Austin-New Orleans-Las Vegas-New York
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 15, 2013 7:42 PM Last Post By: bzookaj
Mar 14, 2013 9:57 AM
Austin-New Orleans-Las Vegas-New YorkHi all,
I was hoping for some transport advice regarding the above trip.
We are planning to start in October (in Austin for a wedding), and have allowed 2 weeks for New Orleans-Las Vegas-New York.
I've looked into Amtrak, and internal flights, but really wanted to get some thoughts on the best ways to get between these cities, and whether there are any convenient stop-offs along the route to break things up a bit.
I think we'll probably get the Sunset Express to New Orleans, but from there, it's a bit more open, so any suggestions would be more than welcome!
Mar 14, 2013 10:23 AM
1What are your interests? History? Art? Music? Food? Hikes? Bikes? Night clubs? Strip clubs? Remember, we don't know you and what we like may be what you hate.
Are you willing/able to rent a car?
You don't exactly have much time to begin with.
If you figure a standard 3 days New Orleans, 2 days Vegas, and 5 days NYC, you only have 4 days to get between them. And this doesn't include time in and getting to/from Austin.
That schedules suggests that you should fly everywhere.
Mar 14, 2013 10:28 AM
2Ah good point - music, art, bikes, food, night clubs... when I first arrive in a city, I usually just walk around a bit to see what's what. I've only ever been to Los Angeles in the States, and actually really enjoyed it.
I think we might couch surf in a few of the places we visit, which is also a good way of getting a real experience of a city.
I'm willing and able to rent a car if that's the best option for certain legs of the trip.
The 2 weeks is from when we leave Austin - we'll have already been there for a week for the wedding, so this is just a rough plan, although I admit I haven't fully taken travel time into account, which is why I need help!
Thanks for replying so quickly :)
Mar 14, 2013 10:50 AM
3You can take a bus to San Antonio from Austin. It's less than 2 hours away. You can technically stop in Houston on the way to New Orleans, but it's not really a destination city. Flying may be cheaper or same price once you account for accommodations. Then you should fly to Vegas and from there to New York City. You can add 2 days to Vegas to check out the Grand Canyon by car. You can also do an overnight trip to Philadelphia (2 hrs by bus), Boston or DC (4 hrs by bus) from NYC to use up the extra time.
Check Kayak.com and Southwest.com for flights.
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Mar 15, 2013 7:35 PM
9The train would be interesting...but somewhat dull as a long haul trip... You watch the scenery go by...but you can't stop ... and there are always new people getting on...and others getting off... Bring lots of reading material...War and Peace perhaps...
You should plan to get off the train every 24 hours or less... You'll get sick of walking up and back in a straight line after a while...
And the train crowd is not the hippest in the world... Often poorer, elderly, people who are "afraid to fly"...smokers...some younger people...and a few foreigners who don't know about all this... The snack car is too often limited to small bags of stale chips and flat Cokes...until they "run out"...of course...
The train is not that much cheaper than flying...
I've done these "Great Square" train trips around America....and they are OK... But I'd rather drive so I can stop when I want...but now there is the gas price issue... So rent (hire) a very small car...
Mar 15, 2013 7:42 PM
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