A couple of 40-something Aussies heading over for NY Marathon and sightseeing, a bit of time with friends in Boston and then......
Need to fill 10-14 days, definitely out of there before Thanksgiving stuff ramps up.
We have looked at a few things - National Parks like Yosemite or Yellowstone seem to be limited access at best.
We're definitely not self driving in wintery conditions.
Package tours seem more backpacker/camping/glamping than the Boss will allow.
"We" need 3.5 to 4 star stuff.
Currently thinking Banff - ski season should have started and the Boss wants to see Lake Louise in the winter.
But that's probably 5 nights, a couple days of ski/snowboard hire and intro for total noobs.
Maybe a couple of nights around Vancouver before flying back towards Oz.
Vegas/Grand Canyon has been ruled out.
Any thoughts on:
Things to definitely see in/around NYC (bearing in mind post marathon legs)
Things to see in Boston (our friends will have ideas here as well)
Banff OK on what might be opening weekend or just after?
Will that make it more expensive/busy if it is opening weekend?
Should we look at another area instead?
Anywhere else we should consider adding to the list of places to go?
Banff is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Never been there in November but bee skiing there plenty of times in December. In December, the snow is usually great but I'm not so sure about November. The snow, this year, appears to be at an incredibly good level, especially at Sunshine Village Ski Resort.
Vancover is OK but Whistler is much better. Same as with Banff, its hard to predict how much snow will be there. But, Whistler Ski area is HUGE so even if just a small portion of the mountain is open, its still more than many other resorts. Plus, the drive from Vancover to Whistler is amazing (Sea to Sky Highway)
Hate to see you ruled out Las Vegas and/or the Grand Canyon. I'm not in to gambling nor partying at all but I do enjoy visiting Vegas. Just walking down the strip, looking at the hotels is entertaining. There are also a lot of shows to see.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most amazing places you could ever see but it can certainly be chilly in November.
Yeah, Yosemite and Yellowstone would most likely not be good to visit. Though, my wife and I did go to Jackson, Wyoming (the town near Jackson Hole Ski Resort and Teton National Park) in November one year and saw A LOT of moose and elk. No bears.
On the east coast of the US, not much to do (in November) unless you are willing to head to the more southern states (for warmer weather). There are American football games, if you find that entertaining at all, in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Nashville, and Atlanta. Several cities in Florida. If you like country music, Nashville (Tennessee) is a cool city to spend a day or two. Florida has Disney World, and its not just for kids. My wife and I go there quite a bit and really have a good time because there is SO much to do.
For the western US, besides Las Vegas/Grand Canyon, I'd visit San Francisco and go see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.