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1. Posted by brunoiscte (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


From 23April until 8 May 2007, me and my friends are going to the US.

We have more or less 15 days and i would like to know your opinion in our plan, and some advices you think that could help us.

We are leving from Lisbon at 8 or 9 am, and ariving in NY around 3 pm. I'm thinking that maybe we will be at the hotel at 7 pm (get the luggage, trip to the hotel...). That bring's me 2 question: We would like to find a cheap hostel or Hotel for 4 people; which is the best way to travel from the airport to the hotel?

We are staying taht night plus 3 days (including the night) in NY. We are thinking in:

1st day: A tour in the city, we found one where you see almost everythink. Maybe catch a Broadway show that night.

2nd day: Visiting the places we enjoyed the most during our tour and didn't spend much time. Walking around manhatan (Greenwich, soho, tribeca, Central park, little italy, chiantown and harleem)

3rd day: Crossing Brooklyn bridge, Visiting some museums, and walk around in the city, specially the places we didn't had time to go in the day before.

Next morning catch a flight to LA. In that day maybe just hang out in LA. In the next day going in a tour that take us for 3 days to Grand Canyon and Las Vegas (i'm a little bit worry wiht this one, because i dodn't know if we have enough time to explore all the potential that this places have).

The tour will take us back to LA and we will stay here the next 2 days (including night). In LA we will rent a car.

1st day: Visiting Universal studios, Beverly Hill, Hollywood.

2nd Day: Visiting the beachs, such as Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu. (We were also thinking on going to the beaches in the first day, and in the second going to the beaches in OC)

In the next day driving to SF by the Pacific Coast. Stoping in some palces (accepting suggestions...).
We are still deciding if we make this trip a one day trip, or a two day trip.

Stay 2 days in SF (including night).
In SF we are dropping the car.
: Visiting Fisherman wharf, seeing the seals, Alcatraz, maybe Golden Gate (we have one equal to yours in Lisbon so i don't know if it is worthy), and walking a lot in the city.

We haven't decide how to split this places in the two days.

In the next morning catching a flight to NY, make same Shopping, and leave in the next day to Lisbon. Or Flying directly from SF, and do the shopping in another day.

We were also thinking if it's worthy to go to San Diego and Tijuana. But it would have to be a really short trip, maybe we don't have time.

Best regards and many thanks in advance.


2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

For places in New York, check out this thread: Places to Stay in New York. Has some good budget options.

Your New York plan sounds good. I'm not positive the value of taking a tour, though. You can access most anything and everything via the subway, so if you have a list of places to go, it's easy enough to put together a plan to see them.

San Deigo is 3 hours south of L.A. (depending on traffic). Fitting San Deigo and Tijuana into your trip would be pretty cramped.

I would do the trip up to San Francisco in two days. The view up the Pacific Coast highway is excellent, but the traffic can be bad and it's nice to stop somewhere along the way. Here's a nice thread from the past on that topic: Driving L.A. to San Fran.

As for flying back, in general I think you could find anything you'd want to shop for in L.A. or San Francisco as well as New York, so heading back to New York just to shop seems strange to me.

3. Posted by brunoiscte (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The returning to NY it's not due to shopping. The problem is the prices of the flight.
Booking just a one way ticket to NY it's much more expensive. For instance if i booked now the prices it would be around 500€ to go to NY and back to Lisbon. If i book just a one way ticket to NY it would be around 1000€, and i still had to buy a return ticket.
See the diferences.

If i don't find similar prices, i have to get back to NY and since i'm there i would shop there. Maybe it wasn´t very clear, sorry.

Thanks for the advice.

but do you think the trip we are planning it's doable?

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5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yes, it's doable. It's busy, but the places you are going are going to keep you moving all the time. They are pretty exciting.


6. Posted by brunoiscte (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hello everyone,

once again i have a question for you guys.

Now that the trip is getting near, i finishing the details.

I searching for a rent a car, and i would like something cheap, but trustfull.

Can you help me on that?

I've found this website (, and this operator has pretty good values. But the problem is that i don't know them, and don't know if they are trsutfull.
Have you ever heard from them?

thanks Bruno

7. Posted by johnsierra (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I am regularly booking cabs and hotels from this site . But I suggest you always book a cab from the airpost. That way you get the cheapest price.

I hope I can post the links on this forum. If not please let me know.

8. Posted by johnsierra (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

sorry double post

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 28, 2007, at 11:11 AM by johnsierra ]

9. Posted by kathbotha (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

check out they have, by far, the best deals for car rental. i was able to rent a car for $30 per day.

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