Ideas for Trip USA 10ish Days Late Feb/Early March

Have gone every year for the last 7 but struggling to find an interesting itinerary this time.
Am in North so always fly out of Manchester into US Airways hub in Philly so can get pretty much to anywhere on their network.
Done NY, Vegas, California, Washington, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Miami, Orlando and Tampa, Grand Canyon and Zion Park and bits of Route 66 in this area.

Will be looking to hire a motor and I will book my own accommodation as we go around.

Thinking this time about back street Pennsylvania, having a couple of days in Philly, couple of days in Atlantic City and getting a feel for how the Amish live ect. If some of the Civil War battlefields are local (I think Getty's burg is) then I will incorporate those.

Unless someone can suggest better?
 
Have gone every year for the last 7 but struggling to find an interesting itinerary this time.
Am in North so always fly out of Manchester into US Airways hub in Philly so can get pretty much to anywhere on their network.
Done NY, Vegas, California, Washington, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Miami, Orlando and Tampa, Grand Canyon and Zion Park and bits of Route 66 in this area.

Will be looking to hire a motor and I will book my own accommodation as we go around.

Thinking this time about back street Pennsylvania, having a couple of days in Philly, couple of days in Atlantic City and getting a feel for how the Amish live ect. If some of the Civil War battlefields are local (I think Getty's burg is) then I will incorporate those.

Unless someone can suggest better?

Head for the Deep South.

See a Louisiana court in action. Someone losing a trailer.

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Fight a man called Bubba in a pool hall.

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See an Alabama Preacher in action.

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Become a Bath salt Zombie for a day.


Have a shootout with a deputy or two - but not ones with THAT rifle, obviously.
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If you can get hold of THAT rifle, make war on the Crips.

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@Offendi have a like for sheer effort.

He was doing ok till he stuck bubba's picture up..

Strike Louisiana/New Orleans from the list. Not into that jazz thing anyway and there are plenty of places in the UK to stare at the untermenschen..
 
Have gone every year for the last 7 but struggling to find an interesting itinerary this time.
Am in North so always fly out of Manchester into US Airways hub in Philly so can get pretty much to anywhere on their network.
Done NY, Vegas, California, Washington, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Miami, Orlando and Tampa, Grand Canyon and Zion Park and bits of Route 66 in this area.

Will be looking to hire a motor and I will book my own accommodation as we go around.

Thinking this time about back street Pennsylvania, having a couple of days in Philly, couple of days in Atlantic City and getting a feel for how the Amish live ect. If some of the Civil War battlefields are local (I think Getty's burg is) then I will incorporate those.

Unless someone can suggest better?

Philly, take it or leave it. Its a post-industrial, high unemployment city with a very high crime and murder rate. You can go see where parts of Rocky were filmed, stand on his brass footsteps at the top of the art museum steps, see his movie statue at the bottom of the steps, Reading Market for a wander, down on the river front, Fort Miflin out by the airport (a bit past its sell by date but it passes for history). The Amish out in Lancaster county are nice folk, I chat to them in boxhead which blows their minds that an "English can speak Dutch". Dutch of all things, all because some lazy septic couldn't say deutsch properly and ended up saying dutch. For the Amish go out to Intercourse (yes a real place name) and Strasburg there are plenty of places between the 2 where you can have the real Disney Amish experience..........I first went there around 13 years ago and it has changed into a tourist trap. The ones you see dressed as Amish with phones and driving cars and pickups tend to be menonites not proper Amish.

Buy an Amish mini-wall hanging quilt and an Amish hat.....some of the hardware stores around Lancaster county sell the hats but there is a place called Irish town which has a shop called Irish Town Hats which is popular with the gentle folk.

There is a huge private car collection you can visit in Philly, I have forgotten the name at the moment.

You can pop into Philly look at the old bell (Liberty Bell) and see if you can spot the place where the sniper shot was taken from in the Mark Wahlburg film "Shooter".

Try a Philly Cheese steak.

Gettysburg is out about 3 to 4 hours from Philly.

Atlantic City is like a phuqed up boxer and dying on its feet. No one goes anymore and after the hurricane sandy thing it really dropped off - at least two of the big hotel casino's have gone belly up this year creating a knock on ripple of around 20000 unemployed.

Personally we drive down to Washington and up to New York.
 
Baltimore is ok for a few days. Inner harbour , aquarium , submarine, Yankee fort that stopped the UK from winning the war of usa. Food OK in the most except the Italian section.
 
As a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts (next to Boston) I might suggest visiting Boston and surrounding area. The downtown area is quite walkable and the subway system is easy to use. Harvard Square in Cambridge is 4 subway stops from the center of Boston. The city has set up "The Freedom Trail" , marked by a red stripe in the sidewalks that will go past the major historical spots in downtown involved with our fight to separate from Great Briitain. USS Constitution is in Charlestown, close to downtown. USS Constitution is the oldest active duty warship afloat. Admission free but boarding requires a airport style screening. Warning: sometime in March (2015) Constitution will be moved into a nearby graving dock to a bit of rehab and will not be fully visitable until sometime in 2018. Harvard has tours and some interesting museums. Downside of all this is that in February/March the weather usually sucks, very cold and snowy.

If you head further south to Gettysburg there are nice walking tours of the battlefield. If you go there I would urge a sidetrip to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia which is around an hours drive south of Gettysburg. Pretty and historic. As a kid I could never understand why the abolitionist chose Harpers Ferry as a place to try to start an uprising. Once you visit you can see. The little arsenal is at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, two rail lines merged there and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is just the other side of the Potomac from the town.

Wherever you go have fun in the US
 

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Philadelphia - Museum of Art is excellent. The Mutter Museum of Medical Oddities is something you might enjoy (they have the world's largest colon as part of their collection).

Atlantic City - Avoid. The only reason to ever go there was the casinos. But now that legalised table gaming has spread to most other states you can stay in Pennsylvania and gamble.

Gettysburg - As David Blue Oyster Cult says. Also the Antietam Battlefield is just a couple hours south in Maryland.

The Amish - Leave 'em in peace.
 
Get the train. There are a bunch in the North East.

I took the Southwest Chief train from Chicago-LA. A family carriage is the full width of the carriage with a double bed. The views are mega and there's no better way to enjoy them.
 
Get the train. There are a bunch in the North East.

I took the Southwest Chief train from Chicago-LA. A family carriage is the full width of the carriage with a double bed. The views are mega and there's no better way to enjoy them.

As an American, am sad to say that the longest train journey I ever did is the one from Detroit to Chicago....to get out of the traffic over a labor day weekend and the fact that I would've been completely drunk the whole time.
 
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Thanks Gents, some great ideas and enough to keep me going for a couple of years. Boston I will try to get to in March next year and Yosemite is definitely on the list. Can anywhere be as beautiful as Zion Park?

As for this year the boss has winkled out a cruise which gets round a fair bit of Mexico, Jamaica, Belize, Honduras and importantly gives us a couple of days in Havana Cuba. Hey Belize city....... what a shit hole.

Havana has always been on my bucket list now more than ever given the recent trade agreements and I want to see it before McDonalds and Starbucks, ect get in their and spoil it..

Looking at a great price as well so am hours away from booking that.
 
Didn't go much on America due to my ex wife being a septic. She was from Brownsboro Texas, but was based at Ft.Campbell in Kentucky/Tenesee with the 101st. She now lives in Nashville which is a great place, but marred due to the fact I know she is there. The bitch.
 
Didn't go much on America due to my ex wife being a septic. She was from Brownsboro Texas, but was based at Ft.Campbell in Kentucky/Tenesee with the 101st. She now lives in Nashville which is a great place, but marred due to the fact I know she is there. The bitch.

It's a big place mate...... Plenty to see without going anywhere near Tennessee.....
So you married a Yank Para.... How did that work in the sack then, who took the lead? :cool:
 

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