Post # 1
The fi and I are planning our late March / April 2014 honeymoon to the US and want to make sure we get the most out of it. I have been before so there’s a few places I want to revisit but the fi has never been.
We are coming from Australia and want to spend just under a month in the US. We are planning on doing SXSW in late March in Austin, but are flexible with the rest. Here is what we were thinking:
LA: 2 Nights (recover from jet lag, take the fi to disneyland)
San Diego: 3 nights (visiting my cousin who lives there now)
Vegas: 3 nights (fitting in a grand canyon visit too)
Austin: 5/6 nights (for SXSW)
New Orleans: 4 nights
New York: 8 nights (will possibly visit Niagra Falls in that time)
That’s 26 nights. We could probably do 4 more nights somewhere.
Spruik your city! Where should we visit 🙂
Post # 3
Alright, I’ll put in a vote for my home town – Louisville, KY. It’s the home of the KY Derby and a very artsy indy kind of town. KY is also home to the best bourbon in the world! Other great cities include Boston, Memphis, and Savannah.
Post # 4
If you drive over to visit Niagara, definitely go to the Canadian side! It is SO much nicer than the US side 🙂
Post # 5
@CupcakeLove: Richmond is GREAT but it’s more for Civil War history, which probably wouldn’t mean much to you.
YOU WILL FREAKING LOVE NEW ORLEANS!!!! It’s DH and my favorite city in the US!!!
Post # 6
@JenGirl: Aww, love Louisville.
Boston is also a fun city, my sister lives there and we always have fun.
Post # 7
8 nights might be too much for New York, especially if it’s just Manhattan. I’d pop up to Bostn for 2-3 nights— it’s a 35-minute plane ride or 4-5 hours on train, and you’d still get your fill of NYC and have plenty of time for Niagra.
In New Orleans, dinner at Gallatoires would be dreamy if it’s in the budget; if not, bypass Acme Oyster House in favor of The Bourbon House, about 2 doors up!
to spend 4 more nights in the US, if you’re thinking West Coast then do San Francisco with a day trip to Napa or Sonoma; east coast come see us here in DC but do one day/night in Baltimore just up the road!
Post # 8
@fishbone: Its never long enough in NY! I spent 10 nights there last time and loved it. 🙂 Just checked out Gallatoires – looks delish! It might be in the budget… looks reasonable to me – food in Australia is super expensive and its usually $25 and up for a main meal at an average restaurant. Top restaurants charge $50 for a main meal!
@JenGirl: I’ve never considered KY! Fi might be happy to try out the bourbon!
@Mars62312: Must admit, I don’t know much about American history other than what is shown in movies,
@Natalieh86: I have heard good things about Boston – my SIL lived there for a while, so maybe we should check out her old town 🙂
Thanks for all your tips! Keep it coming
Post # 9
@iheartmarshall: I spent a day on the NY side, and a day on the Canadian side, on my honeymoon. We actually had more fun on the NY side.
Post # 10
@CupcakeLove: don’t worry. – KY isn’t on most people’s radar. But it’s beautiful country. And has friendly people. And more small, family run farms than any other state = yumminess! And great art. Great hiking. The largest cave in the world…
Post # 11
@CupcakeLove: Some of my favorite U.S. cities (other than those you’ve already listed):
– San Francisco
I live in Omaha now (I didn’t grow up here, though). It’s a really nice place to live, but I wouldn’t consider it a great honeymoon location (even if just for a day or two). The cities I listed have considerably more to offer if you’re looking for a “vacation” type spot. I will say, though, if you enjoy going to the zoo, Omaha has a pretty nice one.
Post # 12
San Francisco and Washington DC would be two I would definitely hit (before Vegas and New Orleans, but that’s just me).
Post # 13
If I were you, I’d spend time in quaint little cities, like Charleston or Greenville in South Carolina. You could also go to Washington DC, Philadelphia, or Boston. I’d also recommend the east coast beaches – anywhere on the Jersey shore, Virginia beach, or the Outer Banks. 8 days is a LONG time for NYC. Honestly, anything I want to see there I could do in a weekend. Chicago is also a great place to visit!
If you have specifics about Philadelphia, the Jersey shore, OBX, or Chicago let me know! I live near Philly, lived in Chicago for 4 years, and am very familiar with beaches 🙂
Post # 14
DC! You’d be there smack in the middle of the Cherry Blossom Festival. There’s lots of great museums and monuments (all free). There are also tons of yummy resaurants and fun bars. The city is so pretty – especially when the cherry blossoms are in bloom – and DC is actually very clean.
Post # 15
Oh, please please please don’t miss San Francisco! It is such a romantic, beautiful city. Honestly, it is the first place you should go in the U.S.! I went about a year ago and I have traveled a lot in Europe, but it is my favorite city I have ever been to. So much fun stuff to do there, and such a great vibe. It is just breathtaking! For San Francisco, I would recommend 4-5 days (if not more!)If you want a fun, quirky, inexpensive place to stay, check out the Hotel des Arts- we loved it.
Personally, I like NYC, but since your vacation is to the whole U.S., I think you should do less than 8 nights there. I do highly recommend looking into D.C. That would be a beautiful time to visit, and there are so many things to see- the monuments and memorials on the National Mall, the Smithsonians, other museums (the Spy Museum and the Holocaust Museum being two you shouldn’t miss), and Arlington National Cemetary. Definitely read some info on it on Frommers and see if it might interest you and your FI. If you aren’t so into learning about American history, you might not enjoy it as much, though. From D.C., you can easily hop on a train to NYC- it is about 5.5 hours away. I think you could do 2 full days in D.C. and see a lot. If you are interested, Philadelphia is directly on the train line, so you might want to consider one day in Philly.
Oh, and “spruik” must be an Australian term! I am guessing it means promote…?
Post # 16
What are you looking for? Mountains, beaches, city life, history, adventure, culture?
I wouldn’t bother with Baltimore. The aquarium is awesome and the science center is pretty neat, but that’s about it. DC is great if you like museums and city sights and food… they’re all free ^_^ And the zoo (also free) is awesome. You really need a whole day for the zoo, if you want to do everything. There’s a lot of great food too. Also, definitely all the national stuff and memorials… lots of good photo ops and Chery Blossom festival! Definitely hit up DC.
I wouldn’t do NYC for 8 nights either, but I would hit up New England somewhere, maybe the Boston area. Acadia National Park is nice, as is Maine in general. NYC is nice but also very expensive.
I do NOT recommend east cost/midatlantic beaches, especially in March/April. The water is murky and it’s just too cold that time of year. So… it’s cold, water is crappy looking, there’s nothing besides sand and people and cheap shops on boardwalks… You should stop by the Florida Keys or southern Florida if you want some beautiful blue water and palm trees and beach action ^_^ And it’d be warm still. Southern Florida has good nightlife, if you like that. But mostly it’s just warm and beachy and pretty.
It’ll still be chilly in many places in March/April especially in New York and the northern states. Maryand/DC will be pretty cool also. California will be okay.
I second San Francisco!