Post # 16
Definitely look further at Colorado, especially in the Rocky Mountain NP area. You could rent a cabin in the mountains/woods with a beautiful view. If you go in the winter you could get a cabin with a hot tub to relax in and watch the snow, or go later spring early summer so that the weather is nice for hiking but there’ll still be beautiful snowcapped mountains in the distance.
Post # 17
I was just at Emerald Lake a couple of days ago. The lodge is really in a lovely spot, good access to hikes in Banff and Yasa, but they are probably quite dated. Really I don’t think you could go wrong with anywhere in the Rockies. We live in Calgary but are likely going to do the same thing!
Post # 18
Lake Tahoe is beautiful! Plenty of day hikes, rivers, lakes, etc. you can get a private cabin. And you can go to town if you want to do some eating or drinking!
Post # 19
I second what teamroro said. Leavenworth is absolutely beautiful! I’d also check out Lake Chelan, which is about an hour from Leavenworth. They have some awesome wineries all around, if you’re into that. But that time of year should be pretty calm, with crowds getting bigger as the weather gets warmer. But you should be able to do plenty of water activities during the spring time. Good luck with your honeymoon planning!
Post # 20
You will love the Pacific Northwest! I agree with many of the PP suggestions. In Washington state, I will also suggest Mount Rainier and Olympic Peninsula.
Mount Rainier is about a 2 hour drive from Seattle. We stayed at a luxury yurt very close to the Mount Rainier National Park entrance. It is gorgeous! Probably better to do June because they get a LOT of snow here, and even then, the snow is still present in some hiking areas.
Olympic Peninsula is about a 3 hour drive from Seattle. There are many varied terrains there. Olympic National Park consists of several different areas within the peninsula. There is waterfront, mountains, etc. We have seen lots of deer around there. The Dungeness Spit is a 5 mile hike to a lighthouse, and there are gorgeous water views throughout. You don’t have to do the whole way though.
There are many wonderful vacation rentals in both areas. I bet you will find an awesome place to honeymoon no matter where you pick.
Post # 21
I suggest Kauai and the Kalalau Trail and lots of waterfalls. 🙂
Post # 22
Thanks so much everyone for all your suggestions! This was the first time we have sat down and researched honeymoon ideas and haven’t felt completely overwhelmed. The more time we spend looking at all of these trails and locations, the more excited we feel about it!
Post # 23
WHITE MOUNTAINS New Husband
Post # 24
Lake Tahoe! I’d go in May.
Post # 25
The north shore along Lake Superior in Minnesota. I’m totally biased because I live in Minnesota, but it seriously is one of the most beautiful places to go for a weekend/week away. It does get pretty cold, even in the summer because the lake effect is basically like a ginormous air conditioner. In June things speed up again and it is VERY popular as a family getaway spot from about June until October, but a spring trip might be just what you are looking for. The month of May would be fairly quiet. There are lots of lodges available. I’ve stayed at the Lutsen Resort which has a spa on campus, and I highly recommend that. The Cascade Lodge is where my husband and I stayed for our mini honeymoon in 2015 and it was exactly what we were looking for. We chose to stay in a quiet cabin instead of in the lodge and it was just perfect. Both are very close to Grand Marais which is a beautiful harbor town right along Lake Superior which has great restaurants and cute little shops. There are a TON of hiking trails up there too, in the state parks and also along the Gunflint Trail. Both of the above lodges are near hiking trails, state parks, and lots of outdoorsy things!
Post # 26
My first thoughts were either Lake Tahoe or Big Sur in California.
Post # 27
Estes Park (outside Denver, CO) – cute little town, near the mountains, lakes/rivers/hiking trails galore. Also, there are some great trails near Morrison/Red Rocks.
Banff NP (outside Calgary, AB) – everything you could want in a mountain setting. It does get a bit crowded during holidays and weekends during the warmer months.
Mammoth Lake/June Lake (Northern California)- quieter and less crowded than Tahoe, has some great natural landmarks nearby, great hiking trails for all levels.
Big Sur (Central Coast, CA) – Fly into San Jose or San Fran, rent a car, and drive down the coast. It’s an unforgettable experience. https://roadtrippers.com/trips/4579803 (but I would skip Hearst Castle, it’s overrated)