By Rachel Wilkerson, Lover.ly
When you're thinking about your honeymoon, you don't have to think global...there are plenty of amazing destinations here in the United States! And just because you're on US soil doesn't mean it won't feel like an amazing getaway. Depending on where you go and what kind of trip you plan, staying closer to home can also be more budget-friendly (or just help you get more bang for your buck), less stressful, and won't require you spend too many vacation days just getting there. Whether you want to hole up in a rustic cabin, stay in a luxury hotel on the beach, or get a US history lesson, there's a trip for you. Here are some of our favorite all-American honeymoon destinations.
1. Charleston, SC
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Thanks to beautiful beaches, gorgeous architecture, and loads of history, Charleston is the perfect combination of interesting and relaxing, especially for a couple of history buffs. Take a tour of Fort Sumpter, stroll through the picturesque gardens at Magnolia Plantation, and feast on the amazing fried chicken at Poogan's Porch.
2. Oahu, Hawaii
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If you want to take a tropical vacation, visit Oahu. If you want to relax, you can soak up the sun (and local culture) all day; adventurous types can hike to the top of Diamond Head State Monument for amazing views, tour Pearl Harbor, or learn to surf in charming Haleiwa.
3. Beaver Creek, CO
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If you're the type who dreams of snuggling by the fire with your new spouse, plan a winter honeymoon in Colorado. When you aren't skiing, ice skating, or snowshoeing, you can sip hot chocolate in your cabin, lodge, or luxury resort. Or go in the summer (when it's often cheaper!) and enjoy hiking, fly fishing, and white water rafting.
4. Napa Valley, CA
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Newlyweds can head to Napa Valley (and the nearby Sonoma Valley and San Francisco) for delicious wines, luscious valleys, gorgeous hiking, and delicious food. It's a feast for all your senses and will be an unforgettable trip.
5. Mackinac Island, MI
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You'll have to bicycle around this living Victorian town, as it banned all motorized vehicles on the island in 1898. (You can also walk or take a horse-drawn carriage!) Once you've taken the ferry there, you can stay at a historic inn or quaint bed and breakfast, head to the beach, and sample the island's famous fudge.
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