Whether you’re looking to unwind after your celebrations or raring to go on an action-packed activities holiday.
Hike the Appalachian trail, Virginia
Celebrate the start of your new life together by taking in breathtaking landscapes as you hike part of The Appalachian Trail, from a honeymoon in West Virginia
. This 2,181-mile car and bike-free public footpath crosses some of America’s most scenic and wild landscapes. For spectacular views take the Skyline Drive from Shenandoah National Park, which includes a 101-mile part of the trail that runs along the ridge of the Blue Ridge mountains. Or take a four hour round trip up to McAfee Knob, which offers staggering 270-degree panoramic views of the Catawba Valley from a height of 490m and is considered to be one of the most picturesque points along the Appalachian Trail.
[Photo credit: Nate Dennison]
Adventure in Yosemite Tuolumne County, California
For a secluded, relaxed honeymoon, head to Yosemite’s Tuolumne County
, where you’ll be surrounded by granite peaks, alpine meadows, lakes and wildlife. Discover vast trees in Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoia, pick the Hetch Hetchy reservoir for thundering spring waterfalls and wildflower displays, or explore Pinecrest Lake and Stanislaus National Forest. Nearby you can explore the sleepy towns of Jamestown, Sonora and Groveland, before settling in for the night at a cosy McCaffrey House B&B
where you’ll be immersed in a landscape of cedar and pines. visittuolumne.com
Surf in Huntington Beach, California
Cool couples will have fun on honeymoon in palm-fringed Huntington Beach
, otherwise known as Surf City, California. Adventurous couples can try sunrise yoga on the beach or a couples’ surfing lesson. By night, sip a cocktail or glass of California wine as you enjoy spectacular sunsets from one of the many of chic beachside bars and restaurants here. You’ll get great views from the terrace of Pacific Hideaway, the bar at the beachfront Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel. A great place for a honeymoon, all guest rooms at the hotel come with matching animal-print bathrobes, and many offer bath tubs, private patios and sensational ocean views.
Appreciate nature in South Lake Tahoe, California
Start married life with an adventure in nature in South Lake Tahoe
, set on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe
. The bright blue lake is the largest alpine Lake in North America and one of the clearest lakes in the world at 99.7% purity. Surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, you’re perfectly placed here for an outdoorsy holiday. By night, you can get cosy at the luxurious The Lodge at Edgewood, where each room has its own fireplace and private deck or terrace. The lakefront pool here is heated all year round and offers memorable views of the shimmering waters of Lake Tahoe and the mountain peaks beyond.
Take in iconic sights in New York City
Tick American icons off your list with a honeymoon in New York
. Never been before? Discover the classics, and take the lift up the Empire State Building and stroll in Central Park. A veteran of the Big Apple? There are always new experiences to enjoy, like strolling along the HighLine - a converted former railway - and trying out different cuisines from stalls at Smorgasborg food market in Brooklyn. [Photo credit: MarleyWhite]
Wine taste in Sonoma County, California
Epicurean newlyweds might want to book a wine-tasting honeymoon in Sonoma County, California
. Just 45 minutes’ drive north of San Francisco
, Sonoma is home to more than 425 wineries, with more than 60,000 acres planted with world-class grapes almost every variety, from Albariño, to Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. For the ultimate romantic experience, take a hot air balloon over the vineyards with Up & Away.
Hop into a hot spring in Dunton, Colorado
For a really atmospheric honeymoon, stay at Dunton Hot Springs
, a restored 1800’s ghost town in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado
, whose hand-hewn log cabins have been converted into luxury lodgings and former saloon is now the central dining area. The resort is also home to hot springs, where you can soak after a day of outdoors activities. Depending on the time of year, you can go horseriding, hiking, fly fishing, skiing, snowmaking, stand-up paddle boarding and more. This bicarbonate water is said to help open up peripheral blood vessels and improve circulation to the body’s extremities, and the magnesium in it promotes healthy skin. You can try out the waters for yourself in five ways, and at a range of temperatures: inside the restored 19th century Bathhouse, under the stars at the source spring itself, in two outside pools and one inside the Well House cabin. The resort’s Mountain Romance package ensures an extra special experience and includes champagne, flowers and chocolate-covered fruit upon arrival, spa treatment and private excursions.