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Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
Now that the wedding is out of the way, you and your spouse can begin your new life together with a romantic honeymoon. To help you plan an enjoyable post-wedding trip without the added stress of international travel, U.S. News has ranked the best honeymoon destinations in the USA. Vote for your favorite romantic U.S. getaways below to help us determine next year's ranking. (Note: Some of the below destinations may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Check with the CDC and the U.S. Department of State before traveling.)
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The Hawaiian island of Kauai is the ideal honeymoon destination for duos who enjoy spending time outdoors. Beach lovers can soak up some sun at Hanalei Bay or swim and boogie board at Kalapaki Beach. More adventurous couples can explore the winding trails and gorgeous lookouts of Waimea Canyon State Park, embark on a zip lining excursion or bond over one of the island's many other adrenaline-pumping activities. Meanwhile, sports enthusiasts can kayak along the Garden Island's scenic rivers and – weather permitting – paddle into the Pacific Ocean.
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Hundreds of honeymooners venture to Maui to take advantage of its powdery sands, tropical foliage and palatial resorts. But this Hawaiian island is also great for adventure-loving duos: Hike through Haleakala National Park to get your heart racing, or hop aboard a helicopter for an exhilarating aerial tour of the island. After enjoying an adrenaline rush, stop at one of Maui's roadside farm stands to sample fresh pineapple and other tropical fruits. No Maui honeymoon would be complete without eating delectable Hawaiian cuisine and watching a hula performance during a traditional luau.
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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. Journey to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and Akaka Falls State Park for some of the island's most idyllic scenery. Then, travel to Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano and the highest point in the Hawaiian Islands, for unobstructed views of the glittering stars above.
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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. Hike and picnic amid the redwoods at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, or enjoy each other's company during a stroll down tranquil Pfeiffer Beach. For incredible views of the California coast and the chance to spot wild animals like humpback whales and California condors, take a long drive down state Route 1. Wrap up your day with a couples spa treatment at a nearby inn.
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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. Stay in one of the cozy, romantic inns and cottages that dot the coast for a bit of privacy. When you're ready to venture outside your digs, visit Bowman's Beach to comb for seashells – a must-do in Sanibel – or enjoy a relaxing bike ride through J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. As the sun sets, savor a romantic waterfront meal on neighboring Captiva Island.
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The most exclusive of the Hawaiian Islands, tiny Lanai offers fewer crowds than its neighbors but just as many breathtaking views. Lovebirds can spend their days hiking to overlooks with jaw-dropping scenery – like ethereal red lava cliffs overlooking azure water – or exploring the island on a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Couples can also stretch out on isolated Polihua Beach or try snorkeling near Hulopoe Beach Park. Duos who time their postnuptial getaways between winter and spring should also save time for a whale watching excursion.
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Honeymoons on Oahu offer plenty of diversity. Newlyweds can get pampered at one of Honolulu's luxury resorts, watch the North Shore's massive swells and enjoy high-class shopping, dining and avant-garde art museums. There are also plenty of adventurous date options on Oahu, including snorkeling, sky diving, parasailing and scuba diving. History-loving couples should also leave time for visits to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and Diamond Head State Monument. For a romantic way to end the day, head to Sunset Beach to stroll hand in hand on the sand while the sun goes down.
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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 for your honeymoon. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride to see the sights and set the mood. Then, unwind with a relaxing spa treatment or explore Charleston harbor during a sunset cruise. Commemorate your trip with a photo beneath the Angel Oak tree on nearby Johns Island. With an array of lodging options, from conventional hotels to quaint bed-and-breakfast accommodations, you're sure to find the perfect honeymoon suite for your trip.
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Cannon Beach#9 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
Cannon Beach, Oregon, offers a number of cozy inns and lodges to choose from, some of which feature romantic perks like fireplaces and soaking tubs. Take in the area's stunning scenery at Ecola State Park before enjoying a picnic at Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site. More adventurous pairs should explore the sea caves and waterfall at Hug Point State Recreation Site during low tide or traverse Oswald West State Park's scenic hiking trails. There are also many restaurants scattered throughout the downtown area, so you'll have many options when it comes to a date night dinner.
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Lake Tahoe, which straddles the California-Nevada border, 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. Duos who wish to test Lady Luck should visit one of the many casinos that sit close to the lake. Or, for a more unique experience, cozy up to one another in a gondola and admire the surrounding mountains as you drift along.
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Carmel Beach#11 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
With its charming inns, white sand beaches, quaint restaurants and laid-back wine-tasting rooms, the European-style seaside town of Carmel is California's one-stop shop for romance. Stroll hand in hand along picturesque Ocean Avenue while checking out the street's boutiques before heading to the beach to enjoy a leisurely day of sunbathing, surfing and swimming. To dial up the romance, go for a walk along the beachside Scenic Bluff Path and end your day cuddling beside a beach bonfire watching the sun set.
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Slow down after your wedding with a honeymoon in Savannah, Georgia, 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 at one of Savannah's highly regarded eateries. If you share a love of the paranormal, sign up for a ghost tour of some of the city's most haunted sites. Or, if you're looking for classic romance, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Historic District.
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For couples who prefer woodland retreats to beachfront getaways, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the perfect locale. Spend hours hiking or skiing, then enjoy a relaxing soak at the Granite Hot Springs or a glass of wine at a luxury resort. Lovebirds can dial up the romance with a scenic horseback riding excursion straight out of a movie. Honeymooners should also save time for dinner and a show at the Jackson Hole Playhouse or splurge on a private hot air balloon ride at sunrise.
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This charming village in Maine beckons to couples with outdoor excursions, secluded bed-and-breakfast accommodations, ocean views and fresh seafood restaurants. Stroll hand in hand along the Shore Path, or embark on a boat ride in the harbor. As the gateway to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor offers easy access to scenic hikes and other adrenaline-pumping activities. You and your sweetheart can even hike Cadillac Mountain and be the first people in the country to see the sun rise.
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Amelia Island#15 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
Honeymooners choose this Florida locale for its 13 miles of seashell- and shark teeth-covered coastline. In addition to swimming, shelling and lounging on the sand, lovebirds can enjoy a romantic seaside horseback ride or a round of golf on one of Amelia Island's many courses. Active couples will enjoy cycling along the Amelia Island Trail or one of the island's many other designated bike paths. When it's time to eat, venture to Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach to dine at one of the charming village's restaurants.
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This North Carolina destination, which is nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the ideal getaway for active couples. Asheville offers hiking trails for honeymooners of all skill levels that lead to scenic overlooks, wildflower fields and waterfalls. Other outdoor activities include kayaking, whitewater rafting and horseback riding. After a long day of exploring, say cheers to love at one of the city's many breweries. Or, venture into a few of downtown's independent boutiques for some retail therapy before satiating your appetite at a local restaurant.
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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. Be sure to drop by Harbour Town for a daytime date of shopping, yacht-spotting and gazing at its iconic red-and-white lighthouse. And, of course, the town's 12 miles of golden sands – including Coligny Beach Park and less-crowded Mitchelville Beach – are not to be missed.
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Nantucket, Massachusetts, features a charming atmosphere that complements honeymooners' needs. Couples who want a luxury experience should stay in one of the island's hotels, while those who desire something a little cozier can opt for a bed-and-breakfast. Amorous duos can spend their first few days of marital bliss lazing on the beach, biking along the waterfront, riding mopeds around the island or looking for ospreys during a hike at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. Once it's time to refuel, grab a bite to eat at a local eatery before settling in with a beer, glass of wine or cocktail at Cisco Brewers.
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This small Colorado town at the base of the Rockies is ski-focused, so it's ideal for winter honeymoons and twosomes who love cold-weather sports. But if skiing isn't your thing, don't fret: Aspen is also an excellent place to try winter activities like ice skating, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. For an extra dose of romance, go for a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, then curl up by a fire in one of Aspen's luxe lodges.
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Stunning vistas and near-constant sunshine make Laguna Beach a newlywed paradise. Picnic in Heisler Park for lunch with an ocean view, or venture to Crystal Cove State Park to spend an afternoon exploring nature together. This Southern California destination also offers much in the way of culture, including access to numerous art galleries, museums and independent shops. Don't leave without catching a sunset at Victoria Beach and sharing a meal at one of the area's Michelin-starred restaurants.
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Escape to Key West for a honeymoon full of white sand and turquoise water. This laid-back Florida island seems miles away from reality, so it's the perfect place to spend some time bonding with your new spouse. Take a boat tour to see the area from the water, or venture to nearby Dry Tortugas National Park for hours of underwater exploration. Make sure to end your day catching a sunset in Mallory Square and checking out downtown's waterfront bars and restaurants.
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