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  • Anonymous user asked:
    ppmickey answered:
    If I were coming from the UK and wanting to experience the 4th of July, I would probably head for New York City, New York or Washington, D.C. I'm sure there are many other wonderful places, but New York City really knows how to hold celebrations. They have great fireworks displays and great New Year's Eve celebrations. T.here is probably more history in Washington, D.C. or Boston On a personal side, I no longer attend fireworks live, I prefer to watch them on television. Columbus, Ohio holds fireworks on the 4th of July along with activities for families all day long. Their fireworks are called, "Red, White and Boom". It all depends on whether you want the big city experience or would rather go to a small town for their celebrations. Smaller fireworks and a smaller town experience can be just as rewarding. If you are going with friends, go along with them, wherever they are going and share the experience. If you hate large crowds and heavy traffic, watch it on television and keep changing the channels to see what all is happening in different cities. I hope you have success in making your decision, and welcome to the USA.
  • RUTH answered:
    The suggestions above are good ones. It depends on how much driving you want to do and why you want to visit a particular park. We are hikers so we narrow our selections after we check out the trails in some parks in the same area and decide what else appeals to us in a particular park. I highly recommend that you select the USA region nearest you and get on the computer and do your homework. Then you will have a feel for what our parks are like. If there are parks in Canada that you also have not visited, then consider how that will fit into your route. For example, Glacier in the USA and Waterton in CA are one huge international park that changes its name at the border. From my personal experience I would suggest that you see a few parks well and not just run from park to park and not remember much except how much driving you did! Hopefully you are young enough to make many trips! The variety in our parks is outstanding. I suggest a library book to help you decide which parks to look at online. I live near the Smokies so the Rocky Mountains in the west and places like Yellowstone entered into my planning. If you have to travel when the children are out of school, then you must make reservations far in advance; staying in a Park Lodge or Inn may mean a reservation a year or more ahead of your trip. (If you like rustic, I do recommend the Park Lodges!) Driving time depends on terrain and crowds! Plan time to stop at roadside overlooks, too. Maps, etc. ordered or from online ahead of time will help you plan. DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON THE COMPUTER!!! will help you plan. Always allow too much time rather than too little!!! Wildlife beside the road demands photos! Accommodations near the parks will be less expensive, but require a bit more driving and hence more time. Do not go without reservations as some parks are isolated and if all accom. are booked solid, you will be in a pickle!
  • Sheila answered:
    I have lived insouth Florida for 26 years. You should definately come down here to the land of eternal sunshine! Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Naples, Miami, we are waiting for you.....
  • Jeb answered:
    Ruth, you don't say how far north you're wanting to drive, but you can make it all the way to Canada and points north by making sure the Atlantic stays on your right, of course! The main route out of Myrtle Beach is U.S. Highway 17 (the "Coastal Highway"), which officially ends in Winchester, Virginia, merging with U.S. Highway 50. This road will take you up into North Carolina and past popular beach towns like Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Beach. You should also schedule a detour through Camp Lejeune, home of the U.S. Marine Corps as well as a surprisingly scenic strethc of roadway that connects with US-17 at the other end. From there continue on US-17 to pretty Beaufort. Here things get interesting, as you can opt to take the ferry over to Ocracoke and Cape Hatteras from Cedar Island. Follow the chain of barrier islands, the Outer Banks, up through Nags Head and Kitty Hawk. I could go on and on, as you veer away from US-17 and continue north into Virginia up the Eastern Shore. There's actually a really helpful website that pinpoints all the highlights of this itinerary from Jamie Jensen's "Road Trip USA" guidebook. Check it out here: http://www.roadtripusa.com/routes/atlanticcoast/atlanticcoast.html, then buy the guidebook for a really useful driving companion as you drive up the coast!

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