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 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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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, volcanic craters and even snow-capped mountains. For some of the island's most idyllic scenery, check out Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and Akaka Falls State Park.
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Big Sur's towering cliffs, serene waters and secluded location make it a superb option for honeymooners seeking peace and quiet. Take a tour of the Point Sur Lighthouse or enjoy each other's company on a stroll down tranquil Pfeiffer Beach. After that, retreat to a nearby inn for a couples spa treatment.
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Kauai is the ideal honeymoon spot for duos who love to be outdoors. Beach lovers can soak up the sunsets at Lumahai Beach or swim and boogie board at Kalapaki Beach. On the flip side, hikers looking for some adventure can explore the winding trails and gorgeous lookouts of Waimea Canyon State Park.
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Carmel Beach#4 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
With its charming inns, white sand beaches, quaint restaurants and laid-back tasting rooms, this European-style seaside town is California’s one-stop shop for romance. Newlyweds can stroll along picturesque Ocean Avenue to do some shopping and end the day with a breathtaking sunset on Carmel Beach.
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Hundreds of honeymooners venture to Maui for its powdery sands, tropical foliage and palatial resorts. But it's also great for adventure-loving duos: hike through Haleakala National Park to get your heart racing or learn to hula at a traditional luau.
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This idyllic beach town on the west coast of Florida attracts newlyweds with its laid-back vibes and gorgeous coastal views. Visit Bowman’s Beach to comb for seashells – a must-do in Sanibel – and then take a short drive to neighboring Captiva Island for a romantic sunset dinner.
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The most exclusive of the Hawaiian Islands, Lanai offers fewer crowds and more luxury. Lovebirds can spend their days taking in jaw-dropping scenery – like ethereal red lava cliffs overlooking azure water – on foot or from a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
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This California locale's small-town charm and excellent wine woo honeymooners in search of a relaxing getaway. Plus, Sonoma boasts several intimate and serene hotels, perfect for enjoying some quality time together. To amp up the romance, pack a picnic lunch to savor at an area winery, like Cline Cellars.
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This South Carolina city pours on the Southern charm like gravy on biscuits. Cobblestone streets lined with Southern-style mansions and Spanish moss-draped trees set the scene, while a horse-drawn carriage ride will set the mood for an ultra-romantic honeymoon.
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For couples who prefer woodland retreats to beachfront getaways, Jackson Hole is the perfect locale. Fill your days with hiking or skiing, then enjoy a relaxing soak at the Granite Hot Springs or a glass of wine and sweeping mountain views at a luxury resort.
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Cannon Beach#11 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
Cannon Beach offers a number of quaint inns and lodges to choose from, some of which feature romantic perks like fireplaces and soaking tubs. Take in Oregon’s stunning scenery at Ecola State Park, followed by a picnic at Arcadia Beach. More adventurous pairs should explore the sea caves and waterfall at Hug Point during low tide, or traverse Oswald West State Park’s scenic hiking trails.
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Honeymoons in Oahu offer plenty of diversity. Newlyweds can get pampered at one of Honolulu's luxury resorts, watch the North Shore's massive swells and take in high-class shopping, dining and avant-garde art museums before ending the day at Sunset Beach.
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Slow down after your wedding with a honeymoon in Savannah, where the trees are draped in Spanish moss and the atmosphere is easygoing. After a stroll through Forsyth Park or a few hours sunbathing on nearby Tybee Island, feast on some classic Southern comfort foods.
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Lake Tahoe is known for its crystal-clear waters and jagged peaks. Couples can spend the day boating on the lake or schussing the slopes before turning up the romance with a gourmet meal on the lake's north shore or catching a sunset at Emerald Bay State Park.
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The relaxed pace of this South Carolina town makes it the perfect venue for post-wedding bliss. Honeymooners can enjoy spa services, tennis and golf by day, followed by live music and romantic dinners on the water at night. And of course, the city’s 12 miles of golden sands – including Coligny Beach and the less-crowded Alder Lane – are not to be missed.
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