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East coast - Possible?

Moville, Ireland
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East coast - Possible?

Hi all, I would love & value your opinions on my planned itinerary for June/July 09!!

I am planning leaving Dublin around the 22nd June and returning to Ireland on the 8th July (from Boston).

We are planing to fly to Washington DC, from here we are making our way to North Carolina (not sure the exact address yet!) as my g`friend has relations there. Plan on staying here a few nights then back up to Washington for another few nights!..The next stop is Philadelpia for 2/3 nights, then on to New York for 4 nights and finish in Boston for the remainder of the trip.

We plan on using the bus or train for all our journeys, I know a lot of our time will be wasted with travelling but due to work commitments a few weeks is all I can get off work so we are trying to fit in as much places as possible. Would the above itinerary be possible, by this I mean will be able to see the main sights in each city?

Also, as we will be in America for the 4th of July, would it be better to be in New York or Boston for the celebrations?

The above plans are not set in stone but that is what we are thinking of doing and any opinions would be great, Thanks!

P.S The last time I was in New York was the time of the power cut 4/5 summers ago!!

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1. Re: East coast - Possible?

You probably have enough time, but you don't specify how many nights in DC.

Just because you have enough time doesn't mean it will be pleasant traveling. Summertime, on a bus or train, traveling a couple thousand miles? Yuck. Rent a car if you can afford it.

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2. Re: East coast - Possible?

I have to agree - renting a car is probably the most convenient way to do a trip like the one you are planning. If you have to go by train you will be able to do it on Amtrak www.amtrak.com which does go up and down the East Coast corridor.

And, Boston is (of course!) the better option for 4th of July ;o)

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3. Re: East coast - Possible?

Why the back and forth from DC? Can you fly into NC?

You're right when you say you'll spend a lot of time 'en route' but it looks like you've cot a reasonable plan?

Moville, Ireland
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4. Re: East coast - Possible?

See I dont think that there is flights into NC from Dublin, thats why I was going into Washington!

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5. Re: East coast - Possible?

The train is a great choice for the D.C. - Philadelphia - New York - Boston corridor.

However, you might want to consider a domestic (internal) flight to get down to North Carolina. There are only a few trains per day down to N.C. from Washington, and the trip takes 6-9 hours. The flight from D.C. takes just 90 minutes and is not that much more expensive if you book in advance on a discount carrier like AirTran.

Alternatively, you could check on the cost of flying from Dublin right into one of the big cities in North Carolina (Raleigh-Durham [RDU] or Charlotte [CLT]), though this would require a connection in New York, London, or another city.

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6. Re: East coast - Possible?

I couldn't disagree more about taking trains rather than the bus. The same incredibly inexpensive bus lines (Bolt Bus and Megabus) that run between New York and Boston also run between New York and Washington. There may be others as well. The train, on the other hand, is absurdly expensive.

I'm not sure about using public transportation between Washington and North Carolina - it's an easy drive however. Depending on your specific destination you might consider renting a car in Washington, and returning it there, for that part of the trip.

Depending on your specific destination in NC, it might make sense to fly there from Dublin - not non-stop, but possibly from Boston.

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7. Re: East coast - Possible?

Nige10, I know American Airlines has nonstop flights from London Heathrow into Raleigh/Durham North Carolina. Sounds like you are goin to have to make a connection somewhere anyway. And I can concur with whats been said earlier, it won't be as easy travelling from DC to North Carolina as the rest of the trip in the Northeast.

Also the public transportation won't be anything like what you'll have available in DC, NY and Boston. Unless you have someone that can do all the driving for you, will almost have to have a car in North Carolina no matter what part.

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8. Re: East coast - Possible?

I think we might skip on the North Carolina part,it does seem like quite a lot of bother espically as we were only looking to go down for a few days, which by the sound of it could be spent travelling unless we fly!! I know this isnt the forum but whats everyones opinion on Atlantic City? was thinking that with North Carolina out we could get somewhere with a beach for a few days! or any other areas that are easy to get too with public transport?..

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9. Re: East coast - Possible?

New York and Boston have beaches accessible by public transportation ... unless you are interested in Casinos, I wouldn't bother with Atlantic City.

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10. Re: East coast - Possible?

Atlantic City is a scary and dangerous place. Stay away from it at all costs, esp. if your goal is beach/ocean. There are much better choices than AC.