Post # 32
@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
- 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
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
I don’t! I got married in Canandaigua, but I live just outside of Boston!
Post # 36
@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
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
– Lake Tahoe
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
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!!
Post # 39
Wow ladies!! Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas and thoughts! I didn’t think about how hot it might be out at the Grand Canyon. We would only be going for the day, and I hate being too hot! Maybe I will decide on California. I do like the sound of San Diego. Mostly because DH and I LOVE Anchorman.. It would be great to see the great San Diahgo! 🙂 My sister is about to move out to Napa area next month and has already planned for us to come visit her next spring so I know we will get to see Northern California then. I really want to swim in the ocean, too cold or not. It’s my number 3 on my bucket list and at 26 years old I’m very sad to say it has not been crossed off my list yet.
The only places I have ever been are from Arkansas to Michigan and from Arkansas to Dallas, TX. It’s a very sad thing indeed but I just was never given the opportunity to travel that much. My family could never afford to take us anywhere except up north to visit family.
Maybe I will take your advice and do both. See if we can fit into the gas budget! Would love to be able to do both!
Post # 40
I’d definitely do California. We’re going out to San Francisco/Hwy 1 in September and I can’t wait!
Post # 41
Yes definitely the ocean!!!
Post # 42
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!
Post # 43
Thank you so much ladies for all your input!! We have decided to see the Grand Canyon on this trip. The reason being is…
My sister got engaged on July 4th and her and her fiance are moving to the Palo Alto area next week. They plan to be married in Napa Valley next spring and I am her Maid/Matron of Honor and DH is his Best Man, so we will be going to California for a week then!!! SO excited for her!! It’s funny, I’m more excited for her wedding than I was for mine. 🙂 DH and I were together for 6 years, have lived together for 4 and have a two year old, so the wedding was almost an after thought maybe… but honestly it’s probably because her budget will be extensively more than mine and so i cannot wait to see what kind of wedding we get to plan! 🙂 I mean, she’s getting married at a winery for goodness sakes! This is going to be awesome!!