Instead of heading overseas for your honeymoon why not enjoy all that the United States has to offer instead? Booking a local honeymoon can save you time, money and be drastically less stressful to plan. No visas, surprise immunizations, or passports needed to visit romantic destinations like Big Sur, Block Island and Kauaii.
There is so much natural beauty to witness right here in the United States. You can escape to the island life, take a romantic vineyard tour and explore ancient ruins without even leaving the country! To make your newlywed life easier we broke down the top 5 best places to honeymoon right here in the United States. Hotel, dinning and activity recommendations included!
1.) Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is the number one honeymoon destination in the United States and it’s clear why. You’ll find beautiful vineyards, rolling green hills and idyllic sunsets. Also known as wine country, Napa Valley’s wineries are rivaling those in popular European wine locations like France and Italy. After visiting Napa Valley in the 1800s write Robert Steven declared that, “Wine is poetry.” This California honeymoon destination is sure to enchant newlyweds.
After booking a romantic day trip to a Napa Valley vineyard for some wine tasting, indulge in a couples spa day and some gourmet dinning. Splurge on a award winning wine and a Michelin starred menu at La Toque and spend the day strolling through the O’Brian Estate. Stay at the family owned Senza Hotel for modern design and all the comforts of home.
Pack a picnic and head to Bothe Napa Valley State Park or Skyline Wilderness Views for breathtaking hiking trails. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of local Napa Valley wine! After witnessing the serenity and beauty of this popular honeymoon destination, you’ll be ready to book your next trip asap.
2.) Kauai, Hawaii
Traveling to Kauai, Hawaii for your honeymoon will transport you to a whole new world without even leaving the United States. Kauai is known as the “garden isle” and is a nature lovers dream. This romantic destination will seduce you with emerald waters, jaw dropping sunsets and pristine beaches. You’ll also find an abundance of beautiful hikes and outdoor activities.
If you and your spouse are the adventurous type this is the perfect honeymoon to book. All you need to make the most of your time in Kauaii is a bathing suit, hiking boots and sunscreen! Spend the day soaking in the sun on the Napali Coast and Tunnels beach. For hiking there is a 45 mile network of trails in Kokee State Park where you can witness local wildlife and plants thriving in the midst of stunning views. After working up a sweat stop for ice cream at Pink’s Creamery.
Dine at JO2 Natural Cusine for local seafood served Hawaiian style or try the fresh sushi at Makai. Stay at the Sheraton Kauaii Resort for mesmerizing ocean views and all the amenities you could ever want. Rent a private bungalow and you’ll feel like you’re on your own private island.
3.) St. Augustine, Florida
Also known as the Ancient City, this honeymoondestination is full of both historic sites and beautiful beaches. It’s the prefect honeymoon location for history buffs to enjoy some romance! Head downtown to St.George street to witness the colonial quarters. You’ll get a glimpse at how people in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries lived. You can explore the historic sites on your own between 10am-5pm or book tickets for the historic adventure tour to learn about St.Augustine’s rich history as you stroll.
For a relaxing day at the beach make sure you check out the white sand beaches and crystal clear water at St.Augustine Beach. Stop at the famous Crave Food Truck for some healthy american cuisine and then make your way over to the St.Augustine Wild Reserve for an up close look at beautiful exotic animals. This non profit animal sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates exotic animals like ligers, leopards and bears.
For dinner Uptown Scratch Kitchen is highly recommended to try seafood with a creole and cajun twist. Stay at The Hampton Inn for seaside pleasure and historical adventures. Book a room with a patio facing the ocean and you’ll be able to enjoy the sunset in private with your sweetheart!
4.) Block Island, Rhode Island
Block Island the perfect spot for a honeymoon or wedding destination. A quaint New England island, you won’t find the hustle and bustle of every day life here. The island’s populationsurges from 900 in winter to 25,000 on a Saturday in July and boasts over 44.7% conservation land, making it the perfect place to explore with your newly married partner.
The National Hotel’s restaurant, Tap & Grille, can set you up with a lobster dinner for two in a lobster pot – just make sure to bring a lobster pot with you and call ahead. Head over to Black Rock with some lobster crackers and enjoy an intimate picnic with your loved one. From this spot you won’t see a single bit of humanity, just 270 degrees of ocean and beautiful untouched fields. Give Trevor Holden a call before heading out to the island so he can meet you at Black Rock to takebeautiful shots of your time together.
During the day, there’s plenty of beaches to head to: Crescent, Mansion, Scotch, the Bluffs, Gracie’s and more. If you’re looking for something a little quieter to enjoy one another without interruption, the beach in front of the 1661 Inn can be a perfect spot. Speaking of the 1661 Inn, it’s the perfect place to stay with ocean front suites. The 1661 also has a yoga studio that overlooks their exotic animal farm, a special treat when staying here. Could you imagine a private yoga session on one of the 1661’s ocean view decks or with the animals?
Three Sisters, a restaurant right at the four-way intersection where the bank is, has an intimate dinner service as well; a verbal menu (often just an option of fish, shrimp, clams or any combination of the three with island produce), it’s some of the best food on the island, all cooked by Glenn, the school’s Chef.
5.) Big Sur, California
Everyone should witness the breath taking beauty of Big Sur and the California coast line between Monterey Bay and Sam Simeon at least once in their lives! Locals claim Big Sur isn’t just a destination, it’s a state of mind. You’ll reminisce on the beauty of this honeymoon destination for the rest of your lives!
Icon Jack Kerouac made this “hippie” location famous with his novel “Big Sur” and author Henry Miller wrote a memoir titled “Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch.” This amazing location is truly inspiring. You’ll be hit with stunning cliff and coastline views as soon as you arrive but head to Sand Dollar Beach and Garrapata State Park to witness even more natural beauty.
The Big Sur Bakery is a must stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You’ll be able to indulge in local coffee, pastries and wood fired pizza and breads. For an ocean view while you dine head to Nepenthe Restaurant and dine on the outdoor terrace. The food in Big Sur is almost all local, fresh and absolutely delicious. It’s hard to go wrong here!
Stay at the stunning Post Ranch Inn for luxurious rooms with breath taking views of the ocean and forests. You can also book a bungalow that’s really more of a tree house. Talk about a once in a lifetime experience!
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