10 stateside honeymoon destinations to discover
Plenty of romance and wonder in our own backyard.
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There are plenty of romantic and swoon-worthy destinations to discover around the world---but sometimes it makes the most sense to stay close to home and explore the wonders in our own backyard (of which there are plenty!). Couples looking for shorter travel times or who want to avoid navigating pandemic-related international travel restrictions should consider celebrating a trip to these breathtaking and romantic destinations across the U.S.
1. Consider a coastal cruise to Alaska with Holland America Line
Honeymooners looking for a unique---and breathtaking---experience should look to Alaska. The hidden gem offers scenery so beautiful it doesn't seem real and unique excursions that suit all preferences and activity levels, from extreme sport enthusiasts to laid back luxury fiends. The hidden gem offers scenery so beautiful it doesn't seem real, but these unique excursions suit all preferences and activity levels, from extreme sports enthusiasts to laid-back luxury fiends. The Holland America Line mid-sized cruise vessel allows couples to lean into both the luxe side of vacationing and adrenaline-pumping adventure all while indulging in world-class drinking and dining on board while watching the Alaskan landscape dance before them.
Book the Alaska Cruise on Holland America Line starting at $399/person
2. Embark on a National Parks adventure in Moab at the newest Wyndham Destinations Resort
There's something to be said about relaxing and laid-back honeymoons. Still, newlyweds looking to release some of the pent-up stress and energy that comes with a wedding should consider dropping their bags at The Moab Resort, a WorldMark by Wyndham vacation club affiliate and the latest resort from Wyndham Destinations. This location is located less than five miles from Arches National Park and nearby Canyonlands National Park. Honeymooners can spend their days exploring and hiking their way through the red rocks of Moab by day and cozying up by the fire or spend time in the hot tub and infinity pool overlooking the Colorado River basin by night.
Book The Moab Resort on Booking.com starting at $400/night
3. Book a romantic getaway on the shores of North Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Lovebirds looking for a peaceful getaway following their wedding can venture to the shores of Lake Tahoe. The largest alpine lake in North America offers crystal clear waters, an abundance of walking trails throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains, and plenty of opportunity for rest and relaxation. The waterfront Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino are at the center of the action with rooms ranging from high-end suites to private cottages, plus world-class dining options and spa treatments (including a 60-minute couples massage) too.
Book the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort on Booking.com starting at $300/night
4. Indulge in carefree kitsch at the new Margaritaville Resort in Palm Springs
Couples looking for something memorable and fun that suits their quirky personalities should look no further than Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs. The brand new property is the desert's newest casual-luxe resort that celebrates a relaxed state of mind in the middle of the stunning Palm Springs landscape. The 398-room resort boasts spacious and vibrantly designed suites and public spaces as well as two resort pools, a world-class St. Somewhere Spa---the largest spa of its kind in the Palm Springs desert---and a variety of food and beverage options to suit all types of palates and dietary preferences.
Book the Margaritaville Resort in Palm Spring on Booking.com starting at $200/night
5. Get to know Lowcountry life at the Montage Palmetto Bluff
The Montage Palmetto Bluff sets the stage for an unforgettable romantic trip packed with Southern charm and brimming with pop culture. Justin and Hailey Bieber hosted their wedding on the property in 2019---and who could blame them? The 20,000-acre community between Hilton Head and Savannah features luxurious guest rooms, suites, and larger cottages all situated on extensive breathtaking nature reserves. The property also pays homage to the Lowcountry's rich heritage with expeditions that include horseback riding, paddleboarding, and biking through the gorgeous southern landscape.
Book the Montage Palmetto Bluff on Booking.com starting at $1,000/night
6. Explore the rich culture and traditions of Sante Fe at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
Santa Fe is another dreamy honeymoon for newlyweds looking to stay stateside but who want to experience the culture and traditions of an international destination like Spain or Mexico. The depth of history and mix of Spanish and Native American culture dates back more than 400 years and offers a food and art scene that is unlike anything else in the states. The Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe offers a luxurious honeymoon package that includes a stay at a private casita and romantic amenities like custom private picnics and a toasty wood-burning fireplace perfect for snuggling up.
Book the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado on TripAdvisor.com starting at $1,000/night
7. Check into the wellness-focused Shou Sugi Ban House in the Hamptons
Surrounded by over 250 deciduous and evergreen trees in the middle of the Hamptons, the Shou Sugi Ban House is a destination spa and wellness retreat made for those looking to unwind and rejuvenate. Newlyweds can take advantage of the private three-acre sanctuary which boasts just thirteen guest studios, a saltwater pool, a healing barn, and an abundance of other wellness-focused amenities designed to alleviate all stress. Each personalized wellness journey also includes organic meals entirely sourced from the property's organic vegetable and herb gardens.
Book the Shou Sugi Ban House on TripAdvisor.com starting at $1,500/night
8. Drink up the love at the Four Seasons Resort & Residences in Napa Valley
The Four Seasons Resort & Residences opened in Napa Valley in 2021, becoming the first and only property in the region with an on-site vineyard and tasting room. The 85-room property is tucked into the heart of Napa Valley and within walking distance to downtown Calistoga. The on-site organic vineyard and proximity to plenty of other wineries in the region make it easy for wine-loving couples to indulge in the world of winemaking or kick back in the property's luxurious barrel room-inspired private villas.
Book the Four Seasons Resort & Residences on Booking.com starting at $1,500/night
9. Check into Music City at The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville
The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel comes as an ideal city escape for art-loving honeymooners that celebrates all things Nashville at its most refined. The vibrant property was inspired by the colorful culture of the locale through its unique design and local art. The property boasts hundreds of one-of-a-kind pieces with Tennessee artists' work in each guestroom and throughout the hotel. The Joseph is centrally located and surrounded by some of the city's top restaurants and bars but Denim---the hotel's all-day rooftop bar and lounge---makes an excellent case for staying at the hotel thanks to its sweeping city views and elevated American cuisine by Chef Tony Mantuano.
Book The Joseph on Booking.com starting at $436/night
10. Soak up the Florida heat at the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
Cape Coral is considered to be Southwest Florida's best-kept secret, which is why The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village is the destination's leading hotel. Designed to overlook the Gulf of Mexico, the equally dreamy and elegant property serves as the perfect lavish Floridian escape. The open-air retreat was made for couples looking to spend time in the great outdoors (without sacrificing luxury) thanks to the four resort pools, 400 miles of navigable canals and waterways surrounding the resort, private fishing charters, and more elegant and adventurous expeditions to choose from.
Book the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village on Booking.com starting at $300/night
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