First Solo Trip to USA
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Aug 13, 2012 12:16 AM Last Post By: stef_treks
Aug 8, 2012 8:46 AM
First Solo Trip to USAHello,
I'm Travelling to the US on my own at the end of the month (Aug), this is my itinerary:
28th 30th - New York City
Flying United from LHR to EWR and Staying at "The Jane" Hotel.
30th - 3rd - Atlanta (and some Georgia)
3rd - 6th - Carolinas
6th - 8th - Who Knows?
8th - Home
I'm looking for inspiration on where to go in these areas and also somewhere to visit on the Eastern side of the US on the 6th and 8th. Where have you been that is great!? Im not travelling on my own as the lonliness of solo travel means you make more of an effort to meet new and interesting people, and that is what Im hoping to do. Anyway, Im at work and cant chat away too much, but I look forward to people's replies :)
Aug 8, 2012 9:07 AM
Aug 8, 2012 9:08 AM
2I'm sweating just thinking about the heat and humidity you are going to experience traveling on the East coast in August. You asked a specific question about the 6th and the 8th before catching your flight back to London on the 8th . Why not fly from wherever you are in the Carolinas to Washington D.C. and visit our nation's capitol. Loads of things to visit there. Spy museum, American Indian Museum, Air and Space Museum, Lincoln Memorial, National Gallery, Smithsonian Museums, etc., etc., etc. Train back to NYC in the evening. Catch your flight out of Newark the next day.
Aug 8, 2012 10:25 AM
3You could spend a week in NYC. 2 nights is hardly enough time, its a huge and happening city.
I would fly/train to DC, forget Atlanta, whats there? From DC after a few days touring, get a car and drive to Charleston and Asheville via the Blue Ridge Parkway, if no car, forget this area, and focus on DC. 4 days each is great.
Aug 8, 2012 10:56 AM
Aug 8, 2012 12:53 PM
5Hello, and welcome.
Have you seen the FAQ on the south? I wrote it with questions like this one in mind.
Aug 9, 2012 1:32 AM
6Sorry, I should have been more clear. I'm writing these at work so cannot write a lot.
The reasons for the Carolinas and Atlanta is due to me seeing family who live there. The whole point of the trip was to do that first,.. I'm hiring a car in Georgia and driving it to Raleigh (with a stop-over somewhere).
By your suggestions I have extended my stay in NYC by leaving on the 27th instead. So I now have 3 days.
Anyway... me... I'm 24 year old male. I have broad interests, but judging by that signature with the "top 5 no-no's" I will elaborate a bit.
I guess I like:
Science and Tech over Art & History
Music (This is a broad range, but the idea of listening to Jazz interest me)
Food (Although I'm dieting, I can't wait to tuck in to some American fare)
I've recently graduated from a degree in Television & Broadcasting so I guess things related to that would be interesting to me.
Most of all I'm looking to see where the wind takes me.
I'm fortuante enough to be passrider on United so I can fly anywhere in the states for next to nothing.
Aug 9, 2012 4:46 AM
7Your original post sucks, learn to ask a concise question and list the details.
Carolinas- Charleston, Asheville, Blue Ridge Parkway, Smokey Mountains.
Aug 9, 2012 5:10 AM
Aug 9, 2012 5:26 AM
NC Museum of Natural Sciences (pretty standard)
Low country in xCharleston
Edited by: Yersinia, to correct link
Aug 9, 2012 9:19 AM
10Are you flying home from NYC? If so, go back and spend more time instead of looking for another destination to spend your last few days. NYC has stuff that appeals to all of your interests, but you won't be able to do it all in 3 days.
Reading that you can fly anywhere... that's a big detail! Also consider flying to New Orleans for a couple of nights.
Aug 9, 2012 9:23 AM
This is actually what I'd suggest over New York. Three reasons: (a) it's a different slice of the US, (b) it's a good place for jazz,* and (c) New York isn't such a be-all and end-all that you should just keep going back to New York.
*Note: this depends, of course, on what kiind of jazz you're after. New Orleans is the home of Dixieland; if what you want is (say) bebop or modern, you might want to look elsewhere.
Aug 10, 2012 2:04 PM
12Scattered thoughts: NYC- Saten Island Ferry for a free beautiful boat ride, Greenwich Village for great food/drink, Empire State or Rockafeller for beautiful city views (touristy but worth it).
Carolians- pretty large area there. If you mean the coast than Ocracoke Island is a personal favorite of mine.
Washington, DC is my area, so if you end up in that area I'd have lots of specific tips. This might be a reasonable stop after the Carolinas.
Aug 13, 2012 12:16 AM
13Coastal North Carolina is worth seeing, if you like the beach. I second visiting Ocracoke Island if you can. That is part of the Cape Hatteras seashore, which is lovely. Cape Lookout also has a nice beach with a historic lighthouse.
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