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1. Posted by zhiffy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Hey guys!

A bunch of my friends and I from Singapore are planning a trip to USA in October next year. Yayy! Super psyched! But we would really need some help in planning this trip!
For starters, we're all heading there for a conference and we have about 12 days in between to travel from NYC to LA.

These are the conference dates:
NYC: October 4th & 5th 2013 // Radio City Music Hall
LA: October 18th & 19th 2013 // Nokia Theatre

Hmm, from what I understand though, 12 days is a really short time period for travelling cross country so it's not likely we can see everything we want to. (In Singapore, it takes just about 2hrs to drive from one end to another)
But here's a vague, rough plan of the places we're sorta interested in. I know it's too ambitious but hah, I've never been there so I'm excited over everything. Please do let me know where would be impossible or even unwise to go. We do want to be able to actually enjoy our trip after all so advice from you experts would be very much appreciated (:

New York
Washington
Chicago
Texas (quoting my friend: great sights, explosions in the sky, BBQ ribs, explosions in the sky)
Las Vegas (for the Grand Canyon, not gambling haha)
LA
San Francisco (maybe after the conference...)

We're not looking to spend too much though so any tips that could with saving money would be great. Hehe. We're open to any sort of transportation (train, car rental, flight). I'm not sure on the number of us though so maybe car rental would be a little difficult.
Also, could you guys help with a rough estimate on how much the roadtrip might cost?

In terms of where to stay, I'm thinking of cheap motels or even spending nights on the train..

Hmm because it's a bunch of us with different interests (ages range between 22-30) , I would think a variety of everything would be good (Scenery/wilderness/city life/live music bars/shopping etc) . Groups are a little harder to accommodate but eh, I think we're all quite open.

Oh oh! Personally, I wanna spend a day at Six Flags! I'm not too sure which to go to though, there's quite a number of them along the way of our trip. Also, I wanna eat In N' Out Burger! :D They came once to Singapore for a pop up store and sold out in less than 5 minutes . I think I was there at 945am..

So yeah! I'm really looking forward to this trip, can't wait to be there!

I will likely be in NYC a month or two ahead of them, am a fashion photographer and am hoping to do a short internship there first but nothing is fixed yet.. Uh. What should I do with the excess luggage? Should I mail them back to Singapore first?:)

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Nov-2012, at 01:58 by zhiffy ]

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1946 posts) 2y

From this American's perspective:

New York - an extremely interesting place - also extremely EXPENSIVE

Washington - also very interesting, especially the SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM

Chicago - with only 12 days, I would skip Chicago

Texas (quoting my friend: great sights, explosions in the sky, BBQ ribs, explosions in the sky) - I don't agree at all, I would skip Texas in favor of New Orleans

Las Vegas (for the Grand Canyon, not gambling haha) - a great way to throw money away

LA - get out of town ASAP

San Francisco (maybe after the conference...) - best little city in America!