While most people think of beaches first when they think of honeymoons, a city can be an incredibly romantic newlywed escape. Sure, it's not as relaxing as slathering yourselves in sunscreen, dozing by the surf or the pool, and waking only to turn over or cool off in the water, but it can be a whole lot more exciting. From fabulous restaurants to interesting museums and great shopping, there are lots of new things to discover together when you take an urban honeymoon. You can go to the tried and true sites that have wowed visitors for years, then eat and drink at modern hot spots that define the moment in these chic destinations. The options are much more varied in a city, where culture takes center stage and the learning opportunities are endless. Best of all, it will be a dynamic place the two of you share — and can continue to explore — for years to come.
The winners in this category lean heavily toward Europe. And it's no surprise; with history-filled, gaslit cobblestone streets and centuries-old architecture, these sophisticated cities make a memorable backdrop for your honeymoon. Whether you choose Paris, Venice, Florence, Rome, Barcelona, or Prague, ideally as a first-time visit for both of you, you're sure to dive into a whole new world together. The other choices on the list are domestic cities that are rich in personality but infinitely more manageable for couples who are short on time — Savannah, Charleston, and San Francisco — with South Africa's exotic Cape Town thrown in for good measure.
The "2015 Brides Best Honeymoons" top destinations were determined by a Brides-TripAdvisor survey of 400 travelers.