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1. Posted by hyypiaem (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

hi could anyone please help me on my itinery plans for part of my RTW trip in USA this is it so far!!

fly into Boston overland to new york and washington, fly from washington to san diego overland to LA , then Las vegas, then the grand canyon then to san fransisco before flying to hawaii. just wondering if anyone knows how easy that would be and whether you have a recomended time span for it!! i will be continuing to fiji, new zealand, australia hong kong and up to beijing after wards and have a year to do it all in :-)

thanks for your help

2. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

You got a nice little trip. How along to stay, depends on your interest. You can spend a year in the U.S alone. If you are limiting your cities, a little over 2 month would do.

I spent a little over a week, in all the places you mentioned. More in California (I live there!). It was enough time to get an overview.

I recommend you flying into SF and work your way down. I think it's cheaper to fly from to hawaii.

Good luck,


3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

There are trains that run between Boston and Washington, so I would recommend that as a method of getting between the cities on the east coast. Check out for details on that.

For California / Nevada, if you can afford it, getting a car would be the best way to go. If not, Greyhound is the bus service you probably need to look up.

As for time, I would think that you would probably want at least 3 days in each place, not including travel. So I would do 3 days in Boston, early train to NYC and spend 3 days there, early train to Washington and spend 3 days there. Catch a flight to the west coast (probably take a whole day for that), and then do 3 days in San Diego, travel up to L.A. (morning) and 3 days in L.A., drive to Las Vegas, spent 2 nights in L.V., and drive to Grand Canyon (see Hoover Dam along the way) - spend a day there (unless you are planning on something more elobrate like a hike down into the canyon), spend a day travelling to San Francisco (it'll take a while to get there overland - probably a full day of travel), and then spend 3 days in San Fran.

If I add that all up correctly, that's 23 days. If you can afford more, I would do it, probably adding the time to Boston, New York and San Francisco.


4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I'd also stop in Philadelphia (the train stops there between New York and Washington). Philadelphia is kind of where it all started here. In a very small area (and in 1 day) you can visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, see where Thomas Jefferson wrote the decloration of Independence, Betsy Ross' house, Ben Franklin's Grave, etc. lots of other stuff to see also). Its esy to get around, you can walk and also get a 1 day unlimited pass on an open trolley-type bus. You'd be passing right through Philadelphia anyway (i'd skip a day in Boston to add Phila.).

That being said I think some of the most spectular scenery in the World is in the Southwest and california.

5. Posted by lisay (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

I live in Philly. It is cool city with plenty to see and different feel than NYC or DC.

6. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Do not take the greyhound in the U.S., whatever you do, especially not in California! It is deffinate your best bet's to hire or rent a car at the airport and drop it off in the same city. It is sooo difficult to navigate, and there are crazy freeways all over L.A. It could take you to the Grand Canyon, too. :)



7. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

Amtrak does offer service to the Grand Canyon area using shuttle connections. There are also several regional airlines that offer good rates: Frontier Airlines ( and America West ( Frontier has outstanding, fast, and relatively inexpensive service.

If you're going to spend time in the US and are debating between a couple of days in LA or Vegas as opposed to time at the Grand Canyon, spend more time at the Grand Canyon! It really is amazing. It is possible to hike all the way down and back up in one day, but it's not all that easy. It can be very cool at the top and HOT at the bottom, and going down is a LOT easier than coming back up. If you camp, fires are restricted to the grills (no open campfires).

The Amtrak line that serves this part of the country is called the Southwest Chief. The Superliners are really comfortable--lots of room. Maybe bring a blanket as they can get a little chilly at night. The line starts in Chicago with stops all the way out to California.