California Road Trip Honeymoon

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
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Bumble bee

@VallieC:  Do you want to spend your time in cities, or some city some country.  I’ve enjoyed visiting the Redwood forest and wine country/Napa Valley. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Go to Santa Cruz!! Cool

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

AH! We’re planning to do a Cali roadtrip too for our honeymoon! We’re in Arizona, so we’ll first go up to Vegas for a bit with his family. Then we’ll head over to Yosemite, then up to Napa Valley, San Fran, then just travel down the coast to LA/Hollywood, then end in San Diego.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Definitely check out the 17-mile drive!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Here’s what I would do with that trip:

 

– fly into SF and head north.  See some redwoods and the coast in the Sonoma/Bodega Bay area.  Go to either Sonoma or Napa for wineries (I love Sonoma, lots of small places).

 

– head back into San Francisco, do some city tourist stuff.  Eat in different parts of the city (definitely get Mexican food in the Mission, AMAZING).  Do the Alcatraz tour.  I would recommend the evening one– sunset is beautiful and the prison is different and cool once the sun sets.

 

– start heading south; check out Carmel and Monterey.

– take Rt 1 (the smaller, coastal highway) as you head south, through Big Sur.  Amazingly beautiful park; plan to stop for pictures lots.  The views are incredible.  Stop at Hearst Castle.  I would plan to spend a night somewhere in Big Sur to break up the drive.  We stayed in Cambria when we were there– pretty far south (we were coming from San Diego) but cute, tiny, coastal town.  TripAdvisor is a great resource for the details of other towns/places to stay.

– build in lots of time to stop at beaches on your way south!

– spend some time in Santa Barbara; it’s really nice.

 

I really don’t know LA so no recommendations there.  I’m jealous thinking about your trip!  Have a great time.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@VallieC:  TripAdvisor is a great resource!  I have only been to Laguna briefly- beautiful but not sure how secluded it would be.  I would search Southern CA beaches on TripAdvisor and see what comes up.  🙂

 

As far as planning a road trip, I would think about the time you want to spend in various places, and then go from there… so look at driving from point a to b, whether you will want to stop, will you need to stay over, etc.  In my previous post I mentioned staying in Cambria- essentially picked because it was a good point to break up the drive for our itinerary.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

Cambria / San Simeon is super romantic in between SF and LA! GORGEOUS!

and Point Mugu in Malibu camping on the beach 🙂

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Two words: Big Sur. It’s a very expensive place if you want to stay overnight, but there are some amazing spa hotels int he area, and the parks there are AMAZING. Google Big Sur and Carmel, CA to see what I’m talking about. 🙂

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