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Old 15-12-2010, 07:47 AM   #16
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2010 - the ride starts in Apr.
http://www.maidofthemist.com/en/

take the chinatown bus to Buffalo which cost US$50 1 way.
rent a car in Buffalo to get around Niagara and return. In Mar U should be able to find some very good bed and Breakfast rates.

U could do the tour its cheap at just US$112 per pax. missed out all the fine winery tour. eg
inniskillin
http://www.gotobus.com/us/newyorkny/...r_855-176.html
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Old 15-12-2010, 07:50 AM   #17
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GPS + car rental is recommended.
Parking in cities would not be cheap...but maybe what u could do is to get a hotel outside of the city with free parking...then in the city itself u can just do some walking, etc instead of looking for parking lots.

i cannot imagine not driving in the USA if you are going to be there for 15 days.

why? if TS is going to NYC, Boston it is more painful to drive! parking is never free.

rent a place outside the city? how to get to city? car? if so need to find parking. if take public transport whats the pt of having a car.
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Old 15-12-2010, 08:32 AM   #18
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2010 - the ride starts in Apr.
http://www.maidofthemist.com/en/

take the chinatown bus to Buffalo which cost US$50 1 way.
rent a car in Buffalo to get around Niagara and return. In Mar U should be able to find some very good bed and Breakfast rates.

U could do the tour its cheap at just US$112 per pax. missed out all the fine winery tour. eg
inniskillin
http://www.gotobus.com/us/newyorkny/...r_855-176.html
chinatown bus? so guessing the bus departs from chinatown ya?

thanks alot man.

btw, for the white house tour, just write in to the us embassay...in singapore? have you been on the tour before?
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Old 15-12-2010, 09:44 AM   #19
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Btw, anyone sat China Eastern? Sing to New York with stopover in Shanghai.
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Old 15-12-2010, 10:02 AM   #20
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Btw, anyone sat China Eastern? Sing to New York with stopover in Shanghai.
I've taken China Eastern to Paris, but never to US before, but the transit is also at Shanghai. If you can, you should go for a tour of the vineyards at Niagara on the Lake. Its a pretty little town though I'm not sure you will see much in Mar cause its technically the end of winter/beginning of spring. Oh and remember to eat philly cheesteak. Don't necessarily have to eat at Geno's or Pat's. Road side stalls are good as well
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Old 15-12-2010, 11:57 AM   #21
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chinatown bus? so guessing the bus departs from chinatown ya?

thanks alot man.

btw, for the white house tour, just write in to the us embassay...in singapore? have you been on the tour before?
I have ride the chinatown bus. I when travel to Niagara from NYC I took Amtrak. There used to have Northeast coast pass. unlimited rides, now they have this segment thing going on not so worth it.

white house tour, get the info below. I been to DC 3X but didn't get on the tour. count me unlucky. 1st time no pass required but the queue was so long was there a 6am, they only allow so many ppl to go in 1 day. 2nd time not long after 911 forget that. 3rd time they impose a min group of 10 to tour. now U are in luck no min group req.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/tours-and-events

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Old 15-12-2010, 10:00 PM   #22
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Btw, anyone sat China Eastern? Sing to New York with stopover in Shanghai.
yup...me. it was alright...decent legroom. no personal entertainment set though. only a big screen TV at the front of each plane segment. usually, many passengers are from china. not the most comfortable flights on china eastern but can't beat that kind of airfare. so i'm not complaining.
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Old 15-12-2010, 10:49 PM   #23
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if you're planning to do boston too without a car...you can take the fung wah bus https://www.fungwahbus.com/Default.aspx from NYC to Boston....really cheap at USD15 per 1-way (but please note luggage restriction if you aren't traveling light). it's quite convenient and the bus departs every hour. takes you about 4hours to reach boston chinatown from NYC.

it's quite a madness to drive in NYC and Boston but not impossible. last time we got around the 2 cities with just a paper map. these days we rely on GPS....still can be quite crazy (i.e. GPS signals might be lost in the tunnels, turnpike exits can be confusing, road conditions change etc.) but much easier than paper maps i'd say! for GPS....get one with lane guidance...very useful for city driving!

parking is much harder than in small cities/suburbs...so you'll need to plan in advance where to park, research for cheap parking garages (there are some discount coupons that you might be able to print online for better rates), some garages are cheap but require advanced online booking to get in. there are free roadside parking in NYC and Boston but you'll need to know the rules of parking...and usually, hard like hell to find free lots!! if it's still snowing in march then even more chaotic....'cos the curbside parking rules might change as need to shovel.

but driving can be fun la....especially in USA. if you are driving...you can do a triangular drive from NYC to Buffalo (niagara falls) through upstate NY (finger lakes region) and then across to boston and then back to NYC via the coastal route (through rhode island/connecticut etc). but not sure if you've sufficient time to do that though in 15days. NYC is nice...if you are into museums/theatres/musicals/galleries....you can easily spend a good 1-2weeks there without feeling bored. so all depends on how you like to travel.

one problem with new england travel is that the weather can be hard to predict. so you can plan your itinerary to a T...and then the weather changes and you'll have to re-plan again. so don't try to pack too much....otherwise you might be disappointed when you get lousy weather. always have some indoor options available for bad weather scenarios. we do still get snow in march sometimes even april. always watch the weather channel for updates so that you aren't caught off guard. and always be prepared (another reason why driving is good too then you can throw all your thick sweaters/mittens/hats in the back seat/boot just in case).

if you are driving....please arm yourself with LOADS and LOADS of quarters for the parking meters.

if you are a big shopper....the outlet malls here will drive you crazy. be prepared to spend a full day at one outlet. also, before you head out for shopping....always check online for any shopping coupons that you can print. sometimes, you can find coupons for outlet shopping i.e. coach etc. so you might be able to enjoy further 10-25% off the already low outlet prices. be aware that there are buying quotas at some of the branded bag boutiques i.e. LV, coach etc. so always ask first before you start filling up your shopping bag/cart.

have fun!!

side note: i'll be doing a roadtrip myself from southern MA to miami (& back) after xmas....if you are considering to visit washington DC etc...i shld be able to update you with more info after my trip. wish me luck and wish me good weather!

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Old 15-12-2010, 11:56 PM   #24
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devilish_me: Wow thanks thanks thanks for the detailed info. Honestly, I'm reconsidering my option to visit the west side(LA, Seattle etc) instead of the East(NYC).

In late march-april, its still pretty cold in NYC and I'm somewhat afraid the stores might be selling summer clothing and stuff. And from LA I can even travel all the way up north to even vancouver? Still thinking about this. ;/
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Old 16-12-2010, 01:16 AM   #25
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travelling west coast, U do need a car unlike northeast.

2 week trip wanna cover CA to Vancouver is tight.

U might wanna see
- San Siego
- LA
- Las vegas
- Grand Canyon
- SF
- the coast to Portland oregon
- Portland area, very scenic
- Seattle
- Vancouver
- Victoria island
- Napa valley
- Sedona/Antelope Canyon
- Lake tahoe
- Yosemite

i have done 10 days from SF to Vancouver and back.
shopping CA is the best.

I would cover CA, AZ and vegas in the limited amount of time.
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Old 16-12-2010, 03:54 AM   #26
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devilish_me: Wow thanks thanks thanks for the detailed info. Honestly, I'm reconsidering my option to visit the west side(LA, Seattle etc) instead of the East(NYC).

In late march-april, its still pretty cold in NYC and I'm somewhat afraid the stores might be selling summer clothing and stuff. And from LA I can even travel all the way up north to even vancouver? Still thinking about this. ;/
no prob....west coast is fun too. particularly love the oregon coastal drive. and it'd probably not be as cold as over our side....although my friends on the west coast were complaining of cold weather around thanksgiving while we were surprisingly warm and toasty in the northeast. the weather is unpredictable these days....just make sure you do pack some warm clothings even if you are headed west. many many fun things to do in the west coast too....patryns will have good suggestions for you.
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Old 16-12-2010, 07:25 AM   #27
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@ devilish_me going for a long road trip! MA to Miami.
I nearly went on a trip from chicago to New orleans.
but now I am flying to New Mexico.
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Old 16-12-2010, 09:51 AM   #28
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@ devilish_me going for a long road trip! MA to Miami.
I nearly went on a trip from chicago to New orleans.
but now I am flying to New Mexico.
ya la....flying is so much easier but we got a lot of time to spare

am doing research on philly now....looks like quite a lot of stuffs to do!

any suggestions of great places to stop/spend a couple of nights between southern massachusetts to miami? don't think we want to stop in rhode island, connecticut and new york though.

thinking of spending some time in philly, baltimore, washington DC...and then not so sure where to stop between DC to miami. i welcome any suggestions.
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Old 16-12-2010, 11:41 AM   #29
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iirc in DC this place serve great seafood at 50% off after 11pm.
http://www.ebbitt.com/main/home.cfm?...Category=Menus

I really envy U, how u find so much time to burn! U going for a mth of vacation?

U could try Myrtle beach in SC, my buddy went there and they enjoyed it. not sure what to do there. can see some parks
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Fort Sumter National Monument
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

and certainly Savannah, GA!!
http://savannahvisit.com/
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Old 16-12-2010, 12:51 PM   #30
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iirc in DC this place serve great seafood at 50% off after 11pm.
http://www.ebbitt.com/main/home.cfm?...Category=Menus

I really envy U, how u find so much time to burn! U going for a mth of vacation?

U could try Myrtle beach in SC, my buddy went there and they enjoyed it. not sure what to do there. can see some parks
eg
Fort Sumter National Monument
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

and certainly Savannah, GA!!
http://savannahvisit.com/
thanks for the suggestions! ya...i've heard that myrtle beach is quite a popular tourist destination.

i don't work due to my visa status...& my spouse's vacation is from now till end Feb. we figured no point sitting around at home and freezing our asses off.
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