Vintage honeymoon destinations
Sep 12, 2014 | by Becky Oeltjenbruns
The honeymoon is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding event to plan. Gone are the seating charts, the caterers, the dress fittings, and thinking of others’ considerations. This is the time for just the two of you; just your future ahead. So prepare for the fun part and check out our guide to vintage honeymoon destinations.
This spot has been a favorite for generations and sixty years ago my grandparents celebrated their union here too! It all started with the French in the 1800s. Rumor has it Napoleon’s brother brought his bride here. At this time, common people wanted to enjoy regal things, so these three waterfalls between Ontario and New York shot to the top of the travel lists. The trio of natural beauties are called the Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Falls. Be sure to visit them via the Maid of the Mist boat cruise (which has been an institution since 1846).
If you prefer to relax and enjoy a romantic, reflective moment – take a stroll with your honey on Prospect Point Park. This destination has a lot to offer and the best part – couples can still get an official honeymoon certificate.
Hop in the car and go for a scenic drive
Driving the countryside was one of the great expressions of American freedom. Automobiles became the newest accessory for the modern day explorer and you can just imagine the huge chrome cars gliding along the highways and byways. There are a multitude of routes to follow, but here are our top three picks.
The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway One in California remains one of the most scenic journeys you could ever take. Along this path you’ll pass by Big Sur and the Redwoods, wine country in Sonoma County, and Monterey Bay (to name a few).
Skyline Drive in Virginia is a gorgeous 105 mile drive through the Shenandoah National Park. There are almost eighty scenic overlooks, so you’ll have lots of photographic possibilities! You’ll be able to create a truly epic scrapbook with those types of vistas.
Route 66 wasn’t just a highway, but a cultural phenomenon. This road connected America to itself, bridging geography and people’s ideas. We recommend starting at the beginning – Chicago’s Adams Street. Just West of Michigan Avenue, this point of origin provides an exciting backdrop to your road trip. Enjoy the multitude of roadside attractions that harken back to the route’s heyday.
Camp under the stars
What could be more romantic than a star-filled night – silent except for conversations about your collective hopes and dreams? A perfect fit for the rustic couple, there are lots of amazing places to set up camp but we’ll list our favorite selections.
Acadia National Park in Maine offers pine trees, rivers, ponds, and streams. Here you’ll find lots of places to hike and contemplate nature. The Grand Canyon National Park is another obvious choice – those views are inspiring and uplifting!
If you seek solitude, Yosemite National Park is a perfect option. A hike to Glacier Point or the Four Mile trails are a couple wonderful ways to experience nature here. But for the nature buffs, perhaps Olympic National Park in Washington is the best destination. It is home to three different ecosystems (including a rain forest!) and a tremendous beach.
The European tour
Traveling abroad has always been the signal of the refined couple. It’s a great place to explore history and find some one-of-a-kind souvenirs. You can pretty much pick any place on the map and find a great fit for your particular interests, but some of the classic choices are Venice, Rome, London, and Paris – the city of light.
Wherever you decide to venture for your honeymoon and whatever your budget, be sure to focus on the true meaning of this post-wedding tradition: enjoy each other and look forward to building your future together.
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For our readers: Where are you planning to go for your honeymoon?