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Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

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Now that the wedding is out of the way, you and your partner can begin your new life together, starting with a romantic honeymoon. To help you kick-start your marriage (without the added stress of international travel), U.S. News has ranked the best domestic honeymoon spots. Vote for your favorite romantic U.S. getaways below to help us determine next year's ranking.

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Hawaii - The Big Island

#1 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: Sure, Maui, Oahu and Kauai may be more traditional choices for a Hawaiian honeymoon. But the Big Island offers geographic diversity in the form of lush jungles, lava deserts and even snow-capped mountains. Read More

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Kauai

#2 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: Kauai is the ideal honeymoon spot for couples who love to be outdoors. Beach-lovers can soak up the sunsets, sands and waves while hikers can enjoy Waimea Canyon and the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. Read More

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Maui

#3 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: Hundreds of honeymooners venture to Maui for the powdery sands and palatial resorts. But it's also great for couples who love adventure: hike through Haleakala to get your heart racing or learn to hula at a traditional luau. Read More

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Charleston

#4 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: 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 for an ultra-romantic honeymoon. Read More

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Jackson Hole

#5 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: For couples who prefer woodland retreats to beachfront getaways, Jackson Hole is the perfect locale. Fill your days with hiking or skiing, then find your way to a luxury resort to take in the mountain views with your sweetheart. Read More

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Lana'i

#6 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: The most exclusive of the Hawaiian Islands, Lana'i offers fewer crowds and more luxury. Lovebirds can spend their days taking in the jaw-dropping scenery: The red lava cliffs overlooking azure water seem ethereal. Read More

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Lake Tahoe

#7 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: Lake Tahoe is known for its crystal-clear waters and jagged peaks. Couples can spend the day on the lake and then turn up the romance with high-end dining on the lake's north shore or catching the sunset at Emerald Bay. Read More

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Honolulu - Oahu

#8 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: Honeymoons in Oahu offer plenty of diversity. Newlyweds can get pampered at luxury resorts, watch the North Shore's massive swells and take in high-class shopping, dining and avant-garde art museums in Honolulu. Read More

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Key West

#9 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

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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Savannah

#10 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: Slow down after your wedding with a honeymoon in Savannah, where the trees are draped in Spanish moss and the atmosphere is relaxed. After a stroll through Forsyth Park, feast on some classic Southern comfort foods. Read More

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Kennebunkport

#11 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: A peaceful spot on the southern coast of Maine, Kennebunkport offers honeymooners the perfect taste of New England. Take a stroll through Dock Square, grub on freshly caught lobster or spend quiet time together watching the waves at Walker's Point. Read More

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Martha's Vineyard

#12 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why Go: If your ideal honeymoon includes quiet beaches, cozy B&Bs and tasty seafood, then Martha's Vineyard may be for you. When you're not cozying up with your lover, visit Menemsha for a dazzling sunset or take a romantic stoll on Chappaquiddick's isolated sands. Read More

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Napa Valley

#13 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: If you and your new spouse are fans of top-notch wine, you'll find plenty of it in Napa. In between tastings, couples can split their time between activities like golf and world-class spa treatments. Read More

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Sedona

#14 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Why go: Sedona offers the perfect desert retreat for the recently hitched. Couples can spend their days exploring the Red Rocks on off-roading tours or lounging at one of the city's many world-class spas. Read More

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Cape Cod

#15 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

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. Read More

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