]

15. Posted by kugali (Budding Member, 63 posts) 23 Jun '11 12:23

Sounds like a really great trip! For the missionary work I think you should pick the location, then pick the church. I would skip Mississippi and go to New Orleans, LA instead! Really fun town with great food, cool landscape with the swamps, and tons of history (and night life if you're interested).

Also in terms of packing a lot of sightseeing into a smaller amount of time, I would focus on the East Coast. The drive from Florida up to NYC (and/or all the way up to Niagra Falls) is packed with beautiful coastal towns, plus great cities like Atlanta, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, etc.

Have fun!

16. Posted by Zoppy (Budding Member, 4 posts) 23 Jun '11 20:48

Hope you have a good time.:)

17. Posted by Sarah Beth (Budding Member, 3 posts) 24 Jun '11 03:03

Personally, my very favorite place right now is bainbridge Island, right across the Pugent Sound from Seattle. To get there you go to the Terminal Pier 56 in Seattle (the Seattle Piers are a sight all their own) and catch a ferry across. Its like 10 bucks round trip, and is absolutely worth it. The town is touristy, but in a beautiful, unique way. I love it.

Also, please remember that there is a lot of extreme weather here! Prepare for it!

18. Posted by kugali (Budding Member, 63 posts) 24 Jun '11 07:42

I read this post then today when I was online I saw this article about 'weird roadside attractions in America' and remembered it. Here you go - http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/11-05/15-weirdest-roadside-attractions-in-america.html

19. Posted by sanbot (Budding Member, 29 posts) 24 Jun '11 18:53

Cool thx for the suggestions! I especially like the link to the weird roadside attractions.

I'm still no closer to finalising an itinerary though =(

One of the things I'm not sure of is whether to fly or drive to NYC. Its not my last stop but since I'll be there over christmas and NYE its going to be only 2 weeks before I leave. If I drive to NYC I'll need to give myself time to drive back to LA after jan 1. If I fly to NYC I'll need to find a place to leave my car for a few weeks. So which would be the better option?

The other thing is, whether I drive or fly to NYC will it be snowing too hard for me to do either?

Okay so this is what I have in mind so far.

LA - Seattle via Sacramento, Reno, Avenue of Giants, Crater Lake National Park and Grants pass. 8 days.
Seattle 3 days
Vancouver 3 days
Vancouver - Kamloops - Jasper National Park - Banff National Park - Calgary - Glacier National Park. 10 days.
Glacier National Park. 2 days.
Missoula - Idaho Falls - Salt Lake City (2days) - Rawlins - Colorado/Denver (3days), Yuma, Alliance Nebraska - Mount Rushmore - Sioux Falls - Minneapolis - Grand Rapids - Wausau - Chicago (3 days). This segment wil be done over 20 days with most stops just being places to sleep for the night.
Route 66 from Chicago with some deviations heading to Grand Canyon National Park, Death Valley National Park and Yosemite (via Tioga pass). 20 days.
San Francisco. 2 days.
Big Sur. 3 days.
LA to NYC back to LA trying to fit in whatever I can of the south and east coast. This bit I'm not sure how to plan for and sure could do with some advice.

20. Posted by DaveinMD (Full Member, 190 posts) 25 Jun '11 04:54

I'd re-balance your portfolio. As I noted I am a huge fan of Banff and my dad lives in Vancouver. With that said not sure you need 10 days, I'd cut it back and add the day or 2 to SF.

I'm struggling with the LA-NY-LA deal too. It's a long drive, doing it twice would be rough especially if the second time is just to get there.