updated 09/06/2012 AT 12:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/06/2012 AT 4:05 PM ET
Michelle Obama knows exactly what she wants for her 20th wedding anniversary: a trip down memory lane.
“I’d want to retrace our honeymoon,” said the First Lady, who along with her husband, President Barack Obama, sat down with PEOPLE for a wide-ranging interview featured in this week’s issue.
The First Couple are not only in the middle of the Democratic Convention and a grueling reelection campaign, they’re also celebrating their anniversary on Oct. 3, only 34 days before Election Day.
“We started in San Francisco and spent a week driving through some of the prettiest …, ” Mrs. Obama said, wistfully remembering their honeymoon.
“Napa and Big Sur and Carmel,” said the President, jumping in on the nostalgia trip.
“We would stop, go to a nice dinner. I really loved that trip,” the First Lady added.
But, oh, how times have changed for the couple. Reminded that California is not a swing state and, as such, won’t likely be on the campaign calendar for October, the President brought his wife’s expectations back down to Earth. Instead of a road trip, the busy couple just hope to get some quality time alone one evening.
“We will get dinner,” he promised.
“That would be heaven,” Mrs. Obama replied sincerely.
For the full interview and behind-the-scenes exclusive photos from the Obama reelection campaign trail, pick up the new issue on PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Friday