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1. Posted by Isahelen (Budding Member 3 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


We are planing a trip to USA/CANADA

Planing to go from Sweden to San Diego then Los Angelse, Las Vegas, Grand Cannyon and then north to Vancover with a couple of stops in between.

Do you have som advice of cites, places whitch we shouldn´t miss?

Intressed in much information! =)

We like a good party in the cities but also ride on the prarie (spelled?) around the buffalos like Kevin Costner =)? Where can we find this?

Hope you can help us out!

// Isa and Helen

2. Posted by UK (Budding Member 33 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Isa and Helen,

The USA is so much bigger than you can imagine if you are from europe and have never been there. For example Sweden has a land area of nearly 159,000 square miles. California has a land area of 156,000 square miles, California is only one state !

The trip you outline is not confined to California, it includes Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Washington as well.

Get a good map, plan your route and be less ambitious.


Check some planned routes out here

ps. The praries you wish to see where Kevin Costner filmed Dances with wolves are half a continent away in Wyoming.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 13, 2007, at 4:49 PM by UK ]

3. Posted by MJennifer (Inactive 18 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I think you may be trying to hit too many cities / too great of any area. That's a lot of driving. Maybe if you have a lot of time and energy it may be okay.

Some great cities are San Francisco in California, Seattle in Washington, and Victoria in British Columbia.

Like was said above, there are no buffalo in the west coast area. Plenty of cows though. ; )

Good luck and I hope you enjoy the USA.

- Mara from the SF Bay Area

4. Posted by roamp (Budding Member 11 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

If you are interested in the Old American West, a drive
through Arizona and New Mexico is fascinating.

My favorites cities are Santa Fe, NM and Flagstaff, AZ.
Tombstone, AZ is touristy but lots of fun for a day or two.

5. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

...also, if you want to see buffalo--hit Catalina Island off coast of L.A. Wyoming is a loooong way away.

6. Posted by Isahelen (Budding Member 3 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


I always think that we can travel a lot more than it is time to =)

We are planing to be over there for 2 month.

Catalina Island off coast of L.A sounds great =) We can´t travel all over the country to find these animals, hihi!

I have ordered the wilma guides for USA so it´s going to be a lot of reading and planing =)

Is it easy to travel over the border to mexico? Sounds great to se a bit of that country to.

// Isa

7. Posted by MikeW (Budding Member 38 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

A couple of ideas:

If you're in San Diego in the spring or fall check out the whale watching trips.

At the Grand Canyon make sure you take the mule trip to the bottom. Absolutely incredible! But make sure you drink your water.

While in Vegas stop by the Bellagio and check out their atrium. There's always something interesting there and they change it often. It doesn't get publicized much so a lot of people miss it. While at the Bellagio view the dancing waters exhibit (better yet go across the steet to Paris and view it from the top of their Eifel Tower replica).

8. Posted by jbur816 (Budding Member 17 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

You can easily go over the border at Tijuana, although Tijuana is pretty dangerous and not a very nice place.

I would suggest driving up the coast from San Diego to LA to Big Sur (along the Highway 1) stopping in Carmel, Monterey, Pebble Beach, and then going on to Santa Cruz, then San Francisco. Continuing up the coast is beautiful. But you may want to fly from SF to Seattleand then from there, drive up to Port Townsend, then ferry over to Vancouver. From Vancouver, it is just a short ferry ride to Vancouver Island, where Victoria is located. Great little city and don't miss the Butchart Gardens.

9. Posted by therook (Budding Member 37 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I would agree with Seattle and Vancouver. I went to both of those cities last summer, and both were wonderful! Seattle is a great place to walk around, and there is plenty to do. From art to nightlife to shopping to music. And there is a huge variety of restaurants. If you are into music, visit the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Don't bother with the needle. Way overpriced. In Vancouver, I loved that the city was so quiet and clean. For California the whole coast is pretty nice. Would recommend driving along it.