(Closed) Which would you pick?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Grand canyon or California(ocean)

    Grand Canyon

    California(ocean)

  • Post # 32
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @BushelAndAPeck:  I voted the beach, but having lived in the western US most of my life I have seen the red rocks, and canyons (many other places besides the Grand Canyon) many numerous times in my life.  I have been to the Grand Canyon, and it is truly magnificent.  But if you don’t plan on doing a pack trip into the canyon or a helicopter tour….you will find it all looks the same from all points at the top of the canyon……IMO.  I have been to the California coast, and I think you will find many many more things to do in Newport to keep you busy.

     

    Post # 33
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I love the Grand Canyon, but it is definitely best enjoyed as a week trip, not a day trip. You want to hike and camp, not drive up, look, and leave. Also, August is extremely hot there. Hiking would be miserable.

    Post # 34
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    The Grand Canyon is amazing. Before I went I was like “ho hum I’ve seen pictures” but it is so amazing! We stayed in a cabin in the park and it was incredible!

    Post # 35
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    @FoxyBride14:  I don’t! I got married in Canandaigua, but I live just outside of Boston!

    Post # 36
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @BushelAndAPeck:  I can’t imagine never seeing the ocean – so my vote is for Newport. But I’m a beach bum and go down the shore as often as possible.

    I think you should think about if you will ever have an opportunity to do either ever again. Is Newport important solely because of the ocean, or are you interested in Newport itself?

    I would be inclined to go with something that I would not likely have the ability to do again.

    Post # 37
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I live in Southern California and what PPs say is true. The beaches in California aren’t as nice for swimming as in the Caribbean or Florida. However, the farther south in California you go, the warmer the water is. If you want a GORGEOUS white sand beach that is swimmable, skip Newport. Go to Coronado (near San Diego). The beach in front of the Hotel Del Coronado is one of the nicest beaches anywhere–and it’ll have warmer water than Newport. Still won’t be warm like Florida or the Caribbean, but it’ll be swimmable in August. Plus, the Hotel Del Coronado is SUPER romantic. 

     

    Also, Santa Barbara is much prettier than Newport as well. Great beaches. It’ll be colder water (farther north) but it’s worth a visit…and there are phenomenal wineries nearby. You could go on a wine tour. Santa Barbara is super romantic. 

     

    If you’re not going swimming, I’d go to one of the following places in California: 

     

    – Big Sur. Very romantic, secluded and relaxing. Has a very dramatic coastline. 

     

    – Palm Springs. Hot desert city–but they have amazing spas and resorts. Could be very relaxing and romantic. 

     

    – Monterey/Carmel/Half Moon Bay – Gorgeous and romantic Northern California coastline

     

    Or, if you’re open to going to Northern California, I recommend: 

     

    – San Francisco

     

    – Napa/Sonoma 

     

    – Lake Tahoe

     

    – Yosemite

     

     

     

    The Grand Canyon is STUNNING–but it’s not particularly romantic and it’ll be hotter than Hades in August. You’ll spend most of your time indoors.

     

    Post # 38
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    Worker bee

    I live in Vegas and whenever we want to get away, we drive the 5 hours to San Diego.  I definitely think San Diego is one of the best places to go!  The beaches in Coronado are amazing and the whole city of San Diego has the best Vibe.  You can see the Grand Canyon anytime, I’ve lived in Vegas for 8 years and have yet to see the Grand Canyon.  Definitely go to California, but I suggest San Diego!!Smile

    Post # 40
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’d definitely do California. We’re going out to San Francisco/Hwy 1 in September and I can’t wait!

    Post # 41
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Yes definitely the ocean!!!

    Post # 42
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    California for sure! It has a little bit of everything! I liked the grand canyon for about five minutes. But if it is more your style, go for it! I say go with your gut!

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