Post # 1
I need your help. My FI and I have lived on the gulfcoast and see the beach EVERY single day. It seems like the most popular honeymoon locations are very beachy and we are looking for something completely different from what we see every day. Our budget is capped at $3000 so i’m thinking a european honeymoon is out of the question, unfortunately. Any advice for some honeymoon locations that are unique/exciting/sight-seeing/adventurous? Thanks everyone!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@mafresh: What about doing something on the West Coast? You could go to Seattle, stay at a swanky hotel downtown and tour the city for a few days, and then head out to the mountains for hiking, kayaking, etc. The San Juan Islands are gorgeous and have tons of things to do, like whalewatching, romantic bed & breakfasts to stay at, vespa/moped rentals, bike rentals, etc. You could also visit Vancouver (Canada), it’s about 2 hours from Seattle and an easy drive if you rent a car.
You could also do a road trip along the California coastline, and stay in places like Big Sur with hotels with beautiful views.
Or I’ve heard that there are lots of fun adventure-packed vacations in Costa Rica, you could use a travel agency to plan a trip with a lot of excursions – we have friends that went there and did zip-lining and nature walks in the cloud forest and stuff like that.
Post # 4
We went to Yellowstone for our honeymoon. Did a lot of hiking and site seeing. There are great musuems in the area. There is also the Grand Tetons to visit. West Yellowstone had a bear sanctuary. Beartooth Pass is a very scenic drive.
We stayed at a ranch that did day trips for fly fishing and horseback riding. The price was decent. We stayed there about a week and did not spend more than $3000 including flights and a rental car. We did book everything early so that helped us.
We were not disappointed with our choice.
Post # 5
@mafresh: have you considered going to the grand canyon. the hiking and camping there is adventurous. as a special treat, you could take a helicopter ride over the canyon. we did this and it was breathtaking.
you would also be very close to hoover dam or monument valley. stunning.
Post # 6
A friend got married yesterday and they are in Vegas for their honeymoon. You could definitely do that for under $3000.
Post # 7
I would consider one (or more) of the national parks. The USA has an amzaing national park system, and there is somewhere awe inspiring to go, no matter what the season. Consider:
– Yosemite in CA
– ANYWHERE in Utah. Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches…etc
– Olympic Peninusla in WA
– Joshua Tree in CA
– Acadia in Maine
– Yellowstone in…a bunch of states
And so many more! You can go budget by camping if that’s your thing, or if you go in the park’s off season you can get some great deals on cabins.
My DH and I visited two parks in Utah in the middle of winder and it was awesome. Really cold, obviously, but there was litterally no one there adn we got an amazing deal on a cabin. We stayed at Zion Mountain Resort if your interested – I highly recommend it!
Post # 8
I second a national park. Maybe in California, Colorado, Wyoming, etc. Get out and do some hiking! I’d even camp for a few days. If it was me I’d pick Yellowstone!
Post # 9
We just went to Vietnam and loved it! It was cheaper to fly to than Mexico (from Canada) and we were staying at really nice hotels for $40-$50/night. The food is extremely cheap, the sights are extremely gorgeous! We never did hit the beaches. We went to historical sights and pagodas and temples, took the train from South Vietnam to North Vietnam. We biked through rice paddy fields with huge limestone rocks surrounding us. It was the most beautiful (and pretty friendly) place I’ve ever been to. Our train cost us $80 (I would go by plane next time which was roughly the same price).
I would suggest Vietnam to everyone!
Post # 10
Thanks so much ladies!!! We are really outdoorsy and all of the suggestions seem like they would fit us perfectly! So many options and I thought we had none. 😀
@mypinkshoes: I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon but would that sounds so amazing to take a helicopter ride over it!
@Mrs. Wallaby: my Fi and I have always wanted to visit Canda! I will have to let him know about the Seattle Idea.
@ChelsBea: Vietnam? That’s awesome. I will definitely look into that because we love to travel!
Post # 11
i agree with going to utah. we just came back from a road trip from Nj to utah. we visited zion, bryce, the badlands and the grand canyon. zion is absoutely beautiful and you can explore everything there. i had everything planned out for the trip including what hikes we should do, etc. i would highly reccomend zion!
Post # 12
Come up to Canada! There are some awesome places here on the west coast (Vancouver, Whistler, tons of hiking/camping/white water rafting/other cool adventurey-outdoorsy stuff). Banff and Jasper in Alberta is also beautiful for outdoor activities.
I have also wanted to go to Macchu Picchu, Peru for a little while now. It looks pretty adventurous.
Post # 13
FI and I were thinking about volutneering for 8 weeks with Orangutan Outreach and going to Borneo. It’s an inexpensive program and in the free time, we could tour Indonesia and South East Asia. It’s a long time, but it’s a good cause and we would LOVE to work with the Orangutans.:)
Post # 14
I second what these bees have suggested. For our honeymoon, my hubby and I did 4 nights/5 days in Seattle for under $2500 and it was wonderful. 6 months later we went to Vancouver for 4 days/3 nights for under $1800 and really enjoyed it. There’s just so much to do in the PNW! Hiking, kayaking, island hopping, biking, exploring quaint towns… don’t get me started on the food and wine/beer!