10 Best U.S. Minimoon Destinations
If you and your spouse-to-be crave a quick trip away after the wedding, we have the perfect option. All of these minimoon options are located in the continental U.S., which means that you’ll be able to hop a flight for a long weekend after you exchange vows.
Minimoons are a great option for couples who have limited vacation time from work, a strict budget, or no desire for an extended adventure. Whether you’re putting off a longer honeymoon because of school scheduling or you’d rather use your extra money towards a house down payment, you’ve got some great options for some quick, enjoyable quality time post-wedding. Dive into a few slices (or an entire pie!) of Chicago’s famed deep dish pizza before you explore the Windy City. Wander along the Chicago River, learn something new at the Field Museum, and see the city from a new perspective at the top of the Willis Tower. Head over to Navy Pier for some great eats, unique shops, and carnival-style rides for the kid inside you. If you’re a Cubs fan, you won’t want to miss a game at Wrigley Field. End your day with laughs at a Second City comedy show or catch a play at one of Chicago’s many theatres.
A thriving city with modern, Southern charm, Atlanta has art museums, green spaces and some excellent shopping. Check out the funky art shops in Virginia Highlands or the upscale designer stores in Buckhead. Take a romantic stroll with your sweetie through Piedmont Park, a 189-acre space just a mile from the heart of downtown. The World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium are two more must-see sights for anyone heading to Hot-lanta. Braves fans might catch a fly ball at Turner Field, while lovers of Gone with the Wind shouldn’t miss touring Margaret Mitchell’s house, where she wrote her famed novel.
If you want to kick back and just have fun on your minimoon, head to Orlando, Florida’s amuseument and vacation capital. Indulge your inner kid with a few days riding the rides at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, see the city from a new perspective on the Orlando Eye, or slip down the slides at one of the area’s many water parks. If you’re hoping to indulge in some retail therapy, you’ll be spoiled for choices: from the retail shops at Disney Springs to the deals at the outlet malls, you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir there somewhere.
Graceful oak trees, manicured squares and antebellum houses: Savannah is made for romantic strolls. Linger along River Street (and be sure to sample some taffy at the candy stores!) before heading over to Broughton Street, where you’ll find some eclectic and one-of-a-kind stores filled with everything from antiques to local art to handcrafted soaps. Pick up a gourmet picnic from one of the city’s many eateries and find the perfect spot for lunch by the fountain at Forsyth Park. When the sun goes down, take a walking tour before sampling some of Savannah’s famed nightlife.
Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is renowned for its romantic atmosphere–and for good reason. With over 450 wineries in the region, you can make a trip out of sampling the wares of your favorite brand, and perhaps finding a few new favorites along the way. Even if you’re not a wine connoisseur, there’s plenty to offer a couple on a quick getaway. See a spectacular sunset from one of the hot air balloon company tours, hike the 55,000 acres of the Land Trust of Napa, or enroll in a cooking course at a local culinary school.
New York City, New York
You could spend a lifetime exploring every corner of New York City, but the Big Apple makes for a great long weekend escape as well. Whether it’s your first time or your hundredeth, you’ll want to dive into the culture, shopping, art, and atmosphere of the city with your new spouse. If you prefer a bit of learning on your minimoon, don’t miss the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are professional basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer games for the sports fan, while shoppers will rejoice in the wide variety of stores across all five boroughs. Save room for a traditional New York slice of pizza, a fresh bagel and schmear and a huge ice cream sundae at Serendipity 3.
San Antonio, Texas
Don’t be distracted by Dallas-Fort Worth or Houston – head to San Antonio for a Texas-sized minimoon. The River Walk is a must-do with its shops and restaurants along the banks of the San Antonio River. Thrill seekers will have a blast at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld San Antonio, while history buffs can’t miss a visit to the Alamo Mission and the Cathedral of San Fernando. Stroll with your sweetie through the city’s beautiful botanical gardens, Breckenridge Park and Japanese Tea Garden. Don’t forget to see who’s playing at the historic Majestic Theatre during your stay, too.
Los Angeles, California
Be dazzled during your visit to the home of movie stars! Bask in the California sun as you see if your hand fit into those of celebrities in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, or take a tour of movie stars’ homes. Add some culture into your visit with a stop at the Broad Museum and the Getty. Indulge your inner scientist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Space Center. Don’t forget to allot time for lingering along the Santa Monica Bay, where you can ride a roller coaster and Ferris wheel on the iconic pier.
Day or night, it’s always hot in Miami. Show off your toned wedding physique on the white sands of South Beach before strolling through the Art Deco District to find trendy bars, clubs and restaurants. While it might be tempting to stay on the beaches for your entire stay (and no one would blame you if you did!), the Miami area has plenty of other options as well. Take a guided tour into the Florida Everglades to see local wildlife up close or snorkel along the coral reef at Biscayne National Park. Sample the wares at America’s southermost brewery, Schnebly Redlands Winery and Brewery, or walk through the city’s two botanical gardens.
Charleston, South Carolina
Even though Charleston is much smaller than most of the cities on this list, it makes up in charm and history what it lacks in size. Consistently ranking on lists of must-see places in America, Charleston is best known for its antebellum homes, walkable historic downtown and its wide array of culinary delights. The Holy City is best seen by foot, so grab your walking shoes. King Street is loaded with high end shops, while East Bay Street has multiple award-winning restaurants. Take a tour of one of the historic homes open to the public or head just outside of the downtown area to learn more about life on the area’s plantations. Beach lovers will be delighted in Charleston’s beaches, which are a quick drive from the historic area.