☼ Trip of a Life Time ☼ 20 Nights, 7 USA Destinations & Northern Lights = £799pp (incl. New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, (March/April 2015)  Total Price for 2 x Adults with Flights & ALL Hotels = £1599.80 @ Holiday Pirates
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☼ Trip of a Life Time ☼ 20 Nights, 7 USA Destinations & Northern Lights = £799pp (incl. New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, (March/April 2015) Total Price for 2 x Adults with Flights & ALL Hotels = £1599.80 @ Holiday Pirates

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Found 17th Jun 2014
Guys, I have prepared this blog on Holiday Pirates and wanted to share it with you. It seems a pretty cool route to take with ideas and suggestions of places visit and accommodation.

How about a trip of a lifetime? A 20 night road Trip visiting at least 7 destinations in the USA and completed with the best firework display ever, an evening in Iceland where you will (hopefully) get to see the Northern Lights.

Included in this price are all flights departing on 21st March 2015 from Gatwick London and accommodation for the full 19 nights in the USA, flights from Washington to Iceland on 8th April 2015 with overnight accommodation and then flights back to Gatwick on 9th April 2015. All prices are based on 2 adults sharing.

The options and opportunities here are completely endless but we wanted to show just how easily you could plan a road trip and visit some of what the USA has to offer.

We have tried to keep this as simple as possible and here is a brief itinerary of where the road trip we have prepared will take.

USA Road Trip Incorporating Northern Lights.

2 Nights in New York - What an incredible start to your Trip

5 Nights in Jersey Shore - Check out the beaches and Boardwalks

4 Nights in Baltimore - Check out a few destinations in the Maryland area

3 Nights Philadelphia - Awash with culture and art and home to Van Gogh's "Sunflowers"

4 Nights in Virginia - head to Virginia Beach or explore False Cape

1 Nights Washington - unwind and chill-out before catching that plane for your grand finale in Iceland

1 Nights in Reykjavik

This 20 night trip is just something we've pinned together- you can play around with it however you like, maybe visiting some other sights along the way. We have included accommodation which carries good reviews so it's certainly not the cheapest available, so if you are on a tight budget you can bring these costs down a bit more.

You will see that we have not included transport between each destination - there are so many options! Buses, trains or car hire? Different modes suit different people so we will leave that up to you to decide, but we will make some suggestions at the end of this blog.

Your journey starts in London on 21st March 2015, you'll fly into New York where you will spend two fun packed nights. Our suggested hotel for this stay is Leo Hotel which has great reviews and is a reasonable price. Two nights is plenty of time for you to check out the Manhattan Skyline, visit Broadway and take in the NY Vibe. We love East Village, definitely recommend you spend a few hours exploring- look out for the Community Gardens and maybe check out Chinatown and Little Italy. Or maybe you want to go "off-piste" and grab something to eat away from the touristy areas? If so we recommend heading over to Flushing, Queens, where you'll find the BEST selection of authentic Chinese restaurants. Popping over to Trip Advisor to check out the attractions will save valuable time when you are traveling.

Next you will be heading down to Jersey Shore where we have found a lovely motel, The Sand Box which has everything you need for an enjoyable 5 night stay. Close to the beach and boardwalk and within walking distance of all the shops, bars and restaurants you can use this time to relax and unwind. During your stay here you may wish to check out Long Beach Island or Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks but there are many attractions to easily fill your days.

From New Jersey we head down to Maryland and your first stop is Baltimore where we have included a 4 night stay at the Best Western Plus Hotel which has an average Trip Advisor rating of 4/5 so will be a really enjoyable stay. Baltimore will bring culture to your trip with many places to visit such as Historic Ships in Baltimore.

Now lets head over to the stunning skyline of Philadelphia in the historic state of Pennsylvania. Culture Vultures and art-lovers will love visiting the award winning Philadelphia Museum of Art, this dramatically placed and stunning museum is home to Van Gogh's "Sunflowers". A trip to Philly isn't complete without a visit to the Liberty Bell and we definitely recommend taking time to relax in Fairmount Park after a busy day exploring the city. We have found another great hotel for 3 nights in Philadelphia that carries a rating of 4/5 on Trip Advisor, The Conwell Inn is a delightful place for you to relax after busy days sight seeing.

Staying over in Maryland for a few more days, we have found this great hotel, Days Inn Hagerstown which has good reviews. There is plenty for you to discover in the area and you may want to spend your days checking out Virginia Beach and False Cape (you may want to split your time here between Hagerstown and Richmond and cut down on traveling time to see everything there is to offer) It won't be long before it is time to move on to spend the last couple of nights of your USA trip at the Days in Manassas, a stones throw from Washington DC. Enjoy the last couple of days of your adventure exploring the sights around the US Capital or tone it down by visiting the quaint vineyards, historical buildings and lush, green parks, taking time to reflect on the places you have visited.

On 9th April 2015 you will board your flight from Washington which will take you to (hopefully) the best firework display every to celebrate the end of your trip of a life time in Reykjavik with an over night stay at the Arctic Comfort Vik before catching your flight back to London the next day. There are many beautiful sights for you to see in Iceland and with so many possibilities of how to fill your days we suggest checking out Trip Advisor before you travel. A beautiful trip would be to the Golden Waterfall or maybe an Orca watching cruise. Not forgetting of course that you are in a prime location for seeing the Northern Lights.

Flights:

21st March – London to New York @ Norwegian- £149.00

8th April Washington to Iceland @ Flight Network- £218.56

10th April Iceland to London @ Wowair - £48.90

Total = £416.40 x 2 = £832.80

Hotels:

21st - 23rd March @ Leo Hotel, New York bookable at Bookings.com = £109.00

23rd - 28th March @ The Sand Box, New Jersey bookable at Bookings.com = £153.00

28th March - 31st March @ The Best Western Plus bookable at Bookings.com = £143.00

31st March - 3rd April @ The Conwell Inn bookable at Bookings.com = £184.00

3rd April - 7th April @ Days Inn Hagerstown bookable at Bookings.com = £100.00

7th - 8th April @ Days Inn Manassas bookable at Bookings.com = £42.00

8th April - 9th April - Flight from Washington to Iceland

9th - 10th April @ Arctic Comfort Vik Hotel bookable at Travel Republic = £36.00

TOTAL PRICE FOR 2 X ADULTS = £1,599.80 (£799.90pp)

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deeky

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This is why you have not seen me for so long ha ha

How much for three weeks car hire?

Wow, I dream of a trip like this! One day...

With the USA, you will generally be paying up to twice as much as you need to if you pre-book motels in advance, although it would be wise to book in advance for cities.

But I would not say the weather will be good enough in March/April for this particular trip.

Very very very good deal Stacey!!

hi just wondering if it's safe to leave a holiday booking till last minute or book in advance? any advice would be helpful x

Holy moly.

Looks fab but I prefer one-night-per-destination, leave-at-5am whirlwind tours X)

Seriously, you can take 20 days or so in the West and visit just about everywhere as long as you set yourself strict deadlines of, say, spending only 30 minutes for breakfast, only 45 minutes for lunch etc.

I'd never thought of doing the Northern Lights bit at the end, what a great idea! Will definitely be taking inspiration next time!

Here's a rough map to give you an idea about what driving is involved. It's about 900 miles in total, so not too bad over 3 weeks.

(I've not included the drive from Washington to Reykyavik, I didn't want to put anyone off ;))

http://s14.postimg.org/b4462wx9t/Untitled.jpg

Edited by: "deeky" 17th Jun 2014

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josephmccowie

Looks fab but I prefer one-night-per-destination, leave-at-5am whirlwind … Looks fab but I prefer one-night-per-destination, leave-at-5am whirlwind tours X) Seriously, you can take 20 days or so in the West and visit just about everywhere as long as you set yourself strict deadlines of, say, spending only 30 minutes for breakfast, only 45 minutes for lunch etc.I'd never thought of doing the Northern Lights bit at the end, what a great idea! Will definitely be taking inspiration next time!


it would have taken me a month to add 19 different destinations ha ha ha ha

Awesome idea - but I can tell you in all certainty that 5 nights down the shore in Jersey will be cold and boring as hell, unless you plan on some depressing gambling in AC. :-/

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dawnkjc

hi just wondering if it's safe to leave a holiday booking till last … hi just wondering if it's safe to leave a holiday booking till last minute or book in advance? any advice would be helpful x



It is always a gamble waiting until last minute as you cannot predict what seats they will have left to sell off cheaply I am afraid xxx

Also, it doesn't make much sense to do MD from the shore then Philly. Better to spend more time in Philly, straight from the shore and less time there, before heading to MD, then DC and your flight back.

Wow. Might have to book this tonight, looks awesome

Stacey you are amazing, showed some mates down the pub some of your deals and they couldnt believe it. If only I had the money.....

strange idea for a 'trip of a lifetime' - this is really stretching the imagination not! Final price way over by the time you factor in transport costs. Who would want to do this anyway in March / April when weather lousy..and the finale a shot in the dark, one night only attempt to see Northern Lights - you'd have to be very fortunate indeed.

Stacey, always see your great holiday deals. But I have an awkward number of people. Any deals for 4 adults (inc 18yo and 19yo) and one child?

Grouchi

strange idea for a 'trip of a lifetime' - this is really stretching the … strange idea for a 'trip of a lifetime' - this is really stretching the imagination not! Final price way over by the time you factor in transport costs. Who would want to do this anyway in March / April when weather lousy..and the finale a shot in the dark, one night only attempt to see Northern Lights - you'd have to be very fortunate indeed.



Oh, for God's sake grinchy. If it's not for you then just move along, eh?

This looks great...

Except for 5 nights stuck in Jersey Shore in March/April. It's gonna be cold and boring as hell.

It's a shame really, had high hopes when I saw it was one of your posts

if my OH wasn't so crap with his leave, i'd book this in an instant.

I think there's a lot good here, for the price, but the itinerary definitely needs rejigging. NY-NJ-PA-MD-VA/DC makes the most sense, or even cut out NJ and spend more time in the other states, expanding time in NY and VA, the latter of which will have the warmest weather by far, being furthest south.

Doing NJ-MD-PA-MD would add at least 3 hours of unnecessary driving along one of the busiest traffic corridors in the US. Believe me, as a Philly native with all my family in Baltimore...I-95 in standstill traffic is not a scenic funtime.
Edited by: "Lyssie" 17th Jun 2014

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Grouchi

strange idea for a 'trip of a lifetime' - this is really stretching the … strange idea for a 'trip of a lifetime' - this is really stretching the imagination not! Final price way over by the time you factor in transport costs. Who would want to do this anyway in March / April when weather lousy..and the finale a shot in the dark, one night only attempt to see Northern Lights - you'd have to be very fortunate indeed.



There's a megabus deal a few pages back. You can go sun yourself in Blackpool instead.

Lyssie

Awesome idea - but I can tell you in all certainty that 5 nights down the … Awesome idea - but I can tell you in all certainty that 5 nights down the shore in Jersey will be cold and boring as hell, unless you plan on some depressing gambling in AC. :-/



Any alternatives to this part of the trip? I get bored over 5 nights in exciting places sometimes

Stacey, I'm looking for an Orlando deal (even just flights is fine) for late Sept/early Oct. Can you help please?

So Deeky, you'd stay at the Days Inn and the other down market hotels if you were on a trip of a lifetime - I think not!

Oh, for God's sake grinchy. If it's not for you then just move along, eh?[/quote]

I would miss out jersey shore, do an extra night in New York and then use the other nights to go from Washington to Front Royal or similar town with access to blue ridge mountains. I've done a road trip on this route and there are loads of possibilities. In terms if weather, it shouldn't be warm - but at the same time this year there was a mini heat wave. My family arrived with hoodies n jeans and had to go buy shorts etc. we didn't do Iceland. Just flew into Washington and out of New York. Hire car is dependent in size, for small family car about £120 a week We had a 7 seater and it worked out at about £220 a week.

Grouchi

So Deeky, you'd stay at the Days Inn and the other down market hotels if … So Deeky, you'd stay at the Days Inn and the other down market hotels if you were on a trip of a lifetime - I think not!



I don't know. Probably not, truth be told. But that's not my point. I'm referring to you keep coming into stacey's deals, trashing them. I've seen you doing it on countless occasions. This deal isn't for everyone, but at the same time it's not a package holiday that some poor, unaware innocent can 'accidentally' book. Anyone booking this will know exactly what they want and what they are getting.

cannibalwombat

Wow, I dream of a trip like this! One day...



You'd struggle to fit everything into one day X)

dean_brfc

Any alternatives to this part of the trip? I get bored over 5 nights in … Any alternatives to this part of the trip? I get bored over 5 nights in exciting places sometimes



Are you serious or being sarcastic?

I'm saying that at that time of year, it's highly possible that not much will be open. I've just done some research and the pier attractions and other beach and seasonal events in Wildwood, NJ, where the Sand Box Motel is located, don't open on a daily basis until Memorial Day Weekend, which in 2015 is 25 May. Some things open from 1 May on the weekends, like Morey's Piers, but that still won't help as this is before that, and the itinerary has you leaving on Saturday anyway.

The tram cars start running at Easter (5 April 2015) but at the weekends, so you won't be there for that either :-(

Like I said - spend more time in NY and VA (if you want the warm weather). I hear Philly's great too ;-)

thought u cudnt self promote?

Lyssie

Are you serious or being sarcastic?I'm saying that at that time of year, … Are you serious or being sarcastic?I'm saying that at that time of year, it's highly possible that not much will be open. I've just done some research and the pier attractions and other beach and seasonal events in Wildwood, NJ, where the Sand Box Motel is located, don't open on a daily basis until Memorial Day Weekend, which in 2015 is 25 May. Some things open from 1 May on the weekends, like Morey's Piers, but that still won't help as this is before that, and the itinerary has you leaving on Saturday anyway. The tram cars start running at Easter (5 April 2015) but at the weekends, so you won't be there for that either :-(Like I said - spend more time in NY and VA (if you want the warm weather). I hear Philly's great too ;-)



No not sarcastic at all! It was very helpful. I just meant if you're saying it'll be boring as hell in Jersey for 5 days, well I got bored in Barcelona for 5 days, so I'd probably go mad in Jersey.

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emma1487

thought u cudnt self promote?


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Original Poster

Thanks for all the helpful input guys - this is just a few bits I have thrown together and of course it can be amended anyway you like, there are various places you could visit and millions of hotels to choose from - the world is your Oyster really.

This would be my dream to go on this!

cdm22

How much for three weeks car hire?



You would need to check if a one way drop off charge would apply, depending on the size of the car I reckon around £150.00 a week and gas/petrol @ $3.66a US gallon and rising due to the trouble in
Iraq.
Edited by: "Bowler_man" 17th Jun 2014

Bowler_man

You would need to check if a one way drop off charge would apply, … You would need to check if a one way drop off charge would apply, depending on the size of the car I reckon around £150.00 a week and gas/petrol @ $3.66a US gallon and rising due to the trouble in Iraq.



So thats at good £500/£600 added to the total then.

I'd add a couple more nights in Reykjavik, Northern Lights are not guaranteed. But there are other things to see and do eg the Golden Circle, Gulfoss, the Phallological Museum etc

this is a sucker's trip.

anybody who goes to the jersey shore in march/april is, full stop, an idiot.



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portmanteau

this is a sucker's trip.anybody who goes to the jersey shore in … this is a sucker's trip.anybody who goes to the jersey shore in march/april is, full stop, an idiot.



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