National parks honeymoon advice tips suggestions??

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

jjlove1985:  I don’t know much about the rafting/4wheeling aspect, DH and I generally do a lot of hiking though. Are you meaning you want to do all these parks in 8-10 days? or trying to pick one? 

Yosemite is beautiful, lots of great trails. Depending on the time of year that you go, if glacier point is open, you can take a bus (the one way option) from the yosemite lodge and ride to the top of glacier point, then hike 8.5 miles downhill along the panorama trail which takes you along lots of waterfalls and great views, and ends in the yosemite valley.

Another hike I highly recommend is the sentinel dome. It is a relatively easy hike (2.2 miles) but when you get to the top of sentinel dome you get a 360 degree panoramic view of yosemite, including half dome and the high sierra mountains.   this is a great website:  http://www.yosemitehikes.com/

One thing I will mention is that there are limited places to stay inside the park, so we decided to rent a cabin in Fish Camp which is just outside the south entrance – it is at least a 40 minute drive from there to the yosemite valley, though, on some pretty windy roads. So if you get carsick easily, keep that in mind. It doesn’t affect me but we had to get some dramamine for my DH.  

Sequoia: Not as familiar with Sequoia since we only spent 1 day there on our way to yosemite. Kings Canyon was fogged in by the time we got to that portion of the park so we had to skip it. 

Zion: awesome. They have a great free shuttle system that has 9 stops in the park, so it’s nice to park at the visitor center and just ride the bus around to where you want to go. the roof of the buses have skylight windows so you can even see above you. We stayed at a hotel just outside the South entrance in Springdale. There is a shuttle at several places in Springdale that will take you to the park visitor center and you can catch the park shuttle from there.   

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

jjlove1985:  OK. maybe some other bees can chime in too. My DH and I like to settle into a place and really explore, so we did a day or two in Bryce Canyon then drove to Zion and stayed a week for one of our vacations a couple years ago.

Last May (for our delayed honeymoon) we flew into Vegas and drove to Death Valley and stayed one night, then drove up to Sequoia and stayed one night there. We then drove to Yosemite and spent a week there. 

I think it depends on how you like to travel – hit the high points vs really do some exploring in one place. 

I personally have never been to Grand Canyon – from what DH tells me there isn’t a whole lot to do but go to the scenic overlooks, unless you are doing hiking within the canyon, in which case there isn’t much to see since you are inside it?  

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It seems like a lot of driving (to me) to hit all 4 parks within 8-10 days. It’s about 5 hrs from Zion to Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon to Sequoia is about 13 hours, and Sequoia to Yosemite is 8 hrs. Not to mention drive time from whichever airport you fly into.

Unless you plan to fly to Vegas, hit Zion and GC, then fly to somewhere in Cali (sacramento or SF) to see Yosemite/Sequoia. But that could get pricey. 

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