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Old 06-06-2013, 10:12 AM   #16
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I might be alone on this but you don't need 6 days in Vancouver. The nature is beautiful but the city itself is small and unremarkable. Transfer some of that time to the Rockies. The Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper is the most beautiful drive on the continent IMO (yes, I've been to Cali), though that time of year you can get hit with nasty weather and the lakes won't be the glowing aqua colour. Not much to see in Calgary, save some time there.

I prefer Quebec City to Montreal by a healthy margin if you are looking for that Euro experience.

Also wouldn't recommend the train from Toronto to NYC - it will take you forever, it won't be cheap and there really is nothing interesting to see on the way. Look into flying on Porter if you want to save $, otherwise go with an airline that lands at La Guardia.

I personally love the US southwest so I'd highly recommend that. I've also found Florida to be most pleasant in early November - the drive out to Key West is lovely though that type of scenery you'd be familiar with.
I agree with everything here.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:28 AM   #17
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I might be alone on this but you don't need 6 days in Vancouver. The nature is beautiful but the city itself is small and unremarkable. Transfer some of that time to the Rockies. The Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper is the most beautiful drive on the continent IMO (yes, I've been to Cali), though that time of year you can get hit with nasty weather and the lakes won't be the glowing aqua colour. Not much to see in Calgary, save some time there.

I prefer Quebec City to Montreal by a healthy margin if you are looking for that Euro experience.

Also wouldn't recommend the train from Toronto to NYC - it will take you forever, it won't be cheap and there really is nothing interesting to see on the way. Look into flying on Porter if you want to save $, otherwise go with an airline that lands at La Guardia.

I personally love the US southwest so I'd highly recommend that. I've also found Florida to be most pleasant in early November - the drive out to Key West is lovely though that type of scenery you'd be familiar with.
If you have a chance to go to a hockey game in Montreal, do it.

Otherwise, I also agree with everything here.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:21 AM   #18
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It may be out of the way of your rough itinerary, but the Grand Canyon is something to see. You can look at pictures all you want, but you can't fully grasp its majesty, scale, and beauty until you see it.

All the other suggestions in this thread I can concur with. There are lots of great places to see in this country.

Sounds like a fun trip, and I'm jealous because I've not been to most of those places as an American.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:08 AM   #19
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Tennessee Williams once wrote, "America has three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland." While that's not entirely true, I think it can be said that those places should be at the top of any itinerary.

What I'd do:

1. Drive LA to SF -- I've driven the Great Ocean Road in Oz, and Big Sur is even better.
2. Listen to everyone else re: Seattle, Vancouver, Banff.
3. Fly to Montreal. After several days, drive Montreal to Boston. VT and NH are gorgeous, and though you'll be past peak leaf season, it will still be pretty.
4. Use AmTrak to go Boston to NYC. Spend several days in NYC. Then on for an overnight in Philly. Then Philly to DC. Don't bother with NJ, especially since what's left of the Jersey Shore will be closed for the winter. Other day trips in this area would be Baltimore and Annapolis.
5. I'd recommend flying DC to either Charleston, SC or Savannah, GA. Spectacular antebellum towns with delicious southern food and great weather in Nov.
6. Consider a drive across the Deep South (again, great weather there that time of year) to New Orleans. Or fly if you don't have the time.
7. Austin and San Antonio are more fun than Houston, but I didn't hate Houston the few times I've been there.
8. If you can, drive across the Southwest. The searing summer temps will be gone and you'll have big blue skies and open roads and the most unique landscape in the country. Distances are vast, though, so choose the route carefully. I haven't been, but people say the Grand Canyon is unmissable.
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I'm selfish in wanting you to come to Chicago, since I think it's pretty damn amazing, but what Irvine suggests sounds like a gorgeous trip.

You'll just be missing out on the unsung majesty of the great plains, which, given the time of year you'll be here, wouldn't be all that majestic, anyways
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Another great place is the Black Hills of South Dakota. There is so much to do there, and the scenery is just gorgeous. Plenty of hills, forests, mountains, and quaint communities. Mount Rushmore is one of countless opportunities in that area, though, again, it seems out of the way of your trip.
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I'd agree with most of what everyone is saying.....so I'll just echo certain sentiments and say that if you can swing it, see the Grand Canyon.
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4. Use AmTrak to go Boston to NYC. Spend several days in NYC.
I think the Amtrak Northeast route doesn't allow checked baggage, and limits the size of carry-ons. I'd check first.
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So much to see and do in Boston, but for a quick overview if you only have a couple of days I'd go on the Freedom Trail. They have a web site, I think it's freedom trail and the .org. I'd also take the tour of Fenway Park, it's only a short walk from the subway. If you like art museums I recommend the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, it's a gorgeous building (especially the courtyard) and much more manageable timewise than the MFA. Also the site of the largest art heist in history, in 1990. Still unsolved. You could do the cliche duck boat ride too. Also the New England Aquarium- located in a pretty part of the waterfront, also accessible by subway.

If you have time I would go to southern coastal Maine, it's beautiful. Especially a beach town called Ogunquit, with a coastal walkway that is spectacular. I was just there last week, it never gets old.
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I wouldn't waste time with Fenway if you aren't big on baseball.
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