1. Roadtrip up the California coast:
“We didn’t have enough money to travel overseas, so we roadtripped from Orange County to San Francisco. Along the way, we rented a beach cabin, went kayaking on the Central coast, stopped at a posh hotel in Big Sur, and toured breweries in San Fran. It was the best vacation I’ve ever been on.” —Jessi G.
2. Feast on killer food and drink in Austin:
“There was plenty to do — my highlights were horseback riding and a burlesque show. Plus, the weather was great, and the food was amazing. You cannot beat their barbecue.” —MissM752
3. Get a free crash course in history in Washington, D.C.:
“We’re from Florida, so we weren’t all that interested in a beach destination, and D.C. had so much to offer for our tight budget. We spent a week there and adventured through the museums and monuments since all of that is free, and then splurged on good food. It was fantastic.” —Sara Berry
4. Explore the Oregon Coast:
“The Oregon Coast isn’t always rainy and cold, and when we went in late summer, it was beautiful! If you’re looking for a chill and affordable destination with plenty of activities, you’ll love it. We stayed at the Historic Anchor Inn and it was close to everything: museums, art exhibits, restaurants, and more.” —Kylee Rose Schramm, Facebook
6. Get a taste of island life in Kauai:
“It’s very serene and not as crowded with tourists. Beautiful beaches (of course!), lush landscapes, rainbows, snorkeling, waterfalls, and the Napali coast. I think about it everyday and have become slightly obsessed. Can’t recommend it enough.” —Erin A.
7. Get outdoors in Gatlinburg, Tennessee:
“We rented a cabin for a week and went hiking, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting. On our drive up, we drove through the National Park and saw SO many animals: wild pigs, coyotes, and even a giant buck! It was the perfect trip for this nature-living couple.” —A.
8. Visit The Happiest Place On Earth:
“We went to Disney World for our honeymoon in early March, so it wasn’t too crowded, but we still enjoyed warm temps and plenty of sunshine. We were given “Just Married” buttons to wear and crew members congratulated us everywhere we went. Our days were packed, but we were still able to go out for romantic dinners and take long, quiet walks at night. It truly was magical and everything I had hoped for!” —Amber Myszka, Facebook
9. Take the scenic route around Lake Michigan:
“We drove completely around Lake Michigan — making stops in New Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, and Mackinac Island.” —Lauren Y.
10. Head to New York City for the holidays:
“My husband and flew to NYC and eloped at the clerks office on Christmas Eve, then spent a magical week in the city. Stayed at The James in Tribeca, window shopped on 5th Avenue, and ate like kings. Best decision we ever made, and it cost less than the big wedding we briefly considered.” —Emily Odom C.
11. Hop on an Amtrak train and see the country:
“We got an Amtrak multi-pass and travelled around the country: Chicago, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, DC, New York, and Boston. We splurged on roomettes for some trips, which included food. We stayed in each city for a few days, either with friends or at an AirBnB.” —Maddy Chomsky Albright, Facebook
12. Head north to Montreal & Quebec City:
“It made for a perfect honeymoon — far enough from our D.C.-area home to feel genuinely different, but much less expensive than going overseas. And while there was plenty to do, it was low-key enough to feel relaxing after the wedding frenzy. I’d recommend it to anyone.” —Elizabeth O.
13. Live it up in Las Vegas:
“We spent a week in Vegas. For the first half, we stayed right on The Strip — eating like kings, seeing shows, and relaxing at the pool. Then we drove out to Red Rock Canyon for some incredible hiking.” —Kevin Tyler, Facebook
14. Roadtrip through the American South:
“We started in Florida, then headed to Atlanta. Detoured through Blue Ridge, to Nashville, then to Memphis to visit the National Civil Rights Museum. Turned south and followed the Mississippi to Clarksville — visited the Delta Blues Museum, spent a few days in Natchez at Starling’s Rest B&B, then onto our final stop: New Orleans! Spent four days there and loved every second of it: from beers on Bourbon Street to beignets at Cafe du Monde. We had the best time together.” —Judith Carville-Phillips, Facebook
15. Set sail on an Alaskan cruise:
“It wasn’t your standard toes-in-the-sand kind of honeymoon, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.” —Sarah S.
16. Take in the sights and sounds of Denver:
“We spent a long weekend in Denver and crammed in as much as we could: beautiful hiking, great food, local brews, and a concert at Red Rocks. Can’t wait to go back.” —Karen Dobbs, Facebook
17. Soak up the sun in Charleston, South Carolina:
“We got to stay on the beach, but also experience the historic downtown charm and beauty. It was perfectly relaxing and adventurous at the same time.” —Sarah Lowry
18. Soar high over Turkey:
“We went to Cappadocia for a hot air balloon ride and for the limestone cave dwellings. Then we headed to Ephesus to see the extensive Roman ruins, then Istanbul for even more history. The best part about Turkey is that it’s so big and diverse — and there’s bound to be something for every type of traveller.” —Zalikha Mis’ari, Facebook
19. See the unreal beauty of Iceland:
“We rented a car and drove as far east as we could, then made our way slowly back west — traveling the entire southern side. A lot of hiking, exploring, and getting lost happened, but it was so worth every second of it. Also: Beautiful hot springs, glaciers, volcanoes, Northern Lights — literally everywhere I looked, I was in awe.” —Jill Carlo, Facebook
20. Travel Africa by rail:
“We took the Rovos Rail from South Africa to Victoria Falls, travelled by bus across Zambia, and went on safari through Tanzania. The most magical experience was spending New Year’s Eve at the Ngorongoro crater. That night, there was an epic thunder and lighting storm, and we sat above it watching the stars.” —Sally Grace Hoskins
21. Or travel Italy by car:
“Flew to Venice, picked up our car (Fiat 500, what else?), then drove to Rome. Spent a few nights there, then onto the Amalfi Coast for a week in Positano. Everyone we met thought we were crazy for driving such long distances but that time spent in the car really helped us bond as a couple and we came back closer than ever — with an added bonus of a stowaway, due in May.” —Michelle S.
22. Take in 360° views of The Gold Coast, Australia:
“My favorite part was heading to the top of SkyPoint Climb. We did a morning climb and the views were breathtaking! The sweetest part for me was that my husband is afraid of heights, but he did this climb with me, for me.” —Nurul Azra, Facebook
23. Conquer your outdoor bucket list in Costa Rica:
“We went whitewater rafting, ziplining, fishing snorkeling, and much more. I would recommend it to anyone. —Sara Y.
26. Embark on an outdoor adventure in Peru:
“We traveled to Cusco and visited Machu Picchu. So beautiful and surreal. Then we flew to Puerto Maldonado and stayed at this really cool place with jungle huts. There were monkeys everywhere, and we were even able to play with them. We ended our trip in Lima. It was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.” —Mallory N.
27. Get some R&R in Curaçao:
“We used our airline points for tickets, and spent a week unplugged at a private resort. We snorkeled, swam with dolphins, and we did something I had never heard of: personal underwater submarining. It’s like having your own underwater moped.” —Carolyn Marie C.
28. Channel some ~magic~ in Edinburgh, Scotland:
29. Find renewal in Bali, Indonesia:
“My husband and I backpacked around Indonesia. The highlight of our trip was staying with a local woman who taught us everything from phrases, to cooking their cuisine, to having a different outlook on life. We both believe she changed our lives and still keep in touch with her. I know it all sounds very Eat, Pray, Love, but anyone who feels a little lost in their life should go to Bali.” —emsemm18