Travelers from all over the world will quickly point out that the United States is brilliant. Seeing the expanse of this great nation by car with no shortage of places to stop off is nothing short of genius. The cities scream remain here forever, while the countryside puts in its two cents with that one great bar before nature says, "Hey, look at me." The 48 continental states offer everything. All you need is music, a car, and some patience. Throw in the other two states, and you're doing great.
People seem to forget that New York City is comprised of five boroughs. Neighborhoods close to Manhattan have, indeed, ruined parts of Brooklyn, but that doesn't mean you can't have a brilliant meal in Queens. It doesn't mean you can't see Blondie and Pat Benatar performing for free in Coney Island. It doesn't mean that you can't have Dominican food in the Bronx or head out on the Staten Island Ferry for one of the best slices of pizza in the world. New York City is fantastic and easily researched ahead of your arrival.