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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 a romatic 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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Why go: Hundreds of honeymooners venture to Maui each year 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 sunsets, sands and waves, not to mention its luxurious resorts. 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.  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. 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.  Read More»

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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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Why go: Lake Tahoe is known for its crystal-clear waters and jagged mountain peaks. Experience the area's trails before turning up the romance by watching the sunset at Emerald Bay. Read More»

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Why go: If you and your new spouse are fans of top-notch wine, you'll find plenty of it in Napa, where vineyards separate lavish golf courses and spas.  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: 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: For couples who prefer woodland retreats to beachfront getaways, Jackson Hole is the perfect locale. Fill your days with hiking and skiing, then find your way to a luxury resort to take in the mountainous views with your beau. 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 relaxed. After a moss-canopied stroll, you can enjoy the beach at Tybee Island or a picnic in Forsyth Park. Read More»

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Why go: This small Colorado town is ski-focused, 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: 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.  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.  Read More»

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Why go: Cozy and high-end, Naples feels indulgent and swanky without being snobby. Plus, it's off-the-beaten-path enough to allow for plenty of privacy. You and your partner can dine on some of Florida's best cusine and enjoy some of its most serene beaches. Read More»

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