NEW YORK TRIP - WORTH IT?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 14, 2012 1:30 PM Last Post By: nrclibn
Nov 6, 2012 11:16 AM
NEW YORK TRIP - WORTH IT?Hi
I will arrive in NYC at 1pm on 28 November, and have a flight to come home (JFK) for 5 December.
My trip is just a bit of site-seeing, enjoying being in America. I am British.
I was planning to go to Chicago after a few days for a day or two to see something else, maybe Pittsburgh also, but in view of the recent Sandy storm, is it worth changing my itinery - is New York appropriate to visit, am I invading at a time when people are stuggling?!
Initially my itinery was
28 Nov - NYC
29 Nov - NYC
30 Nov - NYC
1 Dec - NYC
2 Dec - NYC/Pittsburgh
3 Dec - Travel to and in Chicago
4 Dec - Chicago
5 Dec - NYC
Would you recommend changing this?
Nov 6, 2012 11:26 AM
1I think that NYC is still appropriate to visit and that your tourism dollars will be appreciated. You could easily spend your whole trip there, or make an excursion to D.C. or Boston via one of the cheap buses.
Pittsburgh is not a usual tourist destination--is there a reason you want to visit it?
I'm a big fan of Chicago, but given how short your time is, I wonder if you might be better served staying on the East Coast (assuming D.C. or Boston are of interest). If you head to Chicago, you do have a small risk of snow storms, which can shut down the airport.
Nov 6, 2012 11:39 AM
2Your consideration of the circumstances in NYC is appreciated.
Although I do not live there, I agree with tilos in that NYC still needs the revenue tourism brings and given that you won't be there for three more weeks I'd say you should still go. Also, many of the hardest hit areas are not places you would most likely be visiting.
I also agree that a short trip to Washington D.C. or Boston would be much easier logistically than traveling to Pittsburgh and / or Chicago.
Nov 6, 2012 11:54 AM
3Thank you for all your advice.
I think I will try DC and Boston, and perhaps visit the mid-west another time :)
Nov 6, 2012 12:08 PM
If you go to the former, you could pop in xPhiladelphia for a quick day.
Nov 6, 2012 12:09 PM
5If this was my trip, I would plan on spending the entire time in New York, but I would have a backup plan to go to Washington if New York experiences continuing severe problems from Sandy and any subsequent storms.
Nov 6, 2012 4:23 PM
6NYC is a must. There are lots of places that are not affected by Sandy.
Boston is also a great idea because of its charm, size, and the fantastic history. But I strongly urge you: don't cut the midwest out of your trip! As someone who has lived on both the east coast and in the midwest, they are both great - with very different energies, culture, and people. Chicago is a fantastic city with its own thing going on (and much friendlier people!). And yes, after living in both places, I settled down in Chicago : )
Nov 6, 2012 4:45 PM
Nov 14, 2012 9:59 AM
8I think Chicago needs more time than you've budgeted for it- it's an amazing city. I'd also pick another city over Pittsburgh- Boston, DC, or even Philly. DC and Philly can be easily accessed via bus: Bolt, Megabus, even the old standard, Greyhound.
Nov 14, 2012 12:59 PM
9NYC is fine. Come, Visit. For side trip I would say take 2 1/2 days in DC.
Chicago is wonderful. But you're spending a lot of time traveling for little bang.
Nov 14, 2012 1:30 PM
10At the risk of "raining on your parade," check your lodging options in New York before committing to it. International visitors are often surprised by the high cost of hotels and the relative scarcity of hostels. If you can book lodging you can afford, by all means come visit the city.
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