By Lark Gould / GoBankingRates
July 21, 2016

A vacation can give your relationship a well-needed lift while a newlywed weekend vacation can help you start your marriage off on a high note.

But more young couples are skimping on long honeymoons and opting for weekend getaways, called mini-moons, said Bob Jacobs, vice president of brand management at Westin Hotels & Resorts. GoBankingRates looked at destinations couples are booking and found affordable packages and adventures, whether for a full-fledged honeymoon, mini-moon or spontaneous getaway.

1. Vermont

The Green Mountain state is an easy getaway from the crowded urban corridor of the Northeast. Take a one-hour flight from New York to a serene countryside of mountain resorts, wine trails and rolling hills. Ride the Lake Champlain bikeways network, visit the Vermont State Fair in August or hike the Long Trail.

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden is a wedding destination that offers a Moonlight in Vermont two-night package for couples starting at $1,060. The package includes a couples massage, scenic boat, candlelit dinner and use of the resort’s amenities, which includes kayaking, a private lakefront beach and more.

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2. Colorado

From ski trips to rafting and excursions to hot springs, Colorado is a mountain wonderland. Destinations include the secluded resort towns of Telluride and Aspen. The state is ripe for outdoorsy couples. Telluride offers film and music festivals throughout the year, too, like the Telluride Film Festival hosted Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.

Fairmont Heritage Place in Telluride is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. Just steps away from ski gondolas and walking distance to dining and entertainment, this resort offers accommodations in luxury residences complete with fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, spa tubs and private balconies. Its romantic getaway package is $300 and includes a couples massage, complimentary bottle of champagne, truffle gift set and more. Room rates start at $399 per night.

3. California

From rolling wine country to the Pacific coastline and national and state parks, California offers numerous travel opportunities for road trippers. Once there, couples venturing to Northern California can explore the Redwood National and State Parks or spend the weekend in San Francisco. Southern California offers world-famous beaches, tours of Universal Studios and concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers a mountain retreat by the lake. Its romance package includes a 50-minute couples massage, a $100 resort credit and late checkout. A two-night stay is required and rates for the package start at $599 per night. For beach lovers, the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego has a Bed & Breakfast package perfect for a mini-moon. Accommodations include breakfast buffets at Sheerwater, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Package rates start at $349 through September.

4. Mexico

A short drive to the border for some Americans, Mexico is a budget-friendly alternative for couples looking to escape for a weekend. Rates, dining and shopping are usually more affordable than U.S. destinations, and the country’s coasts are lined with resorts that make honeymooning in Mexico simple and alluring.

Honeymooners or couples on a romantic weekend getaway can head to Cancun for shopping, beaches and expeditions to Mayan ruins. Many resorts there are all-inclusive, giving couples a chance to relax with most amenities within reach. Go snorkeling with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez and whale watching off Mazatlan.

Hacienda Encantada in Cabo San Lucas has an Only You honeymoon package that includes a gourmet romantic dinner with a bottle of wine, a couple’s massage and shuttles for day shopping on Luxury Avenue. Rates start at $639 per night.

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5. The Caribbean Islands

According to The Knot’s 2016 Romance Travel Study, 30 percent of American honeymooners head to the Caribbean Islands. Couples can explore the islands and go snorkeling, diving and duty-free shopping.

Casa Bonita in Barahona, Dominican Republic offers a retreat near the Atlantic waters and the Barahuco Mountains. The lodge offers a four-night Caribbean Honeymoons and Romance package for long weekends. It comes with an ocean view suite, a couple’s massage, breakfast accommodations and transportation to and from the Santo Domingo Airport for $2,235.

6. Hawaii

Hawaii is a five- to six-hour flight from the U.S. mainland. In April, nearly 47,000 honeymooners ventured to the islands, according to a report by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Once there, couples can charter a helicopter in Kauai, learn to surf on the shores of Oahu or take Saddle Road on the main island through mountains and valleys. Head to the crater rim at 10,000 feet on Haleakala in Maui, and take a 23-mile bike ride down the mountain.

For an easy and romantic honeymoon, try the Halekulani, steps from the hum of Waikiki. Their Romance Remembered package includes a chef’s special dinner for two at Orchids and daily full breakfast options. Rates start around $3,140, plus taxes, with a minimum four-night stay.

7. French Polynesia

The 118 islands of French Polynesia are the very definition of romance, with blooming Tiare Tahiti to translucent waters beneath your over-water bungalow. The islands are an eight- to 12-hour flight from the U.S. but a world away in sensations and possibilities. In this swirl of sensuality, couples immerse in the spell of gentle sea life, the sound of ocean tides and exquisite remoteness.

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There, honeymooners can swim and feed sharks and sting rays and snorkel in clear, warm waters. Go for a sunset catamaran cruise, hike to waterfalls, sample local cuisine off food trucks and shop for pearls.

For accommodations, consider Manava Beach Resort & Spa, which offers rates starting at $297 per night, according to TripAdvisor. For couples on a strict vacation budget, opt for Hotel Tiare Tahiti in Papeete, which offers rooms starting at $95.

This article originally appeared on GoBankingRates.

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