My USA adventure

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  1. adamefimoff2

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    So Besides New York and San Francisco what should I see?
     
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    your question is so broad its hard to answer.
     
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    Wall Drug. You get free ice water!
     
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    The Grand Canyon - Rocky Mountain National Park - Potato Lake - Meridian, MS - Georgia Aquarium - Compton, CA
     
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    There are 2,460 Nationally designated historic landmarks and probably on the order of 150,000-200,000 points of interest, which would vary depending on what one would define as the level of "interest" generated by said sites. I have lived in the US for all of my 31 years and have traveled to something like 40 states and could list hundreds of "interesting" things to visit.

    Alternatively, there's "the google" which revealed this "interesting" article, although it is worth noting each of those tourist attractions is literally thousands of miles from the next. The USA is big.

    http://www.touropia.com/tourist-attractions-in-the-usa/
     
  7. adamefimoff2

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    thinking about my answer
     
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    I remember a previous thread where you wondered about Yosemite. Since you listed SF, I would definitely recommend a side trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.

    And seriously, tell us what you are interested in, other than luxury hotels with swimming pools.
     
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    @HaveMilesWillTravel I am a theater buff and love historical monuments and art. I do not understand modern art. I love great food and have been to many of the world's best. I hate museums that have same dinosaur bones as any other place. I also love places that are not found in australia like beaches
     
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bondi_Beach
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Coast,_Queensland

    ?

    Anyways, THIS is what you won't find in Australia:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lassen_Volcanic_National_Park
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rainier_National_Park
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_St._Helens_National_Volcanic_Monument
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denali_National_Park_and_Preserve

    Stratovolcanoes, active volcanos, and 3,000+ meter mountain peaks don't exist in Australia.

    The USA isn't a lot older than Australia in the American West in terms of European colonial history (both were settled about the same time, actually), so any deep history is going to involve going to Native American sites like these:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pueblo_Grande_Ruin_and_Irrigation_Sites
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_Grande_Ruins_National_Monument
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaco_Culture_National_Historical_Park
     
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    not all museums have the same dinosaur bones ... actually now that i think about it, none of the museums have the SAME dinosaur bones

    Speaking of History ... maybe Boston/D.C.? If you're into US history.
     
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    These guys stayed in Solvang:

     
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    Okay so Seattle and Alaska? Mum wants to do that

    Anyways, THIS is what you won't find in Australia:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lassen_Volcanic_National_Park
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rainier_National_Park
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_St._Helens_National_Volcanic_Monument
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denali_National_Park_and_Preserve

    Stratovolcanoes, active volcanos, and 3,000+ meter mountain peaks don't exist in Australia.

    The USA isn't a lot older than Australia in the American West in terms of European colonial history (both were settled about the same time, actually), so any deep history is going to involve going to Native American sites like these:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pueblo_Grande_Ruin_and_Irrigation_Sites
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_Grande_Ruins_National_Monument
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaco_Culture_National_Historical_Park[/QUOTE]
     
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    yes I was thinking of both but is Phily Better in terms of history and food or is Boston.
     
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    are you saying I am up myself?
     
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    I have no idea what that means. Solvang is in the heart of California wine country, and sounds like a great place for a visit.
     
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    define better? both has its charms.
     
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    @edekba
    better examples of the history in colonial america. More known more recognized and more written about
     
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    Possibly, though Lassen is in Northern California, a fairly easy drive from San Francisco.

    If you're trying to centralize your travel instead of going all hither-and-yon, Philly's a lot closer to DC than Boston, and DC has a lot of monuments.
     
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    Yup you could take the train from NYC to Philly to D.C.
     
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    If you are visiting SF, Yosemite is a worthy place to visit. If you arrive before the Park Services close down Tioga Pass, I would recommend driving into the park via Lee Vining on the east side. To go to Lee Vining from SF, drive through Sonora Pass and Bridgeport. Don't just spend a day in the valley, spend a few days in the park. Take the shuttle from the valley to Glacier Point then hike back down to the valley, either via Four-Mile-Trail or via the John Muir Trail.

    Still around SF, you can spend a night or two at Pigeon Point or Point Montara lighthouse. Both places have either bunks or private rooms for you. Pigeon Point is more remote, with elephant seals on the beach. You can then spend the next morning touring Ano Nuevo marine preserve, get really really close to the wildlife (elephant seals, marine birds, sometimes whales pass by the beach).

    I've never been to Australia, but I'd venture that there's nothing like Yosemite in Australia ..... ;)

    Food - you can get almost anything in the city. Chinatown has lots of hidden gems. North Beach (little Italy) has lots of good Italian. My favorite there is a little pasticeria called Stella. They have a cake called Sacripantina. Pavarotti used to order the whole cake delivered to his room when he was in town. Another favorite is Tartine in Mission District. I've been to Paris several times, and the pastries at Tartine is on par with any top notch pattiserie and boulangerie in Paris.

    If you go in October, then you can enjoy the Fleet Week festivities. Parade of ships, seeing a nuclear powered carrier passing under Golden Gate bridge under a light fog mist never gets old. Then there is the airshow activities. Try watching an F-18E Super Hornet flying by at close to 600 miles per hour with vapor cone, with Golden Gate bridge as the backdrop, you can't top that. Or watching a pair of F-18 Hornets doing opposing pass flying so low that the Alcatraz Island tower is actually higher than the aircraft elevation, or seeing the Blue Angels solo #5 doing high speed sneak pass on altitude so low that it creates rooster tail .....

    I did not mention anything outside of SF since I don't know if you're going to go to places outside of NY or SF vicinity. If you have lots of time, Alaska is very hard to top in terms of scenery. The drive from Anchorage to Denali alone has scenery that's rivaling the best of what lower 48 states can offer, and we have not even gone inside the national park.
     
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    :D
     
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    I was thinking Disney Cruise Line to Alaska? via seattle staying at hotel 1000? then off to nyc ?
    also what plane should I fly business or premium from australia to san fran or vancouver
     
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    The only airline that does nonstop SYD-YVR is Air Canada. Your nonstop choices for Australia-SFO would involve Qantas or UA. You might also have the option to connect using Virgin Australia, Delta or American.

    You're actually asking us to tell you which airline to fly without any other detail? You certainly seem to have a lot of broad questions that are not backed up with any specific preferences or guidelines.

    Let's see if we can help that out.

    Do you have any experience flying premium cabin longhaul?

    Your posts don't indicate your origination point from Australia. What is it?

    Are these paid fares or mileage fares?

    Are you or your mother most interested in nonstop routes, or would you sacrifice this (and take a routing that might add a lot of extra time) for added luxury while traveling?
     
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