Newbie traveller on one month trip to US?
Replies: 36 - Last Post: Dec 20, 2012 2:34 PM Last Post By: trekker502
Dec 14, 2012 8:21 PM
Newbie traveller on one month trip to US?Here is my itinerary starting from NewYork
NewYork (1 Week)
Miami (8 Days)
Los Angels (4 Days)
San Francisco (3 Days)
Las Vegas (5 Days)
Grand Canyon (1 day Trip)
Are there any places worth visiting which you think one should never miss? I have done my research but I just want to be sure that I do this right.
P.S I am not a museum guy and don't like to go to obvious tourists things. I love nature. Forests, mountains, waterfalls etc etc
Dec 14, 2012 8:40 PM
Dec 14, 2012 8:43 PM
Dec 14, 2012 10:13 PM
3Yea, I don't get it. Your 'PS' doesn't begin to jive with your Big-Ugly-City Lovin' schedule. Figure out what you really want to see...
If I ran the zoo, I'd trim LV to 2 days, Miami to 4, skip LA altogether, and take the extra 1.5 weeks to drive from Vegas to SLC via the S. Utah parks and Yellowstone. This will give you all the things you claim to want.
And I've just got to ask; what the .bleep. you expect to see in the 3 hours a G.C. day trip will allow? (Shakes head in befuddlement.)
Dec 15, 2012 2:21 AM
4why do you have to be so sarcastic geo_nerd, rocker8 says he is a newbie traveller, maybe we aren't all as smart as you, i am glad we are not all as rude. I think your itinerary sounds ok, Las Vegas is definitely not for nature lovers, it is very very touristy, but I think it is worth a visit, it is quite incredible in a superficial type of way. In San Francisco, Alcatraz is well worth a visit even if you don't like touristy things.
Dec 15, 2012 2:58 AM
Dec 15, 2012 4:01 AM
Dec 15, 2012 5:39 AM
7What month is this trip -- summer or winter?
Las Vegas is on Interstate-15, which will take you north to Zion National Park and Bryce National Park, as well as south on Highway #93 to Interstate-40 and then Highway #64 to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas has great shows at Caeser's Palace, etc.
Skip Los Angeles unless you want to see celebrities' homes, Universal or Warner Brothers' Studios, and Disneyland in Orange County. You will see the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco. The drive between San Francisco and Los Angeles is spectacular along Highway #1, and you may detour away from Los Angeles by driving directly to Las Vegas via Bakersfield and Interstate-15 -- allow three days to reach Las Vegas from San Francisco. One day's drive from Los Angeles.
Yosemite National Park is recommended year-round. It is 4 hours' drive from San Francisco. In the summer, starting in June, you may drive straight through Yosemite NP to Lee Vining on Highway #395, then drive either across Death Valley to Las Vegas, or south to the junction with Interstate-15 to Las Vegas.
Pick up a Rand McNally Road Atlas that includes all of the USA for easier driving.
Dec 15, 2012 6:50 AM
8I can't help but echo the others' replies. Your trip as planned does not include forests and nature - aside from the quick stop at the Grand Canyon - and only includes the major cities most tourists visit. I'd recommend grabbing a guide book - even an older version - from your local library and look up several of the places recommended above, e.g. Zion, Yosemite, Big Sur, Yellowstone...they may whet your appetite and get you to reconsider your trip.
Based on your itinerary, it seems like you do not intend to travel by car. If you are able to rent a car and you do want to get out of the cities, then consider a loop drive out of Las Vegas that takes in the parks of southern Utah and northern Arizona and/or a drive from SF to LA that takes in Yosemite and the California coast. These trips are very popular and discussed every day on this board...so you can do some reading and searching of old posts...
On the other hand, if it is cities you want to experience or you can't rent a car then your trip is pretty good though it could use some tweaking. I agree with others that 5 days in Las Vegas is really too much unless you want to be gambling every day or seeing a new show every day. I'd also take some days from Miami and allocate them to Washington DC or Boston. Personally, I wouldn't spend more than 4 days in Miami, especially without a car. I would also suggest inverting the time spent in SF and LA, i.e. spend more time in SF as it's more walkable, unique, and charming. Good luck!
Dec 15, 2012 5:45 PM
9I'd take out some time in LA, if not skipping it all together and head two hour south to San Diego. Much prettier, and more to do if you're a nature lover. Agree that you'd need less time in Vegas and more in San Francisco. You can take the day trip from Vegas to the grand canyon, just cut out a day of gambling ;)
Dec 15, 2012 6:48 PM
Dec 16, 2012 12:37 PM
- Why Miami and why for 8 days? If you do go there, spend at most 2 days in the city itself to check out South Beach and then move on to check out the Everglades and the Keys (including Key West). Even with that, 5-6 days is fine. Also, what month are you going? That makes a difference and can help you figure out which parts of the country are best to see.
- 5 days in Vegas is way too much. It's literally one strip with a bunch of casino hotels and everything is very expensive. You'll be bored after 1-2 days. Don't spend more than 2 nights there.
- Are you renting a car? Most places with nature require it, but you also don't list many places that have much nature considering the interests you provided. So I'm a bit confused on what you're actually looking to get out of this trip. If you want to see nature, you should spend more time in California, Nevada and Utah driving through Yosemite and all the national parks.
Dec 16, 2012 1:40 PM
12Thanks every one for your recommendations. I am going to yousmite and grandcanyon. But yeah a big problem is I don't have a car license.
I am assuming most of you are from united states. Can you please tell me whats the best way to stay connected with internet while travelling. I work online so its extremely important for me to have access to internet. Is there any wireless modem which I can plug in to my macbook or 3G prepaid package which will work with my factory unlocked GSM iPhone 4?
Dec 16, 2012 2:25 PM
13There are many hot spots at MacDonald's, Starbucks Cafe, public libraries, most motels and hostels.
For shuttlebus tour to Yosemite in the summer: http://www.greentortoise.com and stay at Yosemite Bug Hostel. Or, take train from San Francisco Bay area to Merced, then shuttlebus to Yosemite Valley. For Grand Canyon, there is a tour bus from Las Vegas.
Dec 16, 2012 10:05 PM
14If you really want to see more nature, definitely take a few days out of NYC and Miami. You can add a couple days in/around SF--go to Muir Woods and Yosemite. Also take your time and drive down the coast (or up if you go to LA first). I haven't been to the Grand Canyon yet, but you'll probably want more time there.
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