Post # 16
I went to Yosemite last July and it was spectacular. It gets busy but if you’re a hiker the trails are mostly quiet except the attractions close to the road. We’re heading to the Grand Canyon national park in may for our honeymoon – can’t wait!!
Post # 17
I work in Zion NP and GC NP. August is going to be hot, and it is our rainy season, so the chances of bad roads and flash flooding are definitely an issue. There are crowds in the main areas, but both parks are large enough that if you’re willing to put in a little more effort, you can always find a secluded place. A lot of people fly into Vegas and make a loop, GC, Bryce, and Zion. Often times throwing in Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon. I know every little nook and cranny of Southern Utah/Northern AZ, so if you do decide to come out this way, PM me and I could help you plan an epic trip!
We drove to Glacier last August, and it was so completely smoked in we couldn’t see our hands in front of our faces and my son had a horrible allergic reaction and we headed south into the Bitterroots and down into the Sawtooths in Idaho. Someday, I will actually get to SEE Glacier!
Post # 18
- Wedding: July 2016 - Backyard
You can’t go wrong with a national park! 🙂 Also consider a Canadian National park such as Cape Breton National Park, Gros Morne National Park, Jasper, Banff, etc. 🙂
Post # 19
I love the national parks. Yellowstone/Tetons would be a great option, but it will likely be busy and hot! You might get lower temperatures at Mount Rainier or Olympic National Park in WA. That way you could still reasonably drive to the ocean if you wanted.
Post # 20
- Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess
Yosemite is breath-taking. It’s my home town, so I’m biased. The summer is crowded on the valley floor, and the waterfalls have dried to nothings by then. It’s really best to go in the late winter or early spring. That said, it is really amazing and worth the trip. There are definitely areas off the beaten path, like Tuolomne or Wawona, that will not be very busy. The wawona hotel is beautiful, but doesn’t have a/c. Camping anywhere in the park is done by reservation, and the reservations fill up a year in advance usually.
Post # 21
Yosemite is our “home” NP. Fiance worked there one summer as a field biologist so we were lucky enough to live in the valley for the summer. The end of August would be a great time to go because all the kiddos are back in school. You’ll hit the tail end (and miss most of) the summer crowd. Haven’t been to Sequoia, but you could spend forever in Yosemite. If you wanted to hit Yosemite and another park I would highly suggest Death Valley. It’s a totally different world.
Zion and Bryce Canyon would be another good combo. We went to Zion in July and it was a mad house, but again, the end of August should be the tail end of the summer rush.
Fiance and I are planning a big NP honeymoon too, and we are trying to hit Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Canyonland, and Arches. Ideally we would do the loop and hit Grand Teton and Yellowstone too, but I don’t see that happening.
Post # 22
We will definitely look into this! It looks and sounds amazing!
Post # 23
I will probably send you a message soon because it sounds like you have a LOT of great suggestions! Thanks so much!
Post # 24
I love National Parks- although most of our trips to national parks we end up doing a ton of hiking and are exhausted, so it doesnt end up being relaxing haha. I have been to Yosemite and Yellowstone- both great choices. I went to Yosemite in June and we stayed in a cabin in the park (very thin walls, probably wouldnt stay there again), but they have a really nice hotel in the park. My mom went to the Grand Canyon for her honeymoon and also had a great experience.
Post # 25
Your ideas are great; I would also consider Zion & Bryce Canyon NPs. They are near each other in Utah and both are some of my favorites (I’ve been to most of our national parks– thanks mom!). Check it out.
Post # 26
- Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church
Yosemite IS amazing, but I vote for the Badlands National Park in South Dakota!
First of all, you can’t beat the natural beauty of the landscape. And it’s only an hour’s drive from Wyoming, where you could visit the Black Hills. And South Dakota is insanely cheap to travel to! While you’re there, you could also do Mount Rushmore.
Post # 27
I honeymooned in Acadia National Park…good choice in having a national park as your honeymoon spot!!
Anyways, I’ve been to: Glacier, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Waterton(Canada), Banff and Jasper (Canada), Acadia, Everglades and am going to Crater Lake.
If you want secluded I highly recommend Glacier. To this day it remains my absolute favorite. I recommend staying at the adults only Silver Wolf cabins in West Glacier….clean, cozy, great price, privately owned and minutes from the West Glacier entrance.
Post # 28
My vote would be for Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, though Yosemite/Sequoia is a close second.
I’m a California native and have been to Yosemite dozens of times. It’s definitely beautiful and worth visiting at some point. If you go I would suggest renting a house on airbnb or vrbo for a few nights. Hikes are great (but you need a pass if you want to do Half Dome, and some hikes can be quite strenuous and it will be toasty in August).
However, I went to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons last June and it was amazing. The Grand Tetons, in particular, were quite beautiful and a little less crowded than Yellowstone. There are a number of towns nearby (Jackson for Grand Tetons, Bozeman/Cody for Yellowstone) that are cute, if touristy. But the animals and wildlife of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons are beyond compare, and that’s why I’d suggset those two spots. We saw bears, cubs, elk, moose, fox (hiking on the trails with us), bald eagles, marmots … Just amazing
Post # 29
- Wedding: July 2016 - Backyard
Did you end up picking your honeymoon destination? 🙂