LGA day trip recommendations

Old May 16, 2024, 9:12 pm
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Originally Posted by thedeeg
As a UK ex-pat living in CLT, I would recommend Edmond Halley over Big Ben. There’s a Midwood smokehouse on the same mall.
Awesome suggestion….
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Old May 17, 2024, 12:59 am
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Originally Posted by guv1976
Do you have any AA miles, or only Avios?
Just Avios, I'm afraid!
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Old May 17, 2024, 4:23 am
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BOS on Any of the shuttles. Don’t forget to dump some tea in the Harbor.

easy out and back. The new LGA is gorgeous, not the rubbish tip of past
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Old May 17, 2024, 4:36 am
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Originally Posted by thedeeg
The silver line leaves right outside the terminal and drops you off at Seaport. You can then walk along the water and across the bridge into downtown. It’s about 1.2 miles.

Same back to the airport.
Just a note to OP that the Silver Line is a bus. It's very convenient and I use it every time I'm in Boston, but it you go looking for the subway entrance to the Silver Line at the airport, you'll never find it because the Silver Line is a bus.
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Old May 17, 2024, 5:25 am
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I’d vote for DC. Easy city to navigate around, plenty of options to visit/tour and a great variety of restaurants.
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Old May 17, 2024, 5:41 am
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Depending on dates, the Sullengerber museum in CLT reopens in the summer.

The old exhibition of flight US1549 was fascinating, and they have spent the last 2 years re-doing it.
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Old May 17, 2024, 7:02 am
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If we apply the highly scientific formula of:
number of flights X shortness of flights X awesomeness of stuff to see X ease of getting to the stuff,
I agree that BOS and DCA far outshine everything else, but for me DCA is the winner. Hop on the metro to the Mall, and there is so much amazing stuff to see and do.

# of flights: about the same
shortness of flights: about the same
awesomeness of sights: DC > BOS
ease of getting there from the airport: DC >> BOS (the Silver Line sucks rocks, the metro rules)

Have fun!
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Old May 17, 2024, 7:22 am
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Originally Posted by saunders111
If we apply the highly scientific formula of:
number of flights X shortness of flights X awesomeness of stuff to see X ease of getting to the stuff,
I agree that BOS and DCA far outshine everything else, but for me DCA is the winner. Hop on the metro to the Mall, and there is so much amazing stuff to see and do.

# of flights: about the same
shortness of flights: about the same
awesomeness of sights: DC > BOS
ease of getting there from the airport: DC >> BOS (the Silver Line sucks rocks, the metro rules)

Have fun!
Originally Posted by birdiedouble
I’d vote for DC. Easy city to navigate around, plenty of options to visit/tour and a great variety of restaurants.
My plan is to do DCA as a standalone trip because I really want to visit the Smithsonian. Obviously, that brings IAD into play as well.
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Old May 17, 2024, 7:31 am
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Could do ORD. It's about an hour on the Blue Line to the Loop (city center). Can easily walk to the lakefront from there. There's a shower at the AC (if the OP has access) upon return to the airport. Nice view of the field from the AC.
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Old May 17, 2024, 8:26 am
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Could do ORD. It's about an hour on the Blue Line to the Loop (city center). Can easily walk to the lakefront from there. There's a shower at the AC (if the OP has access) upon return to the airport. Nice view of the field from the AC.
A good point regarding lounge access. I'm BAEC Gold/OneWorld Emerald, but I've read that for AA domestic, J class is not always entitled to lounge access!
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Old May 17, 2024, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by TedToToe
A good point regarding lounge access. I'm BAEC Gold/OneWorld Emerald, but I've read that for AA domestic, J class is not always entitled to lounge access!
As BA OWE, you will have access even flying in coach. (I believe also to the Flagship Lounge, if you decide to go to ORD. The ORD FL is *tres bon*, in my opinion.)
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Old May 17, 2024, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by TedToToe
Just Avios, I'm afraid!
Whether flying LGA-BOS or JFK-LAX, you might have trouble finding Avios availability on the nonstops. But even if you can, also check cash prices, as you might not get very good value on an Avios redemption. Even on the cheaper "Basic Economy" fares, you still get to pick a Main Cabin Extra (extra-leg-room) seat for free as a BAEC Gold, and you still get priority boarding. MCE offers greater seat pitch than if you were flying in Club Europe.
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Old May 17, 2024, 10:17 am
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Another vote for Chicago. (Of course, I'm biased)

Easy train ride into town for $5 and endless amounts of delicious food
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Old May 17, 2024, 10:26 am
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Some sample, one-way fares out of LGA for travel on a Tuesday in June:



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Old May 17, 2024, 11:58 am
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Originally Posted by guv1976
Some sample, one-way fares out of LGA for travel on a Tuesday in June:
Many thanks for that. It's interesting that CLT is much more than BOS or ORD, at least for the dates selected.
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