Americas - United States of America
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Hi all you fun people out there!
I'm Jannie, I'm 24 years old and I just decided to post my planned trip here to see if I'd find anyone else interested in tagging along. My dilemma is that I need to get from Arizona and to Washington D.C in the end of June (anytime after June 18th is fine) this summer, and I don't know how! I am traveling with this awesome 50 lb dog, so I am trying to avoid flying for her sake.
Is there any other way, besides flying, to get a dog across the country? I mean, as far as I know there are no trains or buses that would allow my dog to come along, correct? I'm getting really stressed out! It seems like my only option will be driving... but since I'm not overly experienced driving long distance in the US, I don't think I should consider doing it myself, and much less since I don't have a car and would have to rent one. The costs would get pretty high..!... more »
I'm doing a 10-day trip covering Santa Fe, Chaco Culture National Historic Park and Mesa Verde National Park this month. We have a pretty flexible schedule and are doing a combination of camping and hotels.
A couple of queries:
1. Is there a good town to stay in a hotel between Chaco & Mesa Verde? Thought we might break up the camping between these 2 parks. Maybe something close to Aztec Ruins?
2. Food recommendations for Santa Fe (or elsewhere along the route): especially interested in local food, hot peppers, chili, Southwestern specialties and microbrews.
3. Any recommended hiking trails.
Many thanks for any tips.
Me (29) + my mum (59) are Swedes planning a North American backpacking trip this summer. We plan to travel mainly by Greyhound bus, maybe some trains, some local buses. Car-renting is absolutely NOT going to happen (because we almost never drive, etc, etc). We will possibly try a tiny bit of hitchhiking, in touristy places. Hopefully we will pass a few nights on the bus.
Here’s the rough plan:
June 10-14: NYC (hotel in Chelsea)
June 15: Lowell, MA
June --: Grand Canyon??? Bryce Canyon??? Maybe that petrified forest park? Or anywhere in the desert, because I haven’t really seen a desert.
June 23-26: LA (hostel in Santa Monica)
After which my mum flies home, and I continue along the west coast (hopefully via Big Sur and SF) to Canada (NO idea if I’ll have the time to go as far as Whitehorse, hehe) and some more US (maybe Washington DC would be fun to squeeze in somewhere), flyin... more »
My wife and I are planning a 10 day trip to the East Coast and flying in to San Fran before hiring a car and driving to Vegas and then flying back from LA.
On the way to Vegas we were planning on stopping at Yosemite National Park for a night or 2, but the weather seems like it can be very unpredicatable. Is it worth going at this time of year?
I'm going to be landing in JFK next week. I land late in the evening so somewhere closer to the airport would be better.
Can anybody recommend a place to stay for less than $50.
Somewhere with airport pick up would be even better!
My partner and I are planning to go travelling next year starting in the USA and were wondering if any of you have any info/experience in hiring cars or, buying a car over there for the duration of your stay and selling when you leave?
I have a full UK driving license and have held that for 3 years. Any info on hiring, buying and insurance would be really really gratefully received. We are likely to be there for around 4-6 months. Obviously for a hire car that can rack up a big bill.
Thanks so much,
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I recently applied for a new ESTA (have previously had one on my current passport but that had expired). I reapplied, got approval and the fee has been taken from my bank account.
However, I stupidly didn't note the application number. Now, when trying to retrieve my number on the US Customs site, I enter my details but get the message that the application has expired. How can this be when I had only just been approved and the money has been taken? Do you know where I can go to find out whether or not I have an ESTA (US Customs unwilling to help, my airline unable to help)? Should I reapply and pay again or would this jeopardise my chances?
I'm leaving this Friday and trying not to panic...
Hi I am a 20 year old student from Australia who will be studying at the University of South Carolina for the coming fall semester. I finish around the 19th of December and am very keen to spend some time travelling after this point until maybe mid-February. I have been to a lot of the major tourist centres in America (LA,Vegas, New York) before and am looking at seeing as much of the country as possible. How would you recommend going about travelling ?
The Pacific Northwest has some of the lushest landscapes in the world, and certainly the United States.
Sweet Creek Falls Trail- stunning
for those of you interested in the rainforest (defined as getting 80+ inches of rain per year) there is a Stunning trail on the Oregon coast. All I have here are pictures and video of it, but I see so many people searching for beautiful nature spots on Lonely Planet, I thought it would be useful for you to find it in a direct search.
cheers, hope it helps
Driving from San Diego to Seattle this summer. Can't decide where to stay in NW Oregon. Wanted to stay at Cannon Beach but to get one night there for the dates we need is proving impossible. Found a couple of hotels in Seaside also in also Astoria. Any opinions as to which would be the better place to overnight? I wanted to see Canon Beach at sunset (if not overcast ;-) but we also wanted to check-out Astoria.
We're looking at going to Montana mid June, we will be staying on a ranch near Helena and then would like to move on and stay in glacier for about 5-6 nights (haven't decided where yet). We will be hiring a car, will consider staying in 2 different places in those 5-6 days.
We're in the early stages of planning, just as happy in a hotel as we are in a cabin/self catering, not experienced campers so will cross that off the list!
How important is it that we book some form of accommodation beforehand for the end of June, or can we just have a list of places to stay and just turn up?
Hi! We're an Australian couple planning our 6 month USA trip. Set out below is our proposed itinerary for the first few months. We'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions. Further below we've put a few details about us. Your ideas are much appreciated:)
22 July (6 nights) Santa Monica, LA
28 July (1 nights) Pasadena
29 July (1 night) OC (cos we love the show)
30 July (2 nights) San Diego
1 August (4 nights) Tijuana, Mexico
5 August (1 night) Palm springs / cochella valley
6 August (2 nights) Santa Barbara
8 August (2 nights) San Louis Obispo
10 August (2 nights) Santa Cruz
12 August (4 nights) Yosemite National Park
16 August (6 nights) San Francisco
21 August (4 nights) Napa valley / Sonoma valley (then direct fly/train/bus? San Fran to somewhere near Yellow Stone)
26 August (4 nights) Yellow Stone
30 August (5 nights) Chicago
5 September (2/3 nights)Gre... more »
first of all, apologies if similar questions have already been answered or I'm posting it in the wrong place or whatever, I'm new here :)
I'm a British passport holder and my ESTA allows me 3 months in the US on the visa waiver program...
I plan to enter the US at San Ysidro and spend a bit less than 3 months on the west coast. Ideally I'd then make my way to Vancouver, up through BC and the Yukon (spending about 6 weeks in Canada in total) to Alaska, where I'd spend up to a month. I gather that it's at the discretion of Yukon/Alaska border officials whether I'd be allowed or refused reentry to the US (reason for refusal being that my time in Canada is seen simply as an attempt to cheat the system / 'reset the clock' on my ESTA). I have a lot of questions:
Has anyone done something similar, successfully or unsuccessfully?
Can anyone shed some light on the likelihood of ... more »
So on June the 18th me and two mates are flying to New York City and starting our 6 week road trip across the states, finishing in Los Angeles on the 1st August.
With only 6 weeks to go were in the planning stage and we really want to nail what exactly we want to do in the limited amount of time we have.
We are 3 young lads just turned 21 so the trip is realistically going to be focused around food, drink and having a good time, but obviously were going to do all the amazing sightseeing the USA has to offer along the way.
Basically I just wanted to share this so that we gain a few pearls of wisdom from you guys who may have done it all before. Currently we're planning the New York to New Orleans stretch of the trip, so if anyone has anything that they would thoroughly recommend doing and things that shouldn't be missed, any advice would be hugely appreciated!
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Hi all, my friend and I are going to Alaska in October and would like to see Aurora there, also have hiking there, as we know that the weather is become cold in October and may some of hiking routes is closed.
Is there any hiking route still open during October?
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