For a 2013 Roadtrip over the summer, what is fun to see and do?
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Dec 12, 2012 4:01 PM Last Post By: tilos
Dec 11, 2012 9:32 AM
For a 2013 Roadtrip over the summer, what is fun to see and do?Me and three of my friends are going on a road trip from coast to coast, starting in New York, ending in LA. Now, I am Norwegian, and I don't really know what festivals to see, or what to do while on the road trip. Now, I've heard about some music festivals like Burning man and Bonnaroo, and those sound really fun!
What can you guys recommend for a first time visitor? the route is not set, neither is the dates, we will decide on that when we know where we want to go. I looking for fun festivals and happenings of that sort, but really I'm looking for anything fun! Any suggestions?
We will be travelling between june and the start of September though.
And excuse my bad English :/
Dec 11, 2012 9:53 AM
Dec 11, 2012 9:56 AM
Dec 11, 2012 10:03 AM
3OK - you're question is very difficult to answer, in part because there are so many options. The summer in the US hosts a multitude of festivals, state fairs and celebrations in pretty much every state. Some are huge, like Summerfest, Aquatennial and Burning Man and others are smaller regional or even local events. The advantages of the smaller ones include fewer people and more local customs while the bigger ones might attract big name entertainment.
In general you can take a more northern route across the US or a more southerly one. That time of year would allow both, but you don't have time to do both. Do you have a preference as to what general region(s) of the US you want to travel through?
Dec 11, 2012 10:33 AM
Dec 11, 2012 10:40 AM
Dec 11, 2012 10:48 AM
6I suggest doing a bit more research then.
Research places like Cleveland (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame), Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Denver and Seattle if you want to do a generally northern route (Denver could go either way). If a Southernly route seems appealing research Memphis, New Orleans, Austin, San Antonio, Sante Fe and Las Vegas.
I only picked those examples because they are generally known to have lots of activities during the summer, typically revolving around music of some sort.
Dec 11, 2012 10:49 AM
Dec 11, 2012 11:11 AM
Dec 11, 2012 11:13 AM
9OP, people love to help. It's why we're here. But your query is quite open ended. You've given little or no information about the length of your trip, your budget, yourselves, or your interests other than an interest in festivals. There are literally thousands of festivals every summer in the U.S., large and small.
The United States is tied with China as the third largest country in the world. When road networks are included in a comparison, this is easily the world's largest country that's possible to easily travel in almost every corner. Which is to say that this is a vast, diverse, beautiful, and highly accessible place: all 2.9 million square miles in continental 48 states. The state of Montana alone is the size of your entire country, and unlike Norway you can drive to within five or 10 miles of every square foot of the place.
I suggest that you spend time with a guidebook, and in this site's FAQ, and come back with more more specific questions. At the moment, any useful answer would require writing a guidebook.
Dec 11, 2012 2:31 PM
10Or you could just check back here and go phishin'... http://www.phishrumors.com/
Dec 11, 2012 2:44 PM
11You'll definitely want to visit the Grand Canyon (the South Rim is where all the tourist facilities are) in Arizona. While there, you might consider hiking to Havasu Falls (http://www.waterfallswest.com/waterfall.php?id=25) -- a beautiful oasis on Native American land in the canyon. You hike down at night (avoid the heat), arrive in the morning, and then camp for the night, hike back up. For young guys, I'd recommend Bryce and Zion national parks in Southern Utah for red rock action -- as compared to Sedona, which is more artsy, although still quite spectacular. Bryce is beautiful -- kind of like a more beautiful/redder Capadoccia, and without all the tourst junk of Capadoccia). Even campsites at these national parks will be full months in advance in the summer, so don't expect to show up upon arrival and find a camping site.
A lot of visitors to the US think an RV will save them money, but if you use low-cost buses in the more populated areas (e.g. MegaBus or Greyhound) combined with a rental car in the less populated areas, you will save money even with having to pay for accommodation.
Hotels/motels in the US are very high standard and spacious compared to Europe -- outside of major cities, you can get a motel room with two double (full) beds and en-suite bath for $50-$70 (perhaps less) per night. And never tell the hotel that there are four of you -- just pay for two and then don't make a big scene about four people occupying the room. In most of these rooms there will be plenty of room for an air mattress or sleeping bags if you are skittish about sharing the (large) beds.
Lastly, practically speaking, consider buying health insurance. Medical care in the US is nothing like Europe -- horribly expensive -- so if you're going to be doing any adventurous activities, you don't want to be caught unprepared.
Have a great trip! Feel free to ask any questions, and your English is just fine!
Dec 11, 2012 3:15 PM
Dec 11, 2012 7:16 PM
13I did two road trips like this in 2002 and 2004. Many good places to visit. A few come to mind. Parks......Grand Canyon a must
and hike some below the rim for the experience. Also, Zion and Bryce in Utah are worth it. A few surprises for me were southern
Arizona and Tombstone....nice old west town. Underrated is Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley in California..both for the experience. Oh yes, HOT in the summer, but that adds to the experience! Not in to festivals much, but Sunset Strip/Blvd in LA is worth staying to experience local culture. Also, Las Vegas strip is a must....stay in a hotel on the Strip as then it is easy walking to all the places. This is just a FEW things I can think of....so much to see...and I am sure festivals along the way.
Dec 12, 2012 4:01 PM
lololol. Someone has lost there tolerance for travelers who haven't done research.
More accurate: Houston and Dallas are perfectly safe, but horribly ugly. Houston has good food and is near NASA, but otherwise lacks things tourists generally want.
San Antonio has the Alamo, which has almost entirely been rebuilt, and has definitely been overhyped. It has a riverwalk with lots of restaurants which is touristy but fun. It also has unique tex-mex foods, like puffy tacos. I prefer Austin, which has more outdoor activities.
But all of this is irrelevant, because there is no reason for a tourist with limited time to visit Texas.
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