When it comes to southwest vacations and honeymoons—where wide-open deserts, mouth-watering cuisine, and heart-pumping outdoor adventures abound—romance is a given. And it's easy to see why as you fly in over the red-rock mountains of Arizona and New Mexico or set out on a gastro tour of Texan food capitals like Austin and Houston. (Expect to fall in love all over again as you chow down on inventive pork dishes at Houston's Underbelly or plates of mesquite BBQ at Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ in Austin.) In these states, you have your pick of a remote resort escape—where you can hide away in the middle of nowhere—or a fun road-trip itinerary that takes you from one cultural mecca to another. Southwest vacations offer something for every kind of couple, so no matter what kind of experience you crave, there’s a classic honeymoon resort or trendy newcomer right here in the U.S. Read on to find out which desert retreat is right for you.
Nestled in a remote area along the Arizona-Utah border, Amangiri rises from the majestic red rocks like a modern adobe oasis. The quiet surroundings will lull you into a peaceful and relaxed state of mind—especially when you’re sipping prickly-pear margaritas in the living-room bar. After heart-pumping activities (horseback riding, rock climbing, boating on Lake Powell), chill out in a complimentary yoga class, indulge in a red-clay body wrap, or go for a soak in the resort’s oversize heated pool. (Rooms from $1,400.) —Corbin Chamberlin
It’s over seven hours by car from Dallas, but the artsy vibes in Marfa, Texas, have made it a magnet for tastemakers like Jenna Lyons and Derek Blasberg. In the middle of this cowboy country is El Cosmico, a creative retreat/campground with safari tents, Sioux-style tepees, Mongolian yurts, and a retro Airstream trailer. There’s no restaurant, so go for chilaquiles at Cochineal, then check out art exhibits at the Chinati Foundation and shop for ceramics at Mano Mercantile. (Tents from $85; trailers from $160.) —Corbin Chamberlin