30 Best Babymoon Destinations in the U.S.
Babies are wonderful but they make it difficult to travel. Especially during those first months, you’ll probably struggle to find time to shower, let alone time to go on a vacation. This is where babymoon vacations come into play.
So, what is a babymoon? It’s basically a honeymoon for pregnant couples. The idea is to take a trip before the baby comes and relax as much as possible before your life is turned upside down in the best way possible.
But traveling while pregnant can be difficult, which is why you want to choose a destination that makes it easy for you to simply sit back and relax. Here, we have the best babymoon destinations in the U.S.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
If you’re based in the Northeast and want to escape to a quiet town with natural and architectural beauty, consider Cape Cod.
Famous for its rugged coastline, whale watching and sandy beaches, we recommend renting out a beach house. This way, you can simply step out of your front door for walks along the sand. At night, bring a blanket out and gaze up at the sky as the ocean breeze calms you.
If you want to do more than lay around by the beach but also don’t want a noisy city, head to this beautiful Gulf Coast town.
Close to some of the best beaches in the country, you’ll have your pick of beach locations to choose from. Siesta Key will give you a small town feel while providing several dining options. Lido Key is where you can go shopping at boutique stores for cute baby clothes or for maternity and postpartum outfits for yourself.
For a little more action, you can go to Downtown Sarasota, where there are even more shops and restaurants, or visit the Ringling Museum for a combination of art, rose gardens and lavish 1920s mansions by the bay.
Is avoiding a hot place at the top of your things to look for in a babymoon destination? Forget the beaches and head to Bend instead. Even in Oregon, where it seems like you could be shunned for not having an interest in hiking, Bend is known as a town for outdoors lovers.
Of course, you won’t be doing arduous hikes or mountain biking, but there are plenty of easy things to do. For one, you could rent a cabin in the woods. You’ll still be close enough to town to ask your partner to go get you something that you’re craving, but you won’t have to make an effort to get to nature.
You can also do small, relatively flat hikes if you feel up for it, or drive to a picnic area and enjoy the mountains while you feast. A river cruise is also a good way to do something fun without having to move too much.
Montauk, New York
New Yorkers shouldn’t even consider any other location for their babymoon trip than Montauk. Set at the very tip of Long Island, Montauk is only three hours away from the city but feels like another country.
Windy beaches, a lighthouse and a relaxed vibe will allow you to breathe and rest from the noise of the metropolis for a couple of days.
Depending on how you feel, you can drive up to the coast and simply sit there enjoying the view, or you can go to Montauk Point State Park and stroll around — don’t worry, you won’t find any hills here!
You certainly don’t have to do some of the usual activities like visiting the red-rock formations or doing four-wheeler desert tours. Instead, focus on the other thing Sedona is famous for, like spas and wellness.
With several wellness centers and resorts in town, you will definitely find something that fits exactly what you want. You can spend time being pampered and leisurely swimming in your resort’s pool.
Plus, no matter where you are in town, you'll get to enjoy views of the majestic rock formations, even if you can't trek to them.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Most people come to Bar Harbor for Acadia National Park. Depending on how far along in your pregnancy you are, you may be able to do some of the shorter, less strenuous hikes around the park.
But you can enjoy nature even if you can’t hike, since several viewpoints around town are easily accessible by car. The town itself is also so colorfully picturesque, that simply looking out your window will make you giddy.
You may not be able to eat all of the area's famous seafood, but there are plenty of other savory dishes to try here.
Seaside Park, New Jersey
Jersey Shore can be a tranquil place if you know where to go. Seaside Park is home to Island Beach State Park, a barrier island that not many tourists know about.
You’ll get the beauty of the state’s shoreline without its infamous party scene. This way, you won’t have to worry about rowdy drunks interrupting your precious sleep.
The state park is great for a quiet beach day if you feel like swimming but also has picnic spots easily accessible by car. You can also enjoy the town’s boardwalk, which is short enough for a pregnant woman to enjoy.
When the biggest thing a city can boast is that it’s the least populated state capital, you know you’re in the right place for a quiet babymoon escapade.
Besides not being noisy and polluted, the Vermont capital is also walkable and very green. It is particularly beautiful in the fall, when red colors paint the trees within town and in the mountains that surround it.
You won’t have to do much to enjoy this pretty town, walking a little bit around downtown is enough. Or don’t walk a lot and just sit at a restaurant and order all the Vermont maple syrup you can consume. Locals say it’s better than its Canadian counterpart — we’ll leave it up to you to decide.
Park City, Utah
Park City is mostly known as a ski town, which is obviously not why it’s included here.
You don’t have to get your snow gear ready to enjoy this town because it's much more than its slopes. Visiting during ski season will give you the opportunity to sit around your chalet with a cup of hot chocolate as you watch the snow fall. Doing nothing will very seldom feel this good.
If you visit off-season, you’ll still get the beautiful chalet in the mountains, and nobody will judge you for having hot chocolate, even in the summer. You can also visit the historic main street, which is conveniently small.
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Set in what is known as the "Secret Coast," Bay St. Louis is great for disconnecting and letting go of your worries.
One of the best and least physically trying activities you can do is take a cruise along the bay. Sunset cruises are particularly popular, but you may get the chance to see wild dolphins at any point of the day.
There are several beaches in town, and the downtown area is filled with ancient oaks that cool down temperatures and make it pleasant to take a stroll. Stop for ice cream or Southern food at any of the area’s several restaurants.
This historic Virginian small town is one of the state’s best destinations, period. But pregnant women will appreciate its ability to feel small while managing to still provide many, many food options.
Home to the University of Virginia, Charlottesville is a college town, but it definitely isn’t rowdy. On the contrary, the most popular things to do here are going out to eat, visiting the nearby wineries, hiking in Shenandoah National Park and visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.
We highly recommend visiting a winery, even if you won’t be drinking, simply to enjoy the views of vineyards underneath the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hanging out at Monticello isn’t too bad either.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
For people who can’t quite decide whether they want a small town or a city, Albuquerque may be the answer.
New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque is made up of a historic Old Town with Spanish colonial architecture and a modern downtown. This means that if you want to stroll through narrow streets one moment and go to a fancy modern restaurant the next, you absolutely can.
You can learn about the history of the Native tribes that continue to live here and support them by buying art for you or your baby.
Magnolia Springs, Alabama
Sometimes, when you’re pregnant, you don’t even want to think about walking. Luckily, Magnolia Springs is so scenic, you can drive through it and still be left in awe.
Magnolia trees line the streets of the town, which was once only accessible by boat. There really isn’t a corner of this town that isn’t gorgeous, so go ahead and have your partner drive you around as you ooh and ahh. (Of course, if you want to walk instead, the trees provide cool shade.)
When you’re done with the tour, settle in one of the town’s restaurants to indulge in delicious Southern food.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Another place for a perfect quiet beach getaway is Hilton Head island. The two most popular things to do here are to go to the beach and to play golf, so you already know everyone is in a leisure mindset here.
You probably won’t be spending too much time at the golf courses, but a house by the beach will be perfect. Coligny Beach is also one of the best outdoors attractions in the U.S., so make sure to go there at least once.
What makes Hilton Head so great is that you won’t have to deal with the usual crowds, but you’ll still get white sand and warm waters.
Sitting at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, there are few mountain towns as famous or as beautiful as Boulder. You may not get the chance to do the hiking and camping trips that attract people to the city, but you’ll be able to enjoy the mountain scenery from wherever you are.
Downtown offers plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can sit, enjoy something to drink and people watch.
You can also visit boutique shops to buy unique clothes or toys for your baby or find the last few decorations for their room. That way, you'll be able to tell them about your babymoon in Colorado until they're tired of hearing about it.
Isla Morada, Florida
The Florida Keys are where Floridians go when they want a special beach vacation. That really should tell you everything you need to know.
Although Key West tends to be the most popular town, it’s a good four hours away from Miami by car. A good compromise and a way to avoid the large crowds is to go to the beautiful Isla Morada.
This section of the Keys is very peaceful and usually attracts families who just want to enjoy the beach. For a change of scenery, you can go to Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, which has a tropical forest. The good thing about nature in Florida is that there are no hills, so you don’t have to worry about over-exerting yourself.
Of course, if all you want to do is feel the sand in your toes and eat Key lime pie, nobody will judge you here. The one thing to consider is to try to avoid a trip here during the summer, as tropical mosquitos abound.
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is one of those places that can accommodate every single type of person, expectant mothers included.
For starters, the people of Asheville are notoriously friendly, and its downtown is dotted with historic buildings that have been converted into boutique shops and restaurants.
If you love art, you’ll have your pick of things to do, as Asheville has both classic pieces and local art on display. On days where you feel especially energetic, you can visit the Downtown Art District or the River Arts District.
The Texas capital is for city lovers who also want to be able to just chill. There are three main reasons why the city is a perfect place for a babymoon in Texas: the river, the parks and the food.
Let’s start with the latter. If you love meat, you’re obviously in the right place, as you’ll be able to eat Texas BBQ and Mexican food to your heart’s content. If you’re a vegetarian, there are plenty of amazing restaurants in the city that’ll cater to your needs and taste buds.
As for the other two, river cruises and strolling by the riverside are two of the city’s most popular pastimes, and they won’t require much from you. Austin’s numerous parks and green spaces also make it easy to picnic, nap or read in a park while you enjoy the sun and city views.
Charleston, South Carolina
Perhaps the state’s most well-known city, Charleston is, simply put, beautiful.
The architecture in the Historic District is pretty enough for postcards, and carriage rides through downtown are actually a thing. The latter provides a romantic activity you can enjoy with your partner without having to walk.
There are also gardens, many many shops and, of course, all of the Southern food you could ever crave.
Newport, Rhode Island
Since you’ll be spending all your money on diapers for a while, why not go and see how the obscenely wealthy lived during the Gilded Age?
All jokes aside, the mansions in Bellevue Avenue really are worth visiting, even if you’re passing through by car because you can’t be bothered to walk. If, on the contrary, you want to move around a bit, you can visit museums that are now housed within these mansions, particularly the ex-Vanderbilt home, The Breakers.
When you’re not gushing with envious curiosity at houses of a bygone age, go to the beach, watch the boats bob up and down in the harbor or go to an outdoor concert. (Just make sure there’s seating beforehand.)
When one of the best things to do in a city is taking a long drive along one of the most scenic roads in the world, you know this is a great place for pregnant women (as long as you're not prone to car sickness).
Cruise along Highway 1 from the passenger seat and stop to see seals playing in the rocks at Monterey Bay. During the right times of the year, you may even see whales in migration!
You can also go shopping on Cannery Road, where former sardine packing factories are now chic restaurants and shops. Because of its beauty and convenience, Monterey makes for a great babymoon in California.
Hot Springs, Arkansas
This town is not only named because of the many hot springs around it, but it also has a street called Bathhouse Row. As you can guess, the street is named so because it has several spas and salons situated along it — 15 to be exact.
Even though you won't be able to take a dip in the thermal waters, you can spend your vacation treating yourself to massages and facials.
Beautiful Whitefish is mostly known for being the gateway to Glacier National Park. We certainly encourage you to visit the areas of the park that are accessible by car, but if that seems too much for you, staying in town is still very much worthwhile.
Rough mountains set the backdrop for this small town, which may be one of the best small towns in America. It is also blessed with Whitefish Lake, where people enjoy paddling and other watersports.
Of course, you can simply enjoy the lake from the shore and take in the peacefulness that the town exudes.
Getting on a plane for a trip to the middle of the Pacific is probably not ideal for most pregnant people. But if you’re a resident of Hawaii, then you also would want to stay close to home rather than fly to the mainland.
If this is the case, we suggest taking a babymoon to the tiny town of Paia on the gorgeous island of Maui. The town is most popular with surfers, but it also attracts people looking to get to know native Hawaiian culture and experience the state far, far away from massive resorts and touristy areas.
You can feel in your own little world here and spend your days eating shaved ice at the beach.
All of Tennessee is incredibly scenic, and Gatlinburg, in particular, attracts people with its mix of in-town attractions and natural beauty.
For a babymoon trip, you probably won’t head too deeply into the Great Smoky Mountains, though you can certainly enjoy their presence from town or even rent a cabin within the woods.
While staying in town, you will want to spend most of your time shopping, as this is a handcraft destination where you’ll get one-of-a-kind items.
On another type of trip, we’d recommend going as far off grid as possible in Alaska, but this is a trip where you want to embrace as much convenience as possible. People residing within Alaska or in states that are a short flight away will want to be in Anchorage, the largest city in the Last Frontier.
You’ll still get the wild and icy beauty that makes Alaska famous, but you’ll be able to appreciate it from a home with all the modern comforts. You’ll be close to everything you could need, including many restaurants.
For a cultural experience, visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where you can see stage dances and crafts from indigenous people of the region.
Saint Augustine, Florida
As the oldest city in the United States, Saint Augustine is not your typical Florida city.
Of course, you can also find sandy beaches, but they won’t be the main attraction. Instead, you can see things like the Castillo de San Marcos fort, even if you only take it in from a distance because you don’t want a walking tour.
The town is full of old architecture and other, less ambitious tours include the Fountain of Youth and an old schoolhouse, where you can see what education looked like more than a hundred years ago. This certainly makes it a unique place for a babymoon in Florida.
Durham, North Carolina
Let’s just say that the main reason people go to Durham is because of the food. Yes, yes, basically all of the South has mouthwatering food, but when we tell you Durham is said to be the “South’s tastiest town,” you know it’s special.
A foodie vacation is one of the best babymoon ideas, and few places can beat Durham when it comes to delighting your palate.
Where to even begin in Savannah? The historic city is known for its beauty as well as for its numerous public parks and gardens.
Walking around town and window (or actual) shopping are a great way to spend time. But if you’re too tired for that, we suggest planning to spend entire afternoons in Forsyth Park. You’ll be right in the middle of everything, and there are plenty of banks under the trees to sit in, observe and read.
You already know we’re going to talk about food because, well, this is Georgia! You can find much more than Southern food here, but don’t shy away from eating fried green tomatoes five times a day.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Lake Tahoe doesn’t even look real, even when you’re standing in a kayak right in the middle of it.
The crystal-clear water makes it possible to see the bottom of the lake, while at the same time reflecting the mountains that stand tall before it. This isn’t just one of the best lake getaways in the country, but also in the world.
On a babymoon, you probably won’t engage in too many water sports and activities (or skiing in the winter). But you can simply rent a lake house and spend your days relaxing as you take in the serenity of the lake.