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3 Adventurous Honeymoon Road Trip Destinations

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Same Sex Couple Newlyweds Wedding Honeymoon
Consider a unique, exciting journey to celebrate your love
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Planning a honeymoon can be exhausting. From getting passports to booking flights and hotels, it can sometimes be more of a hassle than anything else. And if you’re not really the “sit by the pool” or “lounge on the beach” kind of person, you might want to consider a road trip for your honeymoon. Here are three adventurous ideas for celebrating your newlywed status.

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1. California’s Pacific Coast Highway

California Pacific Coast Highway Honeymoon Road Trip Romantic Destination
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Whether you enjoy the idea of jumping into the Pacific Ocean or not, viewing it up close from the Pacific Coast Highway in California is a truly breathtaking experience. The scenic highway stretches across the entire Golden State and provides endless opportunities for beautiful photo ops and romantic moments. The PCH can be traveled in one day, but it’s ideal if you take your time and enjoy the sights along the way. Be sure to rent or borrow a convertible for the trip so you can feel the California breeze as you cruise past cute coastal towns like Bodega Bay and Monterey. If you’re feeling exceptionally adventurous, pack your camping gear and make a pit stop at Big Sur to experience the great outdoors with your main squeeze.

2. The Shores of Lake Michigan

Holland Michigan Veldheer Tulip Garden
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You don’t have to travel across the country to feel the love between you and your partner; the Midwest can be romantic, too! The shores of Lake Michigan offer plenty of opportunities for romance in cities like Traverse City, Holland, and Muskegon. Traverse City is home to a handful of great wineries, historic lighthouses, and gorgeous covered bridges. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is not far from the city and includes a picnic mountain, a handful of picturesque overlooks, and the Cottonwood Trail if you want to get out of the car and stretch your legs. If you travel further south to Holland, you’ll want to stop by the Windmill Island Gardens to see an authentic windmill from the Netherlands or the Veldheer Tulip Garden, which features close to 5 million blooming tulips along with other pretty flowers like hyacinths and crocus.

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3. Maine’s U.S. Route 1

Portland Head Lighthouse Maine US Route 1 Coast
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Starting from the very top of Maine and stretching down the eastern coast to the New Hampshire border, U.S. Route 1 is the perfect New England road trip for seafood lovers, history buffs, and coastal dreamers. When you get to the first stretch of the Atlantic coast, you’ll have the chance to see the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, which is adorned with giant red and white stripes. However, one of the most popular lighthouses in the state is the Portland Head Lighthouse sitting on the shore of Fort Williams Park. But if lighthouses aren’t your thing, you can head inland to downtown Portland for shopping and bar hopping in the historic brick buildings of Old Port. If you decide to stop in Rockland, you have to visit Archer’s on the Pier, where you can get some of the most mouthwatering seafood in the area. Chef Lynn Archer was even the winner of a cook-off against Food Network star Bobby Flay.