Travel USA travel tips and tricks

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revo333

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Going out to dinner, taking a taxi add another 15-20% to the bill on top.

I think using Uber is a good idea when you can, The app gives you an option to leave a tip once the ride has been completed as well.

Probably ends up being cheaper than taxi as well.
 

Gavin Excell

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Does US gun culture unsettle anyone?
I went for first time 2017 various places and didn't see a gun other than what the police at the airport had. Didn't bother me but could understand it potentially affecting others
 

raskolnikov

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The US was fun when I was younger and I went backpacking there a few times. These days it doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. Would much rather go to Europe and see all the historical architecture.
 

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brutus76

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Does US gun culture unsettle anyone?
I went for first time 2017 various places and didn't see a gun other than what the police at the airport had. Didn't bother me but could understand it potentially affecting others

Texas scared me as it was obvious to see who was packing heat.

My main concern was my Western Victorian slightly ocker bogan accent would result in them shooting me first and asking questions later.

On the flip side going to an Uncle Dick's with my Uncle and getting to hold/feel/touch and look at the array of weaponry any Joe Blow can get off the street was both enlightening and frightening
 

BStaff17

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Aug 1, 2016
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This time next week i will be in LA.

Everyone tells me it's a shithole so I have really low expectations of LA. The rest of it I am excited though.

Before travelling across the country (Vegas, Grand Canyon, Durango, Santa Fe, Amarillo, Dallas, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando and Miami)

Any good tips for those cities
 

HigginsHawk

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This time next week i will be in LA.

Everyone tells me it's a shithole so I have really low expectations of LA. The rest of it I am excited though.

Before travelling across the country (Vegas, Grand Canyon, Durango, Santa Fe, Amarillo, Dallas, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando and Miami)

Any good tips for those cities
Dallas - Dealey Plaza and the Book Store depository are quite moving. Also the George W Bush presidential library is a way to spend a half a day. I enjoyed the Fort Worth stcokyards if you get a chance to go over there.

New Orleans - walking tours are pretty good. Driving in NOLA is ridicoulous. Take a look at the cemetries, the Hurricane Katrina museum and ride a trolley bus somewhere but food and entertainment are the mainstay. Try the French Quarter instead of Bourbon st for Blues/Jazz if that's your go. Insanely good food pretty much everywhere. For something cheap try Brothers Food Mart for their fried chicken. Best I've ever had.

Enjoy your trip.
 

FRUMPY

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This time next week i will be in LA.

Everyone tells me it's a shithole so I have really low expectations of LA. The rest of it I am excited though.

Before travelling across the country (Vegas, Grand Canyon, Durango, Santa Fe, Amarillo, Dallas, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando and Miami)

Any good tips for those cities

eat as much mexican as you can - * its delicious, especially food trucks or takeaway joints
 

revo333

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This time next week i will be in LA.

Everyone tells me it's a shithole so I have really low expectations of LA. The rest of it I am excited though.

Before travelling across the country (Vegas, Grand Canyon, Durango, Santa Fe, Amarillo, Dallas, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando and Miami)

Any good tips for those cities

What area are you staying?

Avoid downtown unless you are seeing a concert or sporting event.
 

offtherails9

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This time next week i will be in LA.

Everyone tells me it's a shithole so I have really low expectations of LA. The rest of it I am excited though.

Before travelling across the country (Vegas, Grand Canyon, Durango, Santa Fe, Amarillo, Dallas, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando and Miami)

Any good tips for those cities

Is this a contiki?
 

brutus76

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Sunset Strip, Hollywood, Griffith Observatory and the beaches are great.

Downtown in the day make sure you go to City Hall for the free view (on the 26th floor) is awesome and Grand Central market (food heaven)

Grammy Museum is also a good spot to visit and the Staples center

After dark be careful get an UBER.
 

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phantom13

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Sep 12, 2007
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Does US gun culture unsettle anyone?
I went for first time 2017 various places and didn't see a gun other than what the police at the airport had. Didn't bother me but could understand it potentially affecting others
It didnt scare me but especially in the south i was aware of it.
This time next week i will be in LA.

Everyone tells me it's a shithole so I have really low expectations of LA. The rest of it I am excited though.

Before travelling across the country (Vegas, Grand Canyon, Durango, Santa Fe, Amarillo, Dallas, Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, Orlando and Miami)

Any good tips for those cities
I preferred LA and SF to NYC and Boston personally. Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Griffith Observatory, Beverly Hills and in and around Anaheim were cool IMO. I think its more of a touristy city, i imagine living there would be tough unless you were absolutely loaded.
 

offtherails9

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Yeah I am travelling by myself so figured was best way to go. Especially never been to the states before which I have been told is chalk and cheese to Europe.

Yeah I thought so mate. I actually did pretty much that tour (it was New Orleans - Los Angeles) so can fill you in a heap on a lot of stuff.

Not trying to put a dampener on it but you do spend a * load of time traveling on the bus obviously. There was a stretch for 3 or 4 days where it was pretty much hop on the bus in the morning, get to the city late arvo/night, have dinner and some beers, sleep for a bit, back on the bus. Which is actually pretty tough but you get through it. The biggest tip I'd have is just making the most of every chance you get to sightsee, or do anything that is different to anything you've done before.
 

The hands of stone

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Does US gun culture unsettle anyone?
I went for first time 2017 various places and didn't see a gun other than what the police at the airport had. Didn't bother me but could understand it potentially affecting others
We never had an issue in 2 trips and to be honest never thought about it .

Our friends went over a few months after us, first day they got mugged at gun point in DC . Really rattled them , didnt enjoy the trip and wont go back .
 

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