I'm getting married next May (2013), and my finacée and I would love to visit Yosemite for our honeymoon. We both enjoy hiking any anything outdoors, so this seems like an ideal place to go. Currently, we are looking at a 14 night trip, with 3 or 4 nights in San Francisco, leaving 10 or 11 nights for Yosemite and the nearby area. As we are getting married in May, close to then would seem the ideal time to visit due to the waterfalls being in full flow, but we both think the Tuolumne Meadow looks stunning, and from what i've read, that isn't accessible until much later. Due to this, we are thinking that late August/Early September would be a great time to visit. The current plan is to spend 5 nights at the Tioga Pass Resort and do the main walks around there, with a visit to Bodie too. The other 5 nights would be either in the Valley itself, or to the south in a small cabin or condo, or even a tent as we are both happy to camp. From the southern point, I was thinking we could visit the all of the main places of interest in the Valley region, plus places like King's Canyon if we fancied it.
Does all of the above sound feasible in a 10 day trip? Would we be better staying in one, central location rather than splitting our time? Are there any "hidden gems" for places to stay? The main hotels don't really interest due to the crowds. Likewise, are there any "hidden gem" trails, that will be quiet and allow us to see Yosemite at its best? Finally, would people recommend staying in SF before or after the trip to Yosemite? I have no idea about the logistics of getting in and out of the city. We will be renting a car.
Thanks very much for any help.