From sea to shining see in three months
Replies: 55 - Last Post: Mar 23, 2013 2:21 PM Last Post By: bzookaj
Feb 25, 2013 10:40 PM
45p.s.s. a friend told me about Lost Campers http://www.lostcampersusa.com/ which you may consider for your west coast adventure, they were too pricey for the duration of our trip and we needed 5 seats at some times but it may work for you!
Feb 25, 2013 11:27 PM
46It would be much more convenient to have a car the entire time. And I wouldn't spend much time in the cities if I were the OP, either. Not most of them. Some are pretty interesting, like DC and San Francisco.
Feb 25, 2013 11:49 PM
47Just to answer fluffyevil briefly ... You can save your rental if you bypass Vancouver (or at least not take your vehicle there) - it is a nice city indeed, but not hugely different to say Sydney (or possibly Hobart on serious steroids). We actually weren't too overwhelmed by Seattle either (the whole downtown area feels a bit grungy and un-civic to us used to Melbourne) - but I expect North Cascades NP and Olympic NP would be nice.
Can I also suggest you visit Glacier NP on your way from Yellowstone NP / Grand Teton NP, and then drive through Sandpoint, Coeur D'Alene, Spokane etc, on your way to Seattle. Certainly visit Mt Hood, Mt Rainier, and Crater Lake NP - all very rewarding destinations.
Feb 26, 2013 3:21 AM
48And we successfully use rentalcars.com as well (aka carhire3000.com). Good to deal with. And we have had no problem at all (and no additional cost) renting a car in the US, taking it to Canada for a month, and returning it to the US (NYC). But I guess your issue is the other way, maybe (however it's not clear to me where your border issue lies).
Feb 26, 2013 5:33 AM
Feb 27, 2013 5:18 PM
Thanks for the tips, they are definitely great ones. I used to work at the Prince of Wales Hotel up in Waterton Alberta which is the Canadian side of Glacier National. That whole area is incredible and if we had the time we'd go there but the eldest child is turning 13 and I know that she'd rather be in a city then in a park so we have to hustle from Yellowstone to make it to Seattle to get spoiled by friends.
We're hitting up Vancouver and Portland again because I have friends there that I haven't seen in ages. I'm not sure when the last time you were in Vancouver was but I consider it to be one of the best cities in the world especially if you're just visiting (I can't live there, it rains too much!). We'll be there for 5 days equal only to the time we'll spend in San Fran. There is so much to do and since the Olympics there are even more services and touristy things to catch. Plus I want to eat all the sushi, I miss quality sushi living in Melbourne.
I'm pretty stoked to be going back home and showing my partner and his kids around, there is just too much to see and it's amazing that 3 months (1 month with them) does not seem like enough time :)
Feb 27, 2013 5:53 PM
Feb 27, 2013 6:24 PM
52Hi fluffyevil - all sounds good.
I like the way Melbourne and Vancouver jostle for "the most livable city in the world" title each year - not sure who runs such things, but they do. We did like Vancouver indeed (much more than Seattle) ... but our focus in North America is always on destinations other than cities, in the main. There are some very nice ones, but to this shallow tourist, they are all more similar than they are different. And yes - four nights in any one is about enough (although NYC warrants a couple more) - and by then I'm itching to get back out on the road to discover the next national park.
Whatever the length of your trip - it is always not enough!
Mar 23, 2013 9:24 AM
53So after a couple of weeks we made some decisions and are ready to book our tickets.
What we'll be doing now is divide the trip in three stints.
3 weeks cities with public transport - NY, DC, Philly, Boston (july)
2 weeks Florida loop with a rental car (maybe extend it to three weeks and drive up and down to new Orleans for a couple of days) (july-aug)
After that we'll do a west-coast 4 week loop with either a campervan or a car (still undecided) including yellowstone, rockies, denver, las vegas, yosemite. After that we'll probably stay for 2 weeks near LA maybe rent a car for daytrips(joshua tree, San Diego, Disney) (aug-sept)
Would you guys take a flight to new-Orleans or drive up and down for a couple of days?
What dyou think so far?
Mar 23, 2013 11:58 AM
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