Travel tips for America

  • sydnick

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    Jul 11, 2012 1:16 PM GMT
    Hey guys, thought I'd ask here for some travel advice! icon_smile.gif

    I am thinking of traveling around the United States for roughly 1 1/2 months and would like some advice on what's there to do. This is my first time stepping into the Americas and I am rather excited about it!

    The time I am thinking of going would be around the December-January months (I love the cold). Will be arriving from Sydney to LAX. I'm not sure where to go after or what direction but I definitely would want to visit Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Grand Canyons and New York + Anchorage IF Possible.

    So any tips + hits would be greatly appreciated! icon_biggrin.gif

    Tack!
  • jim_sf

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    Jul 11, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    sydnick saidHey guys, thought I'd ask here for some travel advice! icon_smile.gif

    I am thinking of traveling around the United States for roughly 1 1/2 months and would like some advice on what's there to do. This is my first time stepping into the Americas and I am rather excited about it!

    The time I am thinking of going would be around the December-January months (I love the cold). Will be arriving from Sydney to LAX. I'm not sure where to go after or what direction but I definitely would want to visit Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Grand Canyons and New York + Anchorage IF Possible.

    So any tips + hits would be greatly appreciated! icon_biggrin.gif

    Tack!


    Alaska in January? That's hardcore.

    From a purely practical perspective, you should decide on either the West Coast (LA, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, et al.) or a cross-continental odyssey (LA to New York). There's a lot to see, and a month and a half isn't nearly enough time to do all the stuff on your list.

    If you decide on the cross-country route, then I'd suggest ground transportation - either train, bus, or private car. That will let you see the mountains, deserts, plains, forests, everything. Google Maps lists three major driving routes; I'd recommend the southernmost one, I-40, because a) Grand Canyon b) Route 66 and c) fewer problems with icy mountain roads, at least until you get to the Appalachians, which aren't as bad as the Rockies anyway.

  • Jul 11, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    Highway 1 - west coast is truly gorgeous
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    BrunoBraunbaer saidHighway 1 - west coast is truly gorgeous


    Definitely. Rent a car and head from LA to San Fran via the Pacific Coast Highway. Probably one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the world.

    Would also try and hit up Chicago if you can!
  • in_this_corne...

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    Jul 11, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    sydnick saidHey guys, thought I'd ask here for some travel advice! icon_smile.gif

    I am thinking of traveling around the United States for roughly 1 1/2 months and would like some advice on what's there to do. This is my first time stepping into the Americas and I am rather excited about it!

    The time I am thinking of going would be around the December-January months (I love the cold). Will be arriving from Sydney to LAX. I'm not sure where to go after or what direction but I definitely would want to visit Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Grand Canyons and New York + Anchorage IF Possible.

    So any tips + hits would be greatly appreciated! icon_biggrin.gif

    Tack!


    Oh my...I grew up in Anchorage. Alaska is one of those places I feel everyone should visit at least once, but January in not the time to do it. Not only is it cold, but December/January is the darkest time of year with about 5 hours of daylight. There truly isn't much to do those months. There's better skiing elsewhere in the US and if you're going to Alaska, you want to be able to have some quality outdoor recreation time...and 20 hours of daylight...then you can do the things that make Alaska great.
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    First things first: make sure that all your paperwork is in order. Security at American borders all treat you like a cuban immigrant who is trying to cross the border illegally. Been there 3 times and it's always the same.
    My base advice: have a lot of patience, dont joke around and smile. You'd be surprised how many barriers a simple smile can break down.
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    Jul 11, 2012 5:47 PM GMT
    December/January is not a good time to see the US unless you stay in southern california or Florida. The rest of the country is so cold and miserable that I wouldn't suggest it. Even Las Vegas has snow sometimes during that time.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Jul 11, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    Message 19c79. He just walked across the country; certain he'd help.
  • groundcombat

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    Jul 11, 2012 8:03 PM GMT
    in_this_corner said
    sydnick saidHey guys, thought I'd ask here for some travel advice! icon_smile.gif

    I am thinking of traveling around the United States for roughly 1 1/2 months and would like some advice on what's there to do. This is my first time stepping into the Americas and I am rather excited about it!

    The time I am thinking of going would be around the December-January months (I love the cold). Will be arriving from Sydney to LAX. I'm not sure where to go after or what direction but I definitely would want to visit Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Grand Canyons and New York + Anchorage IF Possible.

    So any tips + hits would be greatly appreciated! icon_biggrin.gif

    Tack!


    Oh my...I grew up in Anchorage. Alaska is one of those places I feel everyone should visit at least once, but January in not the time to do it. Not only is it cold, but December/January is the darkest time of year with about 5 hours of daylight. There truly isn't much to do those months. There's better skiing elsewhere in the US and if you're going to Alaska, you want to be able to have some quality outdoor recreation time...and 20 hours of daylight...then you can do the things that make Alaska great.


    Sweet advice man. Thanks. I've wanted to check out Alaska but probably wouldn't have even considered the short days as limiting.
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    Jul 11, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
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    Jul 11, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
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  • Suetonius

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    Jul 12, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    sydnick saidHey guys, thought I'd ask here for some travel advice! icon_smile.gif

    I am thinking of traveling around the United States for roughly 1 1/2 months and would like some advice on what's there to do. This is my first time stepping into the Americas and I am rather excited about it!

    The time I am thinking of going would be around the December-January months (I love the cold). Will be arriving from Sydney to LAX. I'm not sure where to go after or what direction but I definitely would want to visit Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Grand Canyons and New York + Anchorage IF Possible.

    It's good you love the cold, because it will be cold everywhere - even California. Even Florida could be on the cool side. What's to do? At that time of year - skiing - in Colorado, Utah (just outside of Salt Lake City), California mountains, Whistler in British Columbia (not too far north of Seattle). In January, Chicago should be at its coldest (-29 C at times).
    Besides the USA, the "Americas" includes Cuba - definitely worth a visit, though it will be warm, not cold. Flights from the Bahamas, Mexico, or Canada.
  • sydnick

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    Jul 12, 2012 1:50 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice and suggestions! Much appreciated! icon_biggrin.gif

    I'll probably start in L.A and go South across to the East Coast via Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and other states in between to New York, then might fly back to Portland and head south to San Diego. After that depending on time and budget, might visit Mexico + the Yucatan Peninsula. Going to Alaska would be nice but if its really only 5 hours of day light and there isn't much to do I might skip it all together.

    I've always like the snow. Growing up in the tropics have made me fascinated with snow as the closest thing to it was icing in the freezer! and it doesn't snow in Sydney so I get excited and happy when I see snow icon_smile.gif

    It is all still up in the air as nothing is set in stone just yet. Much planning to do!

    I know its a rather far fetch travel itinerary however it adds to the excitement of traveling! I might add an extra 2 weeks to make it a full 2 months. Really depends on budget and time.

    Driving would be amazing however I am not licensed to drive icon_sad.gif I am however licensed to fly! not that it is of any use + its super expensive!

    I am a adventure seeking guy... to the point where if my flight from Sydney to LAX has a stopover in Seoul, I am considering visiting Pyongyang in North Korea! or if that doesn't work (which probably won't, then to Ulaan Bataar in Mongolia).

    obese, bigoted, xenophobic people applies everywhere getnassty! I am sure there are lots of nice Americans. One of the reason why I am choosing the States is because I promised a few friends that I met in Sydney that I would visit them icon_smile.gif