I'm getting married next May (2013), and my finacée and I would love to visit Yosemite for our honeymoon. However, I'm struggling to find accomodation in the Valley, so i'm thinking that Sequoia might be a good alternative. We both enjoy hiking any anything outdoors, so these both seem like ideal places to go. Currently, we are looking at a 14 night trip, with 3 or 4 nights in San Francisco, leaving 10 or 11 nights for Yosemite and/or Sequoia. As we are getting married in May, close to then would seem the ideal time to visit due to the waterfalls being in full flow, but we both think the Tuolumne Meadow looks stunning, and from what i've read, that isn't accessible until much later. Due to this, we are thinking that late August/Early September would be a great time to visit.
Would we be better staying in one, central location rather than splitting our time? Are there any "hidden gems" for places to stay? Likewise, are there any "hidden gem" trails, that will be quiet and allow us to see Sequoia at its best? Bearpaw sounds incredible, will it be accessible in May? Finally, would people recommend staying in SF before or after the trip to Yosemite? I have no idea about the logistics of getting in and out of the city. We will be renting a car.
Thanks very much for any help.