(Closed) USA honeymoon? Which National Park?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which National Park?
    Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce : (22 votes)
    30 %
    Yosemite : (18 votes)
    25 %
    Yellowstone : (25 votes)
    34 %
    Other ideas... Please describe below! : (8 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    1044 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
    1578 posts
    Bumble bee
    • 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
    368 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    15 posts
    • Wedding: January 2012

    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
    6826 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I loved Yellowstone! So would go back there in a heartbeat.  This is one of the many pictures I took there!

    Post # 8
    706 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We actually went to Mount Rushmore for our honeymoon.  It was an AWESOME trip.

    Post # 9
    1186 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Crater Lake National Park. Amazing. Seriously.


    Post # 11
    429 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    429 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    3241 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    973 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Jamergurl921:  Agree, Crater Lake is amazing. You get mountains, lake, forest, and a short drive away are redwoods in California and the ocean.

    Post # 16
    4049 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    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.

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