With the average cost of a wedding hovering around $30,000, it鈥檚 no wonder that modern couples are saving some green everywhere they can, from doing their own wedding day makeup to DIYing their bouquet. There are also money-saving honeymoon options for the cash-strapped bride and groom. Instead of choosing that dreamy international adventure, many couples are opting for a shorter 鈥渕ini-moon鈥 a little closer to home. But just because a domestic mini-moon is cheaper, doesn鈥檛 mean that it won鈥檛 be as romantic. Here are 15 swoon-worthy US destinations for every type of newlywed couple.


1. Miami, Florida: No, South Beach isn鈥檛 just for spring breakers. This popular touristy locale is perfect for a romantic getaway, with its beautiful art deco hotels, white sandy beaches and lively nighttime entertainment.

Young Couple Man and Woman Playing in Surf at Beach

2. Maui, Hawaii: Pretty much any island in Hawaii would be ideal for an unforgettable mini-moon, but we鈥檙e partial to the stunning island of Maui. With breathtaking waterfalls, beachy resorts and postcard scenery, it鈥檚 definitely worthy of your first few days as newlyweds.


3. Clearwater, Florida: Located on the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County, the white sand beaches of Clearwater are a beach bum鈥檚 dream. From dolphin searching to parasailing to Adirondack chair lounging, you鈥檒l never run out of things to do in this warm and wonderful Gulf-coast town.



4. Portland, Oregon: With microbreweries, food trucks and coffeehouses galore 鈥 a trip to Portland is almost guaranteed to include some good Instagram-worthy eats.

5. Atlanta, Georgia: The capital city of Georgia may not be widely known for its grub, but spend a few days in the city and you鈥檒l understand why it鈥檚 high on almost every foodie鈥檚 American dining list. From Antico Pizza to Sublime Donuts, you鈥檒l definitely end up eating your weight in food on this stunning southern adventure.


6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Home of the iconic Philly cheese steak, a mini-moon to Philadelphia is packed with delicious goodies. Whether you鈥檙e looking for savory bites or sweet treats, Pennsylvania鈥檚 largest city is just waiting to seat you in one of their thousands of yummy restaurants.

Adventure Junkies


7. Sedona, Arizona: A true desert town, this beautiful city is surrounded by nature鈥檚 playground. We鈥檙e talking red-rock buttes, 1.8 million acres of national forest land and two state parks. Whether your ideal getaway is sleeping under the breathtaking stars or hot air ballooning over the red rocks at dawn, Sedona can fulfill your dream adventure.


8. The Big Island, Hawaii: Take a helicopter ride over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, scuba dive with manta rays off the Kona Coast and walk through the 442-foot Akaka Falls. Whatever adventure you are dreaming of, the Big Island is waiting.


9. Anchorage, Alaska: The largest city in the state of Alaska, this adventurous town is overflowing with things to do with your sweetie. From dog sledding and bicycle tours to glacier cruises, let鈥檚 just say a mini-moon here will not be forgotten anytime soon.

Wine Lovers


10. Napa Valley, California: A list of the top domestic wineries to visit wouldn鈥檛 be complete without Napa Valley. With dozens of award-winning wineries and vineyards to visit (go check out Sterling Vineyards for the view of a lifetime), it鈥檚 a trip that鈥檒l make any wine lover swoon.


11. Yadkin Valley, North Carolina: A hidden gem in beautiful North Carolina, this winery-packed region originated as a tobacco-growing locale. With a rich history and a stunning landscape, you and your partner will have the time of your lives sipping delicious reds while taking in all of the unbelievable sites.


12. Traverse City, Michigan: With over 40 wineries and vineyards in the region, Traverse City is an excellent spot for a romantic mini-moon, especially if going all the way out to sunny California isn鈥檛 in your budget.

Big City Dreamers


13. New York City, New York: You better get in a New York state of mind 鈥 and fast! From the dazzling spectacle of Times Square to the insane views from recently opened One World Observatory, the city that never sleeps is packed with things to see and do.


14. New Orleans, Louisiana: Nicknamed 鈥淭he Big Easy,鈥 the hopping nightlife, unbeatable jazz-and-blues scene, rich culture and good eats in this popular Louisiana city make it a great place to celebrate marrying your sweetie. With dozens of festivals a year, it鈥檚 always festival season in NOLA.

Young couple in San Francisco, California, USA

15. San Francisco, California: A mini-moon to the Bay Area involves much more than gazing upon the Golden Gate Bridge. From sea lion spotting at Pier 39 to catching a cable car up to Nob Hill, this sunny destination is equal parts big city and California dreamin鈥.

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