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revo333

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Yeah agree, it's not really a hot take to say that passing through LAX can be a fairly unpleasant experience.
I know some Americans that even avoid LAX when they go back into America.

I usually go through customs in Hawaii but last year I had to go through LAX from Tokyo and the customs officer was very intrigued on how I could afford 3 weeks in America.
 

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I know some Americans that even avoid LAX when they go back into America.

I usually go through customs in Hawaii but last year I had to go through LAX from Tokyo and the customs officer was very intrigued on how I could afford 3 weeks in America.
I was at LAX in Oct/Nov last year and felt the process of going through customers was much better than last time I was there in 12/13.

Might be because I was with kids this time though
 

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Just confirmed that I will be in New Orleans while the Super Bowl is on. I'm expecting to witness the party to end all parties or riots. First time to the Crescent City and I am looking forward to it. Will provide a summary upon return. Can't decide between the Bayou/plantation tour, the music or the food as what I am looking forward to the most.

Does anybody have a plantation tour they strongly recommend? I'm thinking of doing Whitney or Oak. Not sure if I will have time for both.
 

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I would say US overall from my own experiences but it really comes down to individual people.
Exactly. I would say that overall the people in the US are bettered mannered than here in Australia. Their manners strike you immediately. everything is yes please, thank you sir etc etc. I'm not just talking about in the service industry either. 'Nicer' is a very subjective opinion though. Southern hospitality is not overrated either, in the most part it is very real.

I'd have to say the Canadians I have met have been the nicest of all though. Haven't met a bad one yet, although I am sure they are out there, eh?
 
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American's are pretty nice. Obviously you're in more tourist scenarios which probably means people will be kinder but I find people were a lot more happy to have a random convo about whatever compared to people in Australia.
 
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Are people more nicer in the US or AUS? Thoughts?
Have been to the USA 6 or 7 times, mostly to Manhatten and Jersey Shore, with side trips to Boston and Georgia. Apart from a few rude, wankerish people in Manhatten, everyone is super friendly and helpful. My personal list of top friendly nations that I've travelled in (no particular order) is Denmark, Netherlands and USA. Ireland doesnt make my list. The friendliness thing is way overrated there.
 

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Just confirmed that I will be in New Orleans while the Super Bowl is on. I'm expecting to witness the party to end all parties or riots. First time to the Crescent City and I am looking forward to it. Will provide a summary upon return. Can't decide between the Bayou/plantation tour, the music or the food as what I am looking forward to the most.

Does anybody have a plantation tour they strongly recommend? I'm thinking of doing Whitney or Oak. Not sure if I will have time for both.
I got back from the states just prior to Christmas and New Orleans was far and away my favourite stop.
With regard to the plantation tours, It'll come down to personal preference as the subject matter is quite varied, the Whitney tour is a warts & all look into slavery, whereas the Oak Alley tour glances over much of the ugliness and largely touches on the previous owners of the property.
 

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I'm thinking of going to Dallas on my next visit. How long do you need there?
I used to live in Dallas

Pretty nice place to live at (and speaking of Texas in general) but it's not too heavy on attractions.... Downtown Dallas is mostly a ghost town when the Mavs or Stars are not playing, Reunion Tower can give you a great spot to checkout a sunset since there are no nearby beaches... Of course, go see the JFK museum, it's done up real well. Uptown is cool for night life if you are on the younger side, Mockingbird is a bit more universal, while Bishop Arts District is the hipster neighborhood...there are a couple of high end neighborhoods like Highland Park, but a few run down spots too

Several Texas BBQ spots, if that is what you want to try

Fort Worth is pretty cool to get a feel of Cowboy Texas... AT&T Stadium is between Dallas and Fort Worth but virtually no public transport out there if you want to see America's Team... If you are a fan of the old TV show "Dallas", you can check out South Fork Ranch out in the north east burbs

If you got tons of time while in the US and want a bit of a chill out period while still being in a major city, then Dallas might be your cup of tea (4 days tops), but I honestly wouldn't put it as a priority place you have to go see in the U.S. despite what you may have thought about the place
 
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I liked Dallas and would like to add a couple of things to what FootyJunkie said. Just north of Dallas on the University campus you can go to the George W Bush presidential library. Heavily oriented towards the 9/11 stuff but does include a full size recreation of the Oval Office. The public access areas of the 'libraries' are basically a museum. Lyndon Johnson one in Austin is pretty good too.

If you like the JFK things, you can also go to the Texas theatre where Oswald was arrested. It is in Oak Cliff and is an easy bus ride from CBD but probably too far to walk.

If you go to Fort Worth, Friday and Saturday night have a pretty good show at the Colliseum. Has some rodeo, horsemanship stuff. I liked it. It's a very easy drive from Dallas to Fort Worth, mostly dual lane highway. A car probably isn't necessary in Dallas but it is easy enough city to drive around.

Dallas is a bit like Canberra weather wise. Can be really cold in winter (-5c one day we were there) but obviously quite hot in summer.
 
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