Today was an exciting day because we finally got around to booking our honeymoon. After months of umm-ing and aah-ing over exactly where in America we want to go (I've never been, and it's full of great places), we decided just to make a decision and stick with it.
So the plan is as follows:
1. We are flying into Las Vegas first, where we will be staying at the Venetian hotel in their luxury suite for three nights. And fabulously tacky it looks too, I can't wait to ride the gondola!
2. During this time we will take an excursion to the Grand Canyon. This is the only part yet to be booked, I'm thinking helicopter breakfast? We are going in August, so it will be hot.
3. After three nights in Vegas we are flying to Houston, Texas, where we pick up a rental car.
4. We then have 19 glorious days to see as much as we can of the Southern States. As Houston is on the Louisiana side of Texas, we're going to definitely go to New Orleans.
5. After 19 days, we have to be in Nashville to return the car and fly back to London.
I'm still not great on distances, but there are several ways we can get to Nashville, some short some long. American friends or people who have visited the South, how much can we realistically hope to get done in 19 days? Tom's only sticking point is that he must see Graceland (Memphis) and my sticking point was Nashville, which is the end-point anyway. We are both into history and sight-seeing and I fancy seeing some Gone-With-The-Wind-Style plantations and houses and of course the Mississippi river. Tom absolutely loves blues music and wants to soak up some Southern atmosphere.
I'm so excited now that we have actually booked. I've travelled all over Europe but have never actually been outside of the continent (long-haul flights = expensive, but that's OK for a honeymoon). Tom's only ever been to Florida as a child to do Disneyland and all the Theme Parks, so it's new and exciting for both of us.