Our guide to the best babymoon destinations USA has on offer covers all the best places to take a babymoon in the United States both on the mainland and in Hawaii.
When I was pregnant I loved going on a babymoon. For me it was a great excuse to travel some more before our little one was born.
It is something I think all couples should try and do if their budget allows as it is a great way to relax and spend time together as a couple before you become parents.
Best Babymoon Destinations in US
One of the great things about the USA is that it doesn’t matter what type of babymoon you want, from cities to countryside to active to relaxing zika free beach babymoons, the USA has it on offer.
We have split this guide into categories based on climate and activity so you can find the perfect babymoon in the USA for you.
But before we get into our favorite babymoon destinations it is worth pointing out that there are a few babymoon planning tips you should consider.
For instance, you will want to time your babymoon carefully. In the first trimester you may be suffering from morning sickness while in the third trimester you may be feeling tired, bloating and have restrictions on where and when you can travel due to your due date. For this reason we always recommend the best time to take your babymoon is in the second trimester where possible.
Also don’t forget to have appropriate travel insurance for your trip which covers pregnancy related illnesses and issues.
And remember to check out our other babymoon posts that will aid you in planning and enjoying your trip.
Best Beach Babymoon Destinations in US
Oahu Hawaii babymoon
Oahu is the best babymoon in USA for those who love beaches and also want an ease of travel. Oahu has a wealth of international and domestic US flights and blends the perfect mix of beautiful beaches, relaxation, great food and hiking.
When we were in Oahu we stayed on the North Shore of Hawaii at the beautiful Turtle Bay Resort (of Forgetting Sarah Marshall fame) and think this is a perfect place to visit for taking a babymoon in Oahu especially if you love a beach. I also loved that this hotel was away from the business of the Honolulu and Wakiki area.
The hotel has a great spa with an array of great spa treatments for pregnant women including a prenatal massage, a lovely pool and beautiful beach and coastline to boot.
Although the North Shore is famed for its waves that are great for surfing we found there were plenty of calm spots for those that just want to relax on the beach.
The other thing we loved about an Oahu babymoon is that there were plenty of opportunities to go hiking and do more active things than just sit at the beach including ticking off my bucket list swimming in a waterfall at Waimea Valley.
Oahu is also a great foodie destination with everything from lush food trucks to fine dining establishments so you are sure to eat well on your babymoon.
Overall I think Oahu is the best babymoon in US that you can take!
Kauai Hawaii Babymoon
But Hawaii is more than one island, so depending on what type of babymoon you want, another island may be more your thing.
Kauai is one of my favorite islands in Hawaii, and it’s known as the Garden Island due to its lush and green scenery year-round. It has a charming vibe and generally has fewer tourists than Maui and Oahu and is one of the best babymoon destinations in USA.
What makes it perfect for a babymoon is the fact that you can easily rent a car and explore the island to get an adventure together, but you can also stay in one of the many luxury resorts and just spend some quality time together and get that romance going with spa treatments and beautiful surroundings.
The distances when exploring the island aren’t too long either, so you don’t have to spend a too long time in a car to explore Kauai, which is convenient when you’re pregnant. Some of the best places to visit in Kauai are Waimea Canyon, Poipu Beach, Hanalei Beach, and Na Pali Coast State Park.
Most of the hikes and viewpoints are also easy to reach and you can drive to the entrance of most places and then just go for a short walk to enjoy the view. For a romantic hotel, I would recommend Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach, which is located in the southern part of the island. If you want to spoil yourself with a spa treatment, you can do this at that hotel, but you could also visit the “Spa by the Sea” which is great too.
The hotel has everything you need for a perfect babymoon vacation and it comes with a romantic atmosphere and relaxed vibe. The staff is very accommodating too and you get great value for your money.
Nominated by Christine Abroad
Florida Babymoon At Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Florida is the perfect spot for a babymoon vacation. It has crystal clear water tlike I’ve never seen before in mainland USA. To find ocean colors this pretty, you typically have to travel somewhere like the Caribbean islands or Hawaii because the ocean in the states most often appears as a dull and grey color.
The water in Clearwater Beach, however, is a lovely turquoise, and that’s probably one of the reasons why it’s consistently ranked as the number one beach in America. The water is also warm, shallow, and free of large waves, so it’s an ideal location for swimming while pregnant without worrying too much about safety. It feels just like a giant bath tub!
Manatees and dolphins both frequent the area as well, and sunset dolphin cruises are a popular romantic activity for couples.
On many of these cruises, you’re guaranteed to spot dolphins or else your next cruise is free. I highly recommend staying in a Clearwater Beach hotel near Pier 60 during your babymoon because sunsets at the pier are world-famous. Staying in this location puts you in the perfect spot to go for a romantic walk along the beach with the setting sun against the pier providing a beautiful backdrop! I especially love Opal Sands Resort, and I even unexpectedly swam with manatees in the wild there! They came into shore while we were wading in the ocean and then swam around us for several hours, occasionally getting close enough to brush up against our legs! It was an experience I won’t ever forget!
Key West babymoon
We love the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West but my generally speaking I think Key West is one of the top babymoon destinations in Florida.
Key West Florida has all the charm of a Caribbean Island, while still being inside the United States.
We recommend staying in a boutique hotel in the historic district like Amsterdam’s Curry Mansion Inn. They offer so much romance while being walking distance from Duval Street, Mallory Square, and all of old town Key West.
Key West offers fabulous food like the trendy Blue Heaven, scenic Turtle Crawls, or the decedent Better than Sex if you’re feeling a little naughty. Go ahead and indulge, you’re eating for two.
Take the Conch Train across the island to explore the Hemingway House, butterfly Gardens, or Southernmost Point in the United States. You can even try snorkeling at Fort Zachary Taylor if you feel adventurous.
From sunrise at Higgs Beach to sunset at Mallory Square, your days babymooning in Key West will be filled with as much peace or adventure as you wish.
Outdoorsy US Babymoons
In this section of the guide we will round up all the best babymoons for people who love the great outdoors.
Yellowstone National Park is the oldest of all the US National Parks and is a great place to take a babymoon for nature lovers. There are lots of really accessible boardwalk style hikes in Yellowstone park which are easy to do even when pregnant.
I also love how easy the loop roads and scenic drives at Yellowstone are to navigate which means you can see so much even if you are time limited in the park. Just be warned however, that any visit to Yellowstone involves lots of driving. So if you like me, find you need to use the bathroom a lot when traveling be sure to stop whenever you see a restroom in park and pack something like a shewee with you too.
It is also easy to find babymoon accommodation both inside and outside of the park with something for every price range. If you can then my number one tip for Yellowstone would be to stay in the park to maximise your time in the park everyday however reservations for these in-park lodges are hard to come by.
Grand Tetons Babymoon
Grand Teton National Park is an amazing national park and perfect for a babymoon because of its relatively compact size. Much smaller than its big brother Yellowstone, you can spend anything between one day and one week in Grand Teton National Park easily.
What’s great is that you can admire the amazing scenery of Grand Teton National Park from your car. The scenic drives in the park, such as the Signal Mountain Summit Road and Jenny Lake Scenic Drive offer some of the best views of the majestic Teton Range. Furthermore, you can go boating in one of the many lakes, or join one of the many ranger programs.
Besides the natural splendor of Grand Teton National Park itself, there is the laidback cowboy town Jackson. Home not to one, but to three ski areas (Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort), Jackson isn’t just a popular place to visit in summer, but can work as a winter babymoon as well. However, considering you are carrying a precious little treasure you’ll most likely skip the skies and opt for a walk in the snow instead.
Regardless of the season, one of the highlights in Jackson is the Town Square, where you’ll find four arches made from the shed Elk antlers from the nearby National Elk Refuge. Furthermore, there are many art galleries, boutiques and a diverse culinary scene, making Jackson a perfect place to base yourself when visiting Grand Teton National Park.
While there are excellent camping opportunities within Grand Teton National Park, the thought of having to leave your warm sleeping bag every hour for a wee probably doesn’t sound very appealing. Instead, stay at the excellent Jackson Lake Lodge.
This luxurious full-service ecohotel has 385 rooms (ranging from standard rooms, to cute cottages and spacious suites). There is a seasonal outside swimming pool, three restaurants to choose from and the 60-foot floor to ceiling window in the lobby offers magnificent view of the impressive Teton Mountains.
It’s a great romantic getaway, especially considering this will probably be your last trip with just the two of you… Before you know it, you’ll be planning a trip not just for your hubby and you, but packing a bag for your baby as well!
Alternatively, if you prefer to stay within Jackson, the western-style Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole is a great option as well. It’s a charming place to stay, with wooden beams, a fireplace and the onsite Whistling Grizzly restaurant.
Nominated by Phenomenal Globe
Lake Tahoe Babymoon
Lake Tahoe is the perfect babymoon destination for those who want an outdoorsy babymoon. Lake Tahoe is a large area and there is a great debate over whether you should visit South or North Tahoe. We think you can’t go wrong with a babymoon in either area but in our opinion one of the best areas for those visiting on a babymoon is Basecamp which also has accommodation for every price point.
Lake Tahoe is truly a 365 day a year babymoon vacation but we especially love Fall when the beautiful fall colors are out.
From the panoramic views to amazing hiking trails, Lake Tahoe caters for every pregnant woman whether she just wants to sit and relax in peaceful surroundings or wants to be more out and about!
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Babymoon
My favorite babymoon destination and the place where I took my babymoon is Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Located two hours northwest of Chicago and one hour southwest of Milwaukee, Lake Geneva is not only accessible but makes for the perfect weekend getaway.
I’d recommend staying at the Abbey Resort and Spa for your babymoon. The Abbey Resort is excellent for babymooning as they have all of the typical spa services along with a maternity massage for expecting mothers. Another nice thing about the Abbey Resort’s spa and their atrium pool are that they’re only open to guests 16 years or older, so you’ll be sure to have a relaxing time.
Besides the spa, the Abbey Resort is the perfect place to stay for accessing Lake Geneva’s famed Geneva Lake Shore Path. The Geneva Lake Shore Path runs over 25 miles along Lake Geneva’s southern shore; the Path is unique in that it runs through the yards of the mansions lining the Lake. It’s a beautiful walk and also gives you a chance to admire the old estates up close. The Path runs through people’s backyards, so it’s important to be courteous; the Path starts just outside of the Abbey Resort.
Besides having a relaxing time at the Abbey Resort, downtown Lake Geneva is perfect for a weekend away. Its downtown is quaint, has a beachy vibe, a good selection of restaurants, and a pretty downtown shopping area. Lastly, be sure to pick up some ice cream or fudge at Kilwins Lake Geneva!
The Berkshire are the ideal place for a babymoon because you can enjoy the types of activities that are harder to do with small children.
The all-suites Berkshire Mountain Lodge has an indoor pool and a large DVD library to borrow from. All the rooms have kitchens so you can bring food in or do some cooking. All-in-all, it’s a great place to just put your feet up and unwind after an active day.
If you plan to spend a lot of time around artsy, collegiate North Adams book a room at the boutiquey Porches Hotel. Cozy rooms, an outdoor pool, a fireplace in the lounge and ample porch space provide lots of opportunities to relax at any time of year.
Outdoorsy couples can find plenty of places for easy walking or biking along rail trails, river walks, state parks and nature preserves throughout the region. The Ashuwillticook rail trail stretches for 11 flat miles heading south from Adams. It has particularly pleasant stretches along the Cheshire reservoir.
North Adams has MassMOCA, a sprawling contemporary art museum in a former factory. I recommend taking one of the daily tours that are included with admission to help you navigate the space and appreciate the exhibits.
For a bit of pampering, book a couple’s package at the In-Touch Spa in nearby WIlliamstown, Chill out on the deck alongside a babbling river, enjoy a 1-hour massage and have the outdoor hot tub all to yourselves. Even if you don’t want to fully soak, just dipping your feet and legs in will feel good.
The Berkshires have more than their share of historic homes. At the southern end of the region NaumKeag in Stockbridge is particularly noteworthy. You can only see the inside of this Gilded-Age “cottage” with a tour, which I recommend. The beautiful terraced gardens provide a place to stroll, play bocce or just take in gorgeous views.
If you do a summer babymoon get tickets for an outdoor concert at Tanglewood, outside of nearby Lenox. It’s the summer home of the Boston Symphony but you can also hear the Boston Pops and performers like Squeeze, Sting, Ben Harper and Reba McIntire. There are proper seats but the ideal way to enjoy Tanglewood is on the lawn, under the stars, with a picnic.
Cape Cod, New England Babymoon
Cape Cod in New England is a perfect East Coast babymoon for those looking for a relaxing babymoon. The region is full of beautiful small towns with amazing restaurants with delicious food as well as plenty of hotels that offer babymoon packages.
Palm Springs is an ideal babymoon destination especially for those looking for a Winter babymoon. The climate of Palm Springs makes it ideal for those looking for a babymoon between the months of October to April and offers a great amount of outdoor activities.
There is a variety of accommodation available in the town from luxurious hotels that offer babymoon packages to airbnbs with private pools.
And the beautiful Joshua Tree National park is a perfect day trip from Palm Springs and offers easy hikes but amazing sights that can even be done when you have a waddle!
For a complete Palm Springs babymoon guide check out this post.
Arizona Babymoon – Sedona and the Grand Canyon
Living in Houston when I was pregnant with my first baby meant we had a world of destinations available to us! Sadly, most of our ‘usual’ preferred locations weren’t suitable for pregnant women because they were diving destinations or had malaria risks.
We settled on Arizona because it was easy to get to – only a short domestic flight away – and offered a variety of things to do and see. We flew into Phoenix and drove straight Sedona. I’d been prepared not to be able to do activities like horse riding and quad biking but I was disappointed to discover I couldn’t do the jeep safari either. We ended up going for a spectacular helicopter ride which we got for free in return for going to listen to a talk about a time share.
A couple of nights later we headed to the incredible Grand Canyon. It was January so it was covered in snow and just breathtakingly beautiful. We were able to hike around the rim and even went down an easy path that led towards the bottom. Exploring the area was one of my favourite parts of the trip.
Our last stop was Scottsdale for a more relaxing end to the holiday. We went via the petrified forest which was amazing (once we found it – google maps failed us!). In Scottsdale my husband took the opportunity to explore one of the local golf courses while I headed to the spa for some well deserved pre-baby pampering.
Nominated by Wanderlust and Wetwipes
One of my favourite towns in the whole of the USA is Moab and in my opinion it is on of the best places in US for babymooning couples.
One of the reasons I love Moab is because it is close to not one but two national parks (Arches and Canyonlands and also a state park – Dead Horse State Point) and is a great town to hang out in. It is the perfect blend of going out hiking and a town with great shopping and a wealth of places to eat and drink.
If you can avoid going in the summer I would as it is super hot and can be difficult to get out during the peak sun period. But don’t let summer put you off doing, if you do go in summer just make sure that you stay in a hotel with pool so you can go cool off in the worst of the sun.
Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort is the perfect babymoon location in Tucuson, Arizona. The ranch was originally built in 1929 as a girls school for societies elite families and then converted into a guest ranch in 1948 that immediately attracted Hollywood’s A-List celebrities. In 1995 Hacienda del Sol was lovingly restored by a group of local Tucson residents and is one of Tucson’s oldest and most prestigious guest ranch resorts.
The resort includes 32 luxurious guest rooms with stunning views of the city and mountains. The rooms are a perfect nest for a babymoon.
This is the type of resort you won’t want to leave and don’t have to because you’ll have everything you need: there a gourmet restaurant, two pools, walking paths and a spa.
At check-in you will be driven to your guest room by golf cart and have freshly baked cookies waiting for you.
The Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort spa offers signature massages, facials and body treatments such as the herbal cellulite Hungarian mud treatment. Many of the services may be experienced in the comfort of your guest room, which is quite a luxury for the soon to be parents.
Relax, indulge and celebrate in the Tucson desert!
Nominated by 52 perfect days.
Best places in US for babymoons for city lovers
The city of San Diego is a great babymoon destination in my opinion as it offers a bit of all types of babymoons. THere are beautiful pristine white sand beaches, state parks that are great for hiking, as well as having all of the city attractions for a cultural babymoon as it is a city full of amazing museums and historical sites.
The city also has some amazing hotels that are great for luxurious babymoons.
For a full guide on San Diego babymoons check out this post.
Charleston, South Carolina Babymoon
If you want a babymoon that is full of Southern charm then Charleston has to be the top place to take a babymoon in the US.
This quaint city is beautiful particularly in Spring, and has plenty of tourist attractions that are perfect for babymoon photoshoots such as Magnolia Plantation and Cypress Gardens.
Chicago is a major city in the US and is one of the best places in the US for babymoons for city lovers as the city has so much to offer visitors. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, there is a charm to Chicago with the vibrance of a big city, beauty of the lakeside, and hidden gems of a variety of neighborhoods.
It’s the perfect place for a babymoon to experience beaches, romantic hotels, wonderful food, restaurants among skyscrapers, views from one of the tallest buildings in the world, and a vibrant music scene and world class shopping.
The main draw of Chicago is its famous Magnificent Mile and State Street shopping. The Magnificent Mile is located parallel to the shores of Lake Michigan and draws in millions of visitors every year. Spend a few hours walking the Mile and popping into and out of shops or visiting the great Art institute of Chicago. Walk further down past the museum and visit Millennium Park, where the famous architect Frank Gehry’s designed the open outdoor auditorium that hosts a variety of outdoor concerts and events.
Chicago is well known for its famous Chicago style pizza and Chicago style hot dogs, which you can find at numerous food stops in downtown Chicago. A trip to the Willis Tower is a great way to step ono the infamous Sky Deck, a glass box that extends as a ledge outside of the tower.
The Chicago river, located just a few steps away from the Willis Tower has numerous boat tours going down the river. Do an evening river cruise that takes you out on Lake Michigan to see the beautiful city illuminated against the night sky and finish the evening with drinks at the Signature Room at the 95thfloor of the Hancock Tower.
Finally, head back to your hotel on Michigan Avenue, preferably the Waldorf Astoria or the Omni Chicago for budget travelers. Chicago really is one of the best babymoon locations USA.
Nominated by the Elusive Family
And if this inspiration isn’t enough – why not check out our dedicated babymoon guides for more info:
- Disney World babymoon
- California babymoon Destinations
- Winter babymoon
- Dubai Babymoon
- Las Vegas Babymoon
- UK babymoon
Have you taken a babymoon in the US? Where did you go?