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Travelling In The US. Advice & Ideas.

Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:23 am

I am working in the US from June-September and have a two week period at the end of my contract in which I can travel in the US.

Having been to Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Diego, Las Vegas, Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco among others I would like to know where else you guys could recommend visiting!?

I don't mind visiting places I've already been to as it's been a few years since I've been to the US.

Going to be based in Maryland so will have to travel from there (IAD/BWI).

Thanks in advance for the advice.

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Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:55 am

Are you on The Camp America programme or something?

I am on that for the first time (a camp near BOS and Cape Cod) and have already booked to fly from DCA to SFO on an AirTran B717 via ATL, after travelling down the east coast, for $140 I had to do it. I'll then go down to SNA on United Express (Hopefully a CRJ 700) to meet some family.

Then hopefully back to New York, to catch my flight home, on United to HPN via DEN and IAD just to fly on a Saab 340.

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Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:58 am

Excellent, you have been to the coasts. Now, you should see the best city in the whole USA, which is in the middle - Chicago. It is one of the greatest cities in the world and, without a doubt, my favorite in the whole USA. Repeat after me: Chicago, Chicago, CHICAGO!
 
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Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:10 pm

Are you limiting yourself to cities or do you want to include some landscape/nature as well? 2 weeks is not too much time but you could for instance do a road trip Seattle -> Olympic NP -> Oregon Coast -> Crater Lake -> Lassen Volcanic NP -> San Francisco oneway or Denver -> Black Hills/Badlands NP -> Yellowstone -> Salt Lake -> (maybe even Bryce Canyon -&gt Wink Arches NP -> Denver in approximately two weeks.

Both offer amazing landscapes and natural wonders.
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RE: Travelling In The US. Advice & Ideas.

Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:04 pm

Quoting SW733 (Reply 2):
CHICAGO!

Definitely!   

I'd like to add Boston and Maine to the list of recommendations. I was in Portland for a day recently and it was absolutely lovely. If you like the ocean, which your (B742) list of previous destinations strongly suggests, you will love Maine.
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RE: Travelling In The US. Advice & Ideas.

Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:17 pm

Quoting danielmyatt (Reply 1):

Are you on The Camp America programme or something?

I'm not no, I'm doing a sports coaching & teaching programme across the East Coast, but based in Baltimore.

Quoting SW733 (Reply 2):
Excellent, you have been to the coasts. Now, you should see the best city in the whole USA, which is in the middle - Chicago. It is one of the greatest cities in the world and, without a doubt, my favorite in the whole USA. Repeat after me: Chicago, Chicago, CHICAGO!

Somewhere I've always wanted to go to actually, may have to include that into my trip, is there much else to visit nearby Chicago?

Quoting AustrianZRH (Reply 3):

Are you limiting yourself to cities or do you want to include some landscape/nature as well? 2 weeks is not too much time but you could for instance do a road trip Seattle -> Olympic NP -> Oregon Coast -> Crater Lake -> Lassen Volcanic NP -> San Francisco oneway or Denver -> Black Hills/Badlands NP -> Yellowstone -> Salt Lake -> (maybe even Bryce Canyon -&gt  Arches NP -> Denver in approximately two weeks.

I've actually already done a similar trip to this a few years back, it was indeed very nice.

Quoting aloges (Reply 4):
I'd like to add Boston and Maine to the list of recommendations. I was in Portland for a day recently and it was absolutely lovely. If you like the ocean, which your (B742) list of previous destinations strongly suggests, you will love Maine.

I've been to Boston before, however only for one night so didn't have the chance to have a look round, and have always wanted to go back.

Kind of swaying towards Texas & California with Chicago & Boston included.

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Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:19 pm

Don't hit too many places Rob, allow yourself a few days in each to really experience what they have to offer!

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Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:53 pm

Quoting B742 (Reply 5):
Texas

Austin.    Best city in Texas by a long shot. And I make a great tour guide, if I do say so myself!

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Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:40 pm

I'm going to go leftfield and suggest New Mexico:

Roswell (particularly the Alien Museum)
Carlsbad Caverns
White Sands
Albuquerque
Truth or Consequences (actually there's nothing here but I took a pic with the sign)
-and my favorite of all- PIE TOWN!

http://www.pietowncouncil.com/pie_festival/

OK, maybe pie festivals aren't your thing, but Carlsbad is simply incredible: http://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htm

Or how about Nashville TN? Or Charleston SC? Be creative- you've seen plenty of the big cities- now's the time to see some of the less urban areas.
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Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:04 am

In that case, if you can make it to Hawaii, do so. Admittedly, Hawaii is further from Maryland than Madrid is, so check out Texas, maybe? The Rocky Mountains are also really nice during the summer. Or check out Chicago and some of the Midwest.
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RE: Travelling In The US. Advice & Ideas.

Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:43 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 9):
The Rocky Mountains are also really nice during the summer. Or check out Chicago and some of the Midwest.

I agree. Maybe you could fly into DEN from IAD on UA and then explore Colorado and its neighboring states. The Rockies are indeed very nice during the summer. We did a 7-day bus tour from DEN last summer. It was around 450USD (Buy 2 Take 1, 6 nights hotel) The highlight was definitely Yellowstone National Park, Mt. Rushmore and Arches National Park. The tour was exhausting (but fun!) and I have to admit, it's not for everyone but you can definitely go to Yellowstone by renting your own car or flying into JAC. Also, Jackson Hole is also worth a visit.

I agree with the other posts, focus on one or two destinations. We're planning to go back to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone some time soon, wonderful place! You said that you've done a similar trip before but it's definitely one of the few places that I actually want to go back to. Anyways, have you considered visiting some of the Caribbean Islands? Maybe Puerto Rico?

Some shots from my trip:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/6596729975_af8c447403_b.jpg
Mt. Rushmore

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7017/6596837519_0bf50330a0_b.jpg
Grand Teton / Jackson Hole

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/6596728275_a9b8194ebd_b.jpg
Yellowstone

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7145/6596727465_b35c8457d1_b.jpg
Yellowstone

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7027/6596725607_66e386cbfe_b.jpg
Yellowstone

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6596721243_b5176b63b6_b.jpg


If you have any questions, let me know!  

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RE: Travelling In The US. Advice & Ideas.

Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:43 am

Go to smaller towns. I have never been to Chicago or New York, but I would think Syracuse or Springfield would be lovely. That's just me, though.
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Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:07 pm

Go to the best city in the U.S. - New Orleans. Go for the food, the music and the architecture, stay because you have drunk your ass off, missed your flight and forgot where your hotel is.

Absent that possibility. Boston is really nice, as some have suggested, but if you do also try to rent a car and do at least a few days of road trip through Cape Ann (on the Boston North Shore), New Hapmshire, Vermont and Maine. Lovely towns there, whether you like lakes, mountains, forests or the ocean.
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Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:13 pm

Chicago. by far and by large.

go to Chicago.
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RE: Travelling In The US. Advice & Ideas.

Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:26 pm

Quoting AustrianZRH (Reply 3):
Are you limiting yourself to cities or do you want to include some landscape/nature as well? 2 weeks is not too much time but you could for instance do a road trip Seattle -> Olympic NP -> Oregon Coast -> Crater Lake -> Lassen Volcanic NP -> San Francisco oneway or Denver -> Black Hills/Badlands NP -> Yellowstone -> Salt Lake -> (maybe even Bryce Canyon -&gt Wink Arches NP -> Denver in approximately two weeks.

That's pretty ambitious for 2 weeks. Personally, I'd skip Olympic NP if you had limited time. Mount Rainier would be an easier day trip from the Seattle area. Doing the Olympic Peninsula really takes a couple days to enjoy.

If you're going to focus on just a few places, Yellowstone is a must see National Park. The Grand Canyon would be another. Not sure if Chicago would be my first suggestion. I'd go to Washington DC to see the Capital building, Smithsonian and Holocaust museum.

I'd second the Austin, TX suggestion if you're going to Texas. If you're anywhere near the Bay Area I'd visit wine country and/or Sequoia National Park.
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RE: Travelling In The US. Advice & Ideas.

Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:31 pm

I always liked California.

I could easily spend two-weeks driving around the diverse and beautiful state.
 
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Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:32 pm

Quoting SW733 (Reply 2):
Excellent, you have been to the coasts. Now, you should see the best city in the whole USA, which is in the middle - Chicago. It is one of the greatest cities in the world and, without a doubt, my favorite in the whole USA. Repeat after me: Chicago, Chicago, CHICAGO!

Chalk up another recommendation for Chicago.
Great people, good food and fantastic scenery all make for a great place to visit. Plus, if you get bored of the city; you can easily head north to Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin.

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RE: Travelling In The US. Advice & Ideas.

Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:45 am

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 14):
That's pretty ambitious for 2 weeks. Personally, I'd skip Olympic NP if you had limited time. Mount Rainier would be an easier day trip from the Seattle area. Doing the Olympic Peninsula really takes a couple days to enjoy.

Did exactly that route the year before last  . I'm not too much into hiking so we just visited the rain forests and the beaches in Olympic - was nice all the same though. Some pix here, my trip report in a German USA travel forum.
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