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Anonymous asked in TravelUnited StatesOther - United States · 3 months ago

is travel in north america anything like travel in UK? Is this a good gap semester trip?

I was planning a gap semester backpacking trip to North America, crossing the Atlantic from Southhampton on the Queen Mary 2. Arriving in new york seeing a broadway show, times square and central park and the world trade center.

I would then travel between cities mostly by train, take a few caribbbbean cruises out of miami, go on a missisippi river steamboat cruise, and use inter city buses when no trains or boats were available,

I would plan on visiting these cities

Boston

Provicence

Hartford

Albany

Niagara Falls

Toronto

Ottawa

Montreal

Quebec

Halifax

St Johns

Goose Bay

Labrador City

Sept Llies

Cleveland

Pittsburg

Philadelphia

Washington DC

Richmond

Jamestown

Williamsburg

Yorktown

Charlottesville

Raleigh

Asheville (ride train to summit of Clingmans Dome)

Charleston

Savannah

Jacksonville

Orlando

Miami

Nassau

Freeport

San Juan

Bridgetown

Tampa

Tallahassee

Biloxi

New Orleans

Memphis

St Louis

Quad Cities

Winona

St Paul

St Cloud

Brainerd

Bemidji

Grand Forks

Winnipeg

The Pas

Thompson

Churchill

(travel by ship in canadian arctic)

Arviat

Rankin Inlet

Repulse Bay

Arctic Bay

Griese Fjord

Resolute

Cambridge Bay

(continue on cunard royal mail ships)

Barrow

Nome

Unalaska

Kodiak

Anchorage

(ride train to Fairbanks and back to anchorage)

Alaskan Cruise South to Seattle

Stopping in

Skagway

Juneau

Ketchikan

Prince Rupert

Vancouver

Victoria

Update:

There are trains from seattle to

Tacoma

Portland

Sacramento

Salt Lake City 

Denver (ride train to top of flatirons mountains)

San Francisco

Oakland

San Jose

Stockton

Los Angeles

(bus to Las Vegas back to LA , find bus from vegas to grand canyon)

Train to San Diego

Update 2:

Train to San Antonio, Austin, And Houston (see alamo, and cowboy)

Train to Atlanta, GA (see coca cola factory and tap dancer)

Train back to New York

Sail on Queen Mary 2 back to Southhampton

Update 3:

I hope to see live jazz in New Orleans

I hope to see West Coast Swing Dancing in LA

I Hope to see live blues in St Louis,

I hope to find steel drums in Nassau

If I can find a cruise with key west as a port of call I hope to see a Jimmy Buffet Concert in Key west.

I hope to see the charleston in charleston

I hope to see polar bears in the arctic

I hope to see gold prospectors in Nome

I hope to see the chihily collections and poets in coffee shops in seattle

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  • 2 months ago

    either your dads a millionaire or you one big dreamer 

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Sounds awesome, my "gap year" right out of college was working on a cruise ship. I went to 35 countries and it was awesome. Highly recommended your travel plans. 

    I hope your family is rich and is funding this cause what you're talking about costs a lot. 

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  • 3 months ago

    Do you have a year?  That's how long this trip will take. 

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  • Foofa
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    3 months ago

    The UK in general has much better transportation options (partly because it is of course so much smaller than North America). The good news is that food and accommodation is a lot cheaper here than in the UK.

    What you propose is pretty ambitious. But as the US and Canada are separate nations and each will grant you 90 days of tourism you might able to take it all in in that amount of time.

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  • 3 months ago

    North America is a lot bigger.

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  • 3 months ago

    You would need at least $100,000 and a year to do all of that.

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  • MS
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    3 months ago

    That's not a realistic itinerary for a semester-long trip.  It would be exceptionally expensive, and I'm not sure what you would even see or do in some of those cities you've listed.  Train travel is not nearly as efficient in North America as it is in Europe.  There may be trains available between certain cities, but it may involve changing trains multiple times, and the trains may only run through certain areas once a week or even less.  It's not like you can just hop on a train any day and go wherever you like. Train tickets in the US can be just as expensive, or more, than plane tickets.

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  • 3 months ago

    Not really.  It's not nearly as efficient to travel by train.  Some cities have decent "tubes" but travelling inter-city by train is inconvenient and expensive.  Cars or buses are the way to go.  Renting a car is the most convenient but can get expensive.  Bus travel is cheaper but not as pleasant or as flexible.  Hitch-hiking is possible but not always advisable.  It's not always safe.

    P.S. - That's a pretty stunning itinerary.  That's covering a LOT of ground.  I hope you realize just how big North America is.

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