8/2/2023     by Dayna Engberg

National Park Honeymoons for Every Season

If you dream of spending your honeymoon exploring stunning landscapes, spotting wildlife in its natural habitat or cuddling up on a cozy lodge terrace beneath a blanket of shimmering stars, a National Park is a great fit, no matter the season. Celebrate your love from the top of a mountain with these National Park honeymoon ideas.

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Honeymoon in the Rockies

Winter – Rocky Mountain State Park

To get in the holiday spirit on your winter honeymoon, travel no farther than the snow-dusted peaks and frosty white pines at Rocky Mountain National Park. Bundle up for a range of winter pastimes, from popular snow sports like skiing, dogsledding and snowboarding to niche activities like ski biking, ice climbing and skijoring. At night, stroll the festively decorated Elkhorn Avenue in Estes Park, browse Native American jewelry shops, duck into a cozy tavern for a piping hot shepherd’s pie or curl up by a crackling fireplace in your romantic mountain lodge.

Must Do:

  • Spot wandering moose and elk that migrate from the high country in the winter
  • Snowshoe the Bear Lake Loop trail past mirrored frozen lakes and sweeping mountain vistas
  • Unwind in a steaming hot spring surrounded by snowy cliffs and dripping icicles

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Spring – Zion National Park

Framed by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs and the aquamarine waters of the Virgin River, Zion National Park is a wonderland of challenging hikes, scenic drives and breathtaking photo ops. Spring is a great time to visit, before Utah’s desert temperatures reach their scorching peak and while the plants are at their greenest. For an extra romantic experience, check out the glamping tents like those at Under Canvas® Zion. The safari-inspired accommodations include full private bathrooms, wood-burning stoves, stargazing windows and private decks surrounded by Utah’s spectacular desert terrain.

Must Do:

  • Hike Angels Landing, the strenuous trail that ascends a 5,700-foot peak overlooking the canyon
  • See the waterfalls, hanging gardens and tiered natural ponds at the Emerald Pools trails
  • Get a different view of the landscape with a tour by helicopter, e-bike or ATV
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Zion National Park

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Grand Teton National Park

Early Summer – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park

Technically two separate destinations, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are close enough to visit in the same trip. First, there’s Yellowstone, with its gushing geysers, prismatic springs and roaming bison. Then, there’s Grand Teton, with its signature craggy mountain peaks, serene lakes and famous pink-washed sunsets. Together, the area boasts enough activities to fill a honeymoon trip of a week or longer, with countless hiking trails, abundant wildlife sightings and excellent opportunities for activities like kayaking, rafting, fishing, climbing and mountain biking.

Must Do:

  • Witness the spouting waters of Old Faithful, the legendary geyser that erupts every 90 minutes
  • Visit geothermal areas like Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin and Yellowstone Caldera
  • Explore the charming resort town of Jackson Hole, with its many shops and restaurants

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Late Summer – Glacier Bay National Park

Covering over 3 million acres of sweeping fjords, ice-blue glaciers and rugged wilderness, Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park is a spellbinding bucket-list destination that’s perfect for a honeymoon cruise. Departing from cities like Seattle, Vancouver or Juneau, an Alaskan cruise allows you to set up a moving home base while exploring multiple destinations of the Inside Passage, the maritime route weaving through the colorful fishing villages, scenic fjords and lush islands of the Pacific Northwest coast. Upgrade your stateroom and watch the breathtaking landscapes glide by from your private balcony.

Must Do:

  • Book a whale-watching excursion or wilderness tour for a closer view of Alaska’s native animals
  • Witness the thunderous boom of a calving glacier or book a glacier trek to explore one up close
  • Visit nearby Alaskan breweries, devour fresh Alaskan salmon and learn about Indigenous culture
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The clear waters of Glacier Bay National Park

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Fall foliage of Acadia National Park

Fall – Acadia National Park

Perched atop the highest points of the rocky Atlantic coastline, Acadia National Park is beautiful in any season, but especially in the fall when maple, poplar and birch trees explode in vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow. Soak up the scenery on land from its many hiking trails or by sea with a whale-watching excursion and boat tour. Stay in nearby Bar Harbor at the West Street Hotel, where you can lounge in an adults-only rooftop infinity pool overlooking the bobbing yachts in Frenchman’s Bay and the park’s rugged outer islands.

Must Do:

  • Get up early to catch the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain
  • Visit Thunder Hole, where the waves crash into the rocky inlet with a thunderous boom
  • Get a photo of the iconic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse with its famous rocky shoreline

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An ideal way to visit any of the above national parks — or a honeymoon destination of your own inspiration — is with the trusted guidance of our travel advisors. You wouldn’t venture into the Great Outdoors without some semblance of park-ranger-wisdom; in the world of travel, our travel agents are the park rangers, and they’re on call from the second you step out your front door until you return home. We can help you choose, plan and book your vacation to perfection.

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