Earth-loving newlyweds who want to bask in the beauty of Mother Nature during your honeymoon, look no further! We’ve got just the thing for you—a peek at some of the best national parks from which to celebrate your wedded bliss. There may be nothing glamorous about the rugged outdoors, but that’s exactly its appeal—it’s a place for you to feel one-on-one with your boo and with nature. Besides, what’s dreamier than gazing at a star-spangled sky or taking in stunning mountain views? Not much, we think.
Here, five stunning national parks where you can enjoy natural splendor during your honeymoon.
Erawan National Park
For a breathtaking and surreal experience, Thailand’s Erawan National Park has you covered. Northwest of Bangkok in the Kanchanaburi Province, it’s known for the Erawan Falls, where misty emerald-green waters cascade down seven tiers; deciduous forests; iconic limestone caves of rock paintings consisting of stalactites and stalagmites; and many trails often crossed by wild elephants, deer, and boar. Take a hike through the evergreens or go for a swim in the waterfall’s turquoise pools. You seriously can’t get closer to nature’s wonders than this.
Dry Tortugas National Park
There’s more to the Florida Keys than Key West. If you’re heading to the archipelago’s most famous island for your honeymoon, plan a day trip or camp overnight 70 miles west at the unique Dry Tortugas National Park. Take the Dry Tortugas National Park ferry there, or heighten the experience with a seaplane ride organized by Casa Marina or The Reach. Explore Fort Jefferson, a coastal fortress located within the park and the largest masonry structure in the Americas. However, the park’s real beauty lies off land—snorkel its nearly 16-acre reef and keep an eye out for dolphin sightings.
Banff National Park
Set in the arms of Alberta’s grand Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is an oldie but goodie. While it’s equally magnificent in any season, it’s spectacular in the winter thanks to its massive mountains, gigantic glaciers, and snowfields—perfect for the ski bunny duo. Stay at Lake Louise, Banff’s most iconic spot, which will meet all your skiing needs. If that’s not your thing, the park is still worth a wintry honeymoon. Who can say no to hot springs, Northern Lights, dog sledding, and moose sightings?
Yosemite National Park
An American classic, Yosemite National Park couldn’t not be included on this list. With amazing views of towering Sequoias, roaring waterfalls, snowy peaks, and glassy lakes left and right, you’ll feel as if you’re walking around inside a postcard. From hiking the Half Dome and wandering Mariposa Grove to viewing the jaw-dropping scenery at Glacier Point and Tunnel View, there’s plenty of gorgeous beauty to take in. And don’t forget the Merced River, where you can swim, fish, and go rafting.
Kruger National Park
Thrill seekers, we’ve got you. One of the world’s top safari destinations, Kruger National Park promises wild adventure. Taking up more than 7,000 square miles in South Africa, this nature reserve offers more species of large mammal than any other African game reserve. Enjoy the thrill of walking through the bush or experiencing a Big Five game drive by day and return to your honeymoon suite by night. They even have private reserves for exceptional game viewing, such as Sabi Sands, Thornybush, and Timbavati Game Reserve.