Top 20 Incredibly Romantic Getaways in the USA

Maybe you love adventure, or lots of relaxation. Looking for somewhere close by? Or a little further from your comfort zone. Here’s a list of the absolute best destinations for romantic getaways in the USA to help you find the perfect spot to visit with your special someone!

My husband and I have been going on romantic getaways together since our very first month dating. We’ve done weekend trips and 2 week trips. Explored charming towns, bustling cities and some of the best trails around the country. We know what to look for when planning a romantic getaway, so we can definitely help you too.

No matter what the reason, it’s important that these romantic getaways in the USA allow you to have tons of quality time together. So you can connect and continue to learn everything about each other. You’d be surprised how much you will learn about them as soon as you step outside of your normal day to day rhythm.

So without further adieu, here’s the absolute best, most romantic getaways in the United States for you and your special someone.

Romantic Getaways in the US – North

Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Recommended by Maria of Martha’s Vineyard Travel Tips

Edgartown, a charming coastal village on Martha’s Vineyard is perfect for romantic getaways in the Northeast. You don’t need a car if you stay in town. But if you want to explore the island, rent a car and bring it on the ferry with you.

Edgartown has a picturesque harbor and walkable streets lined with historic homes, and boutique stores. Check out the iconic pieces at CB Stark Jewelers if you’re looking for an engagement ring or anniversary gift.  

A Martha’s Vineyard sunset is truly a sight to behold. But finding a secluded spot to enjoy it can be difficult. A private sunset cruise is a great choice. Snack on local artisanal charcuterie and enjoy a bottle of wine while watching the sun go down over the ocean.

I love to take a walk to Edgartown lighthouse and beach for a stunning backdrop for dreamy photos. (I had my engagement pictures taken here!) Book a photographer to capture the memories of your idyllic getaway.

Dinner at Detente is a must-do for your trip. The menu is modern American with a European influence and the food is freshly sourced from local farmers and fisherman. The intimate seating and atmospheric outdoor courtyard makes this my top pick for a romantic meal on Martha’s Vineyard.

Where to Stay: A romantic place to stay in Edgartown is The Christopher. It’s a classic New England B&B inside a historic Victorian building. It has just 15 rooms and a courtyard with a firepit and cozy blankets for snuggling in the cool evening air.

When to Visit: Summer is perfect because the weather is warm and the coastal air feels wonderful! 

Closest Major Airport: Boston Logan International Airport

2. Charleston, South Carolina

Recommended by Mayra of Life on the Roam

Walking under the Spanish Moss hanging from the magnificent oak trees in the parks of Charleston inspired me to nominate this historic city as a romantic getaway in the South.

The Charleston International Airport is the nearest airport, 10 miles away from the Historic District. Once you’re in the city center, the best way to explore Charleston is by foot.

Stroll leafy parks dotted with fountains and monuments, such as the Joe Riley Waterfront Park and White Point Garden. Both have access to a footpath along the river where you’ll spot birds and dolphins while enjoying scenic views.

For a date night, watch a play at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. And have dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants.  

To spend a day in a romantic-style garden in Charleston head to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. It’s located 30 minutes from the city center by car. 

This was one of the most romantic getaway activities that I visited in Charleston. There’s miles of nature trails that traverse lush gardens. My favorite views were the ponds showing the reflection of mature oak trees and wood bridges, offering a magical setting for pictures with your loved one.

Where to Stay: The gorgeous antebellum mansions in the South of Broad area are a testament of the rich past of this port city. Many are now boutique hotels, such as 20 South Battery, dating back to 1843 and just steps from the waterfront. You can stay in this historic house and relax in the private gardens and porches.

When to Visit: Spring is best because all of the flowers are in bloom and the weather is mild. However, Charleston also makes for a wonderful romantic Christmas getaway as well!

Closest Major Airport: Charleston International Airport  

3. Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

Recommended by Taylor of Culture Craving Couple

Asheville is a beautiful mountain town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. No matter what season you come, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful colors. In the fall you’ll have changing leaves and or wildflowers in the Spring. And the relaxed vibe makes it a serene location for couples who want romance while still having a lot to do and see together. It’s one of the best romantic mountain getaways in the USA.

The nearest international airport to Asheville is in Charlotte, 2 hours away so having a car is a must. It will also help you get out of the city to do other things. Such as explore Pisgah National Park or visit a brewery or winery in the area.

One of the main attractions in Asheville is the Biltmore. The gardens are a beautiful and romantic place to stroll hand in hand. The city also has an amazing food scene for date nights. We loved the Eating Asheville food tour!

Where to Stay: The best place to stay for a little romance is Applewood Manor Bed and Breakfast – the fresh-baked cookies and breakfast are not to be missed!

When to Visit: Fall is perfect in Asheville, it’s not too cold, the leaves are changing color and you can cuddle up in front of the fire with your love.

Closest Major Airport: Charlotte Douglas International Airport

4. San Antonio, Texas

Recommended by Catherine of Day Trip Nomad  

Best known for its history and the iconic Alamo, San Antonio is a beautiful destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway in Texas.

Located in Texas, this city creates a romantic ambiance with attractions such as the famed River Walk. Sometimes referred to as “the American Venice,” this network of walkways follows all along the San Antonio River, framed by quaint restaurants and shops.  

On any San Antonio itinerary, take a riverboat tour or a leisurely stroll along the riverbanks. Making sure to stop at the artsy block of La Villita and the historic downtown area. I was lucky and even caught a riverside dance performance under the twinkling winter holiday lights and decor.

San Antonio is served by the San Antonio International Airport, making it easily accessible from anywhere in the world. While having a car can be convenient for exploring areas outside the city, it isn’t necessary if you plan to stay in the city center. Public transportation options like buses and river taxis are available, and many attractions are within walking distance.

Where to Stay: After a day of quality time and conversation, unwind at one of the convenient riverwalk hotels with a view, such as the Hotel Contessa.

When to Visit: Fall is beautiful in San Antonio as the weather is mild and it’s not busy!

Closest Major Airport: San Antonio International Airport

5. Savannah, Georgia

Recommended by Erin of Savannah First Timer

Couples seeking a romantic escape to the city will find plenty to do in Savannah — from sunset strolls through the Historic District to photo shoots by the love locks bridge to delicious dinners at award-winning restaurants.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Savannah ghost tours rank as one of the most popular activities for couples. After all, Savannah is known for being one of the most haunted cities in the South! There’s just something about strolling through the city’s dimly lit cobblestone streets at night that makes you want to hug your partner a little tighter!

For a romantic meal, try requesting a seat in the basement tavern of The Olde Pink House. Or head to the city’s most classic date-night spot, Elizabeth’s on 37th. For anyone hoping to propose in Savannah, the fountain at Forsyth Park is the most popular place to pop the question.

The city of Savannah is easy to get to for a romantic weekend getaway in the Southeast. It is located about 25 minutes from the SAV/HHI International Airport. And approximately the same distance from I-95 for those traveling by car. Make note that cars aren’t necessary in the city, though. Since the Historic District, Victorian District, and Starland District are all very walkable. There’s free public transportation, too, via the DOT shuttle, DownTowner vehicles, and the ferry.
Closest Major Airport: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

6. Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Endorsed by Kim from Traveling Swansons

Nestled amidst the foothills of the majestic Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg emerges as the ultimate haven for couples yearning for a romantic escapade. Its harmonious fusion of awe-inspiring natural splendor, snug mountain ambience, and an array of activities renders it a prime destination for romantic sojourns across the United States.

Conveniently located, the nearest major airport, McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in Knoxville, is merely an hour’s scenic drive away from Gatlinburg upon touchdown. Having a vehicle at your disposal during your stay is highly advisable, granting you the freedom to leisurely explore the enchanting realms of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its environs.

Gatlinburg offers an abundance of enthralling activities tailored for couples seeking shared experiences during their romantic retreat. Embark on a picturesque journey along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, a captivating one-way loop road in Gatlinburg adorned with stunning landscapes and cascading waterfalls.

Indulge in the delights of Gatlinburg’s wineries, where wine tasting promises a delightful and intimate experience for couples.

As the sun sets, venture to Gatlinburg SkyLift Park for a captivating panoramic vista of the city illuminated under the night sky, setting the stage for a truly romantic evening.

Among the plethora of attractions and activities Gatlinburg boasts, one experience that comes highly recommended is an early morning excursion along the Laurel Falls Trail. This scenic yet gentle hike culminates in the breathtaking sight of an 80-foot waterfall, offering couples a serene communion with nature.

Accommodation wise, The Lodge At Buckberry Creek stands out as the quintessential romantic mountain retreat for couples. Perched atop the Smokies, the lodge exudes rustic charm coupled with premium amenities. Featuring private balconies, cozy fireplaces, and a luxurious 2-person jetted soaking tub, it epitomizes paradise for couples on a romantic rendezvous in the USA.

For the optimal experience, plan your visit during the fall season when the foliage adorns the landscape with vibrant hues of red and orange, while the crisp mountain air envelops you in its refreshing embrace.

With the McGhee Tyson Airport being the closest major airport, your journey to this romantic haven couldn’t be more convenient.

7. Helen, Georgia

Endorsed by Yukti from Travelwithme24x7, Helen, Georgia stands as a picturesque alpine village exuding a delightful Bavarian charm. Nestled amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains, it emerges as an ideal sanctuary for romantic escapades within the United States. Its breathtaking vistas, an array of outdoor activities, and charming assortment of shops and eateries make it a quintessential haven for couples seeking a romantic retreat.

Situated just 90 miles north of Atlanta, accessing Helen is most conveniently done by car, affording the freedom to explore the surrounding wonders at leisure. The compact downtown area of Helen lends itself to pleasant strolls, boasting Bavarian-style establishments and quaint boutiques.

Within Helen’s confines, couples can indulge in an array of romantic activities, from enchanting horse-drawn carriage rides through the town to leisurely riverside strolls along the Chattahoochee River, punctuated by wine tastings at local vineyards. For those seeking a dash of adventure, the Georgian Mountain Coaster offers exhilarating thrills with panoramic views of the town. And for a truly unique experience, tubing along the Chattahoochee River provides hours of relaxation and excitement, with rental tubes readily available and a convenient shuttle service for transportation.

Having personally relished the thrill of water tubing and the exhilaration of the Georgian Mountain Coaster, I can attest to their unique appeal and adventurous spirit.

Helen, Georgia epitomizes romance with its stunning natural backdrop, comprised of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and the tranquil Chattahoochee River. Its Bavarian-inspired architecture, cozy ambiance, and delightful array of shops and eateries only serve to enhance its romantic allure.

For accommodations, Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa reigns supreme, offering awe-inspiring mountain vistas and opulent lodgings complete with in-room fireplaces and hot tubs, ideal for a romantic interlude in Helen, Georgia.

As for timing, winter casts an enchanting spell over Helen, with the entire town aglow in festive lights for the Christmas season, rendering it a truly magical destination.
Closest Major Airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Romantic Getaways in the US – Midwest

Romantic Getaways in the US – Midwest

8. Hermann, Missouri

Endorsed by Alexa of Travel in Missouri, Hermann, Missouri emerges as the quintessential haven for an enchanting romantic getaway. Tucked away in the heart of Missouri’s captivating wine country and graced by the Missouri River’s gentle flow, this quaint town promises a harmonious blend of serenity, adventure, and cultural immersion, setting the stage for an unparalleled romantic escapade in the United States.

Embark on an extraordinary journey to Hermann by embarking on an Amtrak voyage from Kansas City or St. Louis. Disembarking right in downtown Hermann, you can commence your celebration early, relishing in the breathtaking landscapes throughout your journey.

Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine wines or simply cherish the indulgence of a superb vintage, Hermann’s esteemed wineries beckon. With 10 wineries nestled within a 15-mile radius, delight in wine tastings or partake in guided tours elucidating the region’s illustrious wine heritage. Among the esteemed establishments are the Adam Puchta Winery, Stone Hill Winery, and Hermannhof Winery.

For an unparalleled wine country experience, entrust your exploration to the Hermann Trolley. A comprehensive day pass grants access to seven premier wineries and distilleries, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable day of wine tasting and discovery.

Beyond the realm of wine, Hermann boasts five distilleries and two breweries awaiting exploration. For those inclined towards outdoor pursuits, the renowned Katy Trail beckons just three miles away, offering scenic hiking trails perfect for a romantic picnic or bike rentals for an adventurous outing.

Indulge in culinary delights at the Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery, relishing farm-to-table cuisine amidst panoramic vineyard vistas. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Tin Mill Brewery, a haven for craft beer aficionados, featuring locally brewed libations and live music performances on weekends.

In terms of accommodations, Hermann presents a plethora of options to suit every preference. From intimate bed and breakfasts to opulent inns and even whimsical treehouses, there’s something for everyone. Experience the tranquil ambiance of the Inn at Hermannhof, adorned with lush gardens and offering gourmet breakfasts, or opt for the stylish comfort of Hermann Crown Suites, conveniently located in the heart of town.

When to visit? Spring beckons, offering idyllic weather conducive to outdoor revelry and the perfect opportunity to savor a leisurely glass of wine amidst the blossoming beauty of Hermann.
Closest Major Airport: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Romantic Getaways in the US – West

9. San Luis Obispo, California

Endorsed by Jess of Travel + Tannins

Nestled along California’s central coast, San Luis Obispo exudes charm and allure, offering an idyllic setting for a romantic escapade in the heart of America.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant wine culture of Edna Valley, where an array of exceptional wineries awaits your exploration. Embark on scenic hikes like Bishop’s Peak, treating yourself to breathtaking panoramic vistas, or unwind on the tranquil shores of Avila Beach. For an intimate retreat, indulge in the romance of Sycamore Hot Springs, a haven of rejuvenating thermal waters.

Having personally experienced the enchantment of the hot springs with my partner, I wholeheartedly endorse this serene getaway. Picture-perfect private hot springs dotting the hillside offer an unparalleled relaxation experience.

Conveniently situated midway between the bustling metropolises of Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo is easily accessible by a scenic three-hour drive or via its regional airport, though car rentals are recommended for exploring the area. Alternatively, ample Uber services are available for transportation.

Where to Stay: Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa – an enchanting retreat that epitomizes romance and luxury.

Best Time to Visit: Winter beckons with mild weather, fewer crowds, and a perfect ambiance to savor the delights of the hot springs.
Closest Major Airport: Los Angeles International Airport

10. Sedona, Arizona

Endorsed by Sarah from Wanderlust Escapes:

For an unparalleled romantic retreat, look no further than the serene desert haven of Sedona, Arizona! Its breathtaking red rock vistas and rich tradition of rejuvenating therapies offer the ultimate setting for a romantic rendezvous.

Embarking on a romantic escapade to Sedona is surprisingly affordable and hassle-free. Most travelers opt to fly into Phoenix International Airport, then embark on a scenic two-hour drive northward to the enchanting Coconino National Forest.

Indulge in one of Sedona’s quintessential experiences: hiking! Planning a sunset hike with your beloved is a surefire way to deepen your bond. Explore iconic trails such as Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge, and Airport Vortex for an unforgettable adventure.

Immerse yourselves in Sedona’s spiritual aura by getting your auras read together. Renowned for its spiritual practices, Sedona offers an array of experiences like crystal healing, aura readings, and yoga. My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our aura reading session during our last visit—it sparked fascinating conversations for the remainder of the day!

Expand your horizons with a captivating day trip to Antelope Canyon from Sedona. Though it entails a bit of travel, the awe-inspiring vistas and photo opportunities make it a worthwhile excursion.

In essence, Sedona provides an idyllic sanctuary for couples seeking relaxation and rejuvenation.

Where to Stay: Elevate your romantic retreat with a three-day stay at the luxurious Wilde Resort and Spa. It offers a perfect blend of opulence and affordability for an unforgettable stay.

Best Time to Visit: Fall reigns supreme in Sedona, boasting balmy temperatures in the 70s and abundant sunshine, making it the perfect time for a romantic getaway!

Closest Major Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

11. Napa Valley, California

Endorsed by Shweta of Zest in a Tote

Imagine rolling, lush verdant hills stretching as far as the eye can see, vast vineyards heavy with grapes, and scattered throughout, boutique luxury properties waiting to be discovered. Picture yourself indulging in fresh local produce that tantalizes your senses, and the pinnacle of relaxation with the finest spa treatments. Could there be anything more romantically enticing than a retreat nestled within the wineries of Napa, Sonoma, or Calistoga?

Just an hour’s scenic drive from San Francisco lies the enchanting Napa Valley. Embark on a journey of sensory delights as you traverse the picturesque landscape, immersing yourself in the beauty that surrounds you. Napa promises the perfect day trip, brimming with unforgettable experiences.

During a romantic getaway in the US, Napa Valley offers a plethora of activities to captivate your heart. Indulge in the timeless tradition of wine tasting at one of the region’s prestigious chateaus or intimate vineyards. With over 400 wineries to choose from across Napa, Sonoma, and Calistoga, there’s a destination to suit every palate and budget. Yet, beyond the vineyards, awaits a culinary paradise and rejuvenating spa experiences, beckoning you to savor every moment of the slow country life.

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Where to Stay: For an unparalleled luxurious escape in Napa, allow me to recommend the Carneros Resort & Spa. Nestled amidst the breathtaking scenery, this resort offers secluded private cottages, ensuring an intimate and romantic getaway for you and your partner.

When to Visit: While Napa Valley exudes beauty year-round, Winter unveils its own enchanting charm. Enjoy the mild weather, fewer crowds, and immerse yourself in the Valley’s festive spirit as it celebrates the magic of Christmas!
Closest Major Airport: San Francisco International Airport

12. Glenwood Springs, Colorado

As recommended by Jolayne of SimplyJolayne Travels, if you’re seeking a getaway with your special someone, Glenwood Springs offers an array of romantic experiences. From soothing hot springs to picturesque mountains, this destination caters to all types of romantics.

Begin your romantic weekend with a scenic journey aboard the Amtrak train from Denver’s Union Station to Glenwood Springs. Regardless of the season, there’s always something enchanting to do in Glenwood Springs. For the adventurous couple, hike to the breathtaking Hanging Lake (remember to secure a reservation) or indulge in thrills at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Prefer a more serene retreat? Treat yourselves to a couples massage or spa day, perhaps at the Vapor Caves of Yampah Spa. Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll through downtown Glenwood Springs and enjoy a romantic gondola ride.

While the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs is popular with families, for a quieter and more intimate atmosphere, consider visiting the Iron Mountain Hot Springs. For accommodations, immerse yourselves in romance at the historic Glenwood Springs Hotel: Resort, Pool, and Lodge.

Plan your visit during the summer months for optimal outdoor exploration and relaxation, including waterfall adventures and refreshing dips in the hot springs. Whether you seek adventure or tranquility, Glenwood Springs promises a memorable romantic escape in the United States.
Closest Major Airport: Denver International Airport

13. Carmel-By-The-Sea, California

Endorsed by Carrie from Carrie Green-Zinn, Carmel, also known as Carmel-By-The-Sea, emerges as a quintessentially romantic gem within California’s landscape. This coastal haven embodies the epitome of a romantic retreat in the USA, boasting a mesmerizing beach adorned with velvety white sand, whimsical fairytale cottages, enchanting gardens, and a plethora of top-notch dining establishments nestled in northern California’s embrace.

Spanning merely a square mile, Carmel exudes an intimate ambiance, with quaint streets intertwining alongside grandiose residences that gaze out onto the boundless ocean expanse. Despite its reputation as a playground for the affluent and renowned, Carmel retains a laid-back beach town allure, inviting visitors to indulge in its casual charm.

Embark on a scenic journey along the breathtaking coastal Highway 1 to reach Carmel, where once parked, your vehicle remains stationary until the departure call. Traverse the town on foot, relishing easy access to the beach, shops, and eateries, as every corner beckons exploration.

Savor leisurely strolls and tranquil moments on the sandy shores, complemented by a venture into the famed Comstock Fairytale cottages, narrating the evolution of Carmel’s architectural narrative. Delight in perusing art galleries and boutique finds along Ocean Ave, or embark on a pilgrimage to the National Historic Landmark, Carmel Mission Basilica.

When vehicular escapades beckon, embark on the picturesque 17 Mile Drive through Pebble Beach or venture southward to the captivating Point Lobos Natural Preserve.

Following a day of coastal indulgence, bask in the warm glow of camaraderie at The Forge and The Forest, where fireside cocktails and appetizers tantalize the senses, or relish a dining experience at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch Restaurant, commanding panoramic vistas from its bluff-top perch.

Carmel has remained a steadfast sanctuary for romantic escapades through the decades, promising an unfaltering allure.

Accommodation: For an unrivaled romantic retreat boasting ocean panoramas, La Playa Carmel stands as the premier choice. With its proximity to the beach, lush gardens, inviting swimming pool, and a legendary champagne brunch, it promises an unforgettable stay.

Optimal Timing: To fully immerse in Carmel’s coastal charms, summer emerges as the prime season, offering optimal conditions for beachside bliss and exploration of coastal wonders.
Closest Major Airport: San Francisco International Airport

14. Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii

Endorsed by Trysta of This Travel Dream, Poipu, situated on the enchanting island of Kauai, Hawaii, is renowned for its enchanting resorts and secluded coastlines, presenting an idyllic retreat for couples seeking romance within the United States. The island’s captivating natural splendor and balmy tropical climate form an exquisite backdrop for a serene and intimate getaway.

Arriving at Kauai is a breeze with flights into Lihue Airport followed by a brief 30-minute drive to Poipu. We highly recommend renting a car to fully immerse in the island’s charm and explore its myriad attractions.

At the heart of Poipu lies the world-famous Poipu Beach, a haven of azure waters, golden sands, and mesmerizing sunsets. Beyond its scenic vistas, the beach is renowned for its amiable local inhabitants – the Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles, offering visitors a rare glimpse into their natural habitat.

For those craving adventure, Poipu beckons with thrilling experiences. Couples can embark on exhilarating helicopter tours to behold Kauai’s panoramic landscapes from a bird’s-eye view. A boat excursion along the Napali Coast promises an up-close encounter with the island’s rugged beauty.

No Hawaiian escapade is complete without savoring a traditional luau, and Poipu delivers on this front. The Auli’i Luau at the Sheraton Kauai Resort stands out as a premier choice, showcasing authentic Hawaiian cuisine, cultural performances, and a dazzling fire-knife dance spectacle. It’s an experience we cherish and would eagerly repeat.

Accommodation options in Poipu cater to every romantic whim. We wholeheartedly endorse the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa for its opulent amenities and captivating ocean vistas.

Timing your visit? Winter emerges as an opportune season, boasting fewer crowds, pocket-friendly prices, balmy weather, and the arrival of majestic whales.
Closest Major Airport: Lihue Airport

15. Palm Springs, California

Endorsed by Monica of This Rare Earth

For couples seeking an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, a romantic escapade to Palm Springs is an absolute must. Nestled just a two-hour drive to the east of LA, reaching Palm Springs is a breeze, particularly by car, allowing lovebirds the freedom to immerse themselves in the wonders of this desert oasis.

Palm Springs spoils couples with an array of delightful attractions, including the renowned Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, offering sweeping vistas of the awe-inspiring desert landscape. Those yearning for a more relaxed pace can delight in leisurely strolls amidst the charming boutiques of Downtown Palm Springs or indulge in the gastronomic delights of its trendy eateries.

However, my personal recommendation would be to embark on a scenic hike through Indian Canyons, where cascading waterfalls and verdant foliage await. The region boasts an abundance of enchanting desert trails suitable for all levels of hiking enthusiasts.

Accommodation options in Palm Springs abound with romantic allure, with the Colony Palms Hotel standing out as a serene haven. Its tranquil ambiance, picturesque surroundings, and diverse range of activities make it an ideal haven for couples seeking to reconnect amidst the allure of Palm Springs.

For the quintessential romantic experience, winter emerges as the prime season to visit Palm Springs. With mild weather beckoning outdoor adventures, couples can bask in the romance of this desert paradise to their heart’s content!
Closest Major Airport: Los Angeles International Airport

16. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Endorsed by Chef Denise of Chef Denise’s Kitchen, Santa Fe, New Mexico emerges as an unequivocal contender for the title of the most enchanting destination in the United States. Being the oldest capital city in the US, Santa Fe is imbued with rich historical significance. Surprisingly, it is this historical legacy that lends the city its distinctive charm, evident in its adobe architecture. Prepare to be transported to a different realm, as the allure of Santa Fe’s ambiance undoubtedly sets the stage for romance.

Exploring downtown Santa Fe sans a car is not only feasible but recommended. Opt for a shuttle or taxi service from the local airport to seamlessly transition into the heart of the old town – the plaza. Here, amidst a tapestry of art galleries, boutiques, and culinary havens, lies the quintessence of Santa Fe’s allure.

Indulge in a gastronomic delight at Sazón, helmed by the esteemed James Beard Award-winning chef, Fernando Olea. For aficionados of culinary delights, Santa Fe is a veritable paradise. From traditional New Mexican fare to traversing the famed margarita and chocolate trails, the city spoils visitors with a plethora of epicurean experiences.

Art aficionados are in for a treat at the Canyon Road district, where local artisans showcase and vend their creations. Additionally, a slew of distinguished art museums beckon, with the Georgia O’Keefe Museum standing as a crowning jewel.

Accommodation-wise, La Fonda on the Plaza reigns supreme, offering proximity to major attractions coupled with historic charm. Catering to couples, the esteemed hotel boasts spa facilities and a gastronomic haven, ensuring a memorable stay.

For optimal enjoyment, spring emerges as the ideal season to explore Santa Fe, with its balmy weather and a dearth of summer crowds.
Closest Major Airport: Albuquerque International Sunport

17. Half Moon Bay, California

Endorsed by Alisha from Travel Today Work Tomorrow

If you’re dreaming of a romantic escape within the United States, complete with breathtaking coastal vistas, outdoor adventures, charming accommodations, and delectable seafood, look no further than Half Moon Bay, CA. This coastal haven is tailor-made for honeymoons, babymoons, anniversary getaways, or simply a refreshing exploration!

Situated just a scenic 45-minute drive from the vibrant city of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay beckons with its quaint charm nestled along the Northern California coastline. The ideal mode of transportation to navigate this picturesque town is by car.

A highlight of any visit to Half Moon Bay with your beloved is strolling or cycling along the California Coastal Trail. This well-maintained pathway meanders along the shoreline, treating you to awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean, pristine sandy beaches, and inviting waterfront eateries. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the myriad bird species that call this area home.

Once you’ve built up an appetite, make your way to Pillar Point Harbor, where you can witness local fishermen showcasing their fresh catches straight from the boat! Indulge in a leisurely lunch at the nearby La Costanera, a charming Peruvian restaurant overlooking the harbor.

Where to Stay: For an unforgettable romantic retreat, book a stay at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Treat yourselves to a rejuvenating spa experience followed by an intimate dinner at their upscale seafood restaurant, Novio. Even if you opt not to stay at the Ritz Carlton, be sure to savor cocktails at sunset on their outdoor terrace. Snuggle up beside one of their cozy fire pits and marvel at the fiery California sunset—the views are simply breathtaking! It’s undoubtedly one of the most enchanting ways to conclude a day in this coastal paradise.

When to Visit: Summer is the prime season for indulging in water activities and soaking up the sun!
Closest Major Airport: San Francisco International Airport

18. Park City, Utah

18. Park City, Utah

Endorsed by Lisa from Planning Away,

Park City emerges as a quintessential romantic destination in the United States. Cradled against the backdrop of the majestic Wasatch Mountain Range, its allure is undeniable. Renowned for its premier ski resorts, Park City beckons travelers seeking both adventure and intimacy.

Accessing Park City proves remarkably convenient, with Salt Lake City International Airport merely a brisk 45-minute drive away. This accessibility makes it an ideal choice for those yearning for a swift retreat to a lavish locale.

The allure of Park City lies not only in its accessibility but also in its array of ski-in-ski-out resorts, promising couples an idyllic setting for a romantic ski getaway. Beyond the slopes, Park City offers a myriad of enchanting activities. Personally, I find delight in wandering the charming streets of Main Street, replete with captivating shops and exquisite dining establishments.

Yet, amidst all the attractions, one of the most enchanting experiences awaits in Park City Canyons Village. Here, my husband and I revel in leisurely strolls, ensconced by outdoor fire pits and inviting spaces perfect for unwinding and savoring the ambiance.

Regarding accommodations, Park City spoils visitors with an array of romantic hotel options. From the opulent Montage Deer Valley to the regal St. Regis Deer Valley and the elegant Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, each promises to set the stage for an unforgettable romantic weekend.

For optimal enjoyment, winter reigns supreme as the ideal time to visit Park City. Embrace the opportunity to traverse the slopes and bask in the ethereal beauty of pristine, powder-white snow—a truly enchanting experience for any romantic soul.
Closest Major Airport: Salt Lake City International Airport

19. Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

Endorsed by Annie from Your Friend the Nomad

For couples seeking an exhilarating yet romantic getaway, look no further than Kailua, Oahu. Nestled on the verdant windward side of the island, this charming town boasts idyllic beaches, breathtaking trails, and a quaint downtown adorned with charming boutiques, local breweries, and an array of dining options. Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Honolulu, Kailua offers a pedestrian-friendly environment, although renting a car can enhance your exploration.

Despite having traveled extensively throughout Hawaii, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe, my husband and I found our one-week vacation in Kailua to be unparalleled. It struck the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation, affording us ample time to bask in the sun-kissed shores and create countless unforgettable memories, such as snorkeling with sharks along the North Shore and delving into sea caves on the island’s leeward side.

The quintessential Kailua experience begins at Lanikai Beach, hailed as Oahu’s crown jewel. With its powdery sands, azure waters, and a vibrant coral reef mere steps away, it offers an enchanting backdrop framed by the silhouette of two uninhabited islands. Embark on a romantic kayaking excursion to these pristine islets or embark on the Lanikai Pillbox Trail, best traversed at sunrise, where you can witness a breathtaking spectacle as the sky ignites in a kaleidoscope of hues over the Pacific Ocean and the twin islands.

Where to Stay: Kailua exudes an irresistible charm and serves as the perfect launchpad for exploring Oahu as a couple. While accommodations are limited, Papaya Paradise Bed & Breakfast stands out as an exemplary choice, boasting a serene private pool just moments away from the beach and downtown Kailua. It epitomizes the essence of a romantic retreat in the heart of the USA.

When to Visit: While Oahu beckons year-round, winter reigns supreme, offering balmy weather and the added allure of whale watching season. I highly recommend planning your visit for February to savor the island’s enchanting ambiance to the fullest.
Closest Major Airport: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

20. Willamette Valley, Oregon

Endorsed by Alex from Adventure Awaits

Located in the heart of central Oregon, the Willamette Valley boasts undulating emerald hills, majestic pine forests, and an array of top-notch wineries, making it a quintessential destination for romantic escapades in the USA. Surprisingly, Oregon ranks as the fourth largest wine producer in the nation, with a staggering two-thirds of its production stemming from the enchanting confines of the Willamette Valley.

For optimal access to this picturesque paradise, touch down in Portland and embark on a scenic drive southward, spanning just over an hour. A car rental is a must for traversing between the diverse wineries and embracing the breathtaking vistas peppered throughout the region.

Indulge in the quintessential Willamette Valley experience by immersing yourself in the inviting ambiance of its quaint wineries. One standout recommendation is the White Rose Estate, renowned for its exquisite Pinot noir, a signature varietal emblematic of the region’s vinicultural prowess. Elevate your romantic getaway by embarking on a hot air balloon adventure over the valley; on clear days, behold a stunning panorama featuring up to 10 majestic mountain peaks.

Alternatively, immerse yourselves in the natural splendor enveloping the valley. Picture-perfect moments await at McCredie Hot Springs, where you can bask in the serenity of a sunrise amidst lush forest surroundings. Revel in the tranquility of this natural geothermal gem, as my partner and I once did, relishing an hour of uninterrupted bliss.

When it comes to accommodations, treat yourselves to a stay at Youngberg Hill, an enchanting bed and breakfast exuding rustic charm. Delight in delectable two-course breakfasts crafted from locally-sourced ingredients, and unwind in rooms boasting romantic amenities such as jacuzzis and cozy fireplaces.

For an unforgettable experience, plan your visit during the fall harvest season, when the valley is abuzz with activity, offering an ideal backdrop for romantic rendezvous amidst the bounty of nature’s harvest.
Closest Major Airport: Portland International Airport

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