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Destination Wedding: Best in the US Locations to Tie the Knot

You don’t have to leave the country to get married on a white sandy beach or to wed in a mountainside chalet. The U.S. brims with diverse landscapes and dazzling scenic locations. From north to south and east to west, these places could make an incredible backdrop for a destination wedding, and save yourself and guests a boatload of time and money.


01 Beach Wedding on Maui

Couple kissing at the wedding ceremony at Maui, Hawaii MYDinga / Getty Images

Want to marry in an exotic, seaside location? You’ll be hard-pressed to find more beautiful beaches anywhere in the world than in picture-perfect Maui. This enchanting Hawaiian island is famous for is romantic waterfalls and lush landscapes. Not only can you enjoy a postcard-worthy wedding on one of Maui’s stunning beaches, but you will also be able to have an amazing honeymoon there, too. Maui boasts celebrated golf courses with arresting ocean views. Other popular activities on the island include snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, hiking, whale-watching, and more. Some of Maui’s most romantic resorts are Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, the Fairmont Kea Lani, and Honua Kai Resort & Spa.


02 Vail, Colorado

Bride in off white wedding dress holding the bridal bouquet and looking toward the mountains and the lake.

Famous for its snowy slopes, majestic mountain views, hotels, and the celebrated Vail Ski Resort, the city of Vail is a fabulous place for a mountain wedding. Whether you choose to marry in the summer or winter is your choice as this locale is beautiful at any time of year. If you are a couple that loves to ski, you’ll want to plan a winter wedding, which is incredibly romantic. Vail boasts many chalet-like hotels where you can tie the knot and spend your honeymoon. During the warm season, enjoy horseback riding, hiking, and enjoying those splendid mountain sunsets.


03 Amelia Island, Florida

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Just off Florida’s northeast coast, Amelia Island beckons those looking for a seaside wedding. This enchanting barrier island stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters. Unlike many of Florida’s more developed beach locations, Amelia Island retains an air of tranquility. It’s a nature lover’s paradise and boasts many unique landscapes to explore from its marshes to its parks. Enjoy romantic walks on the beach collecting seashells, cycling, or soaking up the ambiance of one of the island communities. Best of all, there are many wedding venues on the island ranging from upscale golf clubs to quaint or luxury hotels.


04 New York City

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Dreaming of a big-city wedding? It doesn’t get bigger than in the Big Apple. You can plan a glamorous destination wedding to be held at one of NYC’s grandest hotels like The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom, the Pierre’s Grand Ballroom, or the decadent Waldorf-Astoria. After your cosmopolitan wedding, you can enjoy a culturally rich honeymoon filled with theatre performances, museums, art galleries, and long walks in Central Park.


05 Niagara Falls, New York

A large rainbow over Niagara Falls and the tour boat in the mist and the blue waters of the Niagara Gore. DebraLee Wiseberg / Getty Images

Consider delivering your vows at Niagara Falls, historically one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the country. Because many couples choose to marry here, there’s a whole industry dedicated to helping plan and carry out their destination wedding. The falls provide a captivating backdrop no matter your wedding style. Some great area venues to consider include Niagara Falls State Park, the Falls Wedding Chapel, and the Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens.


06 Las Vegas, Nevada

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You don’t have to view love as a gamble to enjoy a memorable wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thousands of couples head to Las Vegas to marry on the fly or to enjoy an elaborate destination wedding at one of the city’s celebrated resort hotels. Or you're up for a really unique wedding, many chapels have Elivs impersonators who will happily officiate your wedding. Vegas brims with entertainment for every taste. Climb the red rocks outside the city, gamble the night away in a casino, attend a world-class show, or gorge yourself at a four-star eatery. Not only do newlyweds have much to look forward to in Vegas, but their wedding guests will too!


07 Nantucket, Massachusetts

A postcard-worthy Nantucket beach and light.

Looking for a New England destination for your wedding? The island of Nantucket is as charming a location as you’ll find. Book your wedding at an enchanting 19th-century hotel, a rustic farm, or an upscale hotel. You can enjoy a traditional wedding or a nature-inspired wedding complemented by spellbinding ocean views. Nantucket features seaswept beaches, romantic lighthouse scenes, chartered boat trips, museums, delightful restaurants, and much more.


08 Napa Valley, California

Couple at Napa Valley

The vineyards of Napa Valley offer a romantic backdrop for love birds. Many of the region’s wineries specialize in weddings and other special events. Napa Valley boasts many world-class hotels and restaurants as well as ranches, and enchanting California landscapes. Couples will have more than 130 hotels to select from to host their guests as well as their wedding if they choose. The region’s rolling vineyards and Mediterranean-like weather are easily the stuff of wedding dreams.


09 Santa Fe, New Mexico

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If you’re hoping to flaunt Southwestern flair at your wedding, choose a location like Santa Fe. With its adobe architecture and mountain views, Santa Fe boasts a distinctive ambiance that’s complemented by a myriad of cultural and natural attractions. There are lots of venues to consider, including hotels, haciendas, and parks. Regarded as one of the country’s most romantic cities, Santa Fe is a fun destination for those who love the Southwest and all that it has to offer.


10 New Orleans, Louisiana

A post-wedding second-line parades in front of St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter

Throw yourselves and all your family and friends a party like they’ve never known before down in New Orleans. The history, the culture, the ambiance, the sultry air of the bayou, the romantic river views, the food--New Orleans has everything you could want for a Southern wedding topped up by jazz and jambalaya. Plus, you’ll have lots of wedding venues to consider in this large city, including Southern Oaks Plantation, Bourbon Orleans Hotel, and Elms Mansion.


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