Places to Have a Great Minimoon

If you’re getting married sometime soon, maybe you’re trying to figure out honeymoon options. Honestly though, not everyone wants...

If you’re getting married sometime soon, maybe you’re trying to figure out honeymoon options.

Honestly though, not everyone wants or can afford the typical beach honeymoon on a remote island somewhere - so if an exotic vacay isn’t in your plans, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful honeymoon - even if it’s just a few days away together. In fact, sometimes a shorter minimoon is actually more enjoyable after the stress of planning a wedding, and after all, you have your whole lives together to take fancy vacations. Travelling internationally wasn’t an option for hubby and I when we got married because we were on a tight budget, but we still had the best time and truthfully, our honeymoon is still one of the best weeks of our lives that I look back on often and smile.

In this post, I’m sharing some tips for where to have a great minimoon no matter what kind of things you’re interested in, and no matter what kind of budget you’re working with.

Las Vegas

Although Vegas may not be the most budget-friendly place in this list, it’s also not impossible to visit on a budget - especially if you’re not going to be throwing all your money away at the Blackjack table. Vegas could be a fun change from your daily life and a memorable way to start your new married life together after the formalities and stress of planning a wedding over the past months. Vegas offers hotels to suit a variety of budgets, and also has some of the best shows and musicals in the world. We’re actually taking our first trip to Vegas together next month, so keep an eye out for a recap of that trip!


Sedona is said to be a truly magical and unique place by all who have visited, and even if you’re not overly convinced of the magical aspect of this charming town, it’s undeniable that it’s one of the most beautiful places in the US, if not the world. There’s really nowhere else quite like it, and with so many hiking options and nature trails nearby, you can visit places like the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend through some of the tours offered to those visiting Sedona. Phoenix is just about two hours away, as well, if you’re looking for a bit of a day trip.

Road Trip

Road trips are fun, and taking one for a few days or a week will be a budget-friendly and fun way to explore some of the country and will pretty much cover every interest, so both you and your new spouse will be able to find something you enjoy. Whether you want to take a drive to explore some national parks, or head south and visit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail hotel, you’ll find so many options for amazing places to explore on visit on your road trip minimoon. I never even rode in a plane until I was 24, and so far, every plane ride I’ve taken has been for work. Road trips were part of our vacation rituals growing up, so I’m forever a fan of hitting the road with those you love.


Denver is not only a beautiful and quite unique city as far as cities go, it’s also the perfect place to visit if you enjoy winter sports, such as skiing, or even if you just enjoy being in nature and making the most of the fresh mountain air. Flights to Denver are available often and affordably from many places, and even if you don’t want to venture into the mountains, then Denver itself is one of the most walkable cities in the US, so it’s the perfect place to get out and explore the city and all that it has to offer. A visit to Colorado has always been high on my bucket list, so this is one city I’m yearning to see.

Where are budget-friendly places you’ve taken mini vacations? What would you add to this list?

*This is a collaborative post.

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  1. We took a minimoon... to Amish country, which is super nearby. I called it out afternoon honeymoon! For shorter weekend trips, I also like Chicago, Pittsburgh, D.C., & Ann Arbor, where we just went for our anniversary. It's nice to live so close to so much!

    1. That's awesome! We went to Universal for our honeymoon, which was a bit of a trip, but totally worth it. We were able to drive there, so that was nice. We typically take mini-trips when we travel (Asheville, Savannah, Helen), which are all relatively close to us. We're going to Vegas next month, which will be our first time flying together, so that's pretty exciting!