6. White Mountains, New Hampshire, United States
The White Mountains, named for the snow-capped peaks of a northern section of the Appalachians, will enchant couples looking for a romantic New England honeymoon. Mount Washington, at an elevation of over 6,000 feet, is the crowning treasure, reachable through a historic coal-powered steam train, a winding vehicle route, or a strenuous climb.
There are several free and low-cost attractions for nature lovers, including a variety of hiking paths for all ability levels and spectacular glacial rock formations like the Flume Gorge. Echo Lake, located near the Old Man in the Mountain’s previous location, is home to one of New Hampshire’s nicest beaches, as well as economical boat rentals and a variety of nature walks.
In the winter, skiers and snowboarders will find many things to do here, with many of the state’s greatest ski slopes close by. North Conway is a delightful place to visit any time of year, with unique shopping, fine eating, and Mystic Sugar Bakery serving some of the tastiest desserts you’ve ever had. Whether you’re staying in a small bed & breakfast or splurging at one of the area’s famed resorts, a winter honeymoon in the White Mountains is particularly romantic – the snowy weather provides the perfect excuse to spend the day inside snuggling up by the fire.
The best months to visit are September (pre-foliage) and May/early June (post-mud season), when rates are low, the weather is pleasant, and all the families are occupied with school, leaving lots of space for newlyweds.
Camping in one of the national forests is a terrific budget choice during the summer high season, or upgrade to the comfort of inexpensive glamping at Huttopia in Albany, just up the road from North Conway.