Holiday advice - America

Robert Hopkins
20:07, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Calling on the collective knowledge of the well travelled for advice where to go in America next year. Needs to be child friendly so not touring, Mrs doesn't want to hire a car, hotel not in the middle of nowhere so can go for a walk to restaurants etc.

Budget is fairly open, will be going over Easter and prefer direct flights. Not that fussed about Disney etc.

Travel agent so far recommended International Drive area Orlando - but over to you guys.
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Bluesince62 replying to Robert Hopkins
20:08, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Ignore Disney. Go to the West coast - St Petersburg etc...stunning.
Thanks for keeping us up, Harry.
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John_Smullen replying to Robert Hopkins
20:09, Wednesday 13 June 2018
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Calling on the collective knowledge of the well travelled for advice where to go in America next year. Needs to be child friendly so not touring, Mrs doesn't want to hire a car, hotel not in the middle of nowhere so can go for a walk to restaurants etc.

Budget is fairly open, will be going over Easter and prefer direct flights. Not that fussed about Disney etc.

Travel agent so far recommended International Drive area Orlando - but over to you guys.


The travel agent is correct.
Never give someone the opportunity to waste your time twice.
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666VAN replying to Robert Hopkins
20:09, Wednesday 13 June 2018
If you’re going, to San Francisco,
be sure to wear, some ribbons in your hair
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StechyBlue replying to Robert Hopkins
20:09, Wednesday 13 June 2018
What a nice conundrum to ponder over.
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Casper replying to Robert Hopkins
20:10, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Any travel agent who suggests International Drive in Orlando, if you've told them you're not that fussed about Disney/Universal/theme-parks, is a div. Probably works for TUI or Thomas Cook!!!
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Scoobers replying to Robert Hopkins
20:11, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Florida at Easter is busier than August IMO.
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Bluesince62 replying to John_Smullen
20:11, Wednesday 13 June 2018
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Calling on the collective knowledge of the well travelled for advice where to go in America next year. Needs to be child friendly so not touring, Mrs doesn't want to hire a car, hotel not in the middle of nowhere so can go for a walk to restaurants etc.

Budget is fairly open, will be going over Easter and prefer direct flights. Not that fussed about Disney etc.

Travel agent so far recommended International Drive area Orlando - but over to you guys.


The travel agent is correct.

Is he bollocks. Unless you like Queueing ?
Thanks for keeping us up, Harry.
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Major Clanger replying to Casper
20:11, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Miami then drive down the Keys
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Casper replying to Bluesince62
20:11, Wednesday 13 June 2018
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Ignore Disney. Go to the West coast - St Petersburg etc...stunning.

St Petersburg - West Coast???

When did it hop from Florida to CA/OR/WA???
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Bluesince62 replying to Casper
20:14, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Have a look at a map.

West coast of Florida.
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fingles replying to Robert Hopkins
20:15, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Speak to Sutton Travel.

[www.suttontravel.co.uk]
They say I got brains but they ain't doin' me much good.
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Tilton Rifle replying to Casper
20:16, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Probably meant West coast of Florida.

I'd recommend San Diego in California. Stay in La Jolla.

I've just got back from Virginia and loved the coast there too but you'd need a car.
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Casper replying to Bluesince62
20:25, Wednesday 13 June 2018
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Have a look at a map.

West coast of Florida.

West Coast is west costs of the country.

St Petersburg is on the Gulf Coast.

Agree, a much better shout than I.Drive, for someone who doesn't want theme-parks.

But like the majority of the States, even in St. Petes is very handy to get yourself around.
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Tall replying to fingles
20:39, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Can thoroughly recommend them. Lovely people to deal with
What did the Knights in White satin?
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Bluewurst replying to Robert Hopkins
20:45, Wednesday 13 June 2018
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Calling on the collective knowledge of the well travelled for advice where to go in America next year. Needs to be child friendly so not touring, Mrs doesn't want to hire a car, hotel not in the middle of nowhere so can go for a walk to restaurants etc.

Budget is fairly open, will be going over Easter and prefer direct flights. Not that fussed about Disney etc.

Travel agent so far recommended International Drive area Orlando - but over to you guys.

Based on not fussed about Disney, no car hire and walking everywhere. Kid friendly.

I’m going to suggest America is about the last place you should be considering.

Especially around Easter.
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Muzz replying to 666VAN
20:52, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Prefer flowers in your hair.
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Robert Hopkins replying to Bluewurst
20:55, Wednesday 13 June 2018
I don't disagree but struggling to find somewhere to go, that haven't already been to and America is coming up as only place we really fancy.

As for Sutton Travel Mom & Dad use it all time and just got back from a cruise they booked with them so do receommend, its just a pain for me to get there and I have a Thomas Cook about 5 doors from my office - so Casper there's your answer on div !!

The disney bit is more most people assume if you want kid friendly that is where you want to go, but want to try and get some other options to consider. I would rather go somewhere more interesting but can see us ending up there to be honest but definitley not staying in site

Thanks for other suggestions so far
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Herefordshire Cider Boozer replying to Robert Hopkins
20:55, Wednesday 13 June 2018
The kids will want a beach. St Pete's Florida I'd say. The sea is warm, pelicans all over the shop. Plenty of hotels on the beach. We upgraded to a ground floor room with direct access to the beach. We did a week on ID and a week at St Pete's but we had a car though.
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Tilton Rifle replying to Robert Hopkins
21:00, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Boston and Cape Cod. But you will need a car. Also New York and Long Island.
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Dom replying to Robert Hopkins
21:13, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Newport Beach in California. 45 minute drive into LA, 2 hour drive to San Diego. Brilliant place, a woman gave my friend $200 in the supermarket to pay for our BBQ food/beer "because I want you to know how nice Californians are"

We stayed in a $2million beach house for $350/400 per night which slept 8 of us.
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baldrick replying to Dom
21:51, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Hell of a trek but Big Island on Hawaii has a lot going for it
I’d recommend staying in Kona, but you’d need a car to get the best experience: clear warm water for snorkeling; active volcanos & great beaches
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Pearly Dewdrops replying to baldrick
22:15, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Drive down from St Petersburg to Naples, then across to Miami/Fort Lauderdale via alligator alley.

This, or the Carolinas, though this is a less child oriented suggestion.
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Tandy replying to Robert Hopkins
22:22, Wednesday 13 June 2018
You could do a lot worse than Orange County. Stunning beaches, close to LA or San Diego if you want the attractions, plenty of good food available, short drives (on US scale) to Vegas, the desert, or the coastal rod up to San Francisco (about 8 hours but worth it).

It is a long way away though.

Another option is Cape Cod. Very nice, upmarket and quiet around Easter time. Boston is about an hour away and is my favourite city in the US. Accommodation will be quite pricey there though.
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Bluestaines replying to Robert Hopkins
22:29, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Las Vegas
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weaponsguru replying to Robert Hopkins
22:37, Wednesday 13 June 2018
While many of the suggestions are good, it does appear that an awful lot of the posters either can't or didn't bother to read your post .....

... "no hire car".

As BlueW says, I'd say if you ain't driving, go somewhere else.
If you want to go to the US, hire a car.
Only other option I'd offer would be New York (though you don't need a car in Vegas). With the NY option, you could get a train up to Niagara for a few days I guess.

If it was me and driving wasn't an option, I'd probably go to a beach holiday in Mexico instead, or go to Pontins in Brean and use the money I saved on driving lessons.
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Bluesince62 replying to Casper
22:39, Wednesday 13 June 2018
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Have a look at a map.

West coast of Florida.

West Coast is west costs of the country.

St Petersburg is on the Gulf Coast.

Agree, a much better shout than I.Drive, for someone who doesn't want theme-parks.

But like the majority of the States, even in St. Petes is very handy to get yourself around.

Don't need a geography lesson, Florida has 2 coasts, a West and an East. Cheers anyway.
Thanks for keeping us up, Harry.
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Robert Hopkins replying to weaponsguru
22:49, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Saving New York for a no kids break and we are doing beach in Cuba in October so trying to find something a bit different. Kids not that fussed by beach, they prefer a nicer pool.

Going to do some research on stuff put on and visit a quality Travel agent somewhere near sutton...
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Tandy replying to Robert Hopkins
22:53, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Appologies on the no car hire thing.

Chicago, brilliant city for sports, food and culture there’s something for everybody. Easy to get around on the subway and if it’s warm go up to Milwaukee or some of the lakeside towns in Wisconsin (1 hour on the train) for some lovely beaches. If it’s really hot you’ll find people swimming in the lake on the waterfront, there’s a nice beach on the northside. If it’s winter there’ll be icebergs on the lake :D
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Deckchair replying to Tandy
23:40, Wednesday 13 June 2018
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Appologies on the no car hire thing.

Chicago, brilliant city for sports, food and culture there’s something for everybody. Easy to get around on the subway and if it’s warm go up to Milwaukee or some of the lakeside towns in Wisconsin (1 hour on the train) for some lovely beaches. If it’s really hot you’ll find people swimming in the lake on the waterfront, there’s a nice beach on the northside. If it’s winter there’ll be icebergs on the lake :D

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Or Vegas or San Fran (if you don't want to hire a car).
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