Planning Our Honeymoon


So if you read this week’s favourites post, you’ll know that we finally got round to booking the flights for our honeymoon! We’re planning a trip of a lifetime and I can’t bloody wait. I thought it might be a nice idea to put a little post together about where we’re going and what we’re going to be getting up to. Plus, obviously I want allllll of your tips and recommendations for the destinations we’ll be visiting!

Planning Our Honeymoon

The overall plan

So the overall plan is that we’re going to be a doing US West Coast road trip at the end of May. We’ll be travelling right along the coast from LA up to Seattle and flying in and out of those cities respectively.

There are plenty of places we want to hit up on the way, but the key destinations we want to cover are LA, Big Sur, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

We’ll be driving most of the way, although we may decide to fly between San Francisco and Portland to save a bit of time.


planning our honeymoon laOur first stop will be LA, where we’re planning to spend around 3-4 days. We’re still trying to figure out the best area to stay in (all of my research is suggesting that Downtown might be our best bet?!), but what I do know is that we want a hotel with a rooftop pool to make the most of all that sunshine!

There are quite a few things we want to do while we’re there, including visiting some of the key tourist spots like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Venice Beach and Rodeo Drive. I’m also keen to hike up to the Griffith Observatory for those La La Land views and we have passes to visit the original Disneyland too.

Other than that, we’ll be eating our way around the city and generally soaking up that laid-back sunshine city vibe.

Big Sur

Once we’ve had our LA fill, we’ll be picking up a hire car (we’re 100% planning on hiring a convertible Mustang so that I can pretend I’m in a music video the whole time!) and starting our journey up the coast.

We want to hit up a couple of locations between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and of course, want to take in as much of the Big Sur as possible depending on road closures. Our current plan involves one night stays in Santa Barbara, Morro Bay and Monterey, but if you have any other locations to recommend please do let me know.

Sam and I both LOVE being by the sea, so I’m pretty certain that this section of the trip will make us very happy indeed.

San Francisco

planning our honeymoon san franciscoThe next stop on our trip will be San Francisco, a city I have wanted to visit for as long as I can remember! We’re planning to spend 2-3 days here, which will hopefully be enough time to tick of most of the big sights.

We really want to cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge and a visit to Alcatraz is an absolute must for us too. A few people have told us it’s well worth visiting the local redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, and of course we can’t leave until I’ve got some snaps of the Painted Ladies!

Aside from that, we’re just looking forward to soaking up the vibe of the city and checking out some of the different neighbourhoods.


From San Francisco we’ll be heading on to Portland. We’re thinking that we’ll probably fly between the cities to save us some time as the drive time is around 10 hours, but if you’ve done the drive and would recommend otherwise, let me know.

We’re hoping that our time in Portland will be a little more laid back than the rest of the trip, with less frantic sightseeing and more time spent taking advantage of the city’s food truck, third wave coffee and microbrewery scenes.

Sam has some friends who live in the city too, so hopefully we’ll be able to get a real local’s guide to Portland!


planning our honeymoon seattleSeattle will be our final stop of the trip before flying home to the UK and we’ll probably have 2 or 3 days here. I’m glad that our trip will be finishing in one of the calmer cities - hopefully we’ll have a bit of time to soak up the last of those honeymoon vibes and reflect on our trip.

That being said, there’s still plenty that we want to do in Seattle, including visiting the first ever Starbucks, taking in the views from the Space Needle and walking the Fremont Art Trail.

We’re also desperate to visit Pike Place Market after seeing it featured on so many of our favourite foodie TV shows.


If I thought I was already excited for our trip, then writing this post has doubled my giddiness! I’d love to hear from you if you’ve visited any of these destinations, and please, please, please send any tips my way…

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Planning our honeymoon - a US West Coast Road Trip