Post # 1
Seeking some advice, because we’re just not coming up with many ideas. We’d like to take a week long honeymoon, between Christmas and New Year’s. Due to Army regs, leaving the country would be problematic.
We love walkable cities with plenty of history and/or culture. Some of our favorites are San Francisco, Portland and Savannah, if that helps. We’d rather not go somewhere that renting a car is necessary, but that’s not an absolute.
So far, we’ve come up with New Orleans and Key West. We considered NYC, but the prices around New Year’s are insane.
Do you have any ideas or tips?
Post # 3
Do you ski or snowboard? Or even like the snow and would like to do something like cuddle by a fire and snowtube? If so South Tahoe would be good because you could do all of that and walk to most things.
Warmer weather ideas
Austin, TX is a great city but you would not be able to walk everywhere but I think they have good public transit.
San Diego, CA?
Post # 4
New Orleans is definitely one of our favorite cities. We stayed in the French Quarter for a long weekend this spring and ever since we’ve come back we are looking for excuses to go back.
St. Augustine is a great city for history and beach and such but I don’t know if there is enough to do there for a whole week (I’ve only done weekends).
Post # 5
Does it have to be in the contiguous 48 states? If not, how about puerto rico?
Post # 6
Thanks for the suggestions, now I have some more places to research 🙂
We both like snow and cold, but decided not to do a skiiing/snowboarding trip. Otherwise I’d be all over Tahoe!
Lower 48 would be ideal. He’ll be stationed in Japan come February, so there’ll be plenty of long distance travel in our future.
Post # 7
I may be biased but Boston is a beautiful, historical DEFINITELY walkable city! There is lots to do and see and no car is needed. BUT you could rent a car for a couple days and take a quick drive to the Cape, Newport or north to Kennebunk etc.
Where are you from?
Post # 8
Maybe a state around the Great Lakes like Michigan, or even my homestate Ohio! I’m really into nautical stuff and the Great lakes are history rich with it and have AMAZING scenery in December! The bed and Breakfasts around Mackinaw are superb and there is so much to do, me and Fiance had trouble seeing everything in 5 days! And we weren’t there for a honeymoon, if you know what I mean.
Also, there is the Carolina’s which are gorgeous anytime of year. I also love Savannnah. There are just so many places that are worth a visit in the States. Good luck on your choice!!
Post # 9
Yosemite is very pretty that time of year, I don’t know if any of the lodge rooms would be available, but you could check.
Others places I like in the states… Monterey Bay/Carmel, CA; Providence, RI, Boston, MA, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, NYC, Charlotte, SC, New Orleans, Austin, St. Augustine, FL, Key West, FL.
Post # 10
I would have to second Puerto Rico. Perhaps staying in NYC for a night and then heading to PR, it’s a 3 hour flight from there.
Post # 11
I’m going to have to second Washington DC, so many fantastic museums and you can take the train to Old Town Alexandria, VA which is just fantastic and has tons of character/history, restaurants, etc.
Post # 12
I am a third vote for DC. It is an awesome city with a great public transit system. Best part? A lot of cool things are free! The museums and the zoo are all free. Also, if you chose to rent a car it is only a 40 minute drive to Baltimore and a 2 hour drive to Philadelphia if you wanted more variety.
Post # 13
I second Boston as long as you dont mind the cold or snow. DC would be fun too.
Post # 14
My brother and sisinlaw live in Key West and its honestly one of the coolest places Ive ever been – PERRRRFECT for a honeymoon.
You can do absolutely everything right on the tiny little island – the weather is amazing – lots of great spas, dolphin swims, sunset sails – wonderful food, and beautiful, romantic little B&B’s. It’s as close as you’ll get to the tropics without leaving the US.
My brother actually tends bar at Conch Republic, one of the bigger bars downtown – they have live music on weekends, ahhh…. now you’ve got me day dreaming about it.
Go to Key West – I promise you will adore it.
(Boston is great – its my hometown and I love it – but NOT in December. Walking through 4 inches of brown slush to find a place to eat dinner is not very romantic, In My Humble Opinion. If you can get to Boston any time between May and October, however, absolutely come here!)
Post # 15
I’m biased, but the DC area is great. If you stay in Old Town, Alexandria, try for right near the King Street metro station. There are plenty of options. They light up the trees in Old Town for Christmas, and it’s absolutely gorgeous.
Post # 16
Someone mentioned Austin, TX but I’m from Texas and the best walkable city in Texas would be San Antonio!! I LOVE San Antonio and you can walk to almost anywhere in downtown. The Riverwalk is lit up during December and it’s beautiful!! It’s very romantic! There’s tons to do in downtown San Antonio…you can see the Alamo, there are other historical areas such as La Villita (very cute shops), you can do a river boat tour, a horse carriage in downtown is very romantic, and there is the Mexican Market- the largest in the nation. You should go to http://www.visitsanantonio.com