If you’re sifting through search results to find the best honeymoon destinations in the US, stop here. We—or rather, millions of TripAdvisor reviewers—have already done the hard work for you.
Newlyweds from California to Cape Cod have written about their honeymoons on our site, so we dove into their reviews to discover some of the top places to celebrate your newly-wedded bliss. Our algorithm analyzed every property review on TripAdvisor Rentals to identify the honeymoon places with the highest-rated rentals.
The result? Tropical hotspots, yes, but also mountain towns and lakefront escapes that just might surprise and inspire you. Whether you’re looking to save money or book a more secluded stay, we’ve got you covered with thousands of rentals in romantic destinations all over the country.
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“Wonderful trip. My wife and I were on our honeymoon, and we had a wonderful time. Everything was just what the pictures showed; it was cozy, comfy, [and] felt very welcoming.” – Traveler Review
You might know Sevierville for its sweeping vistas and outdoor adventures, but this mountain town also ranks among the country’s best honeymoon destinations. Even if you’re not one for ATVs and forest treks, the sight of the Smokies will make your heart skip a beat—and they’ll look just as beautiful from a hiking trail as from your rental’s hot tub. With names like “Love Shack,” “Cloud Nine,” and “Once Upon a Time,” it’s hard to deny the cozy appeal of a cabin rental fit for two. Better yet, you won’t be far from attractions like Dollywood, Hillside Winery, and Tanger Outlets. Want to really step up the romance? Try a private helicopter tour around nearby Douglas Lake.
“Just as magical as it looks. [The homeowner] made the whole experience so special. […] If you love romance, beautiful things, beautiful people, and serenity, this is the place to be!” – Traveler Review
Whatever Malibu calls to mind—whether celebrity sightings, sizable surf, or endless rows of palm trees—this dreamy small town was practically made for newlyweds. With romantic activities from wine tasting to horseback riding on the beach, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the top honeymoon destinations in the US. Go shopping at Malibu Country Mart (an outdoor mall with boutiques and art galleries), then share a meal at the Malibu Cafe or Duke’s. Feeling adventurous? Sign up for surfing lessons, an urban bike tour of LA, a scuba course, or hike the Winding Way Trail to Escondido Falls. Movie fans should sign up for a tour of Malibu movie star homes.
Of all the honeymoon places that might catch your eye, Maggie Valley might be one of the most modest. Not unexceptional, mind you, but unassuming—humble and beautiful in a way that will make you wonder why you’ve waited so long to visit. This melt-your-heart mountain town offers meandering trails and breathtaking views near Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Love to hike? You’ll be right at home here, near some of the tallest peaks in the East. Top attractions range from the Mountain Farmstead Museum, the Wheels Through Time Museum (you can book your ticket in advance, and Cataloochee Ski Area, to beloved local joints like Maggie Valley Restaurant (try the cobbler!) and Jelly Bellies Mountain Gift Shop. Booking a charming log cabin rental with amenities like a grill, fire pit, and private Jacuzzi.
“We had an amazing seven nights in this cottage. It was our honeymoon…so short, but so good. Perfect location for us. […] Waking up to the sound of the rain or to the birds singing was amazing.” – Traveler Review
For a Hawaiian honeymoon as scenic as it is romantic, make yourself at home in Hanalei. This small Kauai town is dotted with historic buildings and galleries selling items handcrafted by local artisans. Head to Tunnels Beach for a morning snorkeling trip, then stop for a stroll down Hanalei Pier or a tour of Haraguchi Rice Mill, a historic rice mill and working taro farm. You’ll enjoy easy access to stunning natural attractions on the North Shore, from Hanalei Valley Lookout to the Napali Coast, which you can explore in detail on a four-hour snorkelling cruise. Whether you prefer to go mountain biking or kayaking in the shadow of rugged sea cliffs, it’s not a challenge to get your heart pumping in Hanalei. Secluded local rentals (think airy bungalows and boho surf shacks) are perfect for honeymooners who prefer a bit of extra privacy.
When it comes to honeymoon places with mountain views and live music, this southwest Missouri town is the perfect match. Set atop a ridge in the Ozarks, Branson is known for its natural beauty and entertainment industry (once hailed the “live music capital of the entire universe” on 60 Minutes). You’ll find a full slate of shows and performances year-round on 76 Country Boulevard, the city’s main strip. You can get the lowdown on the city’s landmarks on a guided city tour by Mercedes Benz Sprinter bus, or maybe you’d like to head out and see the regions stunning scenery: climb aboard the Branson Scenic Railway and journey through the foothills of the Ozarks, rent a boat and explore Table Rock Lake, or take in the view from a vineyard in Missouri Wine Country.
“From the cleanliness on our arrival to the friendly people staying on the complex, we found it a perfect spot for our honeymoon. […] Ideally situated close enough to everything, but secluded from the hustle.” – Traveler Review
If the honeymoon of your dreams plays out against a backdrop of swaying palms, turquoise water, and legendary sunsets, book a cottage rental in Key West and don’t look back. The Conch Republic is one of the hottest honeymoon destinations in the US—and with good reason. You can sip (or shop!) your way down Duval Street, tour Hemingway’s home, and take an eco-tour in a glass-bottom boat—all in the same day. Of course, if you’d rather bond on the beach, there are plenty of gorgeous shores, from Smathers Beach to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Snorkeling excursions, schooner sailing tours, catamaran trips, and saltwater fishing charters are all popular ways to spend a day on the water.
The magic of Hawaii is that you don’t have to do anything to make it romantic. Stand on a white sand beach at sunset, or next to a towering waterfall in the middle of the rainforest, and you’ll understand why it’s one of the top honeymoon destinations in the US. But if you’re headed to Honolulu, you’d be remiss not to spend at least a day or two discovering the historic monuments, cultural attractions, and natural landmarks that make this city the epicenter of Hawaii. From Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace to Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, you’ll be near some of the state’s most iconic sites—check them out on a guided tour of Honolulu. Maybe you’ll find yourself surfing on the North Shore, feasting at a luau, or sightseeing on a helicopter tour. And if you want to escape the hustle and bustle? Hike through the jungle to Manoa Falls, kayak to the Mokulua Islands, or spend a half day on a snorkeling adventure around Hanauma Bay.
“We stayed at this cabin for our honeymoon at peak leaf season. The view here is absolutely wonderful. I have never come across a better view, and I have been to numerous state parks.” – Traveler Review
Asheville lives up to its reputation for peak experiences (and we’re not just saying that because it’s near the highest mountain in the East). This community is equal parts cultured and carefree, as passionate about rafting trips and muddy single tracks as farm-to-table meals and fine art. No honeymoon destinations in the US come close to merging artistic pursuits and the great outdoors quite like Asheville, whether you’re exploring galleries or summiting Mt. Mitchell. Taste some of the area’s signature brews on a brewery walking tour, or for something a little different, practice your ghost hunting on a spooky city tour. With cabin rentals located near the downtown delights and the Blue Ridge Parkway, this city strikes a thrilling balance.
What makes Clearwater one of reviewers’ top honeymoon places in the US? The soft, white beaches, for starters, but also the snorkeling spots, waterfront restaurants, and nightly sunset celebration. Did we mention the history? The region has been a popular spot for honeymooners since the 1940s, when LIFE Magazine sponsored a contest for newlyweds. Winners received a two-week stay in thatched huts on a nearby barrier island (now known as Honeymoon Island). While your accommodations will be more, shall we say, modern thanks to Clearwater’s beach cottage rentals, this sunny city is still a tropical paradise.
Already a top spot for weddings, it’s not hard to see why Fredericksburg ranks among the best honeymoon destinations in the US. This charming town in Texas Hill Country offers unique rentals (like this 1894 Pullman Car!) for an extra touch of romance. Spend the morning on Main Street—home to more than 150 shops selling everything from cowboy boots to vintage furniture—or sign up for a full-day vineyard tour. After sunset, you’ll be a short drive from stargazing at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and live music in Luckenbach, known for its nostalgic dance hall.
“My wife and I went here for our honeymoon and could not have asked for a more relaxing and tranquil locale. The property is private and serene, and the house is situated atop a hill with magnificent views.” – Traveler Review
St. John makes our list of best honeymoon destinations in the US thanks to its world-class beaches, unspoiled forest, and blissful solitude. The smallest of the three US Virgin Islands, this secluded destination has no airport or cruise ship dock; in fact, more than half of the island is national park land. To reach this side of paradise, fly into neighboring St. Thomas and hop on the public ferry (or splurge on a private water taxi). You’ll be lounging on Honeymoon Beach or hiking the Reef Bay Trail in no time. Active types can combine kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling with sea turtles on one action-packed guided tour. Later, you might find yourself shopping in Coral Bay or enjoying the nightlife in Cruz Bay before returning to your tropical retreat or clifftop villa rental.
Hot-stone massages by Pensacola Beach. Sunset cruises around the Santa Rosa Sound. Moonlit strolls along Gulf Islands National Seashore. Need we go on? With dreamy attractions and affordable accommodations, Pensacola makes a strong case for itself as one of the best honeymoon destinations in the US. With its pristine beaches and miles of coastline (the city borders the Gulf, the Sound, and Pensacola Bay), you won’t have trouble finding a spot on the shore. Waterfront dining isn’t in short supply, either, and restaurants run the gamut from flip-flop casual to fine-dining chic. Spend the afternoon shopping on Palafox Street or kayaking around Perdido Key before returning to your beachfront rental to relax.
There’s no way around it: the log cabin rentals in this mountain town make our hearts skip a beat—and don’t even get us started on the scenery. With attractions like downtown food tours and double features at the Swan Drive-In Theatre, it’s one of the quaintest honeymoon places on our list. Hidden-gem wineries, waterfall hikes, and access to the Georgia Mountain Parkway add to this gem’s appeal. Don’t miss the chance to take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which follows the Toccoa River from the depot in Blue Ridge to the sister towns of McCaysville and Copperhill.
“Best spot in Hawaii. We stayed at this beautiful cottage for our honeymoon. […] We were received by a very heartfelt welcome basket filled with goodies and fruits grown right on the property.” – Traveler Review
It’s no surprise to see Hawaii featured in a roundup of the best honeymoon destinations, but we’re betting you’re less familiar with Haiku. This honeymoon haven in northern Maui isn’t as populated as Kahului or Kihei (re: perfect for a romantic escape). If your travel style is more “choose-your-own adventure” than “package tour,” Haiku makes the ideal base for exploring Maui. You’ll fall head over heels for the uncrowded beaches, misty waterfalls, and dramatic scenery. Go windsurfing at Ho’okipa Beach or step out your back door and into the jungle for a dip in a hidden swimming hole. Many local rentals boast spectacular views of the coast and landmarks like Haleakala Crater.
If you don’t picture yourself escaping to a tropical paradise dotted with palm trees, you’re not alone. Reviewers highlight Oakland, a small town near Deep Creek Lake, as a refreshing alternative. In this designated Main Street Community, you’ll find antique stores instead of beachy souvenir shops and an old-fashioned soda fountain in place of seafood joints. But that’s not to say the vibe is anything less than laid-back. You’ll spend your days relaxing on the beach at Deep Creek Lake, kayaking from cove to cove, and hiking the best trails in the region. Nearby attractions include Wisp Resort, home to the Mountain Coaster (an alpine slide/roller coaster hybrid), and Adventure Sports Center International, which offers boating and whitewater sports on an Olympic-standard course.