Post # 1
My FI and I are planning on a few days to ourselves after our April 18th wedding in Arizona. We’ll be taking our proper honeymoon in June, but we’re racking our brains trying to think of something to do/somewhere to go for a day or two after the wedding that wont cost too much as we want to save for the "real" honeymoon. To give you an idea of what’s close, our wedding is in Tucson, Arizona. We’ve pretty much ruled out Mexico, as right now the border situation seems pretty rough, and most of the other places we’d be interested in there would require flying. Does anyone have any suggestions for Arizona, western New Mexico, cheap south Cali, or something else I’m not thinking of? Thanks!
Post # 3
how about vegas? not sure how far that is from tucson but there are a lot of great deals going on in vegas right now. the palazzo (the newest addition to the venetian) is offering some great rates!
Post # 4
Do you want a resort?
My husband and I spent 2 nights of our honeymoon at the Grand Canyon and loved it. But we’re not lounge on the beach types, so the lack of a pool and stuff wasn’t an issue for us.
Vegas might also be a good choice. We stayed in one of the new "GO suites" at the Flamingo and it was really lovely. Also- a plus is that you don’t need to rent a car to get around in Vegas.
Maybe look into ski resorts in Northern AZ? They often have lots of amenities (hot tubs, condos, indoor pools, restaurants) but aren’t popular detinations in the summer months, so you might get a good deal?
Post # 5
We are in Yuma, AZ and since it is close and under $1000 we are going to Disneyland 🙂
San Diego is a great weekend getaway place as well.
Post # 6
Thanks for the help ladies! We’ll be "doing" Vegas the week before the wedding with FI’s parents, so don’t want to head back there quite so soon. We also went to Disneyland last time we were in Arizona visiting, so it may be a little redundant to go back so soon (though great suggestions). I love San Diego- honestly I could live there, but I never seem to be able to make it an economical visit, if you know what I mean.
After reading your suggestions I realize we’re probably leaning more towards a camping or outdoor style get-away. Does anyone know of any good tours, B&Bs, white water rafing trips… anything?! Thanks!
Post # 7
Try Sedona, AZ. The scenery is gorgeous! I took FI up there for his birthday weekend in October to go hiking. We stayed at the Sedona Rouge, which is away from the touristy area. It was a nice, quiet hotel with views of the red rocks. There are also a lot of camping areas, if that’s your preference. If you’re into wine, Alcantera Winery is not too far away. We’ve been there a couple of times and always have a hard time trying to decide which wines we want to take home with us–they’re all very good. If you like tours, there are jeep tour companies, with the most popular being the Pink Jeep Tours.
If you’re interested in the Phoenix area, let me know and I’ll be happy to tell you about what’s around here.
Post # 8
I would look into cabins in Northern AZ (Flagstaff, Prescott, Sunrise, Pine, Payson, Strawberry) that’s actually what we’re doing for our honeymoon! They start at about 600 for a week and go up from there, which is an awesome deal and there’s plenty to do when you stay in them (hike, cycle, rock climb, etc.).
You could also try heading out to Gerome. It’s a historic mining town somewhere near Tucson (i’ve never been, but I know plenty of people who have and they all love it).
You could also head to Sedona (like pp suggested). The FI and I head up there for day trips all the time. There are tons of B&B’s you could look into as well as cabin homes.
If you were thining of San Diego, a great resource to use would be Priceline.com and just ask for a $99 a night hotel, and most of the time you will get a decent one. We got a Hilton for that once.
Post # 9
Thanks for that kimmmbop. Did you have any particular websites where you found rentals? I’m abroad, so calling’s not very economical, whatever I can do online I do! Thx!
Post # 10
Muleshoe Ranch in the Galiuro Mountains is one of the most relaxing and beautiful places. Plus, there is a hot spring :). I live in Tucson and have stayed there- so message me if you have any questions.
Post # 11
I can speak for western NM as I live in Albuquerque. So here are suggestions.
To the South and West:
- Gila National Forest and Gila Cliff Dwellings. Fantastic area, very beautiful, lots of lakes and forest land. http://www.nps.gov/gicl/
- Silver City a small quaint town. Mostly artsy but very fun. http://www.silvercity.org/
- City of Rocks an old lava field with some interesting rock formations: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/cityrocks.htm
- For some general information on the area: http://www.gilawilderness.com/
To the North and West: (off I-40)
- El Morro is cliff which rises out of the middle of nowhere. Many settlers have stopped by to leave an inscription in the rock, including some as far back as 1500 and later. http://www.nps.gov/elmo/siteindex.htm
- Fire and Ice. Two attractions in one! A volcano (its extinct) you can hike up and an ice cave (a cave which perpetually has ice in it). http://www.icecaves.com/
- El Malpais. An old lava flow with some unique rock formations and even lava caves you can exlpore. http://www.nps.gov/elma/
And of course I wouldn’t be a native if I didn’t mention that we have the most gorgeous skies you will find in the contiquous US 🙂
If you need any more suggestions about NM don’t fret to send me an email or PM.
Post # 12
Thanks katvida, I’ll check it out!
Post # 13
It’s a little farther, but Arches National Park in Utah is one of the worlds true wonders… I’d love to hang out there for a minimoon!
Post # 14
If this shows up twice I am sorry in advance!
I can’t speak for AZ but I can speak for NM as I live there. I am an explorer not a resort person so I will lean towards that direction. There are resort style places if that is what you want to do.
- Gila National Forest and Gila Cliff Dwellings. The area is beautiful! Mountainous and gorgeous lakes. http://www.nps.gov/gicl/
- Silver City. A small quaint eclectic artsy town. http://www.silvercity.org/
- City of Rocks. A lava flow field it has interesting rock formations. http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/cityrocks.htm
CentralWest NM: (I-40)
- El Morro. A cliff which appears out of no where. There are inscriptions on this rock from the 1500s. http://www.nps.gov/elmo/siteindex.htm
- Fire and Ice. You can walk up a volcano and see a cave which perpetually has ice in it in one spot. http://www.icecaves.com/
- El Malpais. A lava flow, interesting rock formations and you can walk through lava tubes and lava caves. http://www.nps.gov/elma/
Also, I wouldn’t be a good native if I didn’t mention our beautiful night skies. The best in the contiguous US 🙂
If you need more suggestions don’t hesistate to PM me.
Post # 15
Great suggestions, Space!
Post # 16
I’ve gone camping near Julian (great place for apple pies) – <font size=”2″><font face=”Arial”>http://www.lakecuyamaca.org</font></font> We did some hikes, walks, and fishing while there.
I’ve also been white water rafting but up near Sacramento – http://www.americanwhitewater.com/
I used to live/go to school in San Diego and love it, too! We’ve done a B&B there, too, but I think it was over $100 a night…not sure what your price range is.