20 Best Cities in U.S. for a Romantic Getaway

1. Santa Barbara, California

The charming city of Santa Barbara captivates couples with its Spanish/Mediterranean architectural style, stunning views of beaches set against a backdrop of mountains, and a warm climate that makes it an ideal destination any time of year.

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2. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Whether it’s a horseback ride on Daufuskie Island or popping champagne while spotting dolphins on a sunset cruise, Hilton Head Island is a picture-perfect place to host an unforgettable romantic Lowcountry escape. Romantic activities include walking along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

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3. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans lends itself to romance with its idyllic architecture, smooth jazz music, and cozy candlelit corners.  While your first thought about New Orleans might be the celebrations on Bourbon Street, the city has romance and charm through its European influences.

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4. Sedona, Arizona

With its vibrant terrain, famed night sky, and spiritual atmosphere, Sedona is one of the most romantic destinations in U.S.  Get outside and explore a handful of Sedona’s outdoor activities including off-roading jeep rides, helicopter tours, and kayaking.

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5. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod makes a quaint and relaxing romantic trip in U.S. and is the perfect weekend road trip destination for couples in the northeast. During the day, you can schedule various romantic activities like wine tastings, going whale watching, dining at the local seafood bistros.

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6. Miami, Florida

Sunny skies, lively restaurants, and shopping trips make for a perfect couple’s getaway to Miami. Couples can opt for a weekend in Brickell for more of an intimate trip.  EAST Miami is the perfect home base with a sleek modern design and a tropical rooftop pool.

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7. Nashville, Tenessee

As the country-music capital, Nashville is home to a variety of activities that make it an ideal city of romance for visiting couples. Enjoy a private tour of the Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, where artwork is housed in an artfully restored neo-Georgian mansion.

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8. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a city rich with history and lucky to be located on a peninsula, offering scenic views and close beach proximity.  The city’s downtown Battery District is home to hundreds of historic, colorful houses that provide beautiful walking routes for couples.

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9. Williamsburg, Virginia

With no shortage of history, beauty, and charm, Williamsburg is truly a romantic escape.  A stroll in Colonial Williamsburg is a must. Full of history and beautiful craftsmanship, dedicate an entire day to exploring the largest living history museum in the world.

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10. Aspen, Colorado

Ice skating, sleigh rides, paragliding, hot air balloon rides, and of course, skiing and snowboarding are romantic activities available in the Aspen area.  Here you can take in one of Colorado’s most iconic views at the Maroon Bells.

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11. Montauk, New York

That brings us to one of Long Island, New York’s most laid-back destinations for couples, Montauk. Montauk is filled with surfing, white-sand beaches, and close proximity to vineyards. Go to Navy Beach for the day, and end the night dancing at one of the many bars in the area.

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12. Sonoma, California

Head to this quaint town and spectacular wine country setting for the perfect romantic getaway.  Connect over dreamy vineyards, stroll the charming downtown filled with art galleries, and take scenic drives as the sun sets over lush gardens and vineyards.

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13. Highlands, North Carolina

Just a few hours outside of Atlanta, Highlands offers couples a romantic experience surrounded by natural landscapes and mountain vistas. It is the perfect romantic mountain getaway for any couple seeking some "us" time.

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14. Amelia Island, Florida

Situated on a remote barrier island in northeast Florida, Amelia Island is a beach-front escape perfect for couples to enjoy a romantic getaway. Slip away to the spa and relax with unique spa rituals and leave the resort feeling fully refreshed and in love.

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15. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Nestled on the west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island sits the historic Kailua-Kona where couples can explore the town’s shops, restaurants, and accommodations, among its serene white-sand beaches perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming.

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16. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is easily one of the most romantic cities in U.S. with its top-tier dining scene, endless attractions, and luxury accommodations. From extravagant four-course wine dinners to relaxing romance packages, couples can escape the hustle of everyday life and enjoy an intimate weekend together in Chicago.

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17. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is the perfect place to celebrate your love.  As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Albuquerque boasts a unique multicultural history and heritage, as well as a high-desert climate, which means 310 sunny days and cool, crisp evenings.

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18. Asbury Park, New Jersey

Located about 70 minutes from NYC, Asbury Park is a romantic destination that offers a gorgeous beachfront location, world-class culinary experiences, and non-stop entertainment. Asbury Park offers all that is needed to get out of the city with your loved one.

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19. Big Sur, California

Home to coastal redwoods and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, Big Sur may be just the ultimate romantic destination.  Additionally, it is perched at the edge of the continent overlooking the majestic Pacific coastline.

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20. Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunkport is a coastal town filled with fresh-caught lobster, live music, resorts, and museums. There you can spend your days kayaking, ziplining, or museum-going. The retreat will immerse you in nature with eleven newly-built cabin suites and grounds featuring centuries-old pine.

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