Post # 1
I posted yesterday that FI and I had decided on Charleston, South Carolina. Now I am having second thoughts. We want the following:
beach/waterfalls/mountains/horseback riding/I want to do anything involving animals
We want to drive and live in Iowa. Both of us like to walk and sightsee. Does this magical place exist?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@emviamama: Costa Rica has all of those things within close proximity of one another with the added bonus of a rainforest.
But you say U.S. and I am guessing Hawaii is out of the question. The Blue Ridge Parkway checks all of those things except the beach. My suggestion would be to book 5-6 days in the mountains of NC/TN (Blue Ridge Parkway would be my preference) then book 2-3 days to lie on the closest nearby beach (probably the Outer Banks.)
Post # 4
I would suggest Hawaii, if you have to stay in the US
Post # 5
@beachbride1216: I would love Costa Rica, but I really don’t want to fly. I think I would have to be drugged and it would cause me a lot more anxiety.
Hawaii is out as I don’t want to fly. I know, I am a big baby.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@emviamama: You could always ask your doctor to prescribe you Valium to take when you fly. I HATE flying but I do not let that get in the way of traveling because I LOVE exploring new places way too much and at some point flying is the only way to explore new places (unless you have tons of money and vacation time to drive wherever you want to go.)
You could do Niagara Falls. There are beaches and mountains and horseback riding near the falls on both sides of the border.
Post # 7
Hawaii would be the best for what you are looking for. It’s AMAZING! Beach, hiking, rainforest, swimming, biking, horseback riding.
Otherwise I might look into California (beaches and hiking within driveable distance), Colorado (wonderful hiking, mountain ranges are gorgeous), or the Florida Keys (very beachy).
Post # 8
@emviamama: Would you consider a drive to the east coast (Anywhere from NY to NJ to Baltimore, or VA, or NC or Florida have ports) and taking a cruise from there? This could give you some nice drive time with stops in some cool places followed by the beach and animal excursions you wanted.
Post # 9
@emviamama: My husband doesn’t like to fly either. It is a little tough for us now & then because I love to travel! But we live in California so it was pretty easy to decide what to do. We actually live close to Napa & love it there, but since we go pretty much once a month, it seemed a little silly to chose that. Although I’d recommend it for someone who’s never been. Our honeymoon was a drive along the coast to Big Sur, Carmel & Cambria. Santa Barbara is really nice too. California may be a long drive for you, but it’s great out here and there are so many nice romantic places to stay.
Since you love animals (me too!), there is a place called Safari West in Santa Rosa (www.safariwest.com) which is a wildlife preserve. It’s so great and probably one of the most romantic places we’ve stayed. You can stay in a Yurt which kind of like someone just put a tent over a nice hotel room. No TV or anything & no phone service. It was a little weird at first but really caused us to feel super romantic and pay attention to eachother because there are no distractions. You sleep near the giraffes & other animals so there are some very interesting sounds! But we had no trouble falling asleep. We also got to have a tour of the grounds the next day and see all of the animals! And the nice thing is, you’re right near the Sonoma wine country which makes some of the best wines in the world!
Post # 10
I’d say you should check out California! Yosemite has the mountains, waterfalls, and horseback riding you’re looking for. If you like driving, you can take Pacific Coast Highway all the way down the coast. Great scenic drive and lots of beaches!
Post # 11
@emviamama: at that time of the year.. your possibilities are limitless… have you thought about the upper pennisula in michigan or Manitou Island in Michigan.. it is realy lovely in June.
Post # 12
@Amayansong: Yes! I say this with extreme bias, but your idea is what I was thinking.
There are also other animal parks in the US that could be fun as a stop. Jack Hannah has a place in Ohio called The Wilds that I’ve been wanting to go to. There’s Wildlife Safari in Oregon as well. Depends where you are going, but I’d look into that kind of thing if you love animals.
Post # 13
@emviamama: I live in South Carolina and am getting married in Charleston, so I’m a little biased, but Charleston is beautiful. There’s a lot of stuff to do there and a lot nearby if you want to get out of downtown for the day (the Firefly distillery at Wadmalaw Island is AWESOME!) but obviously there are no mountains there. For beach and mountains I would do what a PP said and try the North Carolina shore – the outer banks are great 🙂
Our honeymoon is going to be on a tiny private island off the coast of Georgia, only about two hours south of Charleston, so if you were willing to drive a little farther this might be something you could consider. I HATE flying so we wanted to find something close. It’s called Eagle Island – because there are active nesting bald eagles there! – it’s a ten acre island with a large, beautiful home you can only get to by boat and they just drop you off and then it’s just you and your hubs, free to explore and enjoy the island 🙂 You order food ahead of time and they have the kitchen all stocked when you get there (even with fresh local seafood!) so as long as you don’t mind cooking for yourself, it’s pretty awesome. Lots of walking trails and kayaking opportunities and you can also rent a boat (only $200 for two days) to get between the little islands or back to the main coastline if you wanted to go to a nice dinner or do some touristy things. Sorry this is so long I’m just really excited and it sounds like something y’all might enjoy! Good luck with the honeymoon hunt!!!