Looking for a romantic getaway without breaking the bank? Everyone wants that exotic destination honeymoon, but a faraway trip can easily cost you just as much as the wedding! Lucky for you, we've found the most romantic hideaways that don't require a passport. Your perfect, affordable honeymoon may be closer than you thought!
Arguably the more creative and accessible of California's two major wine regions, Sonoma wine country is the perfect destination for newlywed wine-lovers. Spend your days road-tripping between sunny vineyards, tasting exquisite vintages, and maybe even getting to know the vineyard owner. Sonoma has no shortage of fresh and humble meals - paired perfectly to your wine, of course - but if you're looking for something a little more upscale, the Michelin-starred cuisine at The Farmhouse never disappoints.
Couples looking for sun-soaked, tropical romance on a white sand beach should look no farther than the Florida Keys. Head down to Margaritaville and relax island-style with a drink in hand - or spend your days snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and finding the best key lime pie on the islands!
For the adventurous duo, no excursion is more rewarding than a 3-night backpacking trip to Havasu Falls in Havasupai, Arizona. Make your basecamp at the Havasupai Indian Reservation deep in the Grand Canyon. Then hike or helicopter down to the breathtakingly blue waters of Havasu Falls. The only catch? Reservations are extremely limited, so securing one is considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. How romantic!
The quiet village of Mendocino, California has a little bit of everything. Its charming Victorian homes offer a stunning cliffside view of the Pacific, and honeymooners can take their pick of beaches, redwood forests, and a thriving collection of Pinot Noir vineyards. For a romantic, oceanside meal, book a table at MacCallum House, and stay for a dip in one of their private hot tubs.
If the dramatic scenery of New Zealand or Iceland calls your name, visit New York's Finger Lakes district, home to over 40 stunning waterfalls. The picturesque town of Seneca Falls is a charming point of entry to a region filled with wineries, scenic hikes, and boutique hotels. Go in the fall for truly breathtaking views!
Is hitting the slopes in Chamonix or Courchevel your idea of an ideal escape? Book your flight to Vail, Colorado instead. With world-class skiing for everyone from novice to expert, plenty of instruction, and European-style architecture, Vail offers the perfect alpine getaway. Don't forget the world-class aprés-ski dining and a cabin-side hot tub to wind down after a long day of powdery fun.
If it was good enough for Beyoncé and Jay-Z, it's good enough for...well, anybody. That's right, the ultimate power couple spent their honeymoon in Scottsdale, Arizona. Follow in their footsteps and take in the lively art scene, relax in a secluded day spa, stargaze, and share a hot air balloon ride over the desert sunset.
If you're looking for beautiful old buildings, fine dining, and plenty of history, indulge in the famed hospitality of South Carolina's coastal gem. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the wide, cobbled streets, and enjoy a change of pace in the South's Best City. Be sure to stop by world-renowned Husk Restaurant for an authentic Lowcountry meal that will change your perspective on Southern cuisine.
US Virgin Islands
If you're itching to stray a little further from home, the US Virgin Islands are sure to slake your wanderlust. Whether you rent a private villa or stay in an all-inclusive resort, the Islands offer some of the best seafood, fishing, diving, and wildlife this side of the Atlantic. Make sure to visit the white sand beach and crystal-clear waters of Magens Bay on St. Thomas Island - consistently ranked in the top 10 best beaches in the world - for an out-of-this-world honeymoon experience you’ll never forget.