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Looking for some of the most romantic getaways in the USA?

If so then you’re in luck because this post is brimming over with detailed, expert advice on how to visit 25 of the most romantic places in the US…ever. 

I mean, I’ll be the first one to admit that going on a supremely awesome international vacay is always a delight.

However, sometimes, you just want to stay close to home and avoid the inconveniences associated with less-than-stellar things like visas and jet lag. 

Plus, hello, the USA is home to an overwhelming number of gorgeous, insanely romantic destinations that are sure to satisfy the needs of every type of traveling couple – whether you’re searching for an urban getaway, in desperate need of a relaxing spa weekend, or are looking for an adventurous trek through the awe-inspiring beauty of the great outdoors. 

So, join me and some of my favorite travel bloggers as we reveal our picks for all of our favorite anniversary trip ideas in the USA.

Just do yourself a favor and pay extra close attention since these seasoned travel professionals are sharing all of their best and most secret travel tips with you right now!

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Most Romantic Getaways in the USA – Southeast

1. Helen, Georgia (Northern Georgia Mountains)

By: Michele of Endless Family Travels

The charming town if Helen, Georgia, one of the most romantic getaways in the usa

 If you’re looking for peace, quiet, incredible wineries, cute towns, and tons of fantastic hiking trails, then north Georgia is one of the most romantic getaways in the USA for you!

Within easy reach of Atlanta, there are many romantic hotels in and around the town of Helen. In particular, the winery and accommodations at Sylvan Valley Lodge are incredibly popular among visitors who love their themed wine and food events in the evening.

But, If you enjoy golf or love an amazing couple’s spa, then visit the Valhalla Resort. This adults-only resort has all the amenities you’ll need for a romantic mountain getaway in Georgia.

And if you can somehow manage to tear yourself away from your hotel, take a tour of some of North Georgia’s most exceptional wineries on the Unicoi Wine Trail.

In fact, the incredibly fertile soil of the Appalachian foothills produces grapes of many varieties, allowing you to sample a wealth of delicious local wines in almost every restaurant you visit.

Most wineries in the area also have comfortable tasting rooms where you can sit, relax, taste, and learn more about all of the delicious products on offer here.

Additionally, the area is also full of hiking trails, waterfalls, and beautiful natural landscapes – like the Chattahoochee River – that are just waiting to be explored. 

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

By: Hannah of Hannah Henderson Travel

Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans might not strike you as the most romantic getaway in the USA, but there is an old-world charm about this place that will appeal to couples.

Add in lots of fun, romantic things to do in this historic city and you easily have one of the most romantic places in the US. Especially since live music constantly rings through the streets, and bottomless brunches are a true art form that New Orleans has definitely mastered.

Now, for enchanting, historic charm – that is best embodied by a magnificent, 70-year-old carousel bar – book a room at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter.

Plus, being onsite allows you to nab a seat at their quirky rotating bar. Don’t worry though. It only rotates one full turn about every 15 minutes. So, you won’t need to hold on too tightly.

It’s also just a great spot to start a romantic evening in one of New Orleans’ most historic establishments.

Also, while you’re in the area, don’t miss out on brunch at Curio, on Frenchman Street. Trust me. Their bottomless mimosas and bloody marys are freshly made and a delicious way to start the day.

If you want, you can also enjoy a food/walking tour through the French Quarter or go shopping at one of the many cute galleries and boutiques that are found in the neighborhood.

Afterward, visit Frenchman Street since the quaint little jazz bars and sidewalk buskers here create an electric buzz that is truly infectious. 

But, to really partake in all of the amazing attractions that this city has to offer, you’ll need at least 2 days in New Orleans.

3. Miami, Florida 

By: Talek of Travels with Talek

Colorful lifeguard station on the beaches of Miami.

What’s more romantic than a sunset cruise? Why, a sunset cruise through the tropical waters of Miami. Because this is just one of the many romantic things to do in Miami as you explore the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula.

Now, as your ship sails through Biscayne Bay, you will enjoy beautiful views of the historic Vizcaya Mansion and Gardens, the Bayshore Marketplace, and various celebrity homes – all from the comfort and safety of a luxurious yacht. 

And while the are many different cruise companies out there, Happy Cruises and Tropical Sailing are two of the best.  Also be sure to select a cruise that departs from Coconut Grove, a charming, historic village in Miami that is a romantic place from which to base yourself.

While you’re in Coconut Grove, enjoy a wonderfully romantic stay at the Mayfair with its Mediterranean-style decor and its central location near the coolest restaurants in town.

And to sample some of the area’s finest cuisine, stop by Bombay Darbar for delicious Indian food, Sapore di Mare for Italian-style seafood, and Jaguar Ceviche for pan-Latin cuisine.

Because If you’re looking for one of the most romantic getaways in the USA, then you can’t go wrong with Miami.

4. Nashville, Tennessee

By: Jackie of Jou Jou Travels

An aerial view of Nashville, Tennessee

Known as the “Music City.” Nashville, Tennesse is a vibrant place that is full of culture, music (country music to be specific!), and flair, easily making it one of the most romantic getaways in the USA. 

And one awesome thing to do here is to learn all about Elvis Presley’s historic presence in the city. See, he spent many years here and recorded more than 200 songs at the iconic, RCA Studio B.

Next, admire the many outdoor murals that can be found throughout the city. Be sure to snap a photo with your significant other at some of the city’s most famous pieces, including The Drippy Lips Mural (a wall full of lips at 1814 21st Avenue South) and The What Lifts You Wings (a huge set of butterfly wings you can stand in front of at 302 11th Avenue South).

Next, get your love some beautiful flowers from Amelia’s Flower Truck, on 12 South Ave, before exploring the many boutiques and delicious eateries that can be found on this street.

However, no trip to Nashville would be complete without enjoying some famous hot chicken from Hattie B’s Restaurant for lunch.

And for a romantic dinner, head the Butcher and the Bee. it’s one of the best places to eat in Nashville and allows you to share delicious, Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern cuisine, but with t twist. Try the whipped feta, green garlic papas bravas, and shakshuka for the ultimate dining experience. 

Finally, spend the night at the highly acclaimed, Millenium Maxwell House Hotel in central Nashville. After all, it’s the place where Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase ‘good to the last drop’ after drinking a cup of locally produced coffee here.

5. Naples, Florida

By: Lori of Naples Florida Travel Guide

Colorful apartments on the water in Naples, Florida.

If your dream of a romantic getaway in the USA includes palm trees and balmy breezes, then Naples, Florida is the perfect destination for you.

As its name implies, Naples is a laid-back, luxurious city that has a touch of Italy about it, but with a tropical twist. Plus the year-round, subtropical weather means that you’ll enjoy 270+ days of sunshine every year.

So, couples here can lounge on the soft white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, enjoy a luxurious dinner at one of the area’s premier restaurants, go shopping along glitzy Fifth Avenue, and take a relaxing sunset stroll on Naples Pier.

Also, because coastal Naples is the gateway to the Florida Everglades, nature-lovers will find plenty to do here too. Especially since this watery ecosystem is the perfect place for boating, shelling, and watching a fiery sunset during a scenic, sunset catamaran cruise on Naples Bay.

Now, when it comes to sampling fresh local seafood from the Gulf, Sails on Fifth Avenue is a must-try – with the scallops in citrus being a standout favorite. Although, the romantic outdoor garden setting of The Real Macaw is wonderfully alluring too. 

And for a luxurious stay in the heart of downtown, book a room at the Inn on Fifth. While you’re here, you’ll feel incredibly pampered by fabulous amenities like concierge service and a serene, rooftop terrace.

Although for a secluded and slightly more romantic experience, try the Escalante Hotel. It’s an exquisite, boutique hotel that is shrouded by tropical foliage and that’s just steps away from the beach.

If you want, they can even arrange a romantic garden or poolside dinner to perfectly complement your stay and create one of the best romantic getaways in the US.  

6. Key West, Florida

By: Alice of Adventure of Alice

Key West

Why do people go to Key West? To get away from the stresses of everyday life. To relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of city living.

That’s why it’s easily one of the most romantic getaways in the USA. It’s also a vibrant oasis with a laid-back vibe, a tropical climate, and a rich cultural heritage that appeals to just about every type of traveler. 

So, check out the southernmost point of the continental United States and enjoy all that Key West has to offer anyone looking for romance and adventure.

A small island brimming over with romantic water-side beach bungalows and fabulous local dining spots with breathtaking views.

However, to get your daily dose of culture, visit The Hemingway House Museum and get an intimate look into the author’s colorful life in Key West.

If you want, you can also stop by the Museum of Art and Culture while you’re here. It sits inside an old, red brick custom house from 1891 that now offers visitors an in-depth look at the fascinating history of the area. 

And if you have a bit more time in the area, also be sure to check out other local highlights like Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden, the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, Fort Zachary Taylor Park, and Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens

Afterward, stop by Duval Street where you can marvel at street performers, check out local art galleries. and do one of the wildest pub crawls in the entire country (aka the Duval Crawl). 

Finally, enjoy a delicious plate of snapper at Red Shoe Island Bistro (don’t leave without getting a slice of key lime pie) before spending the night in the enchanting, adult-only, Heron House bed and breakfast.

Not is this hotel a short walk from the Ernest Hemmingway House, but guests here can walk through lush tropical gardens, enjoy airy rooms with rattan furniture, can use an on-site pool and hot tub, can take advantage of a complimentary happy hour, and can devour a delicious, poolside continental breakfast – easily making this one of the most romantic places in the US

Most Romantic Getaways in the USA – West

7. Maui, Hawaii

By: Luke and Roxy of The Coastal Campaign

Tourists at the beach in Maui

Maui is one of the most romantic destinations in the world with its golden sand beaches, lush green gardens, and breath-taking sunsets,

That’s why it is the perfect place to spend some time with your other half and enjoy one of the most romantic getaways in the USA.

There are also plenty of amazing things to do here and one of the best activities for couples is to enjoy a sunset Luau by the beach.

You’ll get to sample delicious food and watch amazing entertainment as the sun sets over the ocean – making this is an extra special way to spend a beautiful evening in Hawaii.

Another one of the many great things to do on Maui is to watch the sunrise from the top of Haleakala, a volcano that stands almost 10,000 feet above sea level.

As the sun rises above the horizon, the sky lights up in spectacular fashion and reveals the colorful landscape of the surrounding national park.

However, no trip to Hawaii would be complete without snorkeling among sea turtles and tropical fish in the warm waters that surround the island.

Thankfully, there are numerous places for you to snorkel here, including right off the beach. But, Honolua Bay is probably one of the absolute best places to snorkel in all of Maui.

Now, If a supremely relaxing vacation is more your style then you can lie out at one of the island’s many beaches, book a treatment at one of the luxury spas in the area, or eat at one of the island’s great restaurants, like Coconut’s Fish Café which serves delicious fish tacos.

But, for the ultimate place to stay in Maui, look no further than the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. it sits right on the beach and has everything you could need to enjoy one of the most romantic places in the US. 

8. San Francisco, California

By: Haley of Haley Blackall

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

The Golden City of San Francisco is easily one of the most romantic getaways in the USA. It’s a picturesque city that has charming tree-lined neighborhoods, a spectacular oceanfront area (perfect for strolling), and some of the best restaurants in the entire country.

And one of the most romantic things to do in San Francisco includes renting a tandem bike together and riding across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Afterward, explore the quaint town of Sausalito on the other side before heading back to peruse through the many gourmet food stalls at the historic Ferry Building.

Also, be sure to watch the light show at the Bay Bridge before taking a seaplane flight over the city at sunset, during which you can sip on luxurious, complimentary champagne.

As for a romantic place to stay, look no further than Noe’s Nest Bed and Breakfast. Book yourself a cozy suite in this charming, Victorian-style home that is located right in the Noe Valley neighborhood, just a short, five-minute walk from the popular Mission District.

And for a romantic dinner out, try Foreign Cinema. It’s a drive-in theatre-inspired fine dining restaurant that features a large interior courtyard with warm twinkling lights.

But, the real showstopper here is a screen that showcases a wealth of classic and modern movies that you can enjoy while you eat – films that can be heard from a speaker box that is pulled up to your table.

For dinner, order the local Dungeness crab cakes with spicy aioli as an appetizer. Follow that up with fettuccine pasta carbonara with smoked mushrooms as your entree and top it off with a delicious glass of wine from their extensive wine list. 

9. Coronado Island, San Diego Bay, California

By: Julie of Family Travel Lifestyle

Coronado Beach on Coronado island

Located in Southern California, Coronado Island on San Diego Bay is definitely one of the most romantic getaways in the USA.

And while it’s just a short drive, or ferry ride, from downtown San Diego, Coronado feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  

Because between beachfront bike rides and sunset bonfires, there is no shortage of romantic things to do in Coronado. So, outdoorsy couples can try renting bikes, riding along the beach path, and enjoying beautiful views of the bay.

Otherwise, take a romantic walk on the beach and follow it up with an extra special, sunset gondola ride – complete with wine and delicious chocolates!

And if you’re looking for a fantastic place to stay, the most iconic hotel on the island is the famous Hotel del Coronado. During your visit, you can sit right on the beach and see why the Del (as locals call it) is much more than just a hotel.

Step inside and discover boutique shops, decadent restaurants, and a gallery filled with stunning, historic photos.

If you want, you can easily create one of the best couples vacations in the US by booking your very own villa with a private beach cabana and an exclusive beach bonfire at sunset.

Afterward, enjoy a delicious meal at Serea, the fantastic restaurant inside the Hotel del Coronado. Sit down and devour a decadent, seafood feast while surrounded by gorgeous beach views.

And for another great meal on the island, try Il Fornaio, It’s an upscale, Italian restaurant with patio dining and incredible views of downtown San Diego. Whatever you do though, do not leave without trying one of their incredible desserts. 

10. Yellowstone National Park

By: Christina  of Live A Wilder Life

The chromatic pool at Yellowstone National Park

For the outdoorsy couple that loves nature, one of the most romantic getaways in the USA is Yellowstone National Park.

With the park spanning three different states – Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana – there’s an abundance of hiking trails and outdoor adventures to keep you active the entire time.

And while the park is most famous for its technicolor hot springs and exploding geysers, you’ll want to get away from the crowds and spend some time lazing around in the Boiling River – the only soakable natural hot spring in the park.

From the Boiling River, head over to Lamar Valley to do the Specimen Ridge Hike, a 3-mile hike that offers sweeping views of the Lamar Valley.

Perhaps you’ll even spot some wolves, bears, and bison as you explore the wild terrain of the Lamar Valley. And while two days is enough time to catch a glimpse of the park’s major highlights, try to go for a long weekend so that you can enjoy a full 4 days in Yellowstone.

Plus, with nine hotels to choose from, you’ll have your pick of accommodations that range from budget cabins to luxury hotels. And If you want something centrally located, try booking a room at the modern, newly renovated, Canyon Lodge.

Otherwise, enjoy a secluded, quiet stay at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel. It is elegantly designed and has several beautiful lake view rooms to choose from.

There’s also the upscale, Lake Hotel Dining Room onsite which is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner that includes decadent dishes like Waygu Beef and Lobster Ravioli.

11. Breckenridge, Colorado

By: Daria of The Discovery Nut

The wilderness that surrounds Breckenridge, Colorado.

Located in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Breckenridge is one of the most romantic getaways in the USA for adventure lovers.
 
Now, since most of the activities in Breckenridge revolve around the great outdoors, get ready for an active weekend. Because this small, but mighty, town has plenty of trails for you to explore, many of which range in difficulty from easy to moderate.
 
And one of the best hikes in the area is Mohawk Lakes. Although, if you decide to hike this trail, plan to spend most of your day here.
 
However, if you’re searching for wonderfully scenic views, drive to the top of Bóreas Pass. It’s one of the best road trips from Denver and is a place where you will find incredible panoramic overlooks of Breckenridge and the surrounding area. 
 
And if you want to test your stamina, consider submitting a “fourteener,” a Colorado mountain with an altitude of at least 14,000 feet – with
Quandary Peak near Breckenridge being one of the most popular 14ers in the state. 
 
Yes, hiking Quandary Peak may sound like the ultimate adventure. But, do keep in mind that you will need a good level of fitness, proper hiking gear, and plenty of food and water to take with you on the hike.  
 
Also, If you’ve never hiked at this altitude before, then you may want to do some training at lower elevations first. And don’t forget to bring some sunscreen since the sun can be incredibly brutal at high elevations.
 
Finally, after a day filled with outdoor adventure, head into downtown Breckenridge for some delicious food at Rootstalk Breckenridge (the agnolotti pasts is to die for) and for a signature, Colorado brew at Broken Compass Brewing. 
 
Then, end your evening with a relaxing stay at The Lodge at Breckenridge. It’s an upscale, centrally located, lodge that sits on the edge of a cliff and that offers guests well-priced, chic rooms with rustic decor and stunning mountain views. 
 

12. Seattle, Washington

By: Karee of Our Woven Journey

Seatlle Washington skyline.

Even before Tom Hanks met Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle, the Emerald City has always had an undeniably romantic feel about it. It’s no small wonder that it’s a hotspot for anyone planning one of the most romantic getaways in the USA. 

So, if you’re searching for a classically romantic weekend in Seattle, start off by booking a lavishly appointed room at the centrally located, Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

And, after you check-in, be sure to explore the downtown area., which is home to iconic sites like Pike Place Market and the Seattle Space Needle.

Afterward, you could easily spend your day wandering through the 9-acre farmers market, tasting delicious foods from local eateries, and enjoying coffee at the very first Starbucks location.

Also, try to time your trip up to the top of the Space Needle for sunset so that you can see all the lights come on all across the city. Trust me, the view from the top is a spectacular show in and of itself!

Nest, head on over to Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner at the Crabpot. And If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can order a steaming bucket of fresh seafood that is dumped directly onto butcher paper right at your table.

Afterward, take a ride on Seattle’s Great Wheel. it’s the tallest Ferris wheel on the west coast and is the perfect place to wrap up your weekend in one of the most romantic places in the US. 

13. Carmel- by-the-Sea, California

By: Dhara of Roadtripping California

Carmel Beach in Carmel by the Sea California

Carmel-by-the-Sea is without a doubt, one of the most romantic getaways in the USA. That’s because it’s a charming, seaside village in Central California that is known for its beautiful architecture, storybook-like cottages, and white sand beaches.

Couples here can choose from a variety of different activities both inside the village and within the surrounding area.

So, step inside a quaint village where you can browse for souvenirs at unique boutiques, sip on local wines inside one of the town’s many tasting rooms, enjoy exquisite art at one of the many galleries here, and sample authentic Italian food at Little Napoli (the mushroom pizza is yum). 

Carmel also has lots of great restaurants for special meals. Little Napoli is an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of the village. Their mushroom pizza is yum!.

If you have time, you can all take a stroll through beautiful Carmel State Beach, which is fringed by scenic Monterey cypresses and home to pristine, white-sand beaches.

Visit on a clear, bright day and you can enjoy a scenic picnic while watching the sunset on the beach. Just don’t forget your wine, blanket, and some delicious cheese for the perfect romantic evening.  

And if you love beautiful historic gardens, stop by Carmel Mission – one of the prettiest Spanish missions in all of California. 

Afterward, spend the night in one of the charming inns that Carmel Village is known for, like The Hyatt Carmel Highlands with its secluded feel and fabulous ocean views.

14. Yosemite National Park, California

By: Jenny of Limitless Hiker

Yosemite National Park in California.

Yosemite National Park in California is a romantic getaway for nature lovers of every skill level. it’s also an easy weekend getaway in California from either Los Angeles or San Francisco since both cities are just a few hours away by car. 

Therefore, Yosemite is a perfect romantic getaway in the US – whether you have extensive hiking experience and love spending time backpacking and doing challenging trails, or you’re looking for a more leisurely weekend where can see some waterfalls, hike for a bit, ride bikes, camp, and swim in lakes/slow-moving rivers.

And if you visit during the summer or early fall season, all of Yosemite National Park will be open. So, you’ll have a variety of trails to explore, and can admire the star-filled sky while camping in the warm weather.

Otherwise, if you stop by during the winter months, much of the park will be closed. Although, you will get the unique opportunity to experience the park as a beautiful, winter wonderland.

Now, If you’re looking to camp, stay inside the Valley in either North Pines, Upper Pines, or Lower Pines. These three campgrounds are right in the heart of the Valley and are within walking distance of most of the trailheads in the area.

Otherwise, you can book a room at one of the few hotels in the park – The Ahwahnee Hotel will give you a romantic experience, especially during the winter months – or stay in Oakhurst, a nearby town that is just a short drive from Yosemite.

15. Napa Valley, California 

By: Paroma of Yr of the Monkey

Beautiful Chimney Rock in Nappa Valley

Napa Valley is the crown jewel of California’s wine country and is the perfect destination for anyone looking for one of the most romantic weekend getaways in the USA.

It’s a truly spectacular region that offers visitors rolling hills full of vineyards, unbelievably scenic wineries with some of the most luscious cabernets in the world, world-class hospitality, and an unmatched dining scene (if you have the $$$ to spare, that is).

Having been to Napa Valley many times, I highly recommend doing at least one or two wine tastings at wineries in:

  • City of Napa – Lots of wineries and home to Oxbow market
  • St. Helena and Yountville – Wineries and great food
  • Rutherford and Carneros – Wineries
  • Calistoga – Home to petrified forest, a mini old faithful geyser, spas, and wineries

In particular, Frog’s Leap winery and Chimney rock winery are two of my favorites and should be an essential part of any Napa Valley wine tour. Although, you will discover many stunning vineyards and wineries as you make the scenic drive along the Silverado Trail.

Now, once you’ve finished wine tasting, sample some of Napa’s culinary magic at either the very fancy French Laundry, Bottega, or La Calenda in Yountville – with Bouchon Bakery being a must-stop for anyone who loves sweet treats.

And If wine tasting just isn’t your jam, you can always go on a dreamy hot air balloon ride above the vineyards, see the petrified forest, or enjoy a relaxing day at the spa in Calistoga.

Finally, spend a luxurious evening in the Hotel Napa Valley with its reasonably priced rooms and centralized location in downtown Napa.

 And for more expert tips on how to plan your very first visit to Napa, check out this super helpful post on how to create the perfect Napa itinerary now!

Most Romantic Getaways in the USA – The Midwest

16. Mackinac Island, Michigan

By: Kris of My Michigan Travel

Yellow victorian house on Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island is a dreamy little spot in Lake Huron that lies in between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas.

Cars have been also been banned here for over a century. Therefore. many visitors and residents travel by foot, bike, and horse-drawn carriage throughout the year.

Additionally, many historic shops and restaurants can found within the downtown area, as well as many Victorian homes and elaborate resorts that make it feel as though you’re stepping back in time. 

It’s also a popular destination among day-trippers. Although, spending a night or two on the island is definitely preferred.

It’s also one of the most romantic getaways in the USA since many of the top things to do on Mackinac Island are perfect for couples.

So, spend the day biking the 8-mile road that runs along the perimeter of the island, with stops at Arch Rock and British Landing.

Other local highlights include a historic fort, several small museums, butterfly houses, and two golf courses.

Plus, after the crowds of tourists head back to the mainland, the streets quiet right down, making an evening stroll here absolutely delightful.

Or, you could always watch the sunset while facing the 5-mile long Mackinac Bridge, which connects the island with the two Michigan peninsulas.

And if you’re looking for a fantastic place to stay on the island, you can enjoy sweeping views of Lake Huron from Mission Point or check into a room at The Grand Hotel with its iconic Victorian-style front porch and fabulous fine dining areas.

However, If you find the room rates a bit too pricey, you can still stop by for a meal and pay a small fee to explore the compound’s vast grounds and buildings,

Afterward, enjoy some fine dining at the Grand Hotel. Or, check out the historic Pink Pony, which offers patrons a selection of fantastic whitefish dishes with fries.

17. Chicago, Illinois

By: Rebecca of Whatever Packs Your Bag

The Bean in Chicago.

Chicago Illinois is probably not your go-to destination when you think of the most romantic getaways in the USA. But there are a ton of amazing sights and hidden gems here that will help you create the perfect weekend getaway.

Now, upon arrival, you’ll probably fly into one of two major airports: O’Hare, and the smaller Midway. From here, you can hop on the L (aka the public transportation system in Chicago) and take that all the way into the center of the city.

Just do yourself a favor and snag a weekend pass since it will allow you to connect with the bus system too.

And for the best views of Lake Michigan in the city, plan to stay at The St. Clar Hotel on the Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue. it’s located right near Millennium Park and provides you with easy access to wonderful shops, world-class museums, and delicious restaurants.

Next, visit The Art Institute. It’s a quintessentially romantic spot that will make you feel like you’re in your very own rom-com. There is also amazing art here that you cannot see anywhere else in the world, including George Seurat’s most famous work A Sunday Afternoon

From here, stroll hand in hand along the Chicago Riverwalk or take a scenic river cruise through the city’s harbor. 

And when you’re hungry, enjoy a romantic meal at Alinea. Not only is it an amazing, experience-based eating environment but the chef uses exceptional creativity and amazing flavors to create unforgettable dishes. 

So much so that your final course will consist of either a dessert hand-painted on the table or edible balloons filled with helium. And because we opted for the balloons as dessert, I really feel like we should have channeled our inner munchkin and started singing like the members of the lollipop guild from The Wizard of Oz

Finally, end your day at Navy Pier, it’s a little touristy, but who doesn’t love panoramic views from atop a Ferris wheel?

Yes, there are so many amazing things to do in Chicago, Illinois that one weekend in one of the most romantic places in the US just isn’t enough!

18. Door County, Wisconsin

By: Lindsey of Have Clothes, Will Travel

Marina in Door County Wisconsin

Door County, Wisconsin is a picturesque area that sits right along the peninsula in between Green Bay and Lake Michigan.

It’s a popular romantic getaway for Wisconsinites and Chicagoans alike since it’s home to quaint bed and breakfasts, beautiful vineyards, picturesque orchards, fabulous breweries, and stunning natural landscapes.

That’s why couples looking for one of the most romantic getaways in the USA will have no shortage of fun activities to enjoy here together.

Additionally, there are also plenty of romantic restaurants to enjoy in the area. Although, you can’t really leave the state without attending a traditional, Door County fish boil since it is easily one of the best things to do in Wisconsin. Trust me, they’re fun to watch and even better to eat!

So, stop by the Old Post Office Restaurant in Ephraim and watch as your boil master adds all of the ingredients right into a large metal kettle and boils it over an open fire.

And even though every fish boil is made, and tastes, a little differently, most fish boils here are made with white fish, potatoes, and an assortment of other vegetables and seasonings. 

Now, after your fish boil, adventurous couples can hit the trails and hike through one of Door County’s many beautiful parks. Or, sign up for an exciting kayaking trip through Cave Point County Park and explore a series of caves that are well over a thousand years old.  

For a more relaxing day though, book yourself a spa treatment at one of the area’s decadent spas before exploring some of the local, family-owned shops and galleries that can be found in the area.

Afterward, go on a self-guided winery/brewery tour or take a unique, Door County Trolley Tour to all of these amazing establishments.

Finally, unwind for the night at the gorgeous, Gordon Lodge. It’s a low-key, four-star, lake-side resort in Baileys Harbor that is home to a pool, several nature trails, and an on-site restaurant/bar that guests will love. 

Most Romantic Getaways in the USA – Southwest

19. Las Vegas, Nevada

By; Stephanie of Bey Of Travel

The Las Vegas sign

Las Vegas is the perfect place for one of the most romantic getaways in the USA. There are just so many fun things to do in Las Vegas that you probably won’t know where to start.

So, take in some of the best views of the Strip from aboard the High Roller before driving a Ferrari, going ziplining, and visiting some local museums.

Afterward, do a bit of shopping before enjoying one of the many famous shows that the city is known for. They are truly some of the best in the world, so you definitely won’t be bored for a minute!

Now, while you’re in Las Vegas, you’ll also need to stay at the four-star, Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. it’s a stunningly beautiful, Parisian-style building that was first opened in 1999!

It’s also home to a replica of the Eiffel Tower that will immediately catch your eye since the tower is over 540 feet (165 meters) tall and is fully illuminated in the evening.

You’ll also find recreations of the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe here, in addition to exquisitely painted ceilings that make you feel like a true Parisian during your fancy stay!

The hotel is also perfect for families, newlyweds, and friends since it has eleven different restaurants and five different bars. Plus, you will find that more than 86,000 square feet (8,000 square meters) of the hotel is devoted to casinos and theaters.

There’s also an indoor shopping center, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and an enormous “Parisian” spa where you can totally relax and enjoy one of the most romantic places in the US. 

20. Sedona, Arizona

By: Candice of CS Ginger

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona’s dreamy red rocks make it one of the most romantic getaways in the USA. Tucked away in Northern Arizona, this is an amazing place for hiking through awe-inspiring rocky landscapes, heading to the spa, and spending quality time together.

The area is also home to about twenty different wineries that sit along the Valley Verde Wine Trail –  an area that is about twenty minutes south of Sedona.

That’s why this region has a reputation for being a healing place and is ideal for anyone looking to relax and rejuvenate. To many, it is a spiritual refuge with energy vortexes scattered throughout the area.

And the highlight of any visit is a trip to Mii Amo, a local spa within the Enchantment Resort that is routinely named the best spa in America by Travel + Leisure. They’re known for their unique spa treatments, which are inspired by the surrounding desert landscape.

However, for the ultimate, romantic sunset experience, climb to the top of Cathedral Rock. It’s a short, 1.2-mile hike, after which you can savor stunning views of the surrounding area.

That being said, the hike does feature intense elevation gains. So, come prepared with plenty of water and proper hiking shoes. It’s worth the effort though since hiking Cathedral Rock in Sedona will take you to the top of a sandstone butte that is considered by many to be an inspiring, energy vortex.

But, if’s an exceptionally hot day, consider riding the Verde Canyon Railroad. It is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the Coconino National Forest, the Prescott National Forest, and the area’s many red rocks while avoiding the heat. 

Most Romantic Getaways in the USA – Northeast

21. Stowe, Vermont

By: Kat of World Wide Honeymoon

Stunning views and couple kissing atop the Stowe Pinnacle in Vermont.

When searching for the most romantic getaways in the USA, especially during the autumn season, a visit to Stowe, Vermont is the way to go.

Featuring crisp fall colors, delicious restaurants, and plenty of hiking opportunities, Stowe is a charming New England town with many wonderfully romantic things to do – a breathtakingly beautiful place that is perfect for couples and honeymooners alike!

Some highlights of any trip to Stowe include scenic hikes to Sterling Pond and Stowe Pinnacle, taking in the vibrant fall foliage during a drive through Smugglers Notch, enjoying the area’s wealth of charming covered bridges, and sampling a variety of local flavors at Stowe Cider.

You can also try some local brews at The Alchemist Brewery and Cold Hollow Cider Mill before stopping by Piecasso for a tasty pizza.

Dinner at Cork in downtown Stowe is also a must. It’s a quaint little wine bar and wine market with a divine food menu. Try the burrata as an appetizer and then follow that up with the olive oil poached salmon for an incredible meal to remember.

As far as where to stay in Stowe, The Trapp Family Lodge is easily one of the most romantic getaways in Vermont since it’s an Austrian-inspired lodge that was first established by the Trapp Family Singers after they fled Austria. So, If you love the Sound of Music, then you’ll definitely want to stay here!

The lodge also features an on-site spa, several restaurants/bars, features stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and provides guests with easy access to many of the area’s best hiking trails.

That’s why, if you’re looking for the best romantic getaways in the US, then Stowe is the picture-perfect destination for you!

22. Bar Harbor, Maine

By: James Ian of Parks Collecting

Bar Harbor Maine

Bar Harbor is a lovely coastal town in Maine that makes for one of the most romantic getaways in the USA. It also has the added benefit of being the main gateway town for Acadia National Park.

So, if you’re passionate about the great outdoors then you’ll love doing some of the best hikes in Acadia – many of which will take you to the top of scenic mountains that offer stunning, romantic views of the surrounding seas and islands.

If you want, you can also drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain and see the very first sunrise in the United States. Or, stop for lunch at Jordan’s Boathouse where you can enjoy popovers (a muffin-like, local specialty) at an outside table right beside Jordan Pond.

Next, sip on champagne while aboard a local sailboat and take a romantic, sunset cruise around one of the many islands just off the coast.

You’ll also love that the area is home to many local lobstermen, who catch a wealth of fresh lobster that is then sold in local lobster shacks, like Stewman’s Lobster Pound, where you can eat fresh lobster right by the water.

Because honestly, what could be more romantic than an alfresco lobster dinner on a pier in the heart of Bar Harbor? And for the full-on New England experience, try “The Downeast Lobster Experience” from Stewman’s Lobster Pound – a decadent meal that includes clam chowder, fresh lobster, local mussels, corn, and blueberry pie for dessert!

Finally, after enjoying one of the most romantic getaways in Maine, spend the evening in the Acadia Hotel. Built in 1880 as the private home of a local ship’s captain, the building is now a beautiful boutique hotel that any couple will love.

And if you’re looking for a bit of a splurge in one of the most romantic places in the US, then the Cadillac Mountain Suite here. It features a king bed, a full living room, a jacuzzi, and a private deck with enchanting views of Cadillac and Dorr Mountains.

23. Nantucket, Massachusetts

By: Linn of Brainy Backpackers

Brant Point Lighthouse on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

Nantucket Island in Massachusetts is easily one of the most romantic getaways in the USA. With cute cottages, astounding sand-blown beaches, picturesque lighthouses, and a charming downtown area, it is a picture-perfect place for couples to relax and unwind.

Because there truly are so many amazing things to do in Nantucket – activities that include everything from visiting museums to walking through the forest and discovering local wildlife.

Although, perhaps one of the best and most romantic ways to explore the island is by bike. And luckily for you, Nantucket has a ton of different shops where you can rent a bike – some of which will even deliver your rental right to your hotel!

Finally, when you have your bike in hand, ride along one of the island’s scenic bike trails and make the trip from Downtown to Madaket, Surfside, and Siasconset – the most beautiful part of the island.

Once there, you can leave your bike behind and walk along the cliffs of the spectacular Sconset Bluff Walk. You’ll stand high above the beach and can make your way out to Sankaty Head Lighthouse, where you’ll see a truly astounding sunset!

Afterward, spend the night at Jared Coffin House.  It’s definitely one of the most romantic places to stay in Nantucket and is actually one of the oldest hotels on the island.

It’s also situated near various shops and restaurants. So, you’ll find yourself feeling right at home in this charming little place. Plus, the hotel actually has its own wonderful restaurant.

Although, there are a lot of different eateries to try just outside the hotel too, like Keepers Restaurant. It’s a fantastic place that serves refined, American comfort food like buttermilk biscuits, smoked wings, and scampi pasta too!

24. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

By: Lance and Laura of Guide to Philly 

Couple at Bok Bar with the Philadelphia skyline in the background.

Without a doubt, one of the most romantic getaways in the USA. is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This city was the birthplace of America and the country’s very first capital. Therefore, let the picturesque, cobblestone streets here take you back in time. as you go on a historic, horse-drawn carriage ride through the old city

Also take some time to marvel at historic sites like Independence Hall, Betsy Ross’s house, the Liberty Bell, and various other historic attractions associated with Benjamin Franklin.

But Philly is just not defined by its fascinating past. Because you’ll also discover a modern city full of skyscrapers, contemporary arts, and several of the best museums in America, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Museum, and the Rodin Museum.

Additionally, there are lots of other, unique romantic activities in Philly since it is known for being America’s Garden Capital and is filled with beautiful rooftop gardens and parks around every turn.

So, why not enjoy a picnic while looking out at the skyline? Or, Impress your significant other with a quiet sail on the Delaware River, followed by a drink in one of the city’s many pier gardens, like the one at Spruce Street Harbor Park or Cherry Street Pier.

Also, take some time to enjoy Philadelphia’s amazing culinary scene. After all, the city is home to THE best restaurant in the United States.

So, whether looking for James Beard Foundation winning food trucks or haute cuisine, you’ll find delicious eats in the City of Brotherly Love.

And for the ultimate romantic getaway, look for hotels in the Old City area, like the Kimpton Hotel Monaco or the Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown.

25. New York, New York 

Empire State building at sunset

Ready for one of the most romantic getaways in the USA? Then run, don’t walk, to the city that never sleeps, New York, New York. 

Sure, many people see the big apple as a super noisy, disgusting, mess of a concrete jungle that has nothing to offer anyone looking for a romantic weekend getaway in the US. 

But, if you can look past all those giant piles of garbage and less-than-stellar-smelling subway cars, you’ll uncover a picturesque, modern metropolis that is brimming over with ethereal charm. 

So, take a scenic walk through Central Park and admire the stunning panoramic views from atop Belvedere Castle before stopping for a romantic photo-op at Bethesda Fountain. 

Next, stop by the world-famous, MET Museum. While you’re here, check out the stunning, Temple of Dendur before heading to the rooftop for a delicious drink and stellar views of Central Park. 

Afterward, check out the constellation studded ceiling at Albertine bookstore before going downtown to NYC’s iconic, Empire State Building.

if you can, time your visit for sunset so that you can enjoy sweeping views of the NYC skyline – from on the 88th and 102nd floors respectively – with a kaleidoscope of = colors dancing in the background. 

Next, walk hand in hand with your partner across the Brooklyn Bridge (walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan for the best views) before enjoying one of the most romantic things to do in NYC, dinner at Buvette.

It’s a charming, French bistro in Manhattan’s West Village that is known for delicious coq au vin, exceptional wine, and rustic steak tartare.

For the best seats in the place though, sit at the spacious marble bar and snuggle up with your significant other while savoring a wonderfully comforting plate of Croque monsieur. 

Afterward, spend a glorious night unwinding in the plush beyond belief, Royalton hotel in Midtown west. it’s a supremely chic, boutique hotel where you can sip on delicious craft cocktails in the Sorrento Sunrise before retiring to one of their lavish rooms – all of which include fireplaces, private circular tubs, and swoon-worthy mahogany furniture. 

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