Highly recommended hostels and cities in the US
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Jul 30, 2012 3:36 AM Last Post By: ianw6705
Jul 24, 2012 9:19 PM
Highly recommended hostels and cities in the USHi All,
The information I would greatly appreciate some help with is:
Good places to go along the East coast after NYC, I am open to everything, driving or flying. Some of my friends have recommended seeing NY then heading straight to vegas and spending my holiday on the west coast?
Advice for where to go on the west coast after Vegas Hire a car in vegas and drop off in LA or wait untill we get to LA then hire a car?
Any highly recommended hostels with good social aspects Traveling just the two of us we will be looking to meet people, from my experience in Europe I know how much a difference a good hostel can make
Good restaurants at <$70 per meal in NYC, Vegas, LA and anywhere close that might sway us to stop in for a few nights.
Good places to go for a game of pool and a beer. I love my american 9 ball, and even had one custom made for my shed (They are extremely hard to get a hold of in Aus)
Advice on getting tickets to sporting events I already have yankee tickets, and I don't think the NFL will have started, but would love to see any college sport
Advice on internal travel arrangements? Book while we are in Aus or wait until we are in the US? What companies are good?
Tipping advice 15% for waiters etc?, but what about taxi drivers, porters?? I am going to read up on this before I go, but any general advice would be nice :)
A bit about us and our trip:
I am traveling with my sister, I am 26 she is 24, we love our food, wine and nightlife (Pubs, bars and maybe the occasional club). Looking for some fun activities too (Six Flags etc)
We will be starting our trip in New York and making our way to Vegas, from there making our way to LA for the flight home. We are in the US for 1 month, and have not made any internal travel arrangements yet.
Arrive in NYC August 10, fly out from LA September 10.
As for money, we both have well paying jobs and will spend as much as is needed, but would like to keep it down to around 10k each. not incl. air fares.
Thank you all very much in advance!
Edited by: Pjaze
Jul 24, 2012 9:47 PM
1Welcome to the forum.
I would have a week (six nights) maximum in NYC. In terms of night-life etc, I recommend you find a place to stay south of about 20th Street - it is a lot more interesting than Midtown, Central Park, Times Square, etc. Two very good trips you can do (without a car) from NYC are Boston and Washington DC. Go by bus or train, with say three nights in each.
When you get to Las Vegas definitely rent a car, and if you have two weeks + left after your East Coast venture, you can do a very good loop from LV that includes the Grand Canyon NP (South Rim or North Rim), Zion NP, back to Las Vegas, and then across to Lake Tahoe or Yosemite NP (depending on your interests), into San Francisco, and then drive the coast road from there to Los Angeles. All good. But note you are travelling at peak time ... when you work out your itinerary you will need to pre-book lots of places.
We (also Australians) have stayed in many HI Hostels in the US, and while they are generally very good in terms of facilities, they are not crazy party hostels at all. So have a look at Green Tortoise in SF - might suit your party needs more.
We have used carhire3000.com to book a car before we arrived in the US - they were price competitive and good to deal with. There are no rental car drop-off fees between Las Vegas and California, we have found. In terms of your one domestic flight (NYC > Las Vegas) kayak.com is as good as any in finding you the flights for your day.
In terms of greats pubs and clubs, I know very little ... but I am sure there is a comprehensive gig guide in every place you're likely to visit. Similarly, the various sports associations will have good details on sporting events. BTW Monday night in Las Vegas there are really cheesy sportsbook nights in the major casinos (Harrah's etc) - they're quite good fun in an Aussie leagues club dopey kind of way.
Jul 25, 2012 4:01 AM
Jul 25, 2012 10:53 AM
3Will only speak of SF and LA. In the City by The Bay try to secure a room here: http://www.metrohotelsf.com/accommodations.html
In the City of Angels either of these places meet your criteria: http://www.vibehotel.com/ (try to see the Thai Elvis on Friday nights right next door at The Palms restaurant) or http://thepodshare.com/ right in the heart of Hollywood and a few blocks away from the Vibe.
While in SF you can see a SF Giants game at AT & T Park one of the prettiest ballparks in the states: http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=sf#y=2012&m=8&calendar=DEFAULT and yes I'm biased. Been a Giants fan twice as long as you've dwelled on the planet. We are in 1st place at the moment. Might also check to see what sports are being played across the Bay at CAL. Roll on you Bears! Football will not have started yet. As far as where to find a game of pool and a pint here are my recommends. Family Billards in the Laurel Heights neighborhood, http://www.familybilliards-sf.com/ nicer than Route 101 on Van Ness. In LA try my favorite dive bar, Frank and Hank's in Koreatown. Lastly, Southwest Airlines or JetBlue are good options to get you from one city to the next. Book in advance and online for the best deals.http://www.southwest.com/, http://www.jetblue.com/.
Enjoy your visit to the States.
Jul 25, 2012 1:24 PM
FAQ 260 (which I wrote) is a comprehensive guide to U.S. sports (including tips on ticketing). NFL season starts early September, with pre-season games in August. There is no NFL in Los Angeles.
There are, however, two big-time college football teams: UCLA (usually pretty bad, but they play home games in the Rose Bowl, which is a plus); and USC (usually pretty good, though recently they've been on the NCAA shit-list, so they've struggled a bit). As with NFL, by early September there will be college football.
Glancing at the schedule there, I wouldn't look much farther than that Sept. 8 game with UCLA vs. Nebraska at the Rose Bowl, if you can get tickets to that. Should be good.
Jul 25, 2012 2:28 PM
5I guess it depends what you in to.
I’ve lived in the NE USA almost my whole life and in addition to NY I have found Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, the South New Jersey Shore, Boston, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Washington DC all to be very much worthwhile.
- If you go to the south NJ shore go of body surfing (ask the locals when the best tides for that are.) They have some great amusement parks and water parks on the boardwalks in Atlantic City and in Wildwood so you can safely skip Six Flags. You’ll need a car to get there 9well I suppose you could slum it and take a bus from Philadelphia), once you get there if you are within a few blocks of the boardwalk they are each walking towns.
- Philadelphia is worth a day or three. Be sure to ask about cheese steaks and scrapple.
- If you watch a couple of films first, the Gettysburg battlefield is well worth the trip. But a car is a necessity to get there from any airport. If you have the money, you can even get a horseback tour of the battlefield. Not too far away is a ski resort that in the summer turns into a zip-line resort. I’ve never been there but I have heard great things.
- Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is great but finding an affordable place to stay is nearly impossible. There’s a lot to see and do there but everything is $10 for this and $15 for that. The seafood is famous as is the Italian food. The place is reportedly a death trap after dark. If you go pubbing, take a cab.
- If you go to DC make sure your hotel is near a metro station. The guided tour of the Capitol is worthwhile. Walking around on your own there is a waste of time. The Air and Space Museum is also a LOT better with a guided tour. There are some decent yuppy pubs in DC’s Georgetown area as well. Georgetown is pretty safe at night but has no metro stop. The Dupont Circle area is where the cool folks hang out and it DOES have a metro stop. It’s still reasonably safe. It’s an artsy area and used to be the gay district.
- The Boston-NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC train line is the only decent one in America, and each of those cities can be seen without a car. If you want to do just major cities while on the East Coast you could avoid the hassle of a car altogether.
Enjoy your journey.
Jul 25, 2012 2:47 PM
In Dupont Circle, with pool table: http://www.bierbarondc.com/wordpress2/
I haven't been there since a recent change of owners/name, but I understand they acquired the previous outfit's stellar brew collection.
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Jul 26, 2012 1:41 AM
10How much does the train from New York to Philly cost?
And how long does it take?
Also same question for Philly to DC ??
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