Visiting USA for the first time this year for our honeymoon

Posted on January 18, 2016 | in Travellers Questions | by







We would appreciate any feedback or criticism of our itinerary and ideas or ideas on any aspect whatsoever.

We are planning our honeymoon for mid-2016 for our first trip to USA. My soon to be wife and I are in our early 30s, childless, from Australia, with plenty of international travel experience, but little knowledge on travel in America except what we have gathered online in our extensive research.

We have put together two 4week options, one that directly follows our wedding and another that takes place about a month later to accommodate a visit to SDCC (San Diego ComicCon) as this was one of my US trip wishes. I understand the registration process for SDCC and that there’s always a chance this element of the trip may not happen closer to the event.

Both options take in the same locations, except only the SDCC one visits San Diego, but is two days longer. The order however is changed.

OPTION 1

MAY 23 – 26 – LA MAY 27 – Drive (Hire Car) from LA to Las Vegas
MAY 28 – 29 – Las Vegas + Day trip to Grand Canyon / Hoover Dam (maybe on the way)
MAY 30 – Fly from Las Vegas to Orlando (Practically a lost day in travel)
MAY 31 – JUNE 1 – Orlando – Kennedy Space Centre (1 Day) / Disneyworld or Universal (1 Day)
JUNE 2 – Orlando / Fly from Orlando to Louisville KY
JUNE 3 – Louisville – Few stops on Bourbon Trail
JUNE 4 – Fly Louisville to NYC
JUNE 5 – 11 – NYC
JUNE 12 – Fly from NYC to Toronto, Canada / Day in Toronto
JUNE 13 – Toronto and areas to, and incl Niagara Falls
JUNE 14 – Fly Toronto to San Francisco
JUNE 15 – 16 – San Fran + Yosemite NP
JUNE 17 – 18 – Drive (Hire Car) down coast San Fran to LA along Route 1
JUNE 19 – Depart via LA

OPTION 2

JUNE 25 – 28 – LA
JUNE 29 – Drive (Hire Car) from LA to Las Vegas
JUNE 30 – JULY 1 – Las Vegas + Day trip to Grand Canyon / Hoover Dam (maybe on the way)
JULY 2 – Fly from Las Vegas to Toronto, Canada / Day in Toronto
JULY 3 – Toronto and areas to, and incl Niagara Falls
JULY 4 – Fly Toronto to NYC (Independence Day in NYC)
JULY 5 – 10 – NYC
JULY 11 – Fly from NYC to Orlando
JULY 12 – 13 – Orlando – Kennedy Space Centre (1 Day) / Disneyworld or Universal (1 Day)
JULY 14 – Orlando / Fly from Orlando to Louisville KY
JULY 15 – Louisville – Few stops on Bourbon Trail
JULY 16 – Fly Louisville to San Francisco
JULY 17 – 18 – San Fran + Yosemite NP
JULY 19 – 20 – Drive (Hire Car) down coast San Fran to San Diego along Route 1
JULY 21 – 23 – San Diego Comic Con
JULY 24 – Drive (Hire Car) back to LA and Depart Additional Questions / Notes:

The Option 2 itinerary I believe will take place entirely what is your Summer Vacation period, whereas Option 1 does not at all. Am I correct, can you see this having much of an impact in any way? I am guessing obviously pricing for travel and accommodation will be higher and any attractions (esp. Disney World) will be much busier? Will we have any foreseeable issues booking any things during this time as a result?
Any additional tips re San Diego during SDCC? Are there any tips for accommodation / best areas to stay in any of these towns? (I will check out the individual subs for each as well). Generally we will be staying in two-three star hotels.
As part of our stay in NYC we are considering spending some of time on possible day trips to New Jersey / Philadelphia / Washington DC. Thoughts?
Flying from Toronto into NYC on July 4 / Flying from Las Vegas to Orland on Memorial Day– Is this a good idea? What can we expect different on these days? (Closures etc?)
All travel will be self-guided, however tours may be used for Grand Canyon / Bourbon Trail / Yosemite.
The costs are adding up, and we are considering removing some days. What would be the things you would remove/change?
We are choosing to visit Toronto, as we heard the Canada side of Niagara was better and ive always wanted to visit Canada and we we were close enough so why not. We do intend to come back and explore it properly in the future.
I keep wanting to add Chicago back in. But just cant seem to fit in in with our restricted timeframe and budget etc. Any reason i should be convinced?

Thanks!!




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