What should I add to my "to do in the USA" list? :)
Replies: 65 - Last Post: Aug 5, 2012 3:55 PM Last Post By: goodiowagirl
Jul 29, 2012 3:26 AM
What should I add to my "to do in the USA" list? :)Hi there!
I would love to travel to the USA sometime soon, and had a list of things I wanted to do.
I want to go to LA, the Grand Canyon, see Las Vegas, Niagra Falls, New York City and Orlando. I would also love to eat KFC in Kentucky. I was just wondering if anyone had a few other things which I could add to my "to do" list for when I travel to the States?
Thanks so much for taking the time to help me. It's much appreciated! :)
Jul 29, 2012 3:59 AM
Jul 29, 2012 4:08 AM
Jul 29, 2012 4:18 AM
3Do yourself a favor - give the KFC a miss. Read reviews and find a real fried chicken joint that locals go to. There's no comparison. If you do go to Niagara Falls (the city itself is not very nice) eat some Buffalo Wings at La Hacienda, Judi's Lounge or Casa Nova. A slice of pizza in NYC is a must.
Otherwise it's hard to advise without knowing your interests, length of stay, how you will travel (with car or without), and approximate budget.
Jul 29, 2012 4:28 AM
4Thanks for your help pizwat - it's much appreciated!
I enjoy sightseeing, the beach, experiencing new things and fun nightlife. I really want to have a memorable trip which I will remember forever. I intend to go for approximately four-six weeks and would hope to spend less than $5000 while I'm over there. (Air fares excluded.) I wont travel with a car.
Jul 29, 2012 4:30 AM
Jul 29, 2012 4:49 AM
Jul 29, 2012 5:02 AM
7Consider adding xSan Francisco, xBoston and xCharleston (and maybe DC depending on time).
Skip xNiagara and xOrlando.
You will want to fly between coasts, and between wherever and xCharleston.
Also look into the Utah parks
Jul 29, 2012 5:11 AM
8I never thought of adding Utah to my trip. I really want to go to the original KFC. Utah is going on my list.
My mates were all going to take $5000, and we decided we would split the cost of accomodation between us. Food, air flights, shopping, tourist attractions ect. were paying for individually.
Thanks so much for your help bzookaj.
Jul 29, 2012 6:08 AM
Jul 29, 2012 6:15 AM
10I agree with skipping Niagara, it is a long drive unless maybe you visit Toronto. If possible I would also recommend Montreal.
I would suggest Chicago, I have had 13 foreign exchange and they loved Chicago. The Great Lakes (unsalted) are also worth the visit. Lake Michigan with its sugar sand beaches, The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore and the Grand Traverse area. http://www.michigan.org/About-Michigan/Default.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=pure+michigan&utm_content=3136008606&utm_campaign=google&gclid=CIKTmqT7vrECFWkCQAodpUcAog
What time of year will you be traveling?
Yes, you can get KFC anywhere.If you will go to Utah for KFC then maybe I can understand going out of your way for Niagara.
Jul 29, 2012 6:48 AM
11If your 26-year old is able/willing to drive, you will have much more flexibility to visit the Utah National Parks, which are amazing. A circle tour from Las Vegas would be a good route - Zion, Bryce, Arches, Grand Canyon. Early June might be good for that, although very warm weather at the lower-elevation parks could make hiking a challenge - be sure to take water if you head out for any walks (even ones you expect to be brief).
Plan where you'll be for July 4th Independence Day and be sure you have reservations for hotels that week - a very busy travel time.
Jul 29, 2012 7:18 AM
12If you are considering 4 to 6 weeks, you are really planning of covering a lot of ground. Most of my European friends are amazed how large the USA really is and that just the state off Michigan is about the size of the UK and Texas is about the size of France. Start plotting this trip on a map and calculating travel times.
Jul 29, 2012 7:37 AM
Jul 29, 2012 8:10 AM
14The Colonel opened his first restaurant in a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. He sold it in 1955, when he began traveling ot sell franchises. There is a Harland Sanders Museum and Café in Corbin..
The first franchise to open was in Salt Lake City, Utah. That building was torn down in 2004, and rebuilt as a standard KFC, with a statue of the Colonel out front.
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