United States of America

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USA branch FAQ

This branch covers: Mainland USA, Hawaii & Alaska

So many posts request the impossible - that a bunch of people who have never met you magically intuit how much you have to spend and what will make you happy on vacation, generally planning out your route for three months and helping you get discount flight reservations.

So, what can you do to get great travel advice?

1. Do your homework
The web is filled with basic information like how far it is from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, or how to…

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This fall I'm going to be trying to take as many weekend trips in the northeast as possible. I'm pretty familiar with the White Mountains and Acadia, but I'm looking for information on backpacking the Long Trail in Vermont and Baxter State Park in Maine. Ideally I'll make a couple trips to each park in the fall so any 2-5 day backpacking itineraries in either one would be appreciated.

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I posted separately asking about ferry routes, etc., but I am also wondering about recommendations for driving from Portland, OR, to Haines, AK. We are two outdoorsy adults, mid 30s. Our current plan is to take about 12- 14 days to do the drive. We are planning on camping. Since we live in Portland and have lived in Seattle we don't need to spend time in Oregon or Washington on this drive. Also, we have visited Vancouver, BC, many times, including just a couple of months ago. So we don't…

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Food info needed will be in cabins for 2 weeks in side the park from aug 24 -sept 6 coming in from Calgary airport. Dont know exactly what foods will pass through customs i know no fresh fruit meats butpsyllium husksChocolate coveredcoffee beans granola bars dry fruit, non dairy milk packages etc is there a truly reliable place to call to ask? Best place to shop for food stapleson way down in Canada and also before Many glacier entrance. would also like to get inexpensive camp chairs…

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In a few weeks I'm going to be on an Alaskan Cruise with my family, I'm pretty put off by the idea of a cruise and me and my husband were not on the ball with signing up for excursions on time which has left us with no set plans in Skagway.

I am wondering about climbing AB mountain. I'm finding some information about it on the internet but not the tiny details such as:
- Is it easy to get to the trailhead from the port? How do we do that?
- If we started the hike from Skagway how long (roughly)…

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Hi
I'm Australian and planning to cycle from Winnipeg south towards the Mexican border (assuming there is no wall yet!). Probably do about 60-80kms a day. Will cycle to mid October and finish any unfinished kms next year.

I think I'll cycle on the quieter north/south roads - coming into lovely small town America with its diners and bottomless cups of coffee (unheard of in Australia !) and friendly folk. From previous visits (by car) and looking at web sites (e.g. Strava) it seems reasonably…

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HI,

Two of us (mid 30s, outdoorsy, camping, hiking, canoeing types) are planning to travel to Alaska very soon as we have an opportunity to travel that we didn't anticipate. We have looked into the possible reservation dates to take the ferry from Prince Rupert to Skagway and there are a few options. I am hoping to get some feedback as we have never visited Alaska before. We have lots of experience camping in wilderness areas throughout the western United States (we live in Oregon). We are…