United States of America

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Read this first United States of America branch

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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…

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NYC and DC trip reports

Hi

Thanks to all who helped me for my trip to NYC and DC. I thought I'd share my trip reports.

DC- http://anshjainblogs.blogspot.in/2014/12/washington-dc.html

NYC- http://anshjainblogs.blogspot.in/2014/12/new-york.html

And more particularly, about the things I asked about:

Christmas festivities: experienced some of this mainly in New York. Visited the Christmas markets in Columbus Circle and Union Sq. Also saw the skating rinks at Rockefeller Centre and Bryant Park- great ambiance and good…

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Is it now safe to bring Cuban cigars to transit through US?

As the subject above, can we now bring Cuban cigars to transit through US? I've seen that Americans coming back from Cuba will be able now to bring back $100 of Cuban cigars or rums.

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Queens, New York - Do not go.

I was stunned when I read that Lonely Planet ranked Queens, NY as not just* a* top tourist location, but the top location. (See: link.)

This is utter nonsense. Never go to Queens as a tourist.

One reason why: Queens businesses collude with towing companies to extort money from tourists. It's not just one or two businesses. It's Queens as a whole.

I got ripped off by Dunkin' Donuts, 219-20 Northern Boulevard, Bayside, NY 11361. On December 17 I drove my family from Washington DC to Queens as…

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San Jose or Oakland Airport

Hi All,

I am looking to fly to San Francisco in July 2015, and can get direct flights from Portland, OR to San Fran if I fly to either Oakland or San Jose Airport.

Which one would be the best to fly to... I am staying in Fisherman's wharf area and don't drive. Looking to Arrive in the area mid afternoon.

Any advice would be great :)

Cheers

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Obama Announces U.S. and Cuba Will Resume Relations

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/world/americas/us-cuba-relations.html
The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, President Obama announced on Wednesday.
For more info, go to the Cuba forum. Great news for both countries!

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NYE in NYC

Hello! My partner and I are going to be in New York over Christmas and New Years. We have found so much to do and planned a lot, however, NY is becoming a bit of a bother. We're really struggling to find something that we would like to do.
Don't get me wrong, we've found countless parties and such, we just don't know what to go for.
The whole Times Square thing, will we enjoy that? Is it too busy? Worth the money? Anywhere cheaper?
Any good djs, gigs etc on in clubs or bars? Any parties?
We…