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    Hello All,
    I have decided to finally start planning a trip across America which I have thought about doing for some time. I have decided that I want to travel as much as possible by Greyhound buses to interact with locals and/or amtrak trains. I don't really know how to start planning this thing so I thought I would throw it out there!

    Has anyone recently travelled across America or have done in the past. I would benefit from any advice or experience from fellow travelers. In terms of length of time required to see as much as possible, total money needed and broken down into day to day costs as well as possible routes.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated
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    how long do you have for the trip?
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    hey i travelled by car from chicago to las vegas and the grand canyon definitely worth going there.
    Make sure you have a lot of money saved
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    (Original post by Holamigo)
    Make sure you have a lot of money saved
    I can't emphasise this enough
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    One of the best eperiences from my point of view! Its a planet within itself, as demography changes from place to place so does geography! East and West as different as they are, are both incredibely beautiful, whether it be the buildings and city life of the east coast, or the seductive side of the beauty in the West! 2 summers ago my family and I travelled from New York all the way t San francisco on a road journey, and despite it taking its time, was worth it at the end. We started from the east coast where we toured around Boston then New York, which for me was already the cream de la top for me! But as we went on we passed Chicago, which was alot cleaner than new york and the jazz festival was breathtaking, really good quality music especially for cheap prices! We stopped at other small areas, but then went to Nevada where Last Vegas was, unfortuantely which I was legal enough for the casinos, was truely special and after ended in san francisco, to end the journey! worth every penny if you ask me, a must before you die ( not that im implying anything at all, just saying how good the experience was for me.......) !
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    Never travelled across American, but before you do you MUST read Jack Kerouac's (if that's how you spell his name) novel...

    Then re-enact his journey!!
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    (Original post by theorb21)
    Never travelled across American, but before you do you MUST read Jack Kerouac's (if that's how you spell his name) novel...

    Then re-enact his journey!!
    It's called On the Road, and I especially recommend the ending of the novel(Mexico + weed + women).

    (and you spelt his name correctly)
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    I'm really jealous! This is the one thing that I'd really love to do.
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    I travelled across America this summer. Was working at a Camp in Connecticut for 2 months then went to NYC for a night, then flew to San Francisco for 3 nights. Then travelled using Green Tortoise overland back to NYC for 14 days. Covering Yellowstone, Wyoming, South Dakota, Chicago, Niagara Falls- Canada over the rainbow bridge then back to NYC for a few days.

    The green tortoise trip cost about £750 inc food, travel and accommodation and entry to National parks. Over 14 days we were travelling overnight so slept on the bus as 2 drivers changed over.
    Advantage somewhere new almost everyday, enjoy the full day somewhere and camp nights, no worrying about travel and food as its all taken care of & you will be with a diverse group throughout the experience.
    I guess the main issues are you won't be able to choose you arrival/ departure time in each place you stop and you'll be living in close quarters with people.

    There are a whole range of routes/ lengths of cross country trips. If you do go to San Francisco stay in the Green Tortoise hostel- its right in the centre and great rates- with lots of lovely people.

    Oh the flight to SF can be about £100 using Expedia. Cheaper than British Train Travel!

    Any more Q's just message me.
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    Thanks for the all the replies. I don't really have a time frame yet I was thinking at least 3 weeks. Having enough money would be crucial and overestimating the amount of money you will need is probaly best. Thanks for all your ideas.
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    I've used Amtrak before, travelled from Chicago-San Francisco (60 hours total) via the Rockies. Train is a good way to travel to be sure, but really only between cities - you can only SEE the countryside, it's difficult to really stop and experience it without a car - and if you're prepared for the trains to run VERY late and VERY slowly. Train travel is very different in the US as the passenger trains do not have priority on the tracks (freight do) and hence you can literally just get stuck for hours and hours on the tracks. So while I would recommend Amtrak for the experience and the cheap price, definitely have patience and plan long stopovers i.e. don't expect to get off one 20 hour train and then wait 2 hours and get on another.....
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    I travelled across America on the Green Tortoise - just the opposite path of magic_unicorn! Did we wave as we passed through the night I wonder?

    I started in NYC and ended my journey in San Francisco - stayed at the Hostel there for a bit after, since the people I met on the trip were so very lovely - we became good mates! (I still think of you, Jeff with your dreamy eyes!)

    Oops - anyway . . .

    Here's what I use to get my best flight deal http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-a-city/

    and here's the Green Tortoise's info http://www.greentortoise.com/adventu...s-country.html

    cheers!
 
 
 
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