Top Ten Active Honeymoon Vacations

Southwest U.S. National Parks

10. Discover the Southwest's National Parks
Those who feel most at home under the wide expanse of sky and blanket of stars will love a tour of America's spectacular Southwest. Beginning in Flagstaff, Arizona, a jumping-off point for the Grand Canyon, couples can check into their hotel then head to the canyon for a day hike. The ultimate luxists will want to make their base at Amangiri, the new Aman Resort on a 600-acre plot of rugged land near the Arizona-Utah border, where views from the rooms' windows are of the awe-inspiring red-rock formations from every angle. The extremely athletic honeymooners will want to contemplate taking the Bright Angel or South Kaibab trails down to the canyon floor and back out again. For a more leisurely loop, opt for the paved Rim Trail instead.

From Arizona, continue north to Utah, passing through Monument Valley and Grand Staircase along the way. Once you reach Moab, make this small but wonderful blip on the map your hub for exploring the outer lying areas. Home to two national parks and a state park, it's the perfect place for couples to kindle their passion for the outdoors and spend some time together away from the maddening crowds. Two luxury resorts located on the banks of the Colorado River are perfect for newlyweds: the Red Cliff's Lodge and the Sorrel River Ranch. Both offer restaurants and a multitude of activities including mountain biking, hiking, rafting, and horseback riding. A moonlit hike to Delicate Arch makes for a romantic end to a day in the Arches National Park, and beautiful backdrops for photographic memories can be found at every turn in Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon national Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park.

Published: 1 Dec 2009 | Last Updated: 14 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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