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After 12 years of living in California and my job coming to a close I am seeking a change, at least a temporary one! Looking at Florida because my family lives close. Heard a lot of things in this regard, mostly negative so just seeing if any one has anything constructive to say regarding this. I have about 3 and a half years left to work so looking for a location and it does not have to be a big city or coastal; Want to look at local economy(employment rate), cost of living, safe area, or at least have pockets of safe areas, oh if i did not mention it housing cost! a big one. I am open to anywhere in the state, oh and diversity is also a big plus for me! Possibly a big order to fill and don't expect to find my version of paradise, but someplace that is doable! And one last thing if I did not already say enough! A place where a car is not a necessity! To top it all off.
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I go to college in the Bay Area and my parents live in Portland, so I've done the drive between SF and Portland a few times, but always taking the 1-5 and doing it straight through. I'm graduating in May though and my boyfriend is helping me move out of my apartment and do the drive back up to Portland with me.
I think it'd be fun to make it more of a road trip, as this is the last time I'll be doing the drive, but I don't want to take a whole week to do it. I've looked at some of the previous threads and that's how long most people seem to take. If I just want to do it in 48 hours, spending a night along the way somewhere, is it even worth it? Where should we spend the night? What should we see? Is a trip to Crater Lake possible or out of the question? I was thinking maybe just stopping at the Redwoods National Park and then spending the night in Medford, but I would love... more »
We are planning on visiting Alaska in 2012. However, I do not know the best time to visit. Can anyone provide any assistance with when is the best time to visit Alaska, for example when are the mosquitos the worst? Is it better to visit in late June or late August weather wise?
Also, we were originally planning on renting a motorhome, but now I'm wondering if we would be better off renting a car and getting hotel rooms/cabins?
Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Hello all. Thanks In advance for your help.
I am looking at travelling Canada and USA. May- September this year. Approx 3 months max . Alone.
Flying London to Vancouver. Then NY to London.
Well travelled, aged 21. Would like to visit- Seattle, LA, San Francisco, Big Sur, Calgary, Montreal, NY and Chicago.
Couchsurfing, camping and WWOFing where possible.
I am looking into Bus passes but concerned about long travel times. Hitching is a possibility, Car rental isn't.
I am interested in spending enough days in each place to truly get the feel for it. Going to a few pubs and meeting the local's and other like minded people.
Can really scrimp If I need to. I was hoping to spend roughly £25 per day, all in. Just shy of 50 dollars.
Any help is much appreciated!
A friend has a family emergency & is trying to get from the Wash. DC area to Water Springs, Mississippi. see map for location
She asked me for help:
I've been working my finger tips to the nubs on travel sites trying to figure out how to do this - there doesn't appear to be any airports near there - the closest airports I can find (so far) are in Tennessee and Louisiana (like, what the hell?) So I figured I'd fly in to Memphis, and then rent a car, but now I can't find a hotel anywhere near Water Valley. There are a few in Oxford - but trying to figure out how to book a package is wearing me out. [Oxford is hidden by the flag on the map]
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Planing a trip to southern Utah from Las Vegas April 14 to April 21 (saturday to saturday). Need advise, comments, suggestions, on my two possible routes... Can't make up my mind...
Apr 14 - Sat - Vegas
Apr 15 - Sun - Vegas to Moab (10 hour drive: via HW 9 to 89 to Byway 12) (hotel)
Apr 16 - Mon - Canyonlands (camp)
Apr 17 - Tue - Canyonlands then move to Arches later in the day (camp)
Apr 18 - Wed - Arches (camp)
Apr 19 - Thu - Start drive back to vegas (i-70)... (hotel somewhere)
Apr 20 - Fri - Finish drive to Vegas
Apr 21 - Sat - Home
Apr 14 - Sat - Vegas
Apr 15 - Sun - Zion (camp)
Apr 16 - Mon -Zion then drive to Panguitch in the evening (B&B)
Apr 17 - Tue - Bryce Canyon then drive to Escalante(B&B)
Apr 18 - Wed - Escalante area then drive to Kodachrome (camp)
Apr 19 - Thu - Coral Pink Sand Dunes (camp)
Apr 20 - Fri - Vegas
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I am feeling overwhelmed by this trip to the west coast. I have never been and I have an idea of where I want to go, but woudl love any input on things that I am missing, or things that seem out of place.
I am going for seven days:
Day 1: San Fran at noon, drive to Muir Woods (wednesday)
Day 2: Muir Woods / Point Reyes / Bolinas (thursday)
Day 3: Half Moon Bay / Drive down to Monterrey (friday)
Day 4: Monterrey / Carmel / Big Sur (saturday)
Day 5: Big Sur (sunday)
Day 6: San Fran
Day 7: San Fran
Day 8: (wednesday) HOME
This is the first time I am writing an itinerary. Do you think it is strange that I leave immediately from San Fran and only spend two days there? I love nature, and I am so curious about the coast. I also plan to go to the aquarium, and maybe Julia Pheiffer Beach and State Park. Would we just drive back up route 1 to get to San Fran?
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I would like to surprise my wife with a Memorial Day weekend trip to either Asheville, NC, or somewhere in Maine. She has not been to either place, and both seem like a manageable 3-day weekend trip from Washington, DC, where we live.
I have done a lot of research on Asheville/GSNP and that seems like a pretty good option for what we are looking for -- a chance to get away from it all for a few days, yet also have options for being active (hiking, other outdoor activities). My wife enjoys being active and being outdoors. We also appreciate great restaurants (and wine) and places with distinctive local culture. Asheville seems to have all that. (I should add that there should be at least somewhat of a romantic element to this trip!)
But she has also never been to Maine, and I think she might really enjoy that, too, based on my visits to upstate New Hampshire.... more »
I'm looking at B&B accommodation in New York. This company www.affordablenewyorkcity.com are mentioned in a couple of guide books; I contacted them and they've sent me details of a few B&Bs which are available for the dates I require. It includes reasonably detailed location information but not actually the name of the B&B or host, which makes it difficult to search for reviews of the individual establishments.
I've tried looking for reviews of the company itself online and can't find much, though it's mentioned in a Telegraph online artical from last year.
I'd be really interested to hear from anyone who's booked through them - was the accommodation as described and did everything go ok?!
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Have been reading forums in planning for this roadrip (i'm moving from BC to New Brunswick Canada), but now am more undecided than before...
Me, my 70 year old mother and 2 year old Lab are driving from Vancouver Island to Fredericton NBin a few weeks. Actually we will get a head start the night before by reaching Bellingham WA.
Still haven't decided which route to take: IE) the I84/80 or the I90 (or even the I94) most of the way? We would like to pass through the states, as aside from Washington, I've not seen any we'll be passing through. For example, would you rather pass through ND, SD, or Nebraska?
We have only 8 days (maybe 9) to arrive and want to drive approx 8+ hrs a day (covering around 500-550 miles each day). This should allow plenty of time to stop for some breaks/walks. We want to avoid major cities if possible.
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Bit of a specific request. I'm leaving from JFK at 5.40am tomorrow, can anyone advise of the best way? And how much a cab might be if thats best?
Then coming back I'll land at JFK at 1.40am leaving Newark at 8am. Help!!!
Me and a friend are travelling to California the 24th July to 14th August. I have created a draft itinerary. Any advice on how manageable this is would be much appreciated. Have we missed anywhere essential off? Is driving from San Fran to LA manageable as a blonde used to driving on the left side of the road? Is there a greyhound that stops at all the nice beachy places? where should we stop on this coastline.
Itinerary below. Any comments/suggestions would be much appreciated:
24th – Arrive LA 1:00pm. Check in. Explore attraction.
25th – Disney.
26th – Disney
27th – Attractions.
28th – Disney/attractions.
29th – San Diego attractions/Sea life centre
30th – Zoo
31st – Fly/bus Las Vegas – Night out
1st - Relax. Explore hotels.
2nd – Grand Canyon day trip
3rd – Relax
4th – Hoover Dam
5th – Fly San. Explore.
6th – Alcatraz
7th – Wine count... more »
Arriving from Australia to LA airport , arriving early morning so thinking of a one night stay on our way to San Fransisco
Overwhelming choices obviously , would welcome any info on a particular area to start choosing hotels from. Our budget will be hotels in the $200 US a night category
This Friday morning, I'm flying to San Francisco and heading to the Presidio to deal with some paperwork ridiculousness. I was going to take BART & then a bus but that seems to be cutting it a bit close, so my current plan is BART (or Sam Trans) & then a cab.
Since I'm ridiculously cheap, I've never focused on good places to catch a cab, so where is the best place to get a cab near the Civic Center BART (I can picture cabs near the 16th/Mission BART but Civic Center all the government buildings nearby are hazy in my mind). If I end up catching the Sam Trans bus, I need to get a cab around 9th & Mission, so will probably head up to Civic Center unless I spot a hotel w/waiting cabs or someone has another idea.
After a quick overnight in San Francisco, I'm flying to Denver. My plan for Sunday is Boulder and trying to fit in a spot of hiking but on Monday, I'll be sightseeing in ... more »
My Boyfriend and I are moving to San Francisco and will be driving our car from Baltimore to San Francisco departing on April 16 (the departure date cannot be changed). We've decided to take a little extra time to see a couple of things along the way.
I have started to do some research about driving across the country in April and am feeling a bit overwhelmed both by the options, but also by the weather limitations given we will be driving in mid-April. (For example, I was considering a more northern route with primary stops in Chicago, Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone, but after doing research I am thinking this may not be the best timing for such a route?).
We realize our time is going to be limited but we'd like to try for one or two must see national parks, seasonal festivals or attractions along the way. What we enjoy most: playing and watching sports (golf, tennis, baseb... more »
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