9 Mini-Moons That Don't Require a Passport

Take a look at some of our favorite mini-moon getaways right here in the US.
by Kristin Koch

If you're saving your full-blown honeymoon for later, you still deserve a little postwedding R&R. Give yourself some time to breathe before unpacking all those wedding gifts and writing thank-yous. There are plenty of domestic destinations that can give you exactly what you're looking for: adventure, beach time, secluded relaxation, culture or sightseeing.  

Find your perfect postwedding vacation here in the US—no passport required, just a carry-on.

  1. Sedona, Arizona

    Sedona mini-moon honeymoon destination idea
    photo by thinkstock

    From spa getaways to outdoor day trips, Sedona offers a unique atmosphere that blends wellness and adventure. When you're not checking out red-rock canyons, explore the city's vibrant art community. 

  2. Nantucket, Massachusetts

    nantucket, massachusetts peaceful beach minimoon
    photo by SherburneInn.com

    Nantucket Island's charming ambience has attracted successful business and political elites for years, but a glam getaway is still totally doable on a budget. Wander the boutiques that line cobblestone streets, eat the freshest seafood to your heart's content and watch the sunset on the beach.

  3. Greenough, Montana

    Badlands and Dakotas mini-moon honeymoond destination
    photo by pawsup.com

    Talk about a natural escape. After a day of fly fishing and horseback riding, outdoorsy couples can cozy up to candlelit dinner by the rushing water. Don't forget to look up after the sun goes down—stargazing in Montana is unparalleled. 

  4. Cape Neddick, Maine

    Cliff House Maine minimoon escape
    photo by Cliff House Maine

    Historical landmarks, waterfront strolls, fresh lobster and ocean breezes. Disconnect and enjoy the scenic coast of Maine from Cliff House Maine's oceanside accommodations.

  5. Asheville, North Carolina

    Biltmore Estate North Carolina minimoon idea
    photo by istock

    Between the crisp mountain air and a bustling historic downtown, an Asheville getaway boasts gorgeous views and charming Southern hospitality. Make sure to carve out plenty of time to explore The Downtown Art District.

  6. Florida Keys, Florida

    Florida Keys mini-moon honeymoon destination idea
    photo by Casa Marina in Key West

    Think you need a passport to get pampered? Think again. Key West is luxe, local and ideal for newlyweds. With more than 1,000 islands stretched over 100 miles, there's plenty of space for total alone time. Look into your resort's activity offerings too, like Casa Marina's parasailing, scuba diving and yoga on the pier.

  7. Savannah, Georgia

    Savannah, Georgia southern mini-moon getaway
    photo by MansiononForsythPark.com

    You'll love the unique food and culture of the historic city of Savannah, Georgia—it's as stunning as it looks and it's only a short drive from scenic Tybee Island (where you can kayak with dolphins).

  8. Portland, Oregon

    Portland, Oregon urban getaway
    photo by thinkstock

    Scenic bike paths, coffeeshops and microbreweries galore—adventurous couples will love the culture of Oregon's biggest city.

  9. Cooperstown, New York

    Otesaga Resort Hotel Cooperstown getaway
    photo by Otesaga Resort Hotel

    Pick a rocking chair on the historic patio of The Otesaga and soak in the views of Lake Otsego. Sports fans will enjoy visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and foodies will love the local farmers' market. 

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