The Great American Honeymoon: Must-see Spots in the USA

A couple hiking in Yosemite.

You’ve said “I do.” You’ve tossed the bouquet. You’ve raised a glass (or maybe a few). You’re married to the love of your life! Now, it’s time for that romantic honeymoon, when the two of you bask in newlywed bliss on a tropical beach, somewhere far, far away…

Or you could stay closer to home. After all, there are many stunning honeymoon spots here in the USA! If you’re an American looking for a domestic honeymoon spot (or someone from another country looking to tour the states), these destinations must be on your list.

Austin, Texas

An aerial view of the city of Austin, Texas.

The capitol city of the Lone Star State has been gaining a reputation as a hipster haven over the years. But there’s a reason that young people are flocking to this Texas town: it’s awesome! There’s plenty to see and do in Austin, from hip bars and art museums to beautiful parks and botanical gardens. And don’t forget to climb Mount Bonnell for a stellar view of the entire city!

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

If you and your spouse are nature lovers to the core, you won’t want to miss out on Yellowstone. This national park is 3,500 square miles of stunning panoramic views. You two can spend your days hiking astonishing trails, sleeping under the stars (or in one of the park’s many inns), and even getting steamy in a natural hot spring. If your honeymoon happens between December and April, you can even take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park!

Aspen, Colorado

A ski lodge in Aspen, Colorado, surrounded by snow and mountains.

Aspen is best known as a must-see spot for avid skiers, but this Colorado mountain town is also a wonderful place for a romantic getaway. While your days here are filled with activities like skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, or even riding in a hot air balloon, your evenings are open for exploring Aspen’s thriving restaurant and nightlife scene. It’s the perfect place for an adventurous couple that wants to make the most of their honeymoon.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is mainly known for wild festivals like Mardi Gras (well, that and Interview with the Vampire), but this southern town is also rich with history and culture. The Big Easy is a perfect honeymoon destination for the couple that wants to live large. Spend a day exploring the French Quarter and you’ll find incredible jazz music, gorgeous architecture, and some of the best food you have ever tasted!

San Juan Islands, Washington

A snowy mountain in the background of islands in Washington.

Sometimes, all a honeymooning couple wants is a little peace and quiet. If that’s what you’re after, the San Juan Islands, located west of Seattle (between Washington state and the Canadian border), are happy to oblige! In this quaint archipelago, you can go kayaking, visit art galleries, and dine on delicious, fresh seafood paired with local wines and ciders. Best of all, you’ll enjoy everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer without all the hustle and bustle.

Malibu, California

Most people know Malibu from their TV screens. The beachfront city has been the location for many films and TV shows, from Two and a Half Men to The Notebook (specifically, that “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird” scene). A Malibu honeymoon means spending the morning surfing or doing yoga on the beach, shopping at 3rd Street Promenade or the Malibu Country Mart, and stopping for a romantic dinner before watching the sun set over the waves. What could be better?

Sedona, Arizona

Red rock mountains in Sedona, Arizona.

All that wedding planning may leave you feeling wiped out and exhausted. If so, Sedona is the ideal honeymoon location because according to legend, the red rock mountains surrounding the city give off a healing, restorative energy. This city in the southwest is home to many outdoor activities like hiking and mountain biking. However, it’s also home to some of the best spas in the country! In Sedona, you can spend your honeymoon totally relaxed.

Las Vegas, Nevada

You and your spouse are clearly lucky in love. Why not try out your luck in Sin City? Las Vegas is one of the top party cities in the world, so there is always something new for a newlywed couple to do. Take in one of the many incredible shows and concerts, dine at high-end restaurants, play a little blackjack, or simply take a dip in your hotel swimming pool. Whatever you do, feel like a winner, baby!

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

A beach in Martha's Vineyard with a lighthouse in the background.

If you’re looking to honeymoon in a charming New England town, Martha’s Vineyard is the best of the best. This New England island is beautiful, relaxing, and oh-so-romantic! Rent a bike or moped and spend a day sightseeing. Enjoy a bowl of chowder or oysters for lunch, and spend the evenings walking along the island’s pristine beaches. Between the beautiful sights and the quiet atmosphere, you’ll be able to really enjoy your first days as a married couple.

Honolulu, Hawaii

A couple carrying surfboards on a Hawaiian beach.

It’s no surprise that Hawaii is a popular destination for honeymooners all over the world: with its tropical beauty and comfortable climate, the state practically screams romance. And once again, there’s no shortage of activities for a newlywed couple in The Aloha State. You can hike through a rainforest to a beautiful waterfall, tour historical sites like Pearl Harbor and ‘lolani Palace, or lay out and get tan on Hawaii’s beautiful beaches.

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