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Five Reasons Why You Don't Need to Leave the Country for Your Honeymoon

From national parks to beautiful islands, there's plenty to see and do in America, too. That means there's no reason to leave the country for your post-nuptial retreat—unless you want to, of course.

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Planning a honeymoon should be fun and exciting, but the trip you dream up should also be realistic. If you've gone all-out with your wedding plans and want to scale back for your honeymoon, know that there are plenty of destinations in the United States that offer similar experiences to what you'd find overseas but without the hassle of long flights and international travel. From wine country to little islands off either coast, there are plenty of place in America that are worthy of visiting on your honeymoon.

 

Related: How to Decide If You Should Honeymoon Stateside or Abroad

 

America has the best national parks

America is home to 58 national parks, each with their own unique landscape, wildlife, and ecosystems. The majestic Teton Ranges can be enjoyed and explored with a stay at Jackson Lake Lodge, which is right inside the park. If you're more interested in a desert trip, Joshua Tree National Park offers beautiful walks through cholla cactus gardens and amongst towering boulders. If you're thinking maybe an escape to the Great Smoky Mountains is in the cards for your honeymoon, the renowned culinary hotel and resort, Blackberry Farm, is just down the road.

 

You can go on a great American road trip.

A newlywed road trip is a great way to relax and enjoy each other's company, especially after experiencing all the coordinating and chaos that goes into wedding planning. There are countless great routes you could take, but the drive along California's Highway 1 is always a stunner with Big Sur in the mix. For an East Coast vacation, the Big Ben Scenic Byway stretches 220 miles over a chain of islands in Florida from the Everglades to the Keys.

 

Over 30 states have wine regions.

Though California may be most well-known for its wine regions, there are viticultural areas in over 30 states across America. So, you really don't have to go as far as you may have thought to get to a wine centric honeymoon. If you're interested in everything from Albariño to Zinfandel, look to Oregon's Columbia Gorge, which has the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Hood and easy access to the Columbia River. And, of course, the Napa and Sonoma wine regions are home to some of the best wineries in the world.

 

We have islands, too.

There are plenty of islands off both coasts, which means that newlyweds who love the beach and ocean have plenty of travel options to choose from. Consider Martha's Vineyard if you're looking for a bucolic setting with great restaurants, charming architecture, and beautiful scenery. Just off the coast of Seattle sits the San Juan Islands, and each has its own unique charm. Best of all, they're easily accessed from the city via ferry.

 

American wildlife viewing is some of the best in the world.

No need to head to Africa for a safari when you can see wild bison, pronghorns, bighorn sheep, black bears, elk, wolves, llamas, and all kinds of other wild animals and birds you've never seen before just out west. Yellowstone National Park is one of the best places in the country to go on an Americana safari, and there are also great wildlife viewing opportunities at Badlands National Park.