15 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA

15 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
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Now that the wedding is out of the way, you and your partner can begin your new life together, starting with a romantic honeymoon. To help you kick-start your marriage (without the added stress of international travel), we have ranked the best domestic honeymoon spots.

These are 15 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA:

15. Cape Cod

With its colorful clam shacks, shingle-style cottages and serene beaches, it’s easy to see why Cape Cod — or simply “the Cape” to locals — is a top summer retreat for New England mainlanders.

Quaint bed-and-breakfasts wrap around rugged sand dunes, scenic bike trails snake along forests and the seemingly endless seashore is punctuated by bright kayaks and fishing boats. Life moves at a slower pace here — but that’s part of the charm.

And while the Cape is a sought-after spot for celebrities and athletes, it’s actually an unassuming place, with a surprisingly laid-back personality.

Spend a day getting acquainted with the Cape’s artsy side with a trip to Provincetown, a bohemian (and particularly gay-friendly) seaport that boasts quirky art galleries and excellent whale-watching spots. Then, continue south to Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town, where glass-blowing demonstrations and storied New England homes await.

Spread across four diverse regions — the Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Lower Cape and Outer Cape — the Cape offers much to explore. And though you’ll only need a few days to sample the Cape’s pristine beaches, striking views and superlative seafood, to truly soak in the Cape’s quiet calm carve out a few weeks to experience the low-key vibes that captivate visitors each summer.

When to Visit Cape Cod

The best time to visit Cape Cod is April, May, October or November. These shoulder months usher in pleasant temperatures for outdoor pursuits, fewer crowds than the busy summer season and reasonable room rates.

Visiting between June and September is best if hitting the beach is a top priority for you, but you’ll shell out a pretty penny for a seaside cottage during the peak tourist season. In contrast, the Cape is near abandoned from December through March and hotel prices are much less expensive than the warmer months.

If you’re looking for some time to curl up with a good book in quiet solitude, winter is the time for you.

Getting Around Cape Cod

The best way to get around Cape Cod is by car, particularly if you’re longing to explore a variety of areas across the Cape. Route 28 and Route 6A run far and wide across the Cape — making navigating to top attractions and towns a cinch.

The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority bus system also offers a handful of lines that service the island, transporting passengers to popular areas like Sandwich and Barnstable. Experiencing Cape Cod by bike is also popular, thanks to the 22-mile long Cape Cod Rail Trail; however, a bike is less dependable for extensive exploration.

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