Honeymoons usually carry just two prerequisites: beautiful scenery and privacy.

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For most of us, the honeymoon is one of the few opportunities where it’s socially acceptable to take a one- to two-week vacation from work, life and responsibilities and enjoy the sole company of your new spouse. You’ll want to take full advantage and make every moment spectacular.

If your dream honeymoon features fewer resorts and tourist traps and more opportunities to relax and engage with the natural world and your loved one, we’ve rounded up a few locations so good, you’ll never want to leave.

Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii

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One of the most beautiful stretches of coastline on the already stunning island of Maui, Wai’anapanapa State Park features a native hala forest, caves, blowholes and a black-sand beach.

There are plenty of options for camping, including standard campsites and cabins.

Big Sur, California

McWay Falls is a secluded, in-high-demand portion of the Big Sur coast. Photo: Michael DePetris/Unsplash

With pristine forests and coastline as far as the eye can see, wherever you land in Big Sur will make for an incredibly romantic getaway.

There are plenty of well-known areas to camp, as well as hundreds of secluded options if you’re looking to keep things a little more private. We recommend looking into Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, home of McWay Waterfall Trail. Although the area was impacted by flooding earlier in 2017, camping should be available there by the end of the year.

Zion, Utah

Zion is naturally breathtaking, but if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, we suggest checking out Under Canvas’ new campsite in the area. With a variety of luxury tent options to choose from, we can guarantee this will be an unforgettable trip.

Saranac Lake Islands, Adirondacks, New York

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Private island, anyone? If the idea of hopping on a boat, drifting along the lake and choosing from 55 different island campgrounds sounds like your idea of fun, camping on the Saranac Lake Islands in the Adirondacks will be your perfect adventure.

Rent a boat from a Saranac Lake outfitter to get around the islands, and if you like, to catch some fish.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

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Pristine beaches in the middle of the continental U.S.? Sounds pretty far-fetched, but once you lay eyes on Sleeping Bear Dunes, you’ll never want to leave.

The park is open year-round, and activities abound each season, from skiing and snowshoeing, to biking and hiking. There is even scuba diving in the Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve.

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