Monday, 25 June 2012

US 2013

We are finally starting to plan our trip to the US for April/May 2013. Although I was born overseas and lived in 3 countries I still haven't actually been on holidays so I'm new to this planning stuff. 
So far all I know is that we want a week in New York and a few days in California. I know a lot of you have been to the US so if you have any tips about anything at all I'd love to hear it. What was your favourite state to visit? Fav restaurants? Best websites for flight/hotel bookings? Any regrets you have about what you did/didn't do? Did you stay long enough? Are the Lonely Planet books necessary or will I find all the info online? Like I said.. anything will help at the moment!

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  1. I'm planning my trip to NYC and Vegas in April/May 2013 too!

    I've been to Vegas twice and NYC once but I can't wait to get back. I've also been to LA and San Fran twice. All of this in 2009 and 2010.

    You can find all the info you need online but I still really like the Lonely Planet books.

    I spent 2 weeks in NYC in 2010 and it wasn't long enough. You will be jam packed for a week there so pick you top 'must see' things and accept the fact you won't see or do everything. Not even close. Gives you a great reason to go back ;)

    Hotels -

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    1. Whoa you've been so many times! Sounds like we'd need to extend our stay in NY then.

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  2. So exciting, enjoy your planning its so much apart of the fun xx

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  3. I have lived in the States for a year on a student exchange (Kentucky), and been back about 10 times since then.

    My fave parts of the US are actually the Southern states - very welcoming, quirky, and you can be guaranteed a good time! Plus the chance to play a southern belle in one of the gone with the wind style mansions:)

    Loved, loved New Orleans - simply amazing atmosphere, and the food! Awesome! Also Nashville, and Memphis - the Civil rights museum is really good, and Gracelands is well worth the visit for the quirkiness and kitsch.

    Apart from that, I adore San Fran - such a beautiful city. Alcatraz visit at twilight is really chilling. A sea plane ride over the harbour is great too. I did a great walking tour with a local comedian: http://www.foottours.com/

    LA is fun - Pinks hot dog is worth the 1 hour wait. I recently did the Rasta bus tour, which was worth it for a quick way to see the city (and only $65). I stayed at the Sofitel LA - beautiful, completely worth it.

    New York - amazing of course! I have done the sex and the city tour twice and the tv tour once - always fun. http://www.screentours.com/
    Teany was a great little cafe - used to be owned by Moby, great vegan food. Plus last time I was there I was sitting next to Mike Myers.
    http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/teany/

    Anyway - enjoy! Shop up a storm at Sephora for me:)

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    1. Thank you for all that info, writing it all down!

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  4. Yay! How exciting! San Fran is awesome! As is Vegas!

    I'd defintely recommend checking out some American sports games while you are there, its a great experience. (basketball or football?).

    tripadvisor.com is worth checking out for hotel reviews, but I have heard the hotels are inflitrating a little with their own biased reviews lately so maybe take some reviews with a grain of salt.

    Expedia is an excellent reference to check out pricing. Enjoy the planning, its half the fun! x

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    1. I'm checking San Francisco out now, never really thought about going there but it sounds very popular.
      Thanks for the links too!

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  5. I've been a couple of times, LA for the theme parks, nothing much else there I reckon... NYC I was only there for 5 days and it was definitely not long enough!!! Good excuse for me to go back though ;) And the nightlife in NYC was so so good. My dream is to go to NYC with husband for a white Christmas and what I imagine would be a crazy amazing New Years Eve...

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    1. I really wanted a White Christmas in NY but maybe 2nd time, don't think it's worth it the first time around because we won't see much. Now I just need to convince hubby to go back one December

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  6. YEY!!!! That is super exciting... I was lucky to travel around the states for arounf 3 months. New York is amazing and a week there is perfect! LA a bit overrated. Miami is fun and you can get really cheap cruises from there around the Bahamas or Carribean, I think we paid around $350 for 4nights all inclusive (except drinks).

    I agree with the others Vegas is a must do, but 4 nights would be plenty..

    The website I loved the most was skyauction.com - it is like ebay but for accomodation, flights etc. We were staying in 5star boutique hotels off sunset blvs for $25 a night. It was also how we got our cruise!

    Check it out and if you need any email, please just email xxx

    P.S. SOOO JEALOUS! EEEKS THAT'S EXCITING!

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    1. Thankkkk yoouuuu for that website, it looks awesome! We'll be staying in pretty shitty rooms in NY so maybe we can get something fancy for at least one night.
      Doing the research I noticed LA is overrated and am doubting about going there now... rather extra days in NY!

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    2. (being a comment stalker right now) but wow im gonna check out that skyauction site too! $25 a night wowwwwwwwwwwww!

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  7. I'm planning to go to the US next year as well!! Its an amazing place.
    I went last year to LA, San fran, vegas & new york and i wish I'd spent more time in each place!!
    I would say in New york you have to go to the top of the rockefeller centre...thats one thing I wish I'd done instead of the empire state building! I think the view is much nicer there. Also, you need more than a week there. lol

    Gotta say I didnt really enjoy San Fran that much, it reminds me alot of Melbourne to be honest!! It wasnt as "big city" as the other places I visited. But saying that, I did love the clam chowder there!!

    In LA, my fave places I went to: hollywood, venice beach, santa monica, disneyland & california adventure park...and sussing out downtown LA where I was staying.

    And Vegas was my absolute fave place. Absolutely out of this world. Its literally a man made city with bright lights and everything in the middle of the desert. lol.

    I did a Contiki tour so everything was already booked for me but I stayed a few extra nights in new york and I booked on Priceline.com which has really cheap hotel rates, I recommend them.

    Go through the USA thread on the vogue forums too - there is soooooooooooo much info to go through but after the first 100 pages I got some really good ideas!!

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    1. I remember reading your blog when you went! The view from Rockefeller seems soooo much better, looks vert under-rated.
      I'm on page 729 of that thread haha, spend most of Sat night reading it and writing stuff down.

      Thank you for all the info! xx

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  8. We're off the US in 3 weeks after visting for the first time last year and loving it!

    NY is AMAZING. My favourite part was just walking out of the hotel and seeing where we ended up - you discover some great places/restaurants that way. We were there for 10 days and it was just enough time to see the major attractiions and shop but really, no amount of time in NY is ever enough. I bought the Lonely Planet guide for NY as I was overwhelemd by the sheer size of NY and it was the best idea - you can walk pretty easily to most things in NY so the map was essential for us. I don't think you need a guide for LA or other cities so much, you can find everything online.

    Santa Monica in LA is gorgeous so make sure you go there and do go to Disneyland and/or Universal Studios if you have the chance. We weren't that excited about going (we thought we were too old to enjoy it!) but had a great time at each. And if you can, go to Vegas - it's just fun!

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    1. That's so exciting, I can't wait until next year.
      I think I'll be getting the Lonely Planet NY then, sounds like I'd need it.

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  9. Yay! how exciting for you guys! We would love to the America too one day, hopefully by next year too. I love planning holidays, I get soo excited =]

    I think Ill have to come back to this post once we start planning =]

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    1. These girls are soooo helpful, makes it a lot easier than going through Google for reviews on stuff.
      Planning is fun, just a little difficult when you don't know much about where you're going haha.

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  10. Oh my gosh, how exciting!

    My biggest piece of advice? Stay long in NY. I was there for two weeks last year and it wasn't long enough. There is just so much to see in that big city and not enough time to see it in. Also, be prepared to pine for it daily once you leave like I have! I do think it is worth having a map in NY but I mostly used Google Maps and Pins to make my way around via my phone...mostly so I didn't look like such a tourist.

    I think LA is overrated. I didn't need more than three days there and I didn't go on my last trip. It is worth doing the Disney/Universal thing but you really only need a day or two for that.

    Apparently SF is amazing and I want to go there next trip but be prepared that it is cold in summer there - so pack accordingly! x

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    1. I think we might stay in NY longer than the week, I would happily stay in NY the whole time and not visit anywhere else! Might shorten our trip to LA (only going there for Disney) and stay a bit longer in New York then.

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  11. I too am planning a 3-4 week trip to the States early next year but had only allowed 7 days for NY. :(

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    1. I thought a week would be plenty but by the sounds of it you need way more time. I guess it depends what you're doing there and what you want to see.

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