Planning Honeymoon with Handicapped fiance

Old Jan 13th, 2016, 08:36 PM
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Planning Honeymoon with Handicapped fiance

Hi Everyone,

I am starting the overwhelming task of planning my honeymoon! My fiance and I are not really sure where we want to go (preferably within the US to save some money...but would consider Canada since its not to far from home) We don't want to break the bank with this trip, but would like to explore somewhere that isn't the midwest (we are from the northern plains states). We are planning to take a 7 to 10 day trip depending on the travel time involved.

When it comes to types of vacations we would like to have a variety of things in one trip. We are not huge fans of big cities (no desire to go to NYC) but wouldn't mind visiting one for a day or two just to see the sites. The same goes for beaches. It would be nice to go to a beach for a day or two, but we are not looking to spend 10 days in the bahamas on a beach. Our style is more outdoorsy...we like forests, bays, and scenic places. We also like historic sites, canoeing, and wineries. Our ideas have ranged from quaint cabin in the woods with a little hiking to all inclusive resort and spa... any ideas/advice is appreciated since I haven't taken many trips and am not a fan of planning!

Wherever we end up going, we will have to be diligent about planning out the details since my fiance is handicapped. He gets around on crutches a good portion of the time (we have even done a little hiking, and both love canoeing) but probably would not be up from ALOT of walking unless he had his wheelchair.

As you can see I have alot of ideas floating around in my head. I just need your help to narrow them down and make a decision. At the end of the day I know any place we go will be great Its more about the person I'm with than the place we go...
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Forgot to mention - honeymoon is in August or Sept. - Open to other dates depending on the place
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Where have you been before? My first idea would be Boston and Cape Cod. If you haven't been to Yosemite in California, that's an idea too. The hiking paths I saw (at least in the Valley) were paved which made it generally easier to see stuff. Terrific scenery no matter what level of difficulty you feel up to. Also Santa Barbara- I went kayaking in the sea caves of the Channel Islands, and that was amazing.
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Meant to say that I went to Boston and Cape Cod with some relatives that have limited mobility- that's why I put it as an option. Boston is very compact, which makes it easier to get around compared to other trips I've taken with those family members. And you can take a ferry to both Salem and Cape Cod. So much to do in the area.

The same relatives love Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest would definitely fit your criteria. But truthfully, I found it a pain to handle the wheelchair in Seattle- although your Fiance's may not be quite as heavy.
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Old Jan 13th, 2016, 09:32 PM
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Maybe Vancouver? Side trip to Victoria.
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How about Lake Tahoe and some of the northern California coast?

At first glance those would seem too rugged. But many of the State Parks in CA/NV are very handicap accessible.

For instance -- at Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe has a fabulous board walk trail that circles the entire area with the most amazing views https://www.google.com/search?q=sand...74AF8Q_AUIBygC

Armstrong Redwood State Park has a nice accessible trail.

Humboldt Redwoods SP and the entire Avenue of the Giants has several accessible trails.

MacKerricher SP has accessible trails and also a beach wheel chair.

Fort Ross SP - the fort is totally accessible and they have a beach wheel chair for loan.

http://access.parks.ca.gov/home.asp
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Old Jan 14th, 2016, 06:50 AM
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I was going to recommend Lake Tahoe also. So beautiful.
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New Mexico is beautiful in September and October. Santa Fe and Albuquerque offer a variety of things to see and do and while both are cities, they are pretty small and user friendly.
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Congratulations on the pending marriage.

I would suggest going to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, if you can get lodging for the time you want to go. If you call and there is no availability in the park, make a reservation nearby that can be cancelled then call the park often to see if there have been any cancellations. In Yellowstone many of the sights have paved paths or board walks fairly close to the parking areas. You could canoe in Yellowstone lake and also in the Tetons. Lots of nature, animals and geologic features.

Be sure to bring his handicap card so you can use the designated spots.
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Just a quick add - accommodations are always the toughest thing about planning a trip to Yosemite, but I checked the other day and Yosemite Lodge has rooms available in August. (P.S. I know more about Lake Tahoe than I do about Yosemite. It would also be a wonderful choice).
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Do both Lake Tahoe and Yosemite! Like we did on our honeymoon in 1989
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Congratulations on getting married. Another vote for San Francisco (check if flights into OAK are cheaper), lake Tahoe, Yosemite.
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Unfortunately - I fear this is yet another new member who disappears because she is waiting for a notification from Fodors.

Too bad because lots of good advice above , , ,
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Thanks for the tips everyone! I am taking all of your ideas and going to talk with a Travel Agent. I really liked the Lake Tahoe idea...I'll let you know what gets decided! Thanks
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September is usually a lovely month in CA, especially along the coast. You could do a nice loop to include some of the locations mentioned.

If you are up for planning the trip by yourself, I'd skip the travel agent. Trip planning is really about figuring out your itinerary (which you have to do anyway, TA or not), and then buying flights, making hotel reservations, and reserving a car. A TA can make those arrangements for you, but generally speaking, I have found that I do better on my own. TAs seem to be best at getting good deals on package holidays, not planning independent travel for people.
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Welcome back -- I thought we'd lost you

I honestly don't think there is anything a travel agent can help you with here.
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great time to come to canada as our dollar is so low. i'd consider
vancouver island, bc
banff & jasper, ab and maybe a bit of internal bc
nova scotia / cape breton
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