You’ve heard of bar-hopping, but have you heard of city-hopping? As you might expect, it’s when you bounce from place to place on a trip. After all, why not make the most of your adventure by experiencing a number of spots at once? Here are some tips for heading out on a city-hopping excursion.
Figure out transportation
Before you get going, consider the most important decision: will you make this an old-fashioned road trip, or travel by train? While driving gives you more freedom to come and go as you please, things can get tricky when it comes to parking—especially if you find yourself in urban areas during your journey. Amtrak offers relatively low fares (compared to the money you’d spend on gas) to many cities both large and small. They also offer all-in-one vacation packages that cover multiple places in one trip, like the Grand Canyon Getaway, potentially saving you planning time and money.
Pick your cities strategically
To maximize your trip, it’s best to choose cities that are relatively close together, so you can quickly and easily travel between them. For example, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. or Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. The great thing is that you can do this all over the continental U.S.! While you can be quite economical with accommodations and food, we recommend three to five cities, as the costs can add up quite quickly before you know it.
Plan ahead (within reason)
Of course, half the fun of traveling is being spontaneous. While you can certainly still fly by the seat of your pants while city-hopping, it pays off to do a little pre-planning in this case. Since you have such a limited amount of time, try to narrow down the potential attractions and restaurants that you can’t miss in each place to ensure that you pack in as many of the sights as you can in a couple days. And, if some really cool opportunity comes up out of the blue, go for it—a balance is vital.