(Closed) USA honeymoon? Which National Park?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which National Park?

    Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce

    Yosemite

    Yellowstone

    Other ideas... Please describe below!

  • Post # 17
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I have been to all 3 and all 3 are BEAUTIFUL, whatever you choose you can’t go wrong! With that said, I would choose Yellowstone.  Although Yosemite is one of my favorite places on earth and I go every year, Yellowstone is gorgeous and there is SO much to see and do! It has so many unique sites that you can’t see anywhere else! Yosemite would be my 2nd choice after Yellowstone and then the Grand Canyon.  If you do choose Yellowstone, look into Glacier National Park as well.  It is up in the same region and absolutely breathtaking! 

    Post # 18
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’ve been to Yellowstone and its gorgeous. If you like museums, you should visit Cody Wyoming. There’s a giant one there and it has a variety of collections (native american, buffalo bill, western art, guns and nature/ecosystems in Yellowstone). Cody is about an hour east Yellowstone. Yellowstone has geysers, hikes, a ton of animals, gorgeous views… the list goes on. 

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    autumnmountainbride gave a pretty great description.

    I’ve been to Yosemite and remember being bored, but to be fair I was like 12 and probably would have been bored by anything.

    I would love to go to the grand canyon, but I haven’t been so I can’t really comment on the experience..

     

    Post # 20
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I am a travel nut… and I have to say that Yellowstone is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been

    If you are driving from Ohio in May… all the better… because the drive there is great too !!

    Stick with mostly I-90 West… enroute you can discover places like (east to west)…

    Cleveland (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) – Toledo – Chicago – Austin (Hormel Foods / Spam) – Sioux Falls – Mitchell (Corn Palace) – Badlands National Park – Wall Drug (Wall, SD) – Rapid City – Mount Rushmore – Crazy Horse Monument – Black Hills – Deadwood – Sundance – Devils Tower – Custer’s Last Stand – Cody – Yellowstone National Park – Big Sky – Bozeman – Billings

    I haven’t gone into full disclosure on each spot… you can GOOGLE for more info (Wikipedia and local Tourism Offices)… BUT I will say they are all amazing.

    Hope this helps,

     

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Yosemite is INCREDIBLE. Just breathtakingly beautiful. If you’re an outdoor lover, there is almost no better place. There are lots of options for lodging – tent camping, permanent tent camping, lodges, nice hotels.

    I haven’t been to the other places, so maybe I’m biased, but last time I drove through Yosemite I almost got into multiple accidents because I was focusing more on the scenery than the road. Yikes!

    Happy planning!

    Post # 23
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I went to Yellowstone in late June, so I can’t speak to it in May. I would think that even if there was snow, it would only make it more beautiful! As long as the roads are all open!

    Post # 24
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    TO

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    Milk and Honey:  some of the National Parks on your list are sort of remote, kind of difficult to get to by plane… in that you’d still have to rent a car and drive a fair ways.

    So if you have the time, driving to and fro is very very much worthwhile… the scenery enroute is truly spectacular (especially from South Dakota west, where things seem to change every 100 Miles or so)

    Hope this helps,

     

    Post # 25
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    We spent part of our honeymoon in the US visiting national parks- we did Joshua Tree, Mojave, Death Valley, Sequioa and Yosemite. All of them were beautiful in their own way so personally I don’t think you can go wrong with a NP honeymoon.

    Post # 26
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Consider Mesa Verde national park in the Four Corners area.  There are so many things to do and see there.  You can climb through ancent ruins, do an archeological dig, Sleeping Ute mountain is very cool.  Check it out.  My mom and I went there and I so want to go back and do more.  We went to the American Indian museum and they have a ceremony that they perform several times a day.  They sell locally made pottery. We also checked out some of the old mining towns near there.  Just so many cool things.

    Post # 27
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    Buzzing bee

    I’ve been to all the places in your poll! Luckily for you, you’ll be blown away by nature’s beauty no matter which one you choose. If I had to choose one, I’d go with Yellowstone. I feel like there’s just so much more to do and see there. Yosemite and the Grand Canyon/Zion are gorgeous, but unless you’re a serious hiker, it’s a trip you could complete in a day or two.

    The more I think about it, the more I’m starting to waffle on my position. I have such good memories of each place that it’s just so hard to pick a favorite. Thanks to your post, I’ll be having very sweet dreams of national parks tonight! 

    Post # 28
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    DH and I went on our honeymoon in Yosemite, and it was awesome! We went backpacking through the wilderness for a few days, but we want to go again next summer because we missed out on the cool day hikes and other activities there. I heard May is when the waterfalls start coming in, but I could be wrong. We went in July and a lot of them had already dried up. I highly recommend Yosemite!

    Post # 29
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If you choose Yosemite, make sure the hantavirus thing is well under control before booking, or stay in one of the fancy hotels on site. If you end up staying outside the park, you waste a lot of time driving in and out every day! It’s quite a drive from the main entrances to the valley!

    Post # 30
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    I’ve been to all 3 places, and I voted for Yosemite – it’s unbelievably stunning and I think it’s the most romantic for a honeymoon. Grand Canyon is a really cool place to bring kids, and so is Yellowstone – but for nature lovers, especially if you want a secluded place, Yosemite is incredible. To me it doesn’t feel as built up as the other two – there are parts of the park that are very pristine, and there are tons of fun hikes. But you can’t go wrong with any of those options!

    I do agree about going to Jackson Hole if you go to Yellowstone – it’s also gorgeous, and there are some river rafting companies that will give you a scenic guided tour of the river that flows through Jackson Hole, I loved that. It is super pricey though – a lot of millionaires own houses in JH. I can’t remember how expensive it was to stay there.

    Post # 31
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    They are all amazing!  Grand Canyon etc will be pretty hot in May – not sure if it’d be too hot or not.  Yellowstone may be somewhat cold and possibly still snowy, but not super duper crazy busy (as it gets in the summer months).  I would also recommend Glacier (amazing!!!) but it’ll be even snowier and colder.  I don’t know much about Yosemite except that it’s stunning but also insanely crowded and touristy (but again, probably not as much as in the summer).  I’d look more into average weather for each location at the end of May, as well as crowds, and go from there.  You can’t really go wrong – they are all very cool.

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