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Hey, planning a trip around mid year over to the US, and planning on hitting up NYC, San Fran and LA. Never been before, so was hoping some who have done the trip can provide any recommendations for places to stay or any other advice?

Probably going to be doing at least part of it solo, so wondering are hostel's comparable to Europe in terms of being able to find a decent group of people that will want to go out and party (preferably at decent places not just tourist bars with drink specials)?

Also, any recommendations for clubs/parties? Obviously going to be paying pretty close attention to RA - but thought I may as well ask.

Any advice would be appreciated.

P.s. music interest mainly on the house/disco/deep house/prog/techno tip. Cheers
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I'm heading to the same places later this year, one of my mates has stayed at this place in LA a few times and has recommended it to me, looks decent www.orbithotel.com
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I'm a big fan of the hostel franchise: http://www.usahostels.com/ If you want to meet a bunch of people, tours, pub crawls, parties, etc...look out for the USAHostels in every city...

NY: Didn't stay there because wanted to be closer to the action but heard it was good from fellow travellers...stayed in a couple of hostels near Times Square but can't remember the names so have to dig it up if you want me to.
LA: Stayed in USAHostel in Hollywood (west Hollywood, off Hollywood Blvd...awesome, laid back place to stay and options to party if you want...the staff are pretty cool to talk and hang out with too...they also include limo parties for the people staying there and all kinds of activities, tours and stuff...if you want the beach and more of a relaxing vibe, I recommend H.I. Hostel in Santa Monica...very big, chilled hostel seconds away from the beach....they're a good hostel franchise as well but I find it a bit more expensive and conservative than USAHostel
San Fran: Stayed in USAHostel...nice location in city centre...offers a shuttle bus to and from the USAHostel in LA and I think also has one going to USAHostel in Vegas (didn't stay in the Vegas Hostel...when in Vegas its better to get a hotel room regardless if your going solo)...it also has a cinema room which was pretty awesome to play games, watch movies and sports and crap if you wanted a night in...

Music wise? Can't really help you with that but I think if you browse through previous threads you get a bunch of results
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LA - the best part of LA is Venice / Santa Monica, so stay at somewhere like the Cadillac Hotel on Venice Beach. Also, get the fuck out of LA, hit up the SixFlags, hit up Santa Barbara, check out San Diego and Long Beach.

San Fran, unless you want shopping, stay in Haight-Ashbury, and avoid Downtown / Union Sq. Get out, go visit the giant redwoods or the wine districts.

NYC - there's interesting shit in all the main areas, but don't discount Brooklyn as a place to base yourself. You'll probably have a better time at night in their bars than you would in midtown for example. Also, get the fuck out and go visit Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore, go spend a couple of nights in Philly - catch the Amtrack.
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yeah, agree that Santa Monica is the place to stay in L.A.......don't stay in Hollywood/west hollywood, it really is a dump of a place. If you can, hire a car and drive south to Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Manhatten Beach and Redondo beach. Going the other way, Santa Barbara and Malibu are worth a drive too.

San Francisco..........personally i thought it was a hole, very disappointed by my San Francisco experience. Other than shopping and Golden Gate bridge i found the city to be quite sterile and boring. If i was you, i would spend less time in San Francisco and use that time to explore the Big Sur coastline, Napa Valley and possibly even Yosemite national park. Drive from L.A to San Fran via Big Sur or vice versa if you are landing in San Fran first.

New York i stayed in Chelsea which was a cool place to stay and more affordable than most other locations in Manhatten. It's also a very short distance to Greenwich Village and meatpacking district both of which have lot's of cool bars, restaurants and clubs. If you want to do something a bit left field, i hired a bike and rode from Central Park all the way down the Hudson River bike path over the Brooklyn bridge and into Brooklyn. I then returned the bike to Battery Park. You get a totally different perspective on Manhatten when you do the ride. It's about a 4 hour ride depending on how often you stop etc but it's relaxed and easy and a great way to see parts of the city you otherwise wouldn't see.
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OTOH you could stay in Culver city. You are more likely to meet a Hollywood A-lister at some of the Gentleman's bars there than you are in upmarket bars in Hollywood or Santa Monica. You might get stabbed wandering around, but you will meet some interesting people, and see that Elmore Leonard side of LA that tourists never get to see.

I've had George Clooney nod to me in Santa Barbara, and briefly met Rob Lowe at a certain club in Culver City ... but no-one interesting in Hollywood.
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We are trying to decide between Miami and New Orleans or Cancun for one part of out trip.
Heading to San Fran, NYC and LA as well so this info is good.
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SF, NYC and LA are all huge cities. For a change, why not try somewhere a little more intimate. Instead of Cancun, go to Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. Go paddling the luminescent mangroves, drink rum in a 500 year old spanish fort, sit on a beach drinking Pina Colada's in the country where they were invented, eat Mofongo in a beachside BBQ hut etc.

New Orleans would be an good choice too, but I'd contend that places like Asheville and Savannah are more interesting to the average Australian.
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I'd vote New Orleans out of your three options. But if I could choose any one city in kind of that same vicinity without a doubt it would be Memphis. Followed closely by Nashville. Great fun at night with all the bars and music and during the day there is plenty to see and do to keep you occupied.
I also like the idea of going to less tourist-y places but I think that's better saved for a second or third trip (how many are you on now dbb618?)
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trips to the states? I've been to 39 states, and have have 52 entries according to my passport stamps
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. Never been before and will only have a few weeks so these are the first spots to tick off the list. Definitely want to do a more extensive trip at some stage!!!
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Road Trips.

You need to do Route 66. You need to do the i5. You need to do the Appalachians. You need to do Miami to LA via Atlanta, New Orleans and Las Vegas.

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We are trying to decide between Miami and New Orleans or Cancun for one part of out trip.
Heading to San Fran, NYC and LA as well so this info is good.

Miami is the bomb.......my favourite U.S city by far. It's the only U.S city where i actually didn't feel like is was in the U.S. It's a cultural melting pot and you hear more Spanish than English being spoken. Don't worry about the 'Miami Vice' perception that Miami still gets brushed with.........that is long gone. It's a mature city now with the most diverse culture in the U.S. Miami is also an easy drive to the Florida Keys and the Everglades and the Miami coastline is amazing. And Miami nightlife shits on any other city in the U.S IMO
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^^^ I loved Miami too...South Beach is where its all at...to add from the above...was awesome to also check out Little Havana and the Cuban history...so many gold diggers there too lol
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one of my mates has stayed at this place in LA a few times and has recommended it to me, looks decent www.orbithotel.com

I had booked in to stay here when I was going to be in LA, however I ended up changing my flights and staying in canada longer so I was only in LA for 12 hours. I dropped my bag off here though and they held it for me for the day.

There's some decent shopping to be had on the street just near this place also.

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For New York - I stayed here - http://www.whitehousehotelofny.com/ The rooms are tony however it's in a fantastic location. Lots of really nice bars, places to eat & great shopping in the area also.

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NYC - there's interesting shit in all the main areas, but don't discount Brooklyn as a place to base yourself. You'll probably have a better time at night in their bars than you would in midtown for example. Also, get the fuck out and go visit Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore, go spend a couple of nights in Philly - catch the Amtrack.

I'll second the motion that Brooklyn is a great place to stay. Just came back from NYC and Manhattan is very quiet at nights unless you stay near Soho or Chelsea. Brooklyn has a more laid back vibe though, there are heaps of cheap eats and has more of a village atmosphere. Greenpoint and Williamsburgh (particularly around Bedford Avenue), have the Surry Hills/Darlinghurst vibe.

Good cheap eats around Brooklyn can be found walking south along Smith Street through through Cobble Hill and Carrol Gardens (Vinny's of Carrol Gardens does good, cheap Italian with HUGE servings). Court street, which runs parallel is also quite good, with a few more pubs and restaurants.

Brooklyn Museum is also cool - absolutely no tourists and good exhibitions. I saw Keith Haring's exhibition which was nice.
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District 36 in NYC was a pretty cool club - crowd varies hugely depending on what night it is (the night Steve Lawler was playing was full of Jersey Shore wannabes).

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I had visited New York for spending my holidays it is a beautiful place to travel around the places i like there the most are Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, The Frick Museum,Rockefeller Center.You should also visit these places whenever you visit New York.
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These are the main and metro cities of USA,there are several nice destinations to visit like Statue of liberty in New York,beautiful beaches,museums,parks,night clubs,skyscrapers,big malls etc. in San Francisco and Los Angeles.You could enjoy each and every moment of your tour and make it something special.

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We've just started planning our trip for next year! Flying to LA then driving to SF & spending a few days. Then flying to NY!
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Miami is the bomb.......my favourite U.S city by far.

Wasn't a fan of Miami at all the 2 times I was there, both times staying around South Beach

Spent a week in NY a few months back, based in Brooklyn Heights - absolutely loved it
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We should have a USA dedicated thread on here.

Does anyone have any good suggestions on interesting/cool things to do and see in NY that aren't your typical tourist places ie Statue of Liberty/Times Square/Central Park etc?

We've got 8 days there in November.

Things we all ready have in mind are a Hip Hop tour through The Bronx, check out some of the good graff spots (incuding 5 points), eat a hot dog at Nathan's (Coney Island) and go to Tom's Restaurant (The Seinfeld cafe).

Looking for things like that to do, in any of the boroughs, that we may not know about.

Also, not NY related, but has anyone been to the Kennedy Space Centre and if so, is it worth doing? We've got a week in Orlando with a car and are deciding if we should give up one of the fun park days to check it out.

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If it's still on go see this: http://www.sleepnomorenyc.com

Without knowing what you're into or what you call touristy it's hard to recommend stuff. Although doing touristy shit alone can keep you occupied for 8 days straight.
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A week in Orlando? I'm assuming you mean Disney World resorts, because downtown Orlando has approximately one good hotel, and one safe-ish street in which to party and eat and get drunk.

You can experience all the best parts of the space center by going to the Epcott Center in Disney World, imo, the rocket to the moon simulator is pretty awesome in its own right. Unless you actually want to see deep geekery of course ... Orlando also has indoor skydiving , look up iFly

NY - top of the empire state is worth it, go to some speakeasy's, eat at a 3 michelin star restaurant (if you can get a booking, book now), go shopping in the thanksgiving sales, take the amtrak to Philly for the day and eat some cheesesteak down on 3rd).
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Yeah, the disney world resorts. Is that rocket to the moon simulator at Epcot as well? Will definitely check out that ifly as i'm to shit scared to jump out of a plane so might as well try that.

Philly is all ready planned for our 9th day in NY. Wanna try both Pat's and Gino's. Went up the Empire State the last time we were in NY so gonna do the Top of the Rocks this time. Will have a look into the other stuff you guys mentioned when I get home. Hiring a bike and riding along the Hudson sounds like an awesome idea too.

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We should have a USA dedicated thread on here.

Does anyone have any good suggestions on interesting/cool things to do and see in NY that aren't your typical tourist places ie Statue of Liberty/Times Square/Central Park etc?

We've got 8 days there in November.

Things we all ready have in mind are a Hip Hop tour through The Bronx, check out some of the good graff spots (incuding 5 points), eat a hot dog at Nathan's (Coney Island) and go to Tom's Restaurant (The Seinfeld cafe).

Looking for things like that to do, in any of the boroughs, that we may not know about.

Also, not NY related, but has anyone been to the Kennedy Space Centre and if so, is it worth doing? We've got a week in Orlando with a car and are deciding if we should give up one of the fun park days to check it out.

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Wanna try both Pat's and Gino's.

Like most American things, the cheesesteak diners are very fickle. What is popular one season might be ignored the next.

That being said, if it is popular at the moment (ie. Pat's) then expect there to be a massive line around the block and a considerable wait. If you then decide to eat at Geno's and that too is currently popular, it's another massive wait and *bam* your day in Philly is over - and you would miss the station markets, the old quarter, the irish monument etc.



FWIW I'm a fan of Jim's steaks

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Just booked a couple of nights here in December : http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/

It's the back end of a trip that starts with a week in an apartment in the East Village, with a detour of a few nights in Boston, and a couple of nights in Newport Rhode Island.
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Tickets booked today! Off to the States for 3 weeks in March - LA > Drive to San Fran > Fly to NY > home!
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Yeah, the disney world resorts. Is that rocket to the moon simulator at Epcot as well? Will definitely check out that ifly as i'm to shit scared to jump out of a plane so might as well try that.

I am the resident Disney guide, how can I help? The ride you're referring to is 'MISSION: Space' and it simulates flight.

Any questions about getting the best out of your stay at the Walt Disney World Resort just let me know.

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What site do you guys recommend for domestic flights throughout the US?
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Try Priceline.com & Make sure you look at www.southwest.com too coz they don't appear on a few sites
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What site do you guys recommend for domestic flights throughout the US?

I pretty much always book directly with airlines.
Although last year I did book some last minute flights for my American friend to come and meet me through WebJet and that was pretty good.
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Cheers for that!

Yeah i usually just look on skyscanner and see what airlines are cheapest then go on the airlines site.
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Sometimes you'll be able to get a cheaper fare through an online booking tool, but usually once you've added fees etc it's no different to booking direct with the airline. Except if there are any problems it's easier to deal with the airline if you've booked directly with them!
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Personally I use Expedia to get an idea of which companies fly direct and not through a hub, and then book directly on the airline's website.

Flying out of the east coast, always choose Virgin America if you can.

West coast and the Midwest / Deep South : Southwest is easily the best, choose Alaskan as a good alternative.

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(Vinny's of Carrol Gardens does good, cheap Italian with HUGE servings). Court street, which runs parallel is also quite good, with a few more pubs and restaurants.

Esposito's Pork Store on Court Street is the business - go for their famous Italian combo:
http://www.yelp.com.au/biz/g-esposito-and-sons-brooklyn

Oh and keep an eye out for 718 Sessions with Danny Krivit when in NY - one of the best parties I've been to!
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you could remain in Culver town. You are more likely to fulfill a Artist A-lister at some of the Gentleman's cafes there than you are in upmarket cafes in Artist or Santa Monica.
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stayed in brooklyn and recommend it. found much more fun there than manhattan.

Depends where you stay in Manhattan...Midtown is pants, no soul, touristy, no good nightlife

East Village was the freaking bomb! There was so many awesome bars/cafes/diners/restaurants right on our doorstep and walking distance to Nolita/Little Italy/Soho/Noho...even Greenwich Village isn't that far, if you're not a pansy about walking like the locals seem to be...didn't do Brooklyn itself, but a full day and evening in Williamsburg which was awesome...would consider staying there for sure, but as it was our first time in NYC, really wanted to actually be IN Manhattan (Air BNB to keep costs down as accomodation is insane there!)

My girl and I walked from 9 Ave and 54th area after a show all the way down therough Hells Kitchen, Chelsea, West Village/Greenwich and then right across to where we were staying on 2nd Ave and 5th...bar hoping for 1 drink the whole way...was so awesome, you miss so much of the city being in the subway/taxi's the whole time.

Cocktails at Death and Co. in the East Village!!! You won't regret it...they have one which has 5 different rums in it, practically straight, just ornage and spices/flavours and 1 of the biggest ice cubes I've seen in my life...retardedly tasty...whole place was staffed by hot chicks when we were there, too, not a guy in site, inside or out...you'll probably have to queue up a while, they keep numbers low so that every is seated in the booths and table service so no one is just standing around crowding the bar area...more places here should do this, it's great!
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