Post # 1
FI and I are looking at honeymoon destinations and it popped into my mind recently that a honeymoon in the mountains could be really fun! FI and I live in Florida fairly close to the beach so going to a tropical destination (especially in June – rainy season!) isn’t super appealing. Also, I have never seen mountains before so seeing something new sounds exciting!
I don’t really care about activities (skiing, hiking, etc.) and I don’t think FI does either. We just want to relax somewhere with gorgeous scenery and eat yummy food! Our budget is fairly flexible.
So ladies, any suggestions?
Post # 3
Banff in Alberta has gorgeous mountains.
Post # 5
Park City, UT! OR Banff is also awesome (Canada)
Post # 6
It is hard to beat The Canadian Rockies…
Fly into Calgary, rent a car. Stay at a nice resort(s) in the Mountains. Drive around soak in the incredible scenery. See the wildlife. Eat at fantastic restaurants.
Yup hard to beat.
Several Bees have been there… and an Alberta Honeymoon can be whatever you want it to be (incase you aren’t the active / hiking sort) here are some great examples from other Bees, and you’ll still get to see appreciate the scenery:
Mrs. Blue Whale = http://www.weddingbee.com/2013/06/28/a-canadian-rockies-honeymoon/#axzz2ixltv5Ny
(She has several posts on her Honeymoon Adventure)
And another great one from sienna76 who both got married & honeymooned in Canada (she visited BOTH British Columbia & Alberta)
Hope this helps,
Post # 7
Colorado or Tennessee! I have been to the mountains in both areas, and they are just too beautiful for words. I want to go back to both of them! We went to the Smokies in TN in May and it was a blast. We are going to CO for our honeymoon next June. So excited!
I have never been to the mountains in Canada, so I can’t give a review about that
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
If you can afford to go, do Colorado or Canada. Tennessee is close enough, you’ll have other chances.
If you prefer something close though, I much prefer Asheville, NC over Gatlinburg, TN. It’s right off the Blue Ridge Parkway which is beautiful. You can visit the Biltmore, Grandfather Mountain, Lake Lure (where Dirty Dancing was filmed), and Chimney Rock Park (where Last of the Mohicans was filmed). White water rafting the French Broad or Nantahala River is really fun too!
Post # 9
I agree with the people who have said Canada. But, I live here (and am getting married outside Banff) so I may be biased
Post # 11
June can be kind of a shoulder month in the Rocky Mountains proper (higher elevations). Early June – roads can still be blocked with snow, trees have not even started to bloom in higher elevations. Late June – you’re just starting to touch on summer. of course the more north you go, it’s all pushed back even further time wise.
I know in Banff National Park the road to Moraine Lake (a must see lake) can still be closed in early June depending on the snow year. We got married and honeymooned in the Canadian Rockies but we picked late August which was perfect for outside activities, even camping.
Photo of Moraine Lake in Banff NP in early June:
I live in Utah and often we are unable to reach this very popular drivable mountain lake if often unreachable in early June. It still looks like winter up there… ice in the lake, no leaves, snow patches…
So if you’re going to do June, I’d make it later June and the valleys will be just fine and feel more spring/summer like.
I have seen a lot of mountain ranges (our preferred vacations). I might also suggest Jackson Hole, WY to you. There are the Tetons, one of the more spectacular ranges in the US, along with Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park right there. Jackson, WY the town has a lot of tourist options, spas, restaurants.
I have not done Alaska yet, but my ILs go and always aim for May-June because otherwise the mosquitoes are bad.
Post # 12
@felixfelicis: The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The house we own in CO is minutes down the road from it, and it is a stunning resort. it is a 5 star hotel nestled right into the mountains. There is an amazing pool, a million wonderful hiking trails nearby, Pike’s Peak (which you can drive up, take a train up, or hike up), the Olympic Training Center is there in Colorado Springs, you’re near Denver and other cities, and the restaurants and food there are amazing. It will be GORGEOUS there in June, warm but not hot yet. There may still be a bit of snow on the top of Pike’s Peak, but only because it’s over 14,000 feet up there. I used to go just to walk around the hotel or have drinks at the Golden Bee (a must!), and it was my dream to do a staycation there. Maybe one day…
Post # 13
@felixfelicis: Lake Louise in Alberta!
Post # 14
What about Lake Tahoe? So beautiful!
Post # 15
I’ve been to Jackson, WY in early June and the weather was outstanding. 60s-70s, sunny, with some snow still in the mountains. There’s a lot going on in Jackson (restaurants, bars, shops) and you are close to Grand Teton NP and Yellowstone NP.
Post # 16
Come to Park City! I promise you won’t regret it!