Best U.S. Honeymoons for LDS Couples
Honeymoons to faraway destinations are great, but if your budget is keeping you a little closer to home it doesn’t mean you can’t have just as much fun. These eight U.S. honeymoon destinations require less travel time and no passport, but still allow you and your new spouse to have the time of your lives.
New York City, New York
Couples who love the metropolitan life will enjoy shopping along 5th Avenue, people watching in Times Square, touring the Statue of Liberty, and seeing the view from the top of the Empire State building.
Visit in December for ice skating in Central Park, over-the-top window displays, and the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. Or visit in the summer and take a day trip to the Palmyra area about 5 1/2 hours away to see LDS historical sites and the Palmyra pageant.
Las Vegas, Nevada
If you think gambling is the only thing to do in Las Vegas, think again. Vegas is a great place for LDS honeymooners. (We even know one LDS dad who offered to pay his daughter to elope there – in the Las Vegas temple, that is.)
The Las Vegas strip is a 4-mile stretch of non-stop lights and entertainment, and there are also plenty of local opportunities for sky diving, thrill rides, museums, and shows of all kinds. There’s a little bit of everything in Vegas, so no matter what you like you’re sure to find it there.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Staying in a quaint bed and breakfast on the New England coast is a romantic way to spend a week – especially if you can honeymoon there in the fall to see the autumn colors.
In Cape Cod you can take nature walks, go whale watching, charter a sailboat, try some ultra-fresh lobster, and just watch the ships on the pier unloading their daily catch. There’s nothing quite little a New England fishing town to bring you back in time a few hundred years.
In all, Hawaii has six islands that were practically made for the perfect LDS honeymoon. Oahu, the most popular tourist island of Hawaii, is where you can visit Pearl Harbor, metropolitan Waikiki, and the BYU Polynesian Cultural Center and Laie, Hawaii temple.
Between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, the famous “Garden of the Gods” in Lanai, and mountain hikes in Maui, it might be difficult to choose just one island.
National parks, whale watching, dog sledding, and cave exploring are all part of an Alaska honeymoon. You can visit via Alaskan cruise or stay at one of the lodges or resorts in Fairbanks or Anchorage.
If you visit during February or March, you can get front row seats for the world’s best all-natural light show, Aurora Borealis.
You can easily spend your whole honeymoon having fun like a couple of kids at Disney World in Orlando, but that’s just the beginning. There’s also Sea-World and Universal Studios, or you can leave the beaten path to see other attractions from the Orlando ballet to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium.
Orlando is famous for its amazing repertoire of themed resorts and luxury vacation rentals, most within easy access of the major theme parks to give you the most out of every minute of your honeymoon.
If there’s any honeymoon hot spot more budget-friendly than Washington, D.C., we don’t know what it is. The subway takes you everywhere you need to go, and all of the Smithsonian museums, art galleries, and national monuments are free of charge.
Don’t miss Chinatown, the White House, and great eating all within walking distance from downtown Metro stations. And if you honeymoon in March or April, you could even catch the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Taking a great honeymoon doesn’t have to include all the hassles of overseas travel. Save money, time, and stress by keeping it local and visiting an American honeymoon destination together.
♥ Jenny Evans
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