Two weeks down the east coast - starting from Montreal
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jun 27, 2012 8:28 AM Last Post By: tiltedflipcurves
Jun 25, 2012 10:39 PM
Two weeks down the east coast - starting from MontrealHey, so me and a couple of friends are looking for some suggestions for a 2 week trip down the american east coast. We'll be leaving from Montreal around mid-july and are looking for an even mix of nature / scenery and cities. All of us have also already been to New York city a couple of times and we'd skip it in order to see more new places. Any suggestions would be of great help, thanks !
Jun 25, 2012 11:54 PM
Jun 26, 2012 12:01 AM
2Attention posters: The above post is an example of a very poor posting This is exactly how not to ask for advice on this board.
Here are the problems:
1) the poster is a lazy so-and-so. He has obviously not done any homework and is looking for someone else to design his vacation for him.
2) the poster believes in magic, like we can read his mind and know what his likes and dislikes are, how old they are, what their budget is, and any other info that would categorize them.
3) the poster, by writing such a weak request is opening himself up to major ridicule, belittling, and contempt, otherwise known as "flaming".
The poster would do well to do some research, search the board, read for an hour or two, share what he found, and ask specific questions based on what he has found, what the group likes, what their budget is.
We won't do your work for you.
Jun 26, 2012 5:05 AM
OP, please answer the following questions:
How old are you and your friends?
Are you driving or using transit?
What is your goal in the cities? Historical sites? Art galleries? Fancy Restaurants? Dive bars? Opera? Night clubs? Strip clubs?
Does the two weeks include the return trip?
Jun 26, 2012 7:55 AM
4Sorry guys, first time poster here. I'll try to be more specific:
We're 21-22, driving our own car, and will have about 16-17 days for the whole trip there and back. We're all college students pretty low on cash, and even though we don't have a fixed budget, we were aiming at around 1000$ (sleeping in the car is also an option). We'd like to catch a couple of key cities and some nice sights / nature as well. I found at my local library up to date versions of the USA Rough Guide and Lonely Planet's USA & Canada On a Shoestring, so I'm pretty well covered in terms of "what to do" at the different locations, but was looking more for advice on the itinerary, the best most efficient way to maximize my time over there and see as much as possible. Any personal "must-see" or "must-do" suggestions would also definitely be welcomed, as the amount of information provided in those books can be overwhelming when planning only a short trip. As I said in my previous post, New York city will most likely get skipped, as we've all been there.
Hope this clears things up a bit, many thanks !
Jun 26, 2012 12:34 PM
I'm not asking this to be a pain; I'm asking because I want to help you with your plans, but I can't do it blindly.
Jun 26, 2012 6:17 PM
6definitely worth making a pit stop in Woodstock NY. Its only 100 miles from NYC. Woodstock is nestled in the heart of the Catskill mountains. A very artsy town, lots of little boutique shops. There are also many "natue" hikes/places in that area. Also visit the Tibetan monastery in woodstock...located a mountain. very beautiful. From there you can hike up Overlook Mountain (a few miles upward and u will have a view of the whole county!! its stunning! (and cost NO MONEY!)
there are cheap places in town to grab a bite to eat too....
Jun 26, 2012 7:43 PM
Jun 27, 2012 6:14 AM
8The 1000$ budget would be per person. As of now, we wanted to hit Boston, (maybe stop by Cape Cod), Philadelphia, Washington DC, try to get some surfing in at Virginia beach, and then make our way to Florida. Now, between Virginia Beach and Florida what would be the main cities, Raleigh ? Jacksonville ? Also, are there any particularly known stunning nature spots in that stretch ? And lastly, does that sound too ambitious for 17 days ?
Jun 27, 2012 6:30 AM
Jun 27, 2012 7:25 AM
For nature along that stretch (with varying degrees of detour):
Delaware Water Gap.
I still have no idea what you want from your cities....
Jun 27, 2012 8:28 AM
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