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US destinations?

wigan
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US destinations?

Hi everyone

OK if you had a decent budget (around 1200-1500 for hotel+flights for around 5 nights) flying from UK (manchester) and these were your main 'wants' from a holiday, where in the US would you go?

i)Fallen in love with america (including the 'biggness' of the place and the novelty shops/how they do the shopping experience so much better than us!)

ii)Relatively safe as going alone as a female traveller

iii)Sights / stimulation / things to do and explore on foot (at least partly)

iv)Shopping! (doesnt have to be high end designer labels as thats not me at all but loved abercrombie, american girl place, FAO schwarz, toys r us etc in NYC)

Have only ever been to america once (to NYC) after many years of dreaming and fell in love with the place and want to know which destinations in america best suit my needs as there's so much to explore. I have considered the following: Orlando (but worried i'm be a bit lonely surrounded by families), Fort lauderdale (but fear there wont be enough to do), Los Angeles (but told need a car to get around), Las vegas (but recently come across quite a bit which describes it like blackpool with lights which isnt that appealing!) or NYC again

Any ideas gratefully received!!

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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1. Re: US destinations?

San Francisco, Long Beach, Orlando (I don´t have any problems travelling by my self there), Las Vegas.

In Los Angeles you need a car.

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2. Re: US destinations?

I agree with San Francisco as a choice !

Only go to Orlando if your main interest is theme parks!! I went and stayed at Universal with a friend and we had a good time. We stayed at the Hard Rock.

IF you stay in the Hollywood area of LA then you don't need a car to get everywhere. Ask on the LA forum about that.

Chicago is also a wonderful city to explore! I'd say go in Spring or Fall for best weather. Summer will be very hot! It has great public transport and great neighborhoods to walk through with great shopping/lake/interesting architecture etc.

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3. Re: US destinations?

To visit Hollywood area the Metro System works fine. Even to go from there to Burbank to the Universal Park. But, the car is necessary to visit other places like Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Malibu.

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4. Re: US destinations?

Boston, Washington DC, New Orleans and San Francisco are all doable without a car and all are terrific places to visit. Each is very different from the other and from NYC, although Boston may feel a bit more English than the others. (The architecture in the surrounding towns is rather like Kent or Sussex)

All except San Francisco are sticky hot in the summer, but great in the Spring and Autumn and all, with some basic street smarts are fine places to visit as a solo female.

Fort Lauderdale is pretty, but unless you are going for the beach, probably not interesting enough for any length of time.

New Orleans has, IMHO, the best food of any place in the US and some of the best music. But for music, consider Memphis, which is still another aspect of America.

wigan
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Hi

Thanks for all your advice and suggestions:) Any more (considering my needs - i.e. shopping, relatively warm/sun, stimulation) are appreciated

Many thanks xx

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6. Re: US destinations?

I went to San Francisco as a solo female traveller last October and can only recommend. I did NYC and some other places in the US before as well and San Francisco added another wonderful experience to that. It was nice to see the West Coast as well and I found SF a great place to explore other places in California as well (Yosemite, Monterey, Carmel...)

San Francisco has a lot to offer: nature, sights, culture, places to relax, shopping, activities - all in a rather compact city. Felt very safe there (usual advice about street smarts and reading up on which areas to avoid applies). 5 nights would be a good amount of time to get to know the city. In case you're interested, I also wrote a trip report about my travels: tripadvisor.com/…0 you can have a look and see whether it would be an option for you.

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From your description, and despite your concerns, I think you really might enjoy Las Vegas, for at least part of your USA trip.

You've been to New York. You should make your next trip to the USA to the West. Combine Las Vegas with San Francisco and/or Los Angeles. Flights are not too expensive between those places.

Las Vegas is a spectacle like nowhere else. The best (and, occasionally, the not-so-best) of the USA are on display here 24/7/365. Las Vegas is somewhat walk-able, but it looks easier to walk than it is. Distances are deceptively long and you need to keep yourself well-watered. You would probably enjoy the retail shopping experience. You can window shop at some of the ultra-high-end retailers, than shop-til-you-drop at the outlet malls in town where you can get some great bargains on the name brands like Polo or Abercrombie.

And if you're not into gambling, and you need a break from all that shopping, there is incredible choice of shows. You wouldn't have enough time to see all of the Cirque Du Soleil shows alone. You can also take day trips out of Las Vegas to some of the most incredible scenery on the planet, such as Zion, or Bryce, or the Grand Canyon, or Death Valley, if you're into that.

We're not just slot machines, pool parties and headliner acts who were huge names 30 years ago.

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8. Re: US destinations?

I also would add do NOT go to Orlando as a solo traveler. Orlando is nice. Disneyworld is awesome. But even though I generally prefer to travel solo, I would not go there solo.

wigan
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Wow thanks:)! Am so grateful to everyone. So maybe I will re-consider the idea of vegas, it certainly has its attractions in the hotels and the shopping (and the amazing luxury i can get for the price hotel wise). Think I'd want to stay in a non casino hotel though, simply because whilst i like the look of vegas in the day, the evening scene looks a bit seedy for me

Maybe I'll combine that with NYC in a twin centre or los angeles.

Any more ideas and suggestions gratefully received:) xxxx

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10. Re: US destinations?

I'm a fan of New Orleans , and agree with Nashville or Memphis - I'd add San Diego and Seattle , too.

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