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Hey! So seeing as most bees on here are living in the US I thought I would pick your brains about some of the best places to visit in western America. We land in Salt Lake city at the very end of July and are staying for 3 weeks.
We are road tripping it up to Yellowstone NP for starters and aim to vist several other NP’s during our visit. (Arches, Grand Canyon, Zion, Yosemite, Redwood and possibly Olympic if we have time) So if the route was in that order of national parks it gives you an idea of our route.
Are there any places that are a MUST SEE in that area? And top tips for places to stay or eat? We love Man vs Food so want to hit a few of the joints he’s visited for some good American grub. We are into Wildlife and love hiking, fishing, animal watching, sports, music. But are open to ideas too! We are going through Vegas but not by choice really, but if there are tips there too we would love to hear them (cities tend to scare us) and we are heading into Cali but not LA. San Dieago maybe?
Anyway please share your tips etc below, Thanks!!!
A VERY rough idea of the trip but we are looking at cutting some parts out:
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@Omgbunnies: Wait where is Disneyland?? I always thought that was Florida.
Either way we are not Disneyland fans? Is that the right word? haha but thanks!!!
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@EnglishWifey: Ah, but there are two. Disney World is in Florida, and DisneyLand is in Anaheim, CA (close to San Diego)
Post # 6
@EnglishWifey: Disneyland is in Anaheim; Disneyworld is in Florida. I’ve been to every single place in your poll and I would suggest all of them except for Vegas (not really that fun unless you’re single) and Portland (a little too far out of the way). Have you also thought about going to see the Grand Canyon? It’s amazing but will be pretty hot in July.
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San diego has an amazing zoo and safari park!!!
Post # 8
Thanks ladies, yeh defo a no goer on Disneyland hehe. But what about San Diego Zoo or Sea World (I LOVE sea animals)??
Grand Canyon, yeh it’s on our list of places (on the poll with Arches as I thought they where fairly close?) Maybe we should miss vegas, not sure yet.
Post # 9
Since you’re in the Yellowstone area, I recommend staying a day in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and visiting Grand Teton National Park. Even though it’s so early, my advice is to go at sunrise thru the park, you will see Elk and wildlife grazing. Once the sun comes up and the visitors start coming the wildlife is harder to see. Jackson itself is a cool town with good steak houses.
San Diego is beautiful, as is Sequoia NP. See Arches at sunset, the grand arch turns a beautiful shade of orange at that time. Bring a flashlight to walk back down ( there are plenty of people walking back with you ).
Durango and Telluride Colorado are cool towns ( if you are passing thru Colorado).
Since you’re going thru, stop in Vegas a night. The newer hotels like The Venetian etc are in the better area. No need to be scared of cities here, you’ll know when you’re in a bad area, stick to the downtown areas and use common sense and you’lll be fine.
Post # 10
Disneyland is in Southern California, Disneyworld is in Florida. I live in San Diego and I wouldn’t recommend coming here unless you plan on doing some serious surfing and laying on the beach. I love living here, I never want to leave, but I don’t think it’s special enough for a honeymoon if you are traveling from the other side of the world.
I would definitely go to Vegas though! I love Vegas and it’s open container laws Not only is there all the awesome stuff on the Strip you can also do tons of outdoor excursions like a hiking or a helicopter ride over the strip.
Post # 11
if you come to oregon– crater lake is beautiful- its southern oregon- there is also a drive thru safari.(you stay in the car and literally drive through a animal santuary–it has lions hippos rhinos griffles (all i can remember at time–been years since i went)
Post # 12
@CaymanGirl: Great tips thank you!!
@novacaineandlaughter: Yeh we do surf so maybe? Guessing they do hire boards?
Vegas for one night will do us I think, I’m looking at the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel, any idea if it’s any good?
Post # 13
@EnglishWifey: Definitely go to the San Diego Zoo and/or Sea World. The Zoo Safari Park is also really neat, as PP suggested. There are also tidepools in Point Loma if you’re into that kind of sea life.
Oops, I didn’t see the Grand Canyon on there. The last time I went I was really little, so I don’t really know how far apart some of these places are.
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@asianyoushi: That sounds great, google mapped crater lake and it looks like it’s on our route anyway so I will check it out for sure. I really wanna experience the American wildlife (we spent 2 years in Africa so it would be weird to honeymoon in America and go on safari hehe)
Post # 15
@EnglishWifey: As far as Vegas goes, the newer the better. Have you been on http://www.tripadvisor.com ?
There are reviews for everything!
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
Have you considered going to seattle? The cascade mountains are stunningggg and Seattle is a super fun place to visit!! I would also recommend Yosemite. Yellowstone is okay, but it’s so far out of the way compared to your other destinations that I don’t think it’s worth it – Yosemite had much more “wow” factor, and it’s closer to some great US cities like San Fran, LA, and San Diego. If you’re not gamblers, I would personally skip Las Vegas – it’s not the most romantic city, it’s a long way to travel for just one night. If you’re leaving right after the wedding, you’ll be tired and going to destinations for just one might may be overwhelming, especially if there’s long flights or drives involved. DH and I went to 4 destinations in New Zealand and Australia in 18 days right after are wedding, and it felt like we were always on the move.