30 or 40 days in USA
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Aug 29, 2012 12:40 PM Last Post By: carracar
Aug 27, 2012 10:42 PM
30 or 40 days in USAHi everyone, I am a 30 year old male, I´ll be travelling by myself to the States. (September, October) I would like to get your help, and recommendations on the places and cities I could visit... I have been to florida many times, and also to New York and Washington. (although I wouldn´t mind to repeat Miami and New York ). I want to spend from 30 to 40 days in the country. All recommendations will be highly appreciated!!
Aug 27, 2012 11:21 PM
1What are your main interests ... US cities, or do you wish to see the countryside? Your time is adequate to do both, but it's hard to provide options without knowing your main priorities, outside a re-visit to NYC and Miami - Las Vegas, New Orleans, LA, San Francisco, Portland Oregon, Chicago? Perhaps some national parks in the eastern states, or in the Southwest?
It's also useful to detail how you're planning to travel around (rental car, for example, or bus tours, and are you considering a number of internal flights), what you're planning to stay in (hostels, or something else), and what your approximate budget might be.
Also useful to know your arrival and departure ports. So help us to help you.
Aug 28, 2012 2:05 AM
Aug 28, 2012 2:24 AM
Aug 28, 2012 4:10 AM
Aug 28, 2012 8:53 AM
5Hi!!! Thanks for your replies...
Well I like everything..haha..US cities, countryside... I think doing Vegas, L.A, SF is a good choice. I'm up for anything,I like to visit the best of a city, enjoy their culture, restaurants, nightclubs, I can consider some internal flights, rent a car, and any kind of acommodation (hotel, hostels) well thinking hostels would be a better choice for me since I´m travelling by myself so I can meet some people during my trip. Budget is not a big concern.
Thank you all, I really appreciate your help.
Aug 28, 2012 8:59 AM
Aug 28, 2012 11:56 AM
7Unfortunately, this question would be akin to asking where in Europe should I spend my 30 or 40 days? And this is a good comparison, because the US is as wide as from London to Moscow and just as diverse!
Bear in mind that, while weather conditions are optimal almost everywhere in the States during those months, things to consider are:
- hurricanes along the Gulf Coast and, to a lesser extent, the Atlantic coast;
- snow in the extreme northeast of the country (in lower NY, frost usually first occurs around 31 October), up on the Canadian border, snow in October is not unusual;
- temperatures in the Southwest (Arizona especially) can very well be in the 100s (last year, air conditioners were still in use in Phoenix at THANKSGIVING ... the end of November ... when the outside temperature was 96). As a rule, the weather usually does not turn cool in southern Arizona until early October. And don't take solace in the "dry heat" nonsense: the heat in my oven is dry, too, but I don't stick my head in it. If you're not used to it, 95 dry can still be miserable. Please note that in NORTHERN ARIZONA (Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, etc), temperatures during the period usually range from 70s during the day to 20s and 30s at night. Snow is not uncommon in mid-October;
- Northern California is IDEAL in September/October. All insiders who know the region know that's the time to go. The weather is akin to Europe during Golden Autumn; go to San Francisco in the summer, and you'll often get rain;
- The Rockies (Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, etc.) are frequently cold in September/October and in many cases, some of the main roads (like the cross highway in Yosemite and the highways near Yellowstone) may close as early as 15 September.
Like traveling through Europe, traveling across the U.S. offers many different climate and landscape scenarios. Global Warming, if you believe in it, has changed much of it (for example, last winter, it was warmer in North Dakota than in southern Arizona for weeks at a time, which is (was?) very unusual).
A rental car is almost an absolute necessity in the US if you plan to travel around a lot (and varies in necessity on location: stay in NYC, not only not necessary, but very undesirable .... go to SFO, not necessary and difficult ... go to LAX, absolutely necessary, as it is in Phoenix, too). The west coast requires a car much more than the east; but if you plan to travel around a lot, public transportation will not do ... especially outside urban areas.
Aug 28, 2012 12:14 PM
Aug 28, 2012 1:21 PM
Aug 28, 2012 1:27 PM
Mid-September to mid-October is when San Francisco and the Central Coast actually have the best weather. Warmest and most likely to be fog-free. "Warmest" is a relative term, but it's theo ne time of year you are most likely to be able to wear shorts in SF and not freeze.
Don't expect the Pacific Ocean to be warm enough for swimming anywhere, unless you are avery hardy,, Surfers usually wet wetsuits in the north and often in Southern California as well. Beaches, however, are likely to be pleasant.
One trip might be San Francisco, drive south along the coast to Los Angeles (LAX is the airport; it's not used ot refer to the whole area), San Diego, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, SF. In some places, like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, it can be important to book loading in advance. You can also do the loop in the other direction, but I was thinking climate. Start in SF in September when it's best, then get to Vegas & Death Valley when the heat has subsided a bit.
If you are more of a city person, you could leave out some of the National Parks.
Aug 28, 2012 2:46 PM
11Las Vegas is a truly awesome place. I loved it when I visited, and I was 14! If you want some culture you should check out my hometown of New Orleans, there's no festivals or big holidays so it should be nice that time, if you can stand the heat. San Fransico is very nice because its not too hot. When I was in the UK I nearly froze to death and it was 60 degrees. Yosemite is nice just a bit difficult to get to. Some really nice mountain country is around where I live in Gerogia and North Carolina, but again if you can stand the heat (not sure where you're from mate) and the south west is magical if you're planning on Grand Canyon.
Aug 28, 2012 7:28 PM
12Utah, especially southern utah, would be wonderful at that time. Check out the many national parks in southern utah... the weather will probably be in the 80s or so, dry, sunny and cool at night. It's easy to combine a visit to southern utah with a visit to the north rim of the grand canyon, which is accessed from utah and is far less crowded than the south rim.
Aug 28, 2012 9:16 PM
Aug 28, 2012 9:36 PM
14thanks a lot !!!..really..it's been really helpful to get these ideas from you guys... Ok I think for now i'm sure about doing Vegas, San Francisco, LA, Grand Canyon, Yosemite (renting a car would be the best way to go ) How long would this take ? 10, 15 days? more?? Would be a good idea after this itininerary to fly to the other side of the country?? chicago maybe?? or any other city? or should I head south?? Sorry for asking this much... i´m just trying to find the best itinerary! thanks again
(i¨m going to check your travel blog Jim777, thanks!)
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