Honeymoon Road Trip Ideas
Just as tying the knot is a major life milestone, so is taking that first trip together as a married couple on your honeymoon. With the rising cost of weddings and the economy at a standstill, it might feel like the honeymoon is nothing more than a pipe dream. Fear not! All you need is your sweetie, a car and the open road to make an unforgettable honeymoon. No matter where you live in the continental United States, there are countless destinations within a manageable drive. Turn your post-wedding celebration into a honeymoon road trip with the following ideas:
Whether you’re living on the East or West Coast, or smack dab in the middle of the country, there’s a beach calling your name. Florida is an obvious choice as it boasts some of the country’s best beaches including Siesta Beach in Sarasota and Caladesi Island State Park in Clearwater. Along the East Coast, you’ll also find popular ocean destinations in the Carolinas including Myrtle Beach and the Outer Banks. Or head further north to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Ocean Beach in San Diego is a great choice for West Coasters, as is Harris Beach State Park in Oregon. While Texas may not be the first state that comes to mind when picturing a beach vacation, the Lone Star State is home to South Paradise Island and features a sandy coastline and beachside waterpark. Even the Midwest boasts one of America’s best beaches, Oval Beach, on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Your honeymoon road trip is a great time to visit that one city you’ve always meant to see but haven’t had a chance. Major metropolises like New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, D.C., offer the chance to sightsee, shop, dine at trendy restaurants, experience the nightlife of a big city and take in local entertainment. Think of a specific site you’d really like to see. If you’ve always dreamed of catching a game at Fenway Park or you’d love to stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, now is your chance to enjoy it with your new spouse. Find a city that appeals to both of you and offers a variety of activities.
If adventure and thrill-seeking is your idea of a good time, consider taking a honeymoon road trip to one of the best theme parks in the United States. Hands down the best amusement park for rollercoasters is Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, which features 17 coasters including some of the fastest and tallest in the world. If you’re a lover of all things Disney, East Coasters can turn to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., while West Coasters have Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. For waterpark fans, check out Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas, with more than 40 rides, three lazy rivers and three miles of tube rides.
Take in the natural beauty of our country on your honeymoon road trip by stopping at a national park. America’s most popular park is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park bordering both North Carolina and Tennessee. Featuring 800 miles of hiking trails, the park offers beautiful scenery and wildlife watching. Arizona’s Grand Canyon comes in second in visitor popularity. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it’s a jaw-dropping sight to behold. Other great national parks include Yosemite National Park in California, Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, and Yellowstone National Park, which spans Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
Before you leave, make sure you have insurance for your car
Now that you have several honeymoon road trip ideas to choose from, it’s time to get ready for the trip. As a newlywed couple, make sure that you have up-to-date insurance for your car that covers both drivers. Be sure to let your insurance company know of any name changes. You can shop around for the best rates using auto insurance quotes online. There’s no need to keep separate policies once you are married; in fact, you’ll likely save more money combining your car insurance.
Have you considered hitting the road for your honeymoon? What would your destination be? Let us know in the comment section below.