You don’t have to travel internationally to have a great honeymoon. (Photo: Rob Sylvan/Stocksy)
All the intricate parts of your wedding day plan have been coordinated, down to the last napkin on the dinner table. But have you put as much thought into where you’ll go for your honeymoon? If you haven’t, never fear. Yahoo Travel knows that a honeymoon can set the tone for your marriage, so we wanted to help. These are the wildest, most romantic, over-the-top ways to start married life in the fifty states.
If an expansive view of the Gulf of Mexico with plenty of sand beneath your toes is your perfect spot, then try a private rental in Gulf Shores. We found this two-bedroom on Airbnb that affords the privacy you crave.
For an adventure you won’t soon forget, consider a private cruise. The MV Single Star is a 58-foot trawler that can take you to the Alaska you’ve always dreamed about — in style.
Enchantment Resort in Sedona (Photo: Enchantment Resort/Facebook)
Sedona is exemplary of everything this state has to offer: desert canyons, exquisite food unique to Arizona, and warm hospitality. Try the Enchantment Resort for your romantic retreat in the vivid, red rock canyons.
For a trip back into the romantic 1800s, you cannot beat the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs. There’s plenty to do, including golf, shopping, and even ghost-watching right in the hotel.
You don’t have to leave the country to experience a romantic honeymoon in the islands. Catalina Island has scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, swaying palms, and romantic places to stay, such as the Catalina Island Inn.
Less than ten miles west of Vail lies the less-known town of Avon, home to Beaver Creek Ski Resort and the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Imagine rooms with breathtaking views of the mountains, crackling fireplaces, or even your own 1,800-square-foot suite.
Sail away on your honeymoon in Connecticut. (Photo: Airbnb)
Even if you aren’t sailing away into the sunset for a honeymoon on your own yacht, you can sleep on one in the harbor. This beautiful sailboat in Stamford can be your romantic escape for two.
What could be more romantic than a B&B by the sea? Try The Addy Sea in Bethany Beach. Adults only. Jacuzzi tubs. Ocean views. Need we say more?
Who knew that Club Med has a location in the U.S.? It’s in Sandpiper Bay and offers golf, a beach, and even flying-trapeze lessons. Talk about a marriage builder!
For a rustic retreat with everything included in one package, try the pristine Little St. Simons Island on the southeastern coast, where you can enjoy seven miles of beaches and 10,000 acres of wilderness.
Kick back and relax at the Grand Waliea. (Photo: Grand Wailea/Facebook)
For a Hawaiian honeymoon, we’d stick with one island that offers enough activity to keep you busy for several days without the hassle of island-hopping. Maui fits the bill, and the Wailea area puts you in the center of everything the island has to offer. Try the Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria.
Whether you plan to sit in idyllic bliss enjoying nature or you want the exhilaration of downhill skiing and whitewater rafting, Sun Valley has got you covered in every season. Stay in the heart of the action at Sun Valley Resort.
Just far enough outside of Chicago to feel like you are in the country, but close enough to explore the excitement of the city, try Eaglewood Resort and Spa.
Spas, a casino, golf, and even carriage rides make French Lick Resort a near-perfect honeymoon destination. And then there’s the sexy-sounding name.
Go on a romantic hike and then plan a picnic at Honey Creek Resort. (Photo: Honey Creek Resort/Facebook)
At Honey Creek Resort, you can choose hiking, biking, boating, water sports, or just lounging by the pool. The lakeside setting is perfect for your romantic escape from the world.
The ideal honeymoon is one where they think of the details so that you don’t have to. Cedar Crest Lodge in Pleasanton is just such a place. Spa packages, dinner delivered to your room, and chocolate-covered strawberries are yours for the asking.
For an experience that you will never forget, why not rent a houseboat for your honeymoon? The Lake Cumberland State Dock is the perfect place to give it a try.
For historic luxury that will help you begin the story of your lives together, there’s no more exotic city than New Orleans. Try The Roosevelt, with its rooftop pool and luxury suites in the heart of the city.
How about a cozy cabin with beaches, hiking trails, and even a bowling center? Try Point Lookout Resort near Northport.
How nice would it be to wake up to this every morning? (Photo: St. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa/Facebook)
There’s something so romantic about the water. The Harbour Inn Marina and Spa in St. Michaels captures that waterside romance with rooms right at the docks. We especially like the Commodore’s Quarters, with your own private entrance.
Experience Nantucket at The Wauwinet. Let them pamper you while you put your feet up and enjoy the sea breeze.
The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is a step into another time. Its honeymoon package even includes a private carriage ride.
For a memorable honeymoon on Lake Superior’s north shore, try Bluefin Bay for rooms with cozy fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and a view of the lake that you can almost reach out and touch.
Channel “Gone with the Wind” at this southern hotel. (Photo: Dunleith Historic Inn)
Try out your best Scarlett and Rhett impressions at the historic Dunleith in Natchez. Experience true Southern hospitality in the main house or enjoy the privacy of the Dairy Barn rooms.
A marina, a waterpark, and golf in one location? Tan-Tar-A Resort on Lake of the Ozarks has enough activities to help you make lasting memories of your special time together.
The Resort at Paws Up has food, fun, and romance. Choose a honeymoon luxury tent or a private cabin, or a combination of both. “Rustic” has never looked this good before.
For a truly unique adventure — and a seedling tree to take home with you to commemorate the beginning of your life together — explore the 260 acres of the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, and stay in the relaxed luxury of the Lied Lodge.
Toast to your marriage at sunset at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. (Photo: Ron Niebrugge/Alamy)
It doesn’t take much effort to decide that Lake Tahoe is the most romantic spot in the state. The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, likewise, is the logical choice for your base camp.
Another grand hotel from the 1800s, the Wentworth by the Sea almost fell to a wrecking ball a few years ago. But renovations totaling $30 million make it the premier hotel in New Castle.
No detail is left unattended at Bernards Inn in Bernardsville. Enjoy wine tastings and fine dining in the evening, and explore the Somerset Hills by day.
History, mountains, sunsets, and incredible places to stay combine to make Santa Fe one of the most romantic cities in the Southwest. The Four Seasons Santa Fe caps the romance with its own touch of elegance.
Head up to Niagara Falls for a honeymoon you’ll never forget. (Photo: Massimo Pizzotti/Photographer’s Choice RF/Getty Images)
It isn’t crazy to want to spend your honeymoon in Niagara Falls. It has long been one of the country’s top honeymoon destinations. For luxury downtown, try The Giacomo. Its Sweetheart Package includes rose petals in your room and chocolate cake truffles.
Asheville has the romance, and the Omni Grove Park Inn has the luxury accommodations, the spa, and the concierge services to make your honeymoon a time to remember.
For a quirky honeymoon, why not do Fargo? The Hotel Donaldson has art-inspired rooms and a rooftop hot tub. Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up.
They had us at “child-free zone.” The Belamere Suites Hotel in Perrysburg is rated as the 10th most romantic hotel in the country. It has suites with private indoor swimming pools. Now that’s a honeymoon.
At this secluded cabin it’s just you, your honey, and the birds. (Photo: Beavers Bend Vacations)
The woods around Broken Bow are the perfect spot to rent your own private retreat. Whether you want a huge cabin all to yourself or a cozy cottage in the woods, Beavers Bend Getaways has options for your perfect cabin.
The sight and sound of waves crashing against a rugged coast are seriously romantic. Try this adorable cottage in Yachats to get you off the grid, with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop for all your honeymoon photos.
Don’t let anyone tell you that the Poconos isn’t still a great place to honeymoon. At Skytop Lodge, you have a choice of rooms in the grand main lodge building or creek side cottages.
Newport breathes luxury and romance. The Hotel Viking has a romance package that includes a suite, chocolate-covered strawberries, truffles, and late checkout.
Any resort where the baths can be called “decadent” should be at the top of your honeymoon list. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort, not only has incredible bathrooms, but also boats for your picnic on the river and horses for your trail explorations.
Wind Cave National Park (Photo: Wind Cave National Park/Facebook)
The rugged Black Hills are about as far as you can get from crowded resorts. Visit Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and the Wind Cave National Park. For a quiet stay, try the Flatiron Historic Sandstone Inn in Hot Springs.
Gatlinburg is your escape from reality to the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Drive or hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. For a quaint and quiet place to stay, try the Berry Springs Lodge.
Want to stay in the heart of Texas at what was once an enormous family ranch? Add gourmet food, incredible sunsets, and elegant, Spanish-style haciendas and you have The Inn at Dos Brisas near Chappell Hill.
Like an illusion in the desert heat, Amangiri beckons to you from the canyon floor. One look at the amazing pool built around an enormous rock formation should be enough to make you want to start your life’s journey at this peaceful retreat.
Explore nature at the Stone Hill Inn in Vermont. (Photo: Stone Hill Inn)
Jacuzzis for two, fireplaces, and private garden doors — those are the kinds of things that make a honeymoon hideaway perfect. All that an more waits for you at the Stone Hill Inn in quaint Stowe.
Run away to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Wintergreen Resort has golf, tennis, and hiking, all in an elegant setting. Choose a condo or a standard hotel room as your base for exploring the area.
Seattle is a perennial favorite for honeymooners. Great seafood, wildlife-watching, the Space Needle, and Pike Place Market offer plenty of choices for things to do. Try the Inn at the Market for a quirky boutique place to stay.
If a honeymoon in the woods in a log cabin suits you, then look no further than Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins. Fireplaces, hot tubs, and the adventure of the hills of West Virginia make this a winning retreat.
If you’re an outdoorsy couple, a stay at the Fireside Resort is the perfect choice. (Photo: Fireside Resort/Facebook)
Your honeymoon should be an over-the-top version of the life you imagine together. A stay at the Osthoff Resort on Elkhart Lake gives you an opportunity to enjoy a glimpse of life at the lake, where you can enjoy canoeing, biking, and horseback riding.
If four-wheel driving is on the list of things you want to do together, then try glamping — glamour camping — or a cozy cabin rental at Fireside Resort near Jackson Hole.
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