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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 02:20 PM
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>>>I won't be able to rent a car, because I don't want to drive in a foreign country
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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 05:53 PM
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$100 a night is a hostel budget in New York, probably slightly low but not impossible for DC, generous for Orlando, doable for LA/Anaheim (I've just done a lot of research, and have been pleasantly surprised with some of the prices I've found), and probably again a hostel budget for San Francisco.
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Old Feb 6th, 2012, 08:35 PM
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If you do go to Stanford (I recommend it as I've worked there for over 30 years!) be sure and take one of the tours given by a student guide. Also take some time to visit the Cantor Center art museum...lovely. Also go up Hoover tower and see the views. From the university you can also go over to Palo alto via the Marguerite bus and walk around University Avenue. Nice restaurants and shops.
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Old Feb 6th, 2012, 09:15 PM
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Skip Winchester Mystery House-too far and not worth it!
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 12:52 PM
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Thank you all - again.

Yes, we drive on the right-hand side of the road. And I can understand perfectly that your worst driving experience is Budapest!! I don't like it either, so that's pretty much the reason I haven't driven a car for about 8-9 years now.
(But I hope that you also have some good memories about Budapest?

Yes, I would like to go to Stanford, if you all say it's doable. I went to Uni in Budapest of course (and a very old and 'famous' - in Hungarian standards - one at that), but I am very curious what Stanford is like. I expect it to be enormous and beautiful.

I see that everyone agrees on Winchester House too, so I might just take your advice, and visit someplace else instead. (for example Stanford.) " Also take some time to visit the Cantor Center art museum..." - I will!

"have you alredy costed out the air fares involved?" - yes, I have, it's been a while though, so I hope the prices haven't changed very much since then. (It was two month ago, I think.)

"Don't forget to have clam chowder with your sour dough bread!" - I have no idea what these are, but I'm gonna try them!

"I hope this is helpful information for you and that on your trip you encounter only friendly Americans!" - definitely helpful, thank you very much! And I hope too that I encounter friendly Americans! But if they're anything like you all than I think I'm safe!

"$100 a night is a hostel budget in New York," - yes, it's literally impossible, I can see it now.

And I think I might reconsider driving...
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 12:57 PM
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"$100 a night is a hostel budget in New York," - yes, it's literally impossible, I can see it now. --> I mean, it seems impossible...
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 02:40 PM
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>>But I hope that you also have some good memories about Budapest?
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 10:47 AM
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Oh, I'm happy to hear (read ) that!!
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 05:14 PM
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Manuela, if you are interested in visiting a university in the SF area, also consider riding BART (metro) to Berkeley to see the University of California. An easier trip than Stanford, IMO.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 05:51 PM
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If someone were going to go to Europe for a 3 weeks whether they should go to Russia for 6 days, Irealand for 6 days and shoot over to Spain for a weekend then to Italy, what would you say?

Pick either the East or the West and enjoy your 3 weeks. Plan to return. The West Coast deserves 3 weeks.

There's certainly enough in the East the can keep you busy for 3 weeks.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 07:19 PM
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I disagree with all those who say la is impossible with out a car.la is vast indeed, so you require some time and patience.but you can get to pretty much every touristy spot by public transport.
For a three week budget trip, you might want to consider taking the Amtrak rail pass.
having gone all the way to la, do consider Vegas and the grand canyon.
If you have been to Disney parks already, 6 days in Orlando could be an overkill , time which could be spent visiting other places. You could split your iternary into a week and a half in the east coast and the rest in west coast.
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 01:27 AM
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Thank you all for the help!
I have my plane and hotel reservations, and I'm planning the programms and prices now.
I take all your advices in cosideration of course.
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 07:22 AM
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Oh yes, you can get a hotel rom in NYC for $100 a night in summer, I've done it. Check out the JANE hotel (shared bath twin room). Depending on the dates, also check the Cosmopolitan hotel in Tribeca (clean and nice and next to #1 subway stop; I got $97 rate last August and again in Sept. there) and watch the Hotel Edison for specials (sign up to get alerted on their website, I have gotten emails about $89 rates in summer there), and check out the newly remodeled Milford Plaza also (they had $95 rates on a double for month of Feb., they told me might be doing specials over the summer also.)
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 07:24 AM
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Has anyone addressed getting to D.C. from NYC and staying in D.C. for $100 a night? You'll want to use Bolt bus or Megabus or our favorite, DC2NY bus, for that route and best cost.

Need ideas for hotel room in D.C. at your price range?
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Old Mar 4th, 2012, 09:32 AM
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Yes, of course, I would like to get as many ideas and advices as possible.
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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 12:26 PM
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Oh... I have another question.
There's something I didn't think about before.

I just read that the time I'll be in Orlando is the worst time, because of the hurricane season.

What are the chances that I won't be able to do anything else than sit in the hotel room because of the rain?
Do I have to count with missing my flight to San Francisco because of the weather?

I have plans for all days I will be spending there, I would be really sad if I had to miss anything.
And I'm not even trying to explain what it would do to my plans if I couldn't travel on schedule to SF...
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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 12:43 PM
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There is a HI Hostel in Washington DC that will cost you much less than $100/night. http://www.hihostels.com/
If you did not want to fly from Washington to Orlando, you could take an overnight train (Amtrak.com) from WAS to ORL.
You will know several days in advance if there is a hurricane coming. Fly out to the West Coast before the weather shuts down the Orlando airport if a hurricane is coming.
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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 01:06 PM
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The only problem is that I have my plane tickets reserved... I cannot travel to the U.S. without it, as I have to show all the tickets when I enter the country. Regulations for Hungarians... (And the same goes for hotel reservations...)

I'm not really afraid of hurricanes (I mean, the chances of a hurricane coming exactly at that time are pretty low... Of course not non-existent, I know.), but of thunderstorms that take a whole day or so...
Is it very common?
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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 01:08 PM
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The HI Hostels look good!
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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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Hurricane's are a problem in Florida in the summer, for sure. They go from August until October and even November. Thunderstorm's in Florida in the afternoon are a fact of life. I would not say "they last all day" however the chance is very good that in 6 days you are there you will have a thunderstorm. Just do what everyone else does, buy a rain poncho or go sit someplace and have a drink until the storm passes.It is very hot and humid in Florida in summer. And just to be clear, you could have a hurricane in the summer anywhere along the east coast. I would not worry, I am sure for your vacation you will be ok. Happy travels.
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