Post # 1
This may sound odd, but I really want to stay in the US for my honeymoon. I go to the beach every year, although I like it, it is kind of boring- all I end up doing is eating, drinking and laying around. I am not crazy about long flights. I just want to go somewhere that is beautiful, safe and has a lot to see/do. I cannot stand the idea of being couped up in a resort that rooms a thousand people. Not into staying in a big city either.
I want to go to the Grand Canyon/Zion, Yosemite, or Yellowstone. Have you even been to these places? I am looking for recommendations for my May 2013 wedding. I really need to convince the fiance 😉
Post # 3
Joshua Tree! It is beyond beautiful. The hiking is amazing… you can climb to the top of a mountain where you can see the Salton Sea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salton_Sea
Plus! You can stay in Palm Springs/Palm Desert which has beautiful hotels. Or my absolute favorite- La Quinta Resort- these people know what’s up! We actually considered getting married here. http://www.laquintaresort.com/
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
The Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee is gorgeous. I grew up with them as my back yard.
I know that if you get married in one of the tourist areas, the cost of the marriage license is actually cheaper. You just have to have non TN driver’s licenses. 🙂 I can’t copy pictures on my FI’s laptop (or at least I don’t know how to. It’s a mac) but seriously, it’s the prettiest place on the planet.
Post # 5
I haven’t been to Yellowstone or Yosemite and I’m sure they’re amazing… but Zion was the most BEAUTIFUL place I’ve ever seen. Seriously. I did a trip where I hit a bunch of national parks in that area. PM me if you have questions or want to see any pictures.
Post # 6
I love Yosemite, but the best time of year to go there is July because that’s when the waterfalls are full and gushing. In May, there is a big possibility that the snow hasn’t melted yet, and some roads may even be closed. Anyway, congrats & I have a wonderful honeymoon!
Post # 7
I loved Yellowstone! So would go back there in a heartbeat. This is one of the many pictures I took there!
Post # 8
We actually went to Mount Rushmore for our honeymoon. It was an AWESOME trip.
Post # 9
In May, Yellowstone could very well be buried in snow still*. You really never know. If you want more of a “posh” national park experience, I would look at booking reservations at the lodges well in advance.
* Yellowstone is the park with which I am most familiar out of your poll. GC and Yosemite obviously have some harsh winters and springs as well.
Post # 10
Crater Lake National Park. Amazing. Seriously.
Post # 11
Speaking from personal experience – I have visited Yellowstone in late April and while there were still very high snow drifts, the roads were clear and I personally felt the snow added to the beauty of the park. That out of the way…
Yellowstone is FREAKING AWESOME. There are so many different things to see. Geysers… waterfalls…trees… I’m pretty sure I went on more than a dozen hikes. Also, since it’ll be spring, you’ll have a high chance of seeing baby wild animals – bison, deer, moose, etc.
Yellowstone is also less than an hour from Grand Teton National Park and the Teton National Forest, which has some spectacularly gorgeous mountains and a huge lake (Jackson Lake).
If you do Yellowstone, it may be a little chilly, but I’d recommend it to anyone.
Post # 12
Guh… I wrote that and then came back because I felt I was unfair to the Grand Canyon.
It’s amazing. At least as amazing as Yellowstone. It’s just a completely different experience. Much warmer, IIRC. There are great hiking trails. I was a junior ranger. I petted a squirrel.
I highly highly advise that if you do the Grand Canyon, make certain you visit both the North and South Rim. One of them is much less populated and visited than the other (it escapes my mind which one right now) and the views at both were stunning.
Edit: I got curious and checked. It’s the North Rim that’s not as visited. It also doesn’t open until May 16 each year, so that may be helpful for you to know.
Post # 13
Yellowstone is amazing. My hubby and I went there while we were dating (although we were there in August). Jackson Hole Wyoming is close (although a bit of a drive, it’s a pretty drive) and would also be a lodging option if you can’t get someplace to stay inside Yellowstone.
The Smoky Mnts are also a great option. Lots of cabins available to rent, lots of hiking and because of the touristy Gatlinburg Tn-plenty of things to do and places to eat.
Post # 14
@Jamergurl921: Agree, Crater Lake is amazing. You get mountains, lake, forest, and a short drive away are redwoods in California and the ocean.
Post # 15
Wow, thank you all so much for your great feedback! I’m even more excited hearing your thoughts. Snow at Yellowstone wouldn’t phase me at all, but it would be a bummer if the trails were closed.
Post # 16
I’ve been to the Grand Canyon a lot, and while it is very cool, you can’t spend more than a day at the top of the rim. There isn’t a ton to do.
If you’re into hiking, you can hike rim to rim, which I hear is awesome and quite a challenge.
I would also HIGHLY reccommend river rafting the Colorado River through through the Grand Canyon. I did at the beginning of June one year, and it was a nice time to go. It was amazing to spend a week at the bottom of the canyon. So many beautiful waterfalls, hikes, cliffs… It was a lot of fun. Plus you’ll see Havasu Falls – Google it because it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
I can’t comment on the others, as I have never been.