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Honeymoon Road Trip

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Bromley, England
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Honeymoon Road Trip

Hi

Getting married in Yosemite in September and wondered if you guys thought the following itenerary was paced about right, esp in terms of making sure that we see plenty of places as well as plenty of tarmac (and casinos....):

Day Overnight at

Day 1 Las Vegas

Day 2 Las Vegas

Day 3 Las Vegas

Day 4 Yosemite

Day 5 Yosemite

Day 6 San Francisco

Day 7 San Francisco

Day 8 San Francisco

Day 9 Monterey

Day 10 Cambria

Day 11 Cambria

Day 12 San Luis Obispo

Day 13 Santa Barbara

Day 14 Los Angeles

Day 15 Los Angeles

Day 16 Los Angeles

Day 17 San Diego

Day 18 Las Vegas

Day 19 Las Vegas

Day 20 RETURN TO UK

Thanks in advance

San Francisco...
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1. Re: Honeymoon Road Trip

Most would suggest breaking up the drive from LV to Yosemite with an overnight enroute say in Lone Pine. Looks like you want to spend close to 5 days in Vegas - I guess everyone has their own likes and dislikes

Cambria -- it is a nice place to relax but 2 days may be too much and then San Luis Obispo is a short drive away -- do you have relatives there that you want to visit ? Would take that day and stay in one of the larger cities.

You need to allow for drive time -- it will be 4 plus hours to get to SF so you get 2 1/2 days in SF which is short and One day in San Diego is really too short.

I would remove the day in SLO, SB and add them to San Diego and also do one night in Cambria and perhaps remove a couple of days from Vegas

That is just one person's opinion but since you asked for feedback -- here it is.

Congrats on the upcoming Nuptials (is that in Vegas or Yosemite ?)

Edited: 2:32 pm, February 10, 2013
Grover Beach, Ca
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2. Re: Honeymoon Road Trip

I would take a day away from Vegas and add it somewhere between Vegas and Yosemite.

I would take a day away from SLO and add it to Monterey (2 nights in Cambria will suffice for this area)

I would probably add another day to Santa Barbara, as well. Perhaps skip San Diego this trip. One night won't do it justice anyway.

Washington State
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3. Re: Honeymoon Road Trip

Congrat's. I think Yosemite is wonderful place to have a wedding!

Here is what the new itinerary might look like:

Day 1 Las Vegas

Day 2 Las Vegas

Day 3 Lone Pine Las Vegas to Yosemite Article: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28926-c182361

Day 4 Yosemite Valley or nearby or high country

Day 5 Yosemite Valley or nearby

Day 6 San Francisco

Day 7 San Francisco

Day 8 San Francisco

Day 9 Monterey or Carmel

Day 10 Monterey or Carmel

Day 11 Cambria Coastal Drive: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28926-c182762 (More info in the Top Questions in the upper right.)

Day 12 Cambria

Day 13 Santa Barbara

Day 14 Santa Barbara

Day 15 Los Angeles

Day 16 Los Angeles

Day 17 Los Angeles

Day 18 Las Vegas

Day 19 Las Vegas

Day 20 RETURN TO UK

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Lodging ideas are usually in the Top Questions on each city/destination forum.

Bromley, England
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4. Re: Honeymoon Road Trip

Thanks to all for the advice. marrying in Yosemite (Glacier Point Or Tenaya Lake).

General feeling is that you guys are concerned for my wallet :)))

Bromley, England
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5. Re: Honeymoon Road Trip

'Lodging ideas are usually in the Top Questions on each city/destination forum'

We were really hoping to find our overnight accommodation 'on the fly', esp the Highway One elements of our trip.

Given that we are going in September, are we risking the odd night sleeping in the car ?????

Uden, The...
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6. Re: Honeymoon Road Trip

Suggest to make reservations along Pacific coast. We once ended in Salinas because all was full in Monterey/Carmel ;)

Bromley, England
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7. Re: Honeymoon Road Trip

Thanks for this.

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8. Re: Honeymoon Road Trip

Carmel is the perfect place for a honeymoon trip! What is your budget for lodging in this area? The Tickle Pink Inn or La Playa would both be nice places with a higher budget.

www.carmelcalifornia.com Have fun and congrats! :)

Grover Beach, Ca
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9. Re: Honeymoon Road Trip

Davy

It's your honeymoon. Please, please, pre-book your lodgings!! September is still a busy travel month and many areas along the coast have special events that fill rooms up.

You do NOT want to spend your honeymoon searching for a place to lay your head at night. You run the risk of ending up with a dump or something UBER expensive or worse.... a situation like what Tet14 experienced. Salinas is NOT a desirable area to overnight in. Lots of gang activity and not exactly a tourist draw, for sure.

If you give us an idea of what your budget is, we can make some recs for clean, decent places to stay. Since you've mapped out an itinerary, it only makes sense to book your lodgings for those towns.

Edited: 7:56 pm, February 11, 2013
Bromley, England
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10. Re: Honeymoon Road Trip

Thanks again to all for your advice.

Re the budget, it will vary dependant on location. On the Highway One section we would hope not to spend any more than $150 per room per night and hope breakfast is thrown in. Hoping that will get us something pretty OK.