Itinerary 12 days start-end NY
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Feb 25, 2013 9:18 AM Last Post By: smartcookiee
Feb 22, 2013 3:33 PM
Itinerary 12 days start-end NYHello everyone!
We are a couple (both in our 30s)arriving at the JFK in the morning of the 20th of March and leaving on the 31th again from JFK.
We would like to spend 4-6 days maximum in NY and still not sure of what to do on the rest of the days..
We thought of Boston and NIagara but rejected it (the first due to the weather, the second one because we've read that it isnt worth it if you dont plan visiting Toronto).
Also thought of Philadelphia and DC but weren't impressed by what we have seen so far.
We were impressed by the west part of the country , parks around Utah and Arizona , mountains, nice scenery etc..but is it feasible to visit both sides of the US in such a limited amount of time?If so, could you suggest some possible itineraries?
If not, where else would you suggest going?
We'd like to see nice landscapes, nature, mountains, interesting small-medium sized cities with a cultural-ethnic touch ..
We also thought of going to the caribbean or Mexico, so we really open to ideas :)
Thank you so much in advance
Feb 22, 2013 4:27 PM
1Not sure what you know about the weather in Boston that far out. I doubt it will be much different than what you will be experiencing in NYC.
No, it would not be practical to do both sides of the U.S. in that time period.
I take it you are coming from overseas and this is your first time to the U.S. I believe you would enjoy Washington D.C.
If you want to see somewhere else and want to fly, Miami could be nice for a few days.
Feb 22, 2013 6:09 PM
2If you can afford a ticket to the West coast and back to NYC for 12 days...go for it...
Its a little rushed...the West Coast is very big...and there is a lot to see...
NYC could be very well done in 12 days...
Perhaps a trip to New England...which is very scenic...of course its winter...and that would be unique...
Its easy to rent a car in NYC...since few people actually own one... Parking costs are outrageous...!
If you do fly out west...fly to LA or SF or SanDiego...the weather should be good...and there is a lot to see... Utah is way too cold and snowy ... And Phoenix is really not that high on anyone's "must see" list...
My choice would be SF... LA is an giant city without a real center...
SF is scenic..there weather should be OK and connections to NYC should be cheaper and easy to get...
Feb 23, 2013 12:13 AM
3We'd like to see nice landscapes, nature, mountains, interesting small-medium sized cities with a cultural-ethnic touch ...
Can I assume you have cheap tickets to and from JFK?
Given everything you've said ... and also assuming this is not warm-beach / warm-ocean / drinks with little umbrellas type trip, I would suggest five nights in NYC, fly to Las Vegas, rent a car, and do a six-night loop that includes the Grand Canyon NP South Rim, Bryce Canyon NP, Zion NP, and back to Las Vegas for a flight to NYC. It's all outstanding. Utah (even high-elevation Utah) is mostly a desert, and while you can get a big storm sometimes, basically it is cold and dry, rather than wet and snowy.
Feb 23, 2013 12:24 AM
Feb 23, 2013 10:53 AM
5You have about 11 days. Boston, Philly and DC are all worthwhile, but it sounds like you want to see nature vs. cities. If you don't mind some flying, you can fit it in. You should do a minimum of 5 nights/4 full days in NYC. Then you can fly to Vegas, rent a car and drive via Grand Canyon and Utah parks to Salt Lake City in about a week. Then fly back to NYC from SLC to fly home.
Feb 23, 2013 10:55 AM
Feb 23, 2013 12:58 PM
7Then you can fly to Vegas, rent a car and drive via Grand Canyon and Utah parks to Salt Lake City in about a week. Then fly back to NYC from SLC to fly home.
This is very similar to my #3 ... but ends in SLC. The drive from the Southern Utah parks to SLC is very scenic in parts (so long as you stay off the interstate highways), but Zion NP to Las Vegas is not un-scenic either, including the incredibly nice Valley of Fire SP, and the western shore of Lake Mead. Also - the last hour into SLC is traffic-riddled, and you might incur a one-way rental fee, by not returning the car to Las Vegas.
Anyway - all very presumptuous at this stage ... I have no idea yet whether you're flying west at all.
Feb 23, 2013 2:22 PM
8March is a little bit nipply in NYC. Not undo able, but definitively not spring. The weather doesn't really change until you get south of Richmond or so and the water temps don't get warmer util you get south of Cape Hatteras.
I'm a hiker of sorts and if I were you I'd be tempted to go hiking in western Virginia, but if you are willing to fly, head to the Caribbean.
Feb 24, 2013 1:55 AM
9Thank you all for your replies!
We will probably stay in NYC for 4-5 days and then fly to Vegas or San Fransisco for a 6-day tour..
I have a few more questions..
Is there any chance to combine desert-style scenery with driving in the woods-lakes-water in that area?Maybe in California or Utah?
Is San Fransisco-Grand Canyon-Las Vegas doable in 6 days? (arrive SFO and fly back from Las Vegas).
How easy and safe is to drive around there ?
Also do the national parks require hiking or can we explore them by car?Not that we dont like hiking but that would take more time..
And finally , i assume that that part will be slightly cheaper than the NYC , am I correct?
Thank you again..!
Feb 24, 2013 5:36 AM
Nights 1-4 NYC.
Night 5 Las Vegas
Night 6 South rim Grand Canyon
Night 7 Tropic
Night 8 Springdale
Night 9 Furnace Creek
Night 10 Yosemite (long drive)
Night 11 Yosemite
Night 12-14 SF
Feb 24, 2013 5:38 AM
Other than that, the drives are easy.
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