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California to New York by car in five weeks

Old Dec 28th, 2006, 10:25 PM
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You guys are gr8. I think you have convinced - we are trying to put too much into the time and we are not people that hoon up to a place, grab a quick picture and hoon outa there! We like to enjoy the sight - the people, the smells, etc etc etc. Being in our 50's, we have decided that life is too hectic to have a holiday that has fantastic sights to be hectic too! So, listening to the locals - we are going to focus on one area - the south west - California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and then if time permits, we shall play it by ear and fly over to Niagara. Is there a 'pass' of some sort with domestic airlines that allows several stops within the country? We even thought perhaps we could hop on Amtrak from Denver and that way we would actually still see some of the countryside. As to extending, well, we decided it would be better to return another time. One of us may be delivering a paper at a conference in Atlanta in July, so there is the possibility of doing some of the east coast then, and then returning September/October for the this trip. Now someone was asking what time of year - we thought we would come after the main rush of your summer but before things start closing down for the winter which, we understand, is about mid-October. Is that correct? And NeoPatrick - 10 weeks for ALL of Australia - LOL - you gotta be kidding! We did the coast road around Australia several years ago and we took 10 months to do it and still didn't get to see everything! It reminds me of a story I heard once about a couple from Europe who had gone missing travelling from Darwin to Broome. When they were eventually found, they had no water and neither had they thought to take any with them. They had decided to take a 'short cut' through the desert but had underestimated the distance because it was "only just this far (signalling between them and forefinger) on the map". Hmmmm, maybe we should learn a lesson from that because the distance we are planning on doing I have to signal between outstretched hands - not thumb and forefinger! Yep guys - you convinced us alright! Thanks for putting some sense into us!
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Old Dec 29th, 2006, 04:52 AM
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"And NeoPatrick - 10 weeks for ALL of Australia - LOL - you gotta be kidding! We did the coast road around Australia several years ago and we took 10 months to do it and still didn't get to see everything!"

Now do you see why we were all so firm? If you think 10 weeks is funny for all of Australia, then 5 weeks for the whole US is HYSTERICAL! Let's face it, the US and Australia are very similar in size, but there is a LOT more in terms of cities and things to see in the US than Australia. I don't think anyone can deny that.
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Old Dec 30th, 2006, 03:54 AM
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Hi everyone who has given us a hand with this. Yep, we have made a decision based on everything you guys have said. We are going to fly into San Fran - spend a couple of days there - Amtrak to Denver where we will pick up a car - and then do a loop through Salt Lake, down to Las Vegas (taking in the Canyon along the way) and then back up the other side back to Denver. And then, dependent on how long that takes us, will determine whether we Amtrak, or fly to Montreal and make our way down to New York via Niagara. Thanks everyone. There will be more posts in the months to come I am sure. And you know what? We will just have to keep coming back to the US to see your lovely country!
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Old Dec 30th, 2006, 09:23 AM
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Not sure why you want to fly to Montreal to get to Niagara - unless you just want to see Montreal - which is taking more time out of your trip. Toronto is only about an hour fromNiagara Falls - but it's a long trip from Montreal.

Also - you need to check about renting a car in Canada and dropping in NYC - some companies have large drop off charges. Your other option would be to train from Toronto (or Montreal) to the Falls, cross to the US side and rent a car there to drop off in NYC.

Do not reco training cross ocuntry. It will take FOREVER. (Tracks are owned by the freight companies and the very few passengers trains have to pull over to let them take priority - so trains are frequently very late - as well as taking days to begin with.) Much better off to take a couple of hour flight than waste days on the train. (Train from Denver to Toronto is literally 2 1/2 days - with stops/changes and it;s another 7 or 8 hours to Montreal).
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Old Feb 13th, 2008, 05:08 PM
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If taking Amtrak, I would go to Salt Lake, rent a car there for that area then take Amtrak to Denver rent a car there for that area, then fly east.
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Old Feb 13th, 2008, 05:28 PM
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FYI, this post is from Dec 2006. Hopefully they made the trip safely by now.
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