Traveling to America for the first time


#1

Hi guys, Me and a friend of mine is going to the US for the first time this october. we land at San Francisco Airport October 22, and leave from Las Vegas Airport November 11th.

Any tips on what to visit? we are both car nuts so stuff like that is appreciated. but mainly we just want to see whats worth seeing in the Cali area.

We are both from Norway so the US is kinda different in all regards.

thanks guys

see you


#2

You’ll see it’s so different, particularly Las Vegas. Even people from other places in America think that Las Vegas is a crazy city. I went to Scandinavia for the first time this summer and let me tell you, you are very calm people compared to the stressed out Americans!


#3

Although I live on the east coast and have nothing to recommend to you guys on the west side, I extend a warm welcome to America!


#4

The hamburgers lol. You’ll see why we’re obese!


#5

San Francisco is one of the best cities in the U.S to visit. There’s so much to do there. I really recommend going to Pier 39. That’s where all the tourists usually go.


#6

[quote=Antoine Pandobox Morin]You’ll see it’s so different, particularly Las Vegas. Even people from other places in America think that Las Vegas is a crazy city. I went to Scandinavia for the first time this summer and let me tell you, you are very calm people compared to the stressed out Americans!


#7

Vegas is great too! But I say the old part of the ‘strip’ gets kind of bad at night. I liked being on the strip at the expensive hotels. Lots of walking!


#8

Denmark (Copenhagen, Helsingor) and Sweden (Helsingborg, Malmö, Stockholm). Saw a show in Helsingborg of my two favorite (Swedish) bands, Mando Diao and First Aid Kit. I wish I could’ve done more cities (and of course Norway) but, I’ll just come back another time! Might sound strange, but I feel at home there, I feel like I can identify to those scandinavian people. They’re calm and welcoming, they don’t stress out very often like American people do and they love simplicity. I’m even thinking I might go to university somewhere in Scandinavia when it’ll be time for me to study. And of course the best of Scandinavia is music, the best musical scene in the world, in my opinion.

Anyways have a good trip to America! You’ll see that it’s quite different from what you’re used to see at home. The main difference will be the people, as I mentionned earlier. A lot more stressed out, and they give so much more importance to the ‘‘private property’’ concept, compared to where you live where most people will share what they have.

I’ve never been to San Francisco, but with what I heard the people are less stressed out in West Coast than in East Coast. But it’s still far from the level of calmness you guys have. It’s a big city, the only advice I can give you is: don’t mind about the people you don’t know hahaha

I’ve been to Las Vegas once and it’s the pure stereotypical definition of an American city. Casinos everywhere, drugs, alcohol, all-you-can-eat buffets, total liberty you know? Even guns, you’ll see there’s some publicities all around the city saying ‘‘Try and shoot a real machine-gun!’’, just to show you how crazy this town is hahaha So depending on your age, the advice I can give you is: be reasonable. It’s easy to spend all your money for nothing in Vegas, so just keep an eye on what you buy.

…and if you have good money, I suggest you buy tickets to see one of Cirque Du Soleil’s show. It’s really expensive but it’s really worth the cost, except if you really don’t like ‘‘circus-like’’ shows.

Have a good time and enjoy your stay! :slight_smile:


#9

Depends on if you plan on driving while you’re here. California is not the most public transportation friendly place outside of the Bay area. You pretty much need a car to get around. Great places to visit in S.F. are the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf. Other great places are Hearst Castle, Solvang and the surrounding wineries. Santa Barbara is beautiful as well. It really depends on how south you plan on going. Also Sequoia national Park is beautiful. Hope that helps.


#10

Thanks for all the replies. i’ve rented a car so thats not a problem (i hope, roads are quite different from Norway, we are 5 million in all of norway). i will check out as many as possible of your tips, Alcatraz Night tour is booked :slight_smile: