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Non US Residents- Do You Like Coming To The US?  
User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6271 times:

I was curious. For those of you non-US residents, do you like to or want to come to the US for vacation? If so, where do you like to or want to go?

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User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2926 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6146 times:

I'd love to visit the US and maybe even move there permanently if i could get a good job there. I'd preferably go to Colorado for no obvious reason, just feels like a nice place.

User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6150 times:

Colorado is pretty nice. I've been there several times, but just to go skiing. The only complaint I have is that at least in the winter, it is so dry that you get shocked by static electricity everytime you touch something. I hate that.

User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6146 times:

I live in the UK, and go to the states almost every week, I love it there, I love its optimism, I love its support, I love the fact that people are interested in helping you reach your goals unlike the UK in where it seems to be the opposite. Optimism is the food of life


User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2926 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6146 times:

Optimism is the food of life

I agree with you on that one. It's the same here in Sweden, everyone (well not all) are pesimists that believe that everything is impossible to accomplish. I actually feel a little like an american in some senses sometimes. My views just differs very much from most swedes or scandinavians.

User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6136 times:
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I love it when i'm in america. I've been there 7 or 8 times over the last few years mainly to visit my relatives in New York and Detroit. One thing i like about the US is the relaxed and easy going attitude of americans, there's no fuss and hassle, evryone just get's on with their lives.

New York is cool to hang out and go shopping, but it's too crowded for my liking, i prefer a quiter city like detroit. It's a beautiful city with clean suburbs.

To put it simply, if i ever have to leave england, i'd head for america straight away.


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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6115 times:
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Another thing i like about the US was the roads, they are big and spacious unlike in the UK where they are so narrow with confusing road marking and mysterious traffic junctions.

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User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6122 times:

I've never been to the USA before....

but since I'm a big city lover, there is a big chance I will visit New York, Chicago, LA and Miami (my 4 favorites) very soon!!  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 6104 times:

Love the USA! I think there was more friendliness and innocence there 20 years ago, but maybe that's the case with everywhere. Have also noticed that - hell, how do I say this nicely - the average weight of the population seems to have increased significantly over the years. There are now a lot more l-a-r-g-e Americans.
My favourite places are Washington DC, San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, even Los Angeles, which has a character all of its own. Would love to get to Charleston and Savannah (supposed to be there now, but had to cancel - next time!!), and also Santa Fe and I guess see some of Texas.
The first time I took my wife to the USA, she said she was disappointed because it was just like the movies - she had expected it to be different. Since then she has been back a number of times, and now hardly wants to go anywhere else on vacation (except maybe Canada).

"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 6093 times:

I've been to the USA 4 times and my fifth time will be just under 2 weeks, to California.

I love the theme parks, the culture, the hustle and bustle of New York, the serenity of Cape Cod..... the wide spectrum of people I get to meet. Rude New Yorkers. Pleasant people in the countryside. You just can't get this anywhere else.

Though one thing I can't stand about going there is the hours on end I've to spend travelling. It's usually 18.5 hours to the West Coast or 24 hours to the East coast on a same plane direct service with one stop.

Yes, I thoroughly enjoy my visits to the US and I usually feel more at home in English-speaking countries. though I'd feel more at home in Australia. I usually encounter at least one incident of racism when i'm there.

Things is, I'm ethnically half indian and half chinese, so I'm kinda dark skinned. As in, not as light-skinned as a pure Chinese, but yet not as dark-skinned as a pure Indian.

Since the vast majority of Americans can't tell the difference between middle easterns and Indians, (since I look kinda Indian) I expect to be racially profiled when I'm there. Since no one there (at least the security people) would know what the Singapore accent is like, or wonder what on earth the Singapore passport is, I'm wondering whether I should put on my best British accent, something which I can do quite well, actually!
 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

When I'm there, I know this thread will be gone in 2 weeks, but I'll post a trip report of my flight there, plus little details of what I did after the flight! (which probably might be just SLEEP but who knows?? )


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 6088 times:

>>New York is cool to hang out and go shopping, but it's too crowded for my liking, i prefer a quiter city like detroit. It's a beautiful city with clean suburbs.<<

Detroit is ok, but it has a horrible reputation in the USA (just try to walk by the downtown at night and ye will find out why)

User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 6076 times:

LOT, im from Detroit...

The Downtown itself isnt bad, theyre really fixing it up and we've got some top notch entertainment/restaurants down there now.. The problem with Detroit is the residential areas of the city.. Theyre where things get scary and where the majority of crimes are committed... Downtown Detroit itself is very safe, thousands of people head down there daily to work (General Motors World Headquarters, Blue Cross Blue Shield MI, Compuware, Comerica Bank, etc). Even at night time Downtown is quite safe. There is nightlife in the city, especially in "Greektown" (the Greek quarter of the city), and "Foxtown" (the area around the Fox Theatre/Comerica Park/Hockeytown Cafe complexes). Where you never tread if youre a white person is the residential areas of the city.. Theyre dangerous.

The Suburbs are great... Birmingham, Troy, Novi, Northville, Plymouth, even Ann Arbor and Brighton, are all very clean and for the most part, upscale.

User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2741 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 6059 times:

I love visiting the US and do so often. My next ambition is definitely Washington DC, museums etc but as yet none of my friends has moved there for me to stay with ...

Used to live in Houston/Galvaston for 2.5 years and more recently Ithaca/Syracuse New York for a year. I liked Texas except for the weather but did not have such a great time in NY state, more to do with the people I was around rather than the place but that is another story.

BTW I find American drivers the safest and most courteous in the world.

" Help, help ... I'm being oppressed ... "
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17596 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 6049 times:

Im going to kind of reverse this,

Im an American who's been itching a long time to go to abroad especially to the UK, Europe and Australia.

I've been to Canada, Mexico, and the Carribean several times but thats not really foriegn. Although Cancun, Toronto and the Virgin Islands are amazing places, I loved going to Jays games at the Sky Dome in Toronto (amazing stadium).

I was going to go to Europe last Summer but I met my now girlfriend and decided to spend the Summer with her instead, Im trying to bring her there either in January (when she graduates college) or next Summer.

Places I want to visit with my Girlfriend many times in the years ahead:

Ireland ,my Grandmother was Irish and she was the sweetest lady I've ever know Smile

Scotland: My Grand Father was Scottish and a avid Golfer, we used to play alot near his home in Florida. Golf is supposedly amazing in Scotland, but the one thing they lack that Florida courses have are the GATORS Smile.

The UK especially Manchester and ofcourse London,
being born in NY and raised in NJ all my life Im a big city kid. I imagine London and NY sharing similar big city attributes, there's something about travel between NY and London which seems so glamorous (atleast to me).

Paris the City of lights and Love, enough said.

Germany,as a Political Science/History major in College I would Love to visit Berlin and Check point Charlie, also the Bavarian Alps. October fest would be nice too!

Swiss and Austrian Alps.

Barcelona and Ibiza Spain.

All over Italy (my Dad's side of the family are Italian immigrants).

Belgium (chocolates Smile

Holland , get some good beer.

Greece, Athens and the Greek Islands

And finally Norway and Sweeden.

In Australia/New Zealand Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch, and Sufer's Paradise/ Great Barrier reef.

Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17596 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 6044 times:

My recommondations of places to visit for those visiting the US, in no particular order.

1.) Orlando Florida, there's something for everyone. And it's a must visit for anyone with kids, also nearby Cape Canavaral for Space Shuttle launches.

2.) Miami Florida (South Beach) for the club crowd, a little quieter but just as nice is nearby Ft.Lauderdale.

3.) My hometown NYC, if you like big cities you will love NYC.

4.) San Francisco California, and nearby Monterrey are probably the nicest (large) US cities I've vistied.

5.) LA is if you like that Hollywood stuff.

6.) Las Vegas, sin city.

7.) Washington D.C., designed by a Frenchman (L'Fant), it very much resembles Paris with it's street grid and Metro.

8.) Charleston South Carolina or Savanah Georgia for Southern culture and hospitality.

9.) The Rocky Mountain States ( Colorado, Wyoming, Montana).

10 .) Arizona and New Mexico, beautiful desert scenary and artists colonies.

11.) The Pacific NorthWest (Seattle and Portland), for the great outdoors.

12.) Boston and New England, America's revolutionary home.

13.) Im not a Canadian but I love Toronto, great city to visit.

14.) Finally for a far flung US adventure visit Hawaii or Alaska.

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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 6037 times:

This post is heartening.

It's good to see that you Euros and Oceanics percieve the good stuff! If anyone ever winds up in ROC, my doors are open, and my beer tab is bountiful!  Smile

"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6037 times:


I guess I have been lucky enought to visit the USA over nearly a 20 year period since the first time I visited with my mother when she took my sister and I to Disneyland when we were kids.

Every time I have been there I have met the most wonderful and entertaining / friendly people you could meet anywhere. (Having said that, through most of my travels around the world nearly everywhere I have been I've been lucky enough to meet nice friendly people.)

The USA has something to offer everyone, from plain vulgarity to absolute beauty, from disgusting ugly cities to the most beautiful and clean. The scale is incredible but so is the American peoples resolve.

There are many things I dislike about American society, but the good and great far outweigh the bad.

Major & Minor cities I have been too: (That spring to mind.)

Los Angeles
San Franciso
San Diego
Palm Springs
Las Vegas
Salt Lake City
New Orleans

And countless other small towns and cities that are too numerous to name here like Santa Barbara, Provincetown etc etc.

Although the one quintesential Aussie experience for me was arriving in Boston Airport to pick up a rental car to drive to Niagara and through eastern Canada I had trouble at the Avis desk at UA. The kind girl behind the counter saw that I had arrived from Australia (this was 1990) and I was under 25 which was the legal age to drive a rental car out of the US and into Canada. The kind girl waived it for me and I was on my way. (Barely 20 and my partner of time 28 but had no drivers licence.)

We drove out of Boston after spending 4 days discovering that fantastic place up the turnpike and as far as Utica. It was here that quintesential Aussie experience happened, checked into the Best Western, I drove into the town centre to find a supermarket to get some beers and supplies. At the checkout of the supermarket the checkout girl asked to see my ID, which of course would have shown I was underage. Instead the girl looked at my passport and licence and said blushingly (and lound) "Oh your Australian!!", that sent the rest of the customers off in asking all manner of questions, invites and offers to dinner!

I had not experienced that in the USA as yet and perhaps because it was regional and perhaps a novelty it made me feel so good! We ended up staying in Utica for another 2 days just soaking it up with the locals.

It was such a fine privelage and I still correspond with a lovely couple who had my partner and I to dinner to this day.



User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6011 times:

That's a hard offer to refuse LHMark! One of the reasons that Australians love the USA is that they are just so glad to get there after that 13 hour flight! And for most vacationers, the first stop is Disneyland or Disneyworld, so the scene is set from there. I've always thought the people have been really helpful and friendly. On my most recent visit, with all the enhanced security at airports, I was constantly showing my drivers licence for photo id. The West Australian licence is sort of cute (apart from my pic) because it has a picture of a black swan on it - the state emblem. So every conversation I had started off with what a cute licence I had and what a cute accent. It was a really nice icebreaker.
I also love your patriotism - all those flags, even more so since 9/11. Australians aren't really great flag-flyers, so it really stands out.
The other thing that maybe Americans don't quite appreciate is that, for "outsiders", everything has had such a great build-up in the movies and on TV. So many things and places that must be commmonplace to you, are a source of wonder to us, and almost like a homecoming. For you, the skyline, the statue of Liberty, etc., are there - for us they are something to dream about until we get that maybe once-in-a-lifetime chance to see them.
Damn, now I'm going to have to go down to the supermarket and buy a 6-pack of Bud and get all nostalgic!

"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineAstrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 6004 times:

There is no place better than the USA!!! I have relatives in the Midwest and have been there 3 times since 1991.

User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 6003 times:

I have a wonderful time whenever I go to the USA. I have absolutely fallen in love with Washington and New Orleans and LA and NY are always nice, you just cant beat an NY Xmas.


User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 6005 times:

Hey, Mx5_boy, with your passport and my licence we could take the place by storm! Each time I have been to the USA, I meet people who have met few, if any Australians, and are really interested to learn more about the country and people. This intrigues me, as it seems that every Australian that I know has been over there at some time. Maybe most of the rest go to Disneyland/World and therefore when we go to other places, we get noticed more. Whatever the reason, it's great - they are really fine people, and most hospitable.

"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineLeftseat86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5998 times:

It feels so great to see some people have such nice things to say about the US. We haven't seen this in a long while....I love you guys Big grin


User currently offlinePH-BFA From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 562 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 6008 times:

I have been to New York, Seattle, Miami, Kansas, Denver, Colorado and some more places. Really like the USA because it is so huge. Every state is almost a whole country! I think the best memory I have thinking about the USA is when we went to my parents friends a couple of years ago.(Americans they met in Groningen, Netherlands, about 30 years ago) They live in Kansas and they where probably one of the most fiendly, warm and great people I have ever met. We had a wondeful time over there. I also like the fact that there are a lot of people who live in the States, who have Dutch ancestors. The place I would like to live best in the States is definitely Seattle. We went there 2 years ago and it has everything you can imagine: planes, beautiful city, nice weather(we went there in the summer), beautiful nature, mountains and very important: very friendly and relaxed people.


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5994 times:

I think the nicest, most friendly people I've ever met was on vacation in the US.

I haven't travelled all that extensivley in the US, the major cities I can remember seeing include Boston, Philadeplhia, Washington, Pittsburgh, Norfolk and Seattle. Maybe when I get a car I can travel more.

I remember back to around 1995 when we were driving back to Toronto from Myrtle Beach, SC. The car got a flat tire on the interstate somewhere in NC, so we pulled off at the next exit into a small town. It appeared that most of the town was at church at the time, but after we pulled the car over and my father started walking towards a shop to use the phone, a lady opened her door and offered to help. Not only her, but three other people too. We were also invited in for coffee while waiting for a tow truck.
I'm sure that there are some places in Canada (maybe Newfoundland) where you would get such unconditional hospitality, but certainly nowhere in southern Ontario. It was so refreshing.

Other memorable times were meeting the same couple three times in three different locations, once in Sault Saint Marie, ON, the other time on Makinac Island, and once more too (I can't remember where). They were always willing to chat although it was a bit funny when they asked if there were two or three hundred thousand people in Toronto.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineSunAir From India, joined Jun 2009, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5987 times:

I've been to the USA three times in my whole life. The first time I was 2, so I can't remember a damn thing. The 2nd and 3rd times were fantastic. The USA really is a beautiful country, and as people have said previously, the USA has many things to offer. From Jerry Springer to Disneyworld. Amazing stuff.

I've been to:
-- New York (absolutely beautiful. I would love to live there one day since I love the city atmosphere)
-- Washington DC (another great city. It was quiet, and the buildings there are great)
-- DisneyWorld/Orlando (My mind goes off on a tangent when I'm in Disneyworld. Would love to go again)
-- Miami (I would love to go there now cos from what I saw, the place never sleeps. I was too young when I went to Miami to fully enjoy the city)
-- Kansas City (too young to remember a thing)
-- St Louis (ditto)
-- Atlanta (I made a puddle in the middle of ATL Hartsfield. Woo-hoo!! Big grin Too young to remember the rest of the city though)

There is just ONE thing I don't like about visiting the US. I don't know about other airports, but when I entered the US through MIA, the two lines were: US citizens and alien citizens. Now I know you probably don't mean to insult here, but I don't see what is wrong with "Non-US citizens". It's a bit weird being referred to as an "alien citizen".

25 F.pier : I went to the US twice. The first time in 1996 I went to Los Angeles to study english for 1 month, the second time, I went to New York in 1998. I like
26 Arsenal@LHR : I've been to downtown detroit lot's of times, there's nothing wrong actually, looked fine to me. But i love belle isle specially, and Sterling heights
27 Saintsman : I've found the people very friendly, especially in the places where the tourists don't normally go and so foreigners are a bit of a novalty. As soon a
28 Airplanetire : It's nice to see that so many of you like my country! Somone said something about Americans getting fatter and fatter. You are absolutely right! It's
29 LOT767-300ER : Rob, I know u live in Detroit, im just saying it dosent have a very good reputation in the USA as a large city.....although it is damn better than 10
30 Arsenal@LHR : I've been to detroit enough to know what it's like and i didn't see anything negative at all. Why does it have a bad reputation? What is (was) wrong t
31 Boeing747-700 : I love Miami, It is so nice, SOUTH BEACH RULLES! I could live there for the rest of my days!! I had such a great time there. I plan to go back this su
32 CPDC10-30 : Detroit had big-time racial issues back in the 60s that led to the destruction of property and caused many people to flee the suburbs. What was left w
33 Arsenal@LHR : thank you for that info CPDC10-30. I heard about the racial issues regarding detroit but i didn't realise it was still effective today, maybe it's cal
34 SEVEN_FIFTY7 : Detroit is an absolutely beautiful town. The people living near downtown (and all over the city) are warm and friendly and that beach on the Detroit R
35 N312RC : 757..... Youve gotta be kidding.. Highland Park is worse than Detroit.. The city has been placed into recievership because it ran out of money. Pontia
36 SEVEN_FIFTY7 : Gosh N312, where's your civic pride? Shouldn't you try to promote your hometown like people from other cities promote their's? Even if you live in the
37 EL-AL : As an Israeli, i love to visit in the US. I love the Northern-California zone. The US in a nice place to be for 2-3 weeks. After that i want home...
38 Paulc : I was in the USA after Princess Diana died (2 days after) and every american I spoke too (on hearing my english accent) offered a kind word and sympat
39 BNE : Yes I think the US is a great place to visit, would I live there long term not likely. Only seen the Western part so far, California, Arizona, Washing
40 Dinker225 : I have to reverse this one. I live in America and always want to leave. I really do love America but I dream of change. My dad is Australian so I have
41 Post contains images Tbar220 : This is amazing! Its been a while since we've seen good words about the U.S.A. Makes me happy Only one person has mentioned it, but don't forget Hawai
42 Post contains images Swissgabe : Have been a few times there and I will next week, on the way to GUM in LAX. I don't like it very much, not only because of this, but I had once troubl
43 Arsenal@LHR : I've had bad experiences with US immigration aswell at JFK several times. That was the only bad experience in the USA. Arsenal@LHR
44 NoUFO : I wouldn't hesitate to empty my bank account and buy a ticket. Apart from those barking officers hanging around at the airports I like it there. Fav.
45 Zauberfloete : Hy guys, as my name is indicating, I´m from austria/europe. I spent 7 vacations in the USA. I have to say, I loved it. Some things I saw: NYC, Chicag
46 AFC_ajax00 : USA is really cool lived there for 12 years, no complaints. BTW i lived in NY so thats not really comparable to states like the Dakotas but honestly,
47 Arsenal@LHR : KFRG, You're comments are the stuff that cause flame wars, please dont call other people "stupid europeans" when you're being stupid yourself. Arsenal
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