Is this itinerary ideal for a trip to the United States?
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Mar 2, 2013 2:25 AM Last Post By: ianw6705
Aug 26, 2012 9:27 PM
Aug 26, 2012 9:54 PM
Aug 26, 2012 10:23 PM
2My goodness - I grew up less than a km from your start address, and attended West Ryde Primary School, just down the road. And welcome to the forum.
Are you paying for the tickets, or are they FF Points? My view is that 15 days is way too short for a USA trip - you are just into it and it's over. On all our trips we go for 6-8 weeks, but I appreciate we might have more time. And I cannot read your itinerary link very well (black text against a black background), but by highlighting it - I get the drift, sort of.
But I agree with #1 - why would you cross the country twice?
And in any case - how long can you go for, and what are your interests? There is a great deal more to the US than LA, NYC, and Washington DC (interesting as they are) ... so more information (and a clean itinerary just on here) would be helpful. And there is no "ideal" itinerary - each has its own merits.
Aug 26, 2012 10:46 PM
3Honeycombbees, welcome to Thorn Tree.
I'm trying to be kind.
You are spending $18,496.67 to fly to three U. S. cities including 4 transcontinental (North America) flights. You only need to cross the continent twice.
Days 6 and 7 are devoted to "walking around the city." I am presuming the "city" is Los Angeles, CA. Do you know that you can DRIVE 50 miles (80 Km) inside the Los Angeles city limits in almost a straight line? You can DRIVE 100 miles (160 Km) in a straight line inside Greater Los Angeles. You will be in other municipalities but you won't be able to tell where one ends and the next one begins. Where do you plan to walk? There are parts of Los Angeles that I would not "walk around" even when armed.
I recommend that you reconsider this trip.
Aug 26, 2012 11:41 PM
4I recommend that you reconsider this trip.
I agree entirely. This is what you have on that website, as far as I can tell:
Night 01 01 Oct -- New York ($415 per night)
Night 02 02 Oct -- New York ($415 per night)
Night 03 03 Oct -- New York ($415 per night)
Night 04 04 Oct -- Los Angeles ($378 per night)
Night 05 05 Oct -- Los Angeles ($378 per night)
Night 06 06 Oct -- Los Angeles ($378 per night)
Night 07 07 Oct -- Los Angeles ($378 per night)
Night 08 08 Oct -- Washington DC ($414 per night)
Night 09 09 Oct -- Washington DC ($414 per night)
Night 10 10 Oct -- Washington DC ($414 per night)
Night 11 11 Oct -- Washington DC ($414 per night)
Night 12 12 Oct -- New York ($303 per night)
Night 13 13 Oct -- New York ($303 per night)
Night 14 14 Oct -- New York ($303 per night)
Night 15 15 Oct -- Sydney
So either you have quite low ambition, or you have a great deal of money and don't care about the cost. But if you respond here and advise that you have $18,000 for a USA tour, plus identify your major interests - people can provide a wonderful alternative plan.
Aug 27, 2012 1:51 AM
Aug 27, 2012 3:40 AM
6I can't understand what you are looking for. Everyone has different tastes. But you are aiming to spend a fortune on a 'holiday' involving punishing travel and mutiple changes of flights, but expensive hotels. I personally prefer bad flights and good hotels to the opposite combination, but this looks just too much to enjoy. For your budget you could surely get much better flights with no connections, and at least a direction of travel that makes sense. You could still stay in good hotels and you would carve out at least two extra days. Even a bespoke travel company would charge you less for an itinerary that would be much better.
On the other hand if you are committed to this, do enjoy yourself!
Aug 27, 2012 7:03 AM
7What people are saying is that something like this would make more sense
That way, you would only have two cross-country flights, instead of 4. That is two more days you could use for visiting. You could use those two days, plus perhaps a day from New York, to visit San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas or some other city.
Between New York and Washington there is good train and bus service.
If you can't change flights now, then I guess you are stuck.
As mentioned, the Los Angeles area is not a place you walk around. It is vast and sprawling and does not have a central area where there are many attractions. The places you will want to see are going to be all over the place and best reached by car.
Aug 27, 2012 8:21 AM
8You actually give us very little information to go on, other than you have a lot of money to spend and you seem to be determined to spend it on expensive cities and hotels.
What are you interested in seeing in your trip? What are you not interested in seeing?
Will you/can you rent a car?
Day 4 is a crap schedule. Whose bright idea was it to take three flights to cross the US when there are probably 20 direct flights daily?
I hate that format you are using.
Aug 27, 2012 8:22 AM
Aug 27, 2012 8:28 AM
10Walking around the city in Los Angeles? Not recommended for anyone. LA is not a walking city. Los Angeles is roughly 72 km long x 41 km wide. And that doesn't include any of the adjacent confluent areas.
You really need to get a guidebook and figure out where things are and where you should not be walking.
Aug 27, 2012 9:15 AM
Aug 27, 2012 9:29 AM
Aug 27, 2012 9:50 AM
13I agree with the above gist, and would add: For only two weeks in the U.S. coming from Australia, and assuming it's not your last lifetime opportunity to visit the U.S. east coast, you're probably better off keeping within the west coast/rocky mountain region.
The specifics of your plan for WashDC aren't great either, but let's start with the forest before we worry about the trees.
Also, do you realize that you've posted on the internet your home address with the dates when it will be vacant? Might want to check the batteries on your burgler alarm.
Aug 27, 2012 11:08 AM
14It seems this poster had little info on the places they are going, as why would you say walk around LA? have they even looked at a map to see the distances involved between east and west coast, a 5 hour flight each way? Why in the world would you fly from LA to NY, back to west coast, then back to DC, then back to west coast?
Lastly, posting personal information on the internet is not advised, and I suggest you delete the post and start over when you have a clue.
You also do not need to do any tours in any of the cities, you can do everything on your own, unless you dont speak or read english.
Two weeks in the USA staying in very nice places, and flying coach between then areas, I think you could easliy make this trip in comfort, wine and dine at all the popular places, for far less than $18,000.
I think a healthy budget for NYC is $600- day, DC & LA $400 day, so a average of $500 day for 14 days $7000. Airfare is about $600PP per Round Trip between the coast, and DC would be $300 R/T. Car rentals (LA) would be $75 -$100 day for a nice premium car.
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(3 star Hotel)
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