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1. Posted by Andy B (Full Member 34 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


i'm just about to start a RTW trip which ends up in USA in june time. I'm planning to travel up the west coast before flying over to chicago then new york. Just wondering if anyone could let me know how long i should stay in each city. which are your favourites? I'll be flying into
LA Then
Las Vegas
San francisco
New York.

planning to be there for about 40 days.

Any help would be great. Cheers

Oh are any of these cities more expensive than others.

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Andy, some personal experiences and thoughts.

LA - huge, a bit soul-less (believe it or not), Hollywood biggest let-down of our trip, even for our film-buff. BUT, you can drive out into Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Malibu and up the Pacific Coast Highway, which IS worth it.

Las Vegas - I didn't consider myself the Vegas 'type', but take it at face value and just enjoy. We loved it and were there for 7 days. In June it will be MIGHTY hot. It was T-shirt and shorts in February - in the evening!

San Francisco - Wished we'd stayed here longer. Felt like a busy but friendly place. Alcatraz well worth a day trip. Buy the Audio for a few dollars more.

Chicago - Stayed with friends by the lake in a 'typical' apartment in the winter (June/July will be v. hot). Characterful city with a decent history to it. We will go back. Excellent for shopping.

3. Posted by alozi (Budding Member 8 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I hope you have a stunning holiday! Sounds great.

My favorite cities that you list are New York, CHicago, Vancouver and Seattle. San Francisco is beautiful and interesting and fun, but it is expensive. You can always figure out a way to save money though, and after all the traveling you will have done, you'll be well practiced at that. Vancouver should be a pretty good buy right now, as the Canadian dollar is a little weak. NEver been to LA or Las Vegas, but tend to hear the type of thing that StevieH mentioned. THe desert is other-worldly and worth visiting, but again, you will probably have been to some amazing landscapes already.

You really can't miss New York or CHicago. They are fascinating places, with great history, entertainment, food, people, etc. THey also give you a small taste of what can be good and bad about the US.

Any specific queations, feel free to send them my way.

I love London, and will be making it to England sometime soon, for a countryside tour probably...perhaps I will ask some advice!


4. Posted by SKR (Full Member 47 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Andy,

How are you getting around ? Are you driving yourself up the West Coast or getting a train, or the Greyhound ?

NYC - 3-4 days is enough to see the bulk of the city itself, though you'll need longer if you want to take your time to see the other Boroughs and get out into the countryside….the Catskill mountains are accessible and offer some wicked scenery. All in all 7 days should be more than enough to base yourself in NYC.

Seattle - I was only there for a day because the weather was atrocious, which kind of mired my whole view of the place, but the weather aside there didn’t seem to be a huge amount to see or do. I would say, even if the weather is good, two days is more than enough (though if someone else out there loved it then I'd happily concede to be wrong).

Vancouver - beautiful city ! Assuming you were going to be going out to the coast, see Vicoria island, and into the mountains, a good 5-7 days could be spent here.

San Francisco - again a cool city - maybe 3-4 days ? Definitely do Alcatraz….and definitely walk all the way to, and all the way up the Twin Peaks - you will get the best views over the city from way up there !

Las Vegas - the city itself only warrants a day or two, but the outlying countryside (which I personally didn’t visit) could easily attract you for longer.

LA - only spent 3 days in the airport, as by here I'd run out of money, after arriving in the city by Greyhound, so the only thing I can tell you is that they Greyhound station is in a very dubious area of town….if this is how you're travelling, definitely have enough money on you to get a cab (which congregate inside the depot car park) straight away to a nicer area.

As for costs, New York is undoubtedly the most expensive, but nowhere is as expensive as London. Other than that, the others are probably equal cost wise.

Hope this helps….feel free to message me for more info.


5. Posted by Ishmael (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Andy,

LA: Leave immediately.

Las Vegas: 36 hours non-stop, don't sleep.

San francisco: 3 days + 1 in Berkeley

Seattle: 3 days is enough. Lived there for a summer. Clouds and rain burn off around noon. The U District is sort of cool, at least it used to be.

Vancouver: Never been but everyone tells me its beautiful.

Chicago: 4 days.

New York City: 2 years. Brooklyn, 4 months. Astoria Queens, long weekend. New York is expensive, but there is no law saying you have to buy your coffee at starbucks for $4. Go to a local bodega, 75 cents & more interesting people. Get off the beaten track in NYC. There's too much to see to even begin to list it all.


6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

By the way, get in early for Alcatraz tickets... back when we were there we should have booked 2 months before arriving if we wanted to join on one of the tours. So I'd recommend booking before leaving!

San Fran is great though, wish I had spent more time there....



7. Posted by Ianina (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello Andy,

Chicago! Spend as much time as you can.

I can tell you just about anything you would like to know about Chicago. It is a fantastic city. It's not terribly expensive for a major city. The public trans is fairly good. There are so many things to say. If you have any specific questions regarding museums or live music, which there is plenty of, or cuisine, let me know. I have to say the neighborhoods are wonderful. There is an area for everyone. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Be well,

8. Posted by Jassigirl (Budding Member 22 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey well, to be honest i don't like LA so much. It's not a big deal but when you are at LA i recommend you to go to Universal city walk, and Hollywood. oh and if you love clubbing the best clubs in california are the ones in Hollywood. Your are totally going to love las vegas. specially for people who love gambiling, clubs and great shows. vegas is just so bright and fill with alot of lights everywhere. youll love it. San Francisco is totally different. youll love it there too. china town is great over there and theirs great museams over there too. if you enjoy going to museums, but my best one is new york city i love it there so much i even want to go back again. i would probably stay more days at new york city, san francisco and chicago.
ciao i hope i help

9. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Entire Pacific Northwest is beautiful. I suggest, you go to vancouver an then drive down to seattle. Spend some time there and then start driving on US 101 (a amazingly picturesque route which has magificent pacific at one side and evergreen forests on the other). You can stop at Astoria-Seaside, Portland, Cresecnt City, Gold beach, reedsport etc and drive down to san francisco. From there continue on 101 till LA. And take the desert drive to Las Vegas.

I've done this in 2 parts (seattle to crecent city, and SF to LA), so if you have any questions, write on..

10. Posted by Danielsw25 (Budding Member 50 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Huzzah I can throw some input in somewhere! Lets see I have been everywhere but Chicago and Vancouver. Seen some pics of Vancouver though and wow.

San Fransisco - I think of all the places in America I have been, this is by far the most beautiful. Course that comes with a price as it is also one of the most expensive. With 40 days I think you could spread em around equally.

Las Vegas - Wow...what can you say. You could spend your entire 40 here and STILL find new things to do. Depends on how much money you have though. One personal favorite was the Medeival Show at Excalibur. It runs nightly. Its about $40 I think so it might be expensive for one night...but I loved it. Course I only know the under 21 stuff so there is tons to do. If you have the can spend a lot of time here, and should. If not...get out asap cause it WILL suck you dry lol.

LA - Only been on the outskirts really. Like others said...heartless lol. One great thing about this place is it is quite close to San Diego. If you have some time and can afford an hour long drive or something to there...go! San Diego ranks right behind San Fran as my favorite city in the USA. Its amazing...the atmosphere is just so wonderful there. Feels like a vacation no matter what lol. But as for LA...figure a few days.

Seattle - My views on the Pacific Northwest are pretty much a drive through it gets you the feel lol. Course I have spent a lot of time through there so I am kinda callus to it. Just watch out because a girl I was seeing got her car jacked along with 4 others at a night at the club. Seattly is a nice city. Figure a few more days.

New York - Just like LA...could spend the whole time here.

The other two I dont know at all. It really depends on your income. All those cities will have a great night life so no worries there. Have fun...stay away from Sacramento!

Head up to Alaska if you ever can....