USA Travel Advice

Norfolkred1

Clanker
Just one question.

WTF do you want to go to Mississippi for? It is the poorest state in the nation. It has two good things going for it though.

I-10 west to Louisiana, and I-10 east to Alabama :)
We were very underwhelmed with Texas. The Alamo is basically a wall in the City Centre, maybe expecting a little to much from San Antonio.
 
Disagree mate - the U.S. has tons of things, to see, experience and things to offer, despite some issues.
You missed something, I was pointing out places to go and visit two other posters started ripping the U.S not me.
 
You missed something, I was pointing out places to go and visit two other posters started ripping the U.S not me.
I was ripping NY schmuck, do try to tell the truth at least sometimes
 
I rest my case - welcome to America the land of the free and the not so brave..
LOL we welcome the stupid like yourself, your lesson on the NYC subway awaits tough guy.
 

Scottish_Cop

Swinger
Well I’ve done Boston, Nashville, Memphis, Washington DC and New Orleans on my last trip. And previously I’ve done Utah, Minnesota, Georgia, Texas and Vegas before.
I would like to visit different places. I have to visit NYC to meet this lass I met last time, plus I would like to be there for Tartan Week and or St Paddy’s day.
 
Well I’ve done Boston, Nashville, Memphis, Washington DC and New Orleans on my last trip. And previously I’ve done Utah, Minnesota, Georgia, Texas and Vegas before.
I would like to visit different places. I have to visit NYC to meet this lass I met last time, plus I would like to be there for Tartan Week and or St Paddy’s day.
I'm in NYC this year for St Paddy's day. I booked it ages ago without realising. First trip to NYC (been to loads of other places in the 'States, but not New York or New York City). Should be interesting.
 

Norfolkred1

Clanker
Well I’ve done Boston, Nashville, Memphis, Washington DC and New Orleans on my last trip. And previously I’ve done Utah, Minnesota, Georgia, Texas and Vegas before.
I would like to visit different places. I have to visit NYC to meet this lass I met last time, plus I would like to be there for Tartan Week and or St Paddy’s day.
Was not that impressed with Memphis, seemed to be living on its past. New York is mega busy but we found it very safe due to 9/11. Texas was also a let down, then again we may not be easily pleased.
 

Scottish_Cop

Swinger
Was not that impressed with Memphis, seemed to be living on its past. New York is mega busy but we found it very safe due to 9/11. Texas was also a let down, then again we may not be easily pleased.
I thought that about Memphis as well. It looked like a run down sh*thole. All boarded up shops and groups standing on street corners drinking. I quite liked San Antonio, although the River Walk was nothing special. The rest of Texas is great.

I liked New York City, and although, like you say its busy, it's nowhere near as busy as London.
 
As a current resident one holiday we are thinking of doing is the trip to Vegas but not for the usual Vegas things.
You can get good package deals for flight/hotel and car to Vegas - from there you can find just some cracking day/2 day trips out - Death Valley, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon (Flagstaff is very nice), Red Rocks, Lake Mead, and you get to do all those desert road trip things and diner eating that the Brits like to do.

Oh and of course Vegas - some stuff to do there too. Check out the Area 51 shuttle planes at McCarren (white with a thin red stripe)
 
I thought that about Memphis as well. It looked like a run down sh*thole. All boarded up shops and groups standing on street corners drinking. I quite liked San Antonio, although the River Walk was nothing special. The rest of Texas is great.

I liked New York City, and although, like you say its busy, it's nowhere near as busy as London.
Not sure if you went last time but the USS Intrepid in NYC is well worth a visit. It varies but they usually have around 100 aircraft on board.
 
The one thing that the US has and it really is phenomenal, are the National Parks.
It's not a country of deep history, it's an acquired taste with the culture but the geography is breathtaking.

I did Big Bend in Texas - the least visited of the National Parks, meaning the less busiest too.
Good camping, nature (bears, javelinas, coyotes - stinging millipedes - the little bastards), canyons but best of all was the clearest view i have ever seen of the Milky Way.

Tetons (tits), Half Dome, Grand Canyon, Arcadia, JellyStone etc, etc. etc.
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Scottish_Cop

Swinger
So i had considered flying to LA during my trip and taking a hire car up the Pacific Highway to San Francisco. But everybody I have spoken to (Yanks and Brits) have said that it is a sh*thole with tramps sh*tting and shooting up in the streets. Basically I have been told to avoid at all costs. Maybe the better option is to dry down to San Diego instead? (with possibly a wee trip over the border - Just to say I've been to Mexico!)

Any advice for California would be greatly appreciated.

I'm also thinking about driving from NYC up to Montreal and maybe Toronto.
 
So i had considered flying to LA during my trip and taking a hire car up the Pacific Highway to San Francisco. But everybody I have spoken to (Yanks and Brits) have said that it is a sh*thole with tramps sh*tting and shooting up in the streets. Basically I have been told to avoid at all costs. Maybe the better option is to dry down to San Diego instead? (with possibly a wee trip over the border - Just to say I've been to Mexico!)

Any advice for California would be greatly appreciated.

I'm also thinking about driving from NYC up to Montreal and maybe Toronto.
I don't think the idea of driving North from LA is a bad one. Plenty of nice places to stop like Santa Barbara and Monterey. Agreed, much of SF is a shithole, but then again so is much of San Diego or any other large city.
 
So i had considered flying to LA during my trip and taking a hire car up the Pacific Highway to San Francisco. But everybody I have spoken to (Yanks and Brits) have said that it is a sh*thole with tramps sh*tting and shooting up in the streets. Basically I have been told to avoid at all costs. Maybe the better option is to dry down to San Diego instead? (with possibly a wee trip over the border - Just to say I've been to Mexico!)

Any advice for California would be greatly appreciated.

I'm also thinking about driving from NYC up to Montreal and maybe Toronto.
LA is great and like any city has it's shit side. Santa Monica area is a great place to stay and go out to the sites from there. It is a big American city though, so getting around is usually always by car.

Route 1 and all the stops are really where it's at - Carmel, Monterey and into San Fran - then up to Muir Woods etc.
 
So i had considered flying to LA during my trip and taking a hire car up the Pacific Highway to San Francisco. But everybody I have spoken to (Yanks and Brits) have said that it is a sh*thole with tramps sh*tting and shooting up in the streets. Basically I have been told to avoid at all costs. Maybe the better option is to dry down to San Diego instead? (with possibly a wee trip over the border - Just to say I've been to Mexico!)

Any advice for California would be greatly appreciated.

I'm also thinking about driving from NYC up to Montreal and maybe Toronto.
Montreal and Quebec City (Keh-Bec) are beautiful and poles apart from each other - new and old (well, by N. Am standards). The trip up from New York is also good - take the Taconic Pkwy, the views are nice and North NY state is breathtaking - some great hiking and small towns nestled in what feels like wilderness.
 
So i had considered flying to LA during my trip and taking a hire car up the Pacific Highway to San Francisco. But everybody I have spoken to (Yanks and Brits) have said that it is a sh*thole with tramps sh*tting and shooting up in the streets. Basically I have been told to avoid at all costs. Maybe the better option is to dry down to San Diego instead? (with possibly a wee trip over the border - Just to say I've been to Mexico!)

Any advice for California would be greatly appreciated.

I'm also thinking about driving from NYC up to Montreal and maybe Toronto.
Manhattan to Toronto via Google Maps reckons 8 h 2 min (491.1 mi) via I-81 N and I-90 W which is horseshit. Maybe non-stop driving at + highway speed for the entire route... and that just ain't happening.. Roadworks, border crossing at Niagara Falls or Buffalo can be brutal, the 80 click drive from Niagara to TO can take 3 hours on a good day.

Much better to do the 380 miles via the I-87 to Montreal 1st spend a day or two there {Crescent St & Rene-Levesque is Montreal's party St}. Timing is everything, plan around the rush hours for both cities - in & out. Welly down all the way, Montreal to Toronto 4.5 to 5.5 hours. You take the 401 west to Toronto or if you have time to spare, after Kingston take the main roads closer to the lake to experience a teenie weenie bit of rural Canada.

Buy your allotted booze in the U.S at one of their amazing awesomely cheap Liquor Stores and fill the tank to the brim {and lots of jerry cans if you have them} before crossing the border. Canada is NOT cheap but at $1.71 to the £ it should seem very cheap.

Wulfrics idea of Quebec City & Montreal is not a bad idea either.
 

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