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Old 09-25-2013, 05:46 AM   #1
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So I have been bailed on twice for my big USA adventure so Iím gonna go it alone, but Its hard to work out where to go. based on time restriction 5-6 destinations look possible. I have got the list down to 8 but I'm always listening to cases for other cities. Thus I open up the floor to you guys For your thoughts. Here are mine.

New York City

Its basically my favourite city I have visited, I cant help being drawn back.

Tampa Bay/ St Peteís

I love it here, its so relaxing just a lovely place to be.

New Orleans

Can I really keep missing out on this place? I should visit and it looks like a hell of a lot of fun.

Austin

My mate (who is not often wrong) says that 6th street has the best bars and restaurants heís ever been to. thatís good enough for me.

Boston

Well this is an outsider, but might have to be a defo. My cousin who Iím hoping will sort me cheap flights lives here so it would be rude to not visit. Right?

Seattle

3 words. Seattle space needle! And Dave Gorman rates the place so Iím game.

Las Vegas

Have I mentioned I have worked in casinos for like foreverÖ I must visit.

San Francisco

Literally no idea why I want to go here but my heads say I do so thatís that.
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A few semi-random thoughts, from someone who have only lightly touristed in the US.

- I forget who said it, but I remember a quote that went roughly: ďThere are only three cities in America: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.Ē Looks like you already have those three on your list. Iím sure that the quote isnít fair to lots of other places, but personally I can agree that NYC and SF have tremendous character and distinctive style.

- I think Montreal is a fantastic city, of places not on your list. No, it isnít in the US, but it is a short hop from Boston and New York. Fantastic food, great energy and love of life (and in the parts youíd be visiting entirely willing to talk to you in English).

- A bit related to the above, North America is big, and sometimes it can be better to think of it in zones rather than countries (i.e. San Francisco is three time zones and a decent chunk of a day in airports and airplanes from New York, Montreal is about an hourís flight from New York, while Vancouver is far more convenient to San Francisco than it is to Montreal or SF is to NYC). Your current itinerary has you making a VERY large U shapeÖup to you whether you try to hit everything, or cut out some of the travel time and save parts of the country for another time.

- Obviously where you want to go is tied in tremendously to what you want to do there. Depending on when you are travelling, those options can vary. Like if you could get to Austin during the south by southwest music festivalÖ.wow! On the other hand, Boston in January will be cold and quite possibly snowy, which isnít the best for tromping around if you arenít equipped for it, plus higher chance of flight disruptions.

- If you get to Seattle, I expect to see pictures of you, Hozay, and RentonBob creating a collective zone of awesome that might melt pavement.

- You could try to convince your cousin to come and hang out with you in Florida, or Las Vegas, or wherever. Give you some company for a bit, and could shave one city off of your list (not that Boston isnít cool to visit, but it sounded like the main reason was to visit your brother). If that worked you could potentially do something like fly into NYC (probably cheapest flights), then do a tour across the southern part of the US (Tampa, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Austin).

- Good luck working it all outóas always with travel the little things that make a trip arenít the stuff you can plan, but it sure helps when smooth travel gives you as much chance as possible to discover those things!
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:14 AM   #3
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Thatís confirmed that then, Iím not going to Cleveland. This is pretty much the idea as it stands: (itís a daily changing thing though)

LONDON - NYC
NYC - NEW ORLEANS
N O - AUSTIN
AUSTIN - SAN FRAN
SAN FRAN - SEATTLE
SEATTLE - LAS VEGAS
VEGAS - LONDON

This route keeps the flights not too long and on budget. I cant resist NYC and Vegas has to happen. Boston was out of politeness but its got a certain Irish lure about it. My other guess is as he is a pilot he very well will be busy. Iím a good lone traveller, but if I find him someplace thatís a bonus.
If Bob and Hozey are down then yes Iím up for melting pavements aplenty.

Thatís an open invite btw, Iím happy to have Beer, coffee, food etc with anyone along the way.

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Thatís confirmed that then, Iím not going to Cleveland. This is pretty much the idea as it stands: (itís a daily changing thing though)

LONDON - NYC
NYC - NEW ORLEANS
N O - AUSTIN
AUSTIN - SAN FRAN
SAN FRAN - SEATTLE
SEATTLE - LAS VEGAS
VEGAS - LONDON

This route keeps the flights not too long and on budget. I cant resist NYC and Vegas has to happen. Boston was out of politeness but its got a certain Irish lure about it. My other guess is as he is a pilot he very well will be busy. Iím a good lone traveller, but if I find him someplace thatís a bonus.
If Bob and Hozey are down then yes Iím up for melting pavements aplenty.

Thatís an open invite btw, Iím happy to have Beer, coffee, food etc with anyone along the way.

Cheers Tad.
I think this place is amazing and I would be so honored to grab a beer or nine and hit the town.

All of your stops seem like good ideas. Do you like to do anything in particular? All of te stops seem to be "food and music" which sounds like nothing but good ideas.
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If you get to Seattle, I expect to see pictures of you, Hozay, and RentonBob creating a collective zone of awesome that might melt pavement.
I don't know if Seattle can handle that much awesome at one time

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New Orleans

Can I really keep missing out on this place? I should visit and it looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
Last week I spent 5 days in New Orleans...it's an amazing city! I had a lot of fun...and the French Quarter is a must see.
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Thatís confirmed that then, Iím not going to Cleveland. This is pretty much the idea as it stands: (itís a daily changing thing though)

LONDON - NYC
NYC - NEW ORLEANS
N O - AUSTIN
AUSTIN - SAN FRAN
SAN FRAN - SEATTLE
SEATTLE - LAS VEGAS
VEGAS - LONDON
how long are you taking to do this....that is alot of destinations...Austin is great, but shorten your trip and leave it out, so more quality time everywhere...my 2 cents, when are you coming, if I am available I can hang 1 day/nite in NYC perhaps....I <3 NYC
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I think this place is amazing and I would be so honored to grab a beer or nine and hit the town.

All of your stops seem like good ideas. Do you like to do anything in particular? All of te stops seem to be "food and music" which sounds like nothing but good ideas.
Bring on the beers!This is my style on the dot. Good food, music, and good times. Saying that I love antiques/junk shops.I always try to find the strangest places I can. I'm open to anything though.

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how long are you taking to do this....that is alot of destinations...Austin is great, but shorten your trip and leave it out, so more quality time everywhere...my 2 cents, when are you coming, if I am available I can hang 1 day/nite in NYC perhaps....I <3 NYC
In total I'm looking at taking 30-35 days Next July/August. So I should have plenty of time for them all. I'm keeping NYC to my shortest stop as I have visited a bunch of times so all the tourist stufs been done, saying that we should hang out for a day... As long as you dont mind me trying to find the lebowski shop.
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In total I'm looking at taking 30-35 days Next July/August. So I should have plenty of time for them all. I'm keeping NYC to my shortest stop as I have visited a bunch of times so all the tourist stufs been done, saying that we should hang out for a day... As long as you dont mind me trying to find the lebowski shop.
DAYUm....30-35 days NO FUKING way....you so do it right in the UK!!!
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Keep in mind..July/August....NOLA is HOTTER THEN A FRYING PAN as is AUSTIN and again DITTO VEGAS (a desert 100+ degree days) & even NYC can be misery that time of year....big boys usually HATE that kinda heat......just my 2 cents...you should be thinking beaches bitch
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Make sure you have a jacket or sweatshirt when you are in San Francisco. People visiting here don't realize how cold and windy it gets
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DAYUm....30-35 days NO FUKING way....you so do it right in the UK!!!
so green with JELLIE!!! you dog!!!!

Keep in mind..July/August....NOLA is HOTTER THEN A FRYING PAN as is AUSTIN and again DITTO VEGAS (a desert 100+ degree days) & even NYC can be misery that time of year....big boys usually HATE that kinda heat......just my 2 cents...you should be thinking beaches bitch
yeah I had thought about it, but im hoping if I can handle spains mad heat I can handle Americas... I hope. My first day looks like it will be August 14th.

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yeah I had thought about it, but im hoping if I can handle spains mad heat I can handle Americas... I hope. My first day looks like it will be August 14th.



Sounds like a plan, cheers.
I can't speak of Spain, but as a resident of Texas, Austin in August averages around 38 degrees Celsius with humidity that is fairly high as well.
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yeah I had thought about it, but im hoping if I can handle spains mad heat I can handle Americas... I hope. My first day looks like it will be August 14th.



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An often overlooked city and beach area in California is Ventura. The downtown and beaches there are phenom. I would live there if I could, plus I mean come on, where else can you truly sing about alligator lizards in the air?


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Holy shit balls! Ok well I'm gonna have to man up and make sure I hang out in plenty of air conditioned venues.
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I suggest my home city of Denver, CO.

It is beautiful, lots of really cool stuff, microbrew capital of the planet, lots of abundant ganjah if that's your thing, good live music scene/sports (extreme, shooting, fishing etc). The Rocky Mountains are beautiful, especially around now when the leaves are changing. Not quite as expensive as most other tourist-y destinations. Within easy driving distance of places like Roswell or Mt. Rushmore. Pockets of PacNW style enclaves like Boulder. Sand dunes or mountains or farmland or great plains or big city attractions. There is pretty much something for everyone. It is also almost dead center in the middle, so it's easy enough fly anywhere else from the international airport. Good climate, not hot or humid at all. No extreme weather shit, minus the occasional state wide fire or flooding, but that season is passed now. Healthiest and most active state in the union, but plenty of activities for loafing about also.

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I have always wondered why Las Vegas exists. Sure it has the casinos, restaurants, shows, girls, attractions, etc. now.. but its always been the armpit of the Western US. Anywhere would be better than that sweltering, waterless desert.

But everyone else goes there. *shrug*
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I have always wondered why Las Vegas exists. Sure it has the casinos, restaurants, shows, girls, attractions, etc. now.. but its always been the armpit of the Western US. Anywhere would be better than that sweltering, waterless desert.

But everyone else goes there. *shrug*
I think that because there was no real reason to be there, it ended up being the last vestige of "the wild west" in that there was minimal laws and regulations.... and that created the opening for the creation of sin city. The fact that it is so far from anywhere else means that there were no 'neighbours' to get upset by the gambling, legal brothels, etc so it carried on, and let's face it, people have always been good at making money out of other's desires and vices, and people have always wanted a chance to indulge those (real or perceived) vices from from their ordinary lives....so it has thrived. I don't think it would ever have been so successful if it were not off in a dessert.

(See also: Monaco on a bit of rocky coast line, Macao on a sweltering island off a not very interesting piece of coast line)
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