Outdoorsy Honeymoon Spots That Don’t Require A Passport
Getting back to nature is a fabulous way to relax after the stress of planning a wedding. But during the planning process you might have forgotten one important little thing on your to-do list: updating your passport. If you’re dead-set on hiking, climbing, biking or doing anything outdoorsy but are limited to the U.S., don’t feel like you’ve missed out! There are plenty of adventurous getaways for outdoorsy couples within the 50 states. Here are the top domestic honeymoon destinations that are worth checking out.
1.Yosemite National Park, California
Where to Stay: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Yosemite is often regarded as the gem of the National Parks Service, and if you honeymoon there, you’ll see why. With waterfalls, towering sequoias, and breathtaking mountains, you’ll be in awe of this land. Yosemite is gorgeous year round and the Tenaya Lodge defines romance! The Lodge offers upscale dining and a world-class spa. It is a perfect destination to adventure with a range of activities for couples like nighttime hiking and nighttime snowshoe walks
2. Boundary Waters, Minnesota
During the summer, there’s no need to head south for warm weather and a relaxing trip. Instead, go north to the Boundary Waters, which separate Minnesota from Canada. While there are private villas and cozy chalets for rent, more serious outdoorsmen can paddle out in a canoe—no motor boats allowed—to a secluded island for a few days of quiet, private (read: romantic) camping.
3. Moab, Utah
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There are people that climb in the desert and then there are desert climbers. BD Ambassador @jackson_marvell is the latter. Here, he is working the moves on a route in the Moab area. The rock crumbles beneath his feet, sand pours down his throat and into his eyes, and there is always a question in the back of your mind about whether the rock around the gear he relies on for protection will hold or fracture in a fall… but that’s desert climbing. #liveclimbrepeat Photo: @wasatchandy
Home of two national parks—Arches and Canyonlands—Moab, Utah, is not for the faint of heart. This desert destination, which you’ve seen in lots of blockbuster hits including 127 Hours, is meant for experienced adventurers. Between the two parks, you’ll keep busy with rock climbing, mountain biking, rafting, and catching absolutely amazing views. If you and your love are all about building trust and trying new things, Moab is for you.
4. San Diego, CA
Where to stay: Hotel del Coronado
The outdoorsy couple can begin their life together with a beachside escape at Hotel del Coronado. After a morning run on the beach or Beach Spin at The Del, a unique fitness experience overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the resort’s Paseo Lawn, guests can enjoy a variety of water sports including surfing, paddleboarding, skimboarding, and more. Additionally, couples can venture out on beautiful hikes near The Del such as Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, and Torrey Pines in La Jolla and take a swing on the greenway at the Coronado Golf Course that’s less than a mile from The Del. Set on one of America’s most iconic beaches, the legendary Hotel del Coronado has welcomed discerning travelers for nearly 130 years to experience the Southern California coastal lifestyle at its best.
5. Chincoteague Island, Virginia
The east coast is littered with amazing island getaways, but none is quite as cool as Chincoteague. The island is known for its wild horses—you better believe a horseback ride will be on your itinerary. Plus, the serene island offers rentals and guided tours for bikers, kayakers, boaters, fishers, and more. And you can always retreat to one of the beautiful beaches to relax with your love.
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
If you and your spouse-to-be are more into snow than sand, why not travel to the former home of the winter Olympics? You definitely won’t get bored of the slopes in Salt Lake—there are eight ski resorts within an hour’s drive, not to mention the lively atmosphere of a large city. Rent a condo or cabin on a mountain so you can wake up next to your new spouse and then ski right out onto the slope. It’s like a winter paradise.
7. Acadia National Park, Maine
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Robert Welsted, of Fairfax, VA, shares a photo from along Eagle Lake Road in October 2017. "Hearing stories of the rugged, violent, yet beautiful Acadia coastline piqued my interest. Looking at other's photographs began to fill my head with the idea that I needed to see it in person. Little did I know, was that Acadia was so much more than the rocks that take a continual pounding from the Atlantic tides. There are hiking trails, carriage roads, tidal pools, and calm, serene waters. Treat yourself to a trip during autumn's peak, and you'll enjoy twice the fall colors, compliments of Mother Nature's mirror, as seen here at Eagle Lake. While there is something for everyone at Acadia, the stories and photos do the park no justice. Like many, I can only recommend that you experience its wonder for yourself." (Photo courtesy of Robert Welsted @thru.these.eyez Used with permission.) More @ http://go.nps.gov/YourAcadiaNPS
The best thing about Acadia National Park is no matter the season or your favorite thing to do, you’ll find it all at the first east coast national park. Since it’s on the coast, you’ll find plenty of water sports in the summer, but its mountains make for a great winter trip, too. And in the fall, you’ll be stunned by the gorgeous colors. Whether you’re into scenic drives or backcountry climbing, you’ll find something to do every day.
8. Kenai, Alaska
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Where to Stay: Ultima Thule Lodge
For a true nature escape, head to the remote wilderness of Alaska. It’s affectionately called “Alaska’s Playground,” and for good reason. One day you’ll step on a glacier, and the next you might see a bear or killer whale. There’s lots of hiking trails, too, so you and your sweetheart can cuddle through a chilly night at a private cabin, luxe lodge, or quaint bed and breakfast.
9. Tucson, Arizona
Where to Stay: Tanque Verde Ranch
Capturing the spirit of the Old West and surrounded by enchanting desert mountain views, Tanque Verde Ranch is the ideal destination for newly-married couples to unplug and connect with one another and the great outdoors. Located on 60,000 acres of stunning desert landscape within Tucson, Arizona’s Saguaro National Park, couples can take part in a romantic sunset horseback ride through scenic cacti-laden trails or a guided hike through the breathtaking Sonoran Desert, where desert wildlife, unique cacti, hidden waterfalls and other natural splendors are a frequent sighting. Start the morning with a Breakfast Ride up to the Old Homestead and delight in blueberry pancakes and ranch-style eggs before embarking on a range of other outdoor activities including mountain biking tours, nature walks, fishing and more.Deluxe accommodations, three delicious daily meals, and access to the ranch’s many onsite amenities and activities come along with all-inclusive rates, making it easy for couples to sit-back, relax and enjoy the ride during their stay.
10. Maui, HI
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Where to stay:Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Situated on Maui’s premier southwestern coastline along Mokapu beach and in close proximity to Hana and the West Maui Mountains, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort is the perfect destination for a romantic, yet adventurous getaway. The new ‘What’s Your Andaz’ package allows guests to curate their ideal vacation with a helicopter tour of Molokai, a coastline hike, private beach-front dining experience, outrigger lessons zip line/repelling tour, luxury spa massages and more, in addition to airport transportation and villa & breakfast accommodations for two.
11. Sedona, Arizona
Where to stay: L’Auberge de Sedona
Located in in Sedona’s famous Red Rock Country, L’Auberge Sedona is a romantic retreat for honeymooners looking to surround themselves with the beauty of nature. Outdoor recreational options include sunrise/sunset yoga, hiking in the Grand Canyon, stargazing, nearby Pink Jeep Tours and more. A full day of adventure, couples can enjoy the stunning views from their luxury cottage; relax in a private outdoor cedar shower; connect with a creekside dinner at Cress on Oak Creek, and unwind with soothing massages at the L’Apothecary Spa.
12. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Where to stay: Mountain Modern Motel
Mere steps to the charming Town Square— the brand-new, vibrant and whimsical Mountain Modern is Jackson Hole’s newest home-away-from-home for all levels of adventurous travelers. Whether couples are looking to take a romantic hike through the Teton Range, enjoy a wildlife safari in Grand Teton National Park or paddle along the shores of Yellowstone Lake, Jackson Hole is an ideal basecamp for maintaining that post-wedding thrill and embarking on all the bucket list activities the destination has to offer.