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I thought you lot might be the right people to ask.
I may fancy a holiday in your (too bloody big) country. I've thought about it but really don't know where to start. There's much I'd like to see but would never get it all in in 1 visit. So my question is, if I have a quick 2 week holiday there, assuming it will be my only visit there, what in your opinions are the must see places for a first/maybe last time visitor to the good ol' US of A?
What I'm after is the essence of the place, people/scenery/history.
I've been to the local Macdonalds but I don't think they have proper hash browns even. :confused: (whatever they are)
So where do I go?
Thanks

ps. you have taught me well so I know not to go to Arkansas or New Jersey.
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The Majestic Beauty of the Colorado Rockies comes to mind. Also the hub bub of New York. The Cajun Style of New Orleans. The Technology Center of California. The Untouched wilderness of YellowStone. At least those are the places I want to go. :)
 
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The Majestic Beauty of the Colorado Rockies comes to mind


Grand Junction, Colorado comes to my mind :D 2.5 miles south of the airport.....brown two story house.....just look for the parrot sitting in the window ;) :D
 
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How about first New York, then Pittsburgh, then Chicago, traveling west to the grand canyon, over the rockies, ending up in San Francisco. by car of course. Maybe a few minor stops along the way.
 
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Are you serious? Southern California is the ONE MUST PLACE to see in the US. By far the most beautiful state. The ride up US 1 from Santa Barbara to SF is breathtaking--several thousand foot sheer drop cliffs to the ocean. You have Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You have the beaches, the deserts, fantastic weather (it will not rain in the summer), San Francisco. And best of all, you can see American's greatest natural treasure: Mulder!!! ;)
 
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Originally posted by jdemnyan1116:
How about first New York, then Pittsburgh, then Chicago, traveling west to the grand canyon, over the rockies, ending up in San Francisco. by car of course. Maybe a few minor stops along the way.
Pittsburgh? What the hell is there to see in Pittsburgh? ;)
 
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Originally posted by Mulder:
Are you serious? Southern California is the ONE MUST PLACE to see in the US. By far the most beautiful state. The ride up US 1 from Santa Barbara to SF is breathtaking--several thousand foot sheer drop cliffs to the ocean. You have Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You have the beaches, the deserts, fantastic weather (it will not rain in the summer), San Francisco. And best of all, you can see American's greatest natural treasure: Mulder!!! ;)
Just make sure you bring an Oxygen mask, I don't know if your Virgin lungs could handle the "breathtaking" air of SF. ;)

Mulder suprised me though, I was expecting a plug for Mammoth mountain unit 46 ;)
 

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And best of all, you can see American's greatest natural treasure: Mulder!!!
I was rather hoping it would be a holiday to remember. ;)

Do I need to bring my own car or do you have them over there?
 

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So now Yosemite is in Southern California?

Better look at your map again.

Everything North of San Luis Obispo is Northern California in my book.
 

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I think it would depend upon how you like to spend your time when on Holiday.

Do you want to take a whirlwind motoring tour of the US, moving from place to place with little rest? Many would like that, others would be exhausted. Rent a car.

Would you like to plant yourself in one place and really absorb everything about the US from that one place? Either New York City, or San Francisco would do nicely.

Do you like solitude? You could go to a Wilderness Area, or several.

Do you love scenery? The US is a virtual canvas of vast horizons of beauty. Any of our National Parks.

History? There are many historic battlefields to visit.

Museums? You could spend two weeks just in NYC, and Washington, DC and not begin to see everything.

One thought I had was to let different TSG members who are open to it introduce you to our country. MTBIRD has invited you, and I'm in the state North of her, and invite you as well.

If you could let us know some of your thoughts about what you'd like to experience, I think we could give you more meaningful advice. We've got it all, two oceans, plus the Gulf Of Mexico. Great Mountains, Plains, deserts, The Great Lakes. A Steamboat ride down the Mississippi, and on, and on.:)
 

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Well call me fickle but I'm going to Colorado and Texas, job done.
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No, I like 'em all so far and all your suggestions sound great Eggplant but time would be the essence. I could do 3 weeks, I think I'd have to to get what I want to see in. Don't fancy driving all the way accross but what do you do? I want to see both coasts but I think I would mainly be drawn west, thought I'd fly to New York and back from San francisco.

I need to see the vastness definately, plains, yellowstone park type scenery, death valley type stuff and then in no particular order but always wanted to see -
civil war places, New Orleans, The Alamo, Little big horn, Grand Canyon, mount Rushmore, a motorbike down route 66, a greyhound bus, max's farm, that grassy knoll, Elvis' house, I wanna call in on Sigourney Weaver, have a steak that won't fit on my plate, get drunk with some Indians, drive a '57 Chevrolet flat out down a long straight road, see a Grizzly, try and find someone in California who hasn't had surgery or therapy and end up in Haight Ashbury with a funny fag saying "get with it daddyo"

Don't think I'm going to get all that in though.
My route so far based on your suggestions. Do you have straighter roads than this? ;)

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Oh and I wanna proper hash brown. :)

Canada? mmm... You don't have any smaller countries over that way do you? Sort of Luxemborg size would be good.
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