3 weeks travel in the US
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Mar 1, 2013 4:08 AM Last Post By: bzookaj
Feb 27, 2013 8:09 AM
3 weeks travel in the USHi all.
I am spending my summer working in Chicago this year and I intend on doing some travelling for the last 3 weeks of my stay in the US.
I am flying home to Dublin, Ireland from Chicago so I don't intend on venturing too far from Chicago. Has anyone got any suggestions of places I should try and visit in the three weeks? I was considering a trip to Badlands National Park and perhaps onto Mount Rushmore from there for a start. I'll be on a tight enough budget also. Has anyone got any suggestions of places I should try visit? I would really appreciate any help and I'm open to all suggestions! Thanks! :)
Feb 27, 2013 8:29 AM
1How far is "too far from Chicago?"
The Badlands are a 12.5 hour non-stop drive. Not too many would call that "not too far."
What are your interests? History? Art? Music? Food? Hikes? Bikes? Night clubs? Strip clubs? Remember, we don't know you and what we like may be what you hate.
Feb 27, 2013 8:58 AM
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Feb 27, 2013 12:48 PM
5Your budget is roughly $95/day.
Rent a car, get some camping equipment, and head north.
Feb 27, 2013 2:54 PM
6If you want to hike into the wilderness, but not rent a car to get to national parks or other wilderness areas, consider going on a group trip like a Sierra Club or REI (check their websites). Usually you can get to the group's meeting place by public transport or catch a ride with another group member. To get to and from the actual hike you can ride with another group member (sharing expenses of course).
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11I am flying home to Dublin, Ireland from Chicago so I don't intend on venturing too far from Chicago. Has anyone got any suggestions of places I should try and visit in the three weeks? I was considering a trip to Badlands National Park and perhaps onto Mount Rushmore from there for a start
Ah, you poor Europeans. That's a 2,000-mile round trip from Chicago.
Mar 1, 2013 1:01 AM
12I'm a fan of the outdoor active lifestyle so I'd like to be able to see a few nationals park and stuff along those lines. My budget wont stretch much further than $2000 dollars.
Most critically, will it stretch to a rental car? If so, your $2,000 will take you about 12-15 days - 21 would be a real stretch. And I agree with somewhere up above - I would look at the Great Lakes rather than hauling out to Badlands NP, Mt Rushmore, and similar cheap thrills. See Traverse City, Sault St Marie, perhaps Isle Royale NP, the Michigan Upper Peninsula, Minneapolis, etc ... what I would do.
Mar 1, 2013 1:11 AM
13I dont think rental car will be an option, petrol alone would consume well over a quarter of a budget I reckon. I cant believe how expensive rail transport is in the US. In Europe you can purchase a ticket for €250 and you can travel as much as you want on it in as many countries as you want for 3 weeks, does such a ticket exist in the US?
Mar 1, 2013 1:19 AM
14Amtrak is so little regarded in the US that there is little incentive to provide a good service. And if it ever makes a profit anywhere it's attacked as a Bolshevik plot ... so the railway can't win. It is bled to death and dying of neglect and abuse, in a century when peak oil will bugger the car and happy motoring ... oh well, the Americans are a strange people indeed - they fervently believe in things that aren't real, and deny things that patently are.
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