Post # 1
Hi. Since most bee’s on here are from America, I thought what better place to get some local information from?! My fiance and I are Australian and are looking to spend 4-6 weeks travelling around America for our honeymoon in June 2016. We’ve only just started looking but so far am thinking of flying to New York, spending some time in that area, then driving to New Orleans. From there, I’m not really sure – am considering Texas (Dallas or Houston??) and possibly Chicago area. Would also like to go to Vegas and San Fransisco and possibly quickly across the border to Canada. We will need to fly home from LAX.
I would love to know what city’s/area’s you would suggest visiting and activites to do!
This topic was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by staceycs.
Post # 2
Congrats and what a fun honeymoon idea! You mentined places that border a country w/3.8mill square miles, you are taking on alot of driving. So IMO the first thing you’ll want to do is try and list out the major items you want to do. Then you can plan a route that maximizes your adventures and still allows for fun roadtripping and find things along the way to fill out the trip.
Based on what you’ve menioned I would suggest the following itinerary :):
Washington DC (USA Capital)
Nashville Tennessee (American Country Music)
Austin TX (Music and Food)
Then cut up through Colorado & pick any aweseome city: Boulder, Denver, Ft.Collins
Head North and visit The Grand Tetons
Travel further North to Yellowstone National Park
Now’s your opportunity to jaunt up to Canada
then head south to Utah: go to Moab and visit Arches National Park.
Head south and go to Las Vegas
Then head to LA for awesomess and departure.
There are so many other great places to visit but remember to be honest with yourself about how much you can drive at once and also plan time to explore each location! Let me know what you think and I’d be happy to give you suggestions for those specific locations! 🙂
Post # 3
If you’re driving and heading over to California, I HIGHLY suggest heading to San Francisco, spending a few days there, then take the Pacific Coast Highway all the way down to San Diego. It’s a BEAUTIFUL drive with lots of cool stops on the way!! DH and I just did that last year and we LOVED it!
Post # 4
Thanks for your replies so far! I should clarify that we would probably only drive from New York to New Orleans (or another equally amazing route – open to suggestions) and then would be happy to fly to other places and use public transport to to get to surrounding citys within a 1-2 hour radius.
Coming from Australia I understand how long it would take to drive some places so I don’t necesarilly want to spend all our time in a car.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
I thoroughly agree! We drove from San Fran to LA a year ago and the Pacific Coast Highway is awesome and amazing. We loved it. So many beautiful places to stop (completely by coincidence, we got to Sunset Beach at sunset!) and a fun drive as well. We actually drove from Vegas – through Death Valley (amazing) and Yosemite (beautiful and awe-inspiring) and then through to SF via Sacramento. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough, we had a fantastic time.
Post # 6
I second the California road trip, Santa Monica is very close to LAX. Heading north to San Simeon where Hearst Castle is, Santa Barbara, Solvange, the redwoods, San Fransisco and wine country. Might as well hit up Disneyland while in LA, it’s in Anahiem. Las Vegas is an hour flight or 4 hour road trip from LA. You should visit but then I am biased.
Texas is okay… Austin is the best. Again, personal biase. I lived in Houston and there are some great parts. Not sure about basing a vacation though, just my two cents. Take it for what it’s worth to you
New Orleans is great and the recovery from Hirricane Katrina has helped. There is still damage of course but the town is in the process of rebuilding. It looks leagues better.
Chicago is also worth checking out and definately New York.
Post # 7
we are also Aussies taking our honeymoon in the US for about 6 weeks. This is our itinerary:
Hawaii 10 nights
San Francisco 5 nights
New York 10 nights
memphis 1 night
mississippi cruise 8 nights
New Orleans 5 nights
Post # 8
The drive from NYC to New Orleans is nearly 20 hours. You may wish to break it up if you don’t wish to sit in a car that entire length of time. You can definitely see a lot in 6 weeks. I’d recommend NYC; Washington, DC; New Orleans; Miami Beach, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Scottsdale, AZ; and the PCH drive down California.
Post # 9
- Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI
To break up that drive I have a few suggestions: Washington DC for some history and great sights and museums, Nashville for music, Kentucky if you like bourbon (whiskey), any stop in the mountains of KY or TN, Biloxi MS for gambling and ocean views.
Once you’re on the west coast I’ve heard northern California is beautiful and has great forests and Oregon has amazing wine. Colorado is beautiful and has more mountains and skiing if it’s winter.
Post # 10
If you are driving from NYC to New Orleans, definitely stop at places like Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA. They are really gorgeous cities with amazing food and so much history.
Post # 11
If you’re driving up from Vegas (or down from Canada/Montana) into Utah for Zion National Park, then over to Moab for Arches/Canyonlands/perhaps swing down to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. America has a lot of beautiful national parks 🙂 Enjoy!
Post # 12
I would put your Chicago and Canada trips together! Then fly west to CA after that. Toronto is a really quick flight from Chicago. You could even drive it but it would probably be about 8 hours.
If you ever plan on coming to Chicago June- Nov is the time to do it!!!! Its a beautiful summer city and tons to do.
Post # 13
There is something really magical (to me) about the Smoky Mountains in TN and the Asheville, NC area. Gatlinburg, TN is such a cool area as well. NYC can be overrated, but there are such beautiful, historic towns in Connecticut. (Maybe I’m a bit biased ;)) Vermont is so beautiful as well.
Post # 14
New York is amazing! Stay at a great historic hotel, like the Plaza or Waldorf. Or a trendy hotel like the W. Go see a Broadway show, go to the Met And have some of the most amazing etniC cuisines from around the world. Then you HAVE to visit Washinton DC! Go to the Smithsonian, go on tours. I’m not sure if you can do a White House your but I’m sure you would love it. I live near DC and its a great place with lots to see. and of course California. I haven’t been to LA and San Francisco yet, but those are also on my list! New Orleans is a VERY long drive from NYC, you’re better off flying!