Monday, July 13, 2015

Five Unique Tourism Areas Near Popular Wedding and Honeymoon Areas

Not everyone goes on their honeymoon to visit sandy shorelines and resort hotels.  Some of us have had mmmm dreams of finally getting out of town to a area we have wanted to visit for ten or more years. So why not make this happen on your honeymoon!?? A couple might enjoy exploring, gaining an insight to their new spouse and understand why this would be of interest.

Other couples want to believe some of the money they are spending on their honeymoon will go for the common good.  I have outlined a few "growing in popularity" honeymoon locations couples love to explore.  Some of these ideas offer a giving back attitude to their communities and beyond.

The Great Smokey Mountains offer a multitude of lovely hotels, performing arts centers, country western music, and barbecue restaurants.  From Dollywood in Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg, Tennessee you will find distilleries and wineries, white water rafting, hiking, fishing and in the winter - downhill skiing.

Ms. Dolly Parton has for years, selects, publishes and sends children, (pre school  and up),   free books every month.  Her funds support the printing and delivery of these to to children with the goal of encouraging reading at an early age.

Santa Rosa California is in the heart of the Sonoma wine country in California.  The area is filled with boutique hotels, inspiring views, amazing wines and a few hidden gems for the tourist.  The desire to go to Africa is fulfilled at Safari West - where your room is on stilts overlooking zebras, giraffes, birds of every type and hillsides of water buffalos.  You awake to the jungle sounds and begin to explore with a day on the Safari West property and the next day head to the nearby Charles Schultz museum where ALL the Peanut's friends from the movies and comic strip come alive with one of the best museums in California. Your next day finds you exploring Francis Ford Coppola's winery and some of the valleys filled with vineyards and wine tasting.

The Schultz foundation is well known for their giving back. They support the Canine Companions with an amazing facility in Santa Rosa.... as well as other charity involvements.

San Francisco holds a wealth of fun things to do and see.  Whether you stay at Fisherman's Wharf, the Theater District or across the Golden Gate bridge in Marin, you will enjoy the Golden Gate Park events, baseball or sports stadiums, many visitors now want to see the New Disney Family Museum at the Presidio Grounds. This is a huge museum and tho Disney was based in Southern California this site does well by his historic photos and film files.  So if you are a Disney lover, this is for you.

Orlando, Florida  continues to be a favorite for honeymooners.  From Disney World to Epcot, no one misses a beat with all the fun things to explore.  Lake Resorts, Condos and lovely romantic suites await the tourist.  But it is the nearby side trip to spending a day at Cape Caniveral that will have you talking for years to come.  I was there in 76 and believe me, the size of this museum has quadrupled with some of the most interesting films, displays and an amazing time for the United States.  You will find the actual ships, realize the enormity of what occurred and view an inter-active mock up of the space station.

Aspen Colorado may be in your mind for winter sports, but understand this is a very romantic and enjoyable setting for a honeymoon.  The chair lift up the mountain to Independence Pass is inspiring to say the least.
You will find hiking, ballooning, horseback riding, white water rafting, biking, the John Denver sanctuary for wildlife. several theater and arts with music festivals and performances all summer long.

There is no lack of hotels and house rentals.  You will love the fact that John Denver (noted singer) has placed funds for the sanctuary and preservation of this rapid growing area.

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