What stuff can you do in the U.S. for 8 days?

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    Apr 04, 2013 3:33 PM GMT
    I already have some stuff planned but I thought I'd open up the question here since there are a lot of guys from the U.S.
    What could you do for 8 days solo?
    I'll be there for a holiday but unfortunately my sister is going 8 days earlier so I'm going to be solo for 8 days and was wondering if you have any suggestions.
    I'm not really into the club/bar scene so that's scrapped out.
    I'd prefer to go sight seeing, but since I'm not that camera savvy or even have a good camera I don't know if sight seeing solo would actually be enjoyable.

    Some people said to spend the 8 days in NY, but if you guys know of other alternatives it would be great to hear them.
    At this point in the holiday I would have already spent a good amount of time in L.A and Orlando.

    I'm also assuming that I'll have to be a little tighter on budget at the end of my holiday lol since that's where I'm solo before I go back home.

    Worse case scenario if there isn't anything you would/could suggest I can always just bug my relatives in L.A and spend the last 8 days with them.
    It would be the second time that I'd be around during the holiday so I'm sure they'd be sick of me at this point haha.
    Thanks in advance if anyone has any ideas.
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    Apr 04, 2013 3:49 PM GMT
    8 guys.
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    paulflexes said8 guys.

    ...in 8 different cities: NYC; SFO, MIA, ORD, DFW, HNL, ATL, and SEA.
    (Not in any specific order)
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:55 PM GMT
    GAMRican said
    paulflexes said8 guys.

    ...in 8 different cities: NYC; SFO, MIA, ORD, DFW, HNL, ATL, and SEA.
    (Not in any specific order)


    Please document everything. I would read the shit out of that.
  • LJay

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    Apr 04, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    What area will you be in? Will you have transportation?

    There are fairly simple cameras made for snapping pictures on vacation. Even if the pics are not the very best, you will really enjoy having them. You can also purchase picture postcards at most scenic areas.
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    Apr 04, 2013 6:06 PM GMT
    Need more info in what you like to do. Museums? Nature? Amusement Parks? Beach? Mountains? Deserts? Culture? Monuments?

    If you have never been to the US, I suggest visiting the nation's capital. There are many historical sites in the area, museums, monuments, and the weather is usually nice this time of year.
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    Apr 04, 2013 8:45 PM GMT
    Well I'll be in L.A. because that's where my sister will be flying home from and is the last part of the holiday we have together.

    There's this website where I can organise transportation to get around since I don't want to hassle or rely on my relatives in L.A. to be taking me around, just incase they aren't bothered too lol I don't want to ask them.
    I'm still not sure if I will just stay with my relatives or just book a hotel or something.

    I do love amusement parks but the first half of the holiday is in Orlando in which I'd have gone to a lot of amusement parks already, we'll see how I feel though if I'm not over the parks I might go to some in L.A.

    Someone did mention that I could do the Alcatraz tour in S.F. but apart from that what else can you do there?

    Museums I suppose I wouldn't mind, but then I'm not that cultured (yes I know it's bad) and so I don't know if I'd just be lost the entire time haha.
    I do love nature though and I'd be all happy snappy with the camera.

    I'll research some more.
    Thanks for the input guys.
  • calibro

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    Apr 04, 2013 9:05 PM GMT
    get diabetes
  • Danskerb

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    Apr 04, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    Go camping.
  • bumblejacket

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    Apr 04, 2013 10:13 PM GMT
    I guess it's better to be at a place that has great public transportation. LA will be ok. San Francisco, Chicago New York Boston have great public transportation system.
    If you are staying in la, well the beaches museums will be good. The mountains will be great as well but you will need a car.
    Maybe Las Vegas will be a good place? You can just walk around the area and maybe watch shows if you are not into gambling. There is a Grand Canyon tour from Vegas from what I remember.

    San Fran is a great place. The whole city is scenic. It's easy to get around.
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    Apr 05, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    rent a car and drive up the coastline....
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    Apr 05, 2013 3:41 AM GMT
    yes, get out of that area... rent a car. and drive up the 101...... mind=blown...

    stop at the monteray aquarium, check out santa cruz.....

    head into san francisco, either check out the boys, or keep driving north into the redwoods.....

    epic country, some of americas finest...... wine country is right there NAPA, etc.... on day 8 head to airport,, but 7 days doing this is very realistic.....
  • LJay

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    Apr 05, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    A coastal tour of California would be a really wonderful week. Get an overlay map of California and superimpose it on your own country to get an idea of the size of the state and distances. If you get a rough itinerary started, somebody on here is bound to be from the area and could tell you what to see.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Apr 05, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    See national monuments. I would also recommend eating at one of kind restaurants. Try not to eat at chain restaurants so you can get an authentic feel for american cuisine, if there is such a thing.
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    jonnyboy saidyes, get out of that area... rent a car. and drive up the 101...... mind=blown...

    stop at the monteray aquarium, check out santa cruz.....

    head into san francisco, either check out the boys, or keep driving north into the redwoods.....

    epic country, some of americas finest...... wine country is right there NAPA, etc.... on day 8 head to airport,, but 7 days doing this is very realistic.....



    This, with maybe a stop in Santa Barbara on your way out of LA.
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    calibro saidget diabetes


    Second that. Have a three course dessert dinner.
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    Apr 05, 2013 5:00 AM GMT
    pig out at all the "american" restaurants!
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    Apr 05, 2013 5:24 AM GMT
    Seric saidpig out at all the "american" restaurants!


    OMG , get salt poisoning, diabetes, and liver failure!!!........ no.

    im telling you, get away from the cities,, into the woods.....
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    Apr 05, 2013 6:29 AM GMT
    Hmm... well, we don't know where you're from. But as long as you're in the west, you can easily spend 8 days taking in some of the natural wonders. if you're low on funds, any city is going to cost a lot. For a lot less, you could head into the mountains and hike for days in the wilderness. Or take a car trip through the arid west: Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, etc. Or Indian country. Or drive up the west coast on the 101. Or kayak in the Salish Sea. Lots of possibilities.
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    Apr 05, 2013 7:21 AM GMT
    Cities are cool, but I think the best thing is to mix it up between major cities and smaller areas. If you had ability to I would first go to NYC then to Chicago then maybe Nashville (or Atlanta)/Smokie Mountains, fly west to Denver/Rockies, visit Vegas(desert), Los Angeles and recap the trip in Miami/Key West. But that's just me.
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    Apr 05, 2013 7:50 AM GMT
    Okay well a car trip is probably out of the question since budgeting probably means not being able to rent a car, plus the driver seat is on the opposite side of what I'm used to, I'll most likely end up smashing into something lol.
    Unless my relatives decide to go on a road trip, I'm going to rely on public transport most likely.

    I'm probably not really going to dine out that much, a lot of the foods are really the same where I live so it's mostly just the site seeings for me.
    I still have some time, I might invest in a good camera.

    I wouldn't mind doing a little bit of a hike through the country but since I've never done it before and I am hopeless with a map I'd need to hire a guide or something haha yes I am a whole lot of useless it's amazing really.

    Gah these 8 days seem like it's going to be a struggle finding something good to do that I might not already have done during the first part of the holiday.
    A friend of mine who is obsessed with NY said to spend the last 8 days there because she said spending 6 days there was hardly enough for her to see half of everything there is to see.

    I don't mind mixing up some larger cities with smaller ones and I've seen some deals on transportation that I might be able to use to my advantage.

    I think I'm sounding limited but I will continue planning I guess and hope for the best.
    Thanks again for all the input.
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    Apr 05, 2013 9:02 AM GMT
    hmmm....
    LA,,,, you pretty much need a car to get around and see things..

    NY.... you definetly do not need or want a car.....

    low funds.... no driving... = NYC baby..... do it,!!!!
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    Apr 05, 2013 9:47 AM GMT
    Visit me.
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    Apr 05, 2013 7:54 PM GMT
    jonnyboy saidhmmm....
    LA,,,, you pretty much need a car to get around and see things..
    NY.... you definetly do not need or want a car.....
    low funds.... no driving... = NYC baby..... do it,!!!!


    I was thinking either NY, or I got a message with the suggestion of either San Francisco Bay or Seattle, Washington.

    I'm going to research an itinerary between those 3 places and see which one I like best and do that.
    I'll either stay in one place the entire time or visit 2 places of the 3 max.

    Thanks again everyone for the messages and replies icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 05, 2013 7:59 PM GMT
    NerdMonastery saidWell I'll be in L.A. because that's where my sister will be flying home from and is the last part of the holiday we have together.

    There's this website where I can organise transportation to get around since I don't want to hassle or rely on my relatives in L.A. to be taking me around, just incase they aren't bothered too lol I don't want to ask them.
    I'm still not sure if I will just stay with my relatives or just book a hotel or something.

    I do love amusement parks but the first half of the holiday is in Orlando in which I'd have gone to a lot of amusement parks already, we'll see how I feel though if I'm not over the parks I might go to some in L.A.

    Someone did mention that I could do the Alcatraz tour in S.F. but apart from that what else can you do there?

    Museums I suppose I wouldn't mind, but then I'm not that cultured (yes I know it's bad) and so I don't know if I'd just be lost the entire time haha.
    I do love nature though and I'd be all happy snappy with the camera.

    I'll research some more.
    Thanks for the input guys.


    There's not a lot to do in SF if you don't like daddies, bears, and twinks. I lived there for 4 years and I could have done everything in a day. It's where you go to live, not where you go to tour. Both options, though, are exorbitant.

    Chicago, on the other hand, is cheap, fun, and lots to do if you like to explore neighborhoods, chill out and catch the museums, and have a big city feel.