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deltablues

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Most likely going to be in the US at the end of December and in January.

Is January a bad time to go to Boston and NY? I do want to see the snow and those 2 cities are up on the must see list but i know it'll be freezing

Looking forward to seeing my first Cowboys game,
If it's another bad winter you'll certainly see plenty of snow - and ice, which can be tricky. But moving around and sightseeing may be somewhat constrained by the conditions.

March would be better.
 

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If it's another bad winter you'll certainly see plenty of snow - and ice, which can be tricky. But moving around and sightseeing may be somewhat constrained by the conditions.

March would be better.
I definitely plan to go back around September - October sometime, but part of the reason of going this time is to see the Mrs' sister who lives in San Diego.

Will be going Dallas - NYC - Boston - SF - LA - SD. May stick Atlanta in there somewhere as well
 

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I definitely plan to go back around September - October sometime, but part of the reason of going this time is to see the Mrs' sister who lives in San Diego.

Will be going Dallas - NYC - Boston - SF - LA - SD. May stick Atlanta in there somewhere as well
Any specific appeal with at Atlanta?

I've been there three times, once on vacation and twice with work and while it has a lovely "soul", it's a significant step down on most other US cities as far as attractions and things to do, go.
 

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Any specific appeal with at Atlanta?

I've been there three times, once on vacation and twice with work and while it has a lovely "soul", it's a significant step down on most other US cities as far as attractions and things to do, go.
One of my best mates is moving there and may be there by the time I go, hence the "may" haha.

Really wanted to get to Detroit for a Red Wings game but can't really squeeze it in.

No interest in Chicago or Vegas.

Save Portland, Seattle, New Orleans, DC for another trip
 

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I definitely plan to go back around September - October sometime, but part of the reason of going this time is to see the Mrs' sister who lives in San Diego.

Will be going Dallas - NYC - Boston - SF - LA - SD. May stick Atlanta in there somewhere as well
Dallas for sport obviously?

Otherwise it is an ordinary city especially considering the other good options in Texas
 

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Best things to do in Boston?
Day one, Follow the Freedom Trail, the history is pretty cool. We were lucky enough to engrave our names on the new copper panels as part of the USS Constitution restoration project. Head past Caffe Vittoria as well

Day 2, get a car for a day and hike Mt Monadnock

Skip the Cheers bar unless it's purely for a social media post.

Skip Salem, even if you like The Crucible.

If you have way too much spare time. Visit the paper house.
 

Morning_Fog

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Best things to do in Boston?
Faneuil Hall Marketplace was very cool. You can pick up some cool souvenir. You can then check out a cheers replica store as well.
Fenway Park. Home of the Boston Red Sox
NBA Hall of fame. It’s in Springfield Massachusetts. Its about 50 minutes outside of Boston
Baseball Hall of Fame. Cooperstown. A bit further out, about 4 hour drive but the scenery is worth it and the Hall of Fame is located in a lovely little town.
Plymouth: home of the mayflower and the birthplace of the United States of America where the Pilgrims landed in 1688.
Harvard square and the university
 

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Ok I think we've settled on our Grand Canyon area plan.

Fly into Phoenix from NY, landing before midday. Grab lunch and drive to South Rim, getting there prior to Sunset. Sleep.

Wake up early and check out the Canyon a bit more, aiming to wind it up by 11. (Doesn't sound like we are there long but we get about an hour till sunset the night before and getting up early means if we take 7-10.30 that gives some time to check it out in the morning, although no decent length walks obviously). Drive to Monument Valley, getting there for a sunset tour of MV, before sleeping the night in the region.

Next day drive to Page, this bit is sill a bit up in the air but looking at doing something to do with a couple of rafting, Antelope Canyon, Marble Canyon, Horseshoe Bend etc. Sleep Page.

Wake up and head to Bryce Canyon, aiming to get there late morning or around lunchtime and spend some time there (ideally 3-6 hours). Drive to Springdale where we will stay the night.

Wake up early and go to Zion, with specific walk yet to be determined, before heading to Vegas in the arvo.

I think I'm happy with that, it's alot of ground to cover but it enables us to see a lot and try a variety of different activities. Evenings are all downtime which means we can relax then and sleep early to make up for the early starts. The rest of the trip is all cities so this will be a cool adventurous few days, just gotta hope the weather is good.
 
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We are going back to the USA for Christmas 2020, going to be spending it up in Big Sky Montana with my family for a white Christmas. The intention is we'll fly Melbourne - New York early/Mid Dec 2020, spend about 5 days in NY and then fly NY - Bozeman Montana. We'll stay in Big Sky till mid Jan 2021, then fly home after spending almost a month on the snow. We'll return to Australia just intime for our summer heat to be kicking off!

The last time we went in 2017 we flew to SF, 5 day stay, then flew to Denver and RV'd Denver - Yellowstone - Big Sky - Seattle - San Francisco.

The major cost this time will be the flights, hotel in NY and the ski hire as we'll have accomodation on the mountain with family for in Montana.
 

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Has anyone ever had any luck with the green card lottery?
my brother in law won the green card lottery about 2 & 1/2 years ago.

He was working in NY and had his hands tied work wise as he was always on a sponsorship visa I think it is (if he lost his job he would have 7 days to leave the country).

Then he won the green card lottery so he was stoked as it really opened up his working opportunities.

In the end he ended up marrying an American bird anyway so he could have gotten a permanent residency that way
 
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