20 Mini-Moon Ideas For A Charming And Romantic Vacation

These lovely destinations aren't across the globe, but they feel like an entirely different world.

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Maybe you don't have time to take two weeks off after your wedding. Perhaps you'd like to save some moolah after the big day. Whatever your reason for considering a "mini-moon," you're not alone: More couples are trading in the opulent, far-off honeymoon for something closer to home — it's even a Pinterest wedding trend for 2017. And for good reason! There are a bounty of beautiful, romantic locales likely within driving distance (or a short plane ride) from you. Read on for a few of our favorites to get started.

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Snoqualmie Falls, Washington

For the couple who loves nature, will excite without costing a plane ticket to Niagara Falls. The 270-foot waterfall is situated on a two-acre park with plenty of opportunities for exploration (grab your hiking boots!).

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Newport, Rhode Island

New England charm is as abundant as ever in , which was once the summer getaway choice for the 19th-century wealthy. Today, however, its Gilded Age mansions are just one element of its attractiveness. Walk the sandy shores with your sweetheart, tour the historic attractions, play golf and tennis, or hike miles of trails.

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St. Lucia

Yes, it's a tropical country in the Caribbean, but St. Lucia is only a three-hour flight from Florida. Feel like you're in a different world with volcanic beaches, dramatic mountains and reef-diving sites. Consider staying at — a couples-only resort where the staff organizes secluded romantic dinners and sets the mood in guest rooms with music, exotic scents, champagne, truffles and flower petals.

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Louisville, Kentucky

Ah, can't you just imagine strolling down this path, hand-in-hand with your S.O.? Travel to this cultural crossroads for a romantic and exciting sojourn together, and witness everything from to the , the world's oldest operating steamboat.

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Santa Barbara, California

This laid-back coastal destination : Get five-star pampering at the , take a paddleboarding lesson or shop at one of the luxurious stores on .

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

As the country's oldest capital city, began as a Spanish colony in 1610. Today, it exudes a rich blend of Spanish and Native American culture, and has a particular flair for the arts with nearly 300 galleries and art dealers (a perfect playground for any artsy couple). No matter when you go, you're almost guaranteed great weather — the city gets 300 sunny days per year.

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Traverse City, Michigan

Get Mediterranean flavor without leaving the country. Visit the in this northern Michigan city for a 65-acre estate filled with rolling vineyards and beautiful views of Lake Michigan. Take a to explore food and wine pairings or sign up for a cooking class with your sweetie.

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Knoxville, Tennessee

This city has been named "," and offers for a newlywed couple. Take a BBQ cooking class, catch a show at the or explore the .

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Lake Tahoe, Nevada

This is surrounded by romantic rental cabins and beautiful hotels. In the summer, splash around in the alpine waters, sunbathe on the beach or hike wilderness trails; in winter, ski on slopes overlooking the water or give snowshoeing a try.

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Charlottesville, Virginia

If you and your spouse are looking for a blend of nature, small-town charm and history, this is the mini-moon city for you. Nestled along the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills, Charlottesville offers a bounty of experiences: Stroll through more than 30 orchards and vineyards, shop at the brick-lined or visit .

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Carmel, California

Formally known as , this beautiful small city has been ranked as in the world for romance. Stay at a storybook cottage, peruse an art gallery and take in the spectacular water views as you hike along a Cypress path.

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Charleston, South Carolina

This city is burgeoning in popularity as more and more people flock to experience its Southern charm. , be sure to try the city's delicious seafood ( is a good spot for that!), meander through the and relax at .

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Jamaica

This Caribbean paradise is practically designed for romance (and makes a great spot for a destination wedding, too!). From private cottages to grand resorts, you'll no doubt have beautiful lodging to return to after checking out , Seven Mile Beach or the adventurous .

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Savannah, Georgia

A romantic gem of the South, Savannah offers many unique opportunities for you and your sweetie to spend time together post-wedding. Taste honey at the , or go on a ghost tour (Savannah is considered one of the country's most haunted cities).

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Sedona, Arizona

Known for both its stunning red rock formations and its luxurious resorts, the Southwest city of is the ideal place for couples to escape to together. Take a romantic hot air balloon ride together, go horseback riding or sign up for a lovely spa session.

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Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

As a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, the are filled with waterfalls, grand pines, lush flora and overall stunning scenery (the perfect recipe for romance). In the area's towns, you and your honey will be welcomed with hospitality, bluegrass music and delicious Southern cuisine.

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Santa Cruz, California

Just south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is a coastal city that breathes romance. Here, by Hawaiian royalty. The boardwalk area is pedestrian-friendly, and the charming downtown is lined with trees, setting the perfect romantic scene. The historic stretches a half-mile into the the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary — the perfect spot to capture a great Insta travel photo of your mini-moon.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Head to soulful New Orleans for a mini-moon that's characterized by Cajun and Creole dining, second line parades and incredible history. Follow this guide for things to do in New Orleans that deviate from the expected (including a ship-turned-church-turned-bar).

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Hudson Valley, New York

Nature and small-town charm are abundant in the , which is designated as a National Heritage Area. It's currently experiencing a burgeoning food and farmer's market scene (perfect for foodie couples!) and is also the oldest wine-producing area in the United States. Drive through leafy roads, visit wineries and shop your heart away at antique shops.

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Telluride, Colorado

Stargazing, hot air balloon rides, American West history and incredible ski slopes — need we say more? Telluride is a destination any nature- and Western-loving couple should have on their radar. Stay at the , a luxury property with nature-inspired spa treatments, fine-dining and convenient access to skiing and hiking trails.

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