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I'm going to be in LA from around midnight on the 28th of July until afternoon on the 2nd of August. It's a small stopover on my way home to Australia from Colombia.
I want to stay near the Muscle Beach Pen on Venice Beach so that I can lift there, as well as the original Gold's Gym just up the road. I'd prefer to be in walking distance to these places. Also, I'll likely be commuting out to Fullerton at least once to attend training at an MMA academy there, and probably the same into North Hollywood.
I'm quite open to hiring a car, but will go with the most cost effective means possible. As far as accommodation goes, it's just me a 27 year old athlete on my own so I don't need luxury - just clean and secure, really. Cheap is good.
1. Where should I stay?
2. How is transport to these locations? Should I get a car?
Thanks a lot for any advice! more »
I'm travelling thru the states from Australia on the visa waiver program soon (90 days max) & don't wish the wasteful expense of buying a plane ticket out of the country (just to satisfy customs entry requirements) that i will probally never use.
I wish to know if immigration will accept (therefore grant me entry) as an onward ticket say, San Diego to Tijuana on a greyhound bus or the like, something very cheap & simple anyway.
Any advice or help on the matter will be greatly appreciated.
I've booked a car from Dollar (LAX location), through rentalcars.com, but only after making the reservation did I find out that Dollar would be the company supplying me with a vehicle for my two week stay. I'd never heard of Dollar so I checked out some reviews online (Google reviews and Yelp) and there were tons of horror stories about people waiting in line for hours and being charged way more than the original reservation. This, of course, made me a bit apprehensive about renting a car from Dollar so I sent rentalcars.com an email asking if they could guarantee the price they'd just offered me, I'm still waiting for a reply and if I do not get one or get a negative I will cancel my order.
Now, on to my question. When renting a car in America I see there are lots of different insurance types they try to sell you, but are all these needed? Are you required by law to have so... more »
I am going to the Everglads National Park in January 2014. Using a motel in Homestead as base, I have set aside 4 days to explore the park.
2 of those days will include guided tours like the Mangroves boat tour from Everglades City, Tram tour in Shark Valley and airboat trips in Coopertown (day) and Sawgrass Park (night). Apart from the tours, I'll do a bit of sightseeing there as well.
The remaining 2 days are reserved for exploration of the Everglades NP by car and on foot. I plan to drive along the Main Park Road from the Ernest Coe Visitor Center towards Flamingo and back, stopping on the way to see sights and explore the hiking trails. The two that I am determined to see are the Anhinga Trail and Pa-Hay-Okee Overlook. I would be grateful for suggestions on the other "must see & do" spots along the main park road.
I'm 25 and from England and looking to plan a road trip around the southern states in early June. I'm looking at starting in Houston, Texas, where a friend has a car I may be able to borrow, otherwise I could use the greyhound. I then thought the following:
Houston - New Orleans - Either Jackson/Mobile-Montgomery - Birmingham - Nashville - Memphis - Little Rock - Dallas - Houston
I'm big into the history of the southern states so places like montgomery and little rock ring lots of familiar magnetic bells with me! But I'm reluctant to go to them if there's not much to see.
My time scale is limited - perhaps just over a week/10 days so I want to see the best places and make the most of it.
Also, if I'm going on the greyhound..are there safe hostels a 25 year old female could stay in along the way?
I'm looking to visit Washington state in late May/early June for around a week with my parents. We're all walkers and love beautfiul scenery. I have a few questions;
1. Where are the best national parks around Seattle for walking/hiking, are there places you can kayak?
2. Is it possible to hire cabins in the national parks fairly cheaply? If so where are the best places to look to do this?
3. What are the comparisons like with the Rockies and Banff national park? Obviously those aren't far away and it's possible that we could visit them in the same trip. The scenery in Washington state looks spectacular but given we're coming from England on a one off trip (dad's 60th) is it better to spend more time in the (more spectacular?) rockies in Canada than in Washington state?
4. What are the best universities in Seattle (random question) this is more for me - I'd like to hav... more »
I'm looking at a school in Albany, NY and I'm wondering how the city works and breathes. I have family in NYC, so my knowledge and experience is limited to there. My job transfers so I'm not really looking for job info, but more about the city itself, cultural areas, way of life, public transportation, international influences, pubs, cafes, etc. I'd appreciate any info.
I'm a British guy going travelling across Canada next month and I was hoping to possibly cross the border into America a couple times. However my passport's quite beaten up as I use it for ID, have been across India, Europe with it etc (the gold design on the front has all rubbed off, quite a few pages are creased, generally looks shabby). I've heard the US border guards are very strict and I'm a bit worried they're going to kick up a fuss about it, maybe even refuse me entry.
Any thoughts anyone?
Hello... In just wondering what the weather is like during early and mid April. I live in Singapore so I would REALLY like some snow... I know it's unlikely but these days I see that NYC has experienced snow during mid march... But of courseI need natives from NYC to tell me if there's snow and how cold or warm it is.
My favorite weather would be minimum of 2C and max of 12... With at Least SOME snow...
I've been searching through the forums, and have found so much information but I'm starting to get a little overwhelmed with it all so thought I'd create my own post
Basically I'd love to hear any advise on travelling (via car) from Las Vegas to San Francisco. The details:
- Leaving Las Vegas 6th May, arriving San Fran 13th May. = one week driving.
- we want to include death valley and yosemite national park (any opinions on how long we should spend at each place? and what are your favourite things to do here?)
I've seen a lot of people ask about doing this trip in a much smaller amount of time, so if there are any other places we should stop off at? The car we have hired is not a van, so we can't sleep in it. Accommodation recommendations? (the cheaper the better!) I was also thinking of perhaps spending a night or two in the Sonoma region before getting to San ... more »
I'm looking to do a road trip froun Houston through the southern states to Florida and back in late May/June. I have a friend to stay with in Houston and possibly use of her car. I'm a 25 year old female and quite experienced traveller from England but I don't want to do the road trip alone. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions of places I might find like minded travel buddies who may want to join me on the trip so I don't have to do it alone! Ideally people in their 20s/30s who want to see places rather than bars! Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Call me crazy, but the family wants to go to Washington DC during spring break. That would be the one coming up in a couple of weeks. It's parents and kids ages 13 & 9 so we'll be doing the mall, capitol, Smithsonian, etc. We're not planning on getting a car.
What would be a good area to stay? It's late notice, and I'd like to be able to walk to our destinations, or be able to easily take the Metro. I can't tell from the Metro map what is the good stop for the place we want to go (or are there many?). I've looked at hotels and they're in the $300/nt range. REALLY? Would like to stay for less!
Also, any of you that did this trip with your child(ren), what do you recommend that we not miss?
Thanks for any ideas or information!
I took a look through the first couple pages of the forums, and didn't see anything like this, but I am sorry if I end up asking a bunch of already answered questions.
Me and my friend were discussing backpacking around the country this summer, between school years. So it'd basically be an 8 to 10 week trip. Neither of us really have money, but the hope is to do it on the cheap- which the internet seems to believe possible.
How much money is REALLY needed, if we plan on bumming it, bringing a tent and couchsurfing and hostels and all that.
We're starting from Indiana, so both west and east are valid choices, but I hear climate can be a concern over the summer, so I'm kind of leaning east.
I also was looking at that American Discovery Trail, and that seems awesome. Worthwhile?
I don't have much specific itinerary in mind, and I kind of don't want one that is too specif... more »
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