Trip to AmericaWatch
Hi everyone, next summer i'd love to visit the US but I dont really know for how many days I should and what cities to visit. The places that mostly attract me are Cali especially LA, Florida especially Miami, NY and Vegas. To all of you that have been there and have experience I am wondering what would be the best way to visit all those places at once, wouldnt mind to visit only two of those as long as it is not only one place because that will easily become boring. I even thought about renting a car in FL and CA, but I wanna hear some perspectives first. Also would 2k per person be enough for a trip to the US considering I have seen some cheap flights from gatwick by norwegian airlines...Ive seen as cheap as £180 one way...
If you want to do all of those places, you're looking at flying in between certain areas to cover them in a reasonable amount of time. I went to Fort Lauderdale (cause of the cheap flights with Norwegian) and Miami first for a couple of days (the weather is fantastic of course but in the end all I was really doing was looking at yachts and expensive houses) and hired a car to drive to Key West. I flew to Vegas next, again for a couple of days, where there was a tour to see the Grand Canyon since it's close by. Finally, did a road trip along SR1 in Cali from San Fran to LA, which is still one of the best things I've done on a holiday and would love to do again.
Probably spent more than £2000 on a per capita basis but you can probably do the trip for cheaper than I did. Be warned that hotels in all these places can be expensive and will eat a lot into your budget. If you're flying in between these hubs, that's more to spend than you might like.
It depends on how long you're going for (I was in the US for a month) but I really like Cali so would personally prioritise there for one trip because there's a lot of things to see and do there and you'd save on the flight costs. As for the rest, Florida has a similar vibe to Cali (the main difference being you're swapping landscape for beaches) but there's less there. NY can be covered in a couple of days so doesn't require much time but is still likely the most expensive of the lot. I would probably cut out Vegas next time as I personally didn't find it that special.
Hope that helps!
Sorry, but I'm not sure how practical visiting Florida (far East coast) and California (west coast) would be in one trip. It takes about 5-6 hours to fly across the country and we don't exactly have cheap airlines for domestic flights like there are in the UK. For example, in the UK you can take an easy jet from Luton to Edinburgh for about 50 quid, but to fly from one end of the US to the other using the most comparable airline to easy jet (maybe Southwest) would be around $400 to $500 per person especially during the summer. If you want to take a trip to the US, I would advise that you stay on one coast, or region. I would say the east coast would be much more fun and easier to travel around through because there are a lot of relatively small states with lots of cool attractions pretty close together. You could start in Boston, which is a lovely place and very underrated, and move south to New York, then into the Carolinas if you fancy the American south, and from their go into Florida. I'd say this would all be doable in about 1.5 to 2 weeks. Of course, you could stretch this out longer if you like as well.
Also the way the dollar rates going at the moment things are likely to end up being more expensive