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


Im planning a trip for my friend and I between NY and LA.

The rough route we plan to take from NY to LA, will include the following cities:
St Louis
Kansas City
Las Vegas

we have chosen these cities as it seems the quickest route through, and seem to be the most famous from our knowledge of the US. We are both aged 22 and definitly looking for cities with great nightlife, aswell as plenty to do in the day. Would you recomend these cities for these reasons or are there any others you may suggest.

Thank You

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


But whilst trevelling through the US, is it possible to find Motels when you arrive in each city without prior booking, and what are the average prices for them??

3. Posted by MJennifer (Inactive 18 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I don't know how exciting cities like Cincinnati and Kansas City will be, I have never been there nor really heard much about them. Although I guess it depends on your interests. I would DEFINITELY recommend San Francisco as a place to visit - tons to do and see all the time. : )

As for the motel question, yes it's usually possible to find one without a reservations (although it may not be very nice haha). For the price, that depends on the region - for example it will be much more expensive in Manhattan than Kansas City! Motel 6 is a common motel around the US and you could look on their website for the pricing.

Hope you have a great trip!

4. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I live in Kansas City and have lived in Denver and go to St Louis all the time. Kansas City Night life is in two areas, Westport and the Plaza. During the Mon - Wed the bars are a relaxed scene. On Thurs - Sunday there is plenty going on. There are other bars around town but not an easy walk. Public Transportaion is buses or taxi.
St Louis downtown is full of things to do. The bar area is called the Landing however there are plenty of other bars around town beside this one area. Public transportation is great.
Denver has a great downtown! Plenty to do day or night. They are better set up for tourism than KC or St Louis. Boulder is fun as well. Allow yourself time in the rocky mountains for they are truely grand.
Hope this helps.

5. Posted by hrh1111 (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

Sounds like you are going to have a great time. I would highly recommend that you add SF to your should definitely not miss it, there is so much to do and see in SF.

Out of that list, I used to live in Denver, so you will have a great time there as well. As Kristen mentioned, you should definetely make the time to see the Rocky Mountains--maybe a day trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. And of course, Las Vegas and LA should be fun--Las Vegas, you can stay pretty cheap at Circus Circus--depending on when you go--weekdays are cheaper. In SF, I have stayed at Motel's very close to the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, etc. This is a great site for bars and restaurants to try in those cities.

Let me know if you have any questions...I'm happy to help out.


6. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Denver is a decent enough city, and if you're going to go out to the bars, hit downtown/lower downtown. Right around Coors Field (baseball stadium) is probably the best spot. Boulder might be more fun (college town), but it's just a bit out of the way if you're headed to Vegas. Probably only 45 minutes or so.

If you're crunched for time, the road to Vegas (I-70) will take you through the mountains and it might be more fun to stop off in Summit County (Breckenridge, Keystone), Vail or somewhere. It would be more expensive to find a place to stay, but you could also camp. The ski resorts all have pretty good bar scenes, even in the summer, and you could also do some hiking, sightseeing, etc.

7. Posted by starlight2 (Full Member 108 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

you're missing Boston ... I mean Massachusetts is where Modern America started.

8. Posted by Smirnoff (Budding Member 43 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I agree, whatever you do, do not pass up on San Francisco...

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

Hi. I agree with others that Cincinnati, St Louis and Kansas City might not be the most interesting places to go to intentionally (no offense to their residents, of course). I personally would ammend your trip to:
Niagara Falls
San Francisco (if you can)

I would book hotels online for all of the major cities (better deals, more choice, won't be sold out, etc) and then if you have to stay somewhere boring just because you can't stay awake to drive anymore, just find a motel on the road and hope for the best.

If you need suggestions for Chicago, I'd be happy to help you. As for everywhere else, I would recommend staying on the strip in Vegas--it can be surprisingly cheap--we got a penthouse room for $39/night through expedia or travelocity one time. (, and are the biggest US travel sites, if you don't already know that.) If you're in LA, I would definitely say that going over to Venice beach or somewhere by the ocean would be better than staying in the weirdness of LA proper (still weird, but nicer scenery). Last but not least, everyone is right--San Fransisco is awesome and worth a visit.

Good luck!