"Getting out of the cities" United States of America Favorite Tip by Toughluck

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Favorite thing: While America has become an urban nation with 80% of it's people living in cities, the vast majority of the country is outside the urban areas and not reachable by public transportation. So if you want to see the country, you'll have to join a tour group or rent a car. There are many packaged tours, by bus and by train that can lead you into the scenic wonders and the small towns in the country. If you're comfortable driving and willing to brave the single language (English) that is usually the only language known, get a car and head out on the road.

The Interstate system will get you quickly from your point of origin, i.e., LA International Airport or Kennedy International Airport to the area you wish to explore. Then, you'll find the secondary roads of more interest.

There are numerous tour companies that can get you out of the cities, or into the cities. A few are
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Fondest memory: As kids, dad would always take a driving vacation. He had it planned, but we never knew where we we're going. As interstate highways became common, he avoided them as much as possible. I remember traveling across northern Kansas on US 36. Hot, sunny and the entire world in view. More recently, dad and I travelled from Ohio to western Montana in January. Only when the winter storm front moved onto our path did we use the interstates. Traveling US 20 through Iowa, we enjoyed meals in small town restaurants and quiet campsites (it was -10 f (-23c)). In Montana, we got off the interstates and head cross country. A bleak night in Sterling was a rare view of life in Montan in mid-winter. Darkness set in by 2:00 in the afternoon, a cold wind blowing from Canada rattled the motor home. It dipped down to a chilly -40 F (-40C) that night. Not something you'd experience flying across country, nor by visiting the larger cities.

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  • Updated Nov 9, 2007
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