Greg and I are what we like to call weekend road trippers. A few times a year we will hop in our car and hit the road to some new destination. Traveling together has been some of my favorite memories during our marriage. It is time for us to escape, enjoy time with each other, and do what we love. Our first year of marriage, we even made it a goal to take one trip a month, which we did!
I wanted to share our 5 favorite trips with all of you. These 5 trips would be perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries, or just because of trips. Greg and I have made some of our favorite memories on these trips and we hope that they inspire you to adventure a bit too!
Okay, if you know ANYTHING about us, you knew this would be on the list. We have gone to Disneyworld twice in the past 5 years and have LOVED it every time. And before you write it off, we promise it is much more than just meet and greets and rides… Although I made Greg stand in every meet and great line!
We went to Disneyworld for our honeymoon and loved it so much we went for our graduation present to ourselves (Greg and I graduated a few weeks apart). It was honestly the best honeymoon we could have asked for. Between all of the amazing live entertainment and the super yummy food—it was truly one of our best trips ever.
Stay on property and book early! You definitely need to reserve your restaurants and fast passes in advance. But it is well worth it.
Grand Floridian Café— get the coffee rubbed steak!
Magic Kingdom Firework Show—this cannot be missed, there is something so magical about Disneyworld fireworks. It makes you feel like a kid again, the fun, wonder and optimism. Disney is pure magic.
Visit various resorts! The theming is so perfect, Greg and I always take time to visit a few resorts and enjoy them. We recommend Animal Kingdom Lodge, they have animals right there that you can watch from the lobby. Seriously it is the BEST.
We spent our first married Thanksgiving together in DC and it was really magical. Between the snow, the beautiful museums and the time together, our trip was the perfect chance to recharge.
Stay in Arlington the prices are cheaper and it is a quick metro ride into the main city area.
All of the Smithsonian museums are free
Gettysburg is a short drive from DC, rent a car and drive up. Don’t pay for the main tour, go into the gift shop and buy a CD tour. Drive the tour yourself with the CD playing. Greg and I did this and were able to google fun facts and take our time—this was truly one of the highlights of our trip.
Bring us with you to take photos 😉
Very few places compare to the beauty and wonder that is Yosemite. With each visit, we grow more and more in love with the park. The instant we drive into Yosemite, we feel so small and humbled. Spending time in the park is one of our favorite things.
Hiking Sentinel Dome was an amazing hike and one of my favorites in Yosemite. This hike gets a little tough at the end, but the 360 views are completely worth it
Lower Yosemite Falls is SUCH an easy hike and such a pretty one as well. Being at the base of such an iconic waterfall is so humbling!
Sunrise at tunnel view is a breathtaking experience. Get there early!
If you are not going to stay in the park, we recommend Oakhurst. Mariposa is the next closest town, but we Oakhurst has a few more places to stay and more to eat. When staying at one of these places though, it is about a 90-minute drive into the park, so plan accordingly!
Seattle is one of those places everyone talks about and after visiting I completely understand why. We visited in October and it was absolutely stunning. We had a few rain-free days which made it even better. Between a few rainy nights and all of the gorgeous fall colors, this place was the coziest vacation ever!
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Kerry Park at sunrise or sunset gives a sweeping view of the city that is unbeatable.
Pikes Place Market is a great place to grab some lunch, pick some flowers, and just people watch. Also, the first Starbucks ever is here! It was a 45-minute wait, but I waited and it was neat!
Okay, this is going to be super touristy but the Space Needle was one of those places you could NOT visit Seattle without seeing.
I did not know the history of Seattle before visiting, but the city was basically built on top of the previous city. This means you can take underground tours! Aside from the musty smell, it was the highlight of our trip.
We went to Santa Barbara for our first anniversary and loved it so much we went back for anniversary 2, 3, and 4! Santa Barbara offers all of the relaxations of Hawaii without the price tag. Between great eats, a lively downtown, and relaxing beaches this is a perfect place to decompress. If staying in one place isn’t your thing, make Santa Barbara a stop on a California coast road trip.
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As the ice cream connoisseurs, we are, our first recommendation is McConnell’s. Greg will tell you to go for the whiskey pecan, but I’m more of a fan of the salted caramel oreo.
The botanical gardens are the perfect midday stop right after a light lunch on State street. The beautiful gardens allow you to walk around and just chat—which we think it a great way to spend a vacation.
It’s Santa Barabra, so you can’t skip the beach with a good book.
Off the coast, whale watching is always a great option—we have seen so many whales here so if that is something you like, then we 100% recommend it!