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If you’d like to have a romantic honeymoon in the US, then read on, fellow traveler. Here we provide a number of special spots for a number of different lovers’ locales from iconic to individualistic. Here then, are the 26 best honeymoon destinations in the USA.

Cozy US Honeymoon Hideaways 

1.  Nantucket, Massachusetts

There once was a groom from Nantucket, whose bride said: “Come here and just…”  Located off the coast of cozy Cape Cod, this idyllic island offers couples beautiful beaches and an adorable town as well. Rent bicycles and explore this classic romantic retreat. You can visit the whaling museum, the three charming lighthouses, and then enjoy an intimate lobster dinner for two too at the White Elephant or Brant Point Grill which overlooks the harbor.  

2.  A New England Road Trip

Turn your honeymoon into a really romantic road trip cruising through the charming towns of New England. Take in the assorted scenic sights of the rugged coastline, and lovely landscapes too. Enjoy intimate evenings in assorted bread & breakfasts In Vermont and Maine. See the White Mountains, and explore Acadia National Park. If you book an autumn wedding you can even take in the fantastic fall foliage.

3.  Niagara Falls, New York

Experts agree, years ago Niagara Falls used to be “the place to be” for a honeymoon in North America. Nevertheless, it remains a romantic location and is still home to several romantic resorts. Mind you, it’s a good idea to take your passports and cross the border to the Canadian side too. With boat tours, hiking trails, and the Cave of the Winds there’s plenty to do on the American side too.

4.  Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

You can find this idyllic isle off Cape Cod’s southern coast. This charming New England island is a lot like Nantucket. It includes beautiful beaches, quaint, tiny towns, and lovely lighthouses too. Martha’s Vineyard, however, is actually larger in size and offers visitors a bit more to explore when not intimately ensconced in their exceptional accommodations. If you can afford it, veteran visitors suggest staying at the Harbor View Hotel or Mansion House.

5.  Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is another honeymoon spot that’s quite cozy. Complete with awesome architecture, incredible oak trees, a relaxed atmosphere, and a distinctly delicious food scene, what more do you need? Stroll the town square hand-in-hand as duck into a museum, experience Forsyth Park, and explore the assorted eateries as you make plans for dinner. Looking for a beach getaway for some fun in the sun too? Check out Tybee Island which is right next door.

6.  Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, situated on the edge of the great Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is another fave for a romantic rendezvous. Conveniently located near the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, this is a great place for newly married couples who can’t decide on the city or the country. Its architecture and popular art and food scenes seemingly scream “city” but such action-filled activities as high adventure hiking and white water rafting cry out “country.” 

7.  Charleston, South Carolina

This cozy coastal city is roughly two hours north of the city of Savannah. Charleston not only has a reportedly “celebrated food scene”, interesting architecture, and surprisingly exceptional beaches, it also has a long-standing history that harkens back to the American Revolutionary War. Unlike nearby Savannah, it has a unique coastal vibe due in part to its plethora of palm trees. It also has a sense of charm perfect for couples seeking a slow-moving, laid-back location.

Tropical US Honeymoon Destinations 

8.  Hawaii

Hawaii is not only a classic, iconic honeymoon destination, it’s also a tropical one. With multiple islands, there’s much to choose from here. If you’re into hiking, head to the island of Kauai.

On Maui, there’s the popular Road to Hana. Be sure to spend some time on The Big Island exploring the nigh otherworldly Volcanoes National Park. Finally, spend at least one evening taking in the sunset on Oahu’s iconic Waikiki Beach.

9.  Puerto Rico

Here you can enjoy a cool Caribbean island without having to dig out your passport. Puerto Rico is just east of the distinctive Dominican Republic in the shining Caribbean Sea. It comes complete with a real rainforest, a stunning, rugged coastline, and the historic city of Old San Juan. If you’re looking for a beach retreat, be sure to visit the little island of Vieques. It’s a US territory, so your cell phone will work there too.  

10.  South Florida

From the Florida Keys to Miami, South Florida is a great place for a honeymoon. If you want a warm, sunny tropical honeymoon, the Keys have no shortage of beaches, palm trees, and pretty scenery. If you prefer a honeymoon with a metropolitan feel, Miami would be more to your liking. There you’ll find no shortage of nightclubs and exceptional eateries. Another excellent option is the water-lover’s favorite, Marco Island on the Gulf Coast west of Miami.

Big US City Honeymoon Ideas

11.  New York City, New York

“The Big Apple” is another classic honeymoon spot. Here you can do some romantic rowing in a boat in Central Park, share a kiss at the very top of the iconic Empire State Building, enjoy intimate dinners as you explore the food scene, and more. It’s also a great place for theatre lovers, and museum hoppers too. Book a room at the LUMA Hotel or perhaps The Beekman.

12.  Las Vegas, Nevada

“Sin City” has long been known as a playground for adults, the place to go for a quickie wedding, and a honeymoon hot spot for those into bright lights and naughty nightlife. Indoors you’ll enjoy shows, shopping, concerts, drinking, and gambling. Outdoors you have pool parties and desert day trips. You can even hit a drive-through chapel and get married by Elvis and go home with great wedding pictures!

13.  New Orleans, Louisiana

 

If you prefer to honeymoon where you can party in a truly unique city? Then this is the place! From a huge party scene in a historic environment to quirky museums and haunted accommodations, New Orleans has it all. Enjoy Mardi Gras, stroll through the Garden District, hit the jazz clubs, and don’t forget the beignets and gumbo either. This city of compliments and contradictions offers a fun and adventurous honeymoon location.

14.  Boston, Massachusetts 

History lovers will enjoy a honeymoon here amidst the beautiful architecture and cobblestone streets of historic Boston. Walk hand-in-hand along the famous Freedom Trail and learn about the Revolutionary War. You can stroll along the Harborwalk and the North End too. See the Boston Common and Public Gardens, catch a show, then dine in one of the city’s best restaurants. Into witches? Plan a day trip to Salem via train.

15.  Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is another prime candidate for a fun city honeymoon. It’s got something for both indoor lovers and outdoor lovers. Indoors you can explore one of the popular museums, hit a jazz club, or catch a comedy show.

Outdoor options include strolling through Millenium Park, where you’ll find Cloud Gate, a.k.a. “The Bean”, the famous Chicago Riverwalk, or an architecture river cruise. Don’t miss out on their famous deep-dish pizza either!

US Outdoor Adventure Honeymoon Spots 

16.  National Parks, Arizona And Utah

If you’re truly set on a real outdoor adventure on your honeymoon, consider Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Utah’s memorable Mighty 5 National Parks, and the palace in between them. Highlights here include Antelope Canyon, the Wave, Horseshoe Bend, and the well-known slot canyons of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The open-road aspect of this honeymoon adds a sense of adventure to your honeymoon (well beyond the bedroom.)

17.  Alaska

Looking for a cool place to chill on your honeymoon? Why not visit the largest state in the US? Here you will take in the sight of truly epic landscapes. Here you can go glacier hiking together near the city of Seward. You can also go whale watching, check out the scenery along the popular Alaska Railroad, and stroll through the distinctive Denali National Park as well.  

18.  A Pacific Northwest Road Trip, Oregon and Washington

This is a great honeymoon idea for any couple into exploring the open road together. You can even make a stop or two to see an inland attraction like Crater Lake. Other honeymoon highlights include Olympic Peninsula, North Cascades National Park, and such cities as Seattle and Portland. There are also little towns like Manzanita, and Leavenworth, the hot springs, waterfalls, and wine country.

19.  Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole is nestled amidst majestic mountain landscapes. This ski resort town offers some luxurious accommodations and is also not too far from two of the country’s most popular national parks: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. So you can ski all day and engage in more intimate action in total luxury at night. If you don’t want to use Jackson Hole for your base, reserve part of your honeymoon for trips to both of the previously-mentioned parks.  

Lowkey US Honeymoon Hideaways

20.Sanibel Island, Florida

You’ll find Sanibel Island in southwest Florida, in a place that feels far from busy Miami. This romantic retreat is a cozy place complete with beautiful beaches, a charming lighthouse, and a relaxed vibe. If you want a pinch of excitement in this honeymoon, save some time for exploring Miami too since they are actually under three hours apart.

21.  Texas Hill Country

“The stars at night are big and bright…”   The Lone Star State might not immediately come to mind when planning your honeymoon. Still, there are some romantic places there. In the Texas Hill Country. in Central Texas, you and your new spouse can enjoy strolling through the little towns, and sample the wares of the local breweries, and wineries. Need more outdoor action? Go hiking, enjoy the natural swimming holes.

22.  Gulf Shores, Alabama

You will find this special spot next to the more famous, pricey, and crowded Panhandle beaches. This is a fun, affordable place with a reported “under-the-radar” feel to it. If you’re looking for a sunny, lovely, peaceful alternative to the more commercial neighboring property, this place is a charming, low-key alternative for sure! If you get bored and miss the tourists, they’re right next door.

23.  Outer Banks, North Carolina

As regular readers know, Outer Banks has recently risen to the status of one of the most romantic places in the country. Here you will find barrier islands, beaches, and lighthouses too. You will be surprised at the deals you can get on a beach getaway here too. Here you can take a relaxing stroll through town, take a boat ride, go horseback riding, swimming, or even parasailing.

Additional Epic US Honeymoon Destinations

24.  Northern California

If you want a truly epic honeymoon in the US this place should be high on your list of possibilities. There is much here to see and experience–the giant Redwoods, San Francisco, the Napa wine country, and popular Yosemite National Park. You could turn your honeymoon into a romantic road trip. Don’t forget San Jose either–(assuming you know the way, of course).   

25.  Disney, California and Florida

Unsurprisingly, Disneyland and Walt Disney World are also classic honeymoon locations. However, some say Walt Disney World makes for a slightly better getaway. It includes dozens of resorts, four theme parks, and, some say, a nigh endless quantity of the “famous Disney magic.” Here cozy couples are reportedly “wined, dined, and doted on” Mickey and his company of cast members.

26.The Pacific Coast Highway

If you still need more of Northern California on a honeymoon then why not hit the iconic Pacific Coast Highway? Also known as Highway 1, this scenic drive can lead you to other areas of interest including Big Sur, Malibu, and Monterey. In fact, if you can spare the time, you could take a nice long romantic road trip from the sunny beaches of San Diego all the way up to the magnificent Redwood National Forest!



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