20+ Best North American Honeymoon Destinations


From road trips to beaches to adventure

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

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So you wanna have a North American Honeymoon? Rad. Best Honeymoon lists (even our own) tend to focus on glamorous and far-flung destinations. Which is fine! Because who’s mad about the idea of going to Paris? But sometimes reality requires that you stay closer to home. So with that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best honeymoon destinations in North America. We have budget options, road trip adventures, all-inclusive resorts, foodie paradises, and more. Here is all our best research for taking a honeymoon sort of close to your own backyard. (At least, if your backyard is somewhere in North America.) Because you don’t need to end up with jet lag to get far outside of your norm and feel like you’ve really gotten away.

Best North American honeymoons for the budget conscious

Not everyone has a ton of cash to spend on a honeymoon, but luckily all that a honeymoon really means is some time for just the two of you. While it’s impossible to gage what is considered budget for any particular person, we’ve picked a few destinations where you can get a good bang for your buck.

  • Destin, Florida (USA): In need of emerald beaches and white sands but don’t want to deal with immigration or Miami Beach vibes? Destin is famous for its plentiful Gulf Coast fishing, but it also shines as an affordable beach getaway. There are Airbnb rooms across from the beach for under $100/night, and inns (with pools) just off the water are in the same range.
  • Quebec (Canada): Thanks to our lovely sister in the north, you can visit French speakers without flying all the way to Paris. (Or, you know, dealing with Parisians. I kid. Or do I?) With the advent of Airbnb and hotel rooms starting at $86, grab a cheap flight (or hop in your car) and go.
  • San Juan (Puerto Rico): Some people forget that Puerto Rico is part of the United States. But it is! It’s also that it’s not wildly expensive to get to (especially if you’re on the East Coast). And once you’re there, you get the joy of feeling like you’re in a different country, with the comfort of not needing a passport. Prices on the island are reasonably low, plus you can swim with the bioluminescent plankton.
  • Havana (Cuba): Travel laws keep changing (make sure to comply!), but if you have the opportunity to visit Havana, you’re in for a treat. There are direct flights from the East Coast, and Casa Particulars (home stays) can start at $20/night (though, we recommend this $80/night suite over the gorgeous Cafe Bohemia right in the middle of a historic plaza). For the budget traveler, it’s easy enough to take a public bus to a nearby white sand beach, walk the streets of Old Havana and enjoy the bustle and revolutionary art, or buy perfectly ripe avocados from a street vendor for under a dollar. You have to bring enough cash for your whole trip, but mojitos are cheap and fantastic. What else do you need? (Oh right. Probably cigars.)

Best North American honeymoons for Road Trippers

 A road trip honeymoon may not appeal to everyone, but if you love few things more than hopping in the car and heading out on an adventure, one of these routes might be something to consider.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway (USA): This drive is one of the most gorgeous drives in the United States. And if you’re honeymooning in the fall, the colors will be breathtaking. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed planning the journey, suggested itineraries are available for you. There’s also a host of lodging options, be it via hotels, luxury cabins, or Airbnb, so you can find something for every budget.
  • California’s Pacific Coast Highway (USA): Feeling like traveling one of the most celebrated and beloved stretches of highway in America? As long as you don’t mind cliffs and windy roads, this one is for you. This road trip can be completed in as little as a day, but that would really be missing the point. Stretch out the trip, visit beaches, and all of California’s most scenic spots along the way. Bonus: pop into a magical hotel (and staff favorite), Madonna Inn, when you pass through San Luis Obispo. You’ll be rewarded with the world’s best Instagrams.
  • The Trans-Canada Highway (Newfoundland to British Columbia): This roadway is one of the world’s longest roads (8,030 km) and you’ll traverse all ten Canadian provinces, touch ground at both the Atlantic and the Pacific, and cross four islands. Want more info? You’ve got it.
  • The Canadian Rockies: Bonus: a couple has already planned this trip and made a possible itinerary available.
  • Mexico Road Trips: Road tripping in Mexico might not have occurred to you, but Mexico is more than beaches and tacos (mmm, tacos). This site, written by veterans of the Mexico RV scene, lays out comprehensive information on road tripping in Mexico. It covers everything from routes, to car insurance, to places to see. It also reviews basic safety and medical information, since an informed traveler is a smarter traveler.

    Best North American honeymoons for The Resort set

After all that wedding planning, it makes sense that you might want to spend a few days (or weeks) somewhere all-inclusive. You know, you pay a rate, and they provide everything. Soft sheets, lots of great food, atmosphere, activities, and more. Obviously this can be a much pricier way to travel, but hey, you deserve it right? (And we all deserve to click on these links and pretend we’re booking these hotels.)

  • Blackberry Farm (USA): Maybe heading off to the wilds of Tennessee doesn’t immediately sound like the most romantic thing to do, but hear me out. The Blackberry Farm is fancy, and perfect for those who want to experience farm chic living. They also host wine weekends, concerts, and even holiday meals. Rooms and suites begin at $695, with meals included.
  • Sanctuary Resort at Camelback (USA): FYI, this is where Beyoncé and Jay-Z mini-mooned, so you know it’s on point. The resort offers host of packages, included the Romance in Paradise, Sanctuary Escape, and Spa Harmony options. Rooms begin at $259.
  • Poets Cove (British Colombia, Canada): Poets Cove is on Pender Island, which means you’ll need to take a ferry, boat, or seaplane from Vancouver, Victoria, or Seattle to get there. Once you’re there, though, it’s stunning. The island offers art galleries, wineries, hikes, wildlife tours, and water activities, and rooms begin at $350 USD/$472.95 CAD per night.
  • CasaVelas (Mexico): This resort looks exactly like what you expect an all-inclusive, adults-only, luxury boutique honeymoon resort in Mexico to look like: blue skies, blue water, and beaches for days. If you catch them during a special, your stay can begin at $232 USD/$4730 MXN per night.
  • Hotel Le St. James (Quebec, Canada): If you’re looking for a bit of European glam without having to cross an ocean, Hotel Le St. James is where you go to find it. Their XO Restaurant is renowned for its delicious offerings, and the Amore package is spot-on for newlyweds: you drop off your keys, and they take care of everything else. Be prepared to be spendy, though: stays begin at $572 USD/$773 CAD a night.

Best North American Honeymoons For food LOVERS

If great meals are a priority, here are some cities worth considering.

  • Savannah, Georgia (USA): Savannah is one of those somewhat exotic feeling locations within the U.S. that every person who’s ever visited raves about. (Plus, think of the Instagrams.) While you can stay in luxury B&Bs like Azalea Inn & Villas or go beach camping at a state park, our favorites are in the old Victorians (like Dresser Palmer House) by Forsyth Park, some of which offer happy hour wine and local cheese you can enjoy on the grand porches. What you need to sink your teeth into? The Olde Pink House (just be prepared to wait!), Wall’s BBQ (serving up Southern goodness since the ’60s), and a biscuit from either Back in the Day Bakery or Collin’s Quarter.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (USA): I mean, look. You literally cannot do food wrong in NOLA, whether you’re eating a sandwich in a paper wrapper or participating in some (very) fine dining. Since you’re on your honeymoon, you might as well do both. Even though you’re going to hit it out of the park whatever you do, here are a few picks. Grab breakfast at NOLA Cakes, lunch at Josephine Estelle, and wrap up your day with dinner at Napoleon House or Bistro Daisy. Looking for a weekend brunch spot? Try Café Amelie.
  • Oahu, Hawaii (USA): Part of what makes Hawaii such an incredible place is diversity—which definitely extends to food offered. Must-try spots include Rainbow Drive In, Helena’s Hawaiian Food, The Pig and the Lady, Peace Cafe (it’s vegan!), and Fukuya.
  • Mexico City (Mexico): This is for those of us who consider Mexican food one of the seven wonders of the world. While I’m pretty sure I don’t have to explain the wonders of Mexican food to you (pretty much anywhere you get food, from a street stall on up, will be delicious). But if you want to think fancy, Quintonil alone might just well make the trip worth it.
  • Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick/Nova Scotia (Canada): The Bay of Fundy is legendary for its high tides, but the city also has some of the best seafood you’ll find on planet Earth—and many a winery tour available. All nearby: Murphy’s Fish and Chips, Wild Caraway (which has a B&B above it, FYI), and Windjammer.

Best north american Honeymoons For those who want it all

Sometimes when you’re planning your honeymoon, you just want… everything. Great food, comfortable lodging, budget consciousness, and as many perks as possible are all given equal weight. Luckily, this is (mostly) possible.

  • Harbour Island (Bahamas): Hotels range from $156 for a room at Royal Palm to $436 a night at all-inclusive resort The Cove Eleuthera, and everything about Harbour Island screams romance. You’ll also definitely need to swing by Sip Sip, where the menu changes daily and is almost always guaranteed to please.
  • Yosemite Valley (USA): The gold standard of Yosemite hotels is of course the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly, and forever in our hearts, the Ahwahnee). Having visited the hotel, I can tell you the price tag is steep (starting at $408/night), but also totally worth it. It is an amazing space, and there really is nothing else like it. That said, if you don’t want to take out a second mortgage for your stay, but still don’t want to rough it, the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite might be exactly what you’re looking for. The resort offers four packages that cater to different interests and experiences (biking, romance, bed and breakfast, and a fall cozy package), with rates beginning at $250/night. If neither of those are quite your style, you can get a full list of Yosemite hotel options here.
  • Tulum (Mexico): Can’t decide between a resort or a tiny hideaway? Want the jungle, history, and the beach? Are you a foodie but also outdoorsy? Tulum’s eco protection laws, historic ruins, turquoise beaches, and world-class food should scratch every itch (but still, don’t forget to pack lots of eco-friendly bug spray!). You can stay on the beach in charming hut at Ahau for under $100 USD/night in low season, and there are plenty of fresh coconut smoothies and artisanal tacos to keep you going. Pro tip: if you do splurge, we recommend the couple’s Mayan clay massage.
  • Whitehouse (Jamaica): Jamaica is one of the classic honeymoon destinations. Book a stay at the Sandals resort ($234/night), where all the rooms face the beach, and you’ll also snag a free honeymoon package (think booze and breakfast in bed). Plus? Beach, beach, beach.

What North American honeymoon destinations would you add to this list?

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

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  • This is a great list! I’ve been curious about Blackberry Farm for a while now actually…

    A little note on the Quebec listings: the first one links to a hotel in Quebec City and the second one (Hôtel le St. James) links to a hotel in Montreal. (They’re about three hours apart.) I don’t have anything to say about either (aside from the fact that renting a car at that Quebec City Hilton is my favorite place to rent a car in Quebec City), but I thought I’d clarify in case somebody especially wanted to go to one city or the other.

  • Laura C

    If in NOLA and you eat meat you’d be remiss not to eat at Cochon.

    I might add Portland, Maine. Sweet little city with amazing food and lovely views of the water.

    Wine country — I haven’t taken the wine train but if I was on my honeymoon I sure would.

    And I mean, obviously there are lots of big cities — New York, Boston, DC, etc etc — that have plenty to do, see, and eat for the length of a honeymoon.

    • lamarsh

      All the heart eyes for Portland, ME. I went on a whim with my friend two summers ago and was already scheming a way to get back before the weekend was over.

      • Amandalikeshummus

        Plus, you could drive up the coast to… most of the state. And you’d go through my hometown! I guess you could stop there, if you like ships and antique shops; but there are nicer spots farther up. And islands. And woods. And beaches.

        (I love my home state)

        • lamarsh

          Yes! The plan is to spend a week exploring Maine the next time I make it back. I grew up going to the Adirondacks every summer and Maine reminded me a lot of that plus ocean and amazing seafood, and I was just so in love.

    • CMT

      I think I remember people here saying the wine train is not actually a great experience? But I could be not remembering that correctly.

  • Eenie

    Savannah – yes to olde pink house (make a reservation!) And Collins quarter – we drove around and saw the line at this place and made a mental note to return for a different meal. There’s a good bit of out doors stuff to do as well – matched our foodie/ adventurous personalities.

  • Amy March

    Prince Edward Island! It’s easy to get around, beautiful, fantastic oysters, amazing bike trails. I think of it as a cheaper less crowded Cape Cod.

    • S

      Plus: Anne.

      • sofar

        Yes. I immediately thought “Anne of Green Gables Pilgrimage.”

        The beaches are also romantic and windblown. Love PEI.

      • Bethany

        PEI has been on my bucket list forever because of Anne! One day…

    • louise danger is afk

      also, Cape Breton Island! really, just the whole dang Maritimes/Atlantic Canada region.

    • Amandalikeshummus

      But also Cape Cod. :-). We actually do a bike trip once a year. Ferry from Boston to Ptown, bike the trail down to the hostel on the beach, bike the rest of the way to Hyannis, where the Cape Flyer runs back up to Boston in the summer. The Cape is much less crowded farther up the arm, and less… hokey. Until you get to Ptown, whose hokeyness has a charm.

      Maybe it’s not honeymoon-worthy, but if you’re from away, maybe it would be. The trails on Martha’s Vineyard are also awesome. I guess you could add in a night in Boston, if you’ve never been and like revolutionary history. It’s not a very honeymoony city, though.

      • Amandalikeshummus

        Also, now I wanna check out the bike trail situation on Prince Edward Island!

      • Guest

        Newburyport MA and Portsmouth NH are classic New England towns that I could see being good on a honeymoon, though Newburyport especially is pretty touristy these days.

    • Guest

      I came on here to say this. PEI iis the best, but watch the weather.

  • Annie Lord

    We went to Victoria, BC (flying in and out of Seattle). It was great! Water sports (kayaking, whale watching, etc), hiking, great food, beautiful architecture, history, cool weather (!!!)… bonus points if you go for Canada Day like we did! One thing I will say was that it was quite a hike to get there from where we live in the southern US, which ended up being a drag since we were so tired after the wedding, so I’d say keep travel times in mind, wherever you decide to go!

  • Angela’s Back

    For the budget conscious considering Destin, also consider Mobile, AL or Pascagoula/Ocean Springs in MS–Mobile is going to be more like Destin with big hotels and whatnot, whereas Pascagoula and Ocean Springs are tiny beach towns with boutiques and such, but they’re so pretty.

  • penguin

    We’re driving up to Vermont for our fall honeymoon, and staying about a week. When researching for honeymoon ideas, I was shocked at the number of easily drivable resorts in New England. When I think “resort” I think tropical beaches, but there were TONS to choose from. We found a couples only place (no screaming kids YAY), with a two-person jacuzzi and a two-sided fireplace between the bathroom and the bedroom. It includes a fancy breakfast every day and the total cost (including the honeymoon package) was in our price range. The honeymoon package includes massages on the first night, dinner at a nice restaurant, candlelit turndown service, and a chocolate making lesson at a local chocolate place (we get to take home a pound of homemade chocolates!). #honeymoonmagic

    • PAJane aka Awesome Tits

      Oooooooo, I want to go to there.

    • Lisa

      I can’t remember if I’ve asked already, but any chance you’d share the name of this magical place? I’ve been trying to convince my husband that we need to get up to the northeast for ages, and this sounds right up his alley.

      • penguin

        Of course! It’s Stone Hill Inn in Stowe, VT.

        • Laura C

          Making a mental note of that!

          • penguin

            I’ll report back on how it is! We haven’t been yet, but the reviews are promising.

        • kazeegeyser

          Stowe is great! I love Vermont, sounds like a lovely place to spend a honeymoon.

    • Amandalikeshummus

      If you’re roadtripping, I highly suggest adding some time to take the local routes rather than the big highways (or maybe I mean local highways rather than freeways? I don’t know all the road words). We did that last summer, and it’s so beautiful. It’s definitely worth it to be in the car longer to be closer to the trees rather than wiz by them.

      • Lisa

        Yes! We did this on our way home from our weekend trip, and it was delightful. The travel time was only a 30-45 minute difference, and the drive was so much more enjoyable.

        • Amandalikeshummus

          Plus, add the fall leaves! Magic.

      • penguin

        Great idea, thanks! We are heading there in the morning, and checkin time isn’t until like 4pm so we’ll have some time. I think we’re planning on stopping by the Ben and Jerry’s factory on the way :)

        • Amandalikeshummus

          Definitely recommend. Also, if you like hoppy beer, the Alchemist brewery is nearby. It has a lot of hype around it and deserves every bit.

        • LazyMountain

          If B&J doesn’t over-dairy you there’s also a Cabot Cheese factory outlet in that general vicinity… #allthefreesamples
          Seconding the Alchemist recommendation as well! I drank a lot of good beer there in my early 20’s

      • lirr

        not that it matters, but it sounds like you’re curious about road words, so: we don’t say “freeway” in New England, I would probably say “take the backroads instead of the highway” or your first one, “local routes instead of the big highways”

        • Amandalikeshummus

          That’s why I don’t know what “freeway” means! It’s not a word here. Hahaha. Born in CA, grew up in ME, now live in MA… my vocabulary is a little messed up. :-)

          • Lisa

            My husband is from CA, and he makes a distinction between freeways (what I would call interstates/highways) and highways (state routes). Language differences are fascinating!

          • Ashlah

            That’s how I use them in Oregon! But I still get them mixed up sometimes.

          • Amandalikeshummus

            And what does he call a rotary?

          • Lisa

            …what is a rotary??

          • Amandalikeshummus

            Hahahaha. The GPS calls it a “traffic circle.”

          • Kat

            I’d call that a “round-about.”

          • Lisa

            Definitely a roundabout in my neck of the woods!

          • Katharine Parker

            Funny–I distinguish between freeway and highway, and I spent half my life on the east coast, half in the Midwest. Language is so inconsistent!

          • lirr

            haha, that’s the opposite of me! i’m from NH but living in CA & stubbornly refusing to integrate “freeway” into my vocabulary!

  • Amy March

    Can I just say this delightful list is why I really can’t stand the word “minimoon”? Your long weekend jaunt to somewhere local you want to make sure people understand is not your “real” honeymoon is someone else’s exciting dream honeymoon!

    • ssha

      This! We had a 4-day honeymoon at a cute lake town in the next state over because that was all the PTO my husband had/that was all we could afford. I was actually kind of ashamed (had read too many wedding forums!) to tell people about it, downplaying it like “Oh, just to ThisTown” because some folks go to Mexico and national parks and Italy and all that. But unequivocally the response was “Fun! I love ThisTown!” We had a lovely time and I’m getting great ideas for a dream next trip in this piece and comments.

    • ART

      Yes! We weren’t really going to do anything for a honeymoon, but my mom, who is the best, offered to get us a few nights at a B&B. We “just” drove 2-3 hours over to Mendocino and then made random short trips out to local spots during the day, but mostly stayed in our room or walked around the grounds, and ate all but about 3 meals at the B&B. We brought the leftover scotch that was my gift to my husband the morning of the wedding with us. It was cold and foggy and super low-key, which was like the perfect antidote to our crazy DIY 97-degree wedding day that we had spent all our money on :)

  • JillPole

    The food in Montreal and Quebec City is pretty incredible as well. We chose Montreal for our honeymoon and a lot of our best memories are restaurants! For example: Cacao 70 (dessert restaurant extraordinaire), La Banquise (a must for poutine), or La Panthere Verte (vegan café with the *best* falafel). Or you can just go the whole way and do the Mile End Food Tour, which includes the falafel, montreal bagels, a butchery, homemade gnocchi, and truly unique ice cream/sorbet combos. And a chocolate shop.

    • ssha

      this sounds AMAZING

  • lamarsh

    My husband and I have been planning to take a long weekend trip after Thanksgiving (as a reward for making it through the family dinner), but we couldn’t decide where to go. So thank you for this list, because we are now going to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway. Also, now I want to take so many vacations! (I’m especially looking at you, Savannah.)

    • Anon

      Not sure of the timing or what you’re looking forward to seeing, but the leaves are probably off the trees by then. Still nice mountain overlooks though!

      • lamarsh

        Yep, definitely understand we’ll be a month too late for leaves, but I like mountain overlooks and we’re trying to go somewhere that isn’t too far of a drive for us, which limits our options.

    • InTheBurbs

      If you have the opportunity – Asheville is worth a stop….

      • Lisa

        So much beer! And the Biltmore is gorgeous.

  • Katharine Parker

    Bayfield and Madeline Island, Wisconsin, are lovely spots to go on Lake Superior, for a Midwestern honeymoon. If you like hiking, kayaking, biking, etc. there are great spots there, and Bayfield is such a cute town with good restaurants. You can sail to more of the Apostle Islands, too. Lake Superior is underrated, in my book.

    • Jan

      My future in-laws (blessedly) own a place near Bayfield right on the lake, so we are going there for a secluded* long weekend some time after the wedding. It’s beautiful!

      *I almost typed “sexcluded” as a typo and that made me lol

  • sofar

    We went to Seattle. Accommodations were a bit pricey (hooray for hotel credit-card sign-up bonus), but the flights were dirt cheap. My favorite part was hunting for breakfast every day at Pike Place Market.

    Also, Mount Rainier National Park is just a drive away and is surrounded by romantic little cabins with full kitchens and hot tubs for a very reasonable price, just saying. We filled two coolers up at Pike Place with supplies and cooked elaborate, delicious meals in the cabin.

    • Lisa

      Seattle is awesome! My friend stayed on Orcas Island for her honeymoon before moving on to Seattle, and she said the whole thing was perfect. That area is really beautiful.

    • PNW

      We got engaged on Vashon Island and I think it’d be a great honeymoon destination. Magical little vacation rentals on the beach, cute town, good hiking, cozy rain…The San Juan islands are also an easy and magical destination.

    • Essssss

      The Ace Hotel in Seattle is a favorite!

  • Eve

    If you like wine but don’t want to do CA, either the Willamette Valley in Oregon (just south of Portland, for pinot noir) is great or Walla Walla, WA (for heartier cabs/syrah) are great. Lots of cute B&B’s each place, they’re each getting their tourism game figured out but it’s not super big yet, and the fancy hotel restaurant in Walla Walla offers a chef’s table dinner with local wine pairings that’s fantastic. They’re also both in close proximity to outdoorsy sightseeing and activities, and if you’re in the Willamette Valley you can do Portland if you’re so inclined.

    • Amandalikeshummus

      The Finger Lakes in Upstate NY also has a little wine country that his a hidden treasure.

      • penguin

        Yes it’s so lovely!

    • Ashlah

      Another great thing about the Willamette Valley is that a short jaunt in either direction you can visit the beach or the mountains, if you’re so inclined!

    • LazyMountain

      We’re doing our bachelorette in Walla Walla and I am SO stoked for it!

  • lirr_

    it’s so cool to see the Bay of Fundy on this list, but I feel compelled to mention that it’s not a city! I think you mean “area” or “region”. The three restaurants mentioned are all fairly far apart from each other, and anyone who shows up at Wild Caraway expecting Advocate to be a city is going to be pretty disappointed!

  • louise danger is afk

    we’re doing a three night road trip on Skyline Drive (Shenandoah Nat’l Park), staying in a little town outside of Charlottesville in a dog-friendly Airbnb. we’re driving from Baltimore through Harper’s Ferry then south through the park on the first day. day 2 is possibly the Blue Ridge Pkwy (further south along the ridgeline). day 3 is the Nat’l Park again probably? and then day 4 is a reverse of day 1.

    can’t wait!

    • lamarsh

      If you like wineries or breweries, there are some great ones outside of Charlottesville which could be fun to work into your trip.

      • Kara E

        And cideries! (Alblemarle is my fave)

  • Lisa

    But guys Tulum is not in North America, for example.

    • Amy March

      It’s in Mexico, and Mexico is generally classified as North America, no?

      • Spot

        I’ve seen Mexico in the swathe of countries labeled as Middle America along with Panama, Colombia and a few others. Not sure how archaic those maps might be though!

        • Katharine Parker

          Colombia is South America. Panama is Central America. Mexico is North America. All are in Latin America. Middle America is not a thing, to my knowledge.

          • Oof

            Isn’t Middle America where the hobbitses live?

          • Cleo

            Middle America is what politicians use to describe the amorphous non-coastal, non-big city areas of the U.S.

            And yes, Mexico is part of North America.

      • CMT

        Yeah, definitely.

  • Kat

    Destin FL is wonderful but might I suggest the less touristy Perdido Key? It’s right on the edge of FL and AL, gorgeous beaches, all the seafood you could want, easy access to Pensacola, FL for nightlife and Foley, AL for shopping, and wayyyy less of the spring break set. (Full disclosure, I was born and raised there.) Island life is the best life. A few pics for proof…
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  • rebecca

    Montreal is so wonderful! I was there for a conference last winter and my partner tagged along to make a bit of a romantic weekend out of it and it totally exceeded our expectations. The food is exceptional, the people are warm, it’s highly walkable. I think we paid a little over $200 for an *extremely* fancy room with a 2 person tub. Also, go to Bota Bota! It’s a Nordic style spa on a boat and it’s great (especially dramatic when there’s still ice in the river)

  • Kara

    There’s also great desert drives in the Southwest. Santa Fe / Albuquerque make a great destination, as does Phoenix. If you like hiking/mountains/archeological sites, they’re great!

    Colorado is also fun for driving/hiking. You can find good deals during shoulder season (not summer and not ski season).

  • Alli

    While I have you all here (lol), does anyone have any suggestions for where to go over Thanksgiving? Husband has very little vacation time after our honeymoon in Disney in a few weeks, but I’m determined to squish some travel into whatever time off we have. We’re in the northeast (Philly area) and there’s not much within driving distance we haven’t seen already.

    Ideas I’ve had:
    Denver + a day trip to Rocky mountain national park
    New Orleans
    Drive to Boston?
    Quebec City or Montreal (could fly or do a hefty drive?)
    Nonstop flight to Iceland (husband is worried this or canada or Boston would be too cold)
    Nonstop flight to anywhere else in western Europe
    Say screw it and go camping instead and hope it doesn’t rain?

    And of course everything is more expensive traveling around Thanksgiving, but one of our resolutions this year was to avoid some family holidays (which makes us sound like crappy people, but we’re ALWAYS expected to be at every single holiday, so we want to get rid of that obligation and just show up to some)

    • Kat

      I’ve always wanted to do a New England Thanksgiving. This probably comes from watching too much Gilmore Girls.

      • lirr

        American Thanksgiving usually happens after the prettiest part of New England fall – I would recommend a New England Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving instead.

        • Kat

          I’m from the south so I would never have known this! Thanks for the tip!

          • Alli

            How is the south during Thanksgiving? Warm still or a little chilly? Do the cities also automatically turn into a Christmas wonderland?

          • Katherine GS

            Depends on where in the south you are! In Florida, still warm. In NC, where I am, it’s what I would consider chilly (probably averaging in the 50s or lower 60s). But regardless, I think how much things become Christmassy during Thanksgiving depends on how many stores in a given area are all decked out in full Christmas regalia for Black Friday, and I suspect that that’s true for most places across the country. I do always see people out putting up decorations on Thanksgiving weekend…it’s a delight to watch, but maybe not helpful if you’re looking for something that’s already got the Christmas feel to it!

          • Kat

            Well I grew up on the beach and we’ve had Thanksgivings AND Christmases that were in the high 80’s with approximately 5000% humidity. If it’s in the 60’s it’s “chilly!” But we still do a pretty good job of switching to Christmas stuff, if you don’t mind the beachy-kitchy take on things (Santa in Hawaiian print shirts, sandmen instead of snowmen, etc.)

            Now I live in Atlanta and I made my family come here for Thanksgiving because I was so excited about the leaves changing colors and the brisk fall feeling. I’m sure it’s still a shadow of Fall in the NE, but I’m loving it so far. The best part of Atlanta is that there are 4 distinct seasons and I enjoy all of them :]

        • penguin

          If you’re looking for maximum New England-ness, I agree! Go apple picking, carve pumpkins, walk through drifts of crunchy colorful leaves… can you tell I’m missing fall? Haha.

    • Lisa

      It’s typically cheaper to fly internationally over Thanksgiving because most people aren’t trying to fly out of the country for the American holiday! We’re considering Canada, Mexico, and Europe right now. (Also on the shortlist…Bali because it’s less than $2000 for two people roundtrip and our flights would have an overnight layover in Tokyo that would be awesome.)

      • BSM

        Please do that Bali + Tokyo layover. That sounds so awesome!

    • NolaJael

      New Orleans is great for holidays, since celebrations is their thing. The weather is (usually) phenomenal in November – cool and dry with long afternoon light. Lots of restaurants will do amazing holiday dinners, so read the internet then make a swanky reservation. For the time of year, that would be a great choice!

      • AP

        Seconding this! The Christmas lights in City Park are so much fun.

    • lirr

      I don’t recommend Boston or Quebec or really anything north of Philly at the end of November – most of the plants are gonna be dead

      • Alli

        I was thinking some of those places might have Christmas things happening already, or is that too early?

        • Lexipedia

          Canada doesn’t really start Christmas activities until December 1st, and we don’t have the nice demarcation that Thanksgiving provides to signal the start of the holiday season. As a Canadian I would also recommend against Quebec in November, because even if you like the cold it may not be “fluffy snow cold” yet – more like “icky grey cold.”

        • lirr

          oh, i suppose that’s true! my town usually does their tree lighting a week after Thanksgiving. i was just thinking that it’s right in that time between the leaves and the snow when everything’s ugly, but if you’re more interested in pre-holiday events than picturesque views it might still be fun!

    • Amy March

      Colonial Williamsburg for actual Thanksgiving and then drive around the Eastern Shore/Virginia coast regions? I love beach walks when it’s cold and overcast. So dramatic and so fun to warm up by the fire when you’re done.

      • suchbrightlights

        We did a family trip to Colonial Williamsburg near Christmas when I was younger and if they have their holiday on for Thanksgiving, this advice is on point. A lot of fun and very interesting. Also, great food.

    • CMT

      What’s the weather like in Denver around that time? I’d be worried about my week or long weekend in late November being eaten up by travel delays.

      • Alli

        Good point! Maybe I should go somewhere warmer.

      • November in Denver is pretty unpredictable in terms of temperature. I think weather delays are somewhat unlikely (though fully possible, our big snow months are usually Dec-March, but we definitely sometimes get it in Oct/Nov) but there are definitely nicer times to visit if you are looking to do outdoors stuff.

        • Kara E

          I’d agree that Denver is probably fine (probably), but if you want to go to the mountains, assume you’ll get snow.

    • BSM

      I’m with @disqus_ShkBoOhlEN:disqus on traveling internationally around Thanksgiving, although I’d probably be looking at more of Latin America or Asia rather than Iceland because weather.

    • Amy March

      Oh also Cartagena.

      • BSM

        Yes! Or Mendoza in Argentina or the Brava Beach area in Uruguay…

        I love Latin America.

      • Katharine Parker

        Cartagena is one of my favorite places. Stay at the Sofitel or Silvia Tcherassi’s boutique hotel–both are amazing.

    • penguin

      Just chiming in that Boston WILL be cold, and also the drive between Philly and Boston can be a looooong and brutal one. Just fair warning.

    • Fance

      Fiance and I went to Iceland during Thanksgiving last year (and got engaged there!) – we live in Philly, too, and Iceland definitely wasn’t any colder than Philly is in the winter. Being there at that time was super cool. We got to see Northern lights, off-road up a glacier, and enjoy the Blue Lagoon’s toastiness while it was snowing. Also – things were cheaper (though food is still not cheap) and much less crowded than during the summer. Bring snow boots and a parka and you will be a-ok!

      A word of caution for Boston – I’m originally from there and have done the Thanksgiving drive from Philly a few times…holiday traffic can make a 5.5 hour drive into an 8.5 hour one, easily.

    • CO-er

      Iceland will probably be warmer than RMNP then! [Plus, the summit road will be closed] Denver may be fine – but RMNP is another 4-5K feet up.

  • Cleo

    I’d like to put in a good word for Montana and Wyoming. The scenery in Montana is unbelievable. There are ranches, places to white water raft, hike, ghost towns, tons of great local breweries, and you can find a cabin or Air BnB to rent and enjoy the quiet beauty.

    Jackson Hole, WY is expensive, but a darling town in the middle of the mountains.

    And Yellowstone National Park…! There’s so much more than Old Faithful. Just remember to bring bear spray.

    Story: I’m a California girl, so I’m used to looking for rattlesnakes on hikes and maybe the odd cougar, but they won’t really come near the trail. But when I went to Yellowstone, my group prepared for a short day hike the way we would in Cali. Except, on the trail, we kept getting warned by other hikers about a bear on the trail and they told us to get our bear spray out because she seemed like she could get aggressive. No one had that, so we grabbed large sticks a la THE PARENT TRAP and cracked them together as we were walking in hopes of scaring her away. (Un)Fortunately, the bear was gone by the time we got to where she had been. But yeah…hiking in a national park is not sanitized for our safety.

    • Bsquillo

      Just got back a couple weeks ago from a trip to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier national parks. The national parks are STUNNING but crowded during peak season; however, there are a ton of other beautiful areas in the adjacent public lands that are just as beautiful if you’re looking for a quieter getaway. And yes, I second bear spray- we saw cubs at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton, and got warned about bears ahead on a couple trails we hiked.

    • ART

      Yes! The national parks are great, but also we camped at Big Arm State Park on Flathead Lake in Montana and it’s one of the best campsites we’ve ever had. Right on the water, truly insane thunderstorm the night of our anniversary <3

  • BSM

    These all sound sooo lovely, but, since the list is being touted as options that allow you to “stay closer to home,” I did want to remind people to truly look into what kind of transportation is required to get to some of these destinations.

    For example, unless you live in Miami, Harbour Island will take at least two flights, a taxi, and possibly a ferry ride. Absolutely gorgeous place to visit but kind of a PITA to get to.

    • penguin

      Yeah I was expecting more “normal”/local places, like “here’s a cute little town in Maine”, stuff like that.

      • Kate

        Frame of reference I guess? For me, “cute little town in Maine” would involve two long flights and a car rental and more travel time/logistics than other things on this list.

        • penguin

          Right it wouldn’t work for everyone, but something like that would be a good tip for New Englanders, and then you could find similar places in other regions. This is still a fun list, it just wasn’t what I expected.

    • Well, your mileage is really going to vary depending on where you live. A cute little town in Maine is literally the hardest place in the US for me to get to. I’ve done it. It’s epic and beyond expensive. I can get to a fab part of Mexico in less than two hours though, so, depends.

      • BSM

        That’s why I suggested people look into the transportation involved with each destination.

        If you’re anywhere but Miami, it’s almost 100% likely that it’s easier to get to Paris than Harbour Island. That mileage doesn’t really vary.

  • lib

    We went to Vancouver Island, Canada and then spent a couple days in Vancouver itself. Glorious for a midsummer wedding when you don’t want to spend your honeymoon in humidity!

    • suchbrightlights

      Was there anything that you particularly enjoyed in Vancouver proper that you’d call a “must-do,” or any “must-eat” restaurants? We’re going there and to Seattle and I’m thinking this trip isn’t going to be long enough. :)

  • nosio

    We’re going to Cabo for our mini-moon in a few weeks. I’ve heard it’s super touristy, but it’s a short flight from LA, highly affordable, and if laying on a beach sipping margaritas and reading books is touristy then by all means LET ME BE TOURISTY.

  • Kate

    Seconding my home county, San Luis Obispo. Madonna Inn has some legendary cake served in slices as big as your head. Plus you can spend an afternoon looking at elephant seal babies then immediately tour A CASTLE.

    • BSM

      I love SLO slash the central coast, in general! Avila Beach is my favorite :)

  • AP

    Looks like there’s no link for the Mexican Road Trip section!

  • angela

    Some of my favorites in the US/Canada:

    Northeast:
    – quaint little towns in VT/NH/ME (I imagine there are places in Canada too, just not as familiar!) – rent a cabin, go hiking or lake activities (weather-pending), eat maple everything
    – Burlington / Cascade Mountains – so beautiful that it brought me to tears multiple times. Shelburne Farms is fantastic. Stay on the VT side so you can admire the mountains on the NY side (which is protected from development)
    – Niagra-on-the-Lake for wine and cute restaurants, with a day trip to Niagra Falls (the boat into the Falls on the Canadian side is one of those “tourist” activities that is way more spectacular than I ever could have imagined)

    Midwest:
    – Galena, IL – cute town, beautiful scenery, history (hometown of Ulysses S. Grant)
    – Milwaukee – this city is totally underrated, IMO. Tons to do, with breweries, kayaking on the river, fantastic museums, a growing hip restaurant scene (particularly in the Third Ward)
    – Duluth, MN – so much natural beauty, hiking and outdoor activities

    Southwest:
    – Palm Springs/Joshua Tree – great architecture, great food, great combo of glamour and total weirdness – lots of really cool Airbnb options
    – Tucson – fun, witchy, desert town with great cactus hikes
    – Taos/Santa Fe – so much natural beauty, plus fun architecture, lots of artists, and totally different history for anyone who grew up on the east coast learning only about “13 original colonies”

    I also second the suggestion for cities! NY, LA, Chicago are probably obvious, but I’ve had really fantastic weekends in places like St. Louis; Providence, RI; Baltimore; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; Atlanta. My mom always says that there are fun, interesting things everywhere, if you just look. I recently spent a day in Winnipeg (coming from Los Angeles), and I had the *best* time. Delicious food, beautiful outdoor activities, really easy to use public transportation, and interesting history (the site of the biggest North American labor conflict!). If you’re trying to stick to a lower budget and/or not have to spend a day in transit, it’s worth taking a look at places you haven’t been in a 1-6 hour radius or using a tool to find where flights under, say, $200 go. Often there are really cool places right under our noses!

    • ssha

      I love this comment. “There are fun, interesting things everywhere.”

  • Julia Schnell

    We’re planning on going to Mexico City this fall as a belated honeymoon — if anyone’s been there and has recommendations on where to go/stay, let me know!

    • Anne

      My main recommendation would be to get beyond the beaten tourist path in the Centro into the neighborhoods – Coyoacan, Condesa/Roma, etc. The whole city is just packed with stuff to explore. The metro is very usable and I think they have bike share now too!

      Oh, and if you can, take a day trip to one of the Pueblos Mágicos outside the city – they’re towns are basically certified by the Mexican government to be historic/cute/fun to visit. There are pretty easy buses you can take. I think the closest ones that I’ve been to are Taxco, Tepoztlan and Valle de Bravo. They’re all great. Taxco is on the side of a mountain and has a lot of silver metalworking and folk art, Tepoztlan has a historic pyramid on top of a ridge that you can hike up, and Valle de Bravo is where the monarch butterfly reserve is, although I guess fall is the wrong time of year for that. All of them have lots of beautiful old colonial architecture and delicious food and are lovely to walk around.

  • nutbrownrose

    Emerald Isle, North Carolina! It (and the other towns it shares a barrier island with) is a very chill, family friendly but also romance friendly place. Husband and I rented an Airbnb vacation condo in Atlantic Beach and just hung out on the beach and watched movies all week! We wanted a place where we could ignore other humans (because human-ing is hard, especially post-wedding), buy our own groceries, and generally live cheaply for a week. We definitely overestimated our desire to cook food, but we were also surrounded by reasonably-priced restaurants and splurge-level restaurants. We only had to talk to cashiers and ONE waitress. It was AMAZING. And, because it’s a barrier island, the ocean is RIGHT there and we could just hop on down to the ocean or into the pool.
    My one splurge requirement was that it be ON the beach (none of this 2 blocks back business on my honeymoon, thank you very much) and it was sooo worth it. Coffee in the morning on the deck looking at the ocean? Perf. Honestly, this vacation condo was bigger than our apartment back home because we could only find 2-bedroom condos or larger on the water. The extra bedroom felt silly, but the living room and kitchen were so big!

  • You skipped the entire sub continent on central America, which is so easy to get to, full of culture, landscapes, mountains, beaches, history, ruins, etc and it’s CHEAP.

  • We spent a week of our 4+ week PNW camping/brewery/mountain biking/road trip honeymoon on the east side of Vancouver Island and it was amazing. We went there for the mountain biking, but all of the outdoor stuff to do and scenery are gorgeous. The towns didn’t feel overrun by tourists (which I hear is an issue on the west coast side) and it was very affordable. My favorite campsite was Englishman River Falls Provincial Park outside of Parksville, my favorite town/mountain biking was Cumberland, my favorite brewery was Beach Fire Brewing in Campbell River…it was all great.

    The rest of the honeymoon was great too, but Vancouver Island was my favorite part.

  • Leela

    Mohonk Mountain House in the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains here in New York State. It’s a cross between a European castle and the resort in Dirty Dancing. Think all-inclusive magic with natural beauty, tons of activities, phenomenal food with creative vegan options, a spa, and afternoon tea and cookies every day. It’s 90 minutes from NYC (yep, we took the bus to our honeymoon) and romantic AF.

    Seriously. Go there.

  • A Squared

    Assuming this is a repost of an older list, because we should definitely give Puerto Rico at least a year to recover before expecting anything in the way of tourism. Same with the Virgin Islands and parts of the lesser Antilles. Go somewhere and donate the savings to PR as a karma offering to the travel gods.