Help planning travel itinery!

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1. Posted by Claired (Budding Member 9 posts) 20y Star this if you like it!

I am gunna be in North America for 2 to 3 months and would really like to get advice on the top 6-10 destinations that are a must see. I would really like a variety of places incorporating a variety of areas cities and experiences...any ideas??!! Obviously I want to do New York but after that I'm kinda baffled at how to cut it down to about 8 places.
The trips part of a big bacpacing thing i'm doing through new zealand and australia aswel but I'm hoping not to have to work in the US
Any help would be massively appreciated!
Thanks Claire (UK)

2. Posted by Annet (Budding Member 12 posts) 20y Star this if you like it!

That's a tough one. I only know the east coast, and I would certainly advice you to also see Boston, since it's so different from New York and very accessible and beautiful.
My favorites (again, east coast only, mainly New England): Martha's Vineyard, Boston, Cambridge.
There's so much history and so much to see and do in New England alone. Make sure you see at least some of it!

Happy travels,

3. Posted by StevieB (Full Member 15 posts) 20y Star this if you like it!

I would add Atlantic City and Washington D.C. among others.
This page might help you screen and plan:

4. Posted by nycwriter7 (Budding Member 10 posts) 20y Star this if you like it!

Here are my picks:
New York
Miami Beach
New Orleans
Austin, TX
Las Vegas
San Francisco

:) Jill

5. Posted by Cruella (Budding Member 4 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

Hi Claire!

I dont know if you are planning on visiting Canada on your North American trip, but if you are the must see's are:

Toronto, Quebec City, Calgary (Banff, Lake Louise), Vancouver/ Victoria. (If you are staying on the east coast make sure you do at least Toronto and Halifax).

As for staying n the American side of the border:

Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, Houston, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Tampa are must see's)

(If you do end up in California, take a trip across the border in Tijuana Mexico for the day..... it's unforgettable!) It's kinda sketchy but is an intersting place to visit. (You might also wanna look into Peurto Vallerta Mexico if you wanna be a beach bum!

Have a super trip!!!


6. Posted by Peter (Admin 7158 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

The place I enjoyed most in Texas was San Antonio.. I just love the canals and very
Mexican feel about the place.

7. Posted by Claired (Budding Member 9 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

Any suggestions for where to stay in San Antonio?? We will have a car so hopefully will drive to houston and austin etc too. What sites are there to see in these places?!


8. Posted by Peter (Admin 7158 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

Hi Claire,

Not sure what the name was of the place we stayed, but it was right on the square opposite the Alamo, the city's (and probably Texas') main attraction. I was 15 or so at the time and my grandparents took Sam and I there for a few days. I found the riverboat ride that we took incredibly enjoyable at the time and it seemed like there were a lot of places to have a great dinner there as well.

9. Posted by globie07 (Budding Member 6 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!

Oops, someone beat me to saying Calgary...but still, I'd highly recommend Calgary, the Rockies and Vancouver. All of them I swear will take your breath away if you come visit.

10. Posted by UK (Budding Member 33 posts) 19y Star this if you like it!


Most of the suggestions so far are cities to visit. My recommendation would be to see the natural splendour that america has to offer, particularly in the western states. Some suggestions are

The Giant Redwood trees, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe of California
The Grand Canyon, Petrified forest, Meteor Crater of Arizona
Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce in Utah
The Rocky Mountain national park in Colorado
Yellowstone and Devils tower Wyoming
The Black Hills of South Dakota.

America is more, much much more that just cities.