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If you’re looking for a romantic place to take your special someone, but can’t afford to jet off to London or Paris at the moment, don’t stress. There are plenty of amazing vacation spots right here in the good ol’ US of A that will have your sweetie swooning. Whether it’s at the beach, the lake, or in the middle of rolling wine country, these destinations offer everything the two of you need for the perfect romantic getaway.
Picturesque Napa Valley in California is such a popular tourist destination that visitors from all over the globe travel there to get a glimpse of the amazing views and of course, sample the world-famous wines. There are more than 400 wineries scattered throughout the valley, offering a variety of wines including Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. You can choose from a variety of experiences including complimentary tastings at some vineyards, wine and lunch pairings at others, and some that even offer full experiences like behind-the-scenes tours, cruises or blend-your-own winemaking. It’s not just about the wine here though. You and your partner can also stroll through a local farmers market, go shopping, visit a wildlife sanctuary or go for a breathtaking hot air balloon ride high above the valley.
Although you may not be familiar with Sedona, you’ll understand why it’s become such a popular getaway for couples the moment you arrive there. Not only is the surrounding scenery of vibrant red rocks and majestic green forests beautiful to take in, but the city has a peaceful, calming feel to it. Plus, there’s an endless amount of things to do here including hiking and biking, taking a Jeep or Hummer adventure tour through the rocky terrain, dining out at a fabulous restaurant or visiting the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross. Of course, one of the most popular ways for couples to enjoy some time together here is by relaxing at one of the luxurious spas like the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock or Mii Amo, A Destination Spa.
The beautiful seaside town of Charleston is filled with Southern charm from its brightly colored buildings to its cobblestone streets. There are tons of shops and restaurants to explore along the streets of its downtown historic district, as well as the popular market that houses hundreds of homemade wares from local artisans. You can also tour the city by trolley, horse-drawn carriage or even by boat, and at night, take a spooky ghost tour. Other unique opportunities for couples include cooking classes and couples’ massages. Or if you two want to take in a unique sight together, check out the Angel Oak on nearby James Island – this massive oak tree is a whopping 66 feet tall, 28 feet wide, and is thought to be about 400-500 years old.
No matter where you look in the capital city of Providence, Rhode Island, it resembles a picture of a postcard. From its brightly colored buildings and historic homes to its quaint neighborhoods and beautiful waterfront. In addition to strolling through the shops and taking a historic walking tour of downtown, you and your sweetie can go ice skating at the city center or when the weather’s nice, take an authentic gondola ride down the river that includes handmade Italian wine biscuits, sparkling cider in gold-rimmed glasses, handmade chocolates and even live mandolin, violin or guitar music. Many of the area hotels also offer “getaway packages” that include extras like breakfasts, dinners, or spa treatments.
If you and your special someone enjoy skiing and other winter sports, the mountain town of Aspen may just be the perfect vacation spot for you. Of course, being situated at more than 7,000 feet in elevation, Aspen is a ski lover’s paradise with four world-class resorts. Besides skiing and snowboarding, you can go snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating or take a romantic sleigh ride through the streets of downtown Aspen. If you guys are feeling extra adventurous, you can even hop on for a dog sled ride with Krabloonik Outfitters. The Silver Queen Gondola that takes you straight up to the top of Aspen Mountain provides breathtaking views. And then, you can finish off the day with a gourmet meal you helped prepare yourself at a couples cooking class at the Cooking School of Aspen.
Pretty much anywhere in Hawaii can offer a romantic experience for couples, but Maui is definitely one of the best options to consider. There is a laid-back and nature-themed vibe on Maui that is well-suited for a couples vacation with a backdrop of stunning natural landscapes. Some of the most romantic Maui experiences to have include attending a luau, going on a sunset cocktail cruise, and taking a helicopter tour over the island. You can also explore Maui on horseback with your partner, get a spa treatment together, and have a picnic on the beach.
Although Jackson might not be the first place you’d think of for a romantic getaway, it’s actually a very popular spot for couples’ vacations, thanks to its breathtaking scenery and unique experiences. You and your significant other can share a horseback ride or an exhilarating dog sled ride, relax with a couples massage or go on a snowmobile ride together through Yellowstone National Park. There is also plenty of cozy places to stay that offer special packages or features for couples that include Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces and breakfast in bed.
Located just off the coast of Miami and 90 miles from Cuba, Key West offers an island getaway experience that is ideal for couples. Key West has a laid-back vibe, plenty of sightseeing opportunities, and lots of scenic places to get photos together. It’s fun to rent scooters to drive around to explore the area and also to spend a day sunbathing at Smathers Beach. If you and your partner enjoy the water, make sure to do some snorkeling around Key West to see the sights underwater.
Big Sur is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the U.S., which makes it a perfect romantic setting for you and your partner to visit. There are some luxury hotels in the area and also opportunities for beachside camping in a tent. You can get amazing photos together in Big Sur, enjoy a picnic at San Dollar Beach, and go hiking on the many trails in the area to get some fresh air and exercise while having good conversations. To slow down your pace of travel and really enjoy each other’s company, soak up the views at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and watch the sunrise from Pfeiffer Beach.
The Pocono Mountains, also referred to as the Poconos, is a very romantic region that many couples travel to for honeymoons and anniversaries. There are numerous couples resorts here and fun things to do with your partner, such as spa treatments, scenic hikes, and romantic restaurants. You can also stay at a quaint B&B here and book a romance package to treat your special someone to something memorable. Other ideas for your couple’s vacation in the Poconos are to take a cooking class, visit a winery, pack a picnic, or take a ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. Some of the most beautiful natural spots to see together are Bushkill Falls, Resica Falls, and Hawks Falls.
There’s nothing quite like a couple’s trip to New York to bring you closer together and introduce you to the excitement of the Big Apple. Some of the most romantic things to do in New York City are going on an evening river cruise, making reservations at a fancy restaurant, going to a live jazz performance, and taking a horse and carriage ride through Central Park. If you visit in the winter, you can ice skate together at Rockefeller Center and see the stunning holiday decorations around Christmastime. It’s also fun to see a Broadway show, go for a walk on the High Line, and sip cocktails at a rooftop bar during your NYC trip.
Fredericksburg is located in a beautiful area of Texas that is best explored with the one you love. You and your partner can get active with golf, hiking, and biking when you stay in a romantic cabin rental. It’s also possible to go wine tasting, listen to live music, pick peaches, and go rock climbing when you plan a Fredericksburg trip. Couples who enjoy the outdoors should visit the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, while wine lovers will enjoy visiting Grape Creek Vineyards on a beautiful day. There are lots of cute cafes and shops along Main Street in Fredericksburg and many other vineyards in the area to try too.
St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in America and is filled with historical sites that you can explore with your loved one. There are beautiful beaches to relax on here, as well as family-owned restaurants and impressive architecture to marvel at. You can take a ghost tour to learn about St. Augustine’s spooky spots and stay at historic inns and B&Bs with waterfront views.
Couples enjoy visiting Asheville, North Carolina to tour the Biltmore Estate, sample beers at the local breweries, and go hiking at Chimney Rock State Park. There are romantic restaurants in Ashville for dining out, outdoor spaces to enjoy a picnic, and many local events, such as Shakespeare in the Park. Asheville also offers museums to explore, rooftop bars to sip cocktails, and spas to treat yourselves to a couples massage. Waterfall hikes at Pisgah National Forest and scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway are also fun options for couples looking to spend quality time together.
Savannah is a historic and romantic city that couples love spending time in while walking hand-in-hand. There are lots of shops, restaurants, and nightlife options in the River Street area, while the parks are filled with Spanish moss hanging from the trees and cozy places to sit and watch the world go by. You can stay in a charming B&B in the heart of the city or head out to one of the nearby islands for a unique getaway excursion. Other fun things to do in Savannah on a couples trip to Savannah are taking an evening ghost tour, having dinner at the famous Olde Pink House, and touring the fabulous and historic mansions.
New Orleans often gets a reputation as a party destination, but it is also a romantic place to visit with the one you love. You can watch live music performances along Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street, savor incredible Cajun food, and sip drinks out in the open on public streets. Café du Monde is a must-visit spot for beignets, sunset cruises are available on the Mississippi River, and cemetery tours are also offered to learn about the history and local legends.