Top 12 Budget Honeymoons in the USA

PHOTO What are the top 12 budget honeymoon trips in the USA?

Stick close to home and discover a bit of paradise in your own backyard (as well as save on airfare). Here, a dozen of BRIDES magazine's favorite U.S. destinations:

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Known for: Classic American summers. Picture children jingling bicycle bells, old-fashioned main streets, and couples sharing ice-cream cones on after-dinner walks.

Don't miss: Hitting the high seas on a whale-watching trip (humpbacks often surface beside the boat) or a sunset sail around the bay -- bring a blanket (for snuggling) and champagne.

Charleston, South Carolina

Known for: Old-South style, as well as exquisite antebellum homes like Boone Hall Plantation, the inspiration for Gone with the Wind.

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Don't miss: Strolling arm-in-arm down King Street in the city's historic district, built by British transplants in the 17th century. The ultimate souvenir? A Carolina four-poster mahogany rice bed.

Green Mountains, Vermont

Known for: Winter skiing and summer canoeing -- plus hiking through some of the nation's most brilliant fall foliage.

Don't miss: The locally tapped maple syrup that turns up on most menus. You can buy it in grades, from light to dark amber, at every country store.

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Gulf Coast, Florida

Known for: Beaches, beaches, beaches, all on the bathtub-warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In the north, dunes and sea grass dominate; further south, the strands are wide and long.

Don't miss: The region's high-kitsch southern take on the American summer. This is the unofficial capital of miniature golf. Pay tribute by playing a round.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Known for: Cowboys, ranches, and jagged high-altitude mountains -- great for skiing and snowboarding in winter, horseback riding and hiking in summer months.

Don't miss: An intimate afternoon sleigh ride through the snowy woods and hills of the National Elk Refuge. Follow with a dinner of local wide game at The Granary restaurant.

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The Keys, Florida

Known for: Blue-green water, beach bars, and the offshore underwater panoramas at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo -- a kaleidoscope of rainbow-hued sea life that dazzles snorkelers and divers.

Don't miss: The sunset spectacle on Key West's Mallory Square dock. Tightrope walkers and jugglers entertain a born-to-party crowd as the sky turns crimson.

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