Post # 1
My fiancee and I are probably going to do a honeymoon road trip for 3-4 weeks next summer! I am very excited (a little nervous) SO far this is what Fiance planned to get from NJ to Ca. We love beaches, bars, outdoors, casinos, wineries. An suggestions of places to stop on way back (southern route probably) or on West COast. I was thinking a national park in Oregon, Big SUr, LA, San DIego, etc.
Day 1: leave 7am & Arrive Chicago in afternoon (Sleeping there 2 nights)
Day 2: Visit Chicago
Day 3: leave chicago at 7am & Arrive Minneapolis area in afternoon (Sleeping 2 nights)
Day 4: Visit Minneapolis
Day 5: Leave Minneapolis 7am, Arrive Badlands in afternoon (Sleeping 2 nights)
Day 6: Explore Badlands
Day 7: Leave Badlands 7am, Arrive Thremopolis in afternoon (sleeping 1 night)
Day 8: Leave Thermopolis 10am, arrive Gran Teton, jackson lake Lodge early afternoon. (Sleeping 2 nights)
Day 9: Explore Jackson Lake
Day 10: Leave Jackson lake lodge 10am, arrive YellowStone early afternoon (sleeping 2 nights)
Day 11: Explore Yellowstone
Day 12: leave Yellowstone 7am, arrive at “The Gorge” ampitheater early afternoon for concert (sleeping 1 night)
Day 13: Leave early am from the gorge, arriving in Seattle around lunch (sleeping 2 nights)
Day 14: Explore Seattle
Day 15: Leave Seattle 10am,
Post # 3
I wouldn’t do it, since my grandparents did a road trip for their honeymoon and had car trouble constantly, (mostly flat tires, but this was during the Great Depression). Hehehe! BUT, it sounds fun!
If you’re going to Minneapolis, you’ve gotta go to Mall of Amercia, of course. There are a lot of dining choices at the mall, and of course, nearby. If you don’t want to eat AT MOA, I would suggest The Melting Pot, (fondue restaraunt, pricey but AMAZING!), or Hell’s Kitchen.
Also, you say Badlands…is that North Dakota Badlands or South Dakota Badlands?
Post # 4
South Dakota, its a new car so we should be ok, hopefully not too much car trouble…thanks for tips in Ninneapolis…
Post # 5
If you’re going the SD route, then I would assume a trip to Mount Rushmore is planned? Crazy Horse was actually rather disappointing, but that’s my personal opinion. I think it will be awesome when completed, but when we went a couple years ago it was still pretty blah and EXPENSIVE, (though I’ve heard they do sometimes have events there, so that might make it more entertaining) that Wall Drug might be worth stopping at because it doesn’t take much time and it’s a historic site. Definitely go to Devil’s Tower if your route goes anywhere near there, (perhaps watch “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” before/on your trip! Hehe!).
Some more information for ya:
Post # 6
We are doing a road trip honeymoon this september to Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver–we’ve always done road trips so it is totally us!
I would also like to recommend Monterey Bay, CA, however I don’t consider that the South.
June in the South is going to be H_O_T, but it can still be a lot of fun. Just be aware that driving in your little green house all day is going to be brutal and tiring. We drove across 7 states in the South 2 years ago in May and it was sweltering. That said, I would recommend:
Austin and Galveston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Memphis, TN; Charleston, SC; Richmond, Va; and Washington DC.
Austin, NOLA, and Memphis are great music towns, so if you love live music don’t miss them. All of them are great for history and food (but bring your own veggies–we litterally had trouble finding veggies that weren’t fried–I’ve never heard of a “corn nugget” before).
Post # 7
Awesome, what will you do in portland and seattle? We just went to Austin and DC and will go to NOLA in November, but Memphis sounds great! WHats good there? Thanks for the badlands website too!
Post # 8
Also, we plan to spend about a week on the coast of CA…
Post # 9
I love road trips so that sounds like so much fun!! Crater Lake National Park is pretty popular in Oregon. I can’t think of any others off the top of my head though.
Post # 10
Thanks Jess, Fiance went to Crater Lake Park and said it was really smokey during day? I’d like to see it though. If u come up with any other ideas, I’d love to hear thanks
Post # 11
Does anyone have suggestions of things to do/see in Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland and Memphis?
Post # 12
I don’t have any stopover suggestions but if you don’t have a GPS, I would invest in one… we had a mini roadtrip for our honeymoon and it nearly ended in divorce before we picked up the GPS.
actually, I do have one.. there was a great pizza place in minneapolis with baked potato pizza. think it was called luce or something like that.
Post # 13
I can help with Seattle! It looks like you’ll only have one full day there, correct? That being the case, I’d do all the typical Seattle touristy things–go to Pike Place Market and just enjoy wandering around, looking at everything. While there, go to the original Starbucks. You can buy stuff at the market for a picnic and just eat at the little park near the market. Walk down by the waterfront, maybe go to the Aquarium and browse the shops. If you like fish and chips, eat at Ivar’s on the waterfront and enjoy the views. Then go to Seattle Center and sit by the fountain. You could then go up in the Space Needle (located at Seattle Center) for views of the city and have a romantic dinner there. I have lots of other ideas, too, but I think that’s plenty for one day. I’m from Seattle so if you need more ideas, let me know. That said, I haven’t been there for 4 years (Sad :-() so I may not be up with the newest restaurants, but the things I mentioned are standard.
As for Memphis, I’ve only been there once. Beale Street was a lot of fun and the National Civil Rights Museum where Martin Luther King was assassinated is very interesting. It was surreal to be there after seeing photos of that motel growing up.
If you decide to add Nashville (just a few hours east of Memphis), let me know as that’s where I’m at now.
It sounds like an overwhelming honeymoon, but also very exciting!!!
Post # 14
I would definitely recommend seeing Crater Lake. Before I went there I wasn’t really thinking it would be anything really impressive, but after going I have to say it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I went in June and there was still a lot of snow in the area (like 2-3 ft!) but the weather was gorgeous and not cloudy at all- clear blue skies all around. As for Portland I lived there for years and absolutely loved it. I would recommend going to Washington Park- there’s an awesome rose garden, a Japanese garden, and a perfect view of the whole city and Mt Hood. There’s a Chinese Garden in downtown part of the city that’s nice too. My favorite part of Portland was just walking around and exploring all the little shops and breweries there are. NW 23rd street has a lot of cute shops and restaurants and the Pearl District has Powell’s (the largest independent book store in the country I believe) and one of my favorite breweries (Deschutes Brewery). About a 40 minute drive from the city is Multnommah Falls which I would recommend. It’s a really pretty drive on a nice day and the falls are pretty impressive. If you have time, driving down highway 101 along the Oregon Coast is a great drive. The weather is almost always chilly (even in the summer) but there are a ton of places to pull over and admire the crashing waves along the cliffs. Hope this helps a bit..feel free to ask me any questions you have about Portland and/or Oregon!
Post # 15
Woo! Road Trip!!!!! I think you’ll have a lot of fun. I second the suggestions of Mt. Rushmore and Monterey Bay. There’s some great wineries in Caramel Valley (just outside of Monterey). My favorite was a small place called Chateau Sinnet. Their Red Eyed Monkey is the best wine I’ve ever had. Also, you should visit Sequoia National Park in CA and see the red woods.
Grand Teton National Park is one of my favorite places. I recommend either hiking Cascade Canyon or Taggart Lake. Those are definitely the best ones. Glacier National Park is another of my favorite places and you should definitely swing up there if you can.
For the trip back, there’s so much you can do. It’ll be hella hot, but still fun. There’s obviously Vegas but you also have the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, and Monument Valley in Arizona and Utah. The Gunnison and Mesa Verde in southern Colorado. There’s also an awesome train ride that goes through the Rockies from Durango to Silverton. That’s definitely something you can do in a day. I don’t know how far south you want to go, but I hear San Antonio, TX is really pretty. Austin is a great city too with TONs of bars and a great music scene. You can hit New Orleans then either swing up through Tennessee and Kentucky or continue on to the Atlantic and follow the coast up. I haven’t spent a lot of time in the south east so I don’t have any recommendations for you for the last part of your trip. But if you haven’t been to DC, I definitely recommend stopping there.
A good map is also something to invest in. I’ve driven out west before and you can definitely go hours without seeing other people or gas stations and lose cell service. I think I passed 2 gas stations that small general stores attached and maybe a tiny local diner. I once drove from Afton, Wy (a super small town) to Salt Lake City after work and figured I’d just grab dinner on the road. I had a 4 hour drive, so you think there would have been something for me to eat: a McDonalds, Wendys, Subway, something. Nope. There was nothing. For 4 hours. I think I passed 2 gas stations that small general stores attached and maybe a tiny local diner. I also had no cell service for at least half of that trip. So a map is a really good thing to have.
Post # 16
Wow thanks bees! It is overwhelming but exciting. The Seattle recommendations and Oregon ones sound great! Keep them coming I am finding everything u girls suggest on pinterest!