Ultimate Visting Guide to America and Canada; Brits escaping to West

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    Aug 16, 2009 7:03 AM GMT
    Ok, So i'd set us RJers a challenge:

    The task is to get english people over to america and canada as cheaply and easily as possible and then tour the entire country.

    Top Tips? Advice for for the country, places to go, who/what to see?

    Oh and any invites, free accom etc would be great and yes marrying is an option for free accom lol
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    Aug 16, 2009 7:56 AM GMT
    In California, you should visit San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

    You have a few options for travel. Southwest Airlines has pretty cheap airfares for flights within California. Or you can take the Amtrak train. But I think it costs more to take the train, then to fly. Or you can hire a car and drive. It's about a 6 hour drive from SF to LA. And from LA to SD, it's about 3 hours.

    LA has poor public transportation. We have a rail system, but it's somewhat limited. Getting around by car is probably the best. You just have to endure the traffic and psychotic drivers. icon_lol.gif

    If you have any specific questions about the LA area, just ask. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 16, 2009 12:08 PM GMT
    There are lots of cheap airfares going and lots of agencies offer good deals on USA cross country tours
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    USA Trek 2009
    Round Trip from San Francisco:
    Fri, Aug 28 - Sat, Oct 3
    36 Days: $1278 plus $398 for food/park entry
    www.greentortoise.com
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    Aug 16, 2009 12:51 PM GMT
    Navy96 saidThere are lots of cheap airfares going and lots of agencies offer good deals on USA cross country tours
    map_xc_USA_trek2009.gif
    USA Trek 2009
    Round Trip from San Francisco:
    Fri, Aug 28 - Sat, Oct 3
    36 Days: $1278 plus $398 for food/park entry
    www.greentortoise.com


    Interesting, I wonder how much it would cost to tack on Seattle to that program
  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 16, 2009 3:42 PM GMT
    Look at cheap flights through Air Transat, which flies into Montreal and Toronto.

    Then go to MONTREAL MONTREAL MONTREAL MONTREAL. It really is the greatest city. It's not very far from Boston or NYC, and it's SO worth the trip.

    Try couchsurfing, too, for free accommodation all across both countries. Set up a profile and start writing letters! I have friends who've had excellent luck and slept in some pretty cool places with really nice hosts. http://www.couchsurfing.com
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 16, 2009 4:00 PM GMT
    As a native of Buffalo, I have to say that for a foreign national taking that USA Trek, make sure you go into Canada at Niagara Falls. The Canadian view is much nicer, and you'll clearly already have a passport.
  • SpikerMtl

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    Sep 22, 2009 3:35 AM GMT
    If Canada fits your taste for adventure and you adopt an economical approach, it'd be best to split the country into 5 parts: the Maritimes (Atlantic Canada), Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and the Mountains (Alberta / BC). Break them down into major cities and/ attractions and build a travel itinerary from that.

    For first time travellers, Montreal and Toronto are mandatory on your agenda, especially in the summer. If there are two cities that pump out Canadian passion for love, life and laughter, it's definitely them. You could even limit yourself to those two cities and there would be such a long list of amazing activities within a 50 mile radius of each city that... the nike slogan JUST DO IT best sums it up. Starting in May right till September, there's a festival every weekend In and around Montreal. Toronto is Canada's economic capital, so where there's money, there's people and needless to say - things to do. Niagara Falls, a breath taking getaway is a hop skip and jump from Toronto. From Montreal, you could venture toward Quebec City and past that, you could go whale watching in Tadoussac. You can go trekking, camping, canoeing, hiking, climbing... bla bla bla... and meet a ton of amazing YOUNG people who would end up joining you or taking you here and there. If you forget staying in fancy accomodations and hit up a fellow RealJocker for help with accomodations, you'll be just fine. The bonus of visiting either city is your proximity to major US cities - Boston and New York are close to Montreal.

    Good luck!!