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1. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi all, I'm thinking of going to the US for 3 months, I have my "American" English sorted. But other things are not as easy. I was thinking of staying in Stillwater Oklahoma, as I don't want to be around English torists in Florida or NYC. I want to see the real US not the put on stuff.

Anywho, I was wondering how car insurance works, I found it very hard to find info from companys online. I can use my UK driver's licence their, but was wondering if it was as easy as buying a car.

If anyone knows of everywhere else where I can see the real US, please let me know :)

Thanks all

2. Posted by Bule (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Maine is a very beautiful state with both the coast and mountains, I'm not sure what kinda of "real US" your looking for but if you like the outdoors and the ocean it doesn't get much better then Maine. We do have a lot of tourist during the summer but its mostly other states and Canada that come and visit. There are many festivals during the summer like the Yarmouth Clam fest and the Rockland Lobster fest. Arcadia National park is located in Maine as well. Quebec and Boston aren't too far away ether. Also Casco Bay very nice and there are ferries they run them all day, lots of WWII forts and some of the firsts lighthouses in America were built here.

I love Maine, but then again I did grow up here

Im not to sure about the car thing, are you looking to buy or just rent?

hope this helped.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

You want to see the "real US".

Hmm, that's a tough one. The US is a mix of so many other cultures and such a variety of people with varying careers, interests, and pursuits that I can't really say what's "typical".

You want the white-collar businessman--go to any large city like NY, Chicago, or LA; blue-collar workers (you'll find steelworkers in Pittsburgh, airplane mechanics in Seattle, and car manufacturers in Detroit). You want oil drillers, go to anyplace along the Gulf Coast, or to Alaska. You want farmers--pick most anywhere in the midwest, southeast, or far west (that's inland).
You want cowboys--go to Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Oklahoma--realizing that there are more businessmen than cowboys in these states.

The largest group of Chinese outside of China, go to San Francisco. The largest group of Mexicans outside of Mexico, go to Los Angeles. The largest Irish population outside of Ireland, go to Boston. The largest group of Italians outside of Italy, go to New York City, etc. etc. with the same applying to Cubans in Miami, Scandinavians in Minnesota, and a very large Indian population (though not as large as in London), living in all the major cities across the US, but probably most focused in the Silicon Valley of California.

Most typical American towns that are still a lot of fun--try the college towns--like Stillwater, Oklahoma; Austin, Texas; Madison, Wisconsin; Athens, Georgia; Ann Arbor, Michigan; or Bloomington, Indiana. Only problem is school lets out in May, so most of these towns (except for Madison and Austin) will be pretty quiet in the summer.

I'd go to Austin, Texas. It's about as American as anyplace else, but a very enjoyable place without a ton of tourists--and it will still be kind of lively in the summer.


4. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Oh, and if you do go to Austin in the summer (when it is really hot), consider driving the 1 hour south to San Antonio to go to the Schlitterbahn Water Park--ranked #1 in the US and visit the Alamo and the Riverwalk in this town.


5. Posted by PBChick (Inactive 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I don't think there's a "real" US. Everything's so very different. If you're staying in OK in the summer, first of all make sure you drink lots of water. It's going to be hot. Texas is the most absolute wonderful place to visit. In east Texas (near Tyler) it's very green, big trees, old small towns. Austin is a wonderful city to visit. Make sure you go to Mt. Bonnell. Also, Chuy's has the best Mexican food.

Then just south of Austin is San Marcos. If you want REAL US go tubing (inner tube, igloo of beer and a running creek) on Canyon Lake near San Marcos. Then just south of that is New Braunfels. I went to Schlitterbahn too. I waited in line for 45 minutes for a 17 second waterslide. Lots of fun. Don't miss Greune, Texas. If you blink you'll miss it. There's a really cool beer hall there. Totally old school. There are also loads of places to go canoeing, mountain biking, hiking and rapelling around there.

San Antonio is lots of fun. River Walk and all that.

If you're into lots of driving, go to South Louisiana while you're at it. New Orleans has a culture all it's own. I was just there last week and if you stick to the nice parts (Garden Dictrict, Magazine Street area, French Quarter) you'd never know there was any hurricane damage. I didn't see any. South-west of N.O. is Cajun country. Bayous and people with very strong accents. You can go to New Iberia and see where Tabasco sauce is made.


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6. Posted by i c e (Full Member 326 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Don't miss the national parks!!!!

pura vida


7. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Like said above the U.S. varies so much that the "real" U.S. is hard to define. Places I might suggest in no particular order: Pittsburgh, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Denver, St. Louis, Madison WI, Missoula MT, Lawrence KS, Burlington VT or Santa Fe NM.