Hi all, here I am again! I am assisting a friend who lives in Dublin that is planning to come to USA for a visit next Oct. 2012. I have a big challenge for you all. Even though I live in Boston area, I am not all that saavy about the logistics of helping her plan her itin. This is where I need to pick your brains!
Here is what she would like to do (there will be 4 of them):
Fly from Dublin on 14 Oct. 2012 into either Boston or New York depending upon which way her itinerary should be planned.
She would like to see our fall foliage so not sure the foliage dates will conincide. I know it will depend on when the leaves are turning. There may be some room for moving the dates around.
I just tried to get an idea of air prices by doing a multi city trip search, either Boston or New York or vice versa. The dates are too far out to give me definite prices. I priced in Sept. of next year and prices either Boston or New York are coming up $775-800.
This is the suggested itin I have been given:
Fly into New York or Boston; would like to visit:
3) Cape Cod
4) Salem, MA
5) Bar Harbor
7) Possibly Keene, NH and Bennington, Vt, & Stowe, VT
8) fly back home to Dublin
Will have 3 weeks for this trip so itin can be arranged accordingly.
Obviously they would need to rent a car somewhere along the line in order to drive from place to place. There are 4 traveling.
I would like some suggested itineraries as to the most realistic way to plan the trip. I am also thinking about Amtrak from New York to Boston or vice versa in order to save on parking, etc.
Hotels are next. I think that they would be looking for real budget hotels in Boston and New York. I have already told them that they will have sticker shock w/ hotel prices. If it is possible to find a hotel that would accommodate 4 in a room, that would be great. I am also thinking hostels as a good budget alternative. I believe that the 4 of them are in the more "mature age bracket" so not sure if this would be a good option. I posed hostels to them and they did not seem to object to doing this. I am sure money is going to be a big factor!
If you can give me a head start as to how to plan the trip, I would be most grateful. I can probably find hotels myself once we define the # of nights in the different places.
I think that the itinerary needs some overhaul so they aren't driving all over the place. Keene NH & Bennington, VT, & Stowe specifically. The main goal is to see foliage, then the sights of NY & Boston.
Thank you all so much for whatever help you can give me. I will get back in touch w/ my friend once I get some suggestions.
I am going to post this in the NYC forum also.