Travelling from New York - Miami in 30 days
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Jul 7, 2012 7:50 AM Last Post By: 55vineyard
Jul 6, 2012 4:19 AM
Travelling from New York - Miami in 30 daysHi All,
My friend and I are two 27 year old english lads that are travelling from New York - Miami in 30ish days, aug 20th - sept 20th.
We're going to get the greyhound 30 day ticket and we were wondering if anyone could reccomend any stop offs, events, festivals, attractions, hostels/hotels, beaches, sporting events pretty much anything of interest on route!
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Jul 6, 2012 4:54 AM
1When the sun reaches the US, people will suggest you do a lot of your own research before asking such open-ended questions.
"Where should we stop off?" is difficult to answer. "We thought we would spend a couple of days in Savannah ... is that a good option?" is a much better question. You need to average less than 50 miles per day (assuming your 30 days doesn't include time in NYC or Miami) - so you do have quite a lot of time to poke around. You could do the actual bus trip in six day hits of about 250 miles each, giving you good time to stay in five places along the way.
Check the Greyhound timetable carefully, to see where those five places might be ... good cities or towns, near the coast, or whatever most interests you. You need to check out what sort of local public transport there will be available as well.
Hostels are fairly easy to research - simply check in search engines ... but you could start with hostels.com, hostelz.com, hostelbookers.com or hostelhandbook.com. Note that there aren't a LOT of hostels in the South. Similar research is doable for festivals, other summer music events, and sports. Have fun ... should be good.
Jul 6, 2012 6:22 AM
Jul 6, 2012 6:31 AM
3I agree with most of Cobb's - Baltimore is really underrated and quite a cool city. I'm a DC native, though, so of COURSE I'm going to say there. There's decent public transit and lots of hostels, or you can look into couchsurfing (unfortunately, I don't live there anymore, so I can't be a help!) If you do go, of course do all the museums and monuments (a no brainer and only a couple days) but also make sure you get a feel for the city itself - make sure you get ethiopian food (Dukem at 10th and U is my favorite) I like the zoo (I know, childish, but its free and fun) and there are lots of good bars - H Street NE is a really fun area to go out. Ben's Chili Bowl on U is a local landmark (I don't actually like it, but others would disagree)
Another stop if you want to see a bit of a smaller town in Charlottesville, VA - there are two busses a day from DC to there - its a great college town, and I'm 90% sure there's a hostel. You should visit Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's house) and the University if you're into history, and hang out on the downtown mall. Eat at the Whiskey Jar, Continental Divide, Mas or the Local and drink at Millers or Black Market Moto Saloon.
Savannah and Charleston are both really great places - and there ARE hostels in both. The Not So Hostel in Charleston was great when I stayed there.
Philadelphia is also pretty cool, and I would suspect has hostels/places to stay.
How you plan it depends really on a quantity/quality question - do you want to really get a chance to explore 5-7 places or see 10-15? Also, what kind of stuff are you into? What do you like to do?
Jul 6, 2012 6:42 AM
4You dont mention any interest. You could hike/camp a large portion of the Appalachian trail? How about surfing the Cape in North Carolina? What about hanging out with the jet set in the Hamptons? Maybe some antiquing? Scuba diving in Florida? Kite Surfing all along the coast? Bluegrass music in Asheville? Low country cuisine in Macon GA?
I would first go to Boston and Philly via train, well worth your time, then to Wash DC, then Charleston, Savannah is so so, rather cheap and touristy compared to Charleston, then I guess Atlanta, Orlando and Miami...
Jul 6, 2012 6:47 AM
5Oh, and obviously: you're in the States in the summer - see a baseball game. Your cheapest ticket along the way will probably be for the Nats in DC, but there are plenty of other places to catch one. While the cheapest tickets don't always (and mostly don't) sell out, its worth booking in advance anyway.
The Jersey shore is also surprisingly more worth a visit than you'd think.
Jul 6, 2012 6:52 AM
6From NY south I would suggest Phillidelphia, great history, good food. Some good places to eat in China Town, get an iconic cheesesteak sandwich (Gino's or Pat's are older and better known but a lot of people say Tony Luke's is better). South Street in Philly is the big night life scene.
Baltimore - the harbor is nice. If you like aquariums the National Aquarium in Baltimore is a good one. Not cheap, but nice. Take in a baseball game at Camden Yards. A fun place to eat is Nacho Mamma's in Canton Square.
As said, DC is another great stop.
South of that I will leave it to those who are more knowledgeable than I am.
Jul 6, 2012 7:32 AM
7One more thing. September 3 is Labor Day in the US. This is a big holiday, particularly for the beach. This could work to your advantage in that if you are in a city it may actually be less crowded at some sites, but stay far away from any beaches or routes to or from the beach. You can bet traffic Friday evening and Monday evening any routes affected by beach traffic will be bad.
Jul 6, 2012 7:40 AM
Jul 6, 2012 7:57 AM
9Is that to me? That's a solid point! Eat crab cakes. Lots of them. In fact, eat lots of everything. When you're in the south get some good, REAL fried chicken (I've lived in the UK for 4 years, that drek you call fried chicken wouldn't pass muster in the south) with biscuits (never ever served with fries state-side.) Get BBQ, lots of it - carolina and texas style. Eat fruit pies, peaches will be in season, so lots of them. Get real cornbread and good chile con carne, if you come across a Hot Brown sandwich, eat it and let your arteries blame you later. Have sweet tea while in the south. Get decent burgers. Popcorn shrimp and every other variety of shrimp, including shrimp and grits in the South. Collard greens, even though I hate them, should be tried. Sweet potatoes, either as a side or sweet potato pie. Biscuits and gravy for breakfast, or chicken and waffles for always. Catfish. Fried green tomatoes. Baked beans - which aren't a thing like British baked beans (you can't even get Heinz beans here despite it being an American company!) Can you tell I like Southern food?
If you go North get clam chowder and a lobster roll.
In New York have pizza, actually good bagels with lox, go to a solid deli (not one of the touristy ones) and have a reuben, eat black and white cookies. Also go to brunch always and often.
In Philly obviously cheesesteak but also hogies and tomato pie and soft pretzels
In Florida have cuban food, and cafe con leche.
Most of all, drink beer and lots of it. While abroad we're mostly known for weak, awful lagers (see: bud, miller, coors) there's a huge and thriving beer culture in the states. Everywhere you go will have new local beers - ask bartenders what's local. Brooklyn Brewery in New York is great, obviously, but there are a million and one breweries and I couldn't begin to name them. You'll break my heart if you come here and drink bud.
Jul 6, 2012 8:14 AM
10Yes, you should try a crab cake if you must, but it you really want a Maryland experience go to a good crab feast with someone that can show you how to pick crabs. According to my wife (who is our crab cake expert) the best crab cakes are sold at Faidley's Seafood in the back area of Lexington Market in Baltimore. Personally I would avoid that really famous Maryland seafood place that most tourists go to.
Jul 6, 2012 8:33 AM
Jul 6, 2012 11:18 AM
OP is English, though. You're talking about a country that believes that beans are breakfast food, and that "sausage" may acceptably taste like glue. Biscuits and gravy will be a huge improvement for him.
Jul 6, 2012 11:21 AM
Jul 6, 2012 12:06 PM
14With 30 days, there is no real reason to stay on the direct NY to MIA route for the entire trip. There are huge numbers of interesting places you could go.
Start by identifying what types of things interest you and your budget for lodging, activities, food and transportation. Greyhound will get you from point A to point B, but it won't get you from the bus station to whatever it is you want to do. Do you plan on renting a car at all? Or do you need to stick with places that have good public transportation or interesting walkable "downtown" areas close to the bus station?
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