Let's face it, as enticing as it is to travel abroad for your honeymoon, it can also be nerve-racking and very expensive. This year, contemplate skipping the exorbitant plane fares, never-ending flights and hassles of international travel and discover some amazing destinations right here in America that will save you money and still guarantee the honeymoon of your dreams.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Located in northwest Wyoming, Jackson Hole is the gateway to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Plus, with premium mountain vistas, an assortment of accommodations and ample activities, it's an ideal destination for newlyweds looking for that perfect balance of relaxation, exploration and adventure.
Thanks to Yellowstone and Grand Teton nearby, honeymooners will have days to explore the parks and discover wonders like Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Jenny Lake. Also, couples shouldn't miss out on Jackson Hole's endless list of activities, particularly whitewater rafting on the Snake River, hiking, hot air ballooning, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, plus wildlife and ranch tours. Although flooded with visitors throughout summer, the town of Jackson offers hundreds of restaurant, shopping and nightlife options for every type of budget.
Consider visiting around the Fourth of July and booking with one of Jackson's many luxury properties like Hotel Terra, Amangani or Spring Creek Ranch. Head into town for dinner and an evening at the Jackson Hole Rodeo before watching fireworks light up the sky over Snow King Mountain.
Charleston, South Carolina
Historic, colorful, vibrant and affordable, Charleston is one of America's top destinations for romance. As South Carolina's oldest and second-largest city, Charleston features miles of cobblestone streets, picturesque harborfront views, meticulous gardens and beautifully restored homes dating back to the 17th century. Meanwhile, the city is also home to many museums, historical sites, boutique properties and a burgeoning restaurant scene.
Plus, honeymoon couples can enjoy the region's gorgeous shoreline and take day trips to popular destinations like Kiawah Island and Folly Beach, perfect for relaxing days at the beach, or gliding on the river in a boat or kayak. Then, following an afternoon of visits to local art galleries, the historic city market and a culinary tour of the city, be sure to walk along the battery just as the sun sets over Charleston Harbor.
Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, California
Consider taking your honeymoon in California's "other" wine region for a wide range of intimate experiences that won't necessarily empty your wallet.
Imagine miles of vineyards, mountains, lush green valleys and beautiful beaches just waiting for you to explore. Take a private hot air balloon ride over dozens of wineries or spend your day visiting farmers' markets and art galleries throughout the region. Or just pack up some food and enjoy an impromptu picnic together along the coast or at any inspiring spot.
Honeymoon activities also include biking, hiking, sightseeing tours, horseback riding, spa treatments and, of course, wine tastings. And with destinations like Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo (named "America's Happiest City") within reach, you're guaranteed to find an excellent array of cultural and dining experiences that will round out your honeymoon experience.
Florida Keys, Florida
Famous for its crystal clear waters, numerous activities and endless beaches, the Florida Keys are a fabulous destination for those newlyweds seeking a tropical honeymoon close to home. Popular activities include fishing, sailing, diving, snorkeling, swimming, golfing, eco-tours, sunset cruises, wildlife tours, plus unique dining and shopping experiences.
Also, think about setting aside plenty of time to explore historic Key West and Dry Tortugas National Park before settling into quieter accommodations in Key Largo, Islamorada or Marathon.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
It's no secret that Cape Cod has been inspiring visitors for centuries. Picture miles of magnificent coastline, wide beaches and artsy villages dotting the landscape. And with so many different excursions and romantic opportunities that won't stretch your wallet, it's an excellent choice for newlyweds in search of that perfect honeymoon spot that's easily within reach.
Stay at a historic bed & breakfast as you explore Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Visit Provincetown for summer festivals and plenty of art galleries. Charter a boat out on the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and fish for bluefin tuna or search for humpback whales. Or simply just recharge the batteries with a few days at the spa before relaxing on the beach and catching sunset over the calm ocean waters.