Planning your honeymoon is one of the best parts of your entire wedding planning process! There are thousands of amazing tropical paradises or rugged outdoor adventures just waiting to be explored by you and your new hubby. But with so many options, it can be hard to decide where to go and what to do. Some couples have limited time and resources which makes it even more difficult to decide. No matter your situation, there are several perfect honeymoon destinations in the beautiful state of Utah.
You may have never considered honeymooning in Utah, but it’s perfect for those looking for a thrilling outdoor adventure, relaxing mountainous scenery, or breathtaking red rock canyons. Whether you’re a local looking for a nearby getaway because of your school or work constraints, a place to stay the night near Salt Lake City before your flight, or a destination for a week or more, we have some dazzling options for you here in Utah.
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This sophisticated, laid-back little town was recently voted as the “best town in America” by Outdoor Magazine – and if you’re a native to Utah, you know why. If you’re honeymooning in the winter, you’ll find everything from world-class skiing at several resorts, sleigh rides, snowmobile tours, and dog sledding. In the summer, you can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, one of the largest slides in the world (Alpine Slide), and zip lining. And of course, you can relish in phenomenal dining options, festivals like the arts festival and Sundance Film Festival, quaint shops and galleries, relaxing spas, and luxurious resort lodging and hotels at all times of the year.
Insider Tip: Park City has a posh side as well as a rugged, so there is something for everyone and every budget. If you want the biggest bang for your buck, rates at premier luxury hotels drop drastically during the summer. If you’re looking for some winter excitement, the prime season for skiing is December through March and the famous Sundance Film Festival happens in January.
Utah has five amazing national parks scattered across the state that are perfect for any adventure seeking couple. Imagine the adrenaline rush you’ll get with your new hubby as you hike, rock climb, canyoneer, whitewater raft, and sightsee in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Between Zion, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Canyonlands, you and your man are sure to find the perfect local getaway. To find which park would best suit your interests, take our quiz: Which Utah National Park should you visit? If you and your love would like to discover more national and state parks, you’re in luck – Utah has plenty! Check out the Visit Salt Lake list of national and state parks in and near Utah.
Beaches probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think of Utah, but there are many hidden oases in this desert state that are perfect for a beachside getaway. Whether you’re into hiking to your destination lake or relaxing in a cabin on the shore, you’ll find plenty of options. From the beautiful northern Bear Lake, to the gorgeous red rock framed Lake Powell in the south, to nearly 25 other lakes and reservoirs across the state, you and your new spouse are sure to find the best spot to go jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, camping, and just soak up the sun.
Insider tip: Some of the best hikes to Utah mountain lakes are featured in this article.There are several lakes and reservoirs where you are welcome to camp out, and some of the bigger lakes have other lodging such as hotels, resorts or cabins nearby. There are cabin rentals available at Bear Lake, Lake Powell, Flaming Gorge, Fish Lake and more.
Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass
If you and your beau want a fun city experience, Salt Lake’s Connect Pass grants you access to 13 of the city’s best attractions. You can choose from a 1, 2, or 3 day pass (they also have a 365 day pass for the locals) that gets you into places like the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum (to get in touch with your inner kid), The Leonardo art museum, the Lion House Pantry Restaurant at Utah’s biggest tourist attraction: Temple Square, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and Utah’s Hogle Zoo. See the full list of attractions by clicking here. There is so much to do and see in and near Salt Lake City; it makes this such an awesome and unique honeymoon adventure.
Insider Tip: If you get the Connect Pass and want to milk it for all it’s worth, consider staying in a downtown hotel that’s in the heart of all the action. Also, Salt Lake has several fun ways to get around the city. Take a GREENbike downtown or ride TRAX.
Bed and Breakfasts for Your First Night Together
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Located in the beautiful valley of Midway, these sister resorts offer a serene, relaxing environment that is perfect for your romantic getaway. These are amazing for a night stay before you travel elsewhere on your honeymoon, but they’re also full with so many exciting things to do that you may just want to stay here for a week! Scuba dive, do paddleboard yoga or just soak in the warm waters of the famous Homestead Crater, enjoy a game of golf, go horseback riding, visit the world-class spa at the Zermatt, and taste the delectable food at several four-star restaurants. You and your spouse will love it here!
Anniversary Inn – Salt Lake City, Utah
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Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, the Anniversary Inn is well known for its beautiful, elaborately decorated theme rooms. Visit Venice, stay in Juliet’s Balcony from Shakespeare, experience the atmosphere of a Jungle Safari, or venture into an Enchanted Forest. The romantic options at this striking Inn are endless!
The Armstrong Mansion – Salt Lake City, Utah
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The impressive Armstrong Mansion was built as a wedding gift from Francis Armstrong to his beautiful bride, Isabelle. Is there a more fitting place to start your honeymoon? The Armstrongs were known for their hospitality and this tradition lives on through the operation of this amazing bed and breakfast. The hotel is perfectly situated close to the city and airport, so this is definitely the perfect first night stop before heading out for your other honeymoon adventures.
Alaskan Inn – Ogden, Utah
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Located in the beautiful Ogden Canyon, The Alaskan Inn is the premier location for a peaceful escape to the mountains. You and your hubby can choose to sleep in the main lodging area, or venture out to your own cabin. Each room and cabin has a unique outdoor theme to it, such as North Pole, Glacier Cabin, Eagles Nest and Bear’s Den. The quaint cabins and remarkable scenery make for an outdoor experience you’ll never forget.
The Desert Thistle – Rockville, Utah (near Zion National Park)
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If you and your husband are adventure seekers that want to sleep in style, the Desert Thistle is ideally nestled in the red rock hills near Zion National Park. With stunning views, elegant rooms, and the perfect location where you’re minutes from thrilling hikes and canyoneering, you two will love this place!
Johnson Mill – Midway, Utah
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The honeymoon suite at the Johnson Mill in Midway, Utah is like a little piece of heaven. This is the perfect place to rest after your wonderful but long wedding day. You’ll have an elegantly decorated room with fur rugs, a gorgeous canopy over the bed, walls lined with windows that look out to the majestic mountains, a jetted tub filled by a waterfall, and a river rock shower. Ranked as “One of the 4 most romantic Inns in the country” by Redbook Magazine, this hotel is perfectly nestled near several ski resorts, Park City shopping, a beautiful lake and a 300 acre nature preserve where you’ll see birds, deer, moose and trout. You can’t get any better than this!
With so many fun options, we want to know where you’re going on your honeymoon! Tell us in the comments below. If you need more help planning any part of your wedding, check out our free downloadable Wedding Planning Checklist.