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Family holiday to America

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Family holiday to America

We are planning a family holiday from Perth to America in July 2015 and have no idea where to start. Mum an dad 48 yrs old daughters 19 and 15 yrs old. Would love any advice. Vegas is a must but apart from that would enjoy sightseeing, shopping and dining.

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1. Re: Family holiday to America

Have a look at the Top Questions on the right side of the screen (just an FYI -- Vegas is not in California but rather the state of Nevada).

If you're truly at sea as to where to start (California is a large place with all sorts of diverse terrain, cities, National Parks ... you name it) then I would suggest getting a good guidebook and start listing out and prioritizing things you're interested in.

"Sightseeing, shopping and dining" is available in many, many places throughout the state.

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Great thanks. I think I maybe on the wrong forum. I know my question is very broad, I guess I'm hoping to get some advice of best place to fly into from Perth and then how we make the most of the 4 weeks we will have in America and how much we can cram in as it will probably be our only time we make it to the states.

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If you plan to visit more than one state, then it would be best to post in the Road Trips section tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g1-i12567-Road_T…

I'd also suggest checking the FAQ in there (top right of page).

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I think the whole family needs to start doing a little reading about what there is to see/do and places to go in the USA.

This is a large country with many cities/national parks, historical sights, areas of scenic beauty,theme parks etc. You could spend months seeing it all so you'll have to think about your own interests and then make some lists with which things/places are most important and go from there. We cannot plan that sort of trip for you as we don't know your family at all.

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You're not on the wrong forum. But you need to do some homework before asking complete strangers to plan your vacation.

<<I'm hoping to get some advice of best place to fly into from Perth>>

If you're asking about airfares the Airline Forum might be of some assistance but generally just going online and pulling up options is the best way to do it. Often going into or out of Vegas makes a more reasonable fare. (I have no idea what is available from Oz to LV.)

<<how we make the most of the 4 weeks we will have in America >>

This is an impossible question to answer. California has ocean, desert, mountains and National Parks. What do you want? There is San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco for urban life. There are lots of wine countries (although you have them as well -- ours not so friendly for the under-21 set -- neither is Vegas for that matter). Deserts are HOT in summer but Death Valley still beckons many.

I strongly recommend you get a guide book or two and spread them around the family and start a list. It's impossible for a bunch of strangers to plan your holiday.

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We went to Australia just after the Olympics, whatever that year was. We had three weeks.

I had this great vision of visiting "Australia". First I looked at a (paper map, recommended). Then I got some guide books, Then I went online. I think you need to figure out your parameters for "visiting America". The latest info I had was that Australia is 2.97K sq. miles and the US is 3.79K sq miles (But that must include Alaska and Hawaii?.)

In that time, we spent a week in an apartment in Sydney, took a road trip through the Blue Mountains, ending up in Brisbane to meet a cyber friend, and flew from there to Port Douglas, and another apartment, with side trips in the area. Flew back to Sydney to go home. I wouldn't do it another way. We saw a lot, we missed a lot, but we had a well-paced vacation with all of the things there were to do and see in the areas we visited. We had time to stop along the way for a night when we wanted to see something in the area. Our travel style may be very different from yours, but I would urge you not to try to do EVERYTHING. Even in California, let alone elsewhere. My description of our trip to Australia, above, was hoping you would seek out a perspective on the distances in the US before you decide where to go. We do, of course, intend to return to Australia for more.

I won't comment on "Las Vegas is a must". Most of our Aussie friends say this and spend a lot of time there which could be spent on some of the natural wonders, like Yosemite or the Big Sur Coast, or the sophisticated and beautiful cities, like San Francisco. Just be aware that your daughters are considered 'under age' for casino visiting and drinking in the US when you go there.

You are not on the wrong forum. You will want to visit many forums as you plan Keep coming back with questions as you decide where you want to visit. You will probably be landing in California....so this is a good place to start.

It will be a wonderful trip.

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OH, one more thing. If you decide to check with a travel agent in Oz, DO NOT sign up for anything until you check back here. We have disaster stories about travel agents, not only from Oz, but European countries as well, who have not IDEA of the geography or climate of the country. Good luck.

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HI Deb C

We have been to the states twice (ages 40,37, 8 and 3) now and you can cover a lot in 4 weeks but you dont really get the chance to take it all in..so we are going again in 2016!! Can't get enough of it..

I can send you our itinenary we did in Sept/Oct 2014 (which was only in the East) which might help in some of your decision making, bearing in mind we spent about 6 months of planning on what we wanted to see and do..

Few notes - July is summer holidays over there.. so expect it to be extra busy..

Must do's - East Coast -New York City, Niagara Falls, South - Orlando has all the theme parks and is very easy going ( as is the rest of the US), West Coast - Vegas, LA, San Fran, San Diego..yet to do much up North apart from Niagara, but that region is next on our hitlist..

once you work through these areas you'll realise 4 weeks isn't enough and you'll be planning your next trip whilst you are over there..

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If you plan to stay within California then you're on the right forum. If you plan to visit several states then the Road Trips forum would be more appropriate - and you'll find a lot of good advice and suggested itineraries in there.

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g1-i12567-Road_T…

FWIW I'd suggest aiming for a balance - for example cities and scenery, theme parks and national parks.

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Hi

I think this will be a fabulous family holiday!

Here is an absolutely basic loop trip. It does not include much of the natural beauty in Arizona & Utah,and those American 'attractions' may really interest you. (Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion....) It doesn't include time for surf lessons along the CA coast or huge hikes in Yosemite or all day shopping extravaganzas, and any of those may be a priority for one or more of your group. It does not include anything in particular that appeals to your travel group, since no one knows what your interests are. It's just a generic basic loop.

tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i38853-Three_we…

Note: you are late for getting lodging reservations for Yosemite NP. I don't know how lodging reservations work for some of the other National Parks you might visit (most are not in CA), but they're probably booking up now as well.

So sit down with your family and create a wish list based on *your* travel style. Then lay out your draft itinerary, and run it by us (if it's mostly California plus a peek into Nevada / Las Vegas and into Arizona / Grand Canyon NP) or by the folks on the multi-state Road Trips forum.

For specific advice about lodging, attractions, & dining, go to the city/destination forum. If you're trying to fit 4 adults into one room (many places count a 15 yr old as an adult), you'll need help w/ lodging.