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    http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...mtrak/HomePage

    This is the site for the train. Take the regional /North East. Takes you from Boston all the way to Va.

    Then maybe get a cheap airline tix from Va to Fl. And the from FL fly back to Boston or Newark to take ur flight home.

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    cheap and good ...comfort inn or day's inn...USD 45-50 per night. and dun forget, there is tipping in the US. normally 10% of total bill rendered...
    I lup SG, but SG don't love me...

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    if you're into hard core roller coasters ceder point is the place you want to go

    http://www.cedarpoint.com/

    these are some of the images i googled up




    as for b&H... as for someone who has been there recently, its nothing special.. prices are really expensive due to NY tax.. about 10% .. its cheaper if you get it online (for example you know someone and send it to their house).. as for NYC alone tho .. i'd recommend going there becuase i had a ball of a time there.. went there 4 times in 2 months and want to go back somemore.


    i've been to seattle/boston/nyc/cali/hawaii/georgia

    and all of them offer something different. You have to choose ur destination wisely as time will be ur enemy.

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    Thanks Trinity,

    Well I'm not really into hard core roller coasters - heh

    B&H nothing much arh? hmm, I thought there's lots of stuffs to see there - even browsing online I see lots of stuff - of course I'm assuming everything in their online store is available physically in their real store.

    As for tax - well shipping also costs a lot to bring back to SG...but I like the experience of having to browse through shelves of real goods rather than through online shopping - especially I have nothing in mind to buy but just like to look look.

    If I'm gonna be in NY for 1 day or 2 days, can you recommend any fun things to do?


    Quote Originally Posted by trlnlty
    if you're into hard core roller coasters ceder point is the place you want to go

    http://www.cedarpoint.com/

    these are some of the images i googled up

    as for b&H... as for someone who has been there recently, its nothing special.. prices are really expensive due to NY tax.. about 10% .. its cheaper if you get it online (for example you know someone and send it to their house).. as for NYC alone tho .. i'd recommend going there becuase i had a ball of a time there.. went there 4 times in 2 months and want to go back somemore.


    i've been to seattle/boston/nyc/cali/hawaii/georgia

    and all of them offer something different. You have to choose ur destination wisely as time will be ur enemy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123
    Thanks Trinity,
    If I'm gonna be in NY for 1 day or 2 days, can you recommend any fun things to do?
    There are so many things to do in New York like museums, shopping, Premium Outlet, Broadway theather, Time square, Central park, Financial district, Coney Island etc......You can catch a NBA game in Madison square if you are lucky provided the ticket is still available

    I think you need at least 5 days.....but for short term stay......maybe you can sign up those 1 day guided city tour on an open roof coach like those by Sightseeing NY or Grayline ....also...must plan a half day (I suggest early in the morning) tour on Statue of Liberty and Ellis ISland tour...it's well worth the effort....you can do some research in so many websites for example

    http://www.newyork.com/
    Last edited by Big Kahuna; 5th March 2006 at 04:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123
    Thanks Trinity,

    Well I'm not really into hard core roller coasters - heh

    B&H nothing much arh? hmm, I thought there's lots of stuffs to see there - even browsing online I see lots of stuff - of course I'm assuming everything in their online store is available physically in their real store.

    As for tax - well shipping also costs a lot to bring back to SG...but I like the experience of having to browse through shelves of real goods rather than through online shopping - especially I have nothing in mind to buy but just like to look look.

    If I'm gonna be in NY for 1 day or 2 days, can you recommend any fun things to do?
    well.. i cant say about browsing at b&h ... because when i went there, i knew what i was going to get so i went straight for it. The people there are quite friendly.. and they are closed on ALL jewish holidays so make sure you get your dates right. check their website to be sure when they will be close.

    NYC.. there is ALOT of thigns to do there. some of my favorites things i did, in no particular order

    - walk around SOHO, shop at the street vendors... enjoy the crowd.. go to the (huge) apple store ..
    - ice skate at the rockafella center skating ring, although i did go during christmas so it might have been diff
    - walk to time square at night.. (well its something you got to do i guess)
    - central park
    - walk around 5th ave (the high end section, i think it somewhere near the beginning on central park, i cant remember.. 5th ave is LOOOONGGG)
    - have dinner at little italy .. it was beautiful
    - i never did go because im underage.. but i heard CROBAR is a legendary club in NYC.. i think their website is www.crobar.com
    - i really wanted to go see the conan o brian show but tickets were sold out months in advance, if you want you can go queue up for the letterman show i think
    - empire state building
    - grand central station
    - union square park where this amazing group of street performers were performing
    - downtown manhatten. where ground zero is.. huge clothing shop called century 21.. branded goods for cheap.

    i think thats all i can remember off the top of my head... i love that place.. i wanna go backkk

    i personally didnt enjoy ellis island/statue of liberty... had to book in advance to go up the statue..

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123
    .....

    If I'm gonna be in NY for 1 day or 2 days, can you recommend any fun things to do?
    Do yourself a favour lah, spend more days there...

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    vince>

    i'll be going SF-> LA-> LV in April. for 2 weeks

    planned everything myself from flights to hotels to mets and blah blah blah...

    pricing wise slightly more expensive than tour only...just very slight

    we going SF for 5+ days

    LA 3 days

    LV the rest of the days

    Basically there are too many things to see in both SF and LV
    good thing is SF is all the attractions are located centrally and their BART and trams are pretty kewl. Golden Gate Bridge, Sausilito, Fisherman's Wharf (kinda tourist trap), Yosemite, RedWood park, etc.

    in LA, public transport is crap and all the attractions are spread all over. need to drive, which unfortunately i won't be able to YET. Disneyland, Universal Studios, 6 flags, Hollywood, Beverly hills, Santa Monica... blah blah blah

    LV> well, THE STRIP is da place to go! u can never finish that strip within 3-4 days

    think about every casino building u go into is a CITY on its own...(eg. the Venetian has an indoor canal with gondoliers! no, not just one small stretch of longkang, but it looks like the countryside and with bridges and stuff, as if u're in venice!) and The Strip boasts of so many casinos its impossible to finish them!

    thats my take of the west coast

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    I just came back from a 20-day trip of California and New York.

    All I want to say is, photography and theme parks/shopping do not mix.

    I brought 50+ rolls of film to US, incl. 17 rolls of Tri-X to New York thinking I could do street photography (like Garry Winogrand, etc).

    In the end I think I used less than 3 rolls of Tri-X. Most of my shots were in museums (dinosaurs and other exhibits), from buildings (eg Empire State building to shoot Manhattan skyline) and also scenic shots (using Velvia 100F) during my drive down Highway I on the central California coast.

    I just did not have time to do "real" street photography, all the time was used up visiting museums and shops, Statue of Liberty and such. Plus it was real cold, hands kept freezing whenever they were out of the pockets. Plus the fact that the wife is tagging along makes street photography real difficult-- always have to worry about security, about whether the wife can keep up or is even interested in what I'm doing, and about the other items on the itinerary.

    I definitely did not take any pix during my discount outlet shopping at Gilroy. Bought shoes and clothes at fantastic bargains though.

    I wanted to go to the Boardwalk theme park at Santa Cruz, but it was only open weekdays in the winter season. If we had managed to go to the Boardwalk, I would be on the roller coaster and the ferris wheel rather than shooting.

    In short, this is a photo forum, if you want travel suggestions that do not involve photography, might be easier just to read up Fodors or Frommers.


    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123
    Hi guys,

    I plan to visit the United States for a tour getaway in June and am now currently planning an itinerary. Would appreciate any suggestions on where to go, where to stay, and how to get around from place to place.

    The parameters are:

    1. Theme Parks - Theme parks are high on the list of places to go
    2. Shopping - Shopping is the next highest on the list
    3. Any other fun stuffs.
    3. Hotels - Suggestions on hotels will be good - price is not really a factor, but extravagance is not necessary also - comfortable is good.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Last edited by waileong; 6th March 2006 at 12:12 AM.

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    i did a self drive 18 days (flight included) with my wife back in 2001 travelling along the west coast as well as LV, and Grand Canyon. the most expensive i think is the car rental of close to us$1000 other than the air tickets.

    if you are interested, i can send u my itenery.

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    I would be very interested - if it isn't too much trouble, could you email it to me at vince1231234 at NOSPAM

    replace NOSPAM with yahoo.com.sg

    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Perry
    i did a self drive 18 days (flight included) with my wife back in 2001 travelling along the west coast as well as LV, and Grand Canyon. the most expensive i think is the car rental of close to us$1000 other than the air tickets.

    if you are interested, i can send u my itenery.

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    Just remember you are travelling in the US during summer, peak holiday season.

    Book your hotel s ahead of time. If you are going to rent a car try National Car Rental, personally I think they are pretty cheap. If you are going to pick up in one city and drop it off in another they don't charge a drop off fee, Hertz, Avis and Budget all do, about $300 (not worth it) Rented a car in Phoenix, Arizona dropped it off in San Francisco, had it for 10 days, cost me about US$500. There are always bargains out there, get online and check the prices, if you are lucky you might be able to get a compact for US$20/day. And get all the insurance that they offer, if anything happens, you can just walk away. If not you could get screwed big time.

    Vegas in June, it will be damn hot, probably average 95-100 degrees F. Bring sunblock and a hat. Dress for the warm weather, shorts, T-shirts, just liek Singapore. I don't think you need to worry about heavy sweaters but a light jacket might help, the evenings do get cooler, especially in San Franciso.

    Best Prime Rib in San Francisco- House of Prime Rib along Van Ness (make reservations, gets crowded cos alot of the 49ers go there to eat also)

    Chinese food- Clement(it's called the 2nd Chinatown), just off Geary, there is also a restaraunt called the Singapore Malaysian Restaurant if you miss the food. Don't go to the Straits Cafe, pricey.

    American food- Johnny Rockets- damn good Chiily Fries, In 'N' Out Burger, Nathan's Hot dogs(if you can find it), Crispy Creme Donuts(best damn donuts, Dunkin Donuts has nothing on these babies)

    Vegas- Best Buffet(Harrah's Hotel and Casino)

    Just my contribution.

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    Hmm I was thinking - everyone seems to be teling me its really hot in June - maybe I should reschedule to December? I'm almost set on Orlando - anyone knows the weather conditions in December? (will try to check out online to see).

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    Dude! December will be cold. Brrrrrrr!

    Depends on what kind of weather you want. If you are looking for something in between, Spring or Fall would be really nice. Not too hot not too cold.

    Winter, depending temperatures will range between 10-20 degrees F. San Franciso might be raining and foggy. Vegas might be nice cold but sunny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hondasleeper
    Just remember you are travelling in the US during summer, peak holiday season.

    Book your hotel s ahead of time. If you are going to rent a car try National Car Rental, personally I think they are pretty cheap. If you are going to pick up in one city and drop it off in another they don't charge a drop off fee, Hertz, Avis and Budget all do, about $300 (not worth it) Rented a car in Phoenix, Arizona dropped it off in San Francisco, had it for 10 days, cost me about US$500. There are always bargains out there, get online and check the prices, if you are lucky you might be able to get a compact for US$20/day. And get all the insurance that they offer, if anything happens, you can just walk away. If not you could get screwed big time.

    Vegas in June, it will be damn hot, probably average 95-100 degrees F. Bring sunblock and a hat. Dress for the warm weather, shorts, T-shirts, just liek Singapore. I don't think you need to worry about heavy sweaters but a light jacket might help, the evenings do get cooler, especially in San Franciso.

    Best Prime Rib in San Francisco- House of Prime Rib along Van Ness (make reservations, gets crowded cos alot of the 49ers go there to eat also)

    Chinese food- Clement(it's called the 2nd Chinatown), just off Geary, there is also a restaraunt called the Singapore Malaysian Restaurant if you miss the food. Don't go to the Straits Cafe, pricey.

    American food- Johnny Rockets- damn good Chiily Fries, In 'N' Out Burger, Nathan's Hot dogs(if you can find it), Crispy Creme Donuts(best damn donuts, Dunkin Donuts has nothing on these babies)

    Vegas- Best Buffet(Harrah's Hotel and Casino)

    Just my contribution.

    WAH! STOP MAKING ME SALIVATE LAR!!!!!!!

    If you can still remember the rough estimates to how much they cost, can PM me?

    i'm doing a budget travel

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    Hmm...well due to family reasons only can go during school holidays

    I like cold better than hot, but better is if no need to wear thick puffy winter clothing (leycheh to bring around). Something like 15-25 degrees C? Normal jackets are fine.

    Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by hondasleeper
    Dude! December will be cold. Brrrrrrr!

    Depends on what kind of weather you want. If you are looking for something in between, Spring or Fall would be really nice. Not too hot not too cold.

    Winter, depending temperatures will range between 10-20 degrees F. San Franciso might be raining and foggy. Vegas might be nice cold but sunny.

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    If you are going to Orlando, you don't really need,winter clothing, not like what yo would need if it were snowing. particularly in the northern states.

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