🥰 The 41 Most Romantic Getaways in the USA in 2024

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Nothing rekindles that spark and helps you feel closer to your loved one than traveling to a new destination together.

For some of you daydreamers, the most romantic US getaways might require little more than a tropical white sand beach to stroll.

If you are anything like us, however, your perfect couples vacation features an action-packed itinerary that is guaranteed to create unforgettable memories.

In this guide you will find the 40 most romantic getaways in the USA for 2023, no matter what type of vacation you’re looking for! This includes our personal favorites as well as those recommended by dozens of America’s top travel bloggers.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a honeymoon, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or just a romantic vacation with your loved one, we’ve got you covered!

🏖 Romantic Getaways in the USA Overview

A young couple looks at the lunch menu at Isla Bella in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
Enjoying a romantic vacation in the Florida Keys.

From high rise cities to charming towns, tropical beaches, cozy cabins and natural wonders, we will cover a plethora of romantic vacations for couples in the US. 

To make sure this list spoke to a variety of couples, we got the top travel bloggers to add their favorite romantic locations across the US.

Just as each couple are different, so are these destinations . Since we couldn’t possibly pick favorites, we instead organized our list of idyllic vacation spots from West to East and North to South.

For quick perusal, the list of each location is featured below. We’ll cover each destination in more detail throughout this guide.

The Top 41 most romantic getaways in the USA are:

  1. Maui, Hawaii
  2. Oahu, Hawaii
  3. Kauai, Hawaii
  4. Big Island, Hawaii
  5. Juneau, Alaska
  6. Hood River, Oregon
  7. Oregon Coast, Oregon
  8. Lake Tahoe, California
  9. Napa Valley, California
  10. Yosemite National Park, California
  11. Mammoth Lakes, California
  12. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  13. Monterey, California
  14. Paso Robles, California
  15. Morro Bay, California
  16. San Diego, California
  17. Denver, Colorado
  18. Breckenridge, Colorado
  19. Telluride, Colorado
  20. Southern Utah, Utah
  1. Grand Canyon, Arizona
  2. Mackinac Island, Michigan
  3. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  4. Door County, Wisconsin
  5. Chicago, Illinois
  6. Acadia National Park, Maine
  7. Nantucket, Massachusetts
  8. Montauk, New York
  9. New York City, New York
  10. Alexandria, Virginia
  11. Asheville, North Carolina
  12. Charleston, South Carolina
  13. Savannah, Georgia
  14. Rosemary Beach, Florida
  15. St. Augustine, Florida
  16. Florida Keys, Florida
  17. New Orleans, Louisiana
  18. Texas Hill Country, Texas
  19. Dallas, Texas
  20. US Virgin Islands
  21. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

☀️ Romantic Getaways in the USA: West

1. Maui, Hawaii

Makena Cove aka Secret Beach is one of the most romantic places on Maui
Sunset at Secret Beach.

The Aloha State has long secured its place among the best honeymoon destinations for couples and, as such, is an absolute haven for those wanting a romantic getaway.

Of the six main islands, Maui is arguably the best and most popular for a romantic escape. The island offers a little something for everyone with its luxury resorts, intimate getaways, reliably sunny weather, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities.


☀️ What to do

Whether you’re looking to sink your toes into the sand with a cocktail in hand or head out on an adventure, you’ll find it on Maui.

Once you’ve explored all the best beaches in Kihei and Ka’anapali, take time to discover Maui’s secret beaches for some alone time with your partner.

While an early start may not be high on your to-do list on a romantic break, it is worth considering a sunrise tour of Haleakala. Watching the sunrise from atop the volcanic mountain hand-in-hand with your loved one is a breathtaking experience.

The more adventurous should explore the Road to Hana and all the incredible scenic stops it offers, including black and red sand beaches.

During the winter months, take a whale-watching boat tour for opportunities to spot migrating humpback whales.


🍽 Where to eat

Mama’s Fish House restaurant is famed for its incredible seafood. However, it can be booked out in advance so be sure to make a reservation in advance to avoid disappointment.


🛏 Where to stay

The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea is one of the best honeymoon hotels in Maui. With swaying palms and traditional Hawaiian motifs throughout the resort, it is easy to feel the aloha spirit here.

And, with their particularly exceptional 5-star service, you can expect to want for nothing while staying here.

🌅 SUGGESTED READING:
HOW TO PLAN A TRIP TO MAUI


2. Oahu, Hawaii

Landscape photo with a tall palm over vibrant turquoise water and white sand at Lanikai Beach, makes for one of the best romantic getaways in USA
Lanikai Beach on Oahu is postcard-perfect.

A visit to Oahu is akin to stepping into a real-life postcard; think pristine white sand beaches with swaying palms and turquoise waters.

As the most popular island to visit in Hawaii, it has all the amenities and conveniences that you could need.


🏝 What to do

If you’re considering a romantic vacation to Hawaii, likely, at least some (if not most) of your time will be spent on the beach. With this in mind, be sure not to miss a visit to Lanikai Beach.

Oahu is the birthplace of surfing, so it’s a great place to take surfing lessons, or at least watch surfers catching waves!

The island also offers some spectacular snorkeling, including Hanauma Bay, often considered the best reef in Hawaii. You may be lucky enough to swim alongside turtles no matter where you choose to snorkel.

For the more active, add hiking Diamond Head to your Oahu itinerary for sweeping views over Waikiki and beyond.

Finally, those who enjoy cities will love Honolulu, particularly Waikiki. Here, you’ll find vibrant nightlife, fine dining, world-class shopping, and ample culture.

In addition, beachgoers can enjoy two miles of golden sand at Waikiki Beach.


🍽 Where to eat

For a unique dining experience, set sail on a Sunset Dinner Cruise. Your meal is cooked fresh on the cruise, while you enjoy views of the sunset from the water.


🛏 Where to stay

Most visitors to Oahu choose to stay in Waikiki and here you’ll find a variety of hotels for every budget.

However, if you’re looking for a more relaxed getaway, consider staying on the North Shore. Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore is one of the most romantic hotels on the island and offers views of both sunset and sunrise!

🏝️ SUGGESTED READING:
PLANNING A TRIP TO OAHU


3. Kauai, Hawaii

Aerial view of the Na Pali coast of Kauai on a flight over the Na Pali cliffs.

The incredible nature of “The Garden Isle” is the biggest draw for couples wanting a romantic escape in the USA. It is the ideal destination for those that want more of an adventure with a side of relaxation.


🚁 What to do

No matter the occasion, no Kauai itinerary would be complete without a visit to the Na Pali Coast. The jagged, sheer cliffs of the Na Pali coast are one of the most impressive natural sights in the world.

For a once-in-a-lifetime romantic experience, take a helicopter tour of the Na Pali coast. Experiencing this iconic landscape from the sky is one of the most incredible, unforgettable things to do in Kauai.

The Na Pali coast is also worth visiting by boat! The experience is completely different and even better in some ways, often allowing the opportunity to snorkel too.

The island is full of natural wonders and you will find many incredible beaches and waterfalls in Kauai.

In the evening, be sure to explore some of the best places in Kauai for sunset, as let’s face it no romantic getaway is complete without watching the sun go down in the arms of your loved one!


🍽 Where to eat

For incredible dining with a unique experience, consider attending a luau. Fill your stomach and your soul with an experience that exemplifies the rich culture and cuisine of the Hawaiian spirit.

Of the many luaus available, Luau Kalamaku is considered the best on the island. As a result, reservations are necessary.


🛏 Where to stay

The Lodge at Kukui’ula in Poipu or the Hanalei Colony Resort in Hanalei are both great options for a romantic place to stay in Kauai.

⛵️ SUGGESTED READING:
COMPLETE GUIDE TO PLANNING A TRIP TO KAUAI


4. Big Island, Hawaii

A couple hold hands while watching lava bubble at Volcanoes National Park with the Milky Way shining overhead.
Watch lava bubble under the stars on the Big Island of Hawaii.

As the youngest of the Hawaiian islands, you can quite literally watch the Big Island form. With its active volcanoes, you can hold hands with your loved one while watching lava bubble away.

The Big Island is also the largest of the Hawaiian islands and offers a little bit of everything from golden, black, and green sand beaches to snow-capped mountains, lava lakes, dense rainforests, coffee and fruit plantations, and more.


🌋 What to do

You’ll find plenty of things to do on the Big Island, whether it’s relaxation or adventure you’re seeking.

The Big Island offers some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii, including a night snorkel with manta rays where you’ll come belly-to-belly with these majestic, gentle creatures.

Perhaps the most unique thing to do here with your loved one is to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and witness a lava lake bubbling and flowing against the dark of night.

The Big Island is known for having the darkest skies in Hawaii, particularly at the elevated destinations of Mauna Kea and Hawaii Volcanoes NP. The naked eye can spot planets, countless stars, and even the Milky Way from these dark sky reserves.


🍽 Where to eat

Combine Hawaiian cuisine with dance, culture, and storytelling, at a traditional luau.

Several resorts in Kona offer luaus, however, the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau is widely considered the best luau on the Big Island, with spectacular ocean views.


🛏 Where to stay

Without a doubt, Kailua-Kona and Waikoloa are the two best places to stay on Big Island. Both of these towns are on the dry side of the island and in close proximity to beaches.

Of all the hotels here, Holualoa Inn is one of the most romantic.

🌋 SUGGESTED READING:
HOW TO PLAN A BIG ISLAND VACATION


5. Juneau, Alaska

Recommended by Geeves from Real Girl Review.

A couple kayaking with Mendenhall Glacier in the distance in Juneau, Alaska, on a romantic vacation in the USA.
Go on a tandem kayaking tour with your loved one in Juneau, AK.

Unlike the usual romantic vacations that couples take with tropical sceneries, warm weather, fruity drinks, loud music and little to no clothing, Juneau, Alaska is romantic for all the right different reasons.

What better atmosphere to spark romance and a deep, heartfelt connection than a destination that’s known for its peace and quiet, lack of cell service, beautiful lush green forests, and calming, still waters?

When you take a romantic trip to Juneau, you are in for a romantic getaway of a lifetime, just the two of you in the moment.


❄️ What to do

All you need to ignite the flame is a fun activity like kayaking by Mendenhall Glacier, a romantic hike on Mt. Robert’s Trail, or a helicopter ride.

This is your trip. Be spontaneous and explore on a whim or, have a full itinerary planned for you. The choice is yours. As long as you have each other to snuggle up to when it gets cold, you’ll always be close.


🍽️ Where to eat

Juneau is a great place to indulge in delicious fresh food. Try the crab from Tracy’s King Crab Shack for a real treat.


🛌 Where to stay

For a relaxing hotel stay at a quaint B&B such as Auke Lake Bed & Breakfast.


6. Hood River, Oregon

Enjoying a cider along the Fruit Loop in Hood River, Oregon on a romantic getaway.
Enjoy a drink with a view in Hood River.

Nestled into the Columbia River Gorge at the base of Mt Hood, Hood River provides a romantic weekend getaway from the city. Breathtaking mountain views await and good food, drink and adventures abound.


🍏 What to do

Hood River is most famed for its numerous wineries (of which there are over 30!) and orchards. Take a scenic drive around the aptly named Fruit Loop and taste your way through the area.

Walk off all that food and drink on the many spectacular trails in and around Hood River. These include hikes up Mt. Hood, treks to find wildflowers and waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, and cycle trails.

The Columbia River Gorge offers some of the best waterfalls in Oregon, with over 90 waterfalls here. The most famous of these is Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon.


🍽️ Where to eat

For a romantic feast, you’ll find plenty of options. Stonehedge Gardens has been regularly voted the most romantic restaurant in the Gorge with its small and cozy vibes!


🛌 Where to stay

Perched atop the majestic cliffs of the Columbia River amongst seven acres of beautifully manicured gardens, the Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa is a great option.

🌲 SUGGESTED READING:
BEST THINGS TO DO IN OREGON


7. Oregon Coast, Oregon

The most impressive place to visit in Oregon to photograph Milky Way is Secret Beach
Stargazing along the Oregon Coast.

The rugged Oregon Coast offers spectacular seascapes, rolling sand dunes, incredible hiking, breathtaking stargazing, and mouthwatering seafood.

While Cannon Beach might be the most famous coastal destination, the Southern Oregon Coast should not be overlooked and is arguably more beautiful.

Anything along Hwy 101 on the Pacific Coast from California to Washington.


🌊 What to do

Take a scenic road trip along Highway 101 to explore the Pacific Coast or pick one coastal town and explore from there.

At four miles in length, Cannon Beach in northern Oregon is ideal for romantics who want long walks on the beach. This beautiful sandy stretch is dotted with sea stacks, including the iconic 235-foot Haystack Rock.

Along the Southern Oregon coast, the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor offers perhaps the most dramatic coastline on the planet. This 10-mile stretch of coastline provides endless sea stacks, arches, natural bridges, and geologic masterpieces for the adventurous to explore.


🍽️ Where to eat

You will find places to indulge in fresh seafood all along the coast. Some of the best include Local Ocean Seafood (Newport), Tony’s Crab Shack (Bandon), and Bowpicker Fish & Chips (Astoria).


🛌 Where to stay

The most romantic towns along the coast include Cannon Beach, Astoria, and Brookings. Either choose one town and take day trips from there, or consider a scenic road trip along Hwy 101 to enjoy more of the coast.

🌊 SUGGESTED READING:
PHOTOGRAPHING THE OREGON COAST


8. Lake Tahoe, California

Recommended by Gabriel from Chef Travel Guide.

The snowcapped Sierra Nevada mountains behind Lake Tahoe in California.

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is this stunning alpine lake with crystal clear blue water. The entire Lake Tahoe basin is surrounded by beautiful shorelines and forest-covered mountain peaks.

Lake Tahoe is the perfect romantic destination for all types of couples, from the adventurous types to those who want to stay in and cuddle up in a lakeside hotel.


⛵️ What to do

Lake Tahoe has two main seasons that are perfect for a romantic getaway.  The first is the summer season when the lake’s sandy beaches are nice and warm for a day at the beach. 

This is a great time to take in the views from the countless trails that surround the lake. Couples can also enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine at the Riva Grill on the south shore.

Take advantage of the opportunity to take a romantic lake cruise to Emerald Bay aboard the MS Dixie II paddle boat. 

Winter is also a magical time to visit as the Lake Tahoe basin transforms into a winter wonderland.  Outdoorsy couples can carve up the slopes at one of the area’s 15 ski resorts or hit the trails for a day of snowshoeing. 

Another romantic winter activity is ice skating at Northstar’s ice skating rink.


🍽️ Where to eat

With its cozy log cabin vibes, locally sourced ingredients, and extensive wine list Soule Domain is the perfect place for a date night.


🛌 Where to stay

For couples wanting private time, a snowy winter cabin at the Cottage Inn is the perfect place to curl up around the fire.


9. Napa Valley, California

Recommended by Tori from Tori Pines Travels.

Looking out over rolling hills with vineyards in Napa Valley, California.
Take in the rolling hills in Napa Valley.

No place screams “romantic getaways in the US” like an escape to Napa Valley, California. Between the beautiful rolling hills, the unlimited wineries, and the numerous spas, Napa makes the perfect vacation with your significant other.


🍇 What to do

You’ll want to spend much of your time exploring the wineries along the valley. Pick Castello di Amorosa for a unique experience, Domaine Carneros for a luxurious food and wine pairing, or Frog’s Leap for a small, authentic experience.

Alternatively, book a wine tour to visit several wineries.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to love wine to have an amazing time in the valley. Downtown Napa offers luxury shopping, fun activities, and gourmet food.

Non-wine activities can include a ride along the Napa wine train, which, despite its name, is not all about wine. They focus on serving delicious food and offering gorgeous views of the valley along the way.

You’ll also want to book a ride on a hot air balloon for the ultimate romantic outing with your special someone.

Round out the vacation with appointments at one of the many local spas to get some quality time with your partner.


🍽️ Where to eat

You’ll find a number of great cafes, like Winston’s Cafe, casual eateries, like The Dutch Door, and many Michelin-star restaurants as well, including The French Laundry.


🛌 Where to stay

Book a few nights at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs where you can stay during your trip, enjoy the spa services and take a dip whenever you’d like in the natural hot spring pool. It’s the ultimate romantic spot for couples.


10. Yosemite National Park, California

A couple sat on a wall holding hands while looking out towards Tunnel View at sunrise in Yosemite National Park on an adventurous romantic getaway.
Soak in a Yosemite sunrise with your loved one.

Of all the romantic getaways in the United States, there is something truly magical about an escape to Yosemite National Park. Within this iconic park, you can discover romance among cascading waterfalls, towering granite cliffs, and giant sequoias.


🏞 What to do

With almost 1200 square miles to explore and a wealth of things to do, you can choose to add as much or as little as you like to your Yosemite itinerary.

The valley can be explored with just a day in Yosemite, with some of the top sights including Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome views, Vernal Falls, and Yosemite Valley View.

With more time, your options are endless! Some highlights include Glacier Point, Taft Point, Panorama Trail, Yosemite Falls, Mono Meadows, and Giant Sequoias at Tuolumne Grove.

For avid hikers, overnight backpacking trails are aplenty here and allow for plenty of quality time together before cozying up under the stars.


🍽️ Where to eat

Personally, we enjoy camping, cooking up our own dinners, and picnicking. However, there are a few dining options within the park, with The Ahwahnee Dining Room largely considered the best option.


🛌 Where to stay

Within the park, you have a few options for lodging, varying from backcountry camping to standard campsites or hotels.

If a night of camping doesn’t appeal, The Ahwahnee is an excellent option. Built in 1927, this National Historic Landmark offers comfortable lodging with spectacular views of Half Dome, Glacier Point, and Yosemite Falls.

🏞️ SUGGESTED READING:
THE PERFECT YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK ITINERARY


11. Mammoth Lakes, California

A woman soaking in a hot spring at Mammoth Lakes during sunrise on a romantic US vacation.
Cozy up in one of the many hot springs in Mammoth Lakes.

Mammoth Lakes is the perfect romantic destination in the US for outdoor lovers. This Eastern Sierra oasis entices couples year-round, whether looking for an adventure or a serene alpine escape.


What to do

You will find plenty to do year-round at Mammoth Lakes.

In the summer, explore the numerous hiking trails and wilderness areas on more than 2 million acres of National Forest. The streams and lakes provide a popular location for trout fishing, or picnicking lakeside.

As the weather cools, head to Mammoth Lakes Hot Springs. Few experiences compare to a moonlight soak in the natural hot springs in Mammoth Lakes with your partner.

Imagine relaxing under the stars with breathtaking views of the Eastern Sierras in naturally heated, geothermal mineral water tubs.

For a different view of the area, consider a romantic helicopter tour.

While the powder is good throughout the winter months, Mammoth Lakes is known as the world’s best resort for spring skiing.


🍽️ Where to eat

Head to Skadi for high-end dining with mountain views. The outdoor seating under the trees provides a particularly romantic ambiance.


🛌 Where to stay

Steeped in rustic charm, Tamarack Lodge and Resort offers cabins overlooking the vibrant waters of Twin Lakes. This secluded resort is ideal for snuggling up together in front of the fire.

♨️ SUGGESTED READING:
COMPLETE GUIDE TO MAMMOTH LAKES HOT SPRINGS


12. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Recommended by Priyadarshini Rajendran of Glorious Sunrise.

Cottage of Sweets in Carmel has an old English architecture providing a fairytale-like feel to this charming romantic town
Cottage of Sweets is one of the many fairytale-like buildings in Carmel.
Photo: CarmelCalifornia.com

Along the gorgeous Pacific Coast adjacent to Monterey, lies this storybook town of Carmel-by-the-sea.

You’ll find the main street of this cute town lined with boutique shops, bakeries, art galleries, and decorations that feel like a page out of a fairy tale!


🚗 What to do

There are plenty of things to do in Carmel, including scenic walks, art tours, serene retreats by the sea, regular art festivals, historic walking tours, or even walk, wine, and dine tours! 

Be sure to catch the sunset at Carmel Beach or Asilomar Beach for a romantic end to your day.

Additionally, the famous 17-Mile Drive starts from Carmel. Considered California’s most scenic drive and one of the top Bay Area road trips, it passes through incredible scenic landscapes, forests, and white sand beaches.

Take time to drive this spectacular route and stop at all the major spots to take in the beauty of nature here.


🍽 Where to eat

During the day, be sure to stop at Carmel Bakery for coffee and delicious croissants. For an evening meal, indulge in the delicious food at the Flying Fish Grill. 


🛏 Where to stay

Stay at Hyatt Carmel Highlands for an especially romantic feel as it overlooks the stunning Big Sur coast.


13. Monterey, California

Recommended by Charles McCool of McCool Travel.

Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey at sunset is a beautiful place for a romantic getaway
Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey.
Photo: SeeMonterey.com

Robert Louis Stevenson called the Monterey California area, “the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world” and it is one of the USA’s most romantic destinations. 


🦋 What to do

Enjoy the incomparable natural scenery with your partner with spectacular sunsets, beautiful coastal walks, romantic beach strolls, phenomenal scenic drives, kayaking and boat excursions, and much more.

During the mild winter months, be sure to experience the migrations of millions of gorgeous orange and black Monarch butterflies in the Pacific Grove trees and gray whales along Big Sur.

In late spring, the coastal waters are active with sea otters and seal pups.

At any time of the year, explore Cannery Row and the Monterey Aquarium, downtown Monterey historic sites, and the quaint main street downtown of Pacific Grove.

Walk with your loved one from Monterey Aquarium to Lover’s Point Park, past remarkable B&Bs and some of the most beautiful coastal scenic views in the US. Enjoy nightly sunsets along Ocean View Drive or Sunset Drive, preferably with a carryout clam chowder from Vivolo’s!


🍽 Where to eat

Suggested restaurants include Bistro Moulin and Palucca Trattoria in Monterey and Pepper’s and Fishwife in Pacific Grove.


🛏 Where to stay

Monterey Plaza Hotel is an excellent lodging choice right in the heart of the action, near Monterey Aquarium and Cannery Row. Choose an oceanfront room to bask in amazing sunrise views and crashing waves below.


14. Paso Robles, California

Recommended by Anu from Destination Checkoff. 

Thousands of different colored lights are illuminated at the Field of Lights experience in Paso Robles

Paso Robles is a hidden gem on the central coast of California. It is a wine country destination with small-town charm. There are more than 200 vineyards and wineries here.


🍷 What to do

Paso Robles has many great things for a couple to experience together. 

The top thing to do in Paso Robles and perfect for a date night is to visit the Field of Lights experience which is an art and light display by artist Bruce Munro. Thousands of colorful lights illuminate the Paso Robles landscape and are a must-see. 

The historic downtown of Paso Robles has several art galleries, wine-tasting rooms, small shops, and boutiques to explore. The downtown City Park is perfect to have a romantic picnic with food purchased from the local markets.

There are several vineyards here to explore and you can go on a wine-tasting tour. Tin City is a great maker’s market for craft beverages.

Several beaches are within 45 minutes drive from Paso Robles for a beach day. 


🍽 Where to eat

Thomas Hill Organics is a great farm-to-table restaurant. 


🛏 Where to stay

Paso Robles Inn is a historic hotel downtown in a perfect location to walk to all the downtown wine-tasting rooms. They have some rooms with a mineral hot tub on a private balcony which would be perfect for a romantic evening. 


15. Morro Bay, California

Recommended by Trijit from Budget Travel Buff.

Sunset at Morro Bay in California showing Morro Rock.
Sunset at Morro Bay in California.

Morro Bay is one of the best coastal towns in Northern California. This city is known for its seaside beauty and parks.

The central focus of Morro Bay is the 576 Volcano Rock. Morro means hill in Spanish and this area got its name after Morro Rock. 


🌅 What to do

This couple-friendly place is located in San Luis Obispo, California, and is known for its outdoor activities.

If you want to learn more about the city of Morro Rock, you should try kayaking, surfing, boating, or golfing. If you are looking for a romantic getaway in the US with your partner, you must visit this place and explore by renting a bike.

Some of the must-see places include Morro Rock, Morro Bay State Park, and Morro Bay Estuary.

Although you can visit this location all year, the best time to visit Morro Bay is from May to June. However, couples prefer to visit Morro Bay in May. The crowds thin out and the weather is cooler than in the summer, making it ideal for enjoying outdoor activities.


🍽️ Where to eat

Before you leave Morro Bay, be sure to visit Galley Seafood Grill & Bar and try the scallops.


🛌 Where to stay

If you want to stay in Morro Bay for a few days to strengthen your relationship, the Inn at Morro Bay hotel is highly recommended.

This is the best place to stay in Morro Bay for many reasons, including the seaside view, scenic surroundings, neat and clean space, and excellent hospitality.


16. San Diego, California

Recommended by Kristin from Global Travel Escapades.

View of La Jolla Cove on the San Diego coast on a romantic getaway in the USA
Take a romantic stroll along the California coast.

If you’re looking for a romantic beach getaway, then consider a vacation in San Diego! The city consistently has some of the best weather in all of America and there are plenty of activities for you and your partner to partake in!


🏄🏾‍♀️ What to do

To start off, you can’t go wrong with a classic beach day. There are a host of beaches perfect for relaxing, sunbathing, and enjoying each other’s company.

If you and your partner are up for something more adventurous, try surfing the famous Southern California waves. You would be surprised how much of a bonding experience it can be!

Of course, if you’re keener on exploring the city, consider walking around La Jolla Cove. It’s one of the nicest parts of San Diego and is filled with boutique shops and charming cafes.

Plus, you can see tons of seals and sea lions that love to hang out on the shore and nearby rocks!


🍽 Where to eat

Within the Lodge at Torrey Pines, you will find A.R. Valentien, one of the most romantic restaurants in San Diego.


🛏 Where to stay

Finally, consider the Lodge Torrey Pines if you’re interested in hotel recommendations. It’s located on the bluffs near Torrey Pines State Park and offers guests stunning sunset views!


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17. Denver, Colorado

Recommended by Amber of Amber Everywhere.

Fall foliage surrounds a lake with a snowcapped mountain backdrop at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado on a romantic getaway.
Take a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Set at the base of the Rocky Mountains is Denver, Colorado. The Mile High City offers majestic views of the Foothills, trendy restaurants, and plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors.


🏔️ What to do

Denver is an ideal city break for couples wanting a mix of outdoor activities and urban attractions.

It is also a great place to make a home base for day trips to nearby cities such as Boulder, Vail, and Breckenridge. As well as the spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park.

For a fun and unique activity, experience some of the city’s Western heritage by visiting the Denver Stock Show. The event takes place every January in Denver, and you can attend a rodeo, horse show, or just wander the grounds.

Finish the night with live music and dancing at the nearby Grizzly Rose, where you can try line dancing and even ride a mechanical bull. 

Throughout the summer, you’ll find a number of festivals and events taking place throughout the city with something for everyone.

If you can, catch a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, one of the best concert venues in the country.


🍽️ Where to eat

Couples will love exploring the nightlife in Denver, from funky pop-ups to local staples. For memorable cocktails and ambiance, head to Linger. It is built on the grounds of a former mortuary and specializes in international street foods and creative cocktails. 

Have dinner at Safta, known for its creative hummus dishes and freshly baked pita bread. Make sure you try the Persian rice if you’ve never had it before. It’s crispy, bursting with flavor, and probably unlike anything you’ve eaten. The ambiance is perfect for a romantic date night, too. 


🛌 Where to stay

Stay nearby at The Source Hotel, a trendy and modern hotel just steps from Safta. 

🏔️ SUGGESTED READING:
COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE NATIONAL PARKS OF COLORADO


18. Breckenridge, Colorado

Recommended by Sierra from Island and Alpine.

View point overlooking a mountain lake in Breckenridge, CO on a romantic US getaway.
Take in the alpine views in Breckenridge.

Breckenridge is a mountain town in Colorado that makes for an ideal romantic getaway for couples. 

The beautiful downtown retains many elements of the town’s historic past. Its location is an easy drive from Denver and the panoramic views are stunning in all directions.


What to do

Active couples will love the ski resort in winter and hiking and biking the trails in the summer and fall.

Many easy hikes depart directly from downtown, such as the Iowa Hill Trail with its beautiful wildflowers in late summer. The free BreckConnect gondola heads up Peak 8 in all seasons giving visitors a beautiful view of the mountainside below.

Main Street is lined with shopping as well as many delicious restaurants. Easy walking trails meander along the Blue River and live music events frequently occur at the Plaza.

Whether couples choose to explore the town and outdoor activities or snuggle up by the fireplace and enjoy the mountain views, Breckenridge is sure to be a memorable romantic getaway!


🍽 Where to eat

Couples can enjoy a casual breakfast at Crepes a la Cart while strolling down through town, while Arum Food & Wine is perfect for a night out.


🛏 Where to stay

Located in the heart of Breckenridge, Gravity Haus is an excellent choice for lodging. Their upscale rooms are comfortable and romantic, and their décor is modern.

Additionally, their lobby fireplace is cozy in all seasons and their on-site restaurant is delicious. There is a Japanese-style onsen as well with a sauna and soaking tubs.


19. Telluride, Colorado

Recommended by Taylor from Nomads in Nature.

A vibrant sunset over the mountains in Telluride Colorado on a romantic getaway in the USA
A romantic sunset in Telluride.

For nature lovers, there is no place better for a romantic getaway than being in one of the most beautiful and secluded mountain towns the U.S. has to offer.

Whether you are going for summer or winter, Telluride, Colorado is truly a bucket-list destination with jaw-dropping scenery from every direction.


⛰️ What to do

Hiking is one of the best things to do in Telluride, with all types of trails from short jaunts to summitting a 14,000-foot peak (14er) to a multi-day cross-country excursion. Right from the streets of downtown, you can find countless trailheads that will lead you to cascading waterfalls and sweeping views.

During winter, experience a top-rated U.S. ski resort with world-class snow and terrain.

No matter what time of year you visit, don’t forget to ride the free gondola for breathtaking sunset views.


🍽️ Where to eat

Unlike most mountain towns in Colorado, Telluride has incredible food with one-of-a-kind restaurants. Make a reservation at There Restaurant and Bar for a truly romantic evening. 


🛌 Where to stay

Consider a stay at Camel’s Garden Hotel, ideally located only two blocks from Telluride’s main street shops and restaurants.


20. Southern Utah, Utah

Recommended by Jen from Glasses and Boarding Passes.

A couple at the summit of the Angel's Landing Hike in Zion National Park, Utah
Take in the otherworldly landscapes in southern Utah.

With its vast, otherworldly landscapes, southern Utah is a surprisingly romantic getaway for couples! What could be better than being the only one for miles with your partner? Or falling asleep under the stars together?


🚙 What do to

Southern Utah is famous for its ‘mighty five’ national parks, making it the perfect getaway for an adventurous couple. The best way to see the parks is on an epic road trip around Southern Utah!

On this road trip, you can build trust with your partner as you both conquer your fears and hike Angel’s Landing at Zion. Or cuddle up and share a hot coffee while watching a beautiful sunrise over Bryce Canyon.

Definitely drive off-road at Capitol Reef and savor the feeling of being alone together in the middle of the desert. Marvel at the physics-defying rock formations in Arches and Canyonlands.

And, what better time to deepen your connection as a couple than when on the road (and without a phone signal)!


🍽️ Where to eat

For the adventurous, we recommend bringing your stove and favorite treats. And don’t forget the s’mores ingredients!


🛌 Where to stay

For the ultimate couples retreat, book a tent at one of the Under Canvas glamping locations in the area.

Between a roaring fire, cozy blankets, and a window in the ceiling to see the stars, you’re guaranteed a romantic evening!

🏜️ SUGGESTED READING:
DISCOVER THE BEST UTAH SLOT CANYONS


21. Grand Canyon, Arizona

The milky way above the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on a romantic getaway in the USA.
Admire the breathtaking night skies at the Grand Canyon.

Marvel hand-in-hand at the grandeur of one of the world’s natural wonders on a romantic getaway to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Few views are as awe-inspiring as those of the largest canyon in the entire world.


What do to

Whether you spend only one day in the Grand Canyon or an extended visit to include the North Rim, you’ll find plenty of things to do here.

Start at least one day by watching the sunrise from Grandview Point as it bathes the layered landscape in golden light. There is no hike necessary to enjoy the view, but there is a trail that begins at the top for those that want to venture further.

For avid hikers, you’ll find ample trails throughout the vast national park. These vary from short day hikes to extensive multi-day backpacking trips for the truly adventurous.

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, or just want a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. The aerial views allow you to truly appreciate the vastness of this geological wonder.


🍽️ Where to eat

There are a few restaurants within the park, however, options are limited and as with most parks, overpriced. Of the options, Phantom Ranch Canteen has the best reviews.


🛌 Where to stay

Choose to camp out under the stars with your partner at one of the developed campgrounds within the Grand Canyon National Park or book a stay at one of the park’s lodges.

🌄 SUGGESTED READING:
GRAND CANYON DAY TRIP: HOW TO SEE IT ALL IN ONE DAY!

❤️ Romantic Getaways in the USA: Midwest

22. Mackinac Island, Michigan

Recommended by Linda of Midwest Explored.

Arch Rock is one of the most iconic attractions on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Arch Rock Mackinac Island Michigan

Easily one of the most romantic getaways in the US, Mackinac Island is a wonderfully special place every couple will enjoy. 

Not only is the island well located, with sweeping views of surrounding Lake Huron, but it is filled with charming Victorian homes and is completely car-free. 

Therefore, after arriving via ferry from the mainland, you’ll enjoy the romantic charm of seeing horse-drawn carriages roll through the streets. 


🌸 What to do

If you can, time your visit for either May or June since all the lilac trees are in bloom and this place feels extra romantic. 

Just don’t leave the island without visiting its most iconic attraction, Arch Rock. It’s an amazing natural rock formation that can be accessed by doing a 2.3-mile hike through Mackinac Island State Park. 

Next, take a romantic stroll through one of the island’s quaint butterfly houses before stopping for a kiss at the “Somewhere in Time” Gazebo, featured in a film of the same name in 1979.

And, what better time to deepen your connection as a couple than when on the road (and without phone signal)!


🍽️ Where to eat

Be sure to stop for a romantic meal at the Carriage House. It’s one of the best restaurants in Mackinac Island with a lovely, historic feel. Chefs here also whip up an array of dishes using fresh seafood from the lake.


🛌 Where to stay

While there are many romantic hotels on the island, the Grand Hotel is the best. In fact, it dates all the way back to 1887 and offers individually decorated rooms with stellar views of the lake. 


23. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Recommended by Alyssa from An Apple A Plane.

A hot air balloon over Lake Geneva on a romantic vacation in the USA.
Experience a unique view of Lake Geneva with a hot air balloon ride.
Photo: VisitLakeGeneva.com

One hour and thirty minutes drive northwest of Chicago is the charming getaway of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  Expect small-town vibes and quaint shops along a charming lakefront with seasonal activities year-round.  


🧊 What to do

Couples enjoy this romantic getaway that seems to be equally as charming during all seasons.  Winter brings ice castles where couples can explore inside dazzling castles for an unforgettable experience.  Make sure to visit before they melt! 

Lake Geneva also houses the United States’ annual international ice sculpting competition. 

Over the summer, enjoy walking along the beach or taking a boat ride.  For a unique view, consider a hot air balloon ride.

Year-round activities include exploring small, charming shops, checking out a wine bar or brewery, and just relaxing. 


🍽 Where to eat

Consider enjoying brunch in a colorful, unique atmosphere at Simple Cafe. 


🛏 Where to stay

The Grand Geneva Resort and Spa is one of the town’s most popular hotels, where couples can relax the evening away and treat themselves to a spa experience without ever leaving the resort! 


24. Door County, Wisconsin

Recommended by Paulina of Paulina on the Road.

An aerial image showing a road winding between trees next to a lake all shrouded in fall colors on a romantic getaway in US
Head to Door County for spectacular fall faliage.

Door County is the ideal destination if you want to escape and spend quality time with your partner. The city with 300 miles of lighthouse-dotted shoreline, dozens of lakeside communities, and vibrant nightlife make it a perfect place for your romantic vacation. 


🚤 What to do

Go hiking and explore the natural beauty of the area. Whitefish Dunes and Cave Point County Park are some of the best options.

If you enjoy spending time on the water, Door County is renowned for its excellent boating and fishing. There are many sightseeing boat tours available on which you can admire the many lighthouses. 

With a strong history in agriculture since the 1800s, Door County is still home to many orchards and vineyards. During the summer, it is well worth visiting the orchards to pick up some fresh produce, taste free wines, and enjoy nightly music.

Within Door County, Washington Island is a great place to visit for a calm and relaxing atmosphere. While on the island, be sure to spend some time at Schoolhouse Beach. 

While a visit to Door County is beautiful any time of year, summer and fall are the prime times to visit. During the winter, many attractions are closed so be sure to check in advance.


🍽 Where to eat

You’ll also find plenty of dining options with some of the best being Waterfront Restaurant, The English Inn, and AI Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant.


🛏 Where to stay

You will find a number of cozy cabins in Door County. However, if you prefer a romantic hotel, White Lace Inn, Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort, and Eagle Harbor Inn are some of the best in Door County. 


25. Chicago, Illinois

Recommended by Melissa from My Beautiful Passport.

A couple cycling in Chicago on a romantic getaway USA
Photo: Abel Arciniega – ChooseChicago.com

For a romantic US getaway in the city, visit Chicago, IL. With a beautiful waterfront, stunning skyline, and vibrant culture, the Windy City is a great place to take your sweetheart.

Enjoy the city’s glamour, fine dining, cozy hotels, and world-famous attractions.


🎭 What to do

Need ideas for romantic things to do in Chicago?

Ice skate at Millennium Park or cozy up along the iconic Michigan Avenue in a winter horse carriage ride. Go for a tandem bike ride along the waterfront, or take a romantic cruise along Lake Michigan on a beautiful summer evening.

Catch a Broadway show at the Chicago historic theatre or watch the sunset over the city from Willis Tower year-round.  


🍽 Where to eat
When you are hungry and want somewhere away from the skyline, enjoy dinner and drinks at Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, a sexy-vibes speakeasy.


🛏 Where to stay

Spend the night at the Langham Hotel or the London House Chicago, to complete your perfect weekend in Chicago, with romantic atmospheres and incredible city views.


⛵️ Romantic Getaways in the USA: Northeast

26. Acadia National Park, Maine

Recommended by David & Intan from The World Travel Guy.

View of a lake in Acadia National Park with fall colors, an ideal time for a romantic getaway in the USA

Maine’s seaside gem, Acadia National Park, is known for its beautiful scenic drives, peaceful walking trails, and wonderful fall colors, all of which make it a great place for couples wanting a romantic getaway in the US!


🍁 What to do

Some of the best Acadia hiking trails for couples include the Ocean Path and the Jordan Pond Loop. Both of these are easy and relaxing trails with spectacular scenery, and during the autumn season, you can see colorful leaves on the trees.

While getting up early may not be on the agenda for most romantic breaks, we highly recommend catching the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain. Due to its easternmost location, it’s known as the first place in the United States to see the sunrise!


🍽 Where to eat

For a romantic dinner, check out the nearby Reading Room Restaurant, which has great views of the boats coming and going at Bar Harbor.


🛏 Where to stay

A great hotel for couples is the Mira Monte Inn.


27. Nantucket, Massachusetts

Recommended by Sam from New England Wanderlust.

Hydrangeas in front of a quaint building in Nantucket Massachusetts as seen on a romantic USA getaway

One of the most romantic coastal destinations in the Northeast is Nantucket. This special little island off the coast of Massachusetts is packed with opportunities for gorgeous sunsets, breathtaking beaches, and cozy restaurants.

From the moment you step off the ferry, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a town so charming that it doesn’t even seem real. 


🌅 What to do

During the afternoon, one of the most romantic strolls you can take is along the Bluff Walk in ‘Sconset. This charming town is lined with rose-covered cottages, and the Bluff Walk is a public path that hugs some of the most stunning coastlines on the island. 

If it’s a more adventurous romantic activity you’re looking for, rent a moped to explore the island.

Spend the day seeing the beaches that are frequented by locals such as Tom Nevers and Nobadeer, and stop at Cisco Brewers for an afternoon of food trucks, local beers, cocktails, and wines. 


🍽 Where to eat

One of the most romantic things to do on Nantucket is to enjoy a sunset dinner on the beach at Galley Beach Restaurant. Not only does it offer perfect views of the sunset, they have tables right on the sand.

Pair it with a glass of champagne to clink your glasses together just as the sun goes down. 


🛏 Where to stay

For a romantic stay, The Wauwinet Hotel & Resort can’t be beaten. Secluded from town, and set right on the ocean, you’ll find luxury accommodations, a restaurant, a spa, and plenty of cozy places to cuddle up together. 


28. Montauk, New York

Recommended by Ariana from Trvl Collective.

A couple on a romantic getaway in the US on a sandy beach at sunset in Montauk NY

Only a 3-hour drive from busy New York City is the perfect romantic beach town of Montauk, NY.  Montauk is located at the very end of Long Island surrounded by water on all sides and with that miles and miles of pristine beaches.  


🧖🏽‍♀️🧖🏾‍♂️ What to do

Start your day with a beautiful walk in Shadmoor State Park.  The path follows the edge of the iconic Montauk Bluffs and ends with an incredible view of the famous Ditch Plains Beach, one of the best beaches in Montauk

Spend your day relaxing on one of Montauk’s beautiful beaches or treat yourselves to a spa day at Gurney’s Seawater Spa. 

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, book a day on the water with Mon Tiki or a surf lesson with Corey’s Wave.


🍽 Where to eat

After a day of relaxation grab a table at Duryea’s or the Crow’s Nest for a special date night under the stars.  Then retreat back to Gurney’s for a nightcap at one of their fire pits outside.


🛏 Where to stay

If you are celebrating something special, Gurney’s Resort & Seawater Spa is the perfect hotel choice for a romantic getaway.


29. New York City, New York

New York City skyline as seen from a boat to the Statue of Liberty on a romantic getaway in USA
The iconic skyline of NYC.

New York City provides a far more fast-paced romantic vacation than any other place on this list.

If you prefer an exciting array of cultural attractions, first class restaurants, scenic rooftop bars, and iconic experiences, NYC is the perfect choice for your romantic getaway.


🗽 What to do

The city that never sleeps provides limitless things for you and your loved one to do.

There are many ways to take in the iconic NYC skyline that will create memories with your partner that you’ll treasure forever.

From soaring above the city on a private helicopter tour to watching the sunrise from the Empire State Building, taking a stroll over Brooklyn Bridge, or ending the day with a sunset cruise to the Statue of Liberty.

Fill your days by going on a food tour, taking a romantic carriage ride in Central Park, strolling along the High Line, or watching a Broadway Musical.

In the summer, you’ll find the city buzzing with festivals and other events, though the heat can be stifling at times. Alternatively, in the winter, you’ll find a host of holiday festivities.


🍽 Where to eat

New York is an absolute haven for foodies, with cuisine available from all over the globe.

If you’re looking to splurge on a treat then consider booking a table at one of the Michelin star restaurants in NYC, such as The NoMad.

No trip to NYC would be complete without pizza and our absolute favorite is Juliana’s in Brooklyn.


🛏 Where to stay

For five-star luxury, The Peninsula, is an excellent option. Conveniently located on 5th Ave in Midtown, the hotel features a rooftop bar and spa with an indoor pool.


🥂 Romantic Getaways in the USA: South

30. Alexandria, Virginia

Recommended by Julie McCool from Fun in Fairfax VA.

Brick sidewalk and buildings add character to the beautiful city of Alexandria, VA on a romantic getaway in US
Explore the charming, historic city of Alexandria on a romantic US getaway.

Couples will find a bounty of romantic things to do in Alexandria Virginia, a historic city on the Potomac River near Washington DC.

Stay in Old Town Alexandria, a neighborhood brimming with romantic charm. Here couples can explore brick sidewalks lined with excellent restaurants, unique shops, cozy parks, and beautifully preserved Colonial homes.


🌸 What to do

Must-visit spots include the colorful Spite House, King Street shops, and a string of waterfront parks. Check out the art studios at the Torpedo Factory or tour the quirky “frozen in time” Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary.

Alexandria is a year-round destination but is especially popular in spring when gardens and cherry trees are in bloom. Visit in March and you can take a water taxi to see the famous DC cherry blossoms.

The holiday season is another wonderful time to visit when Old Town sparkles with festive decorations and events like the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend.


🍽 Where to eat

Keep the Potomac views going with a meal and a drink at Ada’s on the River or Barca Pier and Winer Bar, right next to the Indigo. A block away, enjoy elevated pub food with a hip vibe at Virtue Feed and Grain.


🛏 Where to stay

Book a riverfront room at the boutique Hotel Indigo for beautiful views in the heart of the Old Town waterfront.


31. Asheville, North Carolina

Recommended by Anna from Stuck on the Go.

Sunset over Asheville, NC on a romantic getaway in the USA
A golden sunset lights up the city of Asheville.
Photo: ExploreAsheville.com

Asheville, NC is the perfect romantic getaway for couples because of the amazing hiking opportunities, plentiful spas, and cozy restaurants and hotels.

If you want a place to explore outdoors with your significant other, then there’s no better place than Asheville.


💖 What to do

For some incredible mountain views, check out Craggy Gardens, Devil’s Courthouse, or Chimney Rock.

You can also take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway if you want the views without all the work. Popular waterfall hikes near Asheville are Catawba Falls (closed for maintenance until spring 2023), Crabtree Falls, and Graveyard Fields.

Brevard is one of the small towns near Asheville close to tons of waterfalls – it’s even nicknamed “The Land of the Waterfalls”. Spend some time there if you’re staying for more than a few days.

If rest and rejuvenation are what you’re looking for then visit Shoji Spa & Retreat, the Asheville Salt Cave, or the Spa at Omni Grove Park Inn.

Visiting the Biltmore is also incredibly romantic as you get to tour the house, stroll the grounds, and tickets include a wine tasting.


🍽 Where to eat

The best romantic restaurants in Asheville are Bouchon, Red Stag Grill, and Zambra.


🛏 Where to stay

Two of the best hotels for couples are the Omni Grove Park Inn and the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Both are very luxurious and popular for anniversaries.


32. Charleston, South Carolina

Recommended by Theresa from Fueled By Wanderlust.

A couple in front of a fountain on a romantic weekend away in Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston, South Carolina is one of the most romantic destinations for couples in the United States.  Situated on a peninsula between the Cooper and Ashley Rivers, this city delivers on beauty, ambiance, and a wonderful restaurant scene.


🛏 What to do

There is no denying that romantic Charleston is one of the most beautiful cities in America to visit. 

While exploring Charleston, couples can wander past cobblestone streets, the gorgeous waterfront, and stately pastel-colored homes.  The most famous example of colorful facades is the Rainbow Row on E Bay Street, which is a famous photo spot.

During most of the year, Charleston is warm enough to enjoy nearby beaches, like the Isle of Palms.  However, even from December to March, when the weather cools down to between 40-60°F, couples can still cozy up at a historic inn for New Year’s or Valentine’s Day.   

Plus, there is nothing like a winter stroll through Charleston for the added ambiance of gas lamps lighting up the dark evenings and the faint smell of chimney smoke in the air.


🍽 Where to eat

While visiting Charleston as a couple, it would be a mistake not to dive into the upscale restaurant scene.  Standbys like Magnolias continue to service sophisticated takes on southern classics, like pimento and fried green tomatoes. 

For an elegant dinner, make reservations as early as possible for a classy meal at either classic Husk or modern FIG.  


🛏 Where to stay

The Wentworth Mansion makes for the perfect location to cozy up with your loved one.


33. Savannah, Georgia

Recommended by Vicky from Buddy The Traveling Monkey.

Aerial sunset view of the historic district of Savannah, Georgia - one of the most romantic getaways in the USA
Photo: VisitSavannah.com

One of the most romantic getaways in the US is to Savannah, Georgia. Sitting along the Savannah River, bordering South Carolina, Savannah is easy to get to by plane or car.

Visitors wanting to fly in can use Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Those wanting to do a road trip to Savannah can drive in easily off of Interstate 95.


💕 What to do

Savannah is a very walkable city and, as such, is easily explored on foot. As you wander the historic district hand in hand, you’ll see historic homes, statues, and churches.

Take time to explore Savannah’s squares; there are 22 of them! Each is unique but all have places to sit so you can relax with your sweetheart.

Another romantic activity you can do is to take a sunset cruise on the river. 

There are also a lot of free things to do in Savannah, which means you can splurge on other things like food and drinks.


Savannah has a lot of great rooftop restaurants and bars. A popular one is Electric Moon Skytop Lounge. It’s on the JW Marriott Hotel roof and has views of the river, finger foods, and unique cocktails.


🛏 Where to stay

To stay, consider one of Savannah’s newest hotels, the Marriott Savannah Riverfront. As the name implies, it’s right on the river and footsteps away from popular River Street.


34. Rosemary Beach, Florida

Recommended by Roshni from the Wanderlust Within.

Beach loungers and umbrellas set up on a white sand beach with turquoise water at Rosemary Beach in Florida for a romantic getaway.
White sand and turquoise waters await you on a romantic vacation in Florida.

Often dubbed the ‘Hamptons of the South’, the luxurious hidden gem of 30A in Florida, is one of the most romantic places to visit in the USA.

Located along the Florida Panhandle, 30A is made up of 26 miles of pristine beaches that are split into 16 diverse beachside neighborhoods, all catering to different types of travelers.  The most popular neighborhood for couples is Rosemary Beach.


🏖️ What to do

Rosemary Beach has plenty of things to do including boutique shopping, visiting the studios of famous local artists such as Justin Gaffrey, cycling along the Timpoochee Trail, paddle boarding on the coastal dune lakes, or taking cocktail-making classes at the local vodka distillery.


🍽️ Where to eat

One of the most romantic things to do is to have a luxury picnic and bonfire on the beach.

A local company called ‘Pic-nic’ will organize a handcrafted table, blankets, lounging pillows, flowers, candles, and the most delicious charcuterie boards for you to enjoy.

You can also choose to add a guitar player (or two) to serenade you at sunset. Once it gets dark you can stargaze on the beach whilst making s’mores on your own firepit.


🛌 Where to stay

One of the best places for couples to stay is the Pearl Hotel. It is the only adults-only hotel in 30A and was voted the “Most Romantic Hotel in Florida”.

There are complimentary bicycles, a luxury spa, and a rooftop pool making it easy to see why it’s so popular.


35. St. Augustine, Florida

Recommended by Yukti from Travel With Me 24/7.

Flagler College lit up with palm trees in the foreground provides a romantic place for a stroll in St Augustine, FL
Photo: FloridasHistoricCoast.com

Founded in September 1565, St Augustine is the nation’s oldest city. St Augustine is one of the most romantic destinations in the USA complete with its unique Southern charm, cultural vibes, and vibrant festivities.


🏠 What to do

There are many fun and romantic things to do in St Augustine, such as taking historical town tours, funny ghost tours, trolley tours, and pirate journey cruises.

You can also visit St Augustine for a lovely beach vacation and many tapas and bars in ancient casa-styled Spanish architectural buildings.

A special event called Nights of Lights from November through January is truly splendid. The annual event dazzles with more than 3 million lights adorning every corner of the historic district for two months. During this time, St Augustine looks particularly romantic and dreamy. 

Discover St Augustine’s long and rich history by visiting colonial architecture, the oldest house, the oldest cellar, the oldest jail, and many other historical buildings.

St. Augustine also boasts 42 miles of beautiful beaches, so when you’re done sightseeing you can kick back and relax on the sand.


🍽 Where to eat

There are many restaurants on the bayfront with a view of the ocean and traditional Spanish tapas that are perfect for a romantic dinner or drinks.


🛏 Where to stay

Book a romantic stay in St Augustine at Renaissance St. Augustine Historic Downtown Hotel.


36. Florida Keys, Florida

Sunset photo of a water table at Sol by the Sea restaurant in the Florida Keys on a romantic US vacation.
Add a romantic water table dinner to your Florida Keys itinerary.

Discover romance in the Florida Keys, complete with oceanfront views, tropical palms, vibrant culture, Caribbean vibes, and ample adventure.

The Florida Keys are easy to reach from the mainland. You can drive from Miami to Key West along the Overseas Highway or fly directly into Key West.


🐠 What to do

A romantic getaway in the Florida Keys can be action-packed with snorkeling, fishing, and other water activities, or a lazy vacation sipping cocktails in a lounger on the beach.

There are plenty of opportunities to get up close to nature here too. Take a snorkel tour to experience the vibrant underwater world, watch dolphins in their natural habitat on an eco-friendly boat tour, and meet rescued turtles at the Turtle Hospital.

The Florida Keys also have a rich culture with many museums and historic houses to visit.

In the evening, Key West comes alive with its fantastic nightlife.

The Florida Keys are a popular destination for LGBTQ couples, known for their openness and celebration of pride.


🍽 Where to eat

There are a host of exceptional restaurants throughout the Florida Keys. However, a water table at Sol by the Sea is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.

They actually arrange a table and service IN the water. Imagine dining while fish swim about and the sun sets magically over the very water you are eating in!


🛏 Where to stay

For a romantic stay consider finding accommodation in either Key Largo or Key West.

The boutique Kona Kai Resort on Key Largo is ideal for an intimate stay, with only 13 rooms on the property.

On Key West, Parrot Key Hotel is an excellent option, boasting five swimming pools, ocean views, and jungle vibes.

🌴 SUGGESTED READING:
FLORIDA KEYS 5 DAY ITINERARY


37. New Orleans, Louisiana

Recommended by Victoria of Southern Trippers.

A couple walking holding hands in the French Quarter of New Orleans on a romantic vacation in the USA.
Explore the vibrant, historic city of New Orleans.

One of the most romantic getaways in the US is New Orleans. After all, this vibrant yet quaint and historic city features a ton of romantic things to do. 

That is especially true in the French Quarter where you can grab a beignet at Cafe du Monde before admiring the area’s charming 18th-century buildings. 


🎷 What to do

While you’re here, be sure to visit Jackson Square since it is often filled with jazz musicians, fortune tellers, and various other street performers. 

Then, continue to the Garden District where you can take in stunning panoramas of the city’s majestic gardens and opulent mansions.

In the evening, head to The New Movement Theatre since tickets to comedy shows are only $10 and have a romantic feel about them since the venue is quite intimate. 


🍽 Where to eat

For a truly memorable experience, you and your partner can indulge in a romantic dinner at Irene’s. It’s a high-end Italian restaurant that serves delicious Italian classics with a piano player serenading you in the background. 


🛏 Where to stay

Spend the night at The Roosevelt, a historic hotel that has been in business for over 125 years. 

It’s easily one of the most romantic hotels in New Orleans since you can enjoy a Couples’ Therapy Suite in the spa before listening to live music at the Fountain Lounge. 

Just don’t forget to head to the Rooftop Bar so that you and your partner can savor a poolside cocktail before retiring for the evening.


38. Texas Hill Country, Texas

Recommended by Sierra from Very Truly Texas.

Spring wildflowers on the drive to Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg in Texas Hill Country on a Romantic USA Getaway
Spring wildflowers bloom near Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country.

Texas’s Hill Country is a beautiful area in Central Texas that makes for a perfect romantic getaway for couples.

Located on the edges of San Antonio and Austin, some of the other most well-known towns are Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, and Wimberley. 


🌼 What to do

Couples visiting in fall and spring will get to experience lovely, mild weather perfect for hiking and exploring outdoors. Enchanted Rock in Llano, Pedernales Falls, and Hamilton Pool Preserve Waterfall are a few great hiking options.  

In the spring, Hill Country is covered in wildflowers, specifically bluebonnets. A scenic drive through Willow City Loop will provide great views.

Wildflowers can also be viewed year-round at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg where rows and rows of flowers grow and vary depending on the season.

Visitors who are lucky enough to come during the Christmas season will find themselves walking the Trail of Lights hand in hand and ice skating in Marble Falls or visiting the decorated German town square in Fredericksburg.


🍽 Where to eat

Grab a delicious dinner at Otto’s German Bistro and follow the sounds of live music to round out your night. 


🛏 Where to stay

When it comes to lodging, the options are endless among these charming Hill Country towns. However, our best recommendation is Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs.

The property is located on a beautiful ranch with upscale rooms and delicious dining on-site at Tillie’s. This luxury resort is the perfect backdrop to your romantic getaway.


39. Dallas, Texas

Recommended by Emily from Retreat Pundit.

The romantic city of Dallas lit up just after sunset with pink tints still visible in the twilight sky.
The city lights as the sun goes down in Dallas.
Photo: VisitDallas.com

Dallas, Texas, is one of the largest cities in the state, located near the northern central part.  While it doesn’t have an oceanside or mountainous region, there are plenty of things to do for couples.


🌼 What to do

Rock Lake is one of the more popular places, perfect for outdoorsy couples who enjoy things like kayaking, bird-watching, and camping.

The city and state, as a whole, also has plenty of romantic wellness retreats you can experience with a significant other. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a romantic getaway with spa treatments and classes you can take with each other. 

You can also go on a wine tour to try out new wines. If wine isn’t to your taste, you can go with something more unique, like a chocolate tour offered by DallasByChocolate.

For a more comical activity, buy a ticket to the popular Dallas Comedy Club for a fun evening. 


🍽 Where to eat

One place to consider dining at is Harper’s. It offers guests a classy atmosphere, with steak and seafood options and some top-notch cocktails. 


🛏 Where to stay

If you’re looking for a romantic place to stay, you can’t go wrong with Hotel Zaza Dallas. It’s a beautiful boutique hotel with its own wellness spa and eateries and is close to many attractions like museums and aquariums.


🌴 Romantic Places for US Travelers: Caribbean

40. US Virgin Islands

Recommended by Catherine from Nomadicated.

Overlooking Magen's Bay, USVI with bright turquoise water and white sand beach on a romantic US getaway
Relax with sun, sea, and sand on the US Virgin Islands.

The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) is an amazing year-round romantic getaway for couples looking for a vacation filled with sun, sand, and relaxation – all without needing a passport.

USVI comprises three distinct islands: St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas – each offering its unique appeal.


☀️ What to do

Couples can spend their days exploring the island’s hiking trails and relaxing on its secluded beaches, all while learning a bit about the territory’s pirate past.

You can explore and share in each other’s company by readying a private sunset sail around the islands, snorkeling amongst sea turtles of St. John, or drinking the world-famous Banana Daquiri overlooking Magen’s Bay.

Those wanting to be a bit more adventurous can go parasailing or kayaking in tranquil bays or take a spontaneous day trip to the neighboring BVI islands.

This island also hosts several seasonal events that will undoubtedly make your trip even more memorable. Spring brings exciting events such as boat races, fishing tournaments, and Carnival celebrations, while summer offers an array of art shows and cultural festivities.

The highlight of the year culminates with the grandiose month-long Crucian Christmas celebration, complete with parades, delicious cuisine, and an overall exuberant atmosphere.


🍽 Where to eat

Head to Charlotte Amalie for a romantic evening, and enjoy a delicious Caribbean meal at The Twisted Cork Cafe.


🛏 Where to stay

Stay at the Pirate’s Pension at Bluebeard’s, and delve deep into the island’s fabled pirate history while admiring its views of the city.


41. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Recommended by Karen of Forever Karen.

A couple in a roof top pool in San Juan PR on a Romantic Vacation
Indulge with cocktails in the rooftop pool at the adults-only Hotel Palacio Provincial.
Photo: DiscoverPuertoRico.com

Old San Juan’s historic charm, cobblestone streets, and colonial architecture provide a romantic getaway from the mainland USA without the need for a passport for US visitors.


🍹 What to do

With year-round tropical weather, you can enjoy a pina colada on a rooftop patio, take a horseback excursion on the beach, or hike to a waterfall in the El Yunque National Forest.

No San Juan itinerary is complete without immersing yourself in the Spanish culture. The historic city of Old San Juan features two old forts (Castillo de San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro), architectural wonders, and an ancient city wall. 

Nothing can be more romantic than experiencing the enchanting Mosquito Bay on Vieques Island. The bioluminescent bay glows as you paddle a kayak through the water at night. If you swish your hand through the water, the dinoflagellates will sparkle for 10 seconds, adding to the ambiance of an intimate evening.


🍽 Where to eat

Rooftop restaurants are plentiful, and a great place to try some traditional mofongo. The Puerto Rican dish is made from plantains, and Deaverdura on Sol Street is one of the best places to try it.


🛏 Where to stay

For an adult-only stay, El Colonial offers accommodation downtown with a complimentary welcome drink. You can enjoy the views of the colorful buildings and cobblestone streets from the iron-railing balconies.

💕 Romantic Getaways in USA: FAQs

What is the most romantic place for couples in USA?

The most romantic place for couples in the USA is Hawaii. This is the leading choice for honeymoons in the US, with the island of Maui being the most popular.

However, there are plenty of options for those looking for a romantic getaway all across the country.

The Top 40 Most Romantic Getaways in the USA are:

  1. Maui, Hawaii
  2. Oahu, Hawaii
  3. Kauai, Hawaii
  4. Big Island, Hawaii
  5. Juneau, Alaska
  6. Hood River, Oregon
  7. Oregon Coast, Oregon
  8. Lake Tahoe, California
  9. Napa Valley, California
  10. Yosemite National Park, California
  11. Mammoth Lakes, California
  12. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  13. Monterey, California
  14. Paso Robles, California
  15. Morro Bay, California
  16. San Diego, California
  17. Denver, Colorado
  18. Breckenridge, Colorado
  19. Telluride, Colorado
  20. Southern Utah, Utah
  21. Grand Canyon, Arizona
  22. Mackinac Island, Michigan
  23. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  24. Door County, Wisconsin
  25. Chicago, Illinois
  26. Acadia National Park, Maine
  27. Nantucket, Massachusetts
  28. Montauk, New York
  29. New York City, New York
  30. Alexandria, Virginia
  31. Asheville, North Carolina
  32. Charleston, South Carolina
  33. Savannah, Georgia
  34. Rosemary Beach, Florida
  35. St. Augustine, Florida
  36. Florida Keys, Florida
  37. New Orleans, Louisiana
  38. Texas Hill Country, Texas
  39. Dallas, Texas
  40. US Virgin Islands
  41. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
What is America’s most romantic city?

New York City is the most romantic city in America. The city that never sleeps provides limitless things for you and your loved one to do. You’ll discover an exciting array of cultural attractions, first-class restaurants, scenic rooftop bars, and iconic experiences, NYC is the perfect choice for your romantic getaway.

Other popular romantic cities in America include Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Denver, and Savannah.

Where can couples go on vacation in the US?

One of the best vacations for couples in the USA is Hawaii. The islands of Hawaii offer everything from lazy beach days to epic adventures, breathtaking landscapes, intimate resorts, and mouthwatering cuisine.

However, there are plenty of options for those looking for a romantic vacation all across the country.

The Top 40 Most Romantic Getaways in the USA are:

  1. Maui, Hawaii
  2. Oahu, Hawaii
  3. Kauai, Hawaii
  4. Big Island, Hawaii
  5. Juneau, Alaska
  6. Hood River, Oregon
  7. Oregon Coast, Oregon
  8. Lake Tahoe, California
  9. Napa Valley, California
  10. Yosemite National Park, California
  11. Mammoth Lakes, California
  12. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  13. Monterey, California
  14. Paso Robles, California
  15. Morro Bay, California
  16. San Diego, California
  17. Denver, Colorado
  18. Breckenridge, Colorado
  19. Telluride, Colorado
  20. Southern Utah, Utah
  21. Grand Canyon, Arizona
  22. Mackinac Island, Michigan
  23. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  24. Door County, Wisconsin
  25. Chicago, Illinois
  26. Acadia National Park, Maine
  27. Nantucket, Massachusetts
  28. Montauk, New York
  29. New York City, New York
  30. Alexandria, Virginia
  31. Asheville, North Carolina
  32. Charleston, South Carolina
  33. Savannah, Georgia
  34. Rosemary Beach, Florida
  35. St. Augustine, Florida
  36. Florida Keys, Florida
  37. New Orleans, Louisiana
  38. Texas Hill Country, Texas
  39. Dallas, Texas
  40. US Virgin Islands
  41. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

💌 Final Thoughts on the Most Romantic Getaways in the USA

A couple embracing looking out at sunset at Taft Point in Yosemite National Park
Sunset views in Yosemite National Park.

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2 thoughts on “🥰 The 41 Most Romantic Getaways in the USA in 2024”

  1. Wow, what beautiful and diverse romantic destinations across the country! My partner and I are looking to travel more next year and Austin really caught my eye as an up and coming romantic city with great music, nightlife, and BBQ. We will have to try that lakefront stargazing you recommend. Thanks for the useful tips!

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