The wedding is planned and invitations have been sent out. The big day is almost here and so is the honeymoon. So, where should you go on your honeymoon? Where you go depends on both you and your fiance’s preferences, so when planning your honeymoon, sit down and determine where you both would like to go. Doing something you both enjoy will turn an ordinary vacation getaway into the most romantic honeymoon possible.
Romantic DestinationsThere are many destinations throughout the country where couples can go to enjoy their honeymoon. Some destinations are tropical and secluded, while others will put you close to cultural and historical sites. Here are some of the most romantic cities couples visit for their honeymoon:
Create new memories in this small town in Colorado. In Aspen, couples can go skiing or just sit back and enjoy the view. This area offers a variety of lodges where couples can retreat to and enjoy time cuddling by the fire.
Charleston, South Carolina
Enjoy a romantic honeymoon complete with tons of Southern charm when visiting Charleston. Here couples can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and romantic walks on the cobblestone streets.
A fantastic destination in Hawaii, Kauai caters to couples looking for a romantic honeymoon getaway. This area of Hawaii offers couples luxury resorts with views of the bright sunsets, dark sands and aquamarine waves.
Key West, Florida
Take your honeymoon where you can watch the sunrise and sunset over the waters surrounding the Florida Keys. Key West takes you to a place where time stands still, especially when you are enjoying time kicking back at the beach.
Lake Tahoe, California
Start off your new life together enjoying the beautiful landscapes surrounding Lake Tahoe. The crystal clear waters nestled in among the mountains creates the perfect backdrop for a romantic honeymoon.
Maui offers couples a chance to play in the sands and enjoy tropical resorts. There are plenty of opportunities to go surfing, enjoy an authentic luau or go hiking through Haleakala.
Spend your first few days as husband and wife enjoying the waters of Nantucket during the day and sipping on locally crafted wine at night. This area offers a chance for couples to relax and spend time doing many different activities, including bike riding along the water, sailing, antique shopping and dining in some of the area’s finest restaurants.
Napa Valley, California
This region of California offers couples a chance to spend their honeymoon exploring vineyards while sampling a variety of wines crafted throughout the Napa Valley area. There are many opportunities to go golfing or relax at one of the area’s many spas.
If you are looking to take things slow after the hustle and bustle of your wedding, Savannah may be the honeymoon destination you are looking for. The atmosphere in Savannah is very laid back, making it the perfect place to take things slow. The moss-canopied trails make it possible for couples to enjoy quiet strolls together hand-in-hand.Related: America’s Best High-End Restaurants
Romantic ResortsThere are many different resorts throughout the country that offer a romantic backdrop for a honeymoon. Here is a list of the top romantic destinations in the United States:
Canyon Point, UT
Located in the southern part of Utah, Amangiri offers romantic honeymoon destination suites that are surrounded by mesas and red-rock canyons. This resort is very Zen-like and the perfect place for honeymooners to sit back, relax and enjoy their new life together.
Las Vegas, NV
The Las Vegas area offers couples a chance to enjoy the life of the city while being able to retreat back to their room and enjoy some romantic time at the resort. Rooms at the Bellagio are uniquely designed, offering fantastic views of the Las Vegas Strip and the nightly dancing fountain show. Couples can enjoy time together at the pool, spa or exploring the many shops, exhibits and restaurants right at the resort.
If the two of you enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming and canoeing, Canoe Bay is the honeymoon destination for you. This lakefront inn is privately owned and with only 24 rooms on the 300 acres of forests and meadows, it is the perfect place to escape.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM
You will just love the pueblo architecture of the Four Seasons Resort Encantado Santa Fe. The Santa Fe area is filled with lots of culture mixed in with the sun-baked landscapes. It is no wonder why this resort is one of the most romantic in the country. Couples can enjoy time sitting by the pool relaxing during the day and then go exploring the city’s historic Plaza at night.
Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa
If you are looking for a relaxing honeymoon filled with a lot of pampering, the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa is the destination for you. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, this resort is tucked away in the mountains, offering breathtaking views and an on-site spa. If you are planning a fall wedding, this is where you need to stay, because the colors of the trees make the mountains look like a work of art.
In summer, couples can enjoy exploring the great outdoors or having a candlelit dinner at the Garden Terrace restaurant. Or if visiting the rustic-themed, luxury Hotel Jerome in the winter, couples can spend the day skiing and the night cuddling by the fire.
The Inn at Perry Cabin
St. Michaels, MD
For a nautical-themed honeymoon, couples can spend time at The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland. Couples can enjoy everything this coastal town has to offer, including quaint shopping, fresh crab rolls and time out on the Chesapeake Bay sipping champagne during a private cruise.
The Parker Palm Springs
Palm Springs, CA
Go to a place where all of the old Hollywood celebrities went to as an escape from the big city. This hideaway offers a place for couples to escape, be pampered and feel like they are celebrities. Everything from the décor to the spa and the restaurants to the lush gardens at The Parker Palm Springs screams romance.
The Roosevelt New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
No one else sets a romantic setting like the Waldorf Astoria does. This hotel features breathtaking chandeliers, mosaic-tiled floors and architecture that is accented with wrought-iron details. Your honeymoon suite at this hotel will put you just two blocks from the French Quarter and all of the action in the area.
Now that you have some romantic destination and resort ideas, it is time to start planning your honeymoon. Each romantic destination has something unique to offer couples starting their new life together. What you choose to do all depends on what you are looking for out of your honeymoon and what you consider to be romantic.
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Heather Landon is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has combined two of her passions – writing and travel – to share her experiences with others. You can read more of her articles at Examiner.com.