Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Now that the wedding is out of the way, you and your partner can begin your new life together, starting with an oh-so-romantic honeymoon. To help you kick-start your marriage (without the added stress of international travel), U.S. News Travel has ranked the best domestic honeymoon spots. All of these places offer a little something special to make your trip as unique as the love you share.

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Why Go: This Hawaiian island says "aloha" to hundreds of honeymooners each year who come for the powdery sands and palatial resorts. But Maui also caters to the adventurous set. Start your marriage with a hike through Haleakala and a hula dance at a traditional luau. Read More»

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Why Go: If you've dismissed Hawaii as a mainstream honeymoon spot, take a closer look at Kauai. This island caters to beach-lovers with its tangerine sunsets, coffee-colored sands and aquamarine waves, not to mention its luxurious resorts. Read More»

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Why Go: Forget Oahu's overrun beaches and Maui's crowded resorts. This exclusive island is home to jaw-dropping scenery: The red lava cliffs overlooking azure water seem ethereal. But the views aren't the only thing that's out of this world: Price tags here are sky-high, too. Read More»

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Why Go: Craving the Caribbean but not the international travel hassles? For opulent hotels and a taste of adventure, head to St. Thomas; for history and natural beauty, try St. John; and for serenity, visit St. Croix. Wherever you choose, you're sure to feel postnuptial bliss. Read More»

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Why Go: Begin your marriage with a taste of Hollywood romance ("Gone with the Wind"-style) in Charleston. This South Carolina city pours on the Southern charm like gravy on biscuits. Cobblestone streets set the scene, while a horse-drawn carriage ride sets the mood. Read More»

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Why Go: Robert Louis Stevenson once equated wine to "bottled poetry." If you and your amour are fans of top notch vino, you'll find plenty of it in Napa, where vineyards separate lavish golf courses and spas. So plan for days overflowing with Cabernets and Sauvignon Blancs. Read More»

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Why Go: Lake Tahoe is known for its picturesque landscape, making it a great place to celebrate your marriage. You can enjoy the crystal-clear waters and jagged mountain peaks from the trails before turning up the romance by watching the sunset at Emerald Bay. Read More»

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Why Go: Sure, Maui, Oahu and Kauai may be more traditional choices for a Hawaiian honeymoon. But the Big Island has geographic diversity in the form of lush jungles, lava deserts and even snowcapped mountains. Plus it's got Kilauea, an active volcano. Read More»

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Why Go: Singer-songwriter John Denver once described Aspen as a place with "memories that can't grow old." This small Colorado town is ski-central, but you don't have to hit the slopes to enjoy Aspen's striking scenery. At night, you can hunker down in a cozy lodge. Read More»

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Why Go: Literary buffs will adore spending their honeymoon exploring the wintertime haunts of Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams. But Key West's laid-back vibe and sunny beaches will even appeal to the not-so-literati. Read More»

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Why Go: Looking for island romance mixed with cosmpolitan luxury? Honeymoon on Oahu, where you can switch between the North Shore's pretty beaches and massive swells and Honolulu's high-rise hotels and shopping meccas. Read More»

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Why Go: Slow down after your wedding with a honeymoon in Savannah, where the trees are draped in Spanish moss and the atmosphere is Southern and relaxed. After a moss-canopied stroll, you can enjoy a jaunt to the beach at Tybee Island or enjoy a picnic in Forsyth Park. Read More»

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Why Go: Nantucket features a charming atmosphere that complements honeymooners' needs. Couples can spend their first few days of marital bliss lazing along the beach or bike-riding along the water. And for a true taste of the island, savor local wine at Cisco Brewers. Read More»

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Why Go: For the laid-back beachcomber, Monterey is a great place to celebrate new nuptials. Quiet communities like Carmel-by-the-Sea provide a lavish home base for serene strolls on the sand, while Pebble Beach boasts all the green you'll need to tee off your marriage. Read More»

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Why Go: If you and your other half want to keep things casual, retreat to Cape Cod. Life moves at a slower pace here: You'll spend your days lounging on honey-colored sands and delighting in succulent seafood. Should you crave more adventure, explore funky Provincetown. Read More»

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Why Go: If your perfect honeymoon includes quiet beaches, cozy B&Bs and delicious seafood, then Martha's Vineyard may be for you. When you're not cozying up with your partner, head to Menemsha for a dazzling sunset or take a romantic stroll along Chappaquiddick's isolated sands. Read More»

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Why Go: Although it's fewer than 100 miles from bustling L.A., Santa Barbara may as well be a world away. You can spend your days strolling along golden sands, dining at elegant restaurants, watching spectacular sunsets and lounging at opulent resorts. Read More»

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