My husband and I are not ones to lay around and do nothing when we travel. When it came time to plan our honeymoon and we started looking at all the typical beachy, romantic resorts......we realized, that wasn't us. So we had a jam-packed, adventurous, 15-day long honeymoon and I don't regret it for a second. I know there are other people out there like us, who want to do something more adventurous for their honeymoon but maybe they don't know where to start looking.
Well friend, I've got you.
1. Southern California Desert
Where to Stay: Pioneertown Motel
Built in the 40s for old western movie stars, this little motel in the middle of the desert is a real gem. It was recently renovated for the modern age, but still keeps its old west vibe. It even has an old ghost town movie set next to it that you can walk through!
The doors have their respective movie stars' names on them. You can stay in Gene Autry's room, Roy Rogers' room, and a dozen others. Our room belonged to Barbara Stanwyck!
Instead of phone books or notepads on the bedside table, you'll find these books. My kind of place. :)
Things to Do
Joshua Tree National Park
The Pioneertown Motel is right outside of Joshua Tree National Park, so head over and do some hikes, climb some rocks, and explore!
We climbed a huge pile of rocks, and I was only a little nervous that I'd have to reenact the movie 127 Hours.
A strange, surreal, man-made mound of painted dirt in the middle of the desert, Salvation Mountain is a must-see if you're in southern California. It was created by Leonard Knight, who spent 25 years rebuilding and repainting it with one message in mind: God is Love. He died in 2014, and it's now maintained by volunteers.
While you're there, stop by Slab City and the Salton Sea too!
2. Southern Utah
Southern Utah is THE place to go if you want something different. It has some of the most popular national parks and attracts all types of adventurous people. We just got back from a trip to Bryce Canyon, and I can't recommend it enough!
Where to Stay: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon sits right on the rim of the canyon, which makes for incredible views right outside your door and easy access to trailheads. We did the Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop Trails, which go down into the canyon, and since we were so close, it only took about thirty seconds to walk from our room to the trail! The Lodge has a nice restaurant and a pizza restaurant (only open in the summer!), so you don't even have to drive anywhere unless you want to visit another nearby park.
Things to Do
If you want to go somewhere other than Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park is less than two hours away, the Grand Canyon is about three hours away, Arches National Park is about four hours away, and if you're feeling real adventurous, you can head over to Las Vegas for the day!
3. La Push, Washington
Where to Stay: Quileute Oceanside Resort
The weekend we stayed here was one of my favorites. La Push Beach and the surrounding areas are just magical. This resort is owned by the Quileute tribe and we had our own private cabin, right on the beach. I'll just let the photos speak for themselves. :)
Things to Do
Check out the surrounding beaches - each one is unique, though it doesn't seem like beaches in the same area could be so different. La Push Beach (also called 1st Beach) is the beach that the resort is on, then 2nd and 3rd Beach, Rialto Beach, and Ruby Beach! Ruby Beach was my favorite.
There's plenty to explore in Olympic National Park as well - Hurricane Ridge and the Hoh Rainforest were two of my favorites.
And of course, stock up on food at the local grocery store and make dinner every night in your cabin!
The resort office will give you a fire permit for $5, and you can have a campfire at sunset. :)