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Old 04-29-2016, 02:14 AM
 
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Hi everyone, as in every year I'm starting to plan my summer vacation few months in advance.
This year I've decided to go to the US, I'm just still not sure where exactly in the US I want to go

I'm not an American so I really need your honest recommendations in order to find out my next destination this summer.

I made a road trip to California 2 years ago and a regular trip to New York last year. I liked the road trip much better, hence this year it's also going to be on the road.

Currently I'm tempted to choose one of the following courses:
- California (http://extrigo.com/pageFrame?page=viewItem&itemId=3725)
- Florida (Miami ->Tampa -> Orlando-> Jacksonville)
- Texas (Huston -> San Antonio -> Austin -> Dallas)
- East coast(Boston -> New York -> Philadelphia -> Washington)

My decision factors would be:
- The sites (most important)
- The food (very important)
- The people
- Budget

Looking forward to hear your opinions and recommendations.
Also, if you have special tips or recommendations for some of the locations specifically, please share them – I want to share it in a public trip Diary like I did in my previous vacation to California.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:18 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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For summer, California should be your choice. For the other three seasons of the year, California too.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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You could drive up the entire coast of California. Fly into San Diego and rent a car and head for the coast.
You'll experience many different California's and there are places all along the way that are worth seeing and feeling.
That road trip is, in my opinion, far better than the other drives you listed.


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Old 04-29-2016, 09:33 PM
 
Location: In the reddest part of the bluest state
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If you already did CA and the east coast then probably one of the other choices.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:41 PM
 
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- Florida (Miami ->Tampa -> Orlando-> Jacksonville)
- Texas (Huston -> San Antonio -> Austin -> Dallas)
Florida and Texas are too hot for a summer vacation. Florida would be great for a winter vacation.

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East coast(Boston -> New York -> Philadelphia -> Washington)
Might be better for an Amtrak train trip instead of a road trip. Driving in NYC is not fun.

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- California
California is an obvious great choice for a roadtrip.

The Midwest is a secret alternate choice if one wants to avoid crowds and meet friendly people.

Midwest: Chicago,Wisconsin,Minnesota

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Old 04-30-2016, 12:38 AM
 
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For summer, California should be your choice. For the other three seasons of the year, California too.
It already been my first choice and I liked it very much (otherwise I wouldn't even consider to go again)
this why I posted my Dairy: My California Road Trip

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Florida and Texas are too hot for a summer vacation. Florida would be great for a winter vacation.



Might be better for an Amtrak train trip instead of a road trip. Driving in NYC is not fun.



California is an obvious great choice for a roadtrip.

The Midwest is a secret alternate choice if one wants to avoid crowds and meet friendly people.

Midwest: Chicago,Wisconsin,Minnesota
I totally agree about Texas and Florida I was thinking exactly the same.

regarding NY, I'm not gonna drive inside the city I'm just gonna leave the car for few days in the hotel (I'm not crazy! already been to NY and I know whats going on there with the traffic)
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Old 04-30-2016, 10:21 AM
 
Location: The High Seas
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There's so much to see and do in CA that you could come out and visit here a dozen times and still not see it all.
If you come out here again, I'd suggest Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey. Spend equal time in each.
I don't know what your interests are but you can include trips to the old Spanish missions and wineries in each of these areas, as well as days by the beach.There are also really nice hiking trails to explore.
Also, there's "wine country" (Sonoma and Napa...Mendocino should also be included here).
There's National Parks such as Yosemite, Sequoia, Lassen...
There's Gold Country, which is beautiful...towns such as Jamestown, Sonora, Murphys, Placerville, etc...
Lake Tahoe....

But, if you decide on something other than California, I think it should be the Pacific Northwest in summer. If you can also see British Columbia (Canada) as part of that trip, even better.
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:40 AM
 
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Since you've already been to California, I'd try something different.

I'd fly into Las Vegas, rent a car, and head straight to Utah to see the five beautiful National Parks (Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef) there with perhaps a side trip to the Grand Canyon. Utah National Parks | Utah.com Also on a trip to Utah, you can visit Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, and Escalante National Monument -- all beautiful and unique in their own ways. (Antelope Canyon is actually in Arizona like the Grand Canyon).

Again, check out this site: utah.com

Don't be afraid of a little heat. Most of the National Parks in Utah are at higher elevations, and they are so beautiful that you won't notice the temperature.
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Old 05-02-2016, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Carpinteria
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Hi everyone, as in every year I'm starting to plan my summer vacation few months in advance.
This year I've decided to go to the US, I'm just still not sure where exactly in the US I want to go

I'm not an American so I really need your honest recommendations in order to find out my next destination this summer.

I made a road trip to California 2 years ago and a regular trip to New York last year. I liked the road trip much better, hence this year it's also going to be on the road.

Currently I'm tempted to choose one of the following courses:
- California (eXtrigo Goal Setting and Productivity Application)
- Florida (Miami ->Tampa -> Orlando-> Jacksonville)
- Texas (Huston -> San Antonio -> Austin -> Dallas)
- East coast(Boston -> New York -> Philadelphia -> Washington)

My decision factors would be:
- The sites (most important)
- The food (very important)
- The people
- Budget

Looking forward to hear your opinions and recommendations.
Also, if you have special tips or recommendations for some of the locations specifically, please share them I want to share it in a public trip Diary like I did in my previous vacation to California.
Yeah well, this is the California moving and relocation forum. Maybe a Moderator could move you to the travel forum since you don't even jnow what state you'd like to visit.
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Old 05-02-2016, 01:34 PM
 
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Since you've already been to California, I'd try something different.

I'd fly into Las Vegas, rent a car, and head straight to Utah to see the five beautiful National Parks (Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef) there with perhaps a side trip to the Grand Canyon. Utah National Parks | Utah.com Also on a trip to Utah, you can visit Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, and Escalante National Monument -- all beautiful and unique in their own ways. (Antelope Canyon is actually in Arizona like the Grand Canyon).

Again, check out this site: utah.com

Don't be afraid of a little heat. Most of the National Parks in Utah are at higher elevations, and they are so beautiful that you won't notice the temperature.
These are good recommendations. Utah is fantastic - really unique scenery. You can also rent an RV in SLC and drive to those places bringing your own supplies and camp.

Some comments and suggestions on the other places

FL - It would probably be a beach vacation - it is very easy to cross the state and there are many, many good tourist attractions in FL - of course Seaworld, Disney, Waterparks, but also Natural Springs where you can swim the waveless waters of the gulf or waves of the Atlantic. Also very affordable. Definitely recommend this.

TX - not too knowledgeable on Texas but most of those places are very boring.

East Coast - lots to do but this is too ambitious. You can do Washington + Philly or Washington+ NY or NY + Boston but not all four. Note that traffic between these locations is awful and driving sucks - with lots of tolls. It would also be more costly than say Texas or FL.

My west coast recommendation would be Northern CA (perhaps Napa valley and the Redwood forest, Portland + Colombia River + perhaps Crater Lake + Seattle. You could also swing in Vancouver and the Olympic Peninsula if you have time.
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