If you want to visit more of the United States for your honeymoon, you’re in luck. There are plenty of great destinations across the country that are perfect for a romantic getaway. But what if you’re interested in heading somewhere that isn’t your typical US destination? It’s no secret the Disney Parks, New York City, and Las Vegas are common options for newlyweds but they are far from your only options for the perfect honeymoon destination.
What are the 10 best romantic honeymoon destinations in the USA that fly under the radar?
1. Sedona, AZ
Sedona is a small town in the highest desert of Arizona that is well-known among the New Age set but it doesn’t get a lot of attention from people looking for romance. It’s a shame, too, because it’s one of the most beautiful areas in the country.
From Sedona, you can take a day trip to escape the vortexes to Jerome, AZ, a historic town that’s home to at least a few haunts and a couple of great local wineries.
Sedona is perfect for newlyweds looking for a relaxing getaway in an area that is sure to please. From the world-renown spas to the breathtaking scenery, Sedona should be on your list of potential honeymoon destinations.
2. New Orleans, LA
Most people think of Mardi Gras and a party atmosphere when they think of NOLA but it’s also one of the most romantic cities in the country. The old-world charm of the French Quarter is perfect for newlyweds. If Bourbon Street isn’t your thing, there are plenty of cocktail lounges, restaurants, and shops tucked away where you can enjoy candlelit dining and some of the city’s best cuisine. Consider heading out of the French Quarter for a few hours to visit the Garden District, Treme, or the Marigny/Bywater neighborhoods nearby to see NOLA like the locals do.
Whether you want to stare into your newly betrothed’s eyes while sipping chicory coffee and eating beignets or you’re more interested in the sexy sounds of jazz that will whisk you away to another time and place, New Orleans is ideal for honeymooners.
3. Wine Country, Northern CA
It’s one of the prettiest part of the country and the perfect getaway for wine lovers – Wine Country in northern California is a must-see destination. Choose from Napa, Sonoma, and all of the small towns in between, most of which are home to world-renowned wineries.
4. Grand Canyon
Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or you just want to be stunned by the beauty of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is perfect for honeymooners. If you’re up for it, consider a rustic back-to-nature-style honeymoon camping around the rim and hiking down into the canyon. The Grand Canyon is beautiful year-round but it doesn’t always feel that comfortable because temperatures soar during the summer months. If you are planning to hike at all, check the weather forecast for the month you’ll be headed to the canyon and brush up on safe canyon hiking tips. Heading to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on your honeymoon is an experience you’ll never forget but it isn’t for the faint of heart!
5. Cape May, NJ
You might not consider the Jersey Shore when you’re planning your honeymoon but there’s a small beach town on the south end that is about as romantic as they come. You’ll feel as if you’re in another world by the seaside when you stroll among the colorful houses, quaint restaurants, and sample the old fashioned delights of Cape May.
6. Denali National Park, Alaska
Few places welcome adventure seekers like Alaska and, while you may be thinking sun and sand for your honeymoon, Denali National Park has plenty to offer year-round. It’s a fantastic place to explore with your beloved and you’ll be stunned by how gorgeous this part of the country is. There are few better places to cozy up and snuggle with the one you love.
7. Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park in Big Sky country is, hands down, one of the most beautiful places in the United States. It features more than 700 miles of trails making it a hiker’s paradise for adventurous honeymooners out for wilderness and solitude. You can also take a trip back in time by visiting historic chalets, lodges, and the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. There’s plenty to do during the day and lots of restaurants and quiet destinations to visit at night with your honey. The perfect place for an affordable honeymoon.
8. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes is one of the most off-the-beaten-path destinations on our list but we guarantee you’ll love it. Located right along Lake Michigan, you can kick back, relax, play, dream, and create. The area features miles and miles of sandy beaches, bluffs that rise about 450 feet above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, and plenty of flora and fauna you won’t find anywhere else. It’s a laid back destination that is sure to please lake lovers looking for the perfect honeymoon destinations in the USA.
9. Boothbay Harbor, ME
This city tends to fly under the radar but when it comes to romance, you won’t find too many better places. This is a quaint New England fishing village set along the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean, perfect for strolling among fishing docks and enjoying a romantic bike ride with your love. You can also try a whale watching experience and enjoy rustic baked pies with local, fresh blueberries.
10. Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe is located within the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and offers plenty to see and do for honeymooners. There’s great architecture, historic streets, and plenty of art. This place is truly an art lover’s paradise. And since you’re 7,000 feet above sea level, you get to enjoy some of the prettiest views in the country. There’s a reason why this part of the country has been nicknamed “the painted desert”.