Finally! Your wedding celebration is over and now you can spend some romantic time alone with your new spouse on your honeymoon.
Because your honeymoon will be a once-in-lifetime experience, why not choose a honeymoon destination that suits your type and style of travel and relaxation or adventure instead of opting for the standard time on the beach?
Big Sur is a costal area in Central California where mountains coincide with the bright blue ocean. If you decide to go, be sure to stop at Pfeiffer Beach. The dramatic cliffs and purple sand create the most Instagram-worthy pictures. It’s tucked away, and it can be a bit difficult to find, but everyone who visits the crowd-free beach agrees the hunt is worth it. Watch the sunrise on the beach, then take the two-hour road trip along the scenic Monterey Bay coast to visit the famous Redwoods State Park. There you can drive throughsome of the oldest redwood trees or pretend you’re in a Twilight movie as you admire the forest.
Newport is a cute little beach town about an hour south of Providence. Here you can spend the day roaming Cliff Walk beach and peeking into the beachside backyards of Newport mansions. If staying on land isn’t thrilling enough, then you and your spouse can enjoy the breeze in your hair with a sailboat tour of the area. There are plenty of boating companies (like this one and this one) that offer various packages and pricing so you can chose what suits you best. After relaxing by the beach, you can cap off the evening with dinner at the romantic Restaurant Bouchard or the more casual Midtown Oyster Bar.
People often overlook Michigan for a beach getaway because it lacks an ocean coast. However, there are plenty of lake beaches that provide the same kind of fun, but without sharks and jellyfish. The Grand Haven State Park is located right along the water, and if you ever wanted to camp on the beach this is your chance! There are campsites available to the public which can be easily reserved in advance. If you end up visiting Grand Haven, make sure to stop into Chocolates by Grimaldi for a tour and plenty of free samples.
Montana is a gorgeous state with stunning scenery that makes it easy to forget about civilization. If you’re seeking a luxurious honeymoon surrounded by mountains, there are a number of cabin resorts that will make you feel like you’re one with nature without having to get your hands dirty. However, if you do feel like doing something fun, you can go horseback riding, fishing, or hiking. Cell phone reception and Wi-Fi are basically nonexistent, so aside from a camera, it’s best to ditch technology.
Boulder sits at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and is the city for people who love the outdoors. Chautauqua Park is a great place to visit if you want to get some newlywed selfies to frame for your mantle. But if you and your sweetheart prefer to take in the scenery without having to hike to get there, then there are a number of meadows at the park entrance where you can sit and picnic. With a 10-minute drive from the park you can explore how ~high~ your love soars with a trip to the fancy Native Roots recreational marijuana dispensary. The best part is that it’s a block away from The Kitchen, a delicious American bistro and wine bar.
If you’re looking to relax in the mountains, then really there is no better place than Aspen — especially the Maroon Bells mountains. Every travel forum with threads about the area features endless descriptions like “so beautiful it’s unreal” and “I’ve never seen a view so stunning.” Hiking to the top of the mountain isn’t too strenuous, but there’s also an option to take a 15-minute bus ride to the top. While Aspen can be on the pricey side, a little creaitvity will go a long way in saving you money. Grab a blanket, some cheese, and a bottle of wine and you can sit outside of the Aspen Music Festival and School to enjoy a free concert. It’s an encouraged activity so you don’t have to worry that you’d be breaking any rules.
With music festivals like the Chicago Blues Festival, Pitchfork, and Lollapalooza, Chicago is still as great a musical city today as it was in the ’50s. If you don’t make it in time for one of the city’s festivals, plan to go to Thalia Hall or the Promontory, where you can have a great performance and a delicious meal. The Chicago Symphony is also a great option if you’re feeling fancy.
The best thing about New Orleans is that every street is basically a music festival. The 300–800 blocks of Royal Street in the French Quarter have a heavy concentration of street performers. On one block you might find a Mowtown a capella group, and the next street over you can see an instrumental or Creole band. If you want your trip to have a bit more structure than just wandering the streets, then there are plenty of great bars and concert venues to check out. The Spotted Cat Music Club is an intimate, cash-only jazz bar that is well-known for consistently having great bands perform. After a couple of drinks and some good music, enjoy a Cajun meal at Muriel’s Jackson Square Restaurant, which is only a 10-minute walk from The Spotted Cat.
From Elvis to Justin Timberlake, Memphis has produced some of the greatest musicians in the country. And the city won’t let you forget it — the museums dedicated to Sun Records and rock ‘n’ roll are a fun and informative way to appreciate music. But if museums just aren’t your thing, there are also a number of clubs and music venues where you can see performers in action. The Levitt Shell is a favorite among many for its diverse set of performances and casual blanket-on-the-lawn atmosphere. If you want to enjoy music and some seriously good food, then you have to check out Blues City Cafe, which serves huge portions of ribs, gumbo, and catfish, and is a classic Memphis experience.
The Supai village is located in the remote, southwestern part of the Grand Canyon and is home to the Havasupai Native American Tribe. If you head to Supai, Arizona, make sure your hiking boots are broken in and you’re ready for some pretty serious physical activity. Mooney Falls and Havasu Falls are crazy beautiful, but they all require some work to access (and there isn’t a bus option). At the end of the hike you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view and a swim to help you cool off.
South Lake Tahoe is the place for people who want it all. It’s beautiful year round and the activity options are endless. If you have any interest in boating, jet skiing, kayaking, or any other water activity, you’ll find it here. And if you really want to kick the excitement up a notch, Vegas is a short road trip away.
A desert might not sound super scenic, but Sedona disproves that idea with its vibrant red rocks and vast landscape. It can be equal parts adventure and relaxation if you and your partner are looking for a good balance. There are plenty of opportunities for off-roading, rock climbing, and hot air ballooning. But if you’re also seeking some downtime there are plenty of spas and outdoor yoga classes so you can admire the Red Rocks while in Downward Dog.
Austin might as well be renamed Land of the Food Trucks. For every restaurant there seem to be at least two food trucks. Everyone has their favorites, but there are a few spots that are loved by all. Torchy’s Tacos will have you standing in line again for seconds andGourdough’s Doughnuts is the perfect place to get a hot doughnut so big it requires a knife and fork. If you don’t feel like eating on the curb then try Eddie V’s. They are famous for their steaks and seafood, but all their appetizers are so delicious you could make a meal by ordering a few different ones. After dinner you can head over to the Elephant Room for drinks and live jazz performances.
Atlanta is great if you’re the type of couple who seeks great fine-dining experiences as well as casual eateries. During the day enjoy local favorites like Fox Bros. BBQ or Mary Mac’s Tea Room — everyone raves about their fried green tomatoes. If you’re looking for high-end comfort food, definitely try Buckhead Diner, where the menu is filled with things like Kobe beef hot dogs and Mexican vanilla bean milkshakes. For the ultimate foodie experience spend a day at Krog Street Market where you can try various restaurants and food shops.There are also a number of stores you can explore if you find you’re in need of a break from the constant eating.
Walk around Brooklyn and you will see an array of charming cafes and restaurants. They are all delicious, but nothing compares to the overwhelming choices you’ll find at Smorgasburg, an outdoor market where local vendors sell artisanal food. The New York Times calls it “The Woodstock of Eating,” and they aren’t exaggerating. Smorgasburg takes place every weekend from April until November. After gorging on mango and sticky rice, lobster rolls, and Jamaican patties, bike the Brooklyn Bridge or stroll through theBrooklyn Botanic Garden.
If you’re still mad that you didn’t get the treehouse you deserved as a child, then you’ll definitely want to stay at the Treehouse Pointbed and breakfast. The cabins are charming, and guests are provided with a s’mores kit so they can roast marshmallows around a campfire on the ground level.
If you and your beloved are dedicated book lovers, staying at the Library Hotel in New York will mean you’re surrounded by your favorite hardcover friends. Each floor of the hotel represents one of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System. With a reading room and a poetry garden, there’s plenty of space to relax after a day in the city.
18. 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville in Bentonville, Arkansas
If you and your partner are fancy, art-loving types (or wish you were), the 21c Museum Hotel will suit you perfectly. Throughout the hotel there are constantly rotating contemporary exhibits. Even if you’re not the type to go to a museum, at least the museum can be brought to you.