Post # 1
We’re currently considering where to go for our honeymoon and I wanted to ask your advice about great US/Canadian destinations for July-time…
FI and I are getting married in the UK, and definitely want to do something a little bit different than just lie on a beach for a fortnight, so we are thinking of coming to US/Canada and doing a multi-stop vacation.
First on the list is definitely Vegas – only 8 hours flight time from the UK (compared to 14 + 2 hours transfer in the Maldives!). We’ll be there for about 4-5 days, then we were thinking of either doing a) a beachey holiday (Florida? Hawaii? West Coast?) or maybe a countryside stay at a ranch or a cabin in the mountains (Montana? Colorado? British Columbia?).
What do you think would be the nicest destination for the time of year? I have heard that Florida and Hawaii might have hurricanes in July… are they terrible or can you live with them? I’ve also heard that Hawaii is pretty expensive as well… is that true?
We will probably be stopping off in NYC on the way home for a few days, so ideally want to keep the middle bit of our trip ‘city free’…. i.e. enjoy our natural surroundings, be relaxed and outdoorsy etc.
I’d really appreciate your advice or suggestions… x
Post # 3
I’m in Florida and it is super hot in July! Make sure you are near a beach 😉
I think the mountain idea is awesome! It should be beautiful that time of year for outdoorsy type excursions and not too cold.
Post # 4
So, Hurricane Season in FL runs from June – Nov. So there is definitely a possibility of a hurricane during your honeymoon. Depending on how bad the hurricane is, you can live with it, but it’s not fun to go through one.
Even if there isn’t a hurricane, I can almost guarantee you that it will rain every afternoon around 3 PM. However, that storm only lasts 30 min at most, and then it’s blue skies again.
Beachwise, it’s fabulous. I live about 20 min from one of the best beaches in FL. They’re beautiful, well maintained, and have a great atmosphere. You can choose natural beaches, groomed beaches, more popular ones with the locals, or the touristy ones. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but FL wouldn’t be a bad way to go in my opinion.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t do Florida in July. Hurricanes aren’t really a concern that time of year but it is crazy hot/humid. I don’t think Hawaii is any more expensive than NYC but the flight back would be brutal. Maybe the Outer Banks if you want to do the beach thing?
Post # 6
Ooooh, why don’t you start in LV, then go to New Orleans, rent a car, and do the southern states? You could end up in Key West!
Post # 7
Hmm, well there aren’t hurricanes as a rule in Hawaii (last one was 1992) and Vegas will be really, really hot in July. But fun as long as you don’t mind staying in the pool or inside (there is definitely lots to do)
Florida will be brutally hot too. I vote BC/mountains. You get forest, beaches and great weather. Or if you can swing it financially, go for Hawaii. The weather is awesome and you get volcanos, jungles and beaches. But frankly, I’m biased because Hawaii is my favorite place on Earth. Can never get enough:)
Post # 8
I know you said your set on Vegas, but it’s BRUTALLY hot here in July. 110+ Degrees Farenheit. If you do want to come in July, rent a car or plan on taking the monorail between casinos and minimize your time outdoors.
Post # 9
It hasn’t been discussed in detail, but West Coast would be great for you, especially if you are set on going to Vegas. You could take a drive of several hours or a quick flight to southern California beaches or to Yosemite or Lake Tahoe for a mountain destination.
Post # 10
You don’t have to worry about the so-called “hurricane season” in Hawaii. July is a beautiful time of year and it’s more likely to be nice weather in the summer than in other seasons. If you’re looking to cut costs, I’d suggest going with VRBO or Homeaway instead of a hotel or resort.
Post # 11
You could do the Florida Keys
Post # 13
We went to Key West FL in June, lodging was really cheap because it ws the “off-season”.
Post # 14
Whew! Vegas in July! You are brave. Many many moons ago my friends and I took a trip to Vegas in July and it was a BAD idea. Even sitting by the pool was too much.
But Hawaii would be nice since you can actually hit all sorts of climates there depending on where you are on the island. I vote for Hawaii than New York, but be prepared for stinky cabs and subways in the heat. 🙂
Post # 15
Hawaii is great in July. Around 90, always sunny, generally not humid (ok, not Humid in the Southern sense) and I’ve lived here 6 yrs without a hurricane…only earthquake! Unlike the Gulf states, Hawaii in a needle in a haystack in terms of hurricanes.
There are plenty of non-stops Vegas-Hawaii that are only about 5.5 hrs – a nap and you’re here! Hawaiian Airlines is fantastic.
If you can’t decide between beaches and mountains, I’d suggest the Big Island and Maui. You must be outdoorsy type and both places have beaches (more Maui) and mountains/hiking/ziplining/etc.
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
We did a very similar trip, albeit it was in November. (Nowhere near as hot.)
We left from the UK (where we lived) and flew to Florida, then on to Vegas, then up to the Canadian rockies for two weeks, and ended up in Hawaii.
Let me know if you want any info – I blogged about it a bit on the Bee too!