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Plans for NA travel this May(ish)/Anyone else doing the same

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1. Posted by Kiwilime (Budding Member 12 posts) 4y

Hi!

Im a 23 y/o Brit starting plans for a trip I've been wanting to do to the US for a while now and any information anyone has from experiences in the States would be gratefully received.

Thinking of flying into Seattle and seeing some friends around there/Montana but after that i'm totally easy.

I'm thinking of taking about £2000 out there and will probably be staying for approx 2 months. Ill couchsurf and hostel it but when possible and would ideally like to drive but no idea at the moment about the feasibility of long term car rental. Since i'm younger than 25 i've heard it might be a problem so if I have to get an Amtrak/Greyhound pass, could someone say which is better?

Ideas about how best to get around or any particular routes that are well known for being nice traveller routes are really what im looking for. Im thinking West Coast at the moment but not much more specific than that!

Anyone going to be somewhere in the US around that time feel free to give me a shout!

Thanks Guys

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Feb-2012, at 14:36 by Kiwilime ]

2. Posted by timeless_dreams (Budding Member 9 posts) 4y

I travelled on Greyhound and found it really easy. They link up to every city so you can pretty much go anywhere. You may find a few weirdos on the buses though!

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 4y

May is a good time to start, but Seattle will still be chilly then. I think the Amtrak Pass would be better - Amtrak's Cascade service runs from Vancouver to Seattle and on to Oregon - very nice. From there you could continue on to coastal California on the regular Amtrak service. The problem is that you'd be restricted to the Amtrak stops and you would be bypassing many great places without a car. I don't think you'd have enough cash to rent that car - even hostels are pricey these days, and food prices have really increased. I recommend Airbnb for inexpensive shared rentals - a good deal because the host can help you see the area. You might be interested in the Green Tortoise bus tours too - they also start in Seattle, and the age group is right for you.