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  1. Default Where 2 begin?!

    Hi,

    Ive read loads of threads to come up with some ideas and understand that a lot of it depends on personal preferences but i still like to ask a question and see what u can come up with. Im from the Netherlands and me and a friend r interested in going on a roadtrip USA. Nature, typical American stuff like a rodeo and eating contest (yes, im sure im willing to go to the States to see this!), meeting locals and other travellers, touristy things and every day life is what we're interested in. Everything will be new to me since i havent been to the States ever. I think we have 90 days (cant stay longer due to USA laws i was told). What is the best seson to go and where do we start our trip from? Can u maybe tell me why u would choose what u would choose?

    Thank u so much! Love this forum, keep doing what u do! Its a big help!

    Renske

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    Default That's too broad a canvas for us!

    Quote Originally Posted by Renske View Post
    Ive read loads of threads to come up with some ideas and understand that a lot of it depends on personal preferences
    So, it's really impossible for us to respond without a few more parameters, but I will give it a shot. Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!
    Nature, typical American stuff like a rodeo
    Probably less than 10% of American citizens have ever seen a rodeo (unless it was on TV). But there are thousands of towns in the west that host at least one rodeo during the summer months and so if you want to see a rodeo as part of your trip, you should consider being here during that period. For the best weather, nation-wide, I would suggest August to October.
    where do we start our trip from? Can u maybe tell me why u would choose what u would choose?
    I would do a circular route or a hub-and-spokes trip. And I would recommend either a western or eastern hub city. For the west, I would choose Denver with spokes of your trip reaching out to South Dakota, Montana, Washington, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.

    For the eastern section, you could consider Atlanta with spokes reaching as far as Maine and the eastern coast to Florida, the deep south up the Mississippi River to Minnesota and back along the Great Lakes to Ohio and back to Georgia.

    In three months you could see tiny portions of the entire country, but I would recommend choosing one of these two regional hubs and give yourself time to see more of the country.

    Mark

  3. Default This kind of answer is what i was hoping for

    ... so thank u! This aint gonna happen in the next few months so plenty of time to go over details later... Ill probably be back then! Thnx

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    Default Eating contest?

    Probably less than 10% of American citizens have ever seen a rodeo (unless it was on TV).
    Well, I've seen one rodeo. No eating contests. I've been to numerous fairs and festivals in different places and the only eating contest I've seen is the one in the movie "Stand By Me".

    But, if you do want to see typical Americana, a state or county fair is a good place to see it. Once you have settled on your general itinerary, you might want to explore whether any of these will be held near where you're going.

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    Default Professional Eaters

    One of nationally ranked eaters lives a few miles from my place in Las Vegas. Personally, I can't really imagine going to one of these competitions on purpose, but here is a resource or two. I've been to a couple hundred county fairs over the years, and most of them have some sort of a eating contest -- but they tend to be pretty silly....

    I just had to share this -- here are the results from a contest held a couple of weeks ago:
    Joey Chestnut once again took the Chinook Winds rib-eating title with 8.05 lbs of rib meat in 12 minutes. This is Chestnut's fourth win at the Lincoln City, Oregon casino, and Rich LeFevre came in second for the fourth time (this year he consumed 5.3 lbs). Erik the Red ate 4.55 lbs for third place, which has been his finishing position in this contest since 2006.

    Eight pounds of ribs meat in 12 minutes. Makes my belly ache just to imagine that....

    Mark

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    Haha ill probably feel the same way seeing someone doing that to himself but for me an eating contest is so unreal that i want to see it with my own eyes! Dont worry, i know ur country is know for a lot more than this.. Ill have a look at the info on fairs!

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    Default The basics

    Hello there,

    As Mark has said, firstly you need to decide whether you would prefer a continuous journey around the States and see a small part of a lot of things or choosing bases to travel out from and return too, possibly flying across country in between.

    The whole of America will have much to offer and is a huge place but I can certainly recommend the Southwestern states, it offers so much diversity and is so intriguing for us Europeans. It offers mountains, deserts,forest and sea in a spectacular fashion, as well as culture and townships.

    I would suggest you start doing a little research and let us know which areas and things appeals to you the most and then come back so we can help you with the details.

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    Default I gotta agree with Dave here

    He gave you some good advice.

    About The Southwest...I believe the scenery and topography of that section of the US is going to be the most dramatic for you to see. All parts of the United States have their own special beauty. But many parts of the US aren't going to be all that much different than some of the scenery in Europe. Forests, hills, mountains, beaches, lakes, etc. The American Southwest is totally different than anything found anywhere in Europe. Or anywhere else, for that matter.

    So, because of that, I think it's a perfect place to explore first if you have to limit yourself to one general area.

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