(Closed) USofA bees – help an Aussie out!

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

Doesn’t seem crazy to me- but we did something similar for our wedding/honeymoon in the US.

I personally would cut down the NY time and spend more time in Canada, maybe an extra night in Quebec. We also based our whole LA time in Anaheim. It was really easy to drive anywhere in LA and the hotels were cheaper and better quality for the money in Anaheim. We did a day trip to San Diego from Anaheim as well.

We didn’t get the front of line pass but were there during September. June will be much busier so it is probably worth the extra cash. But that said there aren’t that many rides at Universal- we spent about 6 hours there and saw everything including multiple times on a couple of rides. 

Check out restaurants.com- you can buy these vouchers that can be used at restaurants- in some cases it will cut your bill in half.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would recommend the Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas. I’m not sure which ones will be playing when you’re there, but everyone I know says they are incredible! πŸ™‚ Best wishes on your honeymoon!!!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It seems like alot to fit in without a lot of cohesiveness. Universal studios can be done in half a day. I wouldn’t buy the pass because even if it is busy it’s a very small park. If youre really into roller coasters 6 Flags is about a 30 minute drive from studio city. What else are you planning on doing in la? If you have any questions pm me since I’m an LA native πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Also 4 nights in Vegas is excessive…I think 2 days maybe 3 days Mac would be best for Vegas.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m from Vegas, and Phantom at the Venetian is a great show. I’ve also heard great things about all of the Cirque du Soleil shows, but have only seen O myself. I really liked that one.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would recommend if you’re coming to LA that you consider staying in Santa Monica or Hollywood (near the Chinese Theatre) because those are two of the only areas you can walk to things. It’s true you can drive anywhere here but traffic and parking are rough. There’s not much out in Studio City so you’d have to drive 20-45 minutes to any classic LA/Hollywood stuff unless you’re just planning on taking studio tours.

Le Reve at Wynn is myfavorite of the Cirque style shows..I’ve seen all of them except Mystere…either way do see something uniquely Vegas bc any of the broadway shows (like Phantom) are better in NYC. I’d recommend dining at the Eiffel Tower restaurant at the top of the Eiffel tower in the Paris hotel, very romantic if its in the budg.

NYC check out http://www.Tdf.org/tkts for info on the TKTS discount booth – they sell half price tickets every day to most of the shows… A must.

Very ambitious itinerary! Good luck I hope you have a wonderful time. Feel free message me if you like, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in all 3 cities I mentioned and live in LA

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

OK make sure you give yourself a couple low-key days when you first get to the US to get adjusted to the time change… We are actually going to Oz for our honeymoon (we’re going to Sydney too!!) and the first 3 days we are just going to lay on the beach.

I don’t think you should miss NY, it’s realllyyy amazing and romantic. If you want ideas of things to do there, my fiance and I went there for New Years’ and I made a Pinterest board when we were planning our trip… We did almost everything on the Pinterest board and had a great time!! http://pinterest.com/lhiester/new-york-trip/

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MsNarwhal:  I agree…unless perhaps you’re planning a day trip out to the Grand Canyon? But yeah, I’d think 2 nights in Vegas is more than enough.

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You and hubby will have a blast! That doesn’t seem like your intinerary is too jam packed. My only thing is at what time of the year will you be traveling? July-August is absolutely dreadful in Vegas and New York. Vegas is blistering hot, and New York’s humidity lays on you like a wet wool coat.

Definitely agree with previous posters re: Vegas. I love it there, visit at least once every 3 or so months, but the smoking, drinking, gambling – it takes its toll after 2 nights. And the Cirque shows can be pricey, but they’re well worth it. Ka, Love and O are my favorites, in that order. 

About LA: If you and hubby are into art, the Getty Museum is lovely. You can picnic outside in their garden, which overlooks LA (and hopefully it won’t be too smoggy). 

Restating what another post said, Century City isn’t very close to a lot of stuff. And thanks to our lack of public transportation, you’ll find yourself getting acquainted with our “every hour is rush hour” traffic.

Hope you and hubs enjoy my hometown πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Wow that is quite a trip! I just have two things to say:

1) We saw David Copperfield and he was awesome!! We also saw Crazy Horse (burlesque) and it was really good.

2) I’m assuming your 6 days in NY are in the city, but I’d take a couple of days and maybe check out the Hudson Valley or the Adirondacks. You could definitely find 6 days worth of things to do in the city, but there is so much more to see in NY. If you see any shows while in the city, I’d recommend Jersey Boys (also in Vegas).

Have a great trip! I wish we were able to plan somehing like that ourselves!

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ooooh! That sounds like so much fun! I think you will be busy but I don’t think you’re nuts. It’s totally possible.

San Diego: The zoo is amazing. Amazing. The safari park is also really awesome and it’s north of San Diego.

New York: Lots of amazing stuff but my favorite thing we did there recently (other than awesome Braodway shows) was a walking food tour of the Chelsea Meat Market. You get samples and history all along the way and it was great!

 

Have fun!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m not sure if someone already said this…but I’ve taken the train to Montreal from Toronto…it’s not a walk in the park…and Quebec is in Montreal so not sure you’d really need to seperate that unless you plan on going somewhere really far out.

 Edit:

Being from lower New York just outside of the city…I’d say you have more than enough time to see everything! Go to the hudson valley, where I live…we have wine trails and tastings and hiking! It’s amazing

 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@j_jaye:  Cut the NYC time??? Wha??? Why would you ever do that?  πŸ™‚

OP, I have tons of restaurant and bar recs for NYC, just let me know they types of food/atmosphere you are looking for. 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

As an Aussie currently living in Texas I’d say this looks awesome and like something I’m trying to plan! 

A few tips:

1) If you dislike second hand smoke, have allergies or asthma don’t expect to last long inside a casino as smoking is allowed. This came as a rude shock when we were at a casino and every second person was smoking, of those a third had cigars that they would leave sitting next to you. It was worst than a Sydney pub in the nineties.

2) Customs at LA usually takes 2.5-3 hrs to clear, which is the last thing you’ll want to do with the time difference between Perth and LA. I’m usually a zombie and my other half take charge of paperwork and making sure I don’t annoy the TSA. Do everything to try and sleep on the  flight, ear plugs, eye mask and neck pillow that you find comfortable are a must. I’ve started switching into tracky dacks once I’ve boarded for the 15.5 hr Sydney to Dallas flights and that heps me immensely.

3) I spent 3 days in New York and could have easily spent more, I’m guessing this is likely to be your only trip to the states so I don’t think 6 days is excessive. If you want to go inside the statue of liberty (I didn’t) you’ll need to get tickets in Advance. Also theres a multi-pass that cover a lot of the popular tourist spots in NY to save on $$$. Make sure you see a boradway show.

4) Bring an empty suitcase, clothes/shoes/lots of stuff is insanely cheap at full retail here and ridiculous at the outlet stores. Make sure you get to a quality outlet store at one of your stops. To go with that check what your luggage allowance is on EACH leg, domestic is usually less than international.

5) You have to remove a lot more of what you are wearing when you clear security for a flight here. For example shoes, jacket, empty pockets, belt, watch, bracelet. Keep in mind when selected travl outfits.

6) Expect flights to be packed, this is peak season. Which means there can be a scramble for overhead luggage space.

 

7) Vegas – I assume you are going to trek out to the Grand Canyon while you are there. Make sure you do, there’s also so cool overnight ranch stays that I’m thinking of booking nearby.

Hope this helps πŸ™‚

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