9 Top Romantic US Destinations for Couples

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The following is a guest post by Kalyn Franke, a USA travel junkie who writes all about her adventures, at All-American Atlas. From Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Cheyenne, Wyoming, she enjoys the roads less traveled in America and the down home diners you find along the way. 

Traveling with the one you love is one of life’s greatest pleasures. You get to spend quality time together as well as explore a new destination. While most European cities like Paris and Rome are known for their romantic vibe, it’s not always possible to hop on a plane to spend some time away with your significant other. Fortunately, there’s plenty of romantic places to visit in the USA. From California to Massachusetts, there are a wide variety of destinations in the US that are perfect for your next romantic getaway. Here are some of the best to keep the spark alive.

1. San Francisco

California has an endless amount of romantic cities and San Francisco is no exception. There’s a reason why most romantic comedies are based here. It’s a beautiful city and the perfect place for couples to fall even more in love. It is home to many award-winning restaurants and stunning scenery.

Start your day by drinking coffee in a North Beach Cafe and then head over to Mission Dolores Park for a picnic or a nice bike ride. End your day by watching the sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge. If you’re looking for activities away from the city, the Bay Area’s beaches and wine country are just as promising.

Romantic Places in the USA - Golden Gate Bridge

2. Charleston

Filled with southern charm and beautiful cobblestone streets, it’s no wonder why Charleston is one of the most romantic cities in the US. Take a carriage ride through the historic district where you’ll see colorful townhouses and stately buildings, or if your idea of romance is listening to ghost stories then head out after the sun sets to check out the haunted graveyards.

As far as places to stay, book a room at the Wentworth Mansion for a getaway you will never forget. This historic mansion is popular among celebrities and features large guest rooms with crystal chandeliers. For those who love fine dining, take a stroll over to Circa 1886 for a romantic dinner.

Romantic Places in the USA - Charleston Street at dusk

3. Key West

Reconnect with the one you love in the southernmost part of Florida, where nearly 20% of visitors participate in vow renewal while visiting. Viewing the breathtaking sunsets, taking a long walk on the beach, and going for a bicycle ride around Olde Town are just a few of the romantic things couples enjoying doing while vacationing here.

For those into literature, take a tour of Ernest Hemmingway’s home which includes stunning scenery and gardens. If you’re more of an adventurous couple, nothing beats setting sail off the shores of Key West. It’s a destination like no other and proof that you can have the perfect romantic vacation while traveling in America.

Romantic Places in the USA - Sunset and boat at Key West

4. New Orleans

Is there anything more romantic than Victorian architecture and the sound of jazz flowing through the streets? New Orleans may have a wild reputation but beyond Bourbon Street and the yearly Mardi Gras celebrations, you’ll find a very charming and romantic city.

The Big Easy is filled with history as well as some of the best restaurants in the country. Enjoy dinner on a steamboat cruise down the Mississippi River while seeing some of the best views of the city.

Some other activities for you and that special someone could include a stroll around the French Quarter or catching a live jazz show. But before you leave, make sure to stop by Cafe Du Monde for their famous beignets.

Romantic Places in the USA - Street with performers in New Orleans

5. Savannah Georgia

As the oldest city in Georgia, Savannah is a beautiful destination that combines the history of New Orleans with the southern charm of Charleston. A getaway to Savannah should include the finer things in life at a slower pace. Take a stroll through the tree-lined pathways at Chippewa Square or watch the sunset at Tybee Island.

History buffs can take a tour of The Wormsloe Historic Site while foodies can enjoy a meal at Vic’s while overlooking the Savannah River. End the night with a romantic drink at the Olde Pink House while enjoying live music. Whether you’re into food, drinks, or history, Savannah offers something for just about every couple.

Romantic Places in the USA - Tree Lined driveway Savannah

6. Chicago

Chicago is one of the largest cities in the US but did you know it is also one of the most romantic? With an endless list of amazing restaurants and some of the best museums in the country, it’s easy to see why.

Take a walk along the shores of Lake Michigan with Chicago’s stunning skyline just behind you or climb to the top of Willis Tower where you can scan four different states at once – Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

For a unique and moving experience, have dinner at the intimate Goosefoot restaurant followed by a show at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Just make sure to visit during the summer months if you want to avoid the cold temperatures.

Romantic Places in the USA - Chicago Skyline

7. Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii is as exotic as it gets without needing to leave the country. The island of Oahu is known as the “Heart of Hawaii” and has been made famous by TV shows like Gilligan’s Island and Hawaii 5.0.

If you’re looking to do more than just go to a luau then this island is the perfect Hawaiian destination for you. During the day couples can enjoy a luxury spa treatment at the Moana Lani Spa which features gentle rain massages with island essences. For an evening you’ll never forget, head over to Azure Restaurant for a dinner on an enclosed beachfront cabana surrounded by candles and pillows.

Other romantic activities include Waikiki Beach, riding horses at Turtle Bay Resort, or taking a helicopter tour of the island.

Romantic Places in the USA - Couple on rock kissing at sunset

8. Aspen, Colorado

Whether you decide to visit in the warmer or colder months, Aspen is the perfect choice for any outdoorsy couple. In the winter, take advantage of the Aspen Snowmass which includes four different mountains for skiing. Stay at the W Hotel which features unique rooms and has the only year-round rooftop venue that stares directly at the mountain.

Get closer to your beau and also the clouds with a hot air balloon ride over the mountains. Most trips often include a champagne brunch, flowers, and chocolate-covered strawberries.

If you’re a highly adventurous couple, consider white water rafting. There are multiple options available ranging from a beginner’s journey to something that is much more adrenaline-filled. If you’re visiting off-season, there’s plenty of wildflower fields to explore while hiking.

Romantic Places in the USA - Mountains in Colorado

9. Matha’s Vineyard

Located just six miles off the coast of Cape Cod, the popular island of Martha’s Vineyard is only accessible by boat or air. But once you arrive you may never want to leave.

Most of the hotel options on the island are rustic and laid back but if you’re looking to splurge you can book a deluxe suite located in the Captain’s Cottage at the Harbor View Hotel. It offers glimpses of the ocean and the Edgartown Lighthouse.

Adventure out for a hike at the 211-acre Menemsha Hills nature reserve. Climb to the top of Prospect Hill for a stunning view of the Aquinnah Cliffs.

As far as food goes, there’s no shortage of seafood on the island. One of the best restaurants on the Vineyard is Sweet Life Cafe which is set in a beautiful Victorian townhouse. Escape from reality for a while and just enjoy the calmness of Martha’s Vineyard.

Romantic Places in the USA - Couple watching sunset

These 9 destinations are some of the best romantic places to visit in the USA, although of course there are many more! 

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