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Old 10-31-10, 12:44 PM Thread Starter   #1
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Visiting the States early next year.


Me and my brother are looking to have a trip the States early next year, March/April time we hope.

The purpose of the trip is to just get away from the UK for 3 weeks, take in the American way of life and see what its like in a BIG city.

We plan on not hiring a car or anything like that. Would like to find somewhere central to stay and use public transport.

I dont really want to stay in a hotel, I would prefer something a little more basic and cheaper. We have recently just came back from a 3 week tour of Italy, Switzaland, Belgium and France in my own car from the UK and covered 3000 miles in that time
Read about that epic trip here : http://stratton-web.co.uk/blog/?cat=6

Anyway the point of this post was to really get some recommendations from you guys on where to stay really. Is there such a thing as apartments to rent for tourists?

Another thing we would like to do is bring home some computer hardware, i.e RAM, CPU, SSD etc, just small things mainly due to the fact your prices over there are 40-50% cheaper than our inflated prices

We have been to Florida and Orlando several times before with the family but now we are both grown up lol 24 & 25 we want to go to a less commercialised area.

Hope this all makes sense

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Old 10-31-10, 12:49 PM   #2
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The purpose of the trip is to just get away from the UK for 3 weeks, take in the American way of life and see what its like in a BIG city.

We plan on not hiring a car or anything like that. Would like to find somewhere central to stay and use public transport.
If you don't hire a car, you are going to be pretty much limited to urban areas in the Northeast. The rest of the country has very poor rail infrastructure. You could fit Washington, DC, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston in pretty easily though.

For staying in New York, I recommend Loftstel:
www.loftstel.com
I stayed there for a summer- it was very cheap and was a good group of people.

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Old 10-31-10, 01:25 PM   #3
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If you don't hire a car, you are going to be pretty much limited to urban areas in the Northeast. The rest of the country has very poor rail infrastructure. You could fit Washington, DC, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston in pretty easily though.

For staying in New York, I recommend Loftstel:
www.loftstel.com
I stayed there for a summer- it was very cheap and was a good group of people.
Let us not forget about the buses though.

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Old 10-31-10, 01:51 PM   #4
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Let us not forget about the buses though.
The buses absolutely suck outside of a few major metropolitan areas. Yes, in theory you can get around with them, but practically, you are going to be extremely limited to where you can go and will spend half your day waiting for buses and transiting.

For your plan, you really want to stick with a few cities and make the best of them. The easiest cities to work in would be NY, Boston, maybe Philly, and DC. You could probably work in Baltimore if you were so inclined, but I don't really see the purpose for it. Instead I would say take a train out to the Cape for one day from Boston, and make the best of DC and the surrounding area while you are there. New York, well you can explore New York for weeks if you really wanted to, but that depends on how willing you are to explore the local culture. New York has so many different ethnicities and areas that you can spend months there trying to find it all.

Are you over 21? It's not required, but it certainly changes things if you aren't.
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Is this a thing where everything I post you have to have an issue with it man_udt? I mean honestly it does feel that way. As was stated by nelric there is not the same infrastructure in the south, central and mountain regions of the US but in many of these areas the buses are great. Most people can't see past their own prejudice to get the big picture though.

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Old 10-31-10, 03:04 PM   #6
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I currently live in the South. South of you. I went to college in North Carolina. The buses suck there too. No I am not out to get you and don't go out of my way to disagree with you, I just don't always agree with you. I've taken the bus for things here and it takes forever to get anywhere. I wouldn't want someone new to the country beholden to it, nor would I particularly recommend coming down here, but that's just me. Guy said he wanted to go to a big city and there ain't such a thing down here. As for a bus in the mountains...yeah, good luck with that.
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No I am not out to get you and don't go out of my way to disagree with you, I just don't always agree with you.
Cool. I have seen PPL that would argue the color of the sky because they wanted to give someone a hard time.

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Busses are functional, the main problem with them is the america is big, if you want to get from one end of cali to the other it'll take 24 hours or more!

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Busses are functional, the main problem with them is the america is big, if you want to get from one end of cali to the other it'll take 24 hours or more!
True. I was only looking at around town as I thought it pertained to the original post.

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Well not that you are of age....South Beach. As a South Florida resident I can say...don't miss it.

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Just avoid Detroit. It's a pretty vicious place. Even if you don't hire a car to drive, you will find your car missing wheel covers somehow.

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Just avoid Detroit. It's a pretty vicious place. Even if you don't hire a car to drive, you will find your car missing wheel covers somehow.
Let's just broaden that - just skip anything not on or very near the coasts
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Let's just broaden that - just skip anything not on or very near the coasts
The mountain west is awesome. New Mexico/Colorado/Wyoming/Montana- all nice places to visit.

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Old 11-02-10, 10:57 AM Thread Starter   #14
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Wow thanks for all the replies guys certainly enough to go on to start planning the trip

I would love to live out there but it just will not ever happen unless you can hook me up with a cute American bird lol $1000 for return flights for 2 adults, I didn't think that was too bad.

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