Congrats on sealing the deal! You tracked down the perfect dress. You got the rings. You sampled all the cakes and looked through more flowers than you knew existed. Your Pinterest has been in an overdrive and the decision fatigue has been all too real.
Now it’s time to unwind and connect together on a romantic escape — and you’re spoiled for choice all over again! So, let’s break it down into the best honeymoon destinations in America by the month.
From winter wonderlands to sunny paradises, here are the best of the best honeymoon destinations in the USA by month.
Planning Tip: Make it work for you! The monthly recommendations aren’t set in stone. You’ll often find that a month in one direction or another doesn’t make a *huge* difference. And, of course, many destinations are gorgeous options all year round.
See which destination catches your eye then dig deeper. If you’re looking to go international, here are the best honeymoon destinations around the world!
Here are the best honeymoon destinations in the United States (by month)!
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in January
Planning to honeymoon in January?
While much of the country bundles up for a cold spell, you can still have a tropical getaway in the winter…
Waipi'o Valley Lookout on the Big Island of Hawaii
Of course! Any serious list of the best honeymoon destinations in the USA has got to begin with the Aloha State. Easily one of the most beautiful honeymoon places in the world, these magical islands tick all the boxes for a romantic escape.
Not sure where to get started? Grab your new partner in crime and go through my guide to which Hawaiian islands to travel to narrow down your options.
In all honesty, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the Hawaiian islands, so whether you want to island-hop or stick to one — the world (or Hawaii, in this case), is your oyster. That said, I would definitely consider Maui as a top contender.
As a serious bonus, there are countless top-notch local Hawaiian dishes there that you can’t find anywhere else.
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in February
Like January, you’ll have to figure out if you want a tropical honeymoon with your love or if you’d prefer something cooler.
Not sure what costs to consider? Here’s how to budget for your honeymoon!
Welcome to one of the United State’s most underrated winter destinations! If you’re looking for a ski honeymoon, look no further.
The Camden Snow Bowl is about 4.5 miles from Penobscot Bay, located on Ragged Mountain. It features a 400-foot toboggan run…which, fun fact: the U.S. National Toboggan Championships are hosted on every year!
This is the only place in the country where you can look over the Atlantic Ocean while skiing down the slopes.
While it’s a fantastic destination to hit the slopes, the harbor is equally as enchanting for a stroll at twilight. Pack cozy sweaters, and explore the best things to do on the Maine Coast during February.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
You’ve just tied the knot, so why not celebrate! If you’re looking for a party, there is nowhere like New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Fuel up with the world-famous coffee from Café du Monde, find your favorite Krewe in the parade, and party with carnival lovers around the globe.
While it can be a crazy time, it’s a true bucket list experience. Check out my guide to Mardi Gras for beginners to get ready for this epic adventure.
Because it has such a dynamic blend of cultural influences, New Orleans is unlike anywhere else in the United States; you’ve got jazz shows, Vodou tours, swamp excursions, Cajun cooking classes, and more!
Treat yourself to beignets on beignets and all the eclectic charm of this magical city.
New Orleans makes an ideal honeymoon for those who love history and good eats. And the best part is if you want to party it up—you absolutely can!
Spend 4-days in New Orleans strolling the cobblestone streets of the French Quarter, taking in all the gorgeous mansions of the Garden District, and sampling all the foodie delights!
Looking for something a bit more relaxed? New Orleans is a different world during December and January. Explore the beauty of the city, without the crowd or intense heat.
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine, Florida
On the northeast coast of Florida, you’ll find the oldest city in the US. One of my favorite lesser-known weekend getaways in the United States, this is one of those unique American cities with a European flair.
For the couple that love history, beach days, and Southern treats (namely butter pecan milkshakes), you’ll be dazzled by St. Augustine.
Wander the cobblestone streets, soak in the European colonial architecture, explore Anastasia State Park, then hit up the beach.
This Florida city has held onto so much of its Spanish heritage and style, that you’ll essentially get a 2-for-1 — you get to explore Florida…and feel like you’ve been transported to Spain all in one!
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in March
Entering spring, choosing the best honeymoon destinations by month is a real challenge. So many places are at their absolute prime in the US and things begin to warm up and flowers are in bloom.
This Georgian peach was made for spring honeymoons. Wander amongst the Spanish moss and taste your way through town until you find your favorite Southern-fried delights— try some of Savannah’s best restaurants and find your fave!
This beautiful city is packed with historic gems so be sure to read up on the best things to do in Savannah before you go to.
The whimsical natural beauty combined with that good old-fashioned Southern hospitality makes this a prime place to discover together. There’s something about the Spanish Moss that feels eerily romantic, and Savannah is a dream destination.
Here’s how to spend three days in Savannah!
If you want to extend your honeymoon, Charleston is about a 2-3 hour drive from Savannah and makes an excellent complement.
For a real treat, book a stay at Montage Palmetto Bluff, which is partway between Savannah and Charleston. I had the most incredible and luxurious getaway, and I’d highly recommend looking into it!
Texas Hill Country, Texas
Texas Hill Country
When most people think of Texas, they think of rolling hills and tons of rustic charm…but maybe not about flowers!
But central Texas is home to large fields of bluebonnets, painting the ground in color. From mid-March to mid-April places like Burnet, Georgetown, Fredericksburg, Austin, and Washington County are completely covered and are quite impressive!
Going on a road trip? The Ennis Bluebonnet Trail is 40-miles of brilliant florals.
The small town of Burnet, Texas is a real star and comes alive in March during Bluebonnet Season. As soon as spring has sprung, you’ll find vibrant meadows taken over by wildflowers.
Head to Devil’s Backbone Overlook for a picnic then take a scenic drive through the Willow City Loop. Whether you want to sleep under the stars in this gorgeous region or take a day trip from Austin, Texas Hill Country is a must-visit (and don’t forget your camera!).
Garden Of The Gods, Colorado
Another gem of the Rocky Mountains, this is a dream honeymoon destination for outdoor lovers. Trek through the Garden of the Gods and climb up Pikes Peak. Hop on a hot air balloon for the ride of a lifetime, then watch the world go by at Memorial Park.
Add plenty of time to explore the rest of this stunning state. Whether you are admiring the mesas of Grand Junction or taking in the urban delights and things to do in Denver, Colorado is well worth exploring.
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in April
Wondering where to honeymoon in April? While temps are still on the chillier side, there’s no doubt that spring is in the air…which means florals and sunshine!
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Of all the places I’ve visited, this is one that surprised me the most. While I’d heard it was lovely, I didn’t expect to fall head over heels in love with Charleson like I did.
Staying at the cozy, romantic 86 Cannon Historic Inn in Charleston, I actually found myself not wanting to leave in the morning! That is more than a little rare for me, but the welcoming inn was a key part of what made Charleston so charming.
I fell in love with this South Carolina gem — full of incredible food and Southern charm, this is one of the best spring honeymoon destinations in America. Definitely check out my Charleston foodie guide to start planning out your meals!
A seriously romantic restaurant that’s well worth making a reservation at way ahead of time is the (slightly hidden) Chez Nous. The chef at this adorable neighborhood spot, located in a 19th-century home (no less), serves up a new menu every single day and only uses the freshest ingredients.
I’m telling you, if you’re looking for a foodie honeymoon, Charleston should not be missed!
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
One of the top ski destinations in the United States, this gorgeous city is a fantastic spring honeymoon destination in the USA. While the spring is one of the quietest times in Jackson Hole, it’s prime time to hike, bike, and swim your way through the top attractions.
Some of the highlights of Jackson Hole include visiting Yellowstone National Park (which is about a 90-minute drive from Jackson), exploring Grand Teton National Park, white water rafting on the Snake River Canyon, and horseback riding.
Walk amongst the greenery, spot buffalos (from a safe distance), and watch the eagles fly overhead while you breathe in the oh-so-fresh air here.
Jackson Hole is a prime honeymoon spot for the couple that loves adventures in nature.
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in May
The weather starts to warm up in May and there are so many choices to pick from. Better yet, May is a great time as summer vacation hasn’t started for school kids, so typically, places aren’t as crowded.
View from Smith Tower of Seattle, Washington
While you might get a few rainy days, forget about the gray overcast images that you have of Seattle in your mind. The sun starts to peek through the clouds during this time, this is one of the best spring honeymoon destinations in the USA.
Spend a few days exploring the top things to do in Seattle, then dig deeper. As much as I love Washington’s biggest city, it’s just one of countless treasures you’ll find in this Pacific Northwest gem.
Whether you’re in the beer gardens of the Bavarian-inspired village of Leavenworth or hiking the Cascade mountains, a Pacific Northwest road trip might be in the cards. Explore the best places in Washington (that aren’t Seattle).
Seattle (and the greater part of Washington) is a great choice for the newlyweds who love a taste of the city but also want to embrace nature.
Grand Central Station in New York City, New York
New York City, New York
When it comes to the best honeymoon destinations in the USA, NYC is hard to beat. And, that’s doubly true during the picture-perfect months of spring.
New York City is a world unto itself, and it’s a top pick for active couples who want to see it all.
From Broadway to Hell’s Kitchen and beyond, this city is everything to everyone. For the couple that loves art, urban activities, great restaurants, and having an endless array of options, New York City is for you.
While you definitely can break the bank here, you can also see NYC on a budget…if you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve.
Here are the top things to do in New York City!
During my dream Southern USA Road Trip, I fell in love with the Music City. This iconic country music mecca is home to some true one-of-kind treasures.
From the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to The Hermitage Hotel, there are countless things to do in Nashville. Best of all, the city is in its prime during the sunny afternoons of May — before the sweltering days of midsummer come!
If you love country music and Southern food, look no further than Nashville!
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in June
Are you having a summer wedding and thinking about a honeymoon in June? Once you get into the summer months, keep in mind that it is the peak season for a lot of places—so do your due diligence with planning and be mindful of crowds.
Alaska doesn’t make it to many lists, but it should definitely be considered! It’s truly a destination that deserves a spot on every person’s bucket list—this remote northern state is an adventure lover’s paradise.
With a whopping 22 hours of sunlight per day, you can explore the unique terrain of Alaska with warmer weather and endless afternoons.
For those that love the outdoors and want something a little bit different, Alaska is a great choice for a June honeymoon.
Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
Located just 100 miles north of Los Angeles, this sun-soaked city is a dream year-round destination but makes a great stay in June when you’re guaranteed sunny skies.
Santa Barbara is an ideal choice for those that want to be next to the ocean but also have a lot of things to do.
Whether you want to taste wine and admire the Spanish influence or go for tacos and party the night away, this is the place to be. Plan your dream beach escape in this California dream with my complete Santa Barbara travel guide.
State Street is a dream to walk down, shop at eclectic boutiques, and explore. You’ll find some fantastic restaurants and breweries here, too!
For a truly luxurious getaway, book a room at the Hotel Californian.
To extend your trip, I’d highly recommend spending some time on the Central Coast (Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang are extremely charming), and then head up to Paso Robles along with San Luis Obispo.
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in July
When it comes to the best honeymoon destinations in July, things get tricky. This is the busiest time of year in many cities (and for good reason) — the weather is warm, kids are out of school, and vacations are in full swing.
As much as I love Chicago, I’m a fair-weather friend when it comes to cities. While you won’t see me packing up for the Windy City when temps drop into the double-digit negative numbers, I love Chicago in July.
And the people of Chicago love July! This atmosphere here is truly eclectic as the city soaks in the sun on rooftop bars and lounges on the beaches of Lake Michigan.
There is nothing more romantic than taking a kayak for two amongst the towering skyscrapers and soaking in the beauty of the world-class city.
If you want a city honeymoon and to explore a place with rich history, Chicago could be the spot for you!
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in August
Growing up in California, I’m a bit biased as there’s really no *wrong* time to go on a California road trip… but, if I had to pick, August is pretty spectacular! The weather is good and most people have already taken their summer vacations.
Big Sur, California
California Road Trip
Hit the road in newlywed bliss!
When we’re talking about the best road trips in America, there’s nowhere like California.
Take a spectacular two-week road trip through California and find what the Golden State is all about. From the sparkling seas to the thriving art communities to the bright lights of Hollywood, California is so much more than you might think.
This diverse state is like a country in itself. From the urban wonders of San Francisco and Los Angeles to the quiet vineyards and iconic national parks, this place has anything and everything you’ve ever dreamt of.
Grab my guide to a two-week road trip through California and embark on a journey that’ll kick off a lifetime of adventure.
What’s not to love about Portland? There is the obvious cool factor of this city with its thriving street food street, arts communities, and general “Keep Portland Weird” vibe.
This hip city is also the gateway to the gorgeous natural wonders of Oregon. Plan a trip through Crater Lake National Park and beyond on an adventurous Oregon road trip.
For the couple that wants something a bit different, and a balance between city and nature — Portland is a natural choice.
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in September
You’ve got your pick of the lot in September as the weather is good and you’re typically out of peak season for a majority of destinations (again, it’s all about timing it right with those school crowds!).
Napa & Sonoma
Who says that you have to cross the Atlantic to find the best vintages? From chardonnay to Zinfandel, the good ol’ US of A is bottling up some of the top vinos in the world.
Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a nature lover, Napa Valley will steal your heart. Treat yourself to the countless culinary wonders, and take in the world-class art and music scene in this cultural mecca.
There are 43,000+ acres of vineyards here, and that’s just the beginning of what Napa has to offer. Plan your Napa escape and create unforgettable memories. There are so many things to do in Napa Valley that I’d still recommend going even if you don’t end up having a sip of wine.
People often confuse Napa Valley and Sonoma County. As you are planning, keep in mind that they are very close to each other.
Generally speaking, you’ll find more family-owned wineries in Sonoma while the more upmarket Napa Valley has more international labels. Both have their charm so explore the wider region if you have time.
Though Sonoma is a little smaller, Sonoma packs just as much punch. 🙂
Souvenir Tip: Buy a bottle of local wine to tuck away until your next milestone anniversary. It’ll keep the special memories alive for years to come.
The Hamptons, New York
The Hamptons, New York
Exploring the Hamptons on a girlfriend getaway, I fell in love and have been meaning to take a romantic sojourn there ever since. And, there’s no better time than during September.
With the crowds creating and the sun still shining, the Hamptons are at their very best. Explore the understated luxury and incredible natural beauty of everybody’s favorite New York escape.
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California
San Diego, California
After traveling the world over and exploring more than 70 countries, I made San Diego my home. Why? Because this city has it all. From sun-soaked beaches to cultural gems, to incredible restaurants, it’s the one place I could keep exploring forever.
I’ve done the *difficult* research and found all the best restaurants in San Diego. You can thank me later. 😉
San Diego is an ideal honeymoon spot for those who want beaches but still have all the luxuries of city life.
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in October
As you get into October, the weather starts to shift and you’ll find some places that are dazzling with autumnal hues. Have you ever considered a New England fall leaf-peeping adventure?
Leaf Peeping Trip in New England
When it comes to the best fall honeymoon destinations in the USA, look to New England.
Every year, the New England region receives heaps of tourism during autumn; and let’s just say there is a “reason for the season.” The colors are stunning, the cider is hot, and the views are unforgettable.
The lush forests come alive in rich tones of marigold, auburn, and amber. Soak in the beauty on sunny afternoon hikes and long Sunday drives through the mesmerizing beauty of the changing leaves.
This could be such a dreamy honeymoon, filled with cozy sweaters and tons of gorgeous fall hues.
It’s definitely one of the best United States destinations to visit in the fall and the surrounding area is ideal for leaf-peeping!
Plan an epic adventure through southeastern New York, the Catskills, and the historical charms of Boston. The lovely small cities of the region are a few of my favorite cities in America that feel like Europe.
The only caveat: predicting when and where the autumn leaves will change is quite tricky, so if you’re planning your New England honeymoon purely to peep the leaves—it’s best to give yourself a bit of leeway.
Typically, you can expect the leaves to start changing between mid-September through October depending on the state.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
Easily one of the globes’ best editions for a city break, San Francisco packs a world of wonders into one incredible little city. From Chinatown to Haight-Ashbury and beyond, this California charmer is a dream honeymoon destination.
If you’re an SF newbie, make a beeline for Pier 39. Full of one of a kind souvenirs, local eats, and beautiful views, this is a must-do. From there, take your time walking down to Fisherman’s Wharf.
This is the place for ultra-fresh seafood and breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
As you are walking away from Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll run into Ghirardelli Square. This former chocolate factory is now filled with restaurants and shops. And, yes, you can still get mouthwatering chocolate there!
Of course, that’s just a glimpse at a day in San Francisco, but there’s so much more to see and do! You can barely scratch the surface of this gorgeous city in a week, so grab my ultimate San Francisco travel guide so you can hit the ground running.
One of my favorite winter getaways in the United States, Aspen is also one of the best fall honeymoon destinations in the USA. Just before ski season starts, you can beat the crowds to this mountain oasis.
Pack a warm jacket and your hiking boots to hit the winding alpine trails leading you through the countless vistas that await you around every corner.
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in November
When it comes to honeymoons in November, I would encourage you to look to places that will be warm…unless you want to bundle up!
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
One of the United States’ most underrated travel destinations, there’s a reason this state has the nickname the Land of Enchantment. With a unique culture and endless natural beauty, there’s something for everyone here.
There is something so serene about the bold and beautiful landscape of the desert.
Famous for its thriving art scene and pueblo-inspired architecture, Santa Fe is the perfect base to start exploring the city. Rent a bike to soak in the winter sun then get glammed up for a romantic night at the Santa Fe Opera.
Then keep on going! Check out my ten-day road trip guide through New Mexico to explore the wonders of Bisti Badlands and White Sands National Park and beyond.
Whether you want to live up in the luxury resort on the coastline or go lowkey exploring the unique local food and art scene, honeymoons in Miami can be everything to everyone.
Plus, the beaches are an absolute DREAM!
Whether your adventure takes you, be sure to plan plenty of time to explore the stunning South Beach neighborhood. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time to eat your way through the top restaurants in Miami.
Save at least one afternoon to take the ferry over the Bimini Islands. Located just 50 miles off the coast of Miami, this collection of three islands will give you a taste of the Bahamas.
What’s better than a dreamy Southwest USA road trip? Easily one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet, this unique region has an otherworldly beauty.
At the heart of it all is Sedona. This magical little city is unlike anywhere you have been. Pack your hiking boots for the 200+ trails that will wind you the breathtakingly beautiful red rocks.
Then do something a bit different. Head into Downtown Sedona to visit a fortune-teller who can tell you what’s next in your newlywedded bliss. Do yoga in an energy vortex. You can get spiritual (and, yeah, sometimes just a bit silly) with everything from aura readings to alien encounters.
When it comes to unique honeymoon experiences, Sedona is unbeatable.
Best USA Honeymoon Destinations in December
Hello, holiday season! As there are a lot of festivities in December, you may want to consider making the most out of them and taking a look at the best winter weekend getaways in the United States.
Key West, Florida
Key West, Florida
Not wanting to embrace the cold? Forget all about a white Christmas in Key West! After all of the wedding planning and logical madness, slow things down. Go for lazy afternoons on the beaches and romantic dinners on the terrace.
December is an especially good time in Key West. Take in a more tropical holiday season with the Lighted Boat Parade, Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights Tour, or Christmas dinner on a catamaran.
New York City, New York
New York City, New York
This is where the magic happens!
While NYC is more than a little chilly in December, it’s glowing with holiday spirit. From sipping eggnog at popup holiday bars to window shopping on window shopping on 5th Avenue, New York City is at its best.
You could literally spend a lifetime exploring the best of the city, so plan ahead. Check out the top things to do in New York at Christmas and see how many NYC experiences you can tick off your bucket list.