Few countries are as varied as the US - each state could almost be a nation in its own right. So, it's perhaps unsurprising that it has such a broad appeal as a honeymoon destination, with the sun-drenched state of California proving particularly popular.
Home to glamorous cities, spectacular coastal highways, stunning beaches and a gorgeous climate, this vast destination has something to offer almost all couples. Here at Bon Voyage, we can help you create your perfect honeymoon in California.
TOP REASONS TO HONEYMOON IN CALIFORNIA
We're all unique, and that means that one couple's idea of romance is likely to differ from another's; California is one destination that excels at catering for different tastes. Outdoorsy couples, for instance, can have a ball exploring places like Yosemite National Park, while newlyweds who like the sounds of a little culture can head to San Francisco.
Just a few of the reasons to make California your honeymoon destination include:
• To have the chance to see some of the country's most exciting cities: California is home to incredible places like San Francisco and Santa Monica. So, if you and your partner have always dreamt of a big-city adventure in the US, you couldn't pick a state that's more perfect - after all, there are few sites more iconic than San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, are there?
• To enjoy the sunshine and beaches: California is famous for its sun and sand, so if you and your partner love the sound of sunbathing, surfing and generally throwing yourself into that classic US beach vibe, this state is likely to suit you down to the ground.
• To go wine tasting: Jettisoned into fame by the film Sideways, Santa Barbara's vineyards are a fantastic destination for keen wine lovers.
ROMANTIC EXPERIENCES TO HAVE IN CALIFORNIA
At Bon Voyage, we believe that attention to detail makes all the difference. While you don't want to plan every moment of your honeymoon in advance - after all, you want to leave plenty of room for spontaneity and a little decadent laziness - it's well worth spending some time working out which experiences you definitely want to have.
This will help you make the most of your time away and, as California offers so many possibilities for romance, you'll find a little forward planning might make all the difference.
• Take a road trip along Highway 1: There's nothing quite like hitting the open road, and doing so on your honeymoon adds a wonderful romantic twist to the sense of freedom and adventure that this kind of experience usually gives. Running along the Pacific Ocean, Highway 1 is one of the world's most scenic driving routes.
What's more, you'll have the chance to hit all kinds of destinations and attractions as part of your trip, including tasting wines in Santa Barbara, staying on the Queen Mary at Long Beach, getting a taste of California cool by watching the local surfers and exploring San Francisco, to name just a few of the possibilities.
You could start your honeymoon in Chicago, Illinois, where you can indulge in some sightseeing - the Willis Tower is a particular highlight - before boarding the California Zephyr for a two-night journey to San Francisco. This incredible rail journey will take you past prairies, lakes and mountains - expect to find it hard to take your eyes off the window!
How Bon Voyage can help you create your perfect honeymoon
Here at Bon Voyage, we have 30 years of experience to draw on to help organise your perfect honeymoon. This, paired with our attention to detail, in-depth knowledge of the US and expertise when it comes to everything from hotels to excursions, means that we are fully equipped to provide expert, indispensable advice on the most important holiday of your life.
Booking with Bon Voyage.
At Bon Voyage, we specialise in travel to the USA and Canada. By booking your honeymoon with us, you can rely on having expert advice every step of the way, as well as the peace of mind of having an ATOL-protected package.
To start planning your dream honeymoon in California, you can either call us on 0800 316 3012, request a quote or request a call back to get the ball rolling.
California Coastal Cool
California Coast and Heavenly Hawaii
Coastal California & The Wine Country
Northern California & Awesome Oregon
California Dreaming - Motorhome Holiday
Pacific Coast Highway Self-Ride Motorcycle Tour
Las Vegas and San Francisco Holidays - Two Centre (Luxury)
Yosemite Escape - 3 Day Camping Adventure
Route 66 - Shorter Eleven Night Holiday
California Magic- An Independent Rail Tour
Grand West Tour
Water, Wine & Wilderness!
Yosemite National Park
Golden Gate Park
TCL Chinese Theatre
Palomar Mountain and Julian
Kings Canyon National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Vineyards of Santa Barbara
Yosemite Escape 3-Day Camping Tour
Biking in Huntington Beach and the OC
Redwood National Park
L.A. and Hollywood Experience
Destination - California and Route 66
Palm Springs Star Walk and Celebrity Homes
Whale Watching on the California Coast
CitySightseeing Hollywood Tour
Universal Studios Hollywood
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford