NYC, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Fran, Los Angeles.
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Mar 25, 2013 11:14 AM Last Post By: smartcookiee
Mar 23, 2013 3:00 PM
NYC, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Fran, Los Angeles.Hello there, me and 2 pals are heading to the States next Sunday. Our itinerary is...
New York 31st March - 3rd April.
Chicago - 3rd April - 6th April.
Las Vegas - 6th April - 10th April.
10th a day of travel to San Fran and looking for a stay over?
San Fran - 11th April - 15th April.
15th a day of travel to L.A and looking for a stay over?
L.A 16th April - 20th April.
We are all 22 year old men (boys). We want to be tourists but are not interested in bus tours or any sort of time regimented tour to be honest. New York we are covered in the fact we know where we want to go during the days but the night we are a little clueless. We are into house and techno music but are on a budget of roughly $200 a day, so don't want to be going to clubs where we are going to be spending $50 before we've even touched a drop. Same applies for Chicago&LA nightclub wise, if you's have any recommendations...
We have a car from 8th April and are again a bit unsure of what to do and what not to do. We definitely want to go to the Grand Canyon and Alcatraz. We want to catch a Clippers game which I believe is on the night we arrive in LA. We will be going to Disneyland and Universal. We are looking for some advice on what we could do in the days travel we have planned? Any cool stop offs? Totally open to anything.
Any advice you could give us would be majorly appreciated. We won't be going out for meals very much, looking to try diners and takeaways etc. Is there anything in these cities you would say we should definitely not miss and anything that is majorly over rated and should be missed.
Sorry if this is a bit all over. Thanks for reading.
Mar 23, 2013 4:06 PM
1For the Chicago part of your trip I would recommend visiting the Lincoln Park neighborhood if you're looking for some fun clubs. They're all over the place. It's a short L/cab ride from the Loop and the covers and drinks are slightly less expensive than downtown. You should find plenty of people your age. I would also highly recommend checking out the House of Blues one night. I'm not sure what they have going on during your timeframe (definitely not house music) but I'm sure it will be enjoyable, if for no other reason to get a taste of Chicago music culture. It's unfortunate that the Cubs baseball team is opening the season on the road this year because opening day at Wrigley Field is arguably the best stadium experience in Major League Baseball. Anyways, have fun in Chicago, hopefully the weather will cooperate.
Mar 23, 2013 7:39 PM
2Welcome to Thorn Tree.
Is that $200 each or $200 total?
This plan is "iffy" at $600/day. At $200/day for 3 guys, it isn't going to happen. Do you have any idea what you WANT to do and LIKE to do? Do you know what some of them cost? If you're asking for advice on playgrounds like Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and things along the route between Las Vegas and San Francisco, presuming it involves is US-395, make me wonder. Do you have tickets and reservations for the things you have listed? Do you realize next Sunday is Easter?
Good luck to you.
Mar 23, 2013 9:45 PM
3You are packing a lot into a short time frame...
Distances are long in the American West if you are driving...so that eats up time...
And big cities...(you hit them all) can slow you down...just driving across a city on surface streets can take time...not to mention finding the bars, stadiums and ticket offices...
The trip from Vegas to the Grand Canyon is a long days driving...
As to clubs and music...try Googling "techo music in Chicago" or something like that for leads on what venues are available...and the cost...most clubs have web pages...
You need to prioritize and then just go with it...making changes as needed... Must sees are Vegas, the strip and downtown, The Loop in Chicago, SF and the Golden Gate...and the Grand Canyon...all of these places are very walkable...once you get there... LA is an urban mass without center...you get to LA 100 miles before you get to LA...look for the copper haze above the mountains... Frankly I drive around LA if possible...But everyone should "do" LA once...
The entire inner West is all mountains and deserts ...and its very scenic...and probably new to you... Great photo ops...all around...
Mar 24, 2013 4:48 AM
4We have $200 each per day. We have got prices for tickets for Universal and Disneyland. Haven't looked at prices for much else tbh. We have digs booked for the whole trip minus the 2 days I have mentioned that cover the travel times to San Fran & LA. Any towns/cities we should look to do a stop over on the way to these places?
We are open minded about pretty much everything, we like to drink, eat, go to shows, watch sports and just enjoy scenic walks. Anything you'd suggest to first time travelers to the west coast who are young.
Mar 24, 2013 6:19 AM
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Mar 24, 2013 7:38 AM
7Las Vegas - 6th April - 10th April.
San Fran - 12th April - 16th April.
L.A 16th April - 20th April.
We are pretty much covered for the first part of the trip in knowing where good bars are and where to go etc after more research for Chicago & New York.
We are struggling most with the 2 days we now have spare to travel to San Fran from Las Vegas. Like mentioned we want to visit the Grand Canyon by car. Reading up I have found the North Rim will likely be closed and therefore the South is where we will be going. The question is probably going to be, when do we go? Shall we sacrifice one of our days between 6th-10th in Vegas or shall we go the day we leave and do a stay over and then spend the next day and a half heading to San Fransico? Like mentioned Yosemite looks like a possible stopover.
What do you guys think? We have a car and aren't afraid to camp out.
Mar 24, 2013 7:41 AM
this route is about 6 hours of driving each day, and takes you through the spectacular Big Sur area.
However, that is the route that would be recommended for the drive to LA, which really should be done as 2 days. If you just want to drive to LA, this is the fastest way, about 6 hours nonstop. It will mainly give you an appreciation for why agriculture is California's number 1 industry, although in some places the hills may be green with wildflowers.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Mar 24, 2013 7:52 AM
Mar 24, 2013 8:22 AM
10#1 I question you knowledge of Chicago, as Lincoln Park is not know for having any clubs/lounges, they do have a lot of sports bars and fun bars around Lakeview and Wrigleyville, though early April is not that active with baseball season a a tad cold at that point.
The clubs and lounges are all downtown in the River North Area, West Loop, Meatpacking/Fulton area, or Wicker Park/Bucktown.
For a more fun bar time with locals, Wicker Park/Bucktown is best, as the downtown bars tent to have a lot of tourist and people from the suburbs. For great bands and live music, its really all over the city.
Favorties: Schubas, Elbow Room, The RIV, Parkwest, Andy;s Jazz Club, Double Door, Spy Bar, Cafe Absynthe, Blue Star, Hop House, Map Room.
Check here for whats night is hot at the clubs/lounges, as they vary weekly.
For NYC, the main action for nightlife is either the club scene in Chelsea, or the LES and Williamsburg Brooklyn, but basically, south of 14th street.
Mar 24, 2013 8:30 AM
Mar 24, 2013 8:34 AM
12Just FYI, Disneyland is in Anaheim, not LA, different county even. You might want to consider staying in Anaheim for a day when you go to Disney, so you can get there right when the park opens, it gets busier later in the morning. Lots of places to stay right across the street from the entrance to Disneyland. With 3 people you might want to look into the Residence Inn Maingate, it includes a free hot breakfast and on M-Th they also have free light dinners. Might be worth the extra cost. If you only have one day, I would not try and see both Disneyland and adjacent California Adventure.
Mar 24, 2013 9:03 AM
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