USA 2020 - Itinerary
Just thought I'd post up a rough plan of my ideas for next year's 'Pension pot' holiday of a lifetime to the USA.
I've decided not to go with a tour operator because we don't want fly/drive and we certainly do not want to be cooked up on a coach for many hours a day either, seeing sights we're really not interested in. Instead, we will be booking a "West to East" vacation. This way we can pick and choose our trips out, plus we will have more free time, more rest time (in fewer hotels) and enjoy time at our leisure to explore.
I can't wait to get this booked and paid for. We've never done anything as elaborate as this before as we've never had the time or money. It's not extravagant, it's something we will only ever be able to do the once so we're treating ourselves. It's about time with twenty years of paying off loans and cards almost out of the way now.
Here's the plan:
USA HOLIDAY 2020
Manchester 1 night
Los Angeles (Santa Monica)/Hollywood 6 nights
San Francisco 3 nights
Flagstaff 2 nights
Boston 3 nights
New York 5 nights
Home to Manchester Airport (drive or taxi)
Hotel: Holiday Inn or Premier Inn
Manchester – Los Angeles (inc. Hollywood) (6 nights stay at Santa Monica)
Flight time: 11 hours approx. (Luxury travel on flight)
LOS ANGELES & HOLLYWOOD SIGHTSEEING:
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Universal Studios or Warner Bros. tours
Day trip to Malibu
Great white shark boat trip?
Los Angeles/Hollywood (Santa Monica)
Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco (3 nights)
Flight time: 1hr.25mins.
SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING:
Golden Gate bridge
Alcatraz Island & Prison
Fly from San Francisco to Flagstaff, Arizona (2 nights)
Flight time: 2hr.05mins.
Grand Canyon (book helicopter ride)
Fly from Flagstaff to Boston, Massachusetts (3 nights)
Flight time: 5hr.05mins. (Luxury travel on flight)
Day trip to Chicago
Martha’s Vineyard (setting of ‘Jaws’)
New England Aquarium
Bunker Hill Monument
Newbury Street (upmarket shopping)
Fly from Boston to New York City (5 nights)
Flight time: 1hr.25mins.
NEW YORK SIGHTSEEING:
Broadway (see a show?)
Madison Square Garden (see a concert?)
Statue of Liberty (Liberty Island)
Ground Zero (9/11)
Grand Central Station
Day trip to New Jersey (Asbury Park)
Fly from New York – Manchester
Flight time: 6hr.50mins. (Luxury travel on flight)
Manchester – Home (drive)
• FLIGHTS (6):
• HOTELS (6):
(Breakfast only at all hotels)
Taxis, subway, coaches, boats:
• Spending money:
US Dollars required:
Both need U.S. Visa card for entry to USA.
Luggage: Travel light!