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Old 25-03-2019, 05:10 PM   #4651
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Yes. Oh god yes. I think four days is about right in NYC unless you’re a massive museum junkie.



OK, thoughts...
1) Niagara Falls is a (long) day trip from NYC. You should do it that way.
2) Washington is worth a couple days at least, and you can catch the train from NYC to DC.
3) Then fly to Orlando
4) Then fly to Miami

I’d personally skip Orlando unless you’re REALLY desperate to go to Disneyworld. Miami’s a lot more interesting (the Cuban district around Calle Ocho is a whole day’s worth by itself; I highly recommend one of the food-based walking tours), and you can drive from Miami down to Key West over the Overseas Highway, which is one of the top three or four driving roads in the USA.
Thank you for the reply. Your tips are valueable as always. Last year I asked a lot of questions about SFO, Vegas and LA and was thankful that you have them answered and made my trip so memorable.

For NYC, Washington DC, Orlando, Miami is renting a car recommended? I drove about 2500km from SFO ->Yosemite -> Death Valley -> vegas -> Grand Canyon -> LA and kinda of enjoy the freedom and save some $$ on taking domestic flights.
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Old 25-03-2019, 05:54 PM   #4652
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So I think you should shuffle that a bit:
1) Less time in Orlando, more time in San Francisco. Look, Orlando's pretty great, but 3-4 days in Disneyland is going to be plenty. You'll get a lot more out of San Franciscoómuseums! Hiking! Golden Gate! Also you'll want time in SF to chill out and get over the jetlag.

2) Skip Vegas. I do love Vegas but it's basically Orlando but for grownups. On that note you're doing a lot of theme parks; are you travelling with kids?

3) Less time in NYC, more time in Washington. A week in NYC is a surprisingly long time, and you might struggle to fill it, but there's plenty to do in Washington.

4) In Los Angeles: make sure you do the Warner Bros studio tour. It's right near Universal, so you can do Warner in the morning and Universal Studios in the afternoon. And Hollywood kind of sucks; West Hollywood is the fun part of town. Stay there instead.

If you've only got two days in each place, you're only going to have one day of actual sightseeing time once you factor in travel time.

hey sorry for the late reply!

theres like 4 of us raging 29-34years old , and my parents. we like to do some sight seeing and quite interested to just visit those famous places that we always see in the movies. like the hollywood sign, statue of liberty etc.
heard that orlando have the biggest and incredibly fun Universal studio and disneyworld there.
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Old 25-03-2019, 08:18 PM   #4653
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Thank you for the reply. Your tips are valueable as always. Last year I asked a lot of questions about SFO, Vegas and LA and was thankful that you have them answered and made my trip so memorable.

For NYC, Washington DC, Orlando, Miami is renting a car recommended? I drove about 2500km from SFO ->Yosemite -> Death Valley -> vegas -> Grand Canyon -> LA and kinda of enjoy the freedom and save some $$ on taking domestic flights.
Oooh. I think it might be a bit cramped in terms of time, but you could do it. Iíd probably take the train to DC and rent the car from there, but that should be a pretty easy drive down I-95. If you rent a car in NYC itís going to be an absolute ******* to drive, park, etc etc etc.
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Old 30-03-2019, 01:38 PM   #4654
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I would be flying into Newark on 27th June and flying out from Newark on 11th (morning flight) July. This trip would be purely East Coast and I'm thinking of visiting NY, DC, Philly and Boston.

Given that my trip coincides with US Independence Day, I would wish to be in DC to see the parades. In my mind, I'm thinking of spending around 5/6 days in NY, 2/3 days in Philly, 4/5 days in DC and 3 days in Boston.

What would be the best sequence of visiting the cities? NY --> Philly --> DC --> Boston --> NY? The journey from DC to Boston on train is pretty long and I'm not really keen to take a plane.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:31 PM   #4655
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U just doing the north eastern area. Boston is why out of u take train from DC to Boston you have to pass by NYC. I would fly but if u not keen itís really your choice. Fly, train, bus, drive your pick
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Old 02-04-2019, 11:28 PM   #4656
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Hi,

This is the 1st time for us to head USA for our vacation so thereís pretty much research to be done. Need to seek some help fm you guys as I canít seems to find much information on the laundry service available in San Francisco. Can anyone advise which part of SFO is convenient and suitable for families with kids aged 10 & 8? In fact, Iím actually looking for a place which has a nearby wash & fold service as it seems that most hotels donít come with coin-operated laundry. I understand that hotels do provide paid laundry service but itís way too expensive. Looking at somewhere near Union Square as I have read up that itís one of the shopping spots. If thereís any good recommendations, please so advise. Thanks so much!
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Old 02-04-2019, 11:48 PM   #4657
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Hi,

This is the 1st time for us to head USA for our vacation so thereís pretty much research to be done. Need to seek some help fm you guys as I canít seems to find much information on the laundry service available in San Francisco. Can anyone advise which part of SFO is convenient and suitable for families with kids aged 10 & 8? In fact, Iím actually looking for a place which has a nearby wash & fold service as it seems that most hotels donít come with coin-operated laundry. I understand that hotels do provide paid laundry service but itís way too expensive. Looking at somewhere near Union Square as I have read up that itís one of the shopping spots. If thereís any good recommendations, please so advise. Thanks so much!
Whatís your budget? Those Hilton or Marriott brands usually has laundry service. I think Hyatt and best western brands too. Get on their home website it will clearly indicate else email hotel and ask

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60713-i30-k11502556-Union_Square_hotel_with_self_service_coin_laundry-San_Francisco_California.html

SFO? U mean by the airport or u really mean downtown SF?

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Old 03-04-2019, 03:40 AM   #4658
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Hi,

This is the 1st time for us to head USA for our vacation so thereís pretty much research to be done. Need to seek some help fm you guys as I canít seems to find much information on the laundry service available in San Francisco. Can anyone advise which part of SFO is convenient and suitable for families with kids aged 10 & 8? In fact, Iím actually looking for a place which has a nearby wash & fold service as it seems that most hotels donít come with coin-operated laundry. I understand that hotels do provide paid laundry service but itís way too expensive. Looking at somewhere near Union Square as I have read up that itís one of the shopping spots. If thereís any good recommendations, please so advise. Thanks so much!
A lot of hotels - not so much the high-end ones - will absolutely have coin-op laundries, and also there's a whole lot of wash-and-fold places in downtown SF. Off the top of my head there's a few around Nob Hill and Union Square, and in the downtown area as well. I'd pick the hotel you like first, and then find a convenient wash-and-fold or coin-op laundry afterward.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:10 AM   #4659
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Hi Shiny Things & Patryn33,

Thanks so much for sharing. Oh didnít know that most hotels do provide coin operated laundry in downtown San Francisco. My budget roughly around $200 /nite. In fact, i have actually emailed Marriott on Westin Union Square but thereís no reply from them so far. Any hotels that you guys can recommend? Not really into any brands. Just one that is convenient and maybe near union square. Thks!
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:18 AM   #4660
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Usd$200 a nite for 4 to a room right?
Rate vary a lot depending on dates

Like May 1st week rates
San Francisco Marriott union square is over usd$600 a nite
Courtyard union square also usd$500 and up
Courtyard fisherman wharf also like usd$400 and up

This has laundry on site
https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham-vacations/san-francisco-california/wyndham-canterbury-at-san-francisco/overview?brand_id=ALL&checkInDate=5/7/2019&checkOutDate=5/8/2019&useWRPoints=false&children=2&childAge=10-8&adults=2&rooms=1&radius=25&sessionId=1554495719&referringBrand=ALL

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Old 07-04-2019, 07:43 AM   #4661
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Hi Shiny Things & Patryn33,

Thanks so much for sharing. Oh didn’t know that most hotels do provide coin operated laundry in downtown San Francisco. My budget roughly around $200 /nite.
Please, please, please, everyone, if you're asking for a hotel recommendation: you need to give EXACT DATES. Hotel rates, especially in big cities, can swing by hundreds of dollars from night to night depending on demand.
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Old 07-04-2019, 03:47 PM   #4662
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Hi all,

I am planning for a Hawaii trip end of this year with wife and family - all adults.

Wonder if anybody has any comments and suggestions to improve it?

Currently, I am giving around 5 days each to O'ahu, Hawai'i and Maui.

Here is the brief itinerary:

24-Nov Sat - Arrival at Honolulu, O'ahu
24-Nov Sun - O'ahu (Capital Island) Day 1
25-Nov Mon - O'ahu (Capital Island) Day 2
26-Nov Tue - Fly to Kailua, Hawai'i (Big Island) Day 1
27-Nov Wed - Hawai'i (Big Island) Day 2
28-Nov Thu - Hawai'i (Big Island) Day 3 - Thanksgiving Day
29-Nov Fri - Hawai'i (Big Island) Day 4 - Black Friday
30-Nov Sat - Hawai'i (Big Island) Day 5
1-Dec Sun - Fly to Kalului, Maui Island - Day 1
2-Dec Mon - Maui Island - Day 2
3-Dec Tue - Maui Island - Day 3
4-Dec Wed - Maui Island - Day 4
5-Dec Thu - Maui Island - Day 5
6-Dec Fri - Fly to O'ahu (Capital Island) Day 3
7-Dec Sat - O'ahu (Capital Island) Day 4 - Honolulu Race Pack Collection
8-Dec Sun - O'ahu (Capital Island) Day 5 - Run/Walk Honolulu Marathon
9-Dec Mon - Depart O'ahu (Capital Island)
11-Dec Wed - Reach SG

Sights/Activities shortlisted for O'ahu
- Pearl Harbour
- Wakiki Beach, Diamond Head hike
- Iolani Palace (to learn about the history of Hawaii)
- Manoa Falls Trail
- Waikele Outlet mall (register for waikele outlet membership)
- Ala Moana Center (Hawaii's biggest mall)
- Tropical Farms (Macadamia nuts)
- Run the Honolulu Marathon

Sights/Activities shortlisted for Hawai'i
1) Haiwai'I Volcanoes National Park
- Halema'uma'u Crater, A Lake of Fire
- Puna
- Sunrise Lava Tour (Epic Lava Tours)
2) Mauna Kea - Highest Peak, Hike Up (Jeep option available), Stargazing (potential altitude sickness)
3) Waipi'o Valley - Not sure if it is that scenic
4) Night Diving and Snorkeling with Mantas (we can only snorkel though, not sure if still can see the Mantas)
5) Cute little town of Hilo

Sights/Activities shortlisted for Maui

1) Haleakala National Park
- Keonehe'ehe'e aka Sliding Sands Trail
- Summit for sunrise
- Stargazing
2) Outlets of Maui
3) Boat tours to Lana'i island
4) Road to Hana
5) Submarine tours (Atlantis Submarines Maui)

Ideally, we want to keep to USD 200 for each room a night. Currently, it seem possible with the rates we see at Agoda. Of course, we would like to book soon considering the Marathon and Thanksgiving.

Another thing that worries me a little is that it is wetter end Nov/Early Dec and it may affect the outdoor activities. Anybody has experience travelling during this period?

We are thinking of self-driving only in Hawai'i and Maui but not O'ahu where we will take it easier and maybe join day tours.

Appreciate any help, thanks!
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:19 PM   #4663
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I did almost exactly the same itinerary to Hawaii as you are planning many years ago... Oahu-Maui-Big Island. One regret was going to the Big Island instead of Kauai - unless you really want to pay for helicopter rides to see the live volcano or have a fascination with volcanos, this is actually one of the least attractive islands overall - so you may want to consider exchanging for Kauai instead.

One thing I do recommend is the Polynesian Cultural Center show on Oahu... the food isn’t great but the performance is top notch - and I’m usually not impressed with these sorts of things. They have highly skilled performers from all over Polynesia and it’s all live.

I’ve been back to Hawaii a few times since and have stuck to Oahu because it really has most everything you would want... but you have to explore the whole island. Be sure you check out (or even stay in) Makaha in the far Northwest of Oahu and hike to Kaena Point.
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:54 PM   #4664
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Oops...so sorry. Our intended stay is in Dec roughly ard 20 to 25 Dec. Thks!
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Old 08-04-2019, 02:12 AM   #4665
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Oops...so sorry. Our intended stay is in Dec roughly ard 20 to 25 Dec. Thks!
Oh, that's perfect - those dates are super cheap. If you really wanted to lash out, you can get the Four Seasons for $350/nt.

San Francisco is difficult because of all the conventions that occasionally blast in and take up every hotel room in downtown, on random days in April or September or October. But December is almost always quiet. For those dates (20-25 Dec) you can basically have your pick: on Expedia I'm seeing the Westin St Francis for about $160/nt, and really if the Westin is an option you should absolutely go for it. If you want something a little quieter, the Park Central over on Third Street is $134/nt, which is an absolute steal.
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