Romantic Locations in the US

Romantic Locations In The US

Rose MacDowell

When planning a romantic getaway with your partner, the right setting is key. You'll want to choose a location where relaxing and reconnecting come naturally. And you don't have to jet overseas to get the sparks flying! Whether your ideal vacation spot is a beach, mountain, or city, there's no shortage of romantic destinations right out your back door. 

From quaint towns to beautiful beaches, here are the 25 most romantic places in the United States. 

25. Charleston, South Carolina

From cobblestone streets to sunset cruises to history-steeped architecture, Charleston, South Carolina offers romance around every corner. The Morris Island Lighthouse on Folly Beach is a perfect spot for a proposal or picnic followed by a relaxing beach walk. We love the narrow alleyways of Charleston's historic district for exploring hand in hand, and the city's seafood restaurants are ideal for candlelit celebrations.   

24. Santa Fe, New Mexico

A jewel in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe attracts romantics from around the world with beautiful vistas and picturesque Spanish colonial architecture. Walk along 17th-century trails, browse art galleries, and explore the historic plaza, the backdrop for many a wedding and anniversary photo.

At 7000 feet above sea level, Santa Fe boasts clear blue skies and a get-away-from-it-all vibe that's perfect for a romantic weekend away. 

23. Big Sur, California

Big Sur is synonymous with romance. And there’s no better place to experience its magic than from Highway One, which runs alongside the Pacific Ocean between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey. The road passes through towering Redwoods, oceanfront cabins painted in pastel colors, and quaint B&Bs where you can spend the night away from it all.

Want to explore the surrounding area? Stop in Carmel and Monterey, and check out Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, a 1,000-acre state park that offers hiking trails, wildlife, campgrounds, and a romantically rustic guest lodge.

22. Finger Lakes, New York

The Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York offers quaint small towns and 11 long, narrow lakes that are perfect for romantic activities. A scenic 5-hour drive from New York City, the Finger Lakes offer everything from canoeing to wineries to couples' spa retreats. If you love kicking through autumn leaves and sipping hot cider with your partner, a fall weekend in the Finger Lakes region is hard to beat. 

21. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans may be famous for Mardi Gras, but this beloved Southern city also has a romantic side. We love New Orleans for its live jazz, dreamy, historic French quarter, and boat trips through bayous that are steamy in more ways than one.

From Cajun restaurants to Zydeco music to the fun, festive atmosphere, The Big Easy is all about celebration. No wonder it's such a popular destination for newlyweds and lovers of all ages.

20. White Mountains, New Hampshire

With its classic New England towns and quiet, starlit nights, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are the ultimate place for romantic R and R. This unspoiled paradise is just a few hour's drive from Boston, making it easy to plan a spontaneous getaway for two.

Cross country skiing in the winter, apple picking in the fall, boating on one of The Granite State's 1,000 lakes in the summer, scenic drives in the spring -- the White Mountains are the perfect 4-season couples' destination.   

19. Los Angeles, California

The City of Angels has long been known for sunny skies and warm weather. But did you know that Los Angeles also offers plenty of opportunities for a truly romantic staycation?

You don't need to travel far from LA to enjoy a blissful, couples-only retreat. Boutique browsing, cocktails by the pool at a classic hotel, or a warm, sunny beach day are great ways to spend time together and reconnect. Spend an afternoon exploring all the things that make LA so unique, from the Hollywood sign to the Griffith Observatory to a hike in Topanga Canyon. 

LA may be the entertainment capital of the world, but it's also the ideal spot for dream weddings, outdoor fun, and PDA-packed holidays. 

18. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The Cape has long been known as one of the East Coast's top spots for adventure and romance. Most activities on Cape Cod revolve around the picturesque coast, which is lined with sandy beaches and grassy dunes. Whether you want to hike along the water, paddleboard with your partner, or cast your fishing poles from the beach, the Cape is one of the country's premier romantic destinations. 

Need a break from the beach? Try renting bikes to explore Cape Cod's charming small towns, or hop on a ferry for a day trip to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. 

17. Park City, Utah

If you're looking for a romantic mountain escape that will leave you breathless, Park City should top your list. With over 100 miles of trails and ski slopes, there's no shortage of activities here for adventurous couples.

If you've still got energy after a day on the slopes, head back to town for après-ski drinks and an intimate dinner for two. Many of the buildings on Main Street were built during a 19th-century silver mining boom, giving Park City an enchanting look that makes it perfect for special getaways. 

16. Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is home to Appalachian culture at its best. You can visit craft breweries, sip wine under the stars, take horseback rides into the mountains, or go hiking in the Blue Ridge Parkway. And if you and your sweetheart prefer to relax indoors, you'll find cozy bed and breakfasts and spas that cater to couples enjoying a little private time away. 

15. San Juan Island, Washington

San Juan Island is located off the coast of Seattle, Washington, and is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest. It's not hard to see why this island is a popular destination for couples, especially those who love nature. San Juan Island is home to more than 200 species of birds, including bald eagles, ospreys, and herons, as well as many different types of wildlife.

Spend a day exploring the natural beauty of the island, the Olympic National Forest, and other nearby islands. Reconnect with your partner through activities like kayaking, hiking, or enjoying a romantic day on San Juan Island's unspoiled shore. 

14. Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley is filled with wineries, rolling hills, and quaint restaurants where you can sample delicious food and drink while spending quality time with your partner. The area is also home to some of the best hotels and spas in the country. Couples' massage, anyone? 

Take advantage of Northern California's unique history and architecture by visiting attractions like Oxbow Public Market and Napa Valley Museum. A visit to Napa Valley wouldn't be complete without a wine tasting, and a tour of the area's many beautiful and romantic vineyards. 

13. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is a small city rich in Southern romance. Its tree-lined streets are dotted with historic homes, boutique shops, and art galleries. Stroll through Forsyth Park, which offers sweeping views of the river and surrounding neighborhoods. Warm afternoons in Savannah are perfect for renting bicycles and exploring the city's Antebellum charms.

There are plenty of places for a date night dinner, too. From seafood to barbecue, Savannah is the spot for a romantic dinner or Southern food tour with your partner.

12. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston has been named one of the world's most romantic cities, so what better place to celebrate an anniversary or engagement? Spend your first day together wandering the historic Freedom Trail, cobblestone streets, and charming parks. Make your way to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a charming open air market that dates back to 1742.  Here, you can enjoy live music, shopping, and a festive atmosphere all year round. 

While you're in Boston, don't forget to explore the Harbor. Boston has some of the country's best harborside restaurants, and the stunning beaches of Cape Cod are just a few hour's drive away. 

11. Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park is known for its soaring mountain vistas and waterfalls, and is a great location for a romantic vacay. Hike in the shadow of towering peaks, bike along scenic trails, fish in one of the park's many crystal clear lakes, or simply relax in a hot tub and stargaze. At sunset, head out to one of Glacier's many bars and restaurants for a candlelit dinner overlooking the area's stunning mountain scenery. 

10. San Francisco, California

Get ready to leave your heart in San Francisco, the world-famous City By The Bay. There's no shortage of romantic things to do here, from sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf to taking cable cars up the steep slopes of Nob Hill. If you want to get a taste of local culture, check out the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and historic Ghirardelli Square.

The city itself is full of gorgeous Victorian houses, making it a wonderful place to spend a quiet evening. Don't miss the chance to stroll through the Presidio, a beautiful 1,500-acre urban park filled with trails and scenic overlooks. 

9. Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is home to some of America's most iconic landmarks, including America's Cup Hall of Fame, Aquidneck Island State Park, and Fort Adams State Historic Site. It's also the birthplace of two U.S. presidents: William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Pierce.

Newport is famous for its annual summertime Shakespeare Festival, but there are lots of other fun and romantic events throughout the year. Newport's sandy beaches are ideal spots for couple time all year round, while its waterfront restaurants are favorites for proposals and celebrating special days. 

8. Kauai, Hawaii

This tropical paradise on the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands is one of the world's most popular honeymoon destinations. And no wonder. With white sand beaches, turquoise waters, lush rainforests, and ancient temples, Kauai is like no other place in the world. This is a romantic vacation destination where you'll find everything you need for a relaxing retreat, from outdoor activities to tropical vistas to luxurious spas. 

7. Seattle, Washington

Seattle is a city rich in history, natural beauty, and romance. Start by visiting the Museum of History & Industry, a collection of vintage exhibits focused on science, technology, art, and pop culture from the late 1800’s to today. Next stop: Pike Place Market, a lively farmers market located right downtown that features fresh produce, flowers, artisanal breads, and even chocolates. 

Take a break from the city with a day trip to the Olympic Peninsula, which includes such stunning and romantic spots as Olympic National Park, which includes old-growth temperate rain forests and 70 miles of pristine coastline.

6. Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach has long been a favorite among travelers looking for beachside relaxation and romance. From the Art Deco District to South Beach, this vibrant metropolis offers plenty of ways to enjoy yourself during your stay. Start by walking around Lincoln Road Mall, which boasts shops, street performers, and public art installations. Then, see what makes South Beach unique: its mix of high-end shopping, laid-back cafés, and people-watching. 

5. New York City, New York

New York City has always been a mecca for singles and couples alike. If you're looking for romance, The Big Apple offers it in spades. From rooftop lounges to Instagram-worthy backdrops like the Manhattan Bridge, there's something exciting around every corner. 

Walk arm in arm through Times Square, the center of the digital age and home to Broadway theaters, flashing billboards, and throngs of tourists. Visit Central Park, the largest urban park in North America, then watch the sunset over the Hudson River from Riverside Park’s promenade.

4. Upper Michigan Peninsula, Michigan

The scenic beauty of Northern Michigan makes it a perennial favorite of outdoor lovers everywhere. But did you know that the area's breathtaking views have also made it a romantic getaway spot? Located at the northern tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Mackinac Island attracts visitors seeking adventure or a peaceful escape from everyday life.

After spending the day kayaking or boating with your partner, watch the sun set over Lake Superior from the shores of Old Mackinac Point State Park, or stroll around the charming streets of Mackinaw City. 

3. Telluride, Colorado

If your romantic dreams include falling aspen leaves, powdery ski slopes, and sitting by a cozy fire, Telluride should be near the top of your list. Perched at 8,000 feet above sea level, Telluride lies in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado. This tiny historic mining town is known for an array of festivals, world-class ski mountains, and stunning fall foliage. 

Take a romantic gondola ride up to Mountain Village, stroll along charming Main Street, or duck into one of the many restaurants for a gourmet dinner for two. 

2. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, located just north of Phoenix, is often referred to as “the red rock capital of the world." It's also one of the most romantic destinations on our list. Situated within the Verde Valley, Sedona stretches across more than 1,200 acres of land inhabited by Ponderosa pines, Joshua trees, and other native flora and fauna. 

Known for its beauty and unique spiritual energy, Sedona draws travelers from around the world. Popular couples' activities include hiking on the trails that wind through Oak Creek Canyon, browsing through arts and crafts galleries, visiting museums, dining out at some of the great local eateries, or simply relaxing at a spa.

1. Palm Springs, California

A desert oasis surrounded by mountains, Palm Springs is a year-round destination offering plenty of romantic warm weather activities. In the summer, visit the can't miss Coachella Music Festival, lounge by the pool with a drink, or visit neighborhoods like Deepwell Estates and Indian Canyons to see beautifully preserved mid-century modern homes. Take a drive down Highway 111 which winds its way past quaint towns like Idyllwild, Running Springs, and Indian Wells.