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im planning a holiday in the usa, but where to go?

post #1 of 69
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as it says, i really want to come over to america, hopefully this year, but i really dont know where to make as my destination?

i wanna come and get a feel of the place and just chill, im not a beach bunny so i dont like the usual laying on a sunn lounger holidays, and im not into going to ibiza and having a large one either.

i like to see interesting things and places, and meet some real americans!

any ideas?
post #2 of 69
I think if I went to the US the Grand Canyon would be high on my list of places to visit,I've been told you can never really grasp the scale of it unless you see it for yourself lol
post #3 of 69
Come to Chicago!! It's a great city, there's tons and tons of stuff to do, you can get a direct flight, and you don't get any more "real American" than Chicagoans! (Just maybe don't come until summer )

There are loads of great cities here, though. What kind of things do you like to do?
post #4 of 69
Yosemite would be a nice place to go.
post #5 of 69
Thread Starter 
grand canyon! now your talking, i would love to see that! thats my kinda thing,

i guess i wanna do some sight seeing, i hear you guys over there are real friendly? and love the english?

chicago eh, and yosemite (as in sam?) its a big place america, i wish i had the money to really explore and travel all over!
post #6 of 69
Here is some info on Yosemite. The Grand Canyon is great also.
I never got there though because we got a flat tire on the way.

http://www.yosemite.national-park.com/
post #7 of 69
French Quarter in New Orleans? Mount Rushmore? Canoeing at Voyagers National Park? Lake Tahoe?
post #8 of 69
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Originally Posted by jezmondo69 View Post
as it says, i really want to come over to america, hopefully this year, but i really dont know where to make as my destination?

i wanna come and get a feel of the place and just chill, im not a beach bunny so i dont like the usual laying on a sunn lounger holidays, and im not into going to ibiza and having a large one either.

i like to see interesting things and places, and meet some real americans!

any ideas?
*GASP* what's wrong with Australia?
post #9 of 69
What part of the USA do you want to see?
Also what type of things do you like?
post #10 of 69
Thread Starter 
mount rushmore! i'm going to make a list of thing i fancy and then see hoe likely it is financially to go to which ones on the wish list.

canoeing? i cant swim, so im scared of water lol! what a sissy eh!
post #11 of 69
Definitely New Orleans. It is a great place.

What about New York City?
post #12 of 69
If you want to chill, come to Minne-snow-da. We do have the biggest mall in the country. On second thought, yeah, probably not, lol

I've been to all the lower 48 states, and if you're an outdoorsy person, I'd recommend National Parks in the West. When we went out there, a lot of Japanese and German tourists rented RVs and drove to several different ones. If gas prices stay low, that would be a fun thing to do. Look up Arches, Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce, which are all in close proximity. Another good swing through is the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. The travel guide Fodor's has a nice little section on the major parks in the west (there are a ton of little ones too), including a section on how to pick which parks are best to go to.

If you're looking for more city, I'd say the east coast. You can go to New York and then take the train down to DC. There's a lot of history there too. You can see where we yanks kicked your behinds, ehm, at Yorktown. Just kidding!
post #13 of 69
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yeah NY is a must i thibk, only think that puts me off it is that is seems a little cold (in a people sense) like london is here, everyone is in a rush etc.

what i really need is you guys to put me up for a night while i go from state to state lol!

tour or sights and tcs members lol!!!!!
post #14 of 69
Yes, the US is huge! Do you want an urban vibe and play tourist? Catch music and or theater? Tons of food, easy to get around, but kinda $$$ and only a 5 or maybe 6 hour flight? Then I would head to New York City. Yes, they are real Americans, but New Yorkers!

If you want more scenic, lots of that, too. Grand Canyon would be amazing. I have never been... New England is lovely, but may be too much like parts of England, hilly, craggy, ocean, quaint... but very American! Lots of lobster, oysters and clams!!!

We have deserts here! Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and even parts of Colorado (high desert). Then there is sin city - Las Vegas... lots of good deals to be had there because of the lousy economy. And you could take a tour to the Grand Canyon from there.

The Rocky mountains are stunning!

Also try www.tripadvisor.com. I am a member on that site, as well. And it's a well moderated, friendly place to ask questions, get advice. I'm a "destination expert" for Detroit, Michigan. Hey, it's not that bad a place to go, seriously!! As a car guy you might like it here!
But for a first time visit to the US, it would not be my first choice.

And yes, as Tari said, Chicago is terrific, but only go in summer or early fall. I think you would be stunned at the size of the Great Lakes - Chicago is on Lake Michigan. It looks like and often acts like an ocean... technically, they are inland seas.
post #15 of 69
Not all New Yorkers are cold...

They just talk fast!


You want warm people... Minnesota/North Dakota/Wisconsin's the way to go... Gotta have some way to stay warm in all the cold! Try some lutefisk. (Okay, really, don't! Fish jello! Yuck!)


You could hit New Orleans and see the end of the Mississippi and Minnesota and walk over the beginning of the river...
post #16 of 69
Thread Starter 
well what can i say, thanks thats pretty informative!

maybe right what your saying about new england, we have got the quaint craggy thing nailed over here.

i know what you mean about tha car-detroit thing too, but doesnt look so appealing in regard to not getting mugged etc lol.

i need to put some serious thought into this, i think i need a few trips really dont i!

and yes "forensic" warm people is just what i want to meet! so maybe your right with Minnesota/North Dakota/Wisconsin???

oh decissions!
post #17 of 69
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I've been to all the lower 48 states, and if you're an outdoorsy person, I'd recommend National Parks in the West. When we went out there, a lot of Japanese and German tourists rented RVs and drove to several different ones. If gas prices stay low, that would be a fun thing to do. Look up Arches, Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce, which are all in close proximity.
I've done this tour. Fly into Las Vegas (now that's a fun city), rent some wheels and hit in this order: Zion, Bryce, the north rim of the Grand Canyon, then head through Monument Valley to go up to Canyonlands and Arches (all of these are national parks). There are sights all along the way including Indian reservations, petroglyphs, etc. There are a lot of German tourists that take this route, and they do rent R.V.'s to stay out of hotels. If you go, do this before October when the snows start to hit the north rim. And if you go to the Grand Canyon, you must catch a sunset over the canyon. I sat thru one that was so beautiful that the people around me gave it a standing ovation.

For big cities, I've been to quite a few of them, but love Chicago and D.C. the best. Chicago's lakefront has it all - nightlife, museums, beaches, shopping, parks. D.C. has the best museums outside of Paris.
post #18 of 69
I'm about 3-4 hours from the Grand Canyon, depending on what route I drive. Maybe we could meet up for a day (or more) if you decide to put that on your itinerary.
post #19 of 69
How long do you plan on being in the US?
post #20 of 69
My favorite U.S. cities are San Francisco, Boston, New York, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Austin, and San Antonio.

That pretty much covers west, east, north, and south, lol.
post #21 of 69
Yup, the US is huuuuuge. No matter how long your vacation is (assuming it's under 2 months), I'd stick to a single section of the states and see as much as you can. I've been traveling the US since I was 5 (for 22 years now), and there's still a lot I haven't seen!

Yeah, Minnesota, not so much, especially if it's winter. But, if you're not looking to see famous things and it's spring or summer, Minnesota is great. We have beautiful forests and lakes, lots of good camping, and a nice metro area. We don't get a lot of foreign tourists though, so you'll probably get stared at with your accent

http://www.exploreminnesota.com

But personally, if I could only visit a part of the US, I wouldn't chose minnesota
post #22 of 69
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I'm about 3-4 hours from the Grand Canyon, depending on what route I drive. Maybe we could meet up for a day (or more) if you decide to put that on your itinerary.
yeah that would be cool, i think thats what would be really great if i could meet folks along the way who could give me the benfit of their local knowledge or whatever. i may well hold you to that!

"Breal76" i dunno how long i would be staying for, a few weeks i guess, if i like it i may even move there! i love my country and my people, but i cant help but want to explore!

"rahma" with my accenti get starred at if i go only about £50 miles away, the regional variation here in accent is incredible, i think its the greatest variation for land mass or somthing like that??? my accent is very broad, black country, i guess it kinda makes you sound stupid to many people, but its authentic and specific to my town, so i like it!
post #23 of 69
Im in the Cleveland Ohio area and we the Rock n Roll of fame .. Yes Cleveland ROCKS, but id rather be on vacation in sunny Florida..
post #24 of 69
The biggest thing people from England react to in the US (especially out west) is the size. We're huge! Oh, yeah, the Western National Parks mentioned by rahama are really close to each other.

The Grand Canyon North Rim to Zion National Park ... 200 kilometers
Zion to Bryce ... 137 kilometers
Bryce to Arches ... 435 kilometers

And really, no kidding, these parks are all bunched up right next to each other.

My spouse recently did a 3,300 km (2,000 mile) road trip one way, and he wants me to join him to do it again. And didn't drive all of the way across the country.

Everyone has asked really good questions about Nature vs. cities and east vs. west and the like. There are tons of things to see in the US. I would just try to hit things that fit your personality and interest, and not try to visit the United States. It's just too big.
post #25 of 69
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But personally, if I could only visit a part of the US, I wouldn't chose minnesota
That's 'cause you LIVE there!

Remember with most of the north there may be ice and snow into March and on very rare occasions, April!
post #26 of 69
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Originally Posted by jezmondo69 View Post
"rahma" with my accenti get starred at if i go only about £50 miles away, the regional variation here in accent is incredible, i think its the greatest variation for land mass or somthing like that??? my accent is very broad, black country, i guess it kinda makes you sound stupid to many people, but its authentic and specific to my town, so i like it!
And you should hear the regional accents across the U.S. I once worked with a team of people from Alabama, Florida, Toronto, California, Texas, Tennessee and Chicago (which has a different accent than the rest of Illinois). Talk about entertaining meetings!

You could travel around just to hear the different accents! My favorite: Minnesota accents.
post #27 of 69
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thats crazy, its 1346km from the top to bottom of the uk! 15 hours and you can drive it!

i know its a big place though over there, i just feel its somthing i gotta do!

im considering selling one of my cars to fund the trip actually, so i can stay a little longer.

this has been keeping me awake thinking about it, i got scratch this itch!
post #28 of 69
Asheville, NC is nice...it has the Biltmore House. But I would definitely recommend seeing the desert and Las Vegas as some of the other folks suggested. I've heard Hoover Dam is amazing, though I've never been there. New Orleans is a fascinating place, too. (I realize I'm all over the map here...but there are so many great places to chose from.) Wherever you go, I hope you have a wonderful time.
post #29 of 69
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im sure i will have a great time, im pretty spontaneous so i'll probably just make it all up as i go along, i dont like planning too much, leave it as a mystery tour!

isnt there anyone who can find me a temporary job over there so i can do a few months lol!
post #30 of 69
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Originally Posted by jezmondo69 View Post
im sure i will have a great time, im pretty spontaneous so i'll probably just make it all up as i go along, i dont like planning too much, leave it as a mystery tour!

isnt there anyone who can find me a temporary job over there so i can do a few months lol!
I might have missed WHEN oyou plan on visiting...but i Know the summer camp I worked at in Greenwich Ct. had ALOT of forgieners working for the summer. Apparently they had some program where a portion of the staff came from the UK and stayed at one of the local colleges and worked at the camp and got paid and their housing taken care of for the whole summer.

soo if you are interested in working temp. in the states you might want to look into summer programs like that.
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