11 Romantic Getaways in the U.S.

Travel is one of the best things to do to keep the romance alive.

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Monte Carlo has the romantic Hollywood glamor and Venice has winding waterways filled with gondolas, but you don’t need to cross an ocean to find romance. The most romantic cities in the U.S. are easily accessible and make for a wonderful weekend getaway. Travel across the continent and you’ll discover cities on par with Europe’s romantic capitals that are certainly worthy of a trip.

From Southern spots filled with old-world charm to lakeside hideaways and coastal serenity, here are 11 of the best getaways in the U.S. to add to your shortlist of romantic city escapes—no passport required.

Charleston, SC

Charleston has the old-world charm feel, the modern conveniences of any large U.S. city and happens to be the most hospitable town around. As one of the world’s premier wedding and romantic vacation destinations, in a city of old, Southern charm there are plenty of romantic activities to partake in. The charming cobblestone streets of Charleston are perfect for a carriage ride and if a beautiful setting is what you’re looking for, consider a stroll around the grounds of one of the country’s oldest landscaped gardens—Middleton Place. Sip a cocktail at a rooftop bar and watch the sun set at Rooftop at the Vendue Inn, offering sweeping views of the Charleston Harbor and Waterfront Park.

Where to Stay:

Best For: Charleston is a city where a dose of true Southern charm goes a long way toward upping the romance factor. It is the perfect place for a getaway with that someone special. The city offers rich history, beauty and the perfect blend of historic hotels, restaurants and plenty of romantic activities.

Newport, RI

With its historic sailing culture and grand mansions, Newport has long been a summer playground for wealthy East Coasters. But the town is also a haven of family-owned fish shacks and quiet beaches, which is why it’s the perfect vacation spot for just about anyone seeking a waterfront getaway. Famous for its mansions, jazz and delicious restaurant scene, a romantic getaway in Newport is sure to wow. Spend a leisurely afternoon soaking up the stunning views along the Cliff Walk, where the natural beauty of the Rhode Island coast is paired with iconic Newport architecture.

Where to Stay:

Best For: Many couples like visiting a place of authentic nautical and maritime life. The City by the Sea has romance down pat. Filled with romantic walks, Gilded Age mansions, and gorgeous views of Narragansett Bay, Newport is a highly desirable location in Rhode Island for couples looking to relax and explore in a secluded atmosphere.

Telluride, CO

Telluride is known among avid skiers as one of the best ski resorts in the country. With jaw-dropping mountain scenery, playful outdoor activities, and a rustic alpine setting, Telluride is an enticing romantic getaway. Allred’s Restaurant offers a unique dining experience not found elsewhere in the U.S.. Ride the gondola to the top of station and prepare to be amazed. The restaurant sits at 10,551 feet offering panoramic views of the box canyon. Be sure to get there before dinner to enjoy cocktails and admire the alpine glow on the mountains as the sun sets.

Where to Stay:

Best For: With festivals going on almost every weekend in the summer and skiers visiting continuously throughout the winter, Telluride remains busy most of the year. A must for any visitor, but especially those couples seeking an intimate and scenic retreat.

Savannah, GA

If you’re in a romantic mood, Savannah is the perfect getaway, with bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels that expertly set the stage for romance. There’s a reason Savannah ranks among the top destinations to visit each year. It likely has a lot to do with the sense of history and being known as “The Hostess City of the South” for its hospitality. Book accommodations in the downtown historic district. It’s a large area filled with shady streets, centuries-old squares, Spanish moss and gorgeous, sprawling historic homes. Take a scenic strong admiring the river on River Street as you pass through historic buildings, shops and restaurants. 

Where to Stay:

Best For: Savannah is a place where the pace of life slows down, living is easy, and a tall glass of sweet iced tea is always the drink of choice. Lovebirds flock to Savannah to enjoy the iconic Southern charm. Perfect for couples looking to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle.

Kauai, HI

Hawaii ranks among the most romantic places on earth, and for good reason. It has everything-stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, mesmerizing waves, exotic flowers, and gorgeous sunsets that make a destination appealing to couples planning a wedding or honeymoon. Best of all, each of the five major Hawaiian islands has scores of romantic spots for picnics, photo-ops, or even “I do’s.” If you’re adventurous, you can hike Kauai’s legendary Na Pali Coast along the Kalalau Trail from Ke’e Beach, or opt for a sunset dinner cruises to take in all the beauty.

Where to Stay:

Best For: Whether you want a getaway that’s relaxed or action packed, you’ll find that and more in Kauai, a true piece of heaven on earth. Kauai is popular with couples and honeymooners because of its laid back vibe and secluded nature.

Nantucket, MA

A romantic getaway to Nantucket for couples is perfect for a weekend escape. Only a few hours from Boston by boat or a 45-minute plane ride can get you to this great island full of Americana. A charming downtown with cobblestone streets, small boutiques and a great dining scene, this island paradise is worth the trip. Rent a bike for two and explore Nantucket beaches. Top destinations are Madaket Beach, Surfside Beach, Dionis Beach, and Jetties Beach. Have a romantic date at the White Elephant’s Brant Point Grill, located directly on the picturesque harbor.

Where to Stay:

Best For: Eighty-two miles of pristine coastline, untouched dunes, and some of the East Coast’s finest seafood brings beach-goers to Nantucket every year. Great for couples looking for a seaside escape.

Jackson Hole, WY

For couples who are looking for a getaway like no other, Wyoming awaits. The state is full of varying mountain ranges, including three ski areas: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, Jackson Hole offers so many unique activities. Winter in Jackson Hole offers a pristine, snowy wonderland for you and your partner to enjoy. If you’re feeling active, enjoy the adrenaline rush of downhill skiing and snowboarding, or go on a snowmobile ride through Yellowstone National Park for unforgettable wildlife viewing or take a guided horseback ride on a scenic trail during the summer months.

Where to Stay:

  • Modern with an aura of relaxation & renewal: Amangani

Best For: Couples who are seeking an outdoor adventure will be pleased to find any number of National parks within their reach, whether they’re vacationing in a well-known resort hotel, or hiding away in the mountains in a bed and breakfast, surrounding by mountain peaks.

New Orleans, LA

There’s no city quite as charming and intoxicating as New Orleans, which makes it the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. While walking hand-in-hand in the French Quarter or Garden District, sipping cocktails in the city that invented them, there is so much to love. Nothing says romance like an elegant adventure to a centuries-old plantation home. Rest and relax with a couple’s spa date. Aria Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Woodhouse Day Spa all offer a selection of massage packages perfect for two.

Where to Stay:

Best For: New Orleans has remained one of the country’s unattested “cities of romance” for centuries. Best for couples who enjoy music, food, history, culture and dancing the night away.

San Antonio, TX

A stroll along the moonlit River Walk under a canopy of trees, a glass of wine at a waterside table, the serenade of a mariachi band, the beautiful 18th-century Spanish colonial architecture – it’s all the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. Explore the San Antonio River Walk along the walking path or jump aboard a river barge for a ride and guided tour. Adjacent to San Antonio is the Texas Hill Country, an area of small towns, live oaks, clear rivers and abundant wildflowers throughout the countryside. For some R&R, indulge in a spa day at La Cantera’s 25,000 square-foot Loma de Vida Spa.

Where to Stay:

  • Refined hotel in a former 19th-century brewery: Hotel Emma

Best For: San Antonio is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places in all of Texas. Couples who enjoy art, culture and romantic strolls will fall in love with this city. A beautiful setting, elegant dining, and unique shops make it perfect for a long weekend getaway.

St. Augustine, FL

For a weekend away, try some old-world charm in St. Augustine, ideal for a romantic destination. Adventure through old neighborhoods, walk along brick-paved streets and meander down hidden alleyways. For foodies, St. Augustine offers an endless selection of places to dine. Eat your way through the city’s multi-cultural history by dining on dishes with Spanish, British, French, and Greek flavors. Nearby, Anastasia State Park offers miles of gorgeous, wide-open beaches with long, wooden walkways across towering sand dunes.

Where to Stay:

Best For: This centuries-old town is a great getaway for those wanting a change of pace combining historical landmarks, beautiful beaches, eclectic dining, fresh seafood and locally inspired farm-to-table restaurants.

Catskills, NY

The Catskills Region of New York boasts romantic views of both the Adirondack and Catskill Mountain ranges and the views alone will make you fall in love all over again. Just two hours by car from Manhattan, the Catskills has long been a romantic retreat for couples fleeing the chaos of New York City, where a weekend in quiet towns and the great outdoors allow you to reconnect to nature—and to one another. Enjoy an afternoon at The Vineyard at Windham, which features delicious wines and spectacular views of Windham Mountain.

Where to Stay:

Best For: Couples looking for some time together can escape to this corner of New York state and spend a weekend in seclusion. Set around picturesque mountains, rolling valleys and quaint towns are resorts that provide the perfect setting for romance.

Head to where love is in the air.

Whether you’re a couple that finds love in relaxation or in adventure, there’s always going to be that place that sparks romance. For many, that means relaxing on the beach with a cocktail in hand. For others, a vibrant cityscape full of culture and history. Some may find it most idyllic in the remote sanctuaries of undeveloped nature, immersed in the wilderness and well beyond the reach of a cell signal. Treat yourself to a bit of romance and inspiration, and trust us, these picturesque romantic destinations will not disappoint.

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