10 Top Honeymoon Destinations in the US
With these incredible top honeymoon destinations in the US, there’s no need to travel internationally after your wedding: All of these incredible places are an easy plane ride or road trip away so you can spend more time relaxing and less time in transit. No matter where you choose to go, don’t book that honeymoon without considering these 5 things first!
The Florida Keys
This gorgeous chain of islands off of Florida’s southern coast is as close as you can get to the Caribbean without leaving the United States. Take in the never-ending party scene in Key West, go fishing off of Islamorada, or scuba dive at Key Largo’s John Pennekamp State Park. The crystal clear water and tangled mangrove trees will be calling you back for years to come.
While the entire stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway is worth a visit, there’s something incredibly romantic about the quaint town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Wander through the many shops in the square-mile village before walking along the beach for views of the Carmel Bay. The European-style architecture will have you thinking that you’re on another continent–but without all of the hassle of international travel.
Located just a short drive from Georgia’s coast, this historic city is filled with romantic oak trees dripping moss, tidy squares, and Southern hospitality. Join the crowds each night for a fun pub walk along River Street, take a walking tour, or pack a picnic lunch in Forsyth Park. If the ocean calls your name, nearby Tybee Island has plenty of sunshine and surf to sate any beach lover’s appetite.
New York City
Take a bite out of the Big Apple on your honeymoon! With world renowned museums, thousands of shops, and multiple James Beard award-winning chefs, there’s something for everyone in New York City. Stroll hand in hand through Central Park before splitting an ice cream sundae at Serendipity 3. End the perfect day with a Broadway show or a nighttime cruise of the harbor.
Charleston, South Carolina
With delicious soul food around every corner and hundreds of small streets to explore, Charleston will leave you even more in love with your spouse than when you arrived. The historic area is easily walkable, so check out the shops on King Street before you pick a spot for lunch. You’ll find shrimp and grits on nearly every menu, each with the individual chef’s personal twist. Don’t forget to include a sunset walk along the Battery to set the mood for the evening to come.
While there are many gorgeous spots along Maine’s coast, few have the adorable character and hometown feel of Kennebunkport (and nearby Kennebunk). Spend your time walking along the craggy coast, making friends in the local restaurants, and enjoying the sweeping coastal views. See the area on a bike or scooter to cover more ground. Kennebunkport is beautiful from the water, too: take a whale watching tour for the ocean encounter of a lifetime.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Set off the coast of North Carolina, this string of islands is best known for its towering sand dunes, picturesque lighthouses, and wild horses. While you’ll hear plenty about the Wright Brothers (they made their first successful flight here in 1903), the Outer Banks’ history actually predates Jamestown with the Roanoke settlement. If you’re looking for a meaty slice of history alongside untouched beaches, start planning your Outer Banks honeymoon.
Walt Disney World, Florida
No, it’s not just for kids! Walt Disney World has recently become one of the top honeymoon destinations in the US, thanks to its extensive variety of restaurants, plush accommodations, and outside-the-park entertainment. You’ll see another side of your spouse as you both whirl around on the teacups at the Magic Kingdom’s Mad Tea Party or see lions and giraffes on the safari at Animal Kingdom. Enjoy the sophisticated atmostphere at the Grand Floridian’s Five Diamond Award-winning Victoria and Albert’s restaurant before heading over to Disney Springs to take in a showing of Cirque du Soliel’s La Nouba.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Everything seems possible under the sparkling lights of Las Vegas, one of the enduring top honeymoon destinations in the US. Even if you’re not ready to hang out at the poker table for your entire honeymoon, you and your spouse will find plenty to do here from stage shows to shopping to thrill rides. Stand in awe at the Fountains at the Bellagio, or take a moment to discover the colorful glass creations of Dale Chihuly inside the Bellagio’s lobby. Sneak away to Italy with a gondola ride at the Venetian. With acts like Celine Dion, the Blue Man Group, and Cirque du Soleil, there’s something to entertain you every evening.
Napa Valley, California
Kick back by the vineyards with a glass of wine in your hand: you’re exactly where you need to be. With over 400 wineries in the area, Napa Valley is an excellent place to discover a new favorite drink. If you’re ready to do something other than wine tastings, there’s plenty available from a mud bath at Calistoga to hiking in the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park to tours of an authentic medieval castle at Castello di Amorosa. For a truly memorable experience, book one of the hot air balloon flights to see the valley from a new perspective.