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Planning a Trip to the USA? A Guide to Travelling From State to State

If you are planning a trip the United States of America, there are so many things that you could see and do. You might have a specific destination in mind, or you might want to see several states in one trip. It will be such an exciting and fun time. If you are planning to visit a few places, you need to think about how you will travel. There are a few options that would work well. Here are some options and things that you should consider.

If you are in America, you can’t go too far wrong with a good old road trip! If you want to rent a car to travel from state to state, there are a few requirements, though. If you aren’t a citizen or permanent resident, you will need to be over 21 to rent a car. You might even need to be 25 for some rental companies. So make sure that you check out what your chosen company’s rules are. There are so many routes that you could take and different stops that you could make. It might be difficult to decide which the best route for you is. Check out a site like http://www.visittheusa.com to give you a little guidance.

[Historic Route 66 in New Mexico, USA – Marcin Wichary/wikipedia.org]

Bus travel is one of the most inexpensive ways to travel in the US. There are plenty of bus stations across states, sometimes more than airports. So it will be easy to travel from place to place. You should think about the route that you want to take, though. It may be a cheap way to travel, but it isn’t one of the fastest. So if your travel will take a few days, you need to bear in mind the cost of food and perhaps lodging. You could even choose to hire a bus or small van for driving. It might end up cheaper than hiring a car. A site like http://www.chicagobuschartercompany.com would show you how much you could expect to pay.

If the destinations you would like to visit are at opposite ends of the country, you could consider flying. It might cost a little more, but it is very quick and efficient. You should take into account the time of year that you are visiting and which areas. If it is the winter months and you are in areas that are likely to get snow, flights could get canceled. Somewhere like Denver even gets flights canceled into April! That would be such a nightmare to your plans. So think about where and when you want to visit. You don’t want to be delayed in a city because your flight has been canceled.

Good luck as you plan your trip to the US. You won’t regret it; you will have the best time ever. Just think about the pros and cons of each way to travel, to make sure that you will be able to make the most of your time over here. Have a great time!

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What To See In America When You’re With Your Friends

When you have a passion for travel, you can fall in love with the lifestyle. Taking off and exploring new and exotic places is amazing. It can certainly bring you experiences and insights you would never achieve sat at home in front of the TV. One of the regrets many travelers have is that they aren’t always able to share those incredible moments with the people they love. If you’re finding life with a backpack a little lonely, why not arrange a vacation with all your friends?

You might be celebrating a big birthday or having a bachelorette party. Or maybe you just want to share the joy of getting out and about with your friends. It may seem like an enormous undertaking at first. This is especially true with so many different personalities and preferences to cater for. But you can keep everyone happy. Start somewhere like San Francisco. After walking over the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, you can get a charter bus here to anywhere else in the United States. And it means that you are all together all the time.

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San Francisco also has the oldest China Town and some incredible shopping in Union Square. There really is something for everyone, making it ideal for your entire party. From there, you may head toward Vegas to take in some shows. There is action and adventure to enjoy in the Grand Canyon too. Perhaps you’ll head toward Florida to take in the gorgeous beaches, the theme parks, and the al fresco lifestyle.

All the way over on the East coast is New York. This is one of the best cities for providing a little of everything for each of your friends. You can enjoy history and culture here. There are local beauty spots like Central Park and the Botanical Gardens. There are beaches and coastlines to enjoy. And of course, the nightlife is excellent. With everything from opera and ballet to Broadway musicals and street theater, you can’t go wrong for entertainment. The shopping isn’t bad either!

If your party of friends are keen on the great outdoors, then why not take your charter bus to Colorado, or Utah? This is a rich and varied area of the country. Mountains, lakes, and lush spaces offer dozens of exciting landscapes. And there are no end to the activities you can enjoy. There are plenty of music festivals on during the year to suit most tastes. But it’s the Hot Springs that attract most of the tourists to this area. Go on, pamper yourselves!

When you’re with a large party of friends, it’s important to consider everyone’s needs. This can be challenging at times. Diets may be different and preferences for activities can be varied too. Try to fit in a couple of activities each day that will suit most people.

However, the important thing is that you’re traveling together. This is the perfect time to catch up with each other’s lives. So perhaps the most important thing to see in America is your friends themselves. Have an incredible experience together.

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Driving through the Route des Grands Crus

France is quite well known for its beautiful scenic views and drives. The old films showed it much better than any photographs can depict, but the fun thing is to travel and visit for oneself. One of the most scenic places in France is the Route des Grands Crus. It is a must-have experience – a necessary item for any travel lover’s bucket list. Everyone likes vineyards, after all!

The region

The region is famous for its Burgundy wines and is filled with beautiful vineyards. Wine production in the region has been established since the times of Charlemagne, so the vineyard owners are justifiably proud of their little, or not so little, vineyards. This region is also very easy to reach from some of the main cities of France. Located at a distance of approximately 1.5 hours by car from both Paris and Lyon, the Route des Grands Crus is a major attraction of Bourgogne. For tourists desiring to make this trip, there are many popular car rental agencies in both Paris and Lyon, like Alamo and Avis.

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The route

The Route des Grand Crus, situated in Burgundy is a scenic route stretching from Dijon to Santenay for 60 kilometers. This spectacular route has became a famous tourist drive over the years. Covering 37 villages and towns, this gorgeous drive covers many vineyards producing different kinds of grapes used in Burgundy wine production. Each vineyard is small, only about 10 – 15 hectares, so they are very well maintained and a pleasure to watch as they flash by. The road is well paved and there is also a cycling path for those who want to ride there in summer, enjoying the nice breeze, and feeling the warmth of the mild sun.

The experience

Not only are the vineyards beautiful to watch, but the small stops in the villages on this route are worth the experience. Each village has its own tradition of wine making and its own history, and the local people are quite proud to explain why their way is superior.

At times during the drive, the vineyards give way to beautiful hills, forests and cliffs. The drive passes through certain historical spots as well, the most famous among them being the Vosne-Romanée chateau, famous for the Romanée Conti wines. Another famous spot to check out along the way is the amazing steep coloured-tile roof of Château Corton-André. The Château de La Rochepot, also located on the route, is worth a visit. Many of the small villages have old churches and community buildings still standing.

For those preferring a more athletic experience, there are several hiking trails set in various parts of the route, like the Sentier des Roches which moves across the Baubigny cliffs.

For information and assistance in undertaking a trip to the Route des Grands Crus, the Burgundy Today website is an excellent resource. This is certainly an experience worth having!

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