Are you part of the wedding craze this summer? I feel like people around me are getting married left and right! If you are, everyone at United Military Travel wishes you congratulations and a lifetime of happiness!
Just the other day, I was talking with a girl whose wedding is in August, and they still have not planned their honeymoon because they cannot decide on a destination. Her fiancé will travel the world, but she rather stay domestic because she really doesn’t like to be far away from home. She also argues a larger point – staying domestic is more affordable. Or they could spend the same, but spend more on accommodations or activities rather the bulk on airfare.
She makes valid points, so I mentioned to her these destinations that do not require a passport. My husband and I went through this exact debate when we were planning our honeymoon. We has to hash out what was the most important to us. Like was the actual destination the most important, our accommodations, or activities. Ultimately, we chose the destination and cut back on our accommodations and spa services. Visiting a new country and being immersed in the culture is of greater value than a posh resort, facials, and a golf course to us. But, everyone is different!
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Here are the 10 best honeymoon destinations that do not require a passport!
1. US Virgin Islands
3. New Orleans
6. New Orleans
7. Puerto Rico
8. New York
10. Outer Banks
St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Water Island, and more – thanks to a sale by Denmark in 1916, these Antillean Islands are a United States territory, but their unique Caribbean calypso culture and food will make you and your sweetheart feel like you’re worlds away. Hike through rainforests, enjoy world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, explore sugar plantations, and lounge on picturesque beaches for an unforgettably romantic experience.
You love wine and you love to love, so why not go to Napa and celebrate the two? Relax in the beautiful wine country, explore the vineyards by bicycle, on foot, or with tours, and indulge in top-of-the-line restaurants, spas, and hot springs. That is romance at its finest! Or if wine is not your thing, choose from anywhere in Southern California, Big Sur, Yosemite, or Lake Tahoe. In California, the possibilities are endless!
There is just something about old Spanish mossy oak trees, paired with seductive jazz that creates a romantic vide that is undeniable. If you and your partner love music, food, and culture, the Crescent City would be a fantastic place to celebrate your new life together! Dine in the French Quarter, clink your celebratory glasses together, and dance the night away in the arms of your newly beloved for a memory that will last a lifetime.
Alaska is for the intrepid couple that would love to spend their days whale watching, glacial cruising, fly fishing, dog mushing, or snuggled up in a remote lodge while fresh salmon is being cooked for them. With unlimited adventurous possibilities and a rugged, unspoiled landscape, Alaska is the perfect place for a snuggle-moon or adventure-moon.
Start your new marriage by living the dream for a week. It’s no secret that Hawaii is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world, and with good reason. Boasting beautiful beaches, dramatic volcanoes, and relaxing waterfalls, Hawaii can cater to both husband and wife. Enjoy healing massages and traditional Hawaiian spa treatments, world-class surfing, snorkeling, diving, and paddle-boarding, and bask in warm, tranquil waters.
Puerto Rico is known as “La Isla del Encanto,” or “The Island of Enchantment.” From the vibrant culture of historic San Juan to El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the US, there is something for everyone. Beach bums will relish in over 200 miles of beaches, such as El Rincon, where waves break over dramatic cliffs. Bahia Fosforescente will lure honeymooners with its otherworldly glow. And of course, there are a plethora of activities to choose from, from swimming in subterranean rivers to relaxing in top-notch spas.
Who hasn’t dreamed of coming to New York? For thrill-seeking culture vulture couples, Manhattan is undoubtedly the spot to start of your marriage with a jolt of electricity and fun. See the bright neon lights of Broadway, tour the distinct melting pot of neighborhoods, take a romantic boat ride in Central Park, or celebrate with a sunset cocktail looking over the indelible skyline. In the center of the universe, the possibilities for romance, excitement, and fun are unlimited.
The amazing thing about Florida is the options. Choose from the dreamy west coast towns of Sanibel, Amelia Island, Marco Island, Naples, or Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, or Miami of the east coast. And if you want to get really calypso head to the Keys!
The Outer Banks of North Carolina made the list because they truly are a relaxing destination located in the middle of one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. You and your hunny can rent a house, nestle up and only leave when you go to the beach or need to buy more wine. With sweeping sand dunes, water everywhere you look, and a laid back southern beach vibe you will be sure to fall in love….with the area that it is! Who knows, you may just decide to relocate as many other vacationers have done. It is just that great of a place.
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