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1. Posted by diggler73 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Don't really what im doin, so if anyone can advise good central places to backpack in nyc, la and las vegas...and what to do?

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

These aren't really backpack cities-NY, LA, and Las Vegas. The first two are the most heavily-populated cities in the country ,and Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert where temperatures are about 110 degees in the shade in the summertime.

If you are looking for backpack types of towns, try places that are more spread out and have camping spots close-by;--like Denver, Seattle, or Nashville.

If, on the other hand, you are looking for places to go to see nature close to these cities--go to Sequoia or Yosemite (4 hours north of LA by car), out to the Poconos--(6 hours drive west of NY), or go out to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas (about 8 hours by car from Las Vegas). As you can tell from my description, the US is a big place--and there aren't many national parks real close to the big cities.

If you are looking to spend the night in a hostel and just wander around, LA and New York are good, but Las Vegas is not--it's too hot in summer and too cold at night in the winter.


3. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

New York City is a must! It is like no other city and I have travelled to many cities around the world. I'll give you some hints to keep it cheap and see as much as possible.

Stay at a hostel. Hotels in NYC are outrageous and a cheap hotel ($150-200) in Manhattan is not much better than a hostel. The lobbies always look nice but the rooms are old and grungy. Expect to pay about $400/night for a good hotel room. Check out, read the reviews and get a good hostel. You'll meet more people and keep costs down. (I always use this hostel booking company and they can be trusted).

Take a Double Decker Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Trip. The live commentary is great. NYC has pocket-communities that change drastically and quickly from street to street. If you use the Subway, you'll miss out on the best of NYC. There is no better way to see NYC than from high above the traffic. Check out I would suggest ENC) ESSENTIAL NEW YORK WITH TOP OF THE ROCK. It is good for 48 hrs, includes admission to the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. It also lets you skip the lines. You can buy it when you get there but you may not be able to buy a pass that includes the admissions.

Note: The Hop-on-hop-off network operates on hours, not days. It is good for 48 hrs but you can make it last 3 days. On day one, I would suggest to do some shopping or see something in the morning that's not included in the pass and get on the bus around noon. You can use it the entire second day; maybe do the Brooklyn Loop because it's a bit further out. For day three, save a route that you may want to see but doesn't have many spots that interest you in getting off. Get on that route between 11-noon. As long as you get on before your 48 hrs expire you can stay on as long as you want.

You can also do a search on the Internet for "Free New York City" and find all sorts of free stuff to do.

[ Edit: Edited at May 21, 2006 7:28 PM by vickim ]

4. Posted by twitchy78 (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Las Vegas has some very beautiful natual scenery close by (when I say close, I mean less that 1 days drive ). Zion national park is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited (less than 3 hours drive). Grand Canyon (less than 5 hours), Valley of Fire (about 1 hour), Lake Mead (half hour)...
And seveal more. The drawback to vegas was stated before, it is hot here in the summer. Come in the spring or fall and the weather will be mild enough for you to get around with little difficulty.