(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 # 32
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I don’t think you could really go wrong with any.  I’d pick either Yosemite or Yellowstone though.

    Post # 33
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I’d recommend either set of mountains. Smokey Mountain/Gatlingburg, etc, is all GORGEOUS. There’s a ton to do.

    The Rockies are also breathtaking and there are tons of hiking trails, camping, white water rafting, etc.

    Post # 34
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think it depends on what you want to do.  I vote for Glacier National Park.  It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  There are tons of great hiking and backpacking trails and amazing drives (Going to the Sun Road is phenomenal) and places to see.  It’s also a huge park so you aren’t bombarded by tourists all of the time.  However, I have no idea what it’d be like in May. =/

    Yellowstone is pretty and definitely unique but I went a few years ago for a weekend and the 2.5 days was long enough for me.  I didn’t find the hiking all that exciting and it was crowded.  So if you’re looking to get away from it all, Yellowstone might not be the best option (though maybe you’ll miss the crowds if you go in May). The gysers and hot springs are really cool but you can see all of that in 2 days and rarely do you stray a few hundreds yards away from your car.  However, as PPs have said, Grand Teton National Park is an hour or so away and is also very very beautiful (I like it much more than Yellowstone).  There are lots of good hiking trails and pretty spots to explore.  If you go in May, it will be colder and you will get some snow but it’ll be significantly less crowded.

     

    Snow in the Tetons in May

     

     

    The Grand Canyon is also a must see place.  I unfortunately don’t remember much as I was 10 last time I was there.  I’ve heard Bryce and Zion are spectacular and they are on my bucket list.  There’s also a lot of other places to see in that area.  So if you get board with the Grand Canyon, you can swing by Monument Valley or Sunset Crater.  The Painted Desert is stunning.

    Post # 35
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I LOVE Bryce Canyon, and Zion is amazing, too. I’d vote for the Bryce / Zion / Grand Canyon combo, mostly for those two places. The Grand Canyon is great, but unless you’re a serious hiker and you’re going to hike all the way down and back, it doesn’t seem to me like a multi-day destination. Beautiful driving between those parks, as well.

    Yellowstone is lovely and HUGE. It might be quite cold there in May, though — I was there in late August and it got below freezing overnight where we camped near the West entrance.

    Post # 36
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Oh, also! If you are going to go to multiple parks, or if you drive out and hit Mt. Rushmore, etc. along the way, think about getting the National Parks annual pass rather than paying individual admission. Last year the pass basically paid for itself if you went to 3 or 4 parks / national monuments, I believe.

    Post # 37
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I have a long love affair with Glacier Park- DH is from there and we met there and spent a lot of time hiking together and exploring there when we first met.

    Out of your list, I say Yosemite!  I love CA.  I have been to Yellowstone enough times that I have it memorized… so maybe I am biased, but I would pick Yosemite.

    Post # 38
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We just decided that we are going to the Shenandoah Valley for our honeymoon next October! My Fiance and I aren’t beach people either so we wanted to go to the mountains and Shenandoah is only about 3 hours away so it’s a short, but beautiful scenic drive. There is a national park (Shenandoah National Park), lots of caverns (Luray Caverns is one), wineries, horseback riding, tons of trails to hike, rivers and waterfalls to visit, historical sites like Monticello, ziplining, ATV excursions, or just relaxing in one of the MANY cabins you can rent. I’ve also found that because it’s not a HUGE tourist trap, the cabin prices are fantastic.

    Post # 39
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We went to Great Smokey Mountain NP for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING!  We rented a cabin outside the park and drove in each day for hiking.  Seriously the best trip we could have done.  

     

    I’ve been to Yellowstone before and it’s beautiful!  Honestly, my first choice would have been Glacier, but it was too far of a drive and we didn’t have the time to do it.  Picking a NP is definitely a fun and great honeymoon spot!

    Post # 40
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2010

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    @Jamergurl921:  We went to Crater Lake the first week in June of 2010 for our honeymoon, and the snow was well over our car. Like, probably 8-10 ft. deep – no exaggeration. If you’re ok with snow on your honeymoon, I agree. It’s GORGEOUS! You could do some cross country skiing and snowshoeing. But if snow isn’t your thing, it might not be the best choice. I think I remember them say that it’s a “good year” when all the snow is gone by July…

    Post # 41
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We also hit Yosemite over Memorial Day on our honeymoon. It was BEAUTIFUL and we hiked to the top of Yosemite Falls and drove all over the park. But the hike to the top of Half Dome was closed because I think there was still too much snow–so if Half Dome is on your bucket list, maybe see if it’s usually open in May or if we just hit it on a bad year. There’s a ton to see in Yosemite and outside Yosemite too! I’ve been there twice and did a 5 day backpacking trip in the wilderness area outside the NP and it was amazing too…. So my vote goes for Yosemite.

    But I’ve also been to Zion and the Grand Canyon and those were both amazing too… It’s a hard choice! 

    If it were me, I would look up average temperatures at all your options and pick the warmest one :). Or I would wait until June/July for the honeymoon and go to Glacier! I LOVE Glacier sooo much… Just take bear spray. I ran into a grizzly in Glacier once and it was the scariest experience of my life.

    Post # 42
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    Bee Keeper

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    @RunsWithBears:  I vote for Glacier National Park, too! It is BEAUTIFUL ( well, they all are)… But it us such a pretty drive through Montana to get there. 

    Post # 44
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Zion, Zion, Zion, fifty times over, Zion! Lol, not just because we got engaged there  🙂 it’s seriously gorgeous (similar scenery to Yosemite but with red rock instead of gray) with tons of hiking and spectacular views. Plus we loved the little town of Springdale right outside the park. I was expecting to not like the Grand Canyon because its so touristy but I actually loved it! It was hard to deny the immense beauty. Bryce is very cool too but we’ve only seen it in the winter so most trails were closed. When are you planning on going? If you do go out that way, I would highly suggest stopping by Arches National Park too.

    if you go to Yosemite and want to climb half dome, you have to apply for a permit now.

    Again, I’ve only seen Yellowstone in the winter when we got to do a snowmobile tour. Really, you can’t go wrong with any of them, love the national parks!!!

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