27 Most Romantic Getaways in the USA for Couples in 2023

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Love is in the air! From sea to shining sea, across the amber waves of grain, you’ll find so many places that could be considered the most romantic getaways in the USA. Indeed, these United States of America boast a fair number of cities, towns, and sites that comprise some of the best spots for couples vacations in the US.

While Europe is often thought of as the iconic home of beautiful romance, it’s not always possible to jet off to Paris or Rome. If you live stateside, like us, you might be vacationing closer to home. If so, are you hoping to escape on one of many magical romantic getaways in the United Syayes? 

From Rhode Island to New Orleans and beyond, there are countless options for you offering sweetness & love. Take a look below and find out where the best romantic places in the USA are found!

27 Spots for the Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

New Orleans, Louisiana

With its beautiful French Quarter region and no shortage of sights, New Orleans is one of the many perfect choices for United States romantic getaways.

Perhaps most associated with Mardi Gras, there’s a lot more to this city than a massive carnival (even if that is a fun time to visit!).

We have a few romantic favorites in New Orleans. One of our favorite experiences was taking a steamboat cruise with dinner on the Mississippi River.

That was a lovely evening experience that featured live jazz, gorgeous city views, and of course, an experience aboard a real-life steam-powered sternwheeler!

A garden leading to a large house with a water feature in the middle of the garden.
New Orleans is without a doubt, one of the most romantic cities in the US!

Other fun things we enjoyed doing were sipping coffee in Cafe Beignet, people watching in Jackson Square, riding the old streetcars, and touring some of the old city center homes.

Naturally, there are some wonderfully romantic restaurants in New Orleans as well for a couples evening out, somewhere like Bacchanal would do very nicely, followed perhaps by a spot of salsa at Chris Owens Nightclub?

Whatever you decide to do, we’re sure you’ll find New Orleans to be the perfect romantic city for you and your partner!

-Laurence, Finding the Universe

San Francisco, California

California boasts its fair share of romantic getaways in the United States. San Francisco is one such destination.

There’s a reason why so many screenwriters set their romantic comedies in San Francisco – it’s a beautiful place to fall in love. And it’s a gorgeous place to take your special someone. 

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from a viewpoint atop a hill in the distance at sunset.
This iconic view is one of the most romantic sights in the USA!

If you’ve had your fill of sunset views of the Golden Gate Bridge (just kidding, you can never have enough of them), there are a myriad of places to take a stroll and have picnics – on a beach, or in Golden Gate, Presidio or Dolores parks to name a few. When the stars come out you could opt for a romantic dinner and cocktails in North Beach, or work up an appetite by visiting the many twinkling light art installations scattered over the city for Illuminate SF.

If you prefer to feel like you’ve been whisked back in time, visit the Palace of Fine Arts, which was inspired by classical Roman and Greek architecture. See a show there or just go for a walk around the lagoon and watch the swans paddle by.

Whatever you choose to do, San Francisco is sure to bring out the romance in your vacation.

-Katherine, Bright Lights of America

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

When looking for romantic places in the United States, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, may not be the first town that you think of, but you should!

This quaint, New England fishing village is set along the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean; a truly idyllic place to step back in time and get lost with the one you love.

A white lighthouse with a house next to it on rocks along the edge of the water
There are so many romantic coastal getaway options in the USA!

As you meander through the historic fishing docks along this bay, you’ll not only see signs for fresh baked blueberry pie, romantic country bike rides, and awe-inspiring whale watching experiences, but you’ll notice some brightly colored buoys bobbing in the water.

These vibrant markers represent the true treasure of the sea that makes this state famous, lobster! Each marker has a distinct color and pattern that is unique to each fisherman in the area.

A romantic lobster dinner for two is an essential part of any romantic vacation to Maine.

Whether you have a picnic at one of the sea-side piers or dress in your finest and head over to the Tug Boat Inn Restaurant, just devour as much lobster and New England Clam Chowdah as possible because I promise, you won’t regret it.

-Kelly, Girl With the Passport

Note from Two Drifters: Maine has lots of romantic options. It’s a great suggestion if you’re searching for anniversary trip ideas in USA. One of our favorite trips was sailing on a classic Schooner, but there are plenty of options for romantic getaways in Maine.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

For romantic getaways in the United States, the Southwest has many lovely options. How about Santa Fe?

Nestled among the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is a haven for lovers who will find countless things to do in this charming city.

From its picturesque architecture and narrow streets that follow 17th-century trails, there is plenty of magic to explore. History and art live side by side in this pueblo that is 7000 feet above sea level.

You two can treat yourselves to a truly unique experience at the romantic, secluded, and all-suite hotel: Inn of the Five Graces. Where the colorful and artistic inn will charm you with its East meets West style. They will cater to your every need.

You can also stop by La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe’s most historic hotel for a bite of delicious breakfast.

An aerial view of a romantic restaurant with potted plants, chandeliers, and wooden tables and chairs.
For a romantic USA vacation in the Southwest, Santa Fe is it!

Then there is the amazing spa at La Posada of Santa Fe or even a private soak at 10,000 Waves. Both have options for couple’s massages and treatments. And don’t forget the romantic dinner and bar scene.

From the deliciously innovative dishes served in a rustically luxurious setting at Anasazi Restaurant and Bar to the sexy lighting, kiva fireplaces, and the soft music playing at Geronimo’s.

There is plenty to eat and drink in this town. Be sure and have a nightcap at Secreto Lounge, one of Santa Fe‘s secrets that is hard to keep.

-Cacinda, Points and Travel

Portland, Oregon

With its beautiful cobblestone streets lined with cafes and restaurants, it is not hard to see why Portland has become one of the most romantic destinations in the USA.

Portland is a city that is filled with non-chain restaurants and shops, so you won’t end up eating at a Red Lobster.

A city skyline at night, with cars rushing on the road.
Romantic places in the USA like Portland are full of cute things to do for couples.

Try picking a popular street like Morrison Street, and wander until you find a cute little restaurant that you guys want to try out! Some of the best food is found by roaming the historic streets of Portland.

Biking is always a romantic date idea, and Portland has no shortage of beautiful biking trails and bike lanes to help you get around the stunning city. If you’re feeling adventurous, try renting a tandem bike for you and your significant other to ride through the city!

Around Portland, there are a ton of beautiful forests and waterfalls that are easily accessible for a romantic hike or nature walk.

The stunning Multnomah waterfalls located just northeast of Portland are the among the most popular spots for a beautiful photo op with your spouse.

Portland’s unique charm proves that it is a one-stop place to spend your romantic getaway. Grab some fine wine, take a chocolate making class, then roam the beautiful gardens with your loved one.

-Bailey, The Gay Globetrotter

Finger Lakes, New York

Have you ever considered a romantic getaway in upstate NY? There are many wonderful options.

Finger Lakes is a region in New York known for a number of long, thin lakes. It’s a quaint area surrounded by little towns, state parks and bed and breakfasts.

It makes for a perfect romantic vacation and there’s plenty to do if you don’t want to stay in bed all weekend.

Ithaca has a great farmer’s market which makes for a great lunch and some shopping. Cornell University is close as well and the Ivy League campus is actually stunning with waterfalls, hills and fantastic architecture. It makes for a great romantic walk.

A white house with a grassy lawn in front of it.
Upstate New York is a very romantic vacation destination in the US!

If you’re more active then Robert H. Tremam State Park and Watkins Glen State Park are both nearby and with their gorges and waterfalls they definitely add a nice touch to a romantic getaway.

The best part of a romantic vacation to the Finger Lakes area, however, has to be the star gazing. It’s absolutely breathtaking and the best way to end a romantic evening!

-Liliane, My Toronto, My World

Savannah, Georgia

Definitely one of the best romantic places in the United States, the sweet southern town of Savannah is a city that combines the rich history and epicurean delights of New Orleans with the quixotic charm of Charleston. While the latter two cities may be most well known, it’s the city of Savannah that provides the most romance for visiting couples.

From its antebellum architecture to its gourmet gastronomy, its fabulous cocktail scene (and open container laws) to its rich history, the southern city of Savannah, Georgia is sure to charm you.

Days in Savannah, Georgia are spent enjoying the finer things in life at a leisurely pace (hence, the nickname “Slo-vannah”).

Couples can start their day with a scrumptious breakfast at Collins Quarter, rent a bicycle and cruise through the scenic Spanish moss trees, picnic in a park at one of the cities 24 squares, grab crafty cocktails at famed Alleycat Lounge, and take a romantic walk on River Street.

A couple kissing under oaks on an empty road.
Savannah Georgia will always be one of the best places for a romantic getaway in the US!

Whether you’re foodies, craft beer connoisseurs, or history buffs, Savannah offers something for every couple.

Couples looking for a romantic USA beach getaway can take a quick 20-minute drive to nearby Tybee Island, foodies can dig into delicious delights at Treylor Park, beer lovers can sip craft brews at Service Brewing, and history buffs can explore The Wormsloe Plantation.

While there are endless activities in Savannah, it’s best not to pack your schedule. Instead, pack an open mind and great walking shoes and let the sweet southern city of Savannah take hold of you.

-Collette & Scott, Roamaroo

Read Next: The Most Romantic Things to Do in Savannah, Georgia

Eugene, Oregon

Eugene is the cutest and most romantic place in the United States because it blends everything couples love all in one place! If you are looking to visit wine country that isn’t overrun with tourists, Central Oregon is the place to be and it is as romantic as ever.

Eugene is located on the Willamette Valley which is home to many wineries which produce nationally known wines namely Pinot Noir.

A couple looking at a covered bridge while standing on dirt in the middle of a river.
Eugene Oregon is a fantastic vacation destination for couples!

It is also home to delicious food and more craft breweries than you can count so if you aren’t a wino there are still plenty of options for you!

When you aren’t stuffing your face or sipping wine with your sweetie, head one hour west to the Oregon Coast for Florence for a cute walk around the boardwalk or one hour east to the McKenzie River where you can find hot springs, fantastic waterfalls, and lava fields (no really!)

There is nothing more romantic than going for a stroll to a waterfall followed by a swim in a hidden hot spring in the woods and then going for a romantic dinner at a local winery or craft brewery!

-Victoria & Terrence, Follow Me Away

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island is a charming city by the sea that is definitely one of the best for a romantic getaway.

Stroll hand-in-hand along the rocky shoreline of the Historic Cliff Walk while admiring the mansions overlooking the water.

Visit Newport Vineyard for a winery tour and tasting or to sip a glass by the fire. Indulge in seafood at one of the many waterfront restaurants and be sure to order oysters, a well-known aphrodisiac.

A lighthouse near the water at sunset.
Newport is one of those classic romantic getaway spots in the USA.

Don’t forget to plan your evenings around the setting sun. Newport’s location on Aquidneck Island makes sunset views available from three different sides of the peninsula or on the harbor during a catamaran cruise.

And if you’re really looking to impress your partner, try a helicopter tour or a few serene hours at Bodhi Spa. However you decide to spend your time, Newport, Rhode Island is a welcoming and enchanting New England destination at all times of the year.

-Kelsey, Kelsey Social

When you think of romantic places to visit in USA, Rhode Island has some good options, and Newport tops the list.

Also see: The Most Romantic Things to Do in Rhode Island

Park City, Utah

Cozy mountain resorts, magical snow falling from the sky, and the coziest and most charming downtown strip/main street I’ve ever found in the U.S. – if you’re looking for romance, Park City, Utah has it all.

A busy downtown street in front of mountains.
Park City, Utah is an excellent place in the USA for a couples trip!

The ski resort destination is a short 35 min drive from the Salt Lake City airport making it easy to get to while still feeling worlds away from hectic city life.  Great skiing, local shops, great food, and gorgeous resorts make for a relaxing romantic vacation.
After hitting the slopes, unwind with a little après-ski at your resort or one of the local bars in town. Take a stroll down Main Street hand-in-hand while exploring the local boutiques and shops.

Cap off your day with a romantic dinner out, either taking in the views at the Stein Erickson Lodge, going for a steak dinner at Ruth’s Chris, or an awesome dining experience at Handle, before retreating to your hotel for a dip in the heated pool, hot tub, or in-room Jacuzzi tub. 

Book a couples massage at the hotel spa for the next day – not only for romance, but your body will thank you for it after a day on the slopes.

-Chris, Dolce Does Travel

Bar Harbor, Maine

We Two Drifters have to agree, Bar Harbor, Maine is one of the most romantic places to visit in the US.

Sitting in a cozy blanket over a hill to watch the sunrise or driving along the ocean or sitting on the beach watching the waves or enjoying a meal by the bayside.

If that’s what you are looking for, then Bar Harbor is a perfect choice.

A photo of islands off the coast.
This is one of the most charming, romantic getaway spots in the USA.

Bar Harbor, a small, charming town is nestled along the Atlantic Ocean on Mt. Desert island in Maine.

Surrounded by Acadia National Park, the home of rugged rocky landscape, mountains and beaches is a perfect place to come up close with nature.

The best way to explore is driving down the 27-mile Park loop road that runs along the rocky coast offering some breathtaking vistas.

Some of the scenic spots enroute are– Thunder hole, Sand beach, Otter cliff and Cadillac mountain.

Beating the cold strong winds atop the Cadillac mountain, watching the orange and purple haze overlooking the bay, as the sun rises, is totally worth it. One can even walk to the tidal island of Bar Island during low tide and immerse in stunning views of Bar Harbor and Acadia.

If that’s not enough try getting a scenic bird’s eye view in a plane. Acadia and Bar Harbor won’t disappoint you and yearn you to be back again.

-Neha, Travel Melodies

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Tall evergreen trees on a foggy day, with a paved path leading through them.
Washington is a very romantic place to visit in the USA!

Mount Rainier National Park is located in Washington state about 60 miles southeast of Seattle. Centered around the beautiful, glacier-capped Mount Rainier, the park is a true natural icon. The mountain, which is an active volcano, ascends over 14,000 feet above sea level.

Standing in the park and looking up, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by how naturally stunning your surroundings are. In the colder seasons, you can find the national park covered in blankets of soft white snow. For a romantic winter getaway, you can cozy-up inside of a cabin in or around the park.

During the warmer seasons, couples can enjoy a lovely hike through green fields, speckled with colorful wildflowers and expansive views around every corner. When you least expect it, you might stumble upon a lake, waterfall, or view that wasn’t on your radar.

Every way you look in Mount Rainier National Park is breathtaking, making it the perfect destination to be experienced with someone special.

-Kristen, Travels and Treats

White Mountains, New Hampshire

If you love romantic trips in the US that include exploring charming towns and the great outdoors, the White Mountains in New Hampshire is the perfect romantic weekend destination!

I might be slightly biased since my husband asked me to marry him after a fantastic day strolling the streets of Littleton, NH.

The town, although small, has all the lovely features of quintessential New Hampshire including a running watermill and covered bridges over the river!

In particular, Littleton celebrates music. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the decorated pianos and “Harmony Park”, which showcases 3 xylophone-styled instruments and drums free for all visitors to play!

A large blue lake at the bottom of a grassy mountain range.
White Mountains in New Hampshire are a very romantic place to visit for your next couples trip!

Before heading home the next morning we stopped by Franconia Notch State Park to find an quick and scenic hike to end our weekend getaway on a high note. 

We hustled up the 1.5 mile loop trail for Bald Mountain and Artist Bluff trail to enjoy a stunning view overlooking Echo Lake with the rest of the more famous White Mountains in the background.

Hanna, Rated by Hanna. Read more on exploring the Ice Castles in the NH White Mountains Area in the winter.

Chicago, Illinois

Could this be the most romantic place in the US?

Chicago is one of my favorite romantic cities. However, nothing tops a dinner at the Signature Room located on the 95th and 96th floors of the Hancock Tower.

Make sure to reserve a table by the window here so you can enjoy a fantastic meal above the cloud line or take in the skyline and shores of Lake Michigan from a completely new angle.

Even if you have other plans for dinner, you can grab a quick drink in the Signature Room Lounge on the 96th.

The tops of skyscrapers cutting through the clouds at sunset.
There are so many romantic things to do in Chicago, it’s an excellent couples getaway spot in the USA!

Despite the fact that it is one of the largest cities in America it is also one of the best for romantics. With virtually every type of food – domestic and exotic, you are certain to find one that matches you and your partner’s tastes … or keep things fresh by trying new experiences together.

While Chicago is probably best known for its tall buildings, there is a surprising amount of green space and public lands that are perfect for exploring together too. This includes strolling through the park or relaxing on the beach listening to the waves coming in off of Lake Michigan.

Or you can grab a kiss by one of the pocket parks along the Chicago River and share a moment that’s all about you while surrounded by the city almost 10 million people.

-James, ManTripping

PS: Check out another romantic spot in Illinois, the town of Galena

Charleston, South Carolina

The South is filled with several of the most romantic places in the United States. How about that Southern charm?

Charleston, South Carolina, embodies the slowing down one expects when traveling south and also exudes the lush beauty that comes from warm summers. 

For a romantic stay, you’ll want to check in at the Wentworth Mansion, following in the footsteps of Reese Witherspoon and Diana Ross.

This splendid historic mansion in the downtown historic district features large guest rooms with 14 ½-foot-high ceilings and Italian crystal chandeliers, plus luxury amenities such as oversize whirlpool bathtubs, nighty turndown with housemade chocolates, and triple-sheeted beds.

And for dinner, all you need do is stroll over to the Circa 1886 restaurant located inside the former carriage house.  This charming restaurant is romantic to the core, and the cuisine is inventive and the service superb.  It’s enough to make you swoon.

A horse pulled carriage sits in the shade with people on it.
Southern charm certainly doesn’t hurt when looking for the top USA romantic getaways!

Continue the romance the next day with a horse-drawn carriage tour of Charleston, South Carolina.  Drivers and riders never know in advance which route they will get–it is decided by lottery, but a local says, “I haven’t had a bad tour yet.”

Another must-do is a tour of the neoclassical Nathaniel Russell House Museum. Built in 1808 and restored in the 1990s, it features local bricks and beautiful original white ironwork.

This important dwelling offers a deep peek into the upper crust’s lifestyle. with acclaimed features that include 14-foot ceilings (which helped keep things cool), gilded cornices, and a cantilevered staircase.

-Carole, Berkeley and Beyond

Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park is a small town in northern Colorado, located near the entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

It is a great mountain town for couples looking for a romantic outdoorsy getaway. The cute town center is walkable and features old-fashioned candy stores, several antique and vintage stores, art galleries, and several cafes and restaurants.

There are also lots of places to enjoy a drink with several local breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

Two people standing on a rock next to a small river.
Estes Park is an excellent spot for a romantic couples trip in the US.

Couples may also enjoy taking a ride on the Estes Park Aerial Tramway to get a scenic view over the town. There are ample outdoor activities in the area which include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, rafting, ziplining, 4WD tours, and camping.

More relaxed activities include scenic drives in the mountains, spa days, and leisurely walks.

For those not afraid of ghosts, we recommend visiting The Stanley Hotel which is a historic hotel built in 1909 that is probably best known for being the inspiration for Stephen King’s bestselling novel The Shining.

You can take a guided tour here (including ghost tours), eat at one of its restaurants, and have a drink at its whiskey bar which offers Colorado’s largest selection of whiskeys and single malt scotches.

Although the mountains and outdoor activities draw people here, there are loads of other things to keep you entertained and it is a perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway!

-Jessica, Independent Travel Cats

Key West, Florida

There’s no doubt that Florida is one of the best vacation spots in the US for couples. There are many romantic places in Florida. And the Keys are especially romantic.

We loved Key West. It’s beautiful, a truly tropical getaway right by the southwestern tip of Florida State. We came here for a romantic holiday together and has an amazing time.

Key West is an island city in Florida. It’s a 160km/94m drive from Miami and in fact closer to Havana, Cuba.

The historic Old Town is one of our favourite places to walk around together. It’s full of 19th-century architecture, a range of brilliant restaurants, boutique shops and bars.

This was where the kings of Spain and literary figures like Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams used to love to visit for holiday.

A sailboat floats on the water under a red and pink sky.
Key West, FL: One of the most romantic getaways in the USA

Another romantic highlight to do together is renting a boat and going sailing around the shores of Key West. There’s a whole range of companies offering fabulous Champagne sunset cruises.

The most romantic thing about Key West we loved the most was the incredible sunsets every single evening. The best thing is to head to a beach with a few drinks and just chill there watching it. Nothing beats this!

-Stefan & Sebastien, The Nomadic Boys

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs is a funky little artist community nestled in the Ozarks. The Ozarks is a unique region that was built up around nature. Eureka Springs became a popular destination in the late-1800s because of the clear air and “healing” spring waters.

The town was built up around the mountain and almost 150 years later, people, and especially couples, flock to this Ozarks town for an escape. It turns out, this may be one of the most romantic getaways in the US!

A small street curving down a hill with local shops on each side of the road.
Eureka Springs is a great spot for a romantic USA couples trip!

Everything about this town is romantic. The winding streets filled with coffee shops and quirky stores are perfect for an afternoon walk hand-in-hand with your loved one.

The two major hotels in the heart of Eureka Springs have spas and beautiful jacuzzi suites, so you can enjoy the beauty without even leaving your room!

Plus, because of its location in nature you can explore the giant spring nearby, a hike in the mountains or get out on Beaver Lake.

If staying in nature and driving into town is more your style, you can stay at a lakefront cabin, in a treehouse or even a hobbit hole!

Eureka Springs is a great destination for couples who enjoy it all: luxury, outdoor activities, shopping and more!

-Paige, For the Love of Wanderlust

San Diego, California

Tourists traveling around California often seem to overlook San Diego due to the touristic hotspots such as San Francisco and L.A  further north– however, the city is one of the most romantic and beautiful places of the country!

If you’re looking for some peaceful nature, go for a hike in Torrey Pines State Park or enjoy the beautiful Balboa Park. The one thing which makes San Diego so romantic are the beautiful sunsets which you should watch from the various beaches of San Diego.

People walk on the beach at sunset with their dog.
Romantic places in the US with gorgeous beaches where you can watch the sunset are always a good bet for a couples trip.

My favorite spot has to be the iconic sunset cliffs. This small nature park offers a fantastic view on the Pacific Ocean, while the sun is slowly setting behind the sea, changing the colors of the sky.

The cliffs also never seem to be overcrowded by other people and it’s always possible to find a quiet spot to enjoy the view with your partner or by yourself. If you travel around California, make sure to include San Diego in your journey – you won’t regret it!

-Patrick, German Backpacker

Asheville, North Carolina

The Two Drifters are partial to North Carolina for romantic US getaways—what a great region with lots of Southern Charm!

This past summer my partner and I went on a romantic getaway weekend to Asheville, North Carolina. Even though he is from North Carolina he still had never traveled to the liberal city in the mountains so we knew we had to go.

We spent three days in Asheville brewery hopping, checking out local cafes, hiking, and typical sightseeing. The city has so much to do, which makes it a romantic destination for every type of couple.

View of a grassy mountain range as the sun rises.
Just look at these romantic mountain views!

If you’re into outdoor adventures you and your loved one can take to the DuPont State forest for some secluded hiking and waterfall chasing.

If you’re more into history Asheville is a great place to learn about America’s gilded age. The Biltmore Estate is the largest private residence in the United States. The massive home sits on a grand estate adjacent to the city and has been entertaining guests since it first opened its doors in 1895.

It’s a fantastic place to spend a day gallivanting around the grounds, having high tea, and seeing how the other half used to live in the old days.

If you’re more into drinking good beers then you’re in luck! Asheville is the place for craft beer enthusiasts on the East Coast and has more breweries per capita than many other cities in the United States.

Whatever you decide to do there, it’s sure to be a romantic time!

-Natasha, The World Pursuit

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Traverse City, Michigan

Nestled between the shores of Lake Michigan is the quaint lakeside town of Traverse City, Michigan – a romantic paradise. Besides the crystal blue lakes, secluded beaches, and picturesque overlooks, Traverse City offers a multitude of nationally-known restaurants perfect for date night.

Stroll hand-in-hand while walking along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (voted the most beautiful place in the USA), grab a cup of coffee at the cozy cafe BLK MRKT, eat dinner at Stella’s in the cellar of the Old State Hospital, and finish the evening by listening to live music in many of the quaint bars.

With an abundance of bed & breakfasts nestled throughout the town, romance is sure hard to miss!

Long dock leading out into blue water with a person jumping off the edge.
This lakeside retreat offers one of the most romantic vacations in the US!

Enjoy the surrounding towns of Traverse City including Leland (Fishtown), Suttons Bay, and Empire. With over 30 wineries in less than a 20-mile radius, there are multiple opportunities to toast to love.

For fans of the outdoors and wintertime, Traverse City and the surrounding region is home to some of the best ski resorts in the Midwest. After a long day on the slopes, warm up by the fireplace.

If you’re in search of romantic vacations in the United States, look no further than Traverse City, Michigan!

-Jordan, Wayfaring With Wagner

Psst: Check out more romantic getaways in the Midwest, including Milwaukee and Cincinnati.)

Seattle, Washington

Aerial view of the Seattle Space Needle at sunset.
Stellar sunsets are always romantic!

From the waterfront to the unique skyline, Seattle oozes romance. Check out all of the most romantic things to do in Seattle!)

Start out at Pike’s Place Market with a coffee, some fresh flowers, and pack your picnic basket with a sampling of the many homemade delicacies.

Your next stop is the Gasworks Park where you can watch the boats, fly a kite, take some great selfies, or just lay out a blanket and get lost in each other’s eyes.

Lastly, wander through Seattle‘s best neighborhood, Fremont, and stop in for a drink and a wood-fired pizza at Via Tribunali.

-Corinne & Jim, Reflections Enroute

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai Hawaii is the island of rainbows and magnificent sunsets. There is a lot to experience with your significant other on this island; ziplining, hiking, golfing, watersports, helicopter tours and a colorful canyon. 

As you drive together through the island you will find many beaches that just pop up that you can just pull over and enjoy a private swim or picnic.

A flower arrangement sits on a table next to wine glasses with the ocean behind it.
For a tropical romantic vacation destination in the USA, it’s hard to find better than Hawaii.

To thoroughly enjoy one of Kauai’s amazing sunsets my Husband arranged a private beach dinner in a tent. We took our seats at the lovely table set with flowers. Our private butler poured us champagne to toast. 

The sun began to descend slowing as we ate our delicious meal. The sky was a magnificent orange.  I kept looking for the greenlight, but it did not show itself this special night.

Kauai discovered to be a very romantic destination and I wish to enjoy it again someday.

-Sherrie, Travel by a Sherrie Affair

Ocean Grove, New Jersey

A car parked in front of a large white house decorated with balloons.
Ocean Grove is a fantastic place for a romantic couples trip in the US!

Looking for a great and unexpected couples getaway in USA? Couples who travel to New Jersey should make sure not to skip the small town of Ocean Grove on the Jersey Shore. It is settled between Sandy Hook in the north and Atlantic City to the south.

Besides being the number one destination in the State of New Jersey, one can expect blue skies, mostly sunny days an enjoy over 200 kilometers of white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see.

No wonder that one romantic thing to do is to take a walk on the long boardwalk. Especially during sunset hour it is the best thing to do. 

Also, you should definitely wander along the small side streets, enjoy an ice cream at the old parlors and experience the wonderful wooden Victorian houses of Ocean Grove. Most of them have been renovated extensively.

To top it all off, why not rent one of these beautiful houses as your romantic getaway?

-Clemens, Travellers Archive

Fort Myers, Florida

A woman walks between palm trees on a white sandy beach.
Fort Meyers is a gorgeous romantic vacation destination in the US.

Our perfect romantic USA destination has white sandy beaches, palm trees, sunny days, warm weather, waves crashing, tasty food, good microbrews, great sunsets, and a spa. In the USA for us, that perfect spot is Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

On our first visit, we fell in love, there are a ton of things to do in Fort Myers that kept us busy exploring the day. At the end of the day go for a walk down the beach, if you’re really adventurous you can walk all 7 miles of it. Make sure to stop and watch the sunset, we suggest one of the beach bars.

Head out to one of for some fresh seafood, we suggest getting the coconut shrimp at Dot’s. There are a ton of hotels right on the beach, we stayed at the Pink Shell Resort which offer several bedroom options.

There are also really cute little beach houses for rent. No matter what you do or where you stay you’ll have an amazing romantic getaway with your loved one.

-Hannah & Adam, Getting Stamped

Napa, California

Napa, California is incredibly romantic to visit thanks to being the heart of wine country. There are few things more romantic than tasting wine with your lover in gorgeous vineyard after vineyard. 

Napa has perfect weather and sunshine all year long which makes it even more appealing.

We enjoyed a fabulous weekend there visiting wineries, sipping delicious wines, learning about wine-making, and driving through the gorgeous countryside.

We took a hot air ballon ride which was the ultimate romantic experience in Napa. We witnessed a marriage proposal in our balloon, and then landed for a champagne breakfast.

A couple poses in front of a sign that says "Welcome to this world famous wine growing region. Napa Valley." with a vineyard behind them.
Napa is a lovely romantic vacation destination in the US!

Some of our favorite wineries to visit in Napa included Castello di Amorosa which is Tuscan castle and winery that looks straight out of a fairy tale. We loved Vincent Arroyo because they gave us an excellent private tour and taught us the secret of making good wine. Artesa and Heitz also have great wine and beautiful views.

At Whetstone cellars you can taste inside the 19th-century French-style chateau or in the courtyard surrounded by ancient Cedar and Oak trees. You can’t go wrong in Napa for romance!

-Bertaut & Alexis, World Travel Adventurers

New York City, New York

A couple sits and gazes at architecture while sitting on a bench.
A visit to NYC is a great idea for a romantic couples trip in the US.

You can’t talk about romantic destinations in the United States without mentioning New York City. This is an exciting metropolis with endless possibilities for a romantic escape.

Not only is the city bursting with restaurants, bars, and entertainment, there are a lot of traditionally romantic things you can do here.

You can ride a carriage through central park. Walk arm in arm down 5th Avenue. Or go deeper and get lost in the city’s vibrant history. Top it all off with a stay at one of the most luxurious hotels. There’s no way you won’t be able to find romance in the city that never sleeps.

Where will YOU go this year? What romantic US destinations are on your list?

Planning for Your Romantic Getaways in the USA

If you need even more romantic getaway inspiration or want to get more specific about where you’re going, we’ve got it for ya! Feel free to explore our site and its countless romantic travel guides. 

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