Me and my girlfriend are going to be travelling north America for 3 weeks in September, we are going to be booking it all online and in America so we are not tied into doing anything from a tour provider.
we are flying into New York on the 1st of September, we are planning to stay in New york then visit Detroit, Chicago, Vegas and then several locations in California and then flying home on approximately the 20/21st of September.
We are going to be booking the flights from Manchester UK to New York then returning to the UK from LA X.
Can anyone please give us some informationm on booking internal flights when we are there, how easy it is? approximate prices? any sugestions of things to do when we are in the places mentioned, we are 25 and 21! What sports are played in September? from looking online most of the 'popular' sports arent in season in September?
any response will be appreciated
Two things you should know--
(1) booking internal flights on the cheap usually requires a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks advance notice in order to get the cheapest flights. Flying on either Friday or Sunday night or Monday morning will be the most difficult, since that's when most people book their vacation flights--so book those earlier--or try to fly on different days. book on southwest, or else try a site like kayak or momondo; and
(2) the most important sports in September in the US are American football and baseball--our two most popular sports--and these are both extremely popular (and fairly widely available) in September--(actually the single busiest sports month of the year here in the states). Baseball games occur almost everyday during the month (although sometimes not on Mondays or Thursdays--while football games are normally on Saturday (college) or Sunday (professional). College baseball is not nearly as popular as professional baseball, while college football is probably even more popular than professional football (odd, I know--but that's how it is)
For information on football schedules check the following two sites:
(note: the schedules for next September are still being finalized--and they will probably be released only around March or April of these year)--if you go to these sites, though, you will get an idea of how many games get played each year
Baseball schedules (professional) are already released and may be found here:
Generally the single-game tickets won't go on sale to the public until around March 1st--since they try to sell season tickets first (but it varies by team--and some teams will sell out many of their tickets (like the NY Yankees, Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco)--although most will not)
Our soccer season (what you call football) also runs during the period. For information on this check the following two sites:
(us internal soccer league)
(us national teams--men and womens)
P.S. I'm a little surprised you are visiting Detroit--since the town itself is not very scenic--although once you get out of town into cities like Pontiac, then it is a lot nicer.
[ Edit: Edited on 15-Jan-2012, at 09:50 by Calcruzer ]
I swear by Southwest Airlines for domestic travel in the USA - good prices and no change fees
Yes, why Detroit? (hardly America's best) September is a great month here - best month of all for weather in San Francisco. It's all about American football in September. Remember that public transport here is very poor when compared to the UK - you will need a car in most of California outside of SF.
[ Edit: Edited on 15-Jan-2012, at 10:13 by Daawgon ]
Thanks for a very helpful response. I have since found out about the football and the baseball and we are intending to go see the Yankees on the 2nd! Looking at the calendar, like you say they play nearly every day! Is it the same squad of players every day? Obviously being English I haven't got a scooby doo about baseball! How long can 1 day last? From the destinations mentioned where would u say is the best place to see an American football game?
We are interested in visiting Detroit in the hope if finding some cool music, a house/techno night! Then hopefully listen to some jazz in Chicago!
Thanks a lot
For music head to Nashville, Tennessee
Well if you are looking to save a bit of money, I'd tell you to do your baseball either in Chicago (go to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs) in one of the oldest and most historic stadiums in the game, or In New York go see the Mets rather than the Yankees. Neither of those teams are very good and you'll be able to get tickets even last minute-ish often for less than face value.
I'll write bit more when I have a moment.
and yes it's more or less the same squad of players every day. And I'd probably agree for music head to Nashville or New Orleans. Detroit isn't high on the list of American cities to visit.
as to getting cheap flights - (as much as I hate to promote it) try the Bing price predictor as to when the best time/price will be available.
Ideally try to miss the labor day weekend (the first weekend in September) as it's officially considered the last weekend of summer and huge amounts of people are traveling which drives up prices on tickets and accommodations.
If you have specific NY questions feel free to drop me a line.