Your wedding is booked and the guest list is finalized. Everything is going according to plan. Now the big day is approaching fast, and your thoughts turn to your honeymoon.
Where will you go? What will you see?
For many people, the word honeymoon conjures images of once in a lifetime trips to far-flung destinations. But with 72% of American couples now paying for at least part of their weddings, month-long tours of Europe, private islands, and African safaris may seem a little out of reach.
Luckily, there is an alternative to jetting off across the world…[toc]
Having Your Honeymoon in the USA
The USA is a big place, seriously, it’s massive! And with fifty states filled with amazing cities, natural wonders, and a whole host of hidden gems, it’s possible to have an incredible honeymoon without ever leaving US soil.
From Vegas to Lake Tahoe, and from New Orleans to Alaska there really is a perfect US honeymoon for every couple.
In fact, even if your budget is big, the sheer number of US attractions make honeymooning at home an attractive option.
But how do you choose where to go?
The Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
Whether you want to visit iconic sites or go off the beaten track. Whether you fancy relaxing by the beach, hiking in the mountains, or dancing the night away in a vibrant city, there is a USA honeymoon destination for you.
We’ve taken the liberty of researching and rounding up nothing but the best honeymoon destinations in the entire country.
Let’s take a look at some of the options that we found for you:
Ah Hawaii, the quintessential honeymoon destination. With white sandy beaches, technicolor coral reefs, and lush volcanic backdrop, these Polynesian isles simply scream romance.
The islands of Hawaii are no doubt preferred by honeymooners from all over the globe due to their exotically romantic atmosphere. Many newlyweds look back on their special time in Hawaii and feel as if it were a perfect dream. Something they’ll never forget.
Want a relaxing break after the chaos of wedding planning? Sip cocktails at sunset and spend your days lazing on the beach. Or, if you fancy a little more adventure, learn to surf, hike across ancient lava flows, or grab a snorkel to get up close and personal with sea turtles- bliss!
Now, where to stay?
For a top-budget, luxury experience, try the beautiful Halekulani resort in Honolulu. Here, stylish decor, beautiful views, and a host of finishing touches (like signature chocolates and cozy robes in all rooms) will ensure a honeymoon to remember.
If you have a mid-level budget, you can’t go wrong with an apartment at Kona Coast Resorts at Keauhou Gardens. With spacious rooms, onsite parking, and water sports facilities, it’s the perfect base for a more adventurous honeymoon.
Now, no one said Hawaii was cheap, but there are some exciting budget-friendly options. For a budget honeymoon with a difference, try Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center. With yoga, a sun terrace, and hot spring baths on site, it is an ideal spot to decompress after your big day. And with watersports and hiking nearby, it won’t be long before you, and your partner will be feeling at one with nature.
With theme parks galore, there’s never a dull moment in Orlando, Florida and if you and your partner are young at heart, there is nowhere better to honeymoon. Watch the fireworks at Disney, ride the roller coasters at Universal, and take a trip around the globe at Epcot. If you have time, you could even hop on a boat to see the alligators in their natural habitat.
Nestled near the Gulf of Mexico, within the Southeast of the USA, Orlando’s year-round warm weather means that you can have fun in the sun whenever you choose to visit.
So, where could you stay?
If you’re ready to splurge, the five-star Four Seasons at Walt Disney World offers a luxurious honeymoon experience. Rooms don’t come cheap, but the onsite spa is beautiful, and you can watch the Disney World Firework display from their rooftop steakhouse! The hotel also includes a golf course, a lazy river, and complimentary transfers to Disney Parks.
For more mid-level accommodation, try the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort at Disney Springs. With a pool, onsite restaurants, and shuttles to the Disney Parks, this hotel is the perfect place to relax after a busy day at Disney.
If you’re honeymooning on a budget, the Days Inn by Wyndham Orlando offers fantastic value for money. Located in easy driving distance to the many theme parks, the hotel offers free parking and an outdoor pool.
3. New Orleans
For lovers of jazz, atmospheric historical buildings, and partying all night long, few honeymoon destinations come close to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Wander along the narrow streets of the French Quarter, enjoy a gondola ride in City Park, and dance away the evening to the romantic sounds of jazz. Or, if you really feel like partying, book your honeymoon to coincide with the yearly Mardi Gras celebration and you’re sure to have a honeymoon to remember.
But, where to stay?
For atmospheric opulence, head to The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Located at the edge of the popular French Quarter, the Ritz-Carlton offers over a hundred spa treatments- perfect for unwinding after all those jazz fueled cocktails.
For a mid-budget hipster vibe, check into MOXY New Orleans. With its trendy bar and onsite coffee shop, it’s the ideal spot for honeymooners who like to burn the candle on both ends.
For an authentic New Orleans vibe on a budget, look at the Historic Streetcar Inn. Just one mile from the French Quarter, and with a Streetcar stop outside the front door, you’re never too far from the action.
4. San Francisco
With amazing attractions, a thriving food scene, and a vibe all of its own, San Francisco, California has a lot to offer honeymooning couples.
Jump on a ferry to see the infamous Alcatraz, wander around the lantern-filled Chinatown, and explore the lush gardens at Golden Gate Park. Don’t forget to explore the cities renowned museums, especially the interactive Exploratorium, and of course, no trip to San Francisco is complete without crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.
So, what are the hotel options in this sometimes foggy city?
If you are looking to splurge, the Mansion on Sutter offers unrivaled romantic opulence and an a la carte breakfast.
For a mid-level budget, the peaceful San Francisco Zen Center is a great option. Centrally located and offering daily meditation, it’s a great place to unwind.
Looking for a budget-friendly hotel, try the Adrian Hotel. This no thrills accommodation is ideally located for exploring the city.
5. New York City
With legendary attractions around every corner, what could be more iconic than a honeymoon in the Big Apple. To kick off your strip, catch a Broadway show, stroll through Central Park, or visit Times Square. Later, you could climb the statue of liberty, visit world-class museums, or shop until you drop on Lexington Avenue… the possibilities are endless.
But even in the city that never sleeps, a hotel room is a must. Let’s look at some options:
If you are looking to splurge, New York EDITION hotel is hard to beat. With its sleek design, beautiful views across the city, and a Michelin starred restaurant onsite, you’ll be in New York heaven. Oh, and did I mention, it’s located in the iconic landmark Metropolitan Life Clock Tower 50 feet from Madison Square Park.
For a mid-level hotel that still brings the wow factor, try the Hudson New York, Central Park. With stylish rooms and top attractions on its doorstep, you simply can’t go wrong.
For quirky style on a budget, try YOTEL New York Times Square. This futuristic hotel uses clever design to maximize space, meaning you can be in the heart of the action, for a fraction of the cost.
7. Lake Tahoe
For fans of the great outdoors, Lake Tahoe, Nevada is a fantastic honeymoon destination. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this freshwater lake offers stunning vistas, and outdoor activities galore.
In winter, head to the west shores legendary Squaw Valley for some top-rated skiing. In the warmer months, take a ride in a hot air balloon, or try your hand at water-sports on the lake. Whatever time you visit, the views are sure to stay with you for a lifetime.
So, where could you stay?
For five-star luxury, book into the Landing Resort and Spa. With spacious rooms featuring stone fireplaces and marble bathrooms (with underfloor heating, of course!) it’s the perfect place to relax after a day of fun-filled activities. Plus, if you plan to hit the slopes, free snowboard and ski storage is provided.
For a mid-budget honeymoon, try the Hotel Azure. With its rustic, wooden paneled rooms, and free bike hire, it’s a great base for exploring all Lake Tahoe has to offer.
If your budget is limited, Big Pines Mountain House might be exactly what you’re looking for. With private beach access and free continental breakfast, you can enjoy a beautiful honeymoon for less. Making this one of the most affordable honeymoon destinations in us.
8. Las Vegas
If you’re looking for glitz and glamour, a Las Vegas honeymoon could be your perfect choice. Visit the blackjack table at any of the major casinos, catch a show, and grab dinner at a swanky restaurant. For a break from all the bright lights, take a day trip to the Grand Canyon, maybe you could even hop in a helicopter to see it in style – Viva Las Vegas!
With so much choice, it can be difficult to choose the perfect Vegas hotel. Let’s look at a few options:
When it comes to Vegas hotels, the iconic Bellagio is hard to beat. Step behind the famous fountains, catch a Cirque du Soleil performance on-site and relax by the pool after a busy night.
For a mid-budget option that’s still on the Vegas strip, choose the SAHARA Las Vegas. With an onsite casino and fabulous views, it’s a fabulous base for exploring all Vegas has to offer.
If you want great fun on a budget, check into the Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park. Just five minutes from the strip, this hotel includes an onsite rollercoaster, waterpark, and circus acts galore.
9. Yosemite National Park
For lovers of the great outdoors, Yosemite National Park, California is nature’s playground. Walk amongst the ancient sequoias giants, picnic in front of breathtaking waterfalls, and bike through the vast wilderness.
After all that fresh air, you’re going to need somewhere special to rest. Let’s look at some of the options:
If you want to splurge, the beautiful five-star Château du Sureau is ideal. Here opulent rooms look out over stunning vistas, and guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading out for a day exploring.
For a simple mid-budget base, try the Comfort Inn Yosemite Area. With comfortable rooms, a seasonal pool and hot tub, it’s a fabulous base for seeing all Yosemite National Park has to offer.
If you would prefer a bargain over opulence, the Wildwood Inn Motel is a great low-budget option.
With its unique blend of history and Southern charm, Savannah, Georgia is one of the most romantic destinations in America. Take a carriage ride through the cobbled streets, unwind on a white sand beach, and enjoy traditional Southern fare at one of the many candlelit restaurants.
Savannah has a wide array of beautiful hotels, let’s take a look at a few options:
For five star Southern style, the Perry Lane Hotel offers a relaxing place to retreat with easy access to Madison Square.
If you’re looking for a more mid-range option, the historic Hotel Indigo Savannah offers bright, comfortable rooms and free wifi.
For budget-savvy honeymooners, the Savannah Garden Hotel is a great, low-cost option.
11. Washington, D.C.
Though Washington D.C. might not be the first place you think of when planning your honeymoon, it does have a lot to offer. History buffs will enjoy seeing the iconic landmarks, and newlyweds can make the most of the cities lively nightlife.
So, where should you stay?
For luxury, the St. Regis is the obvious choice. A firm favorite of presidents past and present, it’s opulent rooms lend themselves perfectly to romance.
If mid-range is more your budget, try the Hotel Lombardy. With its 1920’s decor and gourmet dining, you’ll find it hard to believe that the hotel is not five-star.
To see Washington DC on a budget, check into the Sleep Inn Rockville. Just one mile from the center of town, this comfortable hotel is a great base for exploring, without breaking the bank.
For fans of Country and Western music, Nashville, Tennessee is the perfect honeymoon spot. Grab your partner for a night at the iconic Grand Ole Opry House, and finish the evening with a Bratwurst in Germantown. Tomorrow, head to Arrington Vineyards for romantic wine tasting, or head to the Johnny Cash Museum for more music-related fun.
Sold on a Nashville honeymoon? Let’s look at some hotel options:
If you are looking for a five-star experience, The Hermitage Hotel is a great choice. With opulent rooms, and 24 hr room service, you can relax in style after a long night’s dancing.
For mid-range comfort, try the Best Western PLUS Downtown/Music Row. With its spacious rooms and breakfast omelet station, it offers a great start to a day of exploring. Bonus points, if all that sightseeing gets too much, the Best Western has a pool to relax by.
To see Nashville on a budget, check into the Days Inn by Wyndham. The complimentary breakfast makes this hotel even better value for money.
For a lovely mix of old and new, head to Boston, Massachusetts. It’s one of the oldest cities in the US, and history lovers will love exploring the European style streets; follow the famous Freedom Trail to see some of the cities most historically significant sites. For a break from all that sightseeing, shop and eat on the enchanting Newbury Street. To see Boston at its prettiest, plan your honeymoon for the fall when the streets come alive with gold and red foliage.
Let’s look at some hotel options for your trip:
If you want to splash out, check into The Liberty hotel. A historic landmark in its own right, The Liberty overlooks the Charles River and offers a selection of gourmet restaurants to choose from.
For simple elegance at a mid-range price, choose the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor and request a room with a view of the river.
For boutique charm on a budget, look at the Wyman Bed & Breakfast. With its rustic charm and continental breakfast, you’re sure to enjoy your stay.
If you want to unwind after your big day, this charming village in the Monterey Peninsula, California is ideal. Picnic on the beach, wander around boutique shops and drive to Point Lobos State Reserve. Located just minutes from the village, this oceanside park offers amazing views of the Pacific Ocean.
Now where to stay:
For luxury seekers, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers the best with its contemporary style decor. With large balconies and gorgeous views, you’ll hardly want to leave the resort.
If your budget is mid-range, choose Svendsgaard’s Inn. With a cozy Mediterranean vibe, and breakfast delivered to your room, it’s a great choice for a romantic break.
For budget honeymooners, the Carmel Mission Inn & Fuse Lounge Café offers a romantic break for less. With its hot tubs and private gardens, you’ll find it hard to believe that this hotel is a budget-friendly option.
15. Portland, Oregan
For a casual mix of city and nature, Portland, Oregan is hard to beat. Stroll through town to the Willamette River waterfront esplanade, bike to Mount Tabor or Multnomah Falls, and sample artisan coffee and chocolate in some of the best indie shops around.
So, where could you stay?
For the five-star experience, head to Sentinel, a Provenance Hotel. Each stylish room includes a Well & Fit Kit, which includes a yoga mat, resistance bands, weights, core ball, and a tablet pre-loaded with fitness videos.
For quirky mid-budget romance, choose the Staypineapple at Hotel Rose. With pineapple accents in the rooms and a host of creative cocktails in the bar, it’s a super spot to kick back with your new spouse.
If you’re on a budget, The Society Hotel oozes Portland charm without the hefty price tag.
For a US honeymoon with a difference, head to the wilds of Alaska. Depending on where, and when you visit, you could spend your days hiking on glaciers, drive sled dogs over snowy plains, or kayak through beautiful lakes; if you’re really lucky, you might even spot the Northern Lights.
In such a vast area, choosing accommodation can be tough. Let’s start you off with a few options, these really are some of the most unique honeymoon destinations in the US.
For luxury with a difference, stay in a dome at Borealis Basecamp. With an onsite restaurant housed in a Yurt, a wide range of outdoor activities close by, and transparent ceilinged domes, perfect for stargazing from the comfort of your own bed, it guarantees an unforgettable honeymoon experience.
Visiting in summer? The mid-range McKinley View B&B offers fabulous views and barbeque facilities, perfect for unwinding after a busy day hiking through nature.
For a budget-friendly Alaskan break, try the Soldotna Inn. With a cozy vibe, and near the Kenai River, it’s a great base for exploring.
The Perfect Destination For Your Honeymoon
No matter your interests or budget, you can find a perfect honeymoon destination in the USA.
From the bright lights of New York City to the awe-inspiring scenery of Yosemite National Park, the USA is hard to beat. That is why so many newlywed couples, and couples to be, choose some of the best destinations in the USA for their honeymoon.