8 Urban Honeymoon Destinations for the Adventure-Loving Couple

You probably haven’t considered honeymooning in one of these thriving metropolises.
by Sophie Ross

Lazy, beachy getaways are great and all—especially after months of stressful wedding planning—but if you get stir-crazy easily, you might want to consider one of the bustling cities, below, for your honeymoon. We promise: You’ll never run out of things to do if you jet off to Stockholm or San Juan.

  1. 1. Tokyo, Japan

    You’re not alone if you’ve noticed a ton of people vacationing in Tokyo lately. It’s one of the hottest (and most Instagram-friendly) vacation destinations right now, thanks to its plethora of potential adventures—you can explore the famed food and pub scene via a guided tour, seek out high-tech attractions that haven’t yet hit the states (like robot restaurants and virtual reality theme parks) and more.

    Where to stay: The Palace Hotel

  2. 2. Montreal, Quebec

    You don’t have to fly all the way to Europe to find a city that feels, well, ultra-European. The primarily French speaking hot spot has otherworldly architecture (both historical and modern), fanciful cobblestone streets and ultra-romantic speakeasies and restaurants (complete with lots of poutine, of course).

    Where to stay: Le Saint Sulipice

  3. 3. Honolulu, Hawaii

    Honolulu is a bustling metropolis compared to popular remote destinations like Maui or Kauai. You can still escape to the beach or nature preserves if you’re in the mood, but you also have the option of exploring the capital of Hawaii—and all of the nightlife, restaurants and shopping hubs it has to offer.  

    Where to stay: The Kahala Hotel & Resort

  4. 4. Berlin, Germany

    Berlin might not be the first European city to come to mind when you think of romance (looking at you, Paris), but you’d be surprised by how many amorous activities you can do there. Think: attending classical music concerts, wandering around cobblestone streets, dining at the highest restaurant in Germany complete with sweeping views of the city, and so on.

    Where to stay: Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin

  5. 5. Stockholm, Sweden

    Nothing compares to Stockholm, a compact city surrounded by islands and packed with the best in history, culture and architecture. By day, stroll down charming medieval streets and waterfront promenades. By night, sip cocktails on floating bars and at open-air clubs during the summer or underground bars during the winter.

    Where to stay: Bank Hotel

  6. 6. San Juan, Puerto Rico

    If you want a faraway-feeling city you don’t need a passport for, look no further than San Juan (the largest city in Puerto Rico). You’ll find busy streets, delicious local cuisine and seriously fun nightclubs and casinos, but you’ll also have the option of hiking through rain forests and relaxing on the beach too.

    Where to stay: La Concha Resort

  7. 7. Miami, Florida

    Miami has it all: sun, surf and cityscapes. You have the option to lie out on the beach all day, but why would you want to when you have delicious Cuban cuisine, an iconic art deco district and luxe shopping at your fingertips? Cruise down Ocean Drive to appreciate some of the colorful pastel buildings Miami’s famous for.

    Where to stay: Celino South Beach

  8. 8. Edinburgh, Scotland

    London’s gorgeous and all, but you’d be remiss to think that’s the only thriving metropolis the United Kingdom has to offer. Scotland’s capital is dense with architecture (including old, historical castles and fortresses) surrounded by mountainous terrain. It’s something out of a fairy tale—or a scary movie, if you choose to go on popular dungeon ghost tours or visit the nearby Loch Ness (home of the legendary eponymous monster).

    Where to stay: The Balmoral Hotel

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