While there’s a lot to be said for taking a big journey overseas with your new spouse, there’s also something tranquil and low-key about honeymooning right here in the USA! From mountain escapes to picturesque beaches, we’ve rounded up 10 stateside spots worthy of honeymoons.
Amelia Island, FL: This tiny island off the coast of Florida boasts 13 miles of sandy beaches and sunshine year-round, making it a perfect beach honeymoon destination.
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St. Michaels, MD: This quaint town on the coast of Maryland is an idyllic spot to honeymoon. Use it as a home base for exploring the coastline — or hole up at the luxurious Belmond Inn At Perry Cabin for the ultimate treat.
Where to stay: Belmond Inn At Perry Cabin
Bluffton, SC: This tiny town exudes romance with its slow pace, Spanish moss-covered trees and balmy nights. Spend days lounging by the pool, exploring by kayak and relaxing with massages. Take a day trip to Charleston, too!
Where to stay: The Inn At Palmetto Bluff
Nantucket, MA: This quintessential New England town is the ideal spot to honeymoon if you’re on the East Coast during the warmer months. Rent bikes, indulge in delicious meals, explore the island’s many beaches and visit the local brewery!
Where to stay: Chapman House
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Honolulu, HI: Nothing says a honeymoon like Hawaii! Make Honolulu your home base and explore the islands — how romantic?!
Where to stay: The Modern Honolulu
Palm Springs, CA: A trendy destination for West-Coasters, Palm Springs is an especially great retreat for design- and architecture- lovers (or anyone who wants to spend their honeymoon poolside!).
Where to stay: The Saguaro
Santa Barbara/Channel Islands/Ojai, CA: California’s Central Coast is the perfect place for honeymooners who want to relax without sacrificing all sightseeing for the pool. Sunbathe at Santa Barbara’s popular beaches, or head to Ojai for a quaint and quiet spot. And the Channel Islands provide perfect day trips for nature lovers!
Where to stay: Ojai Rancho Inn
San Juan Islands, WA: Ocean-loving couples will adore the San Juan Islands (off the coast of Washington State and Vancouver, Canada). Go sailing or tour the area in a sea kayak. Perhaps plan your trip to overlap with whale-watching season!
Where to stay: The Inn At Langley
Tuscon, AZ: A desert may not seem like an ideal vacation spot, but quirky and colorful Tucson is a great southwestern option that’s slightly off the beaten path. Explore the mix of eclectic shops and restaurants, then kick up your heels and relax.
Where to stay: Hotel Congress
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Charleston, SC: Charleston consistently tops lists of the best cities in the U.S. to visit — and once you set foot there, you’ll know why. Between welcoming locals, historical architecture, gorgeous gardens and a generally charming atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to unwind after all the wedding madness!
Where to stay: Zero George Street Hotel
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