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When you want to escape with the one you love (or the one you’re hoping to ignite a spark with) there are many places throughout the country to choose from, whether it’s a luxury couples’ resort or a romantic small town. Getting away from it all is always better with a special someone, and in many cases, you don’t even have to go very far. With this list of the most romantic destinations in every state, you can easily plan a perfect day trip or jet off to the most appealing.
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Located in northeastern Alabama, when it comes to romantic spots in the state, Gorham’s Bluff is often on the top of the list. It offers an intimate place to spend time with the one you love, or to spark the flame, with a magnificent view of the Tennesse River and lots of trails for strolling hand-in-hand through nature.
Alyeska Resort is often named among the best resorts in Alaska and it’s also one of the top spots for viewing the northern lights. While it’s stunning year-round, come anytime outside of the summer months, and you’ll have a good chance to enjoy them together, providing a romantic moment to remember for a lifetime. Couples can also enjoy snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobile tours, and indulging in a hot stone massage.
The most photographed waterfall in the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls spills over fiery-hued rocks, pooling into turquoise waters deep within a remote region of the park. Ideal for romance-seekers, getting there requires a 10-mile trek, but the reward is viewing some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, with multiple crystal clear aquamarine cascades flowing into travertine swimming holes at the bottom.
Hawksbill Crag is the most notable romantic place in all of Arkansas. Also called Whitaker’s Point, the scenic drive there alone is worth the trek. Once you get there you’ll enjoy an endless view of forested mountains from the bluff that’s often been called the “best place to be kissed” and the “best place for a proposal.” It takes about two hours to reach via the hiking trail, so you’ll want to enjoy a romantic picnic here too.
Just north of the Victorian village of Mendocino, a honeymoon-worthy place of its own is Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, which is spread over 47 oceanfront with coastal bluffs, pine forests, canyons, wetlands, and a wide variety of plant and floral collections. Stroll the winding path through colorful flowers on your way to the dramatic cliff where a park bench overlooks the Pacific. It’s so romantic that some choose to tie the knot right here at the edge.
One of the best resorts in Colorado, the historic Broadmoor Hotel opened in the late 19th century along the shores of Cheyenne Lake at the edge of Colorado Springs. It offers special getaway packages for couples that typically include a romantic dinner for two or items like sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries. The infinity pool boasts dramatic views of the Rockies and the lake and there are restaurants for fine dining, a spa, three championship golf courses, and hiking right out your door.
Lover’s Leap State Park is a no-brainer when it comes to romance in Connecticut, with the Metal Falls Bridge built in 1895 an ideal spot to steal a kiss. Plus it offers hiking trails, scenic vistas, and historic ruins.
A top beach getaway in the U.S., Romantic Rehoboth Beach is the perfect spot for lovers in Delaware who love the sea. While it’s lively during the summer as a popular surf destination, the off-season may be even more romantic with the sky filled with glorious colors at sunrise, enjoyed by only a handful of couples who stroll the boardwalk hand-in-hand. Even when temperatures drop, you’ll find opportunities for shopping and dining here too. After dark, the night’s sky provides incredible stargazing.
While Mallory Square in Key West is famous for its sunset celebrations, one of the most romantic ways to enjoy it without the crowds is a sunset sail trip. You’ll get a front-row seat, and many excursions include fine wines and light bites like fresh fruit, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres while the sounds of reggae or Jimmy Buffet play to the rhythm of the waves.
Located in Savannah’s historic district renowned for its canopy of live oak trees, Forsyth Park offers one of the most unforgettable romantic strolls. It’s also great for picnics and snapping a selfie in front of the large fountain.
Hanalei Bay is a must-see for anyone visiting Kauai, with locals and travelers alike often naming it the most beautiful spot on an island with the surreal blue waters of the three-mile-long bay, and a half-moon of golden sands that are backed by lush green mountains dotted with waterfall. The historic pier juts out into the bay, providing an ideal place for a romantic picnic with a panoramic view.
Located right on the sparkling waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene, this luxury resort is sure to spark or reignite the flames of love. The spacious rooms boast breathtaking mountain and lake views, and some have fireplaces to cozy up to. There are multiple dining options on-site for romantic meals, a luxe spa, an indoor pool and hot tub, and a highly acclaimed golf course.
Set in an elegant redbrick mansion near Galena’s picturesque historic district, enjoy a B&B stay at Cloran Mansion made for romance with elegant rooms, some of which include fireplaces and two-person jetted tubs. It’s no surprise that this luxurious property is a popular spot for weddings.
A perfect place to celebrate your love, the Oliver Inn is a charming and historic B&B-style inn that sits among graceful maple trees strewn around the property. It’s been owned by the Oliver Family for over a century and offers nine gorgeous rooms with features like fireplaces for sipping champagne next to, with some including clawfoot soaking tubs, jetted spas, two-person Jacuzzis, and/or private porches for sitting together while watching the stars appear in the night’s sky.
Built in 1923, the Butler House on Grand hosts seven rooms designed for romance, all of which are beautifully and uniquely decorated. A 100-year-old English Tudor home, it’s been named among the most romantic B&Bs in the country. There are gorgeous gardens to stroll through, an attached designer’s workshop set up for artists, and a delicious breakfast served in the formal dining room.
Kansas isn’t just cornfields, there are picturesque wineries like Grace Hill which offers special romantic events, including wine tastings with five-course servings paired with its fine wines, ideal for your next Valentine’s soiree. But there are tastings and views that can be enjoyed all year long when you’re looking to do something with that special someone.
Offering a picture-perfect stay with a medieval-style castle set on picturesque grounds with landscaped gardens, the Kentucky Castle is a hotel, restaurant, spa, event center, and working farm. There are plenty of romantic accommodation options here, as they have 18 guest spaces and 9 interior castle rooms, four tower suites, a garden-view cabin, farmhouse, castle-view tiny home, farm-view tiny home, and glamping tent that are sure to make you feel like royalty. As a bonus, on-site amenities include a pool, spa, restaurant, and a farm that you can enjoy.
Just an hour from New Orleans, Oak Alley Plantation is one of the state’s most significant historical landmarks and boasts an exceptionally romantic setting that includes a quarter-mile entrance canopy of 300-year-old oak trees. Here you can experience a bygone area together among the cypress and oak trees that rise from the swamps. Take a tour to discover the beautiful rooms and learn about the tales the walls would tell if they could, led by guides in period dress.
The quaint town of Camden is located in Maine’s central coast region and the minute you see it you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a postcard. The charms are undeniably romantic in this top coastal town in Maine, with views of Penobscot Bay and its sailboats that glide in and out enjoyed on dreamy walks through the park, downtown, and from many outstanding restaurants. There are lovely inns with features like fireplaces, saunas, and champagne breakfasts, fun shops to explore, and so much more.
This more than century-old mansion is idyllic for any romantic getaway. Nestled in Baltimore’s historic district, Gramercy Mansion offers a B&B-style stay that provides a tranquil oasis while being just steps from art galleries, museums, and fine dining. There are plenty of ways to spend the day right here, including lounging around the outdoor pool and swinging on the old-fashioned rope swings. Rooms feature whirlpool tubs for two and cozy fireplaces.
Located near the 17th-century fishing village of Marblehead in the heart of the harbor district, Harbor Light Inn is a boutique hotel with elegant historic features, including rooms with two-person Jacuzzis, fireplaces, and canopied beds, and double Jacuzzis, hardwood floors, and 18th-century mahogany furniture. It even has a private rooftop walk for moonlight strolls, while outstanding restaurants, shops, and galleries are all nearby.
Featured in the iconic romance film “Somewhere in Time”, Mackinac Island looks as if it came straight from a storybook with its Victorian-era buildings and tranquil atmosphere with most vehicles banned. Instead, you can enjoy tours by horse and buggy, hiking in the beautiful state park with more than 70 wooded trails, or cycling along the coastline of this popular Michigan destination. Horseback riding, golf, and fine meals can all be enjoyed here too.
One of the most romantic things to do in Minnesota, you can enjoy a walk to one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. Split Rock Lighthouse overlooks Lake Superior from a forested clifftop perch, offering turn-of-the 20th-century romance. The surroundings ensure you’ll have scenic, secluded spots for alone time together while gazing out at the incredible vista.
Set in a landmark Greek Revival mansion that dates back to 1856, the Dunleith Historic Inn sits on 40-acres just a mile from the Natchez National Historical Park. It includes a castle-like restaurant, English pub, and an outdoor pool, while rooms feature high ceilings, gas fireplaces, and antique four-poster beds. Some have bathrooms with clawfoot tubs too. There’s also a cottage that was transformed from an 18th-century dairy barn, complete with a full kitchen.
A hidden gem in the Missouri Ozarks, Stonewater Cove is nestled in the Mark Twain National Forest and overlooks Table Rock Lake. Perfect for a romantic retreat, rates include three meals a day, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, and valet parking, along with activities like mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and yoga. There’s a gorgeous outdoor pool, hot tub, and spa, while rooms come with whirlpool tubs.
Often named among the most scenic drives in America, gazing at the grandeur from Going to the Sun Road which travels through Glacier National Park, is one of those romantic moments of a lifetime. While there are many jaw-dropping spots to see along the way, you’ll want to get out and take in the views that include turquoise lakes and endless mountain peaks. Watch for wildlife like mountain goats that often lounge in the sun right along the roadway.
An Old Market/restaurant, this romantic eatery has the feel of a French bistro, with the elegant interior featuring small wooden tables while wine bottles line the walls. When the weather allows, enjoy dining on the outdoor patio, ideally with a cheese and meat tray, and a bottle of wine.
If you can’t jet off to Venice for a gondola ride through the iconic canals, the Venetian Hotel is the next best thing. One of the best Las Vegas hotels for couples, it has its own canals and streets that will make you think you’re in Italy – you can even enjoy a romantic ride with a singing captain guiding your journey.
Nestled in the White Mountains, the Omni Mount Washington is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers the chance to stay in the same rooms that have hosted presidents, Hollywood stars, and princesses. A top spa resort in New Hampshire, it’s surrounded by stunning beauty, with autumn an especially glorious time to be there, nestled within the heart of some of the country’s most brilliant fall foliage. But it makes for an idyllic romantic escape anytime.
Chart House - Weehawken, New Jersey
If you want to enjoy romantic dining with a few of the Manhattan skyline, do it from New Jersey at the Chart House. One of the most beautiful restaurants in the U.S., it sits right on the Hudson River providing panoramic views of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows. The food doesn’t disappointing either, with a focus on fresh seafood, but there are also multiple options for steak lovers. Be sure to indulge in the signature Hot Lava Chocolate Cake afterward.
A hot air balloon ride at sunrise is one of the most romantic things you can do anywhere but Albuquerque is the world’s hot air balloon capital, allowing riders to soar over the Land of Enchantment. And, if you go during the famous Balloon Fiesta, you can take a private flight while watching the countless colorful balloons fill the nearly always bright blue skies. Rides are geared toward romance, ideal for couples, whether it’s for a proposal or just to share something special.
While strolling through Central Park can be romantic, the top thing for couples to do is to rent a boat at Loeb Boathouse to paddle around its iconic lake, enjoying views of the city skyline. Add to the experience by visiting Belvedere Castle and then finding the perfect spot for a picnic. With nearly 850 acres, you’re sure to find a place for seclusion.
For beachfront dining in North Carolina, it’s hard to be The Oceanic. It boasts a romantic setting on the Atlantic, set right on the sand with a deck that extends into the ocean for outdoor dining. The menu is all about coastal cuisine, including lots of locally sourced seafood, while local and regional farmers provide the produce, poultry, and pork.
Considered one of the most romantic getaways in North Dakota, Dakotah Rose Bed and Breakfast sits within a Victorian-era home, formerly known as the Andrew Carr Sr. Home, constructed in the early 1900s. A stunning example of period architecture, it’s romantic inside and out. It offers romance packages, including a wedding night package with roses, chilled sparkling juice, chocolate-dipped strawberries, a dessert tray, and breakfast served right to your room.
Hocking Hills State Park is one of the prettiest places in all of Ohio. If you’re a nature-loving couple, this is where you’ll want to go with endless trails that wind through the woods, a river for a lazy float, and waterfalls to relax by. It’s also close to the Hocking Hills Winery if you want to enjoy a tasting.
Castle Falls is an exclusive restaurant offering private and semi-private dining indoors or out on five-course meals with a rotating menu. It’s often listed among the state’s most romantic places and was named one of America’s top 15 best upscale restaurants in America. It sits on five acres in the heart of the city in an authentic castle modeled after a Normandy castle
Cannon Beach is renowned around the world as a top spot for romance with one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It’s home to the iconic Haystack Rock, which is thrashed by the waves of the Pacific. Search for sand dollars at low tide, explore the town’s galleries, unique shops, and restaurants, and enjoy hikes through Ecola State Park with its stunning ocean views that include Tillamook Lighthouse. There are several luxury resorts with oceanfront rooms that feature fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs too.
Cherry Springs State Park is romantic day and night, but the highlight for couples here is the stargazing. In fact, sky tours are offered on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer, although there is a year-round Night Sky Viewing area too. The park sits on a hill by Susquehannock State Forest, boasting 360-degree views of the night sky, totally free of light pollution.
The Newport mansions offer a glimpse of the gilded age, revealing remnants of the lavish lifestyles of the country’s wealthiest industrialists in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Breakers is the most luxurious, owned by the Vanderbilts. Experience what it was like to live in this Renaissance-style “summer cottage” inspired by the palaces of northern Italy. It features Italian marble, ornate gold ceilings, French antique furnishings and fixtures, diamonds, rubies, and other precious gems encrusted in the walls. Afterward, stroll along the cliff walk, enjoying views of the mansions on one side and the sea on the other.
Cypress Gardens was a filming site for Noah and Allie’s rowboat scene in “The Notebook,” one of the most romantic films in history. You can take your own self-guided boat tour, playing Noah and Allie, paddling right through the same area the famous pair explored while watching for love birds like these in the trees.
Sylvan Lake is the crown jewel of Custer State Park, nestled in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. A favorite with photographers, it’s a beautiful little lake with a stunning backdrop of boulders and unique rock formations. For the most romantic moment, rent a paddleboat to enjoy it together while out on the water. If it’s warm out, a cool dip from the swimming beach afterward is a must.
Blackberry Farm is often named among the country’s best, providing one of the most romantic stays you’ll find anywhere. It’s nestled on a 4,200-acre estate in the Smoky Mountains on a real working farm with vegetable gardens, cheese-making, wild plant foraging, and more. Tasting tours, cooking demonstrations, wine events, and activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, and archery are available too, along with a blissful spa.
Winding through lush, green hills in the Texas Hill Country, Willow City Loop is arguably the most romantic scenic drive you can enjoy in Texas. Set in one of the most charming towns in Texas, the narrow two-lane Ranch Road meanders for 13 miles through some of the most unique geology. The beauty is at its peak in springtime when you’ll see a breathtaking display of bluebonnet flowers, the state’s official flower. Couples will find plenty to do in the area too, from wine tasting to antique shopping.
Located in a remote region of southern Utah, the Amangiri blends with the natural desert surroundings and is known for attracting celebrities and other VIPs who enjoy lots of luxuries and a wealth of opportunities for romantic moments. Watch the sun rise over 400-year-old limestone formations just before setting out on a hike with your own personal guide, followed by horseback riding through red rock canyons. Then head to the Aman Spa, a sanctuary with offerings like the outdoor treatment that blends the elements with healing Navaja modalities. It’s one of the world’s most luxurious desert resorts, with chic modern suites featuring private plunge pools and terraces that open to a mesmerizing dark night’s sky with billions of glowing stars.
Set along the banks of the Ottauquechee River, Woodstock is quintessential New England charm, with a lovely covered bridge, pretty parks, old country farms, a village green, and gorgeously restored Greek Revival, Federal and Georgian homes. There’s something for couples to love in every season, from a snowy postcard-perfect wonderland in the winter to strolls among the brilliant colored leaves of autumn.
With its elegant setting and impressive dishes emphasizing French and other European flavors, 2941 often finds itself on “best of” lists, from the most romantic restaurants to eateries with the tastiest cuisine. Waiting for the “grand reveal of each course,” beautifully presented and absolutely irresistible, the sharing of a dish with the one you love here is truly unforgettable.
A stay at Salish Lodge will put you right next to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, and one of Washington’s most famous, Snoqualmie Falls. Couples can gaze out at the powerful whitewater that plunges 286 feet into a 65-foot-deep pool below from many vantage points, including the hotel’s restaurant and the romantic observation deck. The surrounding park is ideal for a picnic with a large grassy area.
A gorgeous spa resort and National Historic Landmark welcoming guests since 1778, The Greenbrier offers a fabulous romantic stay for couples with an extensive array of spa treatments from massage and facials to hydrotherapy and meditation. There are golf courses, a casino, and multiple dining options too.
Located at one of the most romantic resorts in Wisconsin, the Aspira Spa at Osthoff Resort is tucked among cedar trees and spring-fed waters of crystal-clear Elkhart Lake. Luxurious treatments can be enjoyed together with the “Spa Together” package that includes a soothing 30-minute whirlpool bath followed by a custom 50-minute massage or facial. Afterward, cozy up in front of the fireplace in your private Spa Suite.
One of the most photographed spots in the Rockies, Jenny Lake is located in Grand Teton National Park. Here couples can enjoy scenic hikes and paddling a canoe with a backdrop of dramatic peaks. Or, perhaps see it from above in a hot-air balloon.