Interest in our national parks has never been stronger, particularly as a honeymoon destination. You may not be a camper, or even a glamper, but thanks to a number of luxury resorts both in and near our pristine national parks, you don't need to be. You'll find indulgent spa treatments, five-star cuisine, and, best of all, easy access to some of our most prized national treasures.
The inns and resorts below offer everything you'd want from a national-park honeymoon—fresh mountain air, breathtaking views, and a nature-filled escape for just the two of you—minus the tent and propane camping grill. It's like roughing it without actually roughing it, and a stay at any one of these national-park resorts will set the stage for long-lasting honeymoon memories.
Inn at Furnace Creek
Situated in awe-inspiring Death Valley National Park, the intimate Inn at Furnace Creek is a desert oasis with bubbling springs, lush palm gardens, and sweeping views across the park of Telescope Peak and Panamint Mountains. Plan on a romantic sunrise at Zabriskie Point to watch the first rays sweep across the badlands, then an easy bike ride to Harmony Borax Works before settling in for pool-side couples massages. In the evening, enjoy sage-stuffed free-range chicken or filet mignon on the veranda of the Inn Dining Room for spectacular views of the desert landscape. After dinner, look to the skies. Inside this dark-sky park, it's possible to see the star-filled Milky Way with the naked eye.
At the base of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, you'll find the 4,200-acre pastoral estate that is Blackberry Farm. Just 15 minutes from the Townsend park entrance, Blackberry Farm offers easy access to Cades Cove and Abrams Falls, two of the more popular stops in the park, as well as 900 miles of hiking and biking trails. On resort grounds, go horseback riding, enjoy a private wine tasting, or pay a visit to the Wellhouse for yoga renewal and indulgent spa treatments, like the Hesse Creek Stone Massage. In the evening, three delightful restaurants tempt with Foothills Cuisine, a blend of haute cuisine and regional flavors. Fall is an ideal time for spectacularly colorful foliage.
Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa
For outdoor adventure and western hospitality, look to Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa in Wyoming. Located at the base of Grand Teton National Park and only a 90-minute drive from Yellowstone National Park, the resort lets you explore both the elegance of Grand Teton's mountains and the unique natural elements, like hot springs and bubbling mud pots, at Yellowstone. Depending on the season, be ready to hike, kayak, ski, or snowmobile. Or hook up with the in-house naturalist for a wildlife safari. Spur Restaurant offers sophisticated mountain cuisine, like herb-crusted cod and grilled petite venison filet. A rejuvenating couples massage at SpaTerre that finishes with an aphrodisiac-infused soak is an ideal way to cap off the day.
Caneel Bay Resort
Nestled into its own private peninsula, the five-star Caneel Bay Resort is tucked inside Virgin Islands National Park, making it easy to combine a Caribbean honeymoon with a national-park adventure that includes hiking the Reef Bay Trail and snorkeling at Trunk Bay. Embrace the pristine natural beauty of St. John as you stroll hand in hand along the sugar-sand beach at Turtle Bay. Even better, there's no ESPN or Bravo at this ecofriendly resort, which boasts rooms without phones or televisions, making it an ideal place to disconnect on your honeymoon. Book a reservation at ZoZo's at the Sugar Mill before you arrive for breezy al fresco dining and sweeping views of Caneel Bay.
Set against giant sequoia trees and a stone's throw from Yosemite National Park's south gate, Tenaya Lodge sets the stage for a classic national-park honeymoon. You'll find luxurious amenities and sophisticated dining on grilled California sturgeon and pheasant roulade at Sierra Restaurant. Look for rustic mountain ambiance intertwined with endless pampering, thanks to Ascent Spa, which offers multiple spa treatments that let you connect as a couple, like the River Rock Stone Massage. Head into the park for hikes on the popular Mirror Lake and Half Dome trails, then make the drive to Glacier Point for a fantastically romantic sunset. At night, try stargazing or a flashlight hike to experience the park in new ways with your SO.