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 below to help decide next year's list.
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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 trip. And if you're here from June to August, consider signing up for a whale watching tour.
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With lakes, meadows and mountains, Glacier National Park offers newlyweds incredible backdrops for beautiful photos. This Montana park boasts more than 1 million acres, so honeymooners will have no problem finding space for alone time. The fall months are the best time for budget travelers to visit because many accommodation options offer discounted rates, though some businesses do close after Labor Day. To save on lodging, snuggle up with your sweetie in a tent in one of the park's campgrounds.
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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 on this Massachusetts island in early fall can take advantage of discounted hotel prices and emptier shorelines. To save even more, newly married twosomes should plan to leave their car on the mainland. After all, a romantic stroll through the island's charming towns won't cost a thing.
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A honeymoon in Monterey, California, 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. Exploring Old Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve hand in hand are equally enchanting (and free) things to do. Vacation in the spring to secure the best prices.
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New York's Finger Lakes appeal to newly married duos who appreciate the outdoors and wine. In fact, there are more than 100 wineries in the Finger Lakes region. When you're not strolling through the romantic vineyards hand in hand, lace up your hiking boots for hikes through Watkins Glen State Park or Taughannock Falls State Park. For a memorable and charming lodging experience, skip the area's hotels and consider one of its glamping sites.
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The Grand Canyon is huge, which means it offers a stunning array of things to see and do for recently wed couples. After paying for an entrance permit, valid for a week, you can traverse the Arizona 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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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 and a variety of free attractions.
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Couples seeking a honeymoon full of history should travel to this Florida town. The oldest city in the U.S. offers all the makings of a romantic destination: cobblestone streets, quaint hotels, nearby beaches and colonial architecture. Newly married duos with a penchant for the paranormal should consider tagging along on one of the city's famed ghost tours, many of which visit top St. Augustine attractions, including St. George Street and the Old Jail.
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The tapestry of stars that light up Yellowstone's night sky makes this national park in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming 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 park's seemingly endless number of trails, rivers and geysers.
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Home to three entrances to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a no-brainer for twosomes who love the outdoors. When you and your new spouse aren't exploring the park, check out the city's quirkier attractions, such as the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Although Gatlinburg is a top choice for active honeymooners, it's also a popular spot for families, so keep that in mind if you're looking for more seclusion.
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For newlyweds who want a desert vacation without the high costs of Phoenix or Sedona, Tucson, Arizona, is a worthy compromise, especially for couples who enjoy the outdoors. Hike to your heart's content in Saguaro National Park or Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac. If you don't want to splurge on a stay at one of the city's luxurious resorts, consider purchasing a day pass to lounge by the pool.
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If you and your spouse love history and have a craving for Tex-Mex, there is no better postnuptial retreat than San Antonio. Spend your days admiring the preserved structures at the Alamo or San Antonio Missions National Historical Park before enjoying an evening along the lively River Walk. Time your honeymoon between November and April to enjoy pleasant temps and a reprieve from summer's crowds and high prices.
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