Where to Honeymoon in the US
Honeymooning in the US? Here’s our guide to the most romantic places to go.
Wedding bells have rung and it’s time to be whisked away in a cloud of romance. Wanting to honeymoon in the States but not sure where to go? Don’t fret – here at Plum Guide, we know a lot about how to have the perfect honeymoon, from where to stay to what to do. Here's our expert guide on where to honeymoon in the US.
If you and your other half are outdoor lovers, there’s no better place for a honeymoon than Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. The ski resort town of Aspen is nestled in the heart of the White River National Forest, surrounded by the Elk Mountains. There are four ski mountains in Aspen, with slopes for all levels. Because what could be more romantic than landing face-first into the snow?
If you’re not so much into skiing, there are plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy. Rafting, hiking, biking, rock-climbing, fishing, horseback riding, golf and paragliding. Once you’ve exhausted all your options, why not take a romantic hot air balloon ride?
After a long day of playing outdoors, enjoy a meal at one of Aspen’s fine dining options. The Monarch is one of our favourites. Not ready to call it a night? Enjoy a show at Belly Up, Aspen’s live music venue or at the historic Wheeler Opera House.
Joshua Tree, California
When it comes to where to honeymoon in the US, it doesn’t get better than California. A warm climate and laid-back way of life - it’s the perfect honeymoon spot. And there’s nowhere more romantic in California than the Joshua Tree National Park. This vast area is made up of diverse desert landscapes, perfect for couples looking to escape from it all.
One of the best ways to explore Joshua Tree is by hiking. There are plenty of trails which lead through breathtaking scenery, with one of the best spots being Keys View. Head up there with a picnic at sunset for some unforgettable views.
Looking for a more relaxed honeymoon? Stroll the unique Cholla Cactus Garden for some picturesque scenes. Check out Pioneertown, an 1880s style Old West ‘town’ which was the set for over 50 films and TV shows in the 40s and 50s. End the night under a star-filled sky at Smith’s Ranch, an old-school drive-in cinema experience.
Prefer the beach over the desert? No problem – California has plenty of coastline too. Malibu is the ideal beach honeymoon location, and is home to some of LA’s most stunning natural wonders. The best way to explore is by cruising down the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. Enjoy far-reaching views and stop by some of the city’s landmarks such as El Matador State Beach, Zuma Beach and Point Dume.
While in Malibu, a visit to Malibu Wines is a must. This picturesque vineyard has plenty of space for romantic picnics as well as tasting opportunities. Feeling brave? Join a Malibu Wine Safari which combines the experience of a zoo and winery on a nature tour where you can feed animals and taste various wines.
Malibu has many hiking trails, and Escondido Canyon Park is one of the most scenic spots. You’ll find wooded hiking, biking and horseback riding trails which lead to Escondido Falls, one of the biggest waterfalls in Southern California. This 150 foot cascade is the perfect spot for a post-hike dip. End the day with a sunset stroll on Malibu Pier.
New York, New York
Head all the way over to the East Coast to the Big Apple, a destination that should be on every list of where to honeymoon in the US. Romance is always in the air in New York, and there’s plenty of things to keep you busy on your honeymoon.
When in New York, making the most of the views is a must-do. Head to the One World Observatory, the tallest building in the Northern Hemisphere. Admire the city’s landmarks from above with a cocktail in hand. Heights not really your thing? Set sail on a romantic dinner cruise and enjoy views of New York’s iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.
New York is a haven for culture vultures, and there are countless art galleries, museums and theatres to visit. It would be rude not to catch a show at Broadway - perhaps a romance like Phantom of the Opera? If you have time for a day trip, we highly recommend visiting Niagara Falls. This natural wonderland makes for an unforgettable day out.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
When it comes to where to honeymoon in the US, you could do worse than heading to the lakes and mountains for a romantic honeymoon in nature. Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling Nevada and California. You’ll find a whole range of breathtaking scenery here, from beaches and turquoise waters, to ski resorts and snowy peaks.
It goes without saying that a visit to Lake Tahoe means getting out onto the water. Try your hand at water sports, from parasailing and jet skiing, to kayaking and canoeing. There are numerous sandy beaches if you prefer to relax. Secret Cove is a beautiful beach in a secluded location, and is great for swimming and snorkeling. It’s also acceptable if you want to go au naturelle.
Honeymooning in winter? Skiing and other snow sports should definitely be on the cards. You’ll find a selection of ski resorts all around the lake. Cosy up after a long day on the slopes with a fine dining experience at Edgewood Restaurant.