The Best Budget-Friendly Honeymoon Destinations in the United States
Honeymoon holidays can be extravagant and costly affairs. In fact, according to The Knot, a digital wedding planning organization, an internal study consisting of more than 15,000 newly married couples in 2021 concluded that the average cost of a honeymoon is about $4,600!
For budget-conscious couples, this might be an intimidating number. However, there are plenty of fantastic, budget-friendly options for newlyweds who don’t wish to spend an arm and a leg for an unforgettable romantic trip – especially when the right location is paired with an expert travel advisor to ensure you’re getting the best experience.
Here are several of the best budget-friendly honeymoon destinations in the United States:
South Lake Tahoe, California South Lake Tahoe offers spectacular views, sensational activities, and world-class entertainment year-round, the perfect place for newlyweds seeking an affordable paradise escape.
This Californian resort city is famous for its pristine natural beauty, and with many ski resorts, hiking trails, kayaking, and more just a short drive away, you’ll be able to experience firsthand why Lake Tahoe has come to be known as the “Jewel of the Sierra.” Whether an adventurous and outdoorsy couple who enjoys spending time around nature, or simply want to indulge in a romantic setting with your significant other, South Lake Tahoe features some truly incredible accommodations and amenities for those on a budget. The average price for a two-person vacation is about $173 to $363 per day, and a week-long couple’s holiday in South Lake Tahoe should cost between $1,200 and $2,500, according to an article by Champion Traveler, an online travel guide publication.
Scottsdale, Arizona A more off-the-beaten-path destination, Scottsdale offers couples a wonderful getaway complete with ample sunshine, a vibrant community, and plenty of great spots to relax and spend some alone time. Lavish in one of the city’s elegant spas and decompress with your special someone while receiving a massage or body treatment. Go for a night out on the town, and enjoy a meal at a five-star restaurant or a wine-tasting tour. If in the mood to explore the glorious scenery, go on a hike or bike ride and absorb the picture-perfect landscape. Adventure-seekers looking for a truly epic time can hop a hot air balloon, take an ATV tour, or go on a romantic horseback ride. With so much to do and see, you can’t go wrong! Couples should expect to spend around $183 to $432 per day, and between $1,282 and $3,026 for a week, according to Champion Traveler.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee This popular honeymoon hotspot offers a variety of fantastic activities, unforgettable sights, and amazing natural wonders for a delightfully romantic vacation with your loved one. Gatlinburg is an enchanting mountain town with a wealth of world-class attractions and colonial charms. No matter what sort of honeymoon experience you envision, Gatlinburg features the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation—with everything you need for an extraordinary post-wedding celebration that doesn’t break the bank. Do some exploring around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the most popular in the country. Enjoy a round of drinks or some fine dining at one of the town’s esteemed restaurants for an intimate, candlelit meal. If you prefer to spend some quality solo time with your partner, rent one of the town’s quaint log cabins for a romantic fairytale escape replete with fabulous decor, soothing hot tubs, exceptional natural views, and more. Savor the beauty of your surroundings without leaving the comfort of your cabin! In Gatlinburg, the average visitor spends about $152 per day, and a two-person holiday would cost $2,132, according to travel information resource Budget Your Trip.
Sonoma, California Sonoma is a lover’s paradise offering a wide variety of romantic excursions, and a premier destination for wining and dining. Boasting expansive, sprawling landscapes and majestic natural beauty, every moment is a memory lasting a lifetime. Sonoma is renowned for its wineries and vineyards, yet additionally features hot springs, parkland, and breathtaking beaches for fun moments and long, romantic walks. Wine touring is obviously a must, followed by world-class cuisine. Couples can expect to savor a glamorous vacation in one of the leading honeymoon destinations in the country, all for a great bargain with prices per day averaging at about $176 a day per person, and $2,458 a week for couples, according to Budget Your Trip.
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Martha’s Vineyard is well known as a haven for the rich and famous, yet this small island getaway has plenty to also offer honeymooners hunting for romantic and affordable retreats. Arrive by ferry to this welcoming community, relaxing vibe, alluring beaches, and endearing architecture. This popular summer hideaway is full of colorful homes and colonial cottages, with small town charms and fun activities for everyone. Rent a bike or moped and explore the wonders of the island, enjoy a dreamy picnic on the beach, or stroll hand in hand through harbor towns while gazing at its many lighthouses. Anticipate spending $193 a day per person and about $2,700 a week for two people, according to Budget Your Trip, for this beautiful destination. No matter how you wish to spend your honeymoon, enlisting, the help of a qualified travel expert will ensure you have the best experience possible. As your travel advisor, I will work with you to craft the perfect romantic itinerary and will do all the legwork associated with booking your travel and accommodations. So what are you waiting for? Contact me to book your dream honeymoon experience!