For couples who prefer the views of towering mountains to towering buildings, dips in fresh water lakes to chlorinated pools and falling asleep under a canopy of glimmering stars instead of city lights, opting for a nature-oriented honeymoon destination can be the perfect way to celebrate your new life together amidst an awe-inspiring backdrop. Today Wanderable presents our picks for some of the best national parks around the world for honeymoons with a view!
Zion National Park, Utah
Why we love it: Utah’s oldest national park is known for its magnificent canyons and breathtaking views. Weave your way through the Navajo sandstone walls together and duck behind a rock to sneak a kiss. Active honeymooners will love the park’s endless hiking possibilities with over 100 miles of backcountry trails.
When to go: May, September and October are great months to explore the park and avoid Utah’s sweltering mid-summer heat.
Stay: Want creature comforts? Cozy up together after a long day of hiking in the Buffalo Vista Honeymoon Suite at the Zion Mountain Ranch and enjoy a king sized bed, fireplace and jacuzzi tub for two. Or if you prefer getting back to the basics, set up camp at the Watchman Campground which offers easy access to the park trails, nicely sized lots and some shaded sites.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Why we love it: This picture speaks a thousand words and yet only captures the smallest fragment of this park in Southern Patagonia’s charm: with staggering peaks, wind-swept hills, bright blue glaciers and wild horses, Torres del Paine is the kind of place you can get utterly lost in together on your honeymoon, in the good kind of way. Couples can opt for a day hike to reach the park’s iconic towers, or spend five days tackling the park’s popular “W” route together.
When to go: October through April brings the warmest, hiking friendly weather.
Stay: Honeymooners looking to really indulge during their stay need look no further than Hotel Salto Chico, which is located in the heart of the park and features sweeping views, gourmet dining, on property stables and deluxe, television-free rooms. The more adventurous types can opt to trek through the park and nestle into in their own tents or in the “refugios” (lodges) scattered along the route.
Banff National Park, Canada
Why we love it: Canada’s oldest national park is nestled amongst the Rockies and filled with alpine landscapes, pristine waters and views for days. Bike enthusiast honeymooners can take advantages of the park’s paved trails, while hiking routes will take you to dazzling waterfalls and glaciers. End your afternoon soothing your aching muscles together in the park’s natural hot springs.
When to go: Summer months bring the park alive for hiking and biking, while winter months are better for couples interested in snow sports.
Stay: Luxury minded honeymooners can unwind at the Fairmont Banff Springs, known as “The Castle in the Rockies” with a word class spa, fine dining, and lavish suites, while the Two Jack Lakeside Campground has covetable plots along the lake for honeymooners open to sleeping in the great outdoors.
Would you consider a National Park for your honeymoon? If so where in the world would you choose?