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1. Posted by Rishin (Budding Member 10 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


I will be visiting the North West of the US in August and as I am on a very tight budget would like to live in youth hostels as much as possible.

Since I want to keep my plans as flexible as possible I would rather not book my accomodation more than a few days in advance and am only booking accomodation for new york before i leave.

My itenary is roughly as follows.

New York City - 5 days
Washington DC - 2 days
Philadelphia - 2 days
Boston - 2 days
Cape Cod - 2 days
Maine - 2 days
Quebec - 2 days
Montreal - 2 days
Toronto - 4 days
Buffalo - 1 day
New York- 1 Day

Could anyone tell me how easy it will be to get accomodation in a youth hostel on the day of arrival.

Also, could someone let me know what the best and cheaperst way to travel between those cities would be. I was thinking of buying a 21 day Greyhound pass for $399.

Any advise might be much apppreciated!!!

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hello Rishin
are u flying into NYC?

NYC to Boston direct offers ten dollar bus tickets from Chinatown to Chinatown. - i recommend if u can stop in NYC again before goin to Boston.

the 400 dollar grey hound sounds good though. does that cover all travel within the Northeast of USA and Canada?

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

and also - i wouldnt worry about the Boston Hostel for booking - BUT you should book ahead for Cape Cod as in August wil be very busy.

4. Posted by Rishin (Budding Member 10 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Jeff

Do you know if i need to book hostel accomodation in advance for places other than Cape Cod, such as Washington DC and Philadelphia, Maine, Quebec and Montreal?

The Greyhound pass includes unlimited travel for Canada and the North East of America for $400. To travel from NYC to Boston for $10, would I need to book in advance?

5. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey Rishin!

I would say that if you're coming to Montreal in the summer, you might want to book ahead of time because it is packed with tourists, especially during July. So just to be on the safe side, check out the websites for hostels ahead of time. August seems to be open for now but the spots in July are going away. As for Quebec, I don't think they have many hostels. At least, they don't have them listed online. So I'm not sure how you want to approach that one.

Your transportation seems to be as good as it gets. I know that any flights into and out of Canada will probably cost you about as much as your bus pass so it's not worth it. Stick with the bus.

Good luck on your trip!


6. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

if u r planning on using the greyhound to get around, i would suggest travelling overnight and sleeping on the bus. ok, u may not get the best nights sleep, but its only one night at a time and it frees up some time in the day to do other stuff. :)