Tahiti may sound nice when planning your honeymoon, but sticking a little closer to home could mean spending less time in a cramped airplane seat and more in a beach chair or on a massage table. Not to mention, you don’t have to deal with passports and customs. These spots around the United States, from Vermont to Hawaii, were voted the best honeymoon getaways by Remliel readers.
Although it’s rightly known for being a top-notch ski destination, Aspen is also home to a striking new art museum and a range of cocktail bars offering Colorado-made vodka on par with anything Russia could offer. Might we suggest starting the honeymoon off in style by cuddling under a Chanel blanket and hooking up to an oxygen machine?
What is it about California that draws so many newlyweds? In addition to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Napa, and San Francisco, the just-married set heads to Healdsburg, one of America’s best food cities, where everything from hamachi crudo to wood-oven pizza can be washed down with Sonoma County’s best wines.
Not every honeymoon has to land you on a beach. For cooler-weather destinations, Burlington—with its craft beer, hiking, and relaxing on Lake Champlain—is a consistent favorite.
For a city vacation, San Francisco is a popular pick, especially if you’re seeking the perfect backdrops for those loved-up selfies: whether it’s the Golden Gate Bridge or Half Moon Bay behind you, you’ll have plenty of beautiful memories.
This Southern city consistently tops our Readers’ Choice Awards list for the most popular small city in the U.S., so it makes sense that honeymooners are part of the pro-Charleston crowd. The city’s narrow tree-lined streets are perfect for getting lost, and nights are made for lounging on the porch with a cocktail—or an Arnold Palmer.
You don’t have to go to the other side of the world to get away from it. This picturesque seaside town in along the California coast has a little of everything—farm-fresh food, local wines, and stunning drives.
So much for the cliché that Vegas is mostly for wild bachelor parties. The city is also a big hit with honeymooners, thanks to its top-of-the-class food scene featuring restaurants from Takeshi Omae, Kerry Simon, and Tom Colicchio.
After a Champagne wedding toast, why not have a wine-tasting honeymoon? Napa, known for its Cabernets, has a wide range of wineries that host tours and tastings. And there’s plenty more to do afterward, like getting a spa treatment among the olive groves at Auberge du Soleil or the Milliken Creek Inn.
The natural beauty of Hilo, on the Big Island, coupled with year-round great weather mean there’s rarely a bad time to visit Rainbow Falls or Volcanoes National Park. And there’s no better way to recuperate from jet lag than a fresh-brewed Kona coffee and a deep inhale of orchids.
It should come as no surprise that Hawaii scores high with honeymooners. In its capital, Honolulu, you can go from beach or poolside relaxation to world-class dining in a few minutes’ time, meaning that there’s something for every type of traveler—especially the one exhausted from the stress of wedding planning.