One of the most incredible things about the United States is the vast geography of the country. Skiing and snow-covered mountains, tropical beaches, vineyards, lush forests, arid dessert, whatever your preference there is a little something for everyone. After the expense of a wedding, the honeymoon can feel like spending additional money that you might not have to spare.
Deciding to stay in the US for your honeymoon can save you some money and you won’t have to miss out on the romance or an experience of a lifetime. Below we’ll take a look at the 10 best cities to go for your honeymoon in the US.
10 Sanibel Island
Florida has some incredible beaches, restaurants, and scenery, but nothing quite beats Sanibel Island. If long walks on the beach are just what you’re looking for on your honeymoon then book your trip to Sanibel and enjoy everything it has to offer. Pick up some unique and beautiful seashells on Bowman’s Beach, catch a Broadway show at the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater, visit the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for a hike or bike ride. Take advantage of some excellent seafood and incredible dining options as well. You won’t be disappointed.
Hawaii has no shortage of beautiful islands where you can spend your honeymoon. The Big Island offers a wide variety of activities and sights which is why it is a great choice. You can visit the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and perhaps see some lava flowing, spend some time on one of the picturesque beaches, Kaunaoa or Anaehoomalu Beach are both great options. Go shopping at the Hilo Farmer’s market and buy some souvenirs and local produce. There are also lots of options for helicopter cruises to get an aerial view of the island.
The Pocono Mountains span part of Northeastern Pennsylvania and lookout offer the Delaware River and Delaware Water Gap. The mountains are met at the north by Lake Wallenpaupack and are a popular area with several resorts that host activities like fishing, hunting, and skiing. There are all-inclusive couples retreats that you can book for your honeymoon that has activities like a driving range, boat rides, and on-site entertainment.
Charleston, South Carolina is known for friendly people, incredible architecture and history and fantastic restaurants. Check out a boat tour to get some water time logged and get a different view of all the beautiful landmarks in the city. You may even spot a dolphin!
After your trip out to sea, get your land legs back with a walking tour of the city. Explore and learn about this history of the city’s downtown and even learn about pirates and possibly a ghost story or two. You can also take a food tour if you’d rather indulge than walk around the city. Charleston is full of excellent restaurants and there are several tour companies that offer food tours.
Sticking to the south for this next destination, Savannah, Georgia is another city that is a great option for a honeymoon. This southern city is as full of charm as it is things to do. Check out an event at Wormsloe Estate and walk up the incredible lane formed by oak trees with hanging moss that is everything you imagine the South to be. Tour Old For Jackson to see the oldest standing brick fort in Georgia if history is your thing. Take a stroll on the riverfront and enjoy the cobblestone streets while doing some shopping, stopping for dinner, or grabbing a drink.
5 Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe has a little bit of something for just about everyone. Whether its excellent restaurants, shopping, skiing, or golfing there is something for almost every couple to enjoy on their honeymoon.
A visit to D.L. Bliss State Park offers up trails, beaches, and campsites if you want to sleep under the stars. Check out the slopes at Alpine Meadows or Squaw Valley or take to the air in a balloon ride. If all the fresh air wears you out, head over to Harrah’s Casino for a little gambling.
Sonoma Valley in California is definitely the honeymoon of choice for wine drinkers, but there’s so much more to do that sample the local vintages. The impressive vistas of rolling hills of grapevines set the background for stops to vineyard tours, but be sure to check out Sonoma Plaza for some shopping, to check out the farmer’s market, or get some lunch. Fictions fans might want to stop by the Jack London State Historic Park, where his house and a museum are located on the 1,400 acres.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire might be a small coastal town but it’s rich in history and charm. Visit Strawberry Banke Museum, a 10-acre outdoor space with gardens, 37 historic buildings that are over 300 hundred years old, and even a pond where you can ice skate. Tour one of the area’s breweries by taking a bus tour which will shuttle you around to some great tasting stops. Visitors can also take some time on the water with a cruise on a steamboat and get your fill of lighthouses or hop on a party cruise.
Branson, Missouri should be the honeymoon destination of choice for anyone who loves the great outdoors but is also a fan of live music. For those couples who are kids at heart, head to Silver Dollar City for a day of rides and games at this theme park. Stop by the Titanic museum next to see more than 400 artifacts from the famous ship. Honeymooners can also take a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway experiencing the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in a fun and unique way.
1 St. John, US Virgin Islands
If sun, sand, and tropical drinks in hand is the dream honeymoon then St. John in the US Virgin Islands is the perfect spot. The crystal-clear waters are so inviting you won’t want to miss out on snorkeling or even scuba diving. There’s plenty of nightlife to keep you busy in Cruz Bay and lots of shopping in Coral Bay. Of course, lounging on the beach all day is also a fantastic way to pass the time on your honeymoon.