Just found this forum and think it´s great.
Next May I´m going on my honeymoon and since my boyfriend (European) has never been to the States, I thought that we could take 3 weeks off (pay a visit to my relatives in NYC)traveling coast to coast (by plane).
Any tips regarding plane tickets, accomodation, things to visit and so on?
Thks a lot in advance.
May. Let's think beautiful weather first. It should be incredible here in the Bay Area. Sna Francisco, Marin County ... what are you guys into? Lots to offer around here. From beautiful cities to beautiful countryside. Would you like to travel the coast, see the vineyards, or maybe hang out in the city with a nice pampered suite?
Probably a great time for you to be in NYC, also. Humidity won't be too bad yet. Let us know if you get a little more specific with where you want to go. You're gonna get bombarded with different ideas. But you have plenty of time to narrow down your options.
Oh! Congratulations! Are we invited to the ceremony?
Welcome to TP. You should go to the introductions thread and ... introduce yourself.
Top places for honeymoons in the US in May are:
Las Vegas--more people get married here than anyplace in the US;
Hawaii--beautiful spots on the big Island (also called Hawaii), on the island of Maui, on Kauai, and on Oahu (where most of the crowds are), I suggest you enjoy a luau on one of the beautiful beaches;
Niagara Falls--an old honeymoon spot, but for the most part not such a great place nowadays since it's all touristy spots that aren't too interesting (the falls themselves are great, though);
Poconos (mountains in eastern Pennsylvania)--some great hotels, with giant tubs (some shaped like giant champagne glasses);
Orlando--for those with the kid still in them who like to visit the Disney theme parks or Universal studios, or Sea World;
South Beach (Miami)--great, but hotels are very expensive there now that it's become so popular;
Napa Valley (north of San Francisco)--where all the best wineries are--also known for its many spas, good golf courses, and great restaurants;
Monterey/Carmel, California--beautiful golf courses and gigantic redwoods right along the coast make for a gorgeous wedding;
And lastly, the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to was held at a restaurant about 20 miles outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Check out the following two pictures one in winter, one in summer to see pictures of this place. http://www.lacaille.com/images/gallery/wallpaper/newman_lights_front_1024X768.jpg
When you say "coast to coast by plane," do you mean just the coasts, or are we talking several stops, but flying from one place to another hitting areas in between?
If you mean the latter, and if he hasn't really seen the US, I'd sit down and think of different things that represent all things American, like a bit of the southwest, maybe some southern hospitality, Memphis blues and BBQ, the Rockies; you know, a bit of this and that.
In that vein, San Antonio is a great city to visit. Staying in the downtown area, you can do pretty much everything on foot, and in May, it won't be swelteringly hot like it will be later in the summer. Memphis is beautiful in the spring, and the BBQ at Rendezvous isn't to be missed. Denver is a fantastic city with amazing views, great museums, wonderful restaurants. Stick to the downtown area, and you won't need to worry much about public transportation, which is not all that great. I'm partial to St. Louis myself (go CARDS!). Maybe take in some beaches in Florida, spend a bit in New Orleans, go to the Market in Seattle, hit up Napa and take in the Bay in San Fran, explore the Heard Museum in Phoenix or have a romantic few days in Sonoma, and take in the Grand Canyon--all a few things that you could consider.
Kind of like when going out for tapas--give him an American sampler. Whatever you think best represents the different faces of the US. That actually sounds kinda fun, come to think of it. Maybe I'll do that....