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    Posted on Nov 25, 2013

    17 Amazing And Unexpected Honeymoon Destinations

    Paris and Cancun are so 2004. So try these alternatives.

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    1. Dracula's Castle in Romania

    Officially known as Bran Castle, the site seems to be the place where Bram Stoker based his famous mythical creature, Dracula. If you both hate Twilight but indulge in your vampire obsessions, pack your bags and head to Transylvania. Look up more information here.

    2. A'JIA Hotel in Turkey

    The A'JIA Hotel, located near Istanbul, is a boutique hotel that shares a beautiful view of the Bosphorus strait. While there are cool attractions nearby, like the Rumeli Fortress, you should actually go for this bathtub-next-to-the-bed situation. SO romantic. Booking details here.

    3. Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko in Indonesia

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    Need new ancient ruins to explore after visiting Machu Picchu? Try out Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko, the mysterious temples set in Indonesia. Have a spiritual awakening as newlyweds, and take in the breathtaking sunrise and sunset. For more information and ideas, click here.

    4. Iceland Hot Springs Tour

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    While there are specific tours you can follow, try renting a car and going on your own accord — that way you can end up anywhere you want without the hustle and bustle of tourists. Consider it your first married-life challenge. Check out Iceland's top five hot spring spots.

    5. Arches National Park in Utah

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    National Park Service Photo
    National Park Service Photo

    So you're probably thinking, why not got to The Grand Canyon or Yellowstone? BUT this is another location where a romantic sunset will take your breath away. AND for all of you film buffs out there, Arches is right near Moab, Utah — the setting for many films, like Stagecoach, Thelma & Louise, and 127 Hours. Plan your trip here.

    6. Portmeirion in Wales

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    Tim Richmond Photography / portmeirion-village.com
    Tim Richmond Photography / portmeirion-village.com
    Tim Richmond Photography / portmeirion-village.com

    If you're a follower of the cult '60s show The Prisoner, then you probably know this as "The Village." If not, this place is still an awesome wonderland, where stars like Paul McCartney and legends like Frank Lloyd Wright visited. Plus, this rad musical festival was here — so I guess you're going to Wales! Check it out here.

    7. Happy Magic Water Cube in China

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    In 2011, the 2008 Summer Olympics aquatic space was converted into the indoor water park of you and your partner's childhood dreams. The Beijing park is one of the most visited places in China — right behind the Great Wall. Check it out here.

    8. Hammondsport, N.Y.

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    Keuka Lake Wine Trail / keukawinetrail.com

    Crowned as one of the best American small towns in 2012, Hammondsport is all about wine and amazing scenery. You can get nice and cozy at a bed and breakfast, and then get delightfully drunk with the person you'll be waking up next to for the rest of your life. Or so you hope.

    9. Trinidad and Tobago

    Skip the Bahamas, and try Trinidad. After gazing at some beautiful birds, lay out at one of the beaches near Port of Spain. More info here.

    10. Silversea's Silver Shadow Cruise in Alaska

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    Out of all of Alaskan cruises, the Silver Shadow is best for honeymooners. View some amazing snowcapped mountains and then cozy up with your boo in one of the intimate suites. Bonus: There's a beauty salon. Find out more about the Silver Shadow here.

    11. Way of St. James in Europe

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    Flickr: jexweber / Creative Commons

    Whether you're in need of a couple's pilgrimage, or an exciting take on the bike path, Way of St. James (aka El Camino de Santiago) stretches from many points of origin to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way, you can spend your nights in hostels — or, if you are super adventurous, you can camp under the stars. Don't know whether to use the French Way or the Northern Way? See your options here.

    12. Makepeace Island in Australia

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    Makepeace Island / makepeaceisland.com!prettyPhoto
    Makepeace Island / makepeaceisland.com!prettyPhoto

    This Australian resort is so exclusive, that once the trip is booked, you and your S.O. will be the only guests on the entire island (unless you want to invite 20 other people). According to the FAQ, you set your own dress code AND guess what? This island is heart-shaped — so there's that. For more information about Makepeace, click here.

    13. Actually, any heart-shaped island.

    Like the Galesnjak Island in Croatia (left) or Tavarua Island in Fiji (right).

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    Or Harbor Island in Maine.

    To see other heart-shaped islands from around the world, click here.

    14. Republic of Botswana in Africa

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    Botswana Tourism Organization / botswanatourism.us
    Botswana Tourism Organization / botswanatourism.us
    Botswana Tourism Organization / botswanatourism.us

    The wild safaris and beautiful Okavango Delta will make your honeymoon adventure a lively one. Plus, if you're coming from the U.S., you don't need a visa! Visit this site to find out more about Botswana.

    15. Elqui Domos Hotel in Chile

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    From the wise words of singer Robyn, you and your S.O. can chant "you and me together, stars 4ever" as you look up at the fantastic stars. The Dome Rooms have beds on the top levels, where you can basically touch the sky from the detachable roof window. Check out the Elqui Domos here.

    Below, check out photographer James Florio's video that showcases this beautiful destination.

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    16. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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    Hilton Worldwide / conradhotels3.hilton.com
    Hilton Worldwide / conradhotels3.hilton.com

    Yes, that's a restaurant under the sea — in the Indian Ocean to be exact. The Maldive Islands are a great place to witness the beauty of the world and your marriage. Plan your visit here.

    17. End of the World Tour in Argentina

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    This particular 11-day tour starts in Buenos Aires and treks through multiple landmarks in Argentina, including Patagonia and the Perito Moreno Glacier. The cutest part of your trip will involve a bunch of penguins on Magdalena Island! There are different "End of the World" tours, like this similar option or this motorcycle adventure.

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