If you’re getting married soon, you and your fiance are likely deciding on where to go for your honeymoon. When you think of honeymoons, you may immediately picture a tropical location in a foreign country. However, there are several stateside locations you can visit to celebrate your love as well. Not only will you spend less on travel expenses, but you’ll also be supporting the American economy during your vacation. Here are a few luxurious honeymoon ideas that are a little closer to home.
If you and your spouse love the simple pleasures of life, weather that isn’t too hot or too cold, and a quality cup of coffee or two, Portland is the perfect spot for a honeymoon. There are several restaurant attractions and lots of natural parks so you can enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to take a nature hike, enjoy a delicious burger or seafood entree, or drink a cup of joe while listening to one of the local live bands at a coffee shop, Portland will help you create great memories with the one you love.
Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs is an ideal honeymoon location if you want to take in the stunning colorful architecture and relaxing beaches. You’ll also find several vintage shopping options and trendy eateries that serve authentic California fare. If you decide to honeymoon in Palm Springs, you’ll only be two hours from Los Angeles and San Diego, so you can take a day trip to either of these cities to enjoy more restaurants and attractions.
Gatlinburg is home to breathtaking natural beauty and cozy cabins for you to spend quality time with the one you love. For example, Gatlinburg cabins are comfortable and feature all the amenities you need for honeymoon “glamping.” Take some time to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where you can see the enchanting rainbow falls, or check out Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies where you’ll see interesting exhibits that tell the story of the area’s history. If you’re into spooky adventures, make sure you visit Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse. The mansion is said to be home to several ghosts and goblins that haunt Gatlinburg.
New York City, New York
The Big Apple is truly the city that never sleeps. If you and your spouse want to enjoy non-stop attractions and 24-hour restaurants, celebrate your honeymoon in New York. You can take a romantic stroll on the Brooklyn Bridge to take in the beauty of this East Coast gem, and enjoy a cocktail at one of New York’s swanky rooftop bars. The city also has plenty of museums and concerts to help you make great honeymoon memories.
Charleston, South Carolina
If you and your sweetheart want to enjoy your honeymoon while taking in some Southern hospitality, check out what Charleston has to offer. There are several historic sites and beautiful homes to tour and you can see these attractions by booking a carriage ride before enjoying a meal of shrimp and grits while taking in the beauty of the river. Charleston is also home to beautiful beaches such as Kiawah Island or Sullivan’s Island, so you can soak up the sun while you’re there.
Austin is the place to honeymoon when you want to hear talented live bands and visit a few one-of-a-kind restaurants. If you want to take a break from the heat, head just outside of Austin city limits to spend some quality time on the lake. Whether you’re into water sports, the nightlife scene, or entertaining concerts, Austin is the honeymoon location for you.
Bald Head Island, North Carolina
Bald Head Island offers a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of life. You can only access the island by ferry, where you’ll enjoy decadent meals, exquisite accommodations, and luxury spa services. This North Carolina destination is the ideal place for you and your loved one to be pampered.
These are just a few of the locations you may want to consider for your honeymoon when you don’t want to travel far but want to indulge in a getaway to celebrate your marriage.
Contributed by Rayanne Morriss