Best Cheap Honeymoons in the U.S.
When you embark on your first vacation as spouses, you may not have lots of cash to burn on an extravagant honeymoon – especially after a costly dream wedding. For this reason, U.S. News rounded up several stateside honeymoon destinations that fit a range of budgets. Vote for your favorite destinations to help decide next year's list.
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The tapestry of stars that light up Yellowstone's night sky makes this national park outshine even the most romantic honeymoon destinations. Adventurous couples can opt to spend their trip in a tent or stay in a nearby town to save some coin since lodging in the park can be expensive. Entrance permits to Yellowstone are valid for a week, meaning one fee grants newlyweds access to the seemingly endless number of trails, rivers and geysers.
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Although it's known as a summer getaway for the rich and famous, Martha's Vineyard can also be an affordable honeymoon destination. Couples who wed in early fall can take advantage of discounted hotel prices and a stroll through the island's charming towns won't cost you a thing.
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A honeymoon in Monterey is all about appreciating natural beauty. Take the scenic route with your sweetheart along the Pacific coastline's 17-Mile Drive or relax along the white sand beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Vacation in the spring to secure the best prices.
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Newlyweds often overlook this sliver of North Carolina's coast. The Outer Banks offers the tranquility of a charming East Coast town, but its discounted hotel rates and assortment of vacation rentals make planning a trip here possible at nearly any budget. Though these shores may lack the fine dining and luxury resorts of other romantic spots, they make up for it with pristine sands.
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With lakes, meadows and mountains, Glacier National Park offers newlyweds incredible backdrops for beautiful photos. The park boasts more than 1 million acres, so honeymooners will have no problem finding space for alone time. Fall months are the best time for budget travelers to visit because many lodging options offer discounted rates, however some businesses do close after Labor Day.
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The Grand Canyon is huge, which means that it offers a stunning array of things to see and activities for recently wed couples. After paying for an entrance permit, valid for a week, you can traverse the canyon on foot for free (more luxurious options cost extra). The best times to visit are in the spring and fall since honeymooners will not have to compete for hotel rooms and trail territory with hordes of families.
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Matching the Cape's tranquility is hard. Peppered with bed-and-breakfasts, this quaint part of Massachusetts delivers delicious seafood and miles of serene shoreline. Summer is the Cape's peak season, but fall and spring offer a more romantic, intimate atmosphere (and lower hotel rates).
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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Ogunquit boasts the romantic combination of beautiful beaches and impressive boats Maine is known for. Whether you're looking for a honeymoon suite or a small room at a bed-and-breakfast, Ogunquit is guaranteed to provide the perfect, cozy option. Be sure to catch a stellar East Coast sunrise during your visit.
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This coastal town in Rhode Island is known for its beautiful mansions and renowned sailing regatta, plus there's no shortage of budget-friendly eateries, lodging options and activities for honeymooners. Plan a romantic car ride down Ocean Drive to take in Newport's oceanfront cliffs and houses, then enjoy the beaches (free to visit) and wineries (which offer tastings of several wines for a nominal fee).
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Outdoorsy couples planning to honeymoon in the fall or winter should consider the budget-friendly Stowe, Vermont. More affordable than luxury ski spots out west, Stowe still offers a top-notch ski resort and plenty of powdery slopes in the winter. Those who visit in autumn will be treated to photo ops of the beautiful fall foliage.
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