Northeast USA / best cities to visit
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Aug 30, 2009 7:09 AM Last Post By: Johann
Aug 28, 2009 10:31 PM
Northeast USA / best cities to visitHi,
I will be in NE USA.
I have been to New York City 4X, Washington,DC., and Chicago(not really NE).
Any other good city there I can visit?
I hear Baltimore is not too exciting. I wanted to eat crabs but apparently DC has crabs too.
I am thinking of going to Philadelphia for the cheese steak. Don't know if it is really that amazing.
Your thought and ideas would be great.
Aug 28, 2009 10:46 PM
Aug 29, 2009 7:57 AM
Aug 29, 2009 8:40 AM
Aug 29, 2009 9:04 AM
Aug 29, 2009 10:56 AM
6I've been to to Boston twice, thought it was just ok, not too exciting.
I've been to Halifax NS., same thing- thought it was just ok, not too exciting.
I like the big city feel--I guess nothing is bigger than NYC or Tokyo.
I was thinking Philadephia, but to go there just for the cheese steak and maybe pretzel?
I'll be coming from Washington DC Amtrak, Can I just drop in PHil for a few hours and hop on Amtrak again to go to NYC?
Aug 29, 2009 11:07 AM
7How to get great TT advice
Be specific. Believe it or not, some people will neglect to say when they’re coming. Don’t be one of those people. Also essential: How much do you have to spend? "Reasonable" doesn't cut it. Give a dollar number. If you worry that people will want to direct you to the highest-priced places, try this: Say how much you’d like to spend, and how high you could go if you had to or if it was really special. No one’s looking for your complete financial statements, but in a country where rooms rent for anywhere from $35 a night to more than $1,000 it would help greatly to have a number so we can give you useful information as opposed to a bunch of vague, impressionistic hoo-hah.
It is also essential to know about your transportation arrangements. Are you flying, taking the train, using Greyhound, or driving? If you’re trying to decide whether to rent a car, here’s a general rule: Driving is the most expensive but by far the most preferable unless your trip is going to be confined to the following cities: New York, Boston, Washington, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and (possibly) Seattle and (possibly) the West Side of L.A. for a day or two. Just about anywhere else, you will almost certainly need a car. This is especially true if you think you want to see wilderness areas. Hitchhiking is not an option in the United States; it has definitely gone out of style since its heyday in the 1970s, and in fact is illegal in many places.
A related note: If you do not have a driver’s license, can't afford a rental car due to the underage surcharge, or you’ve drunk the Kool-Aid and want to use mass transit for your entire trip, for heavens sake, say so! That way, we won't waste time telling you about renting a car or describing the best way to drive from Point A to Point B.
Make sure your post mentions anything about you that would be helpful to know. An 18 year old Brit on his first trip abroad usually wants different advice from a Italian family with an infant or a couple in their 50s from Ohio.
Do some research of your own. Start by checking the USA Branch FAQ at the top of the board. It is loaded with information on American cities and general travel tips. For example: Want to know the ins and outs of renting a car in the United States? It’s in the FAQ. Also, use the Search function here. People (justifiably) complain about it, but a search will often yield quite a bit of usable information. Above all: Don’t ask an open-ended question that requires people to write a guidebook just for you, such as, "I have two weeks and I’m thinking of taking a trip to America. Can anyone give me advice on what to do and where to go?"
Asking about New York? Please read this first: Don’t post the same old tired, infuriating question: "I’m going to be in New York for X days and would like to know what to do, especially off the beaten path." First off, New York is too big for anyone here to write you a guidebook all your own, so go buy one. They publish those things for a reason. If you have a specific, narrow-gauge question then ask it and people will gladly help. Secondly, if it’s your first trip then travel the beaten track, which is beaten for a reason. You’re a tourist, not visiting royalty.
Read this informative link. It just might save us all some grief.
Aug 29, 2009 11:27 AM
Amtrak is on the western edge of the city, and is only convenient to the Museum of Art (which is definitely worth it) and some places near UPenn, which means you'll have to transit to just about anywhere else you want to go (taking more time).
For "big city feel," your only real option is Philly. Try to spend 2-3 days if you can.
Aug 29, 2009 7:18 PM
9If you go to Philadelphia and want a cheesesteak go to Old City Restaurant which has great food reasonably priced and centrally located. For heaven's sake do NOT trek down to Jim's Steaks which is more expensive, is in a dodgy neighborhood, only takes cash, always has a line, and isn't that great.
Aug 29, 2009 8:25 PM
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