Not every couple can whisk themselves away on an international getaway after cutting the cake! For those looking for romance on a budget, the USA offers adventure, solitude, and unimaginable views to while away a long honeymoon weekend. Visiting these getaways is just a quick road trip or ferry ride away so you can explore without breaking the bank.
Desert honeymoons are all the rage in more beaten destinations like Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park. But since you're all about trailblazing, make like the tumbleweeds and head to Carefree, AZ. This Arizona small town has all the elements of a great Southwestern getaway, with red rocks, cacti, and lots of history. Tip: Scottsdale is just 40 minutes away, so if your honeymoon calls for an evening of high energy, you won't be disappointed!
Crested Butte, CO
Nestled far and deep in the mountains completely surrounded by the wildlife of Gunnison National Forest is the most adorable ski resort you'll ever see--it’s like walking through a Christmas card! Every corner of the 500-acre town is filled with colorful storefronts, wild landscaping, and friendly people. This is your home away from home, especially if you love staying in bed and breakfasts and waking up to homemade scones!
If you and your loved one are also part snow bunny, you'll want to trade in the sun and sand for a pair of skis and a ticket to Woodstock, Vermont. Here you'll find charming inns, top ski resorts, and all the food you swore off right before your wedding. To make the most of your wintry tryst, visit between November and April.
Estes Park, CO
For the nature-loving duo, Estes Park has the same small town charm as Crested Butte at a fraction of the road trip. Just a short drive from the foothills of Boulder lands you among local wildlife and nature preserves. It's an environmentally-friendly dream come true.
Portland is just a fantastic vacation destination in general for its breweries, food trucks and parks -- all of which are things that today's young couples enjoy. So why not add a little romance to the equation? Who wouldn't love a day of combining Thai street snacks with the latest IPA with an afternoon of handholding and sex? Not one person! Tip: you definitely can’t leave without visiting the Portland Japanese Garden, or booking a table at any of Portland's most romantic bars and restaurants.