Whether you and your spouse are the outdoorsy type, you should consider an outdoor honeymoon. Who wants to spend their whole honeymoon inside of a resort and/or hotel? Sure, the two of you are going to want to spend some time there, but you should treat your honeymoon as a special vacation.
That means planning a honeymoon that meets your budget and provides you with excellent activities to do and amazing sights to see. That’s why we recommend planning an outdoor honeymoon.
But where’s the ideal destination to show off your new men’s rings?
Around the United States
Looking to relax by the beach while still having some space to explore? Look no further than Cape Cod. And look no further than 30 miles off the coast at Nantucket, Massachusetts. The little island is loved by many, and for good reason: The beaches are quiet and all of them are accessed for free; the seafood is as fresh as can be; and the salty sights, seaside sounds, and sunny weather can’t be beat.
The location makes it perfect, too, especially if you want to explore a little further. You and your spouse can take a day as you arrive on the Cape to explore Falmouth and the Woods Hole Science Aquarium, and then spend a week on Nantucket riding bikes or mopeds and walking its cobblestone lanes. Take a boat over to Martha’s Vineyard or Cuttyhunk.
Follow that by a week of sightseeing in Boston, with a day exploring Portland, Maine, and a few days hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Best of all? You barely have to drive to get anywhere—just a few hours at most in a rental car; however, you’ll have to book passage on a ferry or take a short flight to get off of Nantucket. New England surely has its benefits to outdoor adventurers.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
If you’re a woodsman or a skier/snowboarder, we first recommend getting a silicone wedding ring, as it will stand up to the harshest of work and physical activities. But, after that, you and your spouse need to schedule a honeymoon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. You can immerse yourself deep in the woods during the summer and take on the freshly packed slopes during the winter. Plus, who wouldn’t love a horseback ride through the mountains or a glass of chilled wine in the hot springs?
Santa Fe, New Mexico
When people think of Santa Fe, they might first think of spiritual hippies of years past. Now, we’re not saying you’re wrong for thinking that, but there is so much more to the city.
Santa Fe is known as the Land of Enchantment for a good reason. Not only does Santa Fe have so much to see in terms of historical architecture and culture, but you and your spouse can head out for year-round biking, hiking, and horseback riding in the city’s wilderness or nearby desert.
Meanwhile, looking for something a bit different? Don’t be afraid to stop over in Albuquerque so you can take a hot air balloon ride over the city. Or simply visit in early October to catch the world-famous Balloon Fiesta.
Trust us, the Coachella Valley is more than a place for millennials and Gen Z to go and … experiment with the libations of life. The various lifestyle resorts throughout the region provide couples with a healthy, restorative getaway that feels separated from the noise of larger cities like Los Angeles.
You can do more than lounge by the pool, too. You and your spouse can spend the morning out in the Santa Rosa mountains, the afternoon soaking by your resort’s pool, and the evening out camping in Joshua Tree National Park.
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Big Sur, California
You’ve probably heard of Big Sur before, and for good reason. Considered the highlight of California’s Route 1—which runs from far north of San Francisco down to south Los Angeles, Big Sur offers so many sights for visitors.
Newlyweds can spend their honeymoon relaxing by the coast, searching for fauna and animals, exploring the Santa Lucia range, or visiting the towns and beaches that dot the Amalfi Coast. And don’t even get us started on the wineries in the region. You won’t regret taking a ride on Route 1 to visit the wineries along the way.
Zion National Park, Utah
When you’re talking about Utah National Parks, you’ll hear mention of Arches and Canyonlands. For good reason, too, and both have a mysticism that goes unmatched. But Zion National Park is a whole other level.
It’s an oasis in the desert, with greenery that sparkles in the morning and midday light, while providing endless trails, red rocks, and canyons to explore, see, and experience. And we mean it when we say experience: The park provides sights you’ll never forget.
Around the Globe
If you and your partner got engaged while one of you was overseas, it might feel right to celebrate with another trip around the world. Here are some great global locations to consider:
Looking for the spice of life? Look no further than Marrakech, Morocco. And we’re not just talking about their rich cuisine. This northwestern African city has so much to offer to adventurous couples, from hiking around the Atlas Mountains to trying the local cuisine at hole-in-the-wall restaurants, to exploring the desert by camel.
And don’t think that Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the only place with notable hot air balloon rides. You can see most of Marrakech by hot air balloon, taking in the scenery with your new spouse.
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Queenstown, New Zealand
You might think of Lord of the Rings when you hear mention of New Zealand, and you’re not wrong. There is so much to do when it comes to pairing outdoor activities and Queenstown, New Zealand. Whether it’s kayaking, skydiving, canyoning, horseback riding, jet boating, bungy jumping or canyon swinging, you have so much to choose from. You and your spouse can still take in the culture in-between whitewater rafting sessions, too. So plan your trip abroad and make the most of your global honeymoon.