While you may not be able to travel to a traditional honeymoon spot like Bali or Rome right now (sigh), you can still have a blissful post-wedding trip without leaving the United States.
Whether you prefer mountain biking, snorkeling, or shopping, these ten American honeymoon destinations are chock-full of activities — from brewery visits to beach-hopping — that are sure to delight and inspire. Read on for our top picks, plus hotel recommendations for each locale.
Editor’s note: Save these ideas for when it’s safe to travel again, and always follow all COVID-19 restrictions, rules, and safety regulations both at your destination and upon returning home.Key West, Florida
Between the beautiful beaches, lively drinking and dining scene, and history-packed attractions, Key West genuinely has something for everyone. Stroll the waterfront Mallory Square hand-in-hand before dropping into the Hemingway House for a tour of the famed authors’ former home. Key West is also known for its snorkeling (it’s home to the only living barrier reef in the continental US, after all). After mingling with the local marine life — think tropical fish, sea turtles, reef sharks, dolphins, and stingrays — hop aboard your own private charter for a sunset cruise around the island. Cap off your honeymoon with a romantic meal at Bagatelle and a cocktail (with a side of some conch fritters) at the historic Sloppy Joe’s.
Where to Stay: The upscale Southernmost Beach Resort boasts a central location that still (somehow) feels miles away from vibrant Old Town. On-site amenities include three swimming pools, a private beach, secluded cabanas, and a spa.Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, with its charming fountains, scenic parks, and pastel-hued architecture, oozes all-around romance. Embark on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Holy City to familiarize yourselves with some of the city’s best attractions, including the eight-acre Waterfront Park and Charleston City Market (which dates back to the 1790s). Afterward, explore the city on-foot: Indulge in a shopping trip down King Street, gallery-hop through Broad Street (also known as Gallery Row), or stroll through cobblestone-lined Chalmers Street. Afterward, dig into hearty southern fare at Circa 1886 or Virginia’s On King.
Where to Stay: Reserved an elegantly appointed suite at Hotel Emeline, housed in a 19th-century-era structure that’s been completely reimagined. The boutique property offers unique touches like a 500-plus vinyl record collection, a lush courtyard, vintage posters, and complimentary bike rentals.Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara has become a beloved celebrity hotspot over the years, and, with its pristine beaches, stunning mountain vistas, and fairytale-worthy Spanish architecture, it’s easy to see why. Throw on your swimsuits and make your way down to East Beach (which spans over one-and-a-half miles of beautiful shorelines), Hendry’s Beach (which is known for its wildlife spotting opportunities plus surfing and paddleboarding), or Butterfly Beach (a palm-tree-lined stretch of sand that’s especially popular amongst locals and travelers at sunset). The historic Old Mission Santa Barbara is arguably the city’s most recognizable structure and now houses a museum. Don’t forget to carve out some time exploring Downtown Santa Barbara, the city’s culinary and cultural hub.
Where to Stay: Rosewood Miramar Beach is a honeymooner’s dream come true, with luxe accommodations, a tranquil spa, and rolling acres of gardens and greenery. The idyllic waterfront property also features an adults-only cabana-lined swimming pool, six bars and restaurants, and an array of on-site activities, including paddleboarding and kayaking.Asheville, North Carolina
Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this vibrant city is best known for its ample hiking and biking opportunities — plus its burgeoning craft brewery scene. No trip here is complete without a visit to The Biltmore: The expansive mansion is set on over 8,000 acres of land. Here, you’ll also find an on-site winery, museum, and library, the latter of which features a curated collection of books from George Vanderbilt. The Asheville Art Museum, with its collection of 5,000-plus works, is another highlight. After biking your way through Asheville’s many public parks, grab a (craft) beer at one of the many nearby breweries, including Asheville Brewing Co., Catawba Brewing Co., or Highland Brewing. (Fun fact: Asheville has the most breweries per capita than any US city.). The fun continues at Luella’s, where you can feast on epic BBQ like pulled pork, brisket, and wings.