7 Honeymoon & Anniversary Destinations

You got married. What next? A honeymoon trip, of course and have we got ideas –  good for couples who’ve just tied the knot or couples who’ve been together 20 or 30 years (and congratulations to you).

See the links below for each destination’s activities, attractions, hotels and dining. Also notice how competitive the airports are which helps keep prices on the cheap-ish side.

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Great Honeymoon, Anniversary Destinations

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1. Las Vegas

Casino action? Check. Top name entertainers and dancing show girls? Check. Hiking in Red Rock Canyon or golfing or horseback riding or swimming? Check and check. Lots to do even if you don’t gamble. Learn more here.

  • Fly to Las Vegas: Lots of airline competition helps keep ticket prices down and fares from Los Angeles (as well as Long Beach or Burbank) are often especially good deals.

2. Maui

The second-biggest island of Hawaii offers plenty of paradise including gorgeous beaches, a scenic national park, an artists’ community plus nightlife and fine dining. Did we mention the beach? Learn more here.

  • Fly to Kahului Airport (OGG) in Maui: The airport is served by several U.S. airlines including Hawaiian, Alaska, all four legacy carriers and Canadian airlines.

3. New Hampshire

Do you want to: Ski, bird watch, go maple sugaring, tour a brewery, fly on a zip-line, or just soak up magnificent New England scenery from a charming inn? Then this is the place. Learn more here.

  • Fly to Boston or Manchester, N.H.: Boston is especially cheap thanks to lots of airlines at Logan and the New Hampshire border is less than 40 miles drive.

4. New York City

There’s a reason New York continues to rank number one on all those travel surveys: It’s got it all. Broadway and shopping and museums and food and Brooklyn and more. Scratch the surface then come back. Learn more here at the official tourism site, but we also like New York Magazine’s visitors guide.

  • Fly to New York (JFK or LaGuardia), Newark or Westchester: You’ll find just about every U.S. airline flies here as well as most of the world’s bigger carriers. As always, compare prices; at least one of these airports will have the best deal from your town.

5. Phoenix

Yes, it’s hot in summer (and warm year-round) but that’s why they invented spas. Play golf in the early morning, then ooh and ahh in nurturing spa. You can also check out the Desert Botanical Garden or take a balloon ride, and then – back to the spa. Learn more here.

  • Fly to Phoenix: This international airport is a longtime hub for US Airways and several other large carriers but it also features an array of discount carriers such as Spirit, Sun Country, JetBlue and Southwest.

6. San Francisco

Hard to beat San Francisco for sheer sophistication but it’s also a fun town as anyone who’s ever been to Fisherman’s Wharf can attest and it’s loaded with other iconic attractions like cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square and Alcatraz. And if you like to eat – any cuisine in the world – you are exactly where you want to be. Learn more here.

  • Fly to San Francisco or Oakland: SFO is a little closer to downtown but OAK is just a few miles further out; compare prices to see which is cheaper from your town.

7. Wild card: North Dakota

The motto of this ruggedly beautiful state’s tourism site is, “Arrive a Guest, Leave a Legend” which reminds us a little of, “What happens in Vegas” for good reason since both have their share of wild life. The difference is North Dakota’s involves animals, with more wildlife refuges than any other state. It also boasts Theodore Roosevelt National Park (home of the Badlands) and if you’re lucky, you might make “the world’s largest French fry feed” at the Potato Bowl USA, held every year in Grand Forks. Learn more about North Dakota here.

  • Fly to Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks or Minot: These are  the four busiest airports in North Dakota.


Updated: November 13, 2014