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Coming to the USA for the first time and am looking for an economical way to hop around

by /bio/pheymont »

That's a lot to do in 2 weeks, and there's really no flight pass system  and far fewer opportunities than in Europe for super-budget flights. Most likely you will end up limiting stops a bit.

 

A few thoughts: group your destinations. Substitute Disneyland for Disney World and you can include it in your Hollywood trip. There are cheap buses from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and many Grand Canyon day tours from there. Likewise, a cheap roundtrip on Megabus or its equivalent from NYC will give you Philly (where there's much more to do than a 5-minute run upstairs!).

Look at fares that will fly you in to your first city and home from your last...save time and money by not backtracking.

 

 

 

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RE: Coming to the USA for the first time and am looking for an economical way to hop around

by /bio/55vineyard »

I'd drop about half those destinations with only two weeks. Go to NYC then fly to LA or SFO, drive Highway 1, visit Disneyland in Anaheim (the original) and drive or fly to Las Vegas. Try and stay overnight if you can get reservations at the South RIm - start looking now, they book fast. Yes you can do a day tour but it is 10 hours in the bus (5 hours each way from Vegas) and you get about two hours at the Canyon, missing sunrise and sunset. Whatever you do, do NOT do a helicopter tour from Vegas. They do not go to the National Park but to tourist trap Grand Canyon West. Have fun.

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RE: Coming to the USA for the first time and am looking for an economical way to hop around

by /bio/last-but-not-least »

I'll be flying in from Australia and have two weeks for the visit. Here are the sights I'd like to see:

New York City

Las Vegas

The Grand Canyon

Hollywood

DisneyWorld

Chicago

Philadelphia (I want to run the Rocky steps)

New Orleans

Is there some sort of pass system that will allow me to fly around cheaply? I haven't been able to find one online, but was worried that I was missing something. If there isn't one, is there a way to do these sights economically. Or should I eliminate one or two? I'll be traveling in early October. 

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paweber

RE: Coming to the USA for the first time and am looking for an economical way to hop around

by paweber »

Actually there are air passes available for foreign visitors to North America. For example the Star Alliance (airline partnership which includes Air Canada and United Airlines among many others) sells a North American air pass to foreigners in conjunction with a Star Alliance flight to North America. Information here:

http://www.staralliance.com/en/fares/airpasses/north-america-airpass/

Having said that, you'll likely find it much cheaper to buy point to point air tickets in advance of your trip, thus sacrificing flexibility but getting overall cheaper airfares. Check carriers such as Jet Blue, Virgin America and Southwest Airlines.

With only two weeks you need to really prioritize what is important to you. It is not really practical to try and visit all the places you listed unless you just want to say "I was there". 

Coming from Oz you'll more than likely arrive in California, either San Francisco or Los Angeles. Assuming a full 14 days on the ground in the USA, then I'd consider the following:

Day 1,2,3: Los Angeles - 3 days, 2 nights. On the afternoon of day 3, transfer to Anaheim and overnight in Anaheim near Disneyland.

Day 4: Disneyland (Anaheim) - All day in Disneyland. Overnight again in Anaheim. In October, if you go midweek, Disneyland shouldn't be too crowded and with judicious planning you can get through it. Yes, there is California Adventure next door (separate park) and if you want to see that too you'll need two full days here meaning you'll need to cut back somewhere else.

Day 5: Fly in the morning from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Las Vegas (LAS) on Jet Blue. Afternoon sightseeing in Las Vegas. Overnight in Vegas.

Day 6: All day sightseeing in Las Vegas. Overnight flight to New York City (JFK) on Jet Blue.

Day 7: Arrive NYC early morning, check into your NYC hotel.

Day 8, 9: SIghtseeing in NYC.

Day 10: Take bus (Megabus) or train (Amtrak) from NYC to Philadelphia. Overnight in Philadelphia.

Day 11: Sightseeing in Philadelphia.

Day 12: Fly to Chicago. Midway Airport (MDW) is closer to downtown and is served by Southwest Airlines. Chicago's O'Hare international airport (ORD) is further out of town but is connected to the city center by metro/subway.

Day 13, 14: Sightseeing in Chicago then begin the long slog home to Oz from Chicago (ORD).

 

Orlando and New Orleans are just too far out of the way compared to the other destinations and time constraints for this trip. I'd also save the Grand Canyon for another trip where you can perhaps dedicate a fortnight to exploring the national and state parks of the southwestern USA. The canyon has been there for eons and will wait for your return someday!

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prucestras

RE: Coming to the USA for the first time and am looking for an economical way to hop around

by prucestras »

In Response to Coming to the USA for the first time and am looking for an economical way to hop around:[QUOTE]

I'll be flying in from Australia and have two weeks for the visit. Here are the sights I'd like to see:

New York City

Las Vegas

The Grand Canyon

Hollywood

DisneyWorld

Chicago

Philadelphia (I want to run the Rocky steps)

New Orleans

Is there some sort of pass system that will allow me to fly around cheaply? I haven't been able to find one online, but was worried that I was missing something. If there isn't one, is there a way to do these sights economically. Or should I eliminate one or two? I'll be traveling in early October. 


Posted by Last But Not Least[/QUOTE]

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