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Old 02-23-2020, 04:36 AM
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Accommodation Suggestions

Hi all

We are travelling to the US in August/September this year. I am after some recommendations on places to stay in the following cities:

Chicago - 2 night stay
SAN Francisco - 4 night stay
St Petersburg - 6 nights

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Re: Accommodation Suggestions

Welcome, hope you have a terrific experience visiting some of America's grandest cities!

Chicago: I've stayed at Hyatt Regency and Swissotel properties many times, both on East Wacker Drive. Easy walk to many attractions, including food. Don't miss deep-dish Chicago style pizza; my favorite is Gino's East. (several locations)

SFO: No shortage of excellent hotels, though I've typically stayed at mediocre airline-crew accommodations. San Francisco is an "outdoors" city, so I'd place a premium on location. Many friends have enjoyed bed-and-breakfast venues as alternative to hotels.

St. Petersburg: Have not visited for a long while, best bet is to ensure the hotel has excellent air conditioning for August/September!
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Welcome, hope you have a terrific experience visiting some of America's grandest cities!

Chicago: I've stayed at Hyatt Regency many times, on East Wacker Drive. Easy walk to many attractions, including food.
Long history, over 30 years, staying at the Hyatt prior leaving out on the Chicago Mackinac Sailboat Race (mid July, Chicago Yacht Club)... If you enjoy shopping, Michigan Street is just around the corner... Food in Chicago, oh yaaaa! FYI: you can get into near any eatery if you eat early, the longer you wait to eat, the more it will require reservations!

Enjoy

PS: Sadly, SFO has lost its appeal, especially if you plan of walking... Better to use a guided tour to avoid the areas taken over by the 'homeless problem.'

Are you flying or driving between these Cities?
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Re: Accommodation Suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions so far.

I actually had short listed the Swiss˘tel for Chicago, so good to know I am on the right track.
Pizza is definitely on the menu.

We only have 3 days in San Fran and I really just want up see Alcatraz and the painted ladies. I am a full house fan.

We are flying into Florida from Las Vegas and then catching the train from Memphis to Chicago and doing the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Fran. Hubby is a train nut.

We are also spending some time in ft Lauderdale, Huntsville and LA. We have 5 weeks over there. I cannot wait to visit.
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Train ride across the US is a mix of leaving the Chicago area to crossing the Mississippi, to the boredom of the Great Plains (much like the Outback, but greener) to the eye popping Rocky Mountains...

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Re: Accommodation Suggestions

Wow, you are making a grand tour!!

Deep dish pizza:


San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf is a treasure of food and attractions, including tours of the Ghirardelli Chocolate factory. Don't miss Chinatown if you enjoy Asian cuisine!

Huntsville Ala: If interested in space/rocketry: https://www.rocketcenter.com/

For your hubby:
If your travels take you to San Diego, Balboa Park has a world class train museum with O, HO, and N scale layouts.
https://www.sdmrm.org/

I belong to an N scale clubhouse 40 minutes north of San Diego and can give personalized tours anytime!
Short Track RR - N Scale Train Club | ShortTrackRR.org
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