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Help!! Advice on Travelling round the USA please!

Travel Forums Introductions Help!! Advice on Travelling round the USA please!

1. Posted by Mejules (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


My boyfriend and I are wanting to go to America from the UK, but we're unsure of the where to go first, which order to go in and what time of the year is best....

We'd like to see the following places
San Francisco
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
New York
Any other places that anyone would recommend us going to???

Also, how long do you think we should take to do this? The maximum time we could get off work is three weeks -is that too long, is 10 days too short??

Any tips or advice from anyone would be VERY grateful!!

Thanks in advance!! :)

2. Posted by jl98584 (Travel Guru 114 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hmm, when and where depends on your taste's a bit. I am on an 8 month trip to circumnavigate the USA (by RV), and are finding we can only scratch the surface. However, what's right for us may not be the same for you. I love the great outdoors, wildlife, etc. Cities? I'm not too fond of places like LA, Los Vegas, although I'm sure I could find something interesting about either one if I needed to (I've been to both, Disneyland is always worth the trip however, either the one near LA or the Disneyworld complex in Orlando).

I haven't been to San Francisco for awhile, but used to live near it and thought it was a pretty cool place. I'm from the Seattle area now, and really like it up there. From your comments, it sounds like you like big cities better, so you might want to consider Boston also - we're just leaving that area - terrible place to visit if you're driving, but otherwise OK. Again though, it depends on what sort of things you like. Boston and Philidelphia are great for history buffs. "Chicago has some great museums and restaraunts, blues bars. Also if you like architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright got started a little west of Chicago, in Oak Park. (His "Fallingwaters" house is near Pittsburgh though).

If you prefer the wide open spaces, there are also plenty of places to select from, but not the ones you list.

Another factor to consider is what time of year you're going. I'd recommend southern states in the Winter (Florida, etc), northern states in spring or fall. It can get hot in the north in the summer (& muggy in the east). Very hot & muggy in the south in summer (hot & dry in the west). Seattle doesn't vary much, one of two places in the world with only a 20 degree (Farenheit) swing (sorry, I never got the hang of metric, my failing).

Recap: LA, Florida, Los Vegas are best in Winter. New York, spring or fall. San Francisco should be good any time of the year, but I think is best in summer. If you want to go to both Northern and Southern cities in a single, short trip - I'd shoot for April or September.

This may not help much - information overload? If you want to be more specific about what sorts of things interest you, maybe I can be a little more help? Also, if you want to see what some of the places look like that we've been to so far, you can check out the blog from our RV trip - but for the most part, I've stayed away from the big cities and also leaned slightly towards history type stuff. We started in the Seattle area Sept 2nd and drove across the northern states (many of which are not good to travel in now of course) - looking to continue heading south along the eastern seaboard as the weather turns colder...

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

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4. Posted by geminedi (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

depends on what you are looking for.i have lived in usa all my 26 years,and have been to many states in it..are you looking for more of a city or suburban environment.washington d.c. is a great place for shopping and culture but also very dangerous in certain parts.avoid most of south east d.c..i am from the baltimore,maryland area living in north carolina.if you want a more laid back place try north carolina its been 4 years here and i love it.

5. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


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