Family of 4 travelling East Coast Aug/Sep for 4 weeks from Aust
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jan 29, 2013 6:39 PM Last Post By: ianw6705
Jan 28, 2013 5:31 AM
Family of 4 travelling East Coast Aug/Sep for 4 weeks from AustHello, rough itinerary is 1 week in NYC (including 1 day trip to Niagara Falls), then travel to Miami for a 3-4 night cruise of Caribbean and Bahamas. Then 7-10 nights Orlando for the theme parks before heading to New Orleans and Las Vegas for a few nights each.
My questions are: 1) do I have the correct order of travel for each city taking into account plane/transit trips. We travel a lot and did Europe for 3 weeks on $15k last April and our budget is $20k for the whole US holiday including flights - so looking to save $$$ anyway I can and just thinking transit between each destination at the moment. We usually book accommodation at the very last minute to save costs and never travel peak. At this stage we are looking August/Sept 2013 - but are very flexible with dates. Any suggestions welcome and also any thoughts comparing plane/train/bus or even cruise is welcome. Sometimes the time savings with the plane can outlay the extra cost - but unsure with US.
Jan 28, 2013 5:43 AM
NYC to Niagara Falls is roughly 410 miles (660 km). It is not a day trip, unless you fly both ways, which is not how you "save money."
General consensus: if you feel you must go, go; if you are on your way to Toronto, go; if you are going because it's there, you're crazy.
You are also traveling during peak travel season (the summer), though Miami is in low season (hurricane season).
Additionally, the first Monday of September is Labor Day. That weekend, Fri-Mon, is the unofficial end of the summer travel season. It's one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and things can book up.
Again, book in advance to save money.
Jan 28, 2013 5:43 AM
2I also think 7-10 nights in Orlando is hell. But I leave that up to you.
Jan 28, 2013 6:18 AM
Jan 28, 2013 6:25 AM
4Plan on doing the $482 (Aust) day trip to Niagara, which is a plane each way. We usually save money on picking fairly basic accommodation, which we book late (but yes just about to book flights ). Not a backpackers budget, but spend where we feel we need to. We did Euro Disney last year, and kids can't get enough!! Thought the extra few days might give s a day or two by the hotel pool reading in between the 12-13 hours at theme parks.
Any thoughts on transit options?
Ps brookaj, I have read your other post before placing this one.
Jan 28, 2013 8:45 AM
5I suggest you add some time in Washington DC... Then fly a budget airline say, Southwest to Buffalo(if you must)...Rent a car there to see the falls & other attractions in the area...When done, fly Miami or Ft Lauderdale direct...Again renting,to visit attractions other than Disney. I'll suggest the tour at Kennedy Space Center... Again fly to NO. and then on to Las Vegas where a rental car becomes useful if "pool time"becomes tiresome...carracar
Jan 29, 2013 3:18 AM
6We do fairly long road-trips in the US from Australia, and we use the Wyndham Group website to book all accommodation well in advance ... it's an intelligent website, and further, almost all properties allow free cancellation up until the day of arrival - which allows you to have security as well as some flexibility if things change. lots of rooms have 2 x queen beds, or 1 x queen plus a sofa bed ... sleeping four. We use carhire3000.com to rent cars well in advance too.
I also think it's a very long time in Orlando at the height of summer, but it's your holiday. Did you consider Disneyland in LA as a preference? Better weather and less of a diversion. New Orleans might also be rather hot-humid, but nothing too unfamiliar for many Australians.
In Las Vegas, I strongly recommend a 3-4 night loop via the Grand Canyon NP (North Rim or South Rim), Bryce Canyon NP and Zion NP - three magical places, with enough elevation to probably not be boiling hot in summer. We have stayed in the Desert Rose Resort in Las Vegas - a low-rise "family" motel without a casino, and only a short distance from The Strip.
Jan 29, 2013 3:40 AM
Jan 29, 2013 5:49 PM
We too are from Oz and have just booked flights: Syd - NYC - Orlando - Las Vegas - San Fransisco (we then drive to LA) and fly out of LA the flights were $1725 AUD per person, I have not seen them this cheap for a long time and this was an early bird special with Delta and 1 internal flight with United, all baggage is paid for, we though it was a pretty good deal we are going Aug 19th - Sept 19th,
if you need any more details let me know :)
Jan 29, 2013 6:36 PM
9Yes - there are cheap Qantas fares around too ... we've booked MEL > LAX, SFO > ATL (Atlanta), JFK>LAX>MEL for about $A1690 per person, including all taxes, plus we always go for civilised flight times (no departures before 9:00am, no arrivals after 6:00pm). This is 5 May - 2 July though.
Jan 29, 2013 6:39 PM
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