There are seemingly endless places to run off to together across the West. From decadent wine countries and hidden hot springs to white sand beaches and white-capped mountains, these six honeymoon spots are just the beginning.
Big Sur, California
Rugged, remote, and brimming with moody, fog-shrouded cliffs that give way to the Pacific, Big Sur simply oozes romance. Nature is this Central Coast region's calling card, whether it's taking in the spectacular views on a leisurely drive along Highway 1, as it winds between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the ocean, or hiking in the shade of towering redwoods at Pfeiffer Big Sur and Julia Pfeiffer Burns state parks. Delight over a rustic meal made with seasonal fare at Big Sur Bakery or catch sight of migrating gray whales in both winter and spring from Garrapata State Park, Pfeiffer Beach, and Andrew Molera State Park.
Willamette Valley, Oregon
With more than 700 wineries, the Willamette Valley is Oregon's largest producing wine region—and an ideal spot for indulging in gourmet food and drink that'll make you and your partner swoon. Along with ample tastings of pinot noir, the area’s premier wine, there's plenty to do in this scenic, 150-mile-long valley that follows the Willamette River. Drift above the vineyards in a hot air balloon, bicycle between wineries, or spend an afternoon perusing antique stores in the charming downtowns of Hillsboro, Newberg, and Salem. Willamette Valley restaurants serve up seasonally inspired dishes, including full tasting menus that highlight Pacific Northwest fare such as Dungeness crab and sea scallops. Lodging runs the gamut from vintage trailers to urban McMinnville flats, lush resorts to secluded bed and breakfasts. Harvest season, late-September through early-November, is particularly rewarding, but you can’t go wrong with a visit any time of year.
Smart tip: If you’re coming from California or Nevada, consider spending a night or three in Crater Lake National Park on your way.