After all the expenses of a wedding, sometimes a more modest honeymoon is in order. Good thing you don’t have to stray far from home to find a honeymoon-worthy getaway. Savvy couples know that with a bit of research and imagination (not to mention love), any place can fulfill your fantasy.
One of America’s most unique cities, New Orleans is famous for its friendly Creole culture and vibrant Caribbean-influenced colors. Honeymooning couples will enjoy touring the handsome homes of the Garden District, catching a jazz performance, and of course tasting some of the city’s famous beignets—and dusting each other’s faces with fluffy powdered sugar.
Best Time to Travel: March is Mardi Gras, summer is sweltering.
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Known for its many public squares, Spanish moss-adorned trees and warm hospitality, Savannah is the jewel of the South. No visit is complete without a walk down River Street to see the old-time candy shops, or a ghost tour through the city’s many historic houses. And for a truly romantic treat, have a picnic in one of the many public parks, followed by a relaxing evening stroll.
Best Time to Travel: Spring for cool weather and blooming flowers.
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It’s not in Tahiti, Hawaii, or Thailand—no, the world’s purest white sand beach is on America’s own Gulf Coast. Siesta Key Beach may be the main reason to spend your honeymoon in Sarasota, but there’s plenty more to do, from museums to nature walks, once you’ve spent enough time in the sun.
Best Time to Travel: The Gulf Coast is gorgeous no matter when you go.
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New York City
No matter how many times you’ve been to the Big Apple, there’s always something new to discover, and a new way to experience the city. So if you’ve seen the famous sights, get creative. Dine at hush-hush local hotspot, check out an off-Broadway show, and absorb the flavor of the city’s many unique neighborhoods.
Best Time to Travel: There is never a bad time to be in NYC.
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In a sense, a trip to LA is like visiting a condensed version of the rest of the world. With its many ethnic neighborhoods, representing nations from Japan to Ethiopia, not to mention its enormous Latin community, the sprawling City of Angels has it all. As for good old American attractions, LA has them in spades: Hollywood history, beaches, and art museums, plus enough dining and shopping options to last a lifetime.
Best Time to Travel: Stay away from summer and avoid huge crowds.
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One of America’s true small-town treasures, Asheville boasts a booming arts scene, year-round festivals, and a spectacular setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not to mention the breathtaking Biltmore Estate, a 250-room that’s bound to fuel your own home-buying ambitions.
Best Time to Travel: Summer.
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The wedding capital of the world is also an ideal honeymoon destination. Get lost in Las Vegas with your true love and enjoy the city’s endless diversions. Each of the Strip’s many casinos is its own world, with lavish swimming pools, sumptuous buffets, luxury shops, and Broadway-quality shows.
Best Time to Travel: Anytime, since you’ll spend most of your time indoors!
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Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches and small-town charm make it an ideal destination for romance, but it’s the celebrated vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley that really set this convenient paradise apart. Rent a car and plan a leisurely weekend exploring the quaint wineries and picture-perfect landscapes of the California countryside.
Best Time to Travel: Visit in winter for lower rates.
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San Francisco boasts some of the most iconic scenes in the States: Lombard Street, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, and of course, those fantastic San Francisco Bay views. Head to Fisherman’s Wharf for a candlelight dinner on the waterfront, and then hop on a famous trolley car for after-dinner drinks and delicious chocolate treats at Ghiradelli Square.
Best Time to Travel: Visit in winter for low rates and comfortable weather.
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With its palatial waterfront mansions and gracious Southern charm, it’s no wonder Charleston was featured as a backdrop in one of the most romantic movies of all time, “Gone with the Wind.” Take a carriage ride through the French Quarter or a late-night lovers’ stroll down the historic streets of downtown.
Best Time to Travel: Spring and fall for balmy climates.
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