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Not all couples want to spend their honeymoon lounging poolside. In fact, many couples are forgoing traditional beach honeymoons in favor of something different. From scaling mountains to exploring dense forests, newlyweds are on the hunt for an adventurous honeymoon that will take them outside of their comfort zone. We found three adrenaline-inducing honeymoon destinations right here in the U.S.
If you're into desert drama, do Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.
Two of the most stunning natural places on earth landed just 80 miles apart in southern Utah: Bryce Canyon, with red-rock spires that become even more otherworldly at sunrise and sunset, and Zion, which cuts a half mile down through shale and sandstone into a wonderland of slot canyons and waterfalls. Go comfy-rustic in a cabin at Zion Lodge, the only hotel in the park (doubles from $197), or sleek and chic at the glass-and-wood Amangiri (doubles from $1,200), 15 minutes from Lake Powell and 95 miles from Zion — worth the splurge for the spa's floatation-therapy pavilion alone.
If you want to perfect you drop-in, try Maui.
Humpback whales cruise by en route to breeding grounds, by they're not the only mammals drawn to the warm Maui waters. Legendary waves like the rights of Hookipa and the bowls of Honolua Bay lure beginners and hard-core surfers alike. Rather spend your days on the beach than on a board? The sun, sand, and emerald-carpeted volcanoes will keep you happy. Get the best of all worlds at Travaasa Hana (doubles from $350), where you can master the art of hula dancing and mai tai sipping in between session of surf school on Hamoa Beach.
If you want to go wild, do Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Bigger than Switzerland, one of the largest protected swaths of land in the world lays claim to sky-high peaks, dense forests, and glacial ice fields. Much of this Alaskan park is inaccessible — unless, that is, you have use of a bush place. At Ultima Thule (all-inclusive doubles and bush flights from $3,400), an upscale lodge in the heart of the wilderness, pilot and owner Paul Claus will fly you to hard-to-get spots, like a hidden river where bears gather to catch breakfast or the biggest ice field outside the poles — the perfect spot for a picnic. Bonus: Instead of a subzero tent, you'll nest each night in a riverside cabin with a king-size feather bed. The middle of nowhere never looked so good.