If escape is the first thing that comes to mind when you think "honeymoon," think again. While beach and destination resorts are restful, the flip side of the coin is that high-powered couples sometimes find them boring. In terms of entertainment, there's not much to do at night worth leaving your room. And unless your idea of heaven is repeating the same thing day after day, consider going to a place that brims with intelligent signs of life.
You don't have to do it all -- but it's nice to know it's there.
1. Whatever your interest, you can pursue it in a major population center. From flea markets to live concerts to sporting events, you'll find more than enough to devise a memorable itinerary.
2. Going out to eat will be a big part of your vacation. Instead of getting stuck in a hotel dining room, you can sample all kinds of cuisine. Research where the ethnic neighborhoods are; your trip around the city can become a culinary journey to many different parts of the world. And when you eat at such restaurants, you're likely to find them far less expensive than ones that that cater to tourists.
3. Like to shop? Window-shopping and browsing places like Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Boston's Newbury Street, and San Francisco's Union Square will provide plenty of inspiration for feathering your new nest.
4. Just because you're married, you haven't gone brain-dead.
Visit a museum, an art gallery, an historical site to expand your horizons and get in touch with generations past and future. Before you go, check out the city's tourism office and find out what shows will be on display during your visit.
5. People-watching. Cities are fascinating places to walk and wander and soak up the local color.
Visit a local park. Spend time at an outdoor cafe soaking up the local culture. Take a bus to the end of the line.
6. No sand, no sunburn.
7. No insincere smiles. Despite what you may have heard, city-dwellers are by and large friendly and helpful. And the nice ones act that way just because they want to -- not because it's hotel policy.
8. Good -- and inexpensive -- transportation. The best way to acclimate yourself and get your bearings it to take a hop/on hop/off bus tour (book online) on your first day. After that, stick to public transportation. Download a bus or subway map to your smartphone. If you get around like the locals do, you'll discover the true flavor of a place and save money.
9. You'll have the pleasure of seeing people dressed for work without having to feel guilty, because you're on your honeymoon. Tip: And make an effort to dress like them. Only tourists walk around in a sophisticated city wearing T-shirts and shorts. If you look like a native, you'll be treated like one.
10. No pressure to go everywhere and do everything. Don't feel like doing anything on your honeymoon but be alone together and undisturbed? You can simply draw the curtains, stay in your room the whole time, order room service, learn everything you need from the Web, and then tell the folks at home you've been there, done that — and had the greatest vacation ever!
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