NYC - Seattle: how?
July 29, 2010 5:50 PM Subscribe
What's the best way to get from New York to Seattle without losing too much money (or my life) and possibly getting a great experience too?
posted by divabat to travel & transportation around New York, NY (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm heading over to NYC in late Sept for a conference, and I also intend to check out a convention in Seattle in mid Oct. I have a window of time - specifically between Oct 8 and Oct 13 - to get from one state to another.
I looked up Amtrack, airfare, and Greyhound, and pricewise they all seem the same. A friend has offered to house me in Chicago, so I thought I might make a bit of a roadtrip around it (having never been to Chicago before). I'm a lone female South Asian traveller with a third-world-country passport, so my safety is a concern too.
What are some good ways to get to Seattle from New York that won't compromise my safety or my wallet? How do I organise the trip so that I can also check out Chicago or anything else interesting in between? I don't have to leave strictly on the 8th or arrive strictly on the 13th; it's just that the convention in Seattle starts on the 14th and I have something in NYC on the 7th so anytime between those two dates are free.
I can't drive, so no car hire for me, and I don't know anyone else who I can hitch a ride with at the time. I've done cross-country buses and trains before, but in the States it's usually been with a group of people I know. I'm not sure how safe overnight trips on Amtrack or Greyhound are, esp for a lone female foreigner, but I'm cool with ideas that allow me to meet different kinds of people. (Is there like a Contiki type thing for the States?)
(Also, just as an aside: I'll be in NYC from Sept 29 to Oct 7, and Seattle from Oct 14 to 17. Anything I should check out while I'm around? I will be coming from across the world anyhoo :D)