The Definitive Guide to the Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

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By: Esther Lee -TheKnot

The holidays are right around the corner

According to our data, nearly 50% of couples opted to honeymoon in the US in 2022. It’s easy to see why. With its geographical diversity and distinct regional experiences, the best US honeymoon destinations are tailored to romance (whichever version speaks to your relationship). Some couples may seek the thrill of horseback riding between Rocky Mountain canyons at sunset, while others may desire a plush infinity bed overlooking the luxurious enclave of Maui’s Wailea Beach. Explore our list of the best places to honeymoon in the US.

The American West, US

A scenic moonrise over the American West
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Within the confines of the four corners of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico is arguably one of the largest luxury development regions in the country. Couples will truly appreciate the subtle luxury offered across five-star properties in the American West. Imagine views of rose-tinted canyons and stargazing in the desert during a luxury ranch honeymoon.

Where to Stay: Amangiri | Book Now | Read Reviews; Dunton Hot Springs | Book Now Read Reviews

Miami Beach, Florida

A palm tree-lined path in Miami, Florida
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Don’t let the revelers deter you. Cultured types, partygoers and art fanatics will thrive in Miami Beach, especially by booking a stay within a five-star property along Collins Avenue or Ocean Drive. The power move comes with delicious perks like direct access to some of the finest beaches in the US and amenities like complimentary umbrella and towel service. Miami Beach is far from sleepy: couples will find world-class fine dining and entertainment options often without leaving their resort. Plus, shopaholics will find their version of bliss in nearby Bal Harbour.

Where to Stay: The Faena Miami Beach | Book Now | Read Reviews; Mandarin Oriental, Miami | Book Now | Read Reviews

The Hawaiian Islands, US

An aerial view of the Na Pali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii
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Six islands comprise the dream-like Aloha State (Hawai’i, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai) located smack in the middle of the Pacific. Prehistoric volcanic activity is to thank for the lush vegetation and dramatic vignettes found across the destination, but Hawaii feels otherworldly in that couples will also find authentic culture, amazing resorts, and conservation efforts across the islands. Swim with whales, turtles and all kinds of sea life–just don’t touch them.

Where to Stay: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (Maui) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach (Kauai) | Book Now | Read Reviews

New York, NY

An aerial view of Central Park in New York City
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Often referred to as “the Greatest City in the World,” New York City solidified its reputation in the 1800s as the land of opportunity. That especially rings true today with all that this cosmopolitan destination offers with its electrifying energy pulsating throughout its five boroughs. Foodies enthralled by world-class fare and dollar slices can happily dine their way through the city’s expensive and affordable menus. History, art and architecture buffs will absorb the smattering of priceless pieces found inside the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) and the Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art). Entertainment and nightlife offerings are also far from dull in the City that Never Sleeps: there’s an ever-growing list of shows to catch on Broadway, sports games to spectate live on the daily, buzz-worthy events and festivals, not to mention shopping and general sightseeing. Star-crossed lovers will set their hearts aflutter while exploring historic landmarks like Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing the skyline at night, though. (One can argue this longtime New Yorker is biased, but I recommend you take it all in from a sunset cruise, or an evening drive or bike ride down the Westside Highway.)

Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Central Park | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews

Napa Valley, California

Sunrise over the Napa Valley vineyards
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Just north of San Francisco is romantic and dreamy Napa Valley, a destination where incredible fare, award-winning varietals of wine, as well as gorgeous scenery, are all par for the course. In recent years, Napa has become especially beloved for its organic lifestyle (imagine spa treatments supplementing those farm-to-table tasting menus). Couples who consider themselves true wine aficionados will have one big decision: where to stay among some of the country’s best resorts?

Where to Stay: Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Meritage Resort and Spa | Book Now | Read Reviews

Denali National Park, Alaska

The Northern Lights across the Alaska night sky
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Wildlife lovers and foodies should seriously consider an Alaska honeymoon. One of the best ways to experience the state is by cruise or by booking a tour operator who can take you to all of the wildlife sightings and splendid, lesser-frequented parts of the state.

Where to Stay: Alyeska Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews; Seabourn Odyssey | Book Now | Read Reviews

Mackinac Island, Michigan

An aerial view of Mackinac Island in Michigan
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Most visitors to Mackinac Island rave about the experience. Dubbed the “Hamptons of the Lakes,” word is slowly spreading about this beautiful US honeymoon destination. With a no-car policy and an abundance of fudge, Mackinac Island is conveniently located on beautiful Lake Huron and only accessible via boat or private plane. With a Caribbean feel (the water is that blue) in the Midwest, this location could be the perfect road trip honeymoon stop for you and your partner.

Where to Stay: The Mackinac House | Book Now | Read Reviews

Nantucket, Massachusetts

View of the Brant Point Lighthouse in Nantucket, Massachusetts
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The sumptuous feeling of the ocean breeze hitting your face and the eye candy of perfectly-trimmed hedges decorating the adorable shingle-style homes of Nantucket encapsulates the essence of this East Coast honeymoon destination. Across New England, couples will find numerous five-star resorts and boutique properties; ACK, however, combines the best of the best with kitschy touches like pristine honeymoon cottages.

Where to Stay: White Elephant | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Wauwinet | Book Now | Read Reviews

The Virgin Islands, US

Aerial view of Sanders Bay in Saint John, United States Virgin Islands
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St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix in the Caribbean each appeal to different types of couples. St. Thomas is bustling in nature as a port city to cruise ships and luxury properties, easily accessible from US cities with direct flights. St. John and St. Croix are more private and require a short ferry ride over from St. Thomas, transporting couples to true island time.

Where to Stay: The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews

Savannah, Georgia

Spanish moss and old oak trees in downtown Savannah, GA
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Oozing with charm, sweet tea and draping willow trees, the charming city of Savannah is considered a top destination for romantic stays, beautiful sightseeing and delicious food. Once you’re down south, consider renting a car or enjoying a road trip through towns like Bentonville too.

Where to Stay: The Thompson Savannah | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Bellwether House | Book Now | Read Reviews

Charleston, South Carolina

A gorgeous old building in Charleston, South Carolina
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Oozing with charm, sweet tea and draping willow trees, the charming city of Savannah is considered a top destination for romantic stays, beautiful sightseeing and delicious food. Once you’re down south, consider renting a car or enjoying a road trip through towns like Bentonville too.

Where to Stay: The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews

Santa Barbara, California

An aerial view of Santa Barbara, California
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Some of the country’s most beautiful towns, agrarian regions and beaches exist in the region and Santa Barbara proper. Sun-kissed newlyweds looking for Pacific eye candy (twisty roads along Highway 1, fields of blooming agriculture, an abundance of organic fare, and beautiful blues from the ocean) should prioritize this destination. Renting a convertible is next.

Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara | Book Now | Read Reviews; San Ysidro Ranch | Book Now | Read Reviews

The Pacific Northwest

Mt Hood and an aerial view of Portland, Oregon
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There’s a reason why the Cullens and Christian Grey decided to settle here and it’s not because of the gentle mist that sprinkles the city with greenery year-round. The Pacific Northwest is stunning, yet moody and mysterious, much like the characters found across Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey. Washington State and Oregon are home to famed sites like Olympic National Park and Crater Lake, as well as innovative tech companies. The region’s culture is more understated and relaxed, but the standard of living is high–as is the standard of dining. Between coffee culture and farm-to-table tasting menus, foodies will also find significant gratification in the destination.

Where to Stay: The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland | Book Now | Read Reviews

The Hamptons, New York

The lighthouse at The Hamptons, New York
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New Yorkers flock to the East End for a reason in the summer. The city gets unbearably hot so the oceanfront breeze is a welcome respite. But it isn’t about the environment as much as the Hamptons is about its own bottled essence of rose-tinted glasses paired with Wolffer Estate rosé. Taking in the ambiance of the Surf Lodge on a slow Sunday morning, indulging in mouthwatering lobster rolls, luxuriating in tennis private clinics and spa treatments, and looking out to the luxury and beauty of the destination are what makes the Hamptons, the Hamptons.

Where to Stay: The Pridwin | Book Now | Read Reviews; EHP Resort & Marina | Book Now | Read Reviews

Big Sur, California

The coastline near Big Sur, California
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This editor’s favorite place in the U-S-A is none other than sleepy and Jurassic Big Sur, California, where dramatic Redwoods overlook the Pacific Ocean. The scenic drive along US-1 (also known as the Pacific Coast Highway) is a sight to behold; plus, there are limited cell towers, meaning you have no choice but to look up and out at the offerings of Mother Nature. It’s a true bonding experience for couples.

Where to Stay: Alila Ventana Big Sur | Book Now | Read Reviews

Newport, Rhode Island

A coastal home in Newport, Rhode Island
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If you consider yourself the luckiest when experiencing coastal bluffs along North Atlantic destinations, especially at the height of summer, then a Newport honeymoon (or minimoon, for that matter) is a worthy option. Couples can enjoy a dreamy sunset sail, purple-tinted sunset skies, and delicious seafood options.

Where to Stay: The Vanderbilt | Book Now | Read Reviews

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The mountain views of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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We know we listed the American West as one of our top honeymoon destinations, but there’s a reason why Jackson rises as its own unique entity. Rugged yet somehow romantic, the locale is home to a subset of the country’s billionaires for a reason. The region is home to five-star retreats that are quietly tucked away between small mountain towns and lush valleys. The destination oozes low-key luxury with direct access to multiple national parks and some of the top US honeymoon destination resorts. (Believe us when we say these properties are worth the trek–some offer unspoiled views of the Tetons from your heated plunge pool.)

Where to Stay: Amangani | Book Now | Read Reviews; Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole | Book Now | Read Reviews

The Florida Keys, Florida

Views of the coast in Marathon, Florida in the Florida Keys
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The peninsula jutting out to sea on the East Coast of the country has something for every type of couple. Drive all the way down the Florida Coast and couples will find themselves in another world: a place where they can swim with manatees and wildlife or indulge in an island-hopping atmosphere along the Keys.

Where to Stay: Kona Kai Resort, Gallery and Botanic Gardens | Book Now | Read Reviews

Coastal Maine, US

Views of Acadia National Park in Maine
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Besides Alaska, the northernmost state of the country is a treasure trove for honeymooners who appreciate a quality road trip. Maine is home to multiple adorable towns like Kennebunkport and Ogunquit. The state is also home to beloved beaches like Goose Rocks, but it’s the gleaming entrance to Acadia National Park that will take your breath away.

Where to Stay: Hidden Pond Resort & Tree Spa (Kennebunkport) | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Claremont Hotel (Acadia National Park) | Book Now | Read Reviews

Aspen, Colorado

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If a winter honeymoon destination is your top choice for romance, then this iconic American ski culture town is a worthy contender. Stay at a five-star property and explore four mountains for skiing, snowboarding, and indulging in other activities. After hitting the slopes, couples can wind down with spa treatments and delicious restaurant options, followed by late nights in the hot tub. It is Aspen, after all.

Where to Stay: The Little Nell | Book Now | Read Reviews

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