When you are trying to decide on a honeymoon destination, there are so many places to choose from around the world. If you are living in the USA, do not overlook the romantic getaways nearby!
5 Reasons to Spend Your Honeymoon in the USA
- It saves you transportation time. You may not have the ability to take off work for your wedding and for a honeymoon. Honeymooning in the US will save you time getting to and from your chosen destination and make it less likely you will need time to recover from jet lag when you get there. Even if you want a honeymoon abroad you can always start with a mini-moon in the USA.
- It can save you money. Paying for a wedding is already expensive and may leave you without much budget for your first trip as a married couple. You can save $100s on airfare by staying nearby
- Domestic honeymoon destinations mean less worry. International locations require more attention to details like passports, currency exchanges, and safety that you will not have to worry about when you stay in the United States. No need to worry about an international driver’s license or insurance regulations when you rent a car.
So whether you are choosing a mini-moon getaway or have always dreamed of a honeymoon in the USA, here are a few of our top recommendations.
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USA Mountain Honeymoon Destinations
Asheville, North Carolina
If you are planning a wedding in fall, consider Asheville for your honeymoon for a picturesque backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, exploding with breezy colors of autumn foliage. Located in western North Carolina, Asheville is renowned for its local restaurants, artistic vibes, secluded cabins, and historic landmarks. In the spring you will find the area blossoming with flowers and summer brings warm sunshine and blissful ambiance.
On your trip to Asheville, take a stroll to magnificent Biltmore Estate. The 19th-century private estate is one of the major attractions in North Carolina and a prime example of the Gilded Age. If you both have a passion for art and museums, you will both love the Downtown Art District.
For outdoor adventures, stay at one of the amazing Asheville glamping spots and gear up and hike the scenic Appalachian Trail or drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway for breathtaking alpine vistas and fresh mountain air.
Asheville Honeymoon Accommodations
Hill House Bed & Breakfast
If you wish to travel back in quieter times and vintage era, Hill House Bed & Breakfast might be perfect for you. Built-in 1885, the B&B gives off a cozy vibe with its warmly furnished rooms, blooming garden, and cordial services. On your honeymoon, snuggle up in Biltmore Suite featuring mahogany furniture, a fireplace, and a spacious bathroom. Its standard rates are $230 per night. See Reviews
Whitegate Inn & Cottage
Known as one of the most romantic inns in the USA, Whitegate knows how to pamper couples on a respite. Soak up the luxury of a magnificent suite with a Jacuzzi bath, fresh rose petals, glowing fireplace, gourmet meals, and spa treatments. Rooms start at $237 per night. See Reviews
Grey Beard Cabin Rental
After the busy and hectic wedding, a secluded cabin amidst mountains and greenery of western North Carolina is what you need. Located in remote and beautiful Asheville locations, Grey Beard offers different cabin options with romantic getaway packages available
When it comes to honeymoon destinations, there are few places more scenic and enchanting than the wooded slopes of the Smoky Mountains. Here, you can find many wonderful secluded locations, spectacular views (especially with a helicopter tour), and romantic getaways. With the grandeur of nature at your doorstep and the intimate comforts within, these cabins provide you with the very best that Gatlinburg has to offer.
Experience the wonderful attractions and activities you can choose from in downtown Gatlinburg or the treasured history of nearby Pigeon Forge. Stay in a romantic cabin and relax admiring the mountains from your hot tub.
Park City, Utah
Lying east of Salt Lake City in Utah, Park City is known for its mountain resorts and its laid back ski town atmosphere you will find downtown. Take your romantic escapade to a whole new level by experiencing world-class skiing, exquisite meals, and luxurious spa treatments.
I am not exaggerating when I say it is a perfect package for honeymooners! You have your adrenaline-rushing sports, breathtakingly beautiful scenery featuring marvelous mountains and alpine greenery, fine-dining restaurants, and sophisticated shopping areas.
If you want to try skiing, December through March is the best time to visit. You can also try a moonlight snowshoe tour, sleigh rides, and even go bob sledding at the Olympic Park.
In the summer the city calms down and different attractions open up. Go on a hot balloon ride and enjoy a ride on Alpine Coaster at the Park City Mountain Resort To gain an insight into the city’s history and fun shopping, visit Park City’s historic district that has a variety of buildings built in Queen Anne, Spanish Revival, and Victorian styles.
Honeymoon Resorts & Hotels in Park City
Hotel Park City
Surrounded by alpine landscapes and the freezing scent of winter, Hotel Park City brings you on warm, nostalgic vibes on your honeymoon. For $259 per night, book Spa Package and pamper each other with love and luxuries. Have adrenaline-pumping snowy adventures under the frosty skies, sleep in a lavish suite, have candlelight dinners and unwind at Health Club and Spa. See Reviews
At Goldener Hirsh Inn, spend a lavish honeymoon in the comfort of a cozy suite, travertine showers, and spa services. The European-style ski hotel sits under the looming shadow of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and only a few steps away from the Silver Lake Express. Along with your significant other, try out skiing, hiking, and biking trails surrounded by picturesque views of Bald Eagle Mountain. See Reviews
Beach Honeymoon Destinations
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Year-round sun, cocktails the size of your head, and beaches for days are just a few of the reasons Miami is perfect for a honeymoon. If you are after a relaxing honeymoon, you could happily park yourself on South Beach for a week and not think twice about it. But you’re the type that can’t sit still for longer than an hour then there is still a big city hiding behind Biscayne Bay, including our Cuban friends (and their cigars) just waiting to be explored.
If reading on the sand loses its shine, take a break by taking in a basketball game, hire some bikes, or going on a jet ski tour around the island. And of course, with so many bars lining the beautiful art deco precinct, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to keep well lubricated as well.
Miami Beach, also known as South Beach, is essentially where all the parties happen. Dine at high-end restaurants in a candlelight ambiance and enjoy the company of each other over a platter of delicious seafood. Take a walk on a white-sand beach bordered by clear, turquoise water and feel re-energized.
Try paddle-boarding over the calm waters of Key Biscayne and kayak through the seemingly deserted mangroves at Oleta River. Coral Castle is a must-visit if you want to look at something unique and get away from the city’s madness. All in all, Miami is an ideal retreat for couples.
Miami Resorts and Hotels for Your Honeymoon
Setai is a luxury oceanfront hotel in South Beach’s photogenic Art Deco district. Discover the liveliness of the beachside town, explore its historical architectural gems, and enjoy each other’s company to the fullest. Tailored to your liking, the Setai Romance Package allows you to treat yourself the moment you arrive. For $650 per night, stay at a deluxe Studio Suite with amazing amenities including a rainfall shower. See Reviews
Year after year, Hawaii is the most popular destination in the USA and one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world for good reason. The tropical setting boasts pristine beaches and a relaxed setting that is the perfect way to start your marriage. Hawaii really has something for everyone. You can find adventure by hiking volcanos or taking a surf lesson, take in the culture by enjoying a luau and some traditional ukulele music, relax on the beach as the waves roll in, or a bit of a mix.
You may still be in the USA, but Hawaii has a unique Island feel that will make you feel otherwise.
Hawaii Honeymoon Resorts & Hotels
Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach, Kauai
Located at Poipu Beach, the upscale, beachfront resort invites you to spend a luxurious and Hau’oli (happy) Hawaiian honeymoon. Plan your romantic retreat with Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort and celebrate your love in warm, tropical foliage. The Romance Package is one of the best deals for couples offering spa, food and beverage credits, and a discounted room. See Reviews
The Royal Hawaiian Resort, Honolulu
One glance at the impressive pink building on Waikiki Beach and you will be left in awe. If you wish to experience a starry-eyed honeymoon spot amid soft sand, salty breeze, and golden streaks of the sun, The Royal Hawaiian has the perfect offer. Try out Hawaiian cuisine, explore the beaches, and spend quality time together. See Results
Charming Honeymoon Cities in the USA
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, a quintessential port city in South Carolina, is a perfect honeymoon destination in the USA for couples who can’t resist Southern charm and countryside nostalgia. Boasting antebellum buildings, carriages and cobblestone streets lined with oak trees, the city appears to be suspended in time. But don’t be fooled by its serene calmness! From exceptional beaches to historic sites, Charleston is the epitome of vintage comfort combined with modernistic lifestyle.
During your honeymoon in Charleston, you can try out water-sports, visit the famous landmarks, and indulge in amazing Southern cuisines. If you are an outdoorsy couple that enjoys staying active, try paddle-boarding and kayaking at Middleton Plantation and Shem Creek.
When it is time to relax you can explore the local beaches including the Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island. They are ideal for taking a quiet stroll and enjoying beachside picnics!
Waterfront Park is a lovely spot to spend a day filled with sunshine and greenery. The park has several spray fountains which are quite a sight to look at. To gaze at the city’s stunning panoramas, head to The Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River.
Honeymoon Resorts & Packages in Charleston
The Inn at Middleton Place
Hidden within the historical treasures of Charleston, the Inn at Middleton Place offers a contemporary escape on your honeymoon. Stay at the Inn and experience a unique combination of an adventure-packed holiday in tranquil surroundings. Book their Romantic Getaway and get a chance to explore the secluded town and its perks. Have breakfast at the Lakehouse, go kayaking, and have picnics with a basket full of goodies. See Reviews
The luxury boutique hotel adds a modern twist to your honeymoon in a historic setting. Create wonderful memories, connect with nature, and share some cuddles in the chic hotel. Go for their ‘Recreate Romance’ and experience the joy of your honeymoon amenities. The package includes two nights stay, a welcome bouquet, curated breakfast, and dinner on a rooftop restaurant. See Reviews
Planters Inn is located in a charming old building that dates to 1844 in Charleston’s main historic hub. Featuring greenery and utter seclusion, Planters Inn is an oasis of serenity. The rooms have period-style furniture with hints of ancient Italian design. Via their package, A Sweet Escape, run away to experience the beauty of the town and unwind in its tranquility. Depending on the room you choose, the prices start at $620 per night.
New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans might have a reputation for having outrageous nightlife and crazy parties, but it also has a completely different side – charming, quiet, and romantic.
To spend honeymoon in New Orleans is to walk the narrow streets of French Quarter marveling at the fern plants on every balcony, to ride a streetcar into Garden District and get lost among historic mansions (some of which belong to celebrities), to eat mind-blowingly delicious food prepared by world-renowned chefs or street food that is equally good and so much more!
To make a fairy tale complete take a carriage ride through French Quarter or even a sunset gondola ride in City Park. Finish the day off with a cocktail at one of the many jazz clubs because what can be more romantic than listening to jazz in the city of its origin?
New Orleans Honeymoon Accommodations
Houmas House Inn
Lose yourself in lush gardens and serenity of the South at Houmas House Inn. The collection of whimsical cottages bordered by olden oak trees and scenic gardens has a strange and sweet calmness about them. Soak up the sunshine and fresh breeze, and meander down the quiet roads with your loved one. The rates start at $320 per night. See Reviews
Only a few minutes away from the famous Bourbon Street in the heart of the Vieux Carre, Maison Dupuy is a French Quarter hotel aiming to provide you with an unforgettable romantic retreat. The rooms and suites are brimming with lavishness with several amenities and lovely views. Some suites also have a balcony where you two can enjoy a cup of coffee and exchange some words. See Reviews
Big City Honeymoons
New York City
New York City holds a special place in our hearts. It was the first trip we took as a couple. The city is full of amazing things to do and see. On our short list would be enjoying some fine dining together at one of the top restaurants.
We like to go during lunchtime for an affordable meal of the same quality as dinner, but usually half the price or less. Go on a walk through central park, stopping at the romantic bridges. Go to a musical on Broadway and walk through Times Square. Spend an afternoon strolling The MET. Go to the Highline and enjoy the views seeing all of the major buildings as you walk and a view of the statue of liberty. Make your way to the Top of the Rock for an amazing view of the beautiful city. We recommend going just before sunset allowing you to see the city during the daylight through the sunset and see the city lit up at night. You really can find something for everyone to take some time to research your own interest to make your NYC honeymoon your own adventure!
New York City Honeymoon Hotels
The 1920 Old-World style hotel brings a vintage charm to your exuberant honeymoon in New York City. Even though it is in the hub of the city with the nearest subway are just two blocks away and several nearby shops, you will feel a sense of peacefulness in your room. Featuring French country accents and city views, the rooms are equipped with all sorts of luxuries. Book their honeymoon package and enjoy your lively NYC holiday lavishly. See Reviews
Chic and modern, Hotel Giraffe is an upscale hotel near Madison Square. The rooms and suites boast contemporary details with amenities suited to your needs. The beds are plush and comfortable and some rooms even have balconies with grand views of the city. If you are having a summertime wedding, you may want to check out their Summer in the City package. See Reviews
Are you looking to spend your honeymoon in a place which is beautiful, quirky, and affordable? You might want to look into Portland! Sitting under the looming shadow of Mount Hood and by Columbia and Willamette rivers, Portland is Oregon’s largest city known for its sublime gardens, cycling tracks, iconic bridges, coffee houses and eco-friendly environment.
Apart from its impressive landmarks, Portland has a thriving music and art scenes. Its theaters are always bustling, and you can hear melodious tunes floating from every corner. For the love of books and old libraries, visit Portland’s quaint bookstores if you are a bookish couple who is always arguing about one book or another. Portland Japanese Garden is yet another must-visit destination. From verdant greenery to cascading waterfalls, the park is a visionary delight full of tranquility.
Tour the entire city through Portland by Segway and find the hidden gems. Or if you wish to watch Portland from bird’s eye view, try Portland Aerial Tram and observe the lovely views of the city’s skyline. For bird watching, hiking, and cycling make a beeline for Forest Park and experience the beauty of Portland in an unforgettable way.
The snazzy, laid-back hotel provides a perfect escape for couples who are always up to the minute. They have well-furnished rooms with several amenities for your convenience including high-speed wireless internet, coffeemaker, flat-screen TV, mini-fridges, fireplaces, private lounge access, and room service. Sentinel is located in the heart of the city and steps away from Portland Japanese Garden and Oregon Zoo. See Reviews
Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland
Are you in downtown Portland for a romantic getaway? Check out the splendid Hotel Vintage and spend your honeymoon in the lap of luxury. The Suite Dreams Package is what you are looking for exactly. For $302 per night, stay in a spacious suite, enjoy in-room spa services with your spouse, attend music shows and tour the city’s hottest spots. See Reviews
San Francisco, California
San Francisco, known as the City by the Bay, offers a multitude of adventures and experiences for any newlyweds. With some of the nation’s best restaurants, upscale stores, and charming boutiques, incredible museums, charming neighborhoods, welcoming hotels, beautiful scenery, and convenient day trips, San Francisco is an ideal honeymoon destination.
Consider a hike in Marin, a ferry ride to Sausalito, or a wine tasting day in Napa. Explore Golden Gate Park, the iconic Ferry Building, or the culture of the Mission District. Celebrate with spectacular views, delicious cocktails, and then relax and recharge in luxury.
For a beautiful boutique hotel, check out the recently renovated Inn at Union Square was inspired by the iconic, Victorian homes in the city, featuring signature touches that evoke the feeling and comforts of home. This high-end, boutique hotel offers room service from Morton’s Steakhouse, complimentary wine & cheese receptions each evening, and complimentary breakfast, while the stunning Spreckels Suite features a spacious living area with a wood-burning fireplace and half bath, a walk-in closet, and a spa-like bathroom with a sitting area and dual shower heads with several body sprays. Simply put, it is a stunning, luxurious honeymoon suite tucked away within the bustle of San Francisco. See Reviews
San Francisco Honeymoon Accommodations & Packages
Cavallo Point Lodge
Overlooking the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and nearby Belvedere and Crissy Field, the high-end resort promises to offer you a memorable romantic journey. Stay in spacious rooms, enjoy amenities like internet, Jacuzzi, and spa treatments, have candlelight dinners, and unwind in their bar with a refreshing drink. The hotel is fronted by verdant gardens and hilly views where you can have a peaceful stroll with your partner. See Reviews
The Scarlet Huntington
Sitting on top of Nob Hill, the Huntington Hotel claims to provide a safe haven to honeymooners. As it is located in a highly coveted neighborhood, couples get to experience much-needed seclusion and privacy. The rates of the Romance Package starting at $425.00 which includes accommodation in a lavish Bedroom Suite and access to the Nob Hill Spa among other amazing facilities. See Reviews
San Diego, California
To enjoy the amazing weather and beautiful beaches, San Diego is a perfect honeymoon destination in the US. You don’t have to go to Venice to enjoy a gondola ride. Going on a gondola ride through the canals of Coronado Cays is a must for honeymooning couples. Enjoy a whale watching cruise and make sure you go to the Coronado Bridge where legend has it a kiss will bring you luck and fortune. For a day on the coast, enjoy La Jolla Cove, one of San Diego’s most photographed places for a reason. There really are tons of things to do in San Diego for a newlywed couple.
San Diego Honeymoon Hotels & Resorts
One of the West’s most sought-after five-star resort, Rancho Valencia is an amazing resort where you can celebrate your love in a most wonderful way. The perfect place to begin your life together, the resort combines romantic gardens and groves for special moments, stunning accommodations, glowing lantern lit pathways, relaxing couples treatments at The Spa, and the ultimate in fine dining. Rooms start at $550 a night. See Reviews
Experience a romantic getaway with a stay at Pantai Inn, offering an array of extras to help you celebrate with someone special. Enjoy a Balinese escape with their Romance in La Jolla Package which includes a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, one dozen red roses, and other extras. For an added romantic and relaxing experience, you can add an in-room spa treatment to your package. Rooms start around $375. See Reviews
Napa Valley, California
With its stunning natural beauty, ideal climate, and renowned wines perfectly paired with world-class cuisine, the Napa Valley is one of the ideal destinations in the world for any celebration, especially a honeymoon. Couples may choose from a variety of accommodation options including lavish five-star resorts to intimate B&Bs. The valley’s thriving culinary scene boasts more than 150 restaurants with farm-to-fork fare and more Michelin stars per capita than any other wine region in the world. While Napa Valley wineries are one of the most alluring reasons people visit, activities go beyond wine tasting. Options include riding in a hot air balloon; health and wellness (think spa treatments and volcanic mud baths); hiking; biking; canoeing or paddling on the Napa Valley River; or exploring the more than 10,000 works of art seen across the valley at 70 different wineries and more than 40 arts and culture establishments.
Meadowood Napa Valley is a luxury resort ideal for honeymoons and couples’ retreat. The lush resort is on a 250-acre private valley of the beautiful Silverado Trail. The resort has quaint cottages, chic suites, and high-end lodges with private balconies and fireplaces. To find a suitable package for your honeymoon, look into their seasonal offerings that feature great deals throughout the year. See Reviews
A Theme Park Lover’s Honeymoon
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Where do the big kids go to have fun? Orlando, Florida! Nothing says I’m crazy about you more than going loop da loop on the Incredible Hulk Coaster, taking the enchanting ride on the Hogwarts Express or sipping cocktails on iDrive. The energy of Orlando will keep your honeymoon alive and who knows, maybe the next time you return will be with the mini-me!
The theme parks in Orlando alone could fill up itineraries for weeks. Some couples may spend their entire honeymoon in Disneyworld alone. The firework show is amazing and you can enjoy time discovering the world in Epcot.
Just down the highway is Universal Studios where may 20 or 30-somethings will be amazed by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that has been a part of their childhood through adult life.
Once you have ridden all the rollercoaster you can handle, take some time to go to a nearby beach. Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach are both about an hour away from each other.
Orlando Honeymoon Accommodations
Four Seasons Resorts Orlando
If you have the money, the Four Seasons is our top recommendation for a honeymoon stays at Disney for many reasons. The Four Seasons Luxe rooms feature marble bathrooms, in-mirror televisions and are the largest guest rooms by the square foot in Orlando. Honeymooners will enjoy the simple detail of having do not disturb buttons at the side of the Four Seasons bed. Out the balcony, you will have a perfect view of the evening fireworks show Here you will also find the only adult-only hotel at Disney.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.