So glad I found this site! My fiance and I are contemplating an extended roadtrip honeymoon through the American west. Right now, we're based in Texas, but that will change after he finishes school this time next year. Our plan is like this:
-Leave Texas and head to Moab/Zion through New Mexico/Santa Fe
-Grand Canyon (North Rim)
-Cut across California and up Pacific Coast Highway
-Northward through Cali/Oregon (is it worthwhile to make our way over to the Pacific, or are there more interesting things to do inland? If so, should we change the order of seeing the PCH/SF/Yosemite, all of which we both want to see)
-Olympic National Park
-Drive west on Canada Hwy 1 to Glacier NP/Banff
-Glacier National Park
-Yellowstone (we're worried about this being crazy overrun, but it seems a worthwhile stop since my fiance has never seen it)
-Begin making our way back along Colorado Rockies (we went to Rocky Mountain 3 years ago, so we don't necessarily need to revisit)
We estimate this trip will take about 5 weeks. We've never attempted something of this scale, but 1) it's our honeymoon and 2) we will both be transitioning jobs, so this is a unique opportunity to take this long of a vacation. We will splurge on the nights we spend in cities (estimating an average of $100/night, probably more for SF but less for Vegas) and camp, on average, about 4 nights a week and stay in cheapo motels the other nights. We'll eat out of a cooler when we can and make foil packs a staple of our diet. We have pretty nice camping gear, including a propane gas stove, that will make "roughing it" easier. With food, gas, lodging and miscellaneous expenses, we estimate this will cost about $6,000, but that's honestly a (very) rough guess.
Our end point will be his parents' house in Louisiana. We are moving after my fiance graduates, meaning we have to orchestrate a move before we embark on the roadtrip. On the upside, we won't have the cost of maintaining a house while we're on the road (no rent, utilities, cable or the like to worry about.) On the downside, we'll come out of this adventure with no home base to come back to, and will probably set out after a chaotic couple of days as we wrap up our lives in Texas.
Here are my concerns:
-We won't be traveling with any set itinerary; are we trying to cram too much in for a 5 week trip? 35 days seems like a long time, but then again, we're talking about driving approximately 8,000 miles. The end date is kind of open-ended, but we probably have to get back to the real world eventually.
-Also, we don't have a firm timeline throughout, so will some of the areas we're visiting (I'm looking at you, Yellowstone) require advance reservations?
-Has anyone squeezed in roadtrips between moves? What was your experience? This will be our honeymoon, so coming at this after being stressed out by packing seems like a bad idea
-How can we make this as romantic as possible? We both want to approach this as a wherever-the-wind-takes us kind of trip (within reason - I always like to have a plan, so that doesn't come naturally) but I also want to have some really nice moments. There could be some really nice classically "honeymoon" places in Napa that I think would be perfect.