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16 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

Written by Carri Wilbanks and Becca Blond
Mar 6, 2020

From over-the-top pampering at a luxe spa resort to affordable outdoor adventures, the USA is one of the best destinations in the world to celebrate your honeymoon. There are beach destinations on both coastlines and island destinations, like Hawaii, that allow you to be as active or lazy as you desire. And there are mountain retreats to places like Telluride, Colorado and Jackson, Wyoming that offer the chance to get back to nature and take a hike through a national park.

So whether you are looking for a cheap honeymoon destination in a big city or a national park that's within driving distance of your house, or you want to go all out and splurge on a five-star resort with fine dining and daily spa treatments, we have a honeymoon idea for you. To make this decision a little easier, check out our list of the best honeymoon destinations in the USA.

1. Maui, Hawaii

Couple enjoying a stroll on Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Maui is a longtime favorite honeymoon destination. The Hawaiian island is filled with idyllic white-sand beaches backed by turquoise water, some good surfing, inland hiking, and a range of accommodation from the affordable to the ultra luxe.

For five-star pampering head to Wailea, which is home to five stunning crescent-shaped beaches. Here you'll find the opulent Grand Wailea, as well as the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, both of which are excellent honeymoon resorts right on the sand at Makena Beach.

On Maui's northwest coast, Kapalua Bay Beach has more affordable resort choices. The white-sand beach here is set in a protected cove and surrounded by reefs with excellent snorkeling.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts on Maui

2. Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach

The cliffs tumble into the ocean in picturesque Laguna Beach. In Orange County, about two hours south of Los Angeles, it is home to more than 30 beautiful beaches and coves, making it an ideal beach honeymoon destination.

Besides the beach, the town itself is charming and filled with art galleries, boutiques, and excellent restaurants. The Deck is a great al fresco dining spot right on the sand. It's where to come for live music and fish sandwiches just before sunset.

On a bluff facing the Pacific Ocean, the Montage Laguna Beach is the perfect honeymoon resort with romantic beachfront bungalows and 5-star service. You'll want to make sure to book a couples spa treatment package at their luxe spa.

Accommodation: Best Hotels in Laguna Beach, CA

3. Sunset Key, Florida

Sailboat passing Sunset Key off Key West

If your idea of the perfect honeymoon involves a private island, then fulfill the fantasy on Sunset Key. Located just a seven-minute boat ride from Key West, it features a beautiful white-sand beach backed by the Gulf of Mexico's stunning turquoise hues and just one resort: Sunset Key Cottages.

The beachfront boutique property has just 40 cottages done up in chic Florida Keys beach style. Each features a wraparound porch with Adirondack chairs that are perfect for watching the sunset with your partner.

Don't worry about getting bored, there is plenty to do, from chartering a deep sea fishing boat to jet-skiing and parasailing. There is also an award-winning fine-dining restaurant on-site, Latitudes.

4. Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville at sunset

If you love live music, you will love Nashville. Sure it has a reputation for being the country music capital of the USA, but country is far from the only genre you'll find around the city. Hit up the Honky Tonks on Broadway for the typical Nashville experience, but you can also check out its evolving fine-dining scene at restaurants like Santo, which does modern Mediterranean fare in contemporary environs.

When it comes to sleeping, one cool new hotel hybrid is Bode Nashville. In a convenient location just off Broadway, it features roomy suites with full kitchens and a swanky vibe. The Hub is their communal hangout area with snacks and boardgames.

Let them know it is your honeymoon before arriving and have your room stocked with your favorite food and beverages.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Nashville, TN

5. Savannah, Georgia

Couple on an oak-lined street in Savannah

One of the most romantic cities in the USA, Savannah, Georgia has cobblestone streets and green, mossy trees along with plenty of Southern charm and historic architecture. Many of the hotels and bed and breakfasts in Savannah also offer honeymoon packages.

When it comes to celebrating your love, there are plenty of experiences. Take a stroll with your lover past the 19th-century mansions and Spanish-moss-clad walls to one of the 22 existing town squares in the historic old town, each of which has a beautiful garden area that's perfect for a picnic.

The fine-dining scene in Savannah is also on point. Book a table in the ballroom at The Olde Pink House, which is the most romantic restaurant in town.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Savannah, Georgia

6. Molokai, Hawaii

World's tallest sea cliffs in Molokai

If you're looking for a unique honeymoon destination consider Molokai. The Hawaiian island, which is set between Oahu and Maui, is far removed from the usual honeymoon scene. It offers a Hawaii vacation that's far from touristy or on the beaten path.

Here, you'll find deserted beaches and plenty of space to just enjoy nature with your husband or wife. The island's interior is a lush oasis, with waterfalls and rainforests with hiking trails and lots of local cultural experiences.

If horseback riding on the beach is something you want to check off your honeymoon bucket list, it can be experienced at Puu'u O Hoku Ranch. The outfitter offers romantic sunset rides that include dinner in a wild setting.

There are also 16 beaches on this island, including one of the longest white-sand beaches in all of Hawaii: Papohaku Beach. There are a number of places to stay, from B&Bs to the Hotel Molokai, which is more of a proper resort experience.

7. Jackson, Wyoming

Teton mountains reflected at sunrise in the Snake River, Jackson, Wyoming

Want to incorporate hiking trails in a national park into your honeymoon adventure? Then consider Jackson as your base. This old west Wyoming town is just 12 miles from the entrance to Grand Teton National Park and also accessible to Yellowstone National Park.

There are lodging options for all honeymoon styles in Jackson, from boutique guesthouses to 5-star resorts.

If you have a winter wedding and want a ski-focused honeymoon, Jackson Hole Resort offers world-class skiing and snowboarding. In winter, there are also options for romantic dog sled rides or more active snowshoe adventures. While in summer, you can go horseback riding and white water rafting.

8. Big Sur, California

Couple enjoying the view of the Bixby Bridge and the Big Sur coastline

Running between Carmel and San Simeon on California's Central Coast, Big Sur covers a wild stretch of coastline along Route 1, with cliffs tumbling down into the Pacific Ocean that make for the ultimate back-to-nature honeymoon. This rugged area is filled with excellent opportunities for hiking and other outdoor adventures, and it seems there are always wildflowers blooming in the meadows along the highway.

There are also laid-back restaurants, art galleries, mom and pop shops, and small hotels scattered across this area. You can also incorporate Big Sur into a road-trip honeymoon along Route 1 that starts in Carmel and ends in San Francisco, about two hours to the north.

Accommodation: Best Hotels in Big Sur, CA

9. Palm Beach, Florida

Worth Ave in Palm Beach

Palm Beach is another popular honeymoon destination in the USA. The South Florida town is known for its beautiful beaches and opulent mansions. Worth Avenue has a posh but romantic vibe, perfect for strolling past upscale shops, art galleries, and fine-dining restaurants.

The Breakers in Palm Beach is the definitive old-world opulent honeymoon resort. The 5-star property is done up in Italian Renaissance-style for an ultra-romantic vibe and is set right on a private beach. For something more affordable but still swanky with a Gilded Age look, check out The Chesterfield Palm Beach, which does a lovely afternoon tea service for guests.

10. San Francisco, California

View from Alamo Square in San Francisco

San Francisco is a beautiful and vibrant city that makes for a great urban honeymoon with a side of beach. There is so much to see and do here, from arts and culture to varied neighborhoods where you can eat your way around the world.

If you appreciate a modern hotel with an in-your-face city view, book the just renovated InterContinental San Francisco, located right downtown. The rooms feature walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that look directly out at the city skyline. At night, many of the buildings have light shows, creating a romantic vibe. When it is time for bed, simply press a button, and the room will fade to blackness as shades close.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in San Francisco: Best Areas & Hotels

11. Sanibel Island, Florida

Shells on the beach on Sanibel Island

Off the coast of southwest Florida, Sanibel Island is another laid-back, romantic beach honeymoon choice. The barrier island is perfect for active couples looking for more than just sitting on the sand all day.

While it has plenty of secluded, palm-tree-dotted, white-sand beaches to do this on, it also offers activity choices from hiking to sea kayaking. The island is also famous for shelling, and a revered pastime is simply walking along the beach picking up seashells.

There are a few honeymoon-focused small hotels on Sanibel Island. Book the Apricot Honeymoon Cottage at the Waterside Inn on the Beach. It comes with a jetted spa tub and private porch to watch the sunset from. Beachview Cottages are another romantic option right on the beach.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts on Sanibel Island

12. Telluride, Colorado

Autumn in Telluride

In one of the most stunning locations in Colorado, wild and remote Telluride is surrounded by craggy mountains in the southwestern corner of the state. Winter or summer, it is a wonderful active honeymoon destination. In winter, you can ski some of the best powder in Colorado at Telluride Ski Resort, which has terrain for all ages and levels of skiers, as well as breathtaking San Juan Mountain views.

During summer, the town comes alive with music festivals, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival that has been running for some 47 years now. There is also plenty of hiking and mountain biking.

The Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection is one of the best honeymoon resorts in Telluride. It has an elegant and romantic vibe throughout and is located right next to the slopes with ski-in, ski-out access in winter.

13. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Pueblo-style adobe building in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Looking like no other city in America, Santa Fe's history goes back more than 400 years. The all-adobe city is a beautiful honeymoon destination set up against a mountain backdrop. It is most famous for its art scene, with dozens of galleries lining Canyon Road.

Santa Fe also features a creative dining scene with a lot of restaurants focusing on New Mexican fare. Try The Shed for a truly delicious local meal. The old plaza at the center of the city has a romantic vibe and is surrounded by narrow streets filled with more galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. There are hotel options for all budgets as well.

Accommodations: Top-Rated Resorts near Santa Fe

14. Lanai, Hawaii

Lanai, Hawaii

Beautiful Lanai is the perfect honeymoon destination if you're looking for the beauty of Hawaii with fewer crowds than Maui and Oahu. The tiny isle is a 45-minute boat ride from Maui and home to some beautiful beaches and perfect honeymoon resorts.

Try the Four Seasons Resort Lanai for a swanky romantic stay. In Hulopoe Bay, the beach here is part of a protected marine preserve, and the snorkeling just offshore is excellent. There is also an adults-only swimming pool on-site and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course should you wish to challenge your partner to a game.

15. Key West, Florida

Sunset at Smathers Beach, Key West

With a serious energy about it and lots of history, Key West is another popular US honeymoon destination. There are beaches to explore, as well as activities like snorkeling in the clear blue water. Oh, and the sunsets here are famous, go on forever, and can be very romantic. Mallory Square is one popular spot to watch.

The island is the southernmost point in the continental USA. It's just 90 miles from Cuba, and the tip is marked with a very Instagram-friendly sign. Key West is also home to numerous restaurants and shops in pastel-hued buildings - check out Duval Street - and lodging options, from small boutique hotels to larger resorts.

16. Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head lighthouse at dusk

For a laid-back beach honeymoon head to Hilton Head. The South Carolina barrier island is home to white-sand beaches, a number of championship golf courses, luxurious day spas, and resorts that know how to up the romance ante. Try Inn & Club at Harbour Town - Sea Pines Resort, which is part of the larger Sea Pines Resort. The soaking tubs in the Lowcountry swanky rooms and suites are lovely, and there is a beach club and golf course on the grounds.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Beach Resorts in Hilton Head, SC

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