Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married in June 2015. Originally we were planning on trying to go on a Mediterranean cruise or some type of tour of Europe, but we are worried about him getting seasick (he has bad dizziness problems due to inner ear issues). We have always talked about wanting to take a cross country road trip (we are in the US), so we are thinking about that as a possibility for a honeymoon. Has anyone done this before who can offer suggestions? How long did you take? Where did you go? Did you book hotel rooms ahead of time or just roll into one wherever you decided to stop?
I know most people think of honeymoons as relaxing in some beautiful place, but neither of us are beach people and we really want to go around and see things. He is a baseball fan so we were thinking about mapping a route and hitting some baseball fields along the way. Ideally, we would like to go all the way across the northern US, down the western coast, then back east across the southern US (we are in Delaware), but I know that will be a very long trip.
Post # 2
We plan to do this on a much smaller scale. We’re planning on taking a week and road tripping across the Midwest. We’ll be stopping at some touristy places like mall of america, Mt. Rushmore, doing some cave tours, possibly spending a day or two in Estes… Details are still being hammered out. I think it’s a good idea to have places booked in advance to stop, since you never know what will be available. Have tickets for events booked in advance too. Take a week or two…a full cross-country road trip would probably take a month to really do properly so make sure to have highlights planned out early. I hope it all works out!
Post # 3
I didn’t go for a honeymoon, but I did go NY to New Orleans and back up the east coast.
I planned wayyyy too many stops, and we spent so much time in the car and not enough time hanging out or sleeping! It was hardly a vacation, so I don’t know about doing that as a “destress” period after the wedding.
I didn’t book any hotels in advance, and we often ended up somewhere we hadn’t planned on (like if we were tired and just wanted to stop). Now I was booking mainly based on price, so I just took whatever was cheap wherever we ended up. Apps are great for this! My trip was in 2010, so I’m sure it’s much easier today.
Oh, I think my road trip was about 10 days, so you would need at least a month for yours.
ETA the stops I remember: Lancaster, PA, Gettysburg, lunch with a friend near DC, Charlottesville VA (where I went to school), Asheville NC, Nashville TN, Memphis TN, Little Rock AR, Hot Springs AR, Vicksburg MS, Natchez MS, Plantations outside NOLA, New Orleans LA, Charleston SC, Richmond VA and back home to NY
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
Two of my close friends just got back from their road trip honeymoon. I think they played it by ear, completely! They went where the wind blew them . . . It sounds like they had a great time!
Post # 5
rel318: We did, for a little more than a week in France. We started out in Paris, where we stayed two nights, and then we travelled along the Loire River all the way out to the coast and back. We had booked nice hotel rooms ahead of time, so every night we checked in to a new and fun place (often getting upgraded as they found out we were on our honeymoon). We had a few things we wanted to do, but mostly we just played it by ear, visiting the less touristy castles and drinking Sauvignon Blanc (our favourite wine and the reason why we decided on the Loire Valley). For us it was great: neither of us are beach people, we love seeing things and the food were absolutely marvellous through.
Post # 6
We live in San Francsico and our plan is to travel up the coast to Oregon and Washington staying at different B&B’s =]
Post # 7
yeah I know our road trip is extremely long but it’s something we always wanted to do. Hopedully we can find a way to get to everything we really want to see in not such a long time. I have always wanted to drive across the country though so we will see
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
We did! It was really fun and it was relaxing being able to do our own thing and have our car with us – we didn’t want to deal with international flights and didn’t really feel any need to leave Canada since we’ve already travelled a lot. Plus, we felt like it would be hard to relax in another place, because we would want to take advantage of our time there and cram a bunch of stuff into every day.
We drove from Ontario to New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island over 15 days. We picked a province that we had been to many times and one that was new to us (PEI). It was really fun and it didn’t feel like too much driving (: The longest days of driving we did was 8 hours on the first day and 8 hours on the last day. The rest of our ‘travel days’ weren’t really longer than 4 hours though and we planned it so we would have lots of ‘break days’ with just leisurely driving.
It was an awesome experience and I definitely recommend it! It was so fun driving around and exploring with my best friend/new husband 😀 We stayed in beach houses/cottages and it was very peaceful and it was a great way to de-stress after all the last minute wedding stuff.
Post # 9
sugarpea: Sounds like a lot of fun!How many days total did your trip take?
I’m kind of torn on trip length because where I would really like to go is the west coast, but we are all the way on the east coast.
Post # 10
My family drove from MD to CA and back when I was 15. My dad had all these maps printed out and our destinations picked out. We did not have any hotels reserved or any ideas as to where we would eat or anything like that. We did stay with family for 2 weeks in California though. Our trip took 5-6 weeks total. I don’t quite remember which states or attractions we went to but I do know it took a very long time and it was so boring. I do remember stopping at the grand canyon, area 51, some caverns, and some dinosaur thing in arizona. This was 13 years ago so we did not have cell phones or lap tops or tablets to keep me busy in the car. All in all the trip was good in the end.
I’ve been on many road trips since then. Not that long but I’ve been from MD to AL and MD to LA quite a few times. My SO refuses to fly because he gets motion sickness. His son lives in LA so we travel there atleast once a year. The ride is long but as long as you guys have stuff to talk about and/or a tablet or something to play with you should be fine. I don’t think I would WANT to take a road trip for my honeymoon. That’s just my personal preference though. If you do decide to do it, you could plan out your destinations but leave the hotels n such up in the air. You never know when you will actually arrive to each place.
Post # 11
One of my friends actually just came back from a cross country road trip. She took a train down the east coast then across the US through the desert towards California then went up the west coast and across the top back to the east coast. We live in Virginia. It took two weeks to complete. She said it was amazing. The train stopped at major cities and went through historical landmarks and was very scenic. For example she got to go through New Orleans and the train went right through the City of the Dead cemeteries which is something you usually have to do on a guided tour. Her pictures are amazing and she got to stop at 25 different states usually for a couple of hours or a day. I say take the train and plan route around what you want to see.