Want to whisk away your special someone without following the crowd? Here are some secretly awesome-and-picturesque American honeymoon places where romance is sure to flourish.
HONEYMOON GEMS WITH BIG ROMANCE
These eight places, receiving some of the most romantic reviews from TripAdvisor travelers in the country, are just right for honeymooners or any couple in need of some time away together. Their settings vary from barrier islands swept by ocean breezes to mountaintop idylls framed by forest and sky. You might already be familiar with some of them, but keep scrolling—you might just find a new gem.
Now let’s take a look at these eight romantic locations, great for honeymooners (or diamond anniversary weekenders, or first loves…) to get away to.
BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA
There’s plenty to do in Boone, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a cruise à deux with the top down along the jaw-dropping Blue Ridge Parkway, step up the adventure on a white-water raft, tour the local breweries, or soak in a spa.
FOLLY BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA
The relaxing pace of life, ocean-fresh air, and soothing coastal views of Folly Island make this a top choice for a couples’ getaway. Folly Beach encompasses 12 square miles of barrier island scenery, which you can explore on a gentle eco tour—or on a surfboard, if you prefer.
LAKE ARROWHEAD, CALIFORNIA
Lake Arrowhead’s setting in the San Bernardino National Forest makes it a much-loved retreat for LA folk fleeing the city. Here you’ve got all the breathing space you could hope for. Sit and marvel at the peaceful lake views and the forested slopes, or take a romantic hike with views to die for.
SNOWSHOE, WEST VIRGINIA
In this pretty resort town, the mountain’s the main attraction. Whether you’re snowboarding down it or getting hitched on top of it, you’ll agree that the stunning views and cool, clean air are out of this world. A perfect place to celebrate finding your other half.
BRYSON CITY, NORTH CAROLINA
This welcoming Great Smokies stop-off has a relaxing small-town feel and plenty of fun activities to try. Mountain biking, kayaking on the Nantahala River, zip-lining through the forest, or riding the vintage railroad at a gentle pace—let the romantic adventure begin!
CAPTIVA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Get away from it all on pretty Captiva Island, filling your days with romantic shoreline cruises, lingering beach walks, and unforgettable sunsets from your cottage or beach house rental. It’s also perfectly placed for exploring the outdoorsy delights of adjacent Sanibel Island.
SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA
Foodies and golfers, consider Saint Simons Island for your next couples’ trip. Here you can enjoy everything from the wildness of the windswept marshlands and spectacular sandbars to the interiors of the cozy local pubs. Finish your day with a booking for two at one of the excellent local restaurants, or a home-cooked dinner by candlelight in your private rental.
We’re finishing up our list with peaceful Waianae on the island of Oahu. This is the place to watch fishing boats bob in the harbor, snorkel with dolphins, or take a leisurely swim along the protected beach at Poka’i Bay Beach Park. For something a bit more energetic, take a board out and catch some waves at Makaha Beach Park.