Holiday in the USA - where and what would you recommend?

  1. Well you have all made me think that maybe coming to the USA might be a good idea, so I am looking at the web and wondering where to go.

    Can you suggest anywhere? Please bear in mind I know NOTHING about your country!

    My local airport has daily flights into the following cities / areas:

    Atlanta
    Boston
    Chicago
    F. Lauderdale
    Houston
    Las Vegas
    Miami
    New York-Jfk
    Newark Liberty
    Orlando
    Philadelphia
    San Francisco
    Sanford
    Washington
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  3. by   mercyteapot
    My favorite US city is San Francisco, but a visiting Brit I once knew was bitterly disappointed after visiting that city. She complained that it was "a lot like London". Ummm, that's an insult? London is high atop the list of cities I hope to visit one day. If it were me planning a visit, knowing what I know, I'd spend a couple days in San Fran at the Fairmount. I was there for a conference in Feb. and for the price, I don't think you can beat it. I'd be sure to do the "touristy" things, take a walking tour of Chinatown, go up Coit Tower, down to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Or you could take one of those red bus tours, which hit all these points, plus the Presidio. Then I'd make a point of visiting the Haight, just to touch base with where the counterculture revolution started. From San Fran, I'd rent a car and visit Yosemite. Not the Valley, which is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg as concerns the beauty of that national park. Make a point to see Toulumne Meadows. If you're visiting during the summer, book a stay at White Wolf or May Lake. What you miss in luxury (the accommodations are pretty rustic, raised tents, communal showers and dining halls) you make up in the breathtaking splendor that will surround you. Depending how long you have to stay, you could also consider visiting Monterey and Carmel. I've always been the type that likes to really explore a few places on a vacation, rather than cram in a bunch of things that I see for an hour or two each, so that would finish my holiday for me. I know the big tour companies have these plans where they take you to Disneyland, the Bay Area and Vegas in a week's (or less) time, and I don't think you do justice to any of them on those kinds of plans. But that's just me.
  4. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Fonenurse
    Well you have all made me think that maybe coming to the USA might be a good idea, so I am looking at the web and wondering where to go.

    Can you suggest anywhere? Please bear in mind I know NOTHING about your country!

    My local airport has daily flights into the following cities / areas:

    Atlanta
    Boston
    Chicago
    F. Lauderdale
    Houston
    Las Vegas
    Miami
    New York-Jfk
    Newark Liberty
    Orlando
    Philadelphia
    San Francisco
    Sanford
    Washington
    Pardon my appalling ignorance, but where the heck is Sanford?
  5. by   Fonenurse
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Pardon my appalling ignorance, but where the heck is Sanford?
    :chuckle I don't know - I'm just a tourist - it's just the list the airport here gives you that they fly to! :chuckle

    Have just checked out the price of the rail trip in USA my hubby likes the sound of = 8,608.96 USD Errrrm, think I will have to think again - on a nurses salary that aint gonna happen!
    Last edit by Fonenurse on Jan 1, '06
  6. by   suzy253
    Perhaps visit Boston and quaint New England. :chuckle

    When would you visit?
    Warm/desert climates?
    Hot/muggy summers??

    Any fancy whatsoever???
  7. by   Fonenurse
    Quote from suzy253
    Perhaps visit Boston and quaint New England. :chuckle

    When would you visit?
    Warm/desert climates?
    Hot/muggy summers??

    Any fancy whatsoever???
    Right now in the UK its cold and wet and windy and gets dark really early, so anything that is the exact opposite would be really good. I just want to go somewhere safe and clean and interesting - North or South would be fine, East or West or central USA doesn't matter...
  8. by   dianah
    I second going to Yosemite (the Sierras in general), Grand Canyon, Monterey or Carmel for exquisite natural beauty.

    San Diego and that area would be nice to visit as well, they have a LOT to see.

    San Francisco is interesting as well.

    Perhaps one of the arranged tours would be easiest. We went on one through the kids' school, last May, to Washington, D.C. I'd never traveled with a tour group, but found it was wonderfully liberating not to have to hassle the driving, parking, directions, etc. Just let them drive and figure all that out!

    I live in Southeastern CA, halfway between LA and Palm Springs, so my recommendations are based on what I'm famliar with. I can be at any of the following places in an hour (give or take, depending on traffic), and I love them all: desert (Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, Palm Desert), mountains (snow, lake, craggy mts, even a little zoo), big city (LA, cities in Orange County --- well, maybe I really don't love LA or the big city, lol), beach (Laguna, Newport Beach, etc). If I want to drive a little longer, I'm at San Diego in two hours. Or, Santa Barbara area is LOVELY!!

    I did enjoy seeing the Washington DC sights, and we went to Williamsburg and Gettysburg and Annapolis as well. I'd like to see Boston someday, and Maine, and yes, New England. Was in San Antonio for some meetings about 5 yr ago, took a great bus tour of several missions (love historical sites). I hear Idaho and Colorado and Montana are stunning.

    Gosh, I guess it all depends on what you WANT to see. If you like big cities' hustle and bustle, or historical sites (we have some ghost towns in CA), the amazing wonders of nature, that will decide where you'd most like to go/what you'd like to see.

    Good luck deciding!
  9. by   letina
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Pardon my appalling ignorance, but where the heck is Sanford?
    Sanford is in Orlando, Florida
  10. by   CuriousMe
    A couple quick questions.....how long are you looking to stay? Are you looking to get away from it all (away from the hustle and bustle of a city) or do you want to party all night?

    Peace,
    Cathie

    Quote from Fonenurse
    Well you have all made me think that maybe coming to the USA might be a good idea, so I am looking at the web and wondering where to go.

    Can you suggest anywhere? Please bear in mind I know NOTHING about your country!

    My local airport has daily flights into the following cities / areas:

    Atlanta
    Boston
    Chicago
    F. Lauderdale
    Houston
    Las Vegas
    Miami
    New York-Jfk
    Newark Liberty
    Orlando
    Philadelphia
    San Francisco
    Sanford
    Washington
  11. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from letina
    Sanford is in Orlando, Florida
    Oh good, I was racking my brain trying to figure out what city I was forgetting, lol. I have to go to Orlando for work in March, but don't think I'm going to schedule any before or after time to visit the attractions. BTDT.
  12. by   suzy253
    East vs. West
    North vs. South

    I find Maine to be beautiful. Want to move there someday. Perhaps sooner rather than later...???
  13. by   dianah
    OK, I've re-read (and now comprehend!) your list of arrival cities. Las Vegas might still be cool at nite in March, but it or Orlando will be your best bets if you want WARMTH during your visit. Maybe check out the weather patterns for other desired areas, online, to get an idea of past trends. That won't rule out sudden cold spells (Las Vegas can get awfully cold, really!), but at least you'd know a little what to expect.

    My sil and bil (who live in San Francisco) say in the spring they experience far less foggy days than in the summer (go figure!). Again, check out temp. fluctuations/trends online.
  14. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from dianah
    My sil and bil (who live in San Francisco) say in the spring they experience far less foggy days than in the summer (go figure!). Again, check out temp. fluctuations/trends online.
    "The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco"... Oscar Wilde

    However, my favorite quote rt San Francisco:

    "When I get to heaven, I'll look around and say, 'It ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco'"... SF Chronicle columnist Herb Caen (who died a while ago)

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