America - Where should I go??

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1. Posted by Mejules (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y 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 boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Well if you want to hit all those places on this trip then 10 days is way to little, 3 weeks is a better alternative. Plus the only way to really get from New York to California is to fly. It takes about 6 hours and will cost around $300 to fly to San Francisco. Your better bet is to fly to Las Vegas and rent a car or try and get a real cheap flight there. If you do rent a car I would suggest stopping in Yosemite National Park for a day on your way to San Fran. Cheap flights to LA can also be found from LA. If you are set on florida then I would head back to New York and fly if you can get a good deal or take the bus which is cheaper but will take about 22 hours. New York you could spend about 3 days in and really see the city. Unless you are trying to go to all the museums, then allow for more time. I would also suggest venturing outside of Manhattan and going to a few of the other boroughs.. Again it depends when you would like to come to the US. What you like doing and how much money you have. More information would help me give you better advice.

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4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I will help with your Vegas portion. I need arrival dates and price range for hotel choice. It is much cheaper here Monday-Thursday. The hotels jack up the rates Friday- Sunday. Try to time your visit midweek.

Send me a PM when you have definite plans.

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2007 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Also, for the Florida portion of your trip, tell us your interests.

The bay in Jacksonville, Amusement parks in Orlando such as Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, including the water parks; warm beaches in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or St. Petersburg; touring the Everglades; visiting the island "keys" including Key West, or visiting the Space Center and watching the space shuttle take off are all possibilities--but these places are quite a ways from each other.

To give you an idea, the driving distance from northern Florida (Jacksonville) to the very tip of southern Florida (Key West) is farther than the distance from London to Berlin.

Fortunately, as long as you stay away from Keys and only go as far south as Miami and only as far north as Orlando, then it is only about 3/10s as far. Still, it would be helpful to know a little about which is more your "style".

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7. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Other great places in the U.S. are Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle, Santa Fe, and Washington D.C. With your plans don't know if many would fit in, but D.C. would probably work out. I would definitely give yourselves as much time as you can get, ie three weeks. I really don't think there's any way that is too long. If you only have 10 days I would probably limit yourselves to three places and get the most out of them. Personally I would choose other places before Florida or Las Vegas, but that just depends on what you're interested in. Hope this helps you out a bit

8. Posted by TOBY TYKE (Budding Member 86 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

ay up I have visited the states three times with the mrs, New York twice San Francisco, and Las Vegas, we stayed 6 nights in New York and we had 9 nights in Vegas, but took two days off to go to the Grand Canyon while in vegas, looking back i would have spent less time in Vegas think 4 nights is long enough, try to get there on a monday and check out on the friday,and as vegas mike (top man) says use the midweek period when the hotels are cheaper, plus at the weekend a lot more people arriving in Vegas, we stayed at the Circus Circus recomended by vegas mike, We flew to New York with Virgin then back from Vegas with Virgin, i found an internal flight from new york to Vegas for £98,which is a 5 hour flight, When we stayed in San Francisco we also had 6 nights, i think your 10 days is way too short!!! go for the three weeks and use the internal flights to get about, hope this is some sort of help,give me a PM and i will look up the hotels where we stayed in New York and San Francisco

9. Posted by walkitwils (Budding Member 52 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I spent 2 months in canada and america in 2005. The big city I would personally add to your trip is Chicago. Its such a brillant place, great nightlife, lots of free concerts, buskers/bands playing on the streets. I agree with Wonkerer and would miss Las Vegas and Florida but again thats just down to personal taste. I think in big cities a minimum of 3 full days is ok to get a taste for a place. Hope you have a great time


10. Posted by snorklebum (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Let me tell you. Every country in the world has big citys and woods and beaches and such. But one thing the US has that you wont run into elsewhere is the canyonland of the Southwest.

Not just the Grand Canyon, though that's pretty impressive for anybody interested in nature. There are a lot of national parks in that area...which would be the area surrounding Moab, Utah, which has nice motels and hostels and tours of the parks in anything from mules to mountainbikes to kayaks.

If you don't have a car, there are bus tours of the major parks like Zion, Canyonlands and Bryce. To me Bryce is one of the most beautiful and it's also cool because you can just drive up and see it all in once shot. Or hike around in it. It's really gorgeous in the snow.

And none of this all that far from Vegas, and thence to Southern California.