Hi, my girlfriend and I are getting married in September 2004 (finally, after 15 years 'getting to know' each other). We are planning to visit the West Coast of the States for our honeymoon. This will be our first visit to the West Coast and our first ever roadtrip. (Only our second visit to the States- previously visited New York)
We would like a trip that allows us enough relaxation time as well as sightseeing. The stress of organising the wedding is already building. The schedule we have in mind is:
San Fran (3 nights). Monterey or Carmel (1 night). Santa Monica (2 nights). Vegas (3 nights). Scottsdale (2 nights) and finally San Diego (4 nights).
We would like the trip to be a mixture of time in the City mixed with Scenic drives and sightseeing. We would love to hear advice from anyone on the best way to use our time. Should we use Vegas as a base for exploring the Grand Canyon and National Parks. What are the most scenic drives from Vegas to Scottsdale? Is it wise to do this journey in one day?
San Diego sounds like a beautiful city. Is this an ideal place for some time to relax in the sun at the end of the Holiday.
These are just a few questions, but the research for the trip seems overwhelming, so your advice in guiding a couple of 'first timers' would be most welcome. To see something different, something weird and wonderful, will help us make it a fantastic journey.