Post # 1
Bees, I need advice on our honeymoon.
We are going to Vegas for a few days, and I’m pretty sure Vegas will just tell us what to do 😉
but then we’re renting a car.
We have camping gear, so we just need ideas. The only we definitely want to do is both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon. We want to camp at the bottom.
I like hiking, but not over 10 miles a day with a pack. He likes hiking slightly less, but will hike for good views.
Have any recommendations of sites? National Parks? Trails? Amusement parks? Great restaurants or B & B s?
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
Bryce Canyon is awesome for short day hiking, not as strenuous as Grand Canyon. The views are still awesome, though slightly less majestic!
I haven’t been to the Grand Canyon since they built that clear bridge but you couldn’t pay me enough money to step on that thing. I have an intense fear of heights unless I’m standing on something solid!
Post # 4
I really like Arches National Park and you could do some nice easy day hikes around there.
The Grand Canyon is simply spectacular but the hike back up out of the canyon is rough. Hiking down is a breeze though! 🙂
Post # 5
Bryce Canyon for sure!!! It is so unique and beautiful! The first time I went to Vegas, the suggestion I got was to skip Grand Canyon and go to Bryce instead. Don’t get me wrong, Grand Canyon is beautiful too, but Bryce is unique. The only thing is that going to Bryce, you have to pass through (and pay admission to Zion). All 3 of these parks are pretty expensive, if you haven’t already, check out the annual NPS membership.
I dont have any details off the top of my head, but if I’ll try to remember to see if I still have any info from my planning somewhere.
Post # 6
@Mrs.Oat:Clear bridge, what?
Thanks for the insight on Bryce–we most likely will go there. 🙂
Post # 7
No advice since we arent much for hiking, but you will have a blast in Vegas. We were there for 5 days (don’t really gamble or drink) and we had the best, best time. We stayed at MGM and the Flamingo. Where are you staying?
Post # 8
I’ve done exactly this trip before- you must must MUST hike up The Narrows trail in Zion National Park!!! It’s a trail where half the time, you’re hiking up a river between two canyon walls, and there’s waterfalls and all sorts of pretty stuff to see. DO it!!!
Post # 9
oh yeah, and also, to what @pinkshoes said… yes, the NP are expensive, BUT Zif you get to them in the same day, you don’t have to pay more than once. We spent a day at zion then drove to Bryce, and spent a couple days there. They also have two day passes I believe?
Post # 11
@Ayslinn87: I did the Narrows hike last summer – it was great, but a little scary (the river was really high in some places, though we went in July). Gorgeous views though.
Post # 12
Is your wedding date still in July b/c those places will be hot as hell which might limit how much backpacking you want to do. Bryce is at about 8000 feet, so it’s a lot cooler than Zion which is at about 4 IIRC, but the town of Springdale (outside of Zion) is a much cozier town to hang out in than Bryce. Make campground reservations ASAP, if you even still can, if you want to stay in any of the NP campgrounds. I tried to just go to Zion once in the summer, and we had to go all the way to St. George to find a motel that had availability. Also, be aware traveling on Sundays in Utah b/c a lot of stuff is closed. Flagstaff is a good urban pitstop that isn’t too hot (relatively) when you do your trip to the S. Rim of the Grand Canyon. There is unlimited free camping in the national forest between Williams and Flagstaff. Sedona is beautiful, if you want a nice place to go to look at desert art and stay at B&B’s and won’t be as crowded as the NP’s, but it will be warm.
The least crowded and one of the highest elevation NPs in Utah is Capitol Reef. It’s a couple hour (gorgeous) drive up from Bryce, and very worth considering, IMO. (Once you’re there, you might as well finish the Utah NP tour and hit Arches and Canyonlands NP’s too.)
Post # 13
@Mrs.Oat:Wow! Awesome and/or scary!
Thanks for the ideas!
He wants to stay at Luxor–we haven’t booked it yet!
@Melini:Yeah, it’s still in July, but we used to live in Hawaii and he’s been in Iraq/Afghanistan so often I think we’ll be ok. But, yeah, no more than 10 miles a day. Otherwise we’d do 15 or so.
Post # 14
@Melini:That is a lot of fantastic advice, thank you so much!
Post # 15
I did a similar trip with my friends after high school. We started at Zion for the first half, and went to Vegas for the second half. It was a crazy (but cool) juxtaposition being in Vegas (all man-made) vs. the natural beauty of the natural parks! And we really loved Zion! Lot’s of good hikes, cute town, etc. As I recall it was hot (this was during late June), but with water and hats and some shade we were fine. There’s a good variety of challenge in the hikes there, and I’d especially recommend hiking in The Narrows (rent the neoprene gear or your feet will freeze!). Also, we did rode horses along the edge of Bryce Canyon (I think!) which I think they call a “rim trail ride.” I’d never ridden a horse before… it was incredible!
Post # 16
I did a similar road trip last summer and it was amazing! We started on the east coast, so our trip went like this:
– Santa Fe
– Moab, UT, Arches National Park, hiking
– Bryce Canyon, UT: horseback riding through Ruby’s Inn, hiking through the park (my favorite)
– Kayaking down the Colorado River
– Zion National Park, hiked the Narrows and several other trails. Gorgeous.
– Grand Canyon North Rim (way colder camping than we expected…)
– Las Vegas! Dinner at the top of the Stratosphere!