| Hayley Matthews • 2/02/15
Paris, Fiji, Venice — couples usually think of these places when they want to plan a romantic getaway. But let’s think outside the traveling box, shall we?
Not only does the U.S. have baseball, apple pie and George Clooney, but this great country also has a lot of romantic cities — and more than just the ones you’d expect!
We scoured the web (as well as a map) and found the 17 most romantic destinations in the U.S., and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this list couldn’t have come any sooner.
- Sedona, Arizona
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway that’s far from ordinary, Sedona, Arizona is the place for you. With hot air balloon rides, the Annual Moonlight Madness Street Festival and spas galore, this city has everything couples could ever want.
With hot air balloon rides and spas galore, Sedona has everything couples could ever want.
- Taos, New Mexico
It might be the skiing that brings you to Taos, New Mexico, but it’s the hot springs that will make you stay. Spend the morning hitting the slopes, and then spend the afternoon rejuvenating at one of the many spas, like Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa.
It might be the skiing that brings you to Taos, but it’s the hot springs that will make you stay.
When it comes to romantic getaways, the city of Taos proves it doesn’t get any better than this.
- South Padre Island, Texas
South Padre Island is known as the “Sand Capital of Texas.”
- Mackinac Island, Michigan
Romance doesn’t get more adorable than in Mackinac Island.
- Kauai, Hawaii
Of all the islands that make up the Aloha State, Kauai has won our hearts.
From luxurious oceanfront luaus to breathtaking helicopter tours to mouthwatering shaved ice, this tropical city will have couples feeling giddy.
- Kodiak Island, Alaska
Who says you have to go to a tropical destination to find romance? Not us!
Kodiak Island has what couples are looking to reignite the spark.
Take your relationship to the next level by hiking the North End Trails on Near Island, golfing at Bear Valley Golf Course or climbing Barometer Mountain. This adventurous city will have you two Eskimo kissing in no time!
- Hatteras Island, North Carolina
Blending the ruggedness of camping with the extravagance of a resort, Hatteras Island the amazing.
- Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Seventy miles in length and more than 500 miles of coastline, this Massachusetts city is subdivided into four gorgeous regions: Upper-Cape, Mid-Cape, Lower-Cape and Outer-Cape, giving couples plenty of places to explore.
Cape Cod won’t have you saying “there’s no place like home.”
Whether you’re taking it easy at a seaside bed and breakfast like Aunt Sukies or looking for your white whale on a deep sea fishing trip, you can’t go wrong with Cape Cod and the thousands of activities!
- Camden, Maine
If Maine doesn’t cross your mind when you think of a romantic getaway, it should! For starters, just look at that picture.
From the Rockland Breakwater to the Camden Opera House, Camden will not disappoint.
- Waitsfield, Vermont
For snow bunnies, Waitsfield is the place to get your romance on.
- St. Simons Island, Georgia
What’s better than good food, great weather and Southern charm?
- Beaver Creek, Colorado
Nestled in the middle of Beaver Creek Mountain, Beaver Creek is the perfect place for couples looking to cozy up for a weekend. In this Colorado treasure, you can enjoy all the ice skating, tubing and snowshoe racing you want, and be sure to finish the night with hot cocoa.
In this Colorado treasure, enjoy all the ice skating and snowshoe racing you want.
- Islamorada Village, Florida
Made up of six islands (Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key) and known as the “Sportfishing Capital of the World,” Islamorada takes romance to the next level.
Islamorada takes romance to the next level.
- Savannah, Georgia
Georgia strikes again!
Savannah may be the oldest city in Georgia, but that just adds to its romantic charm! From Tybee Island to River Street to the Historic District, everywhere you turn there’s a place for lovebirds to get that spark going.
Savannah may be the oldest city in Georgia, but that just adds to its romantic charm.
- Aspen, Colorado
“I’ll tell you where. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.” — Lloyd Christmas
I’ll tell you where. Someplace warm. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.
If you’re a “Dumb and Dumber” fan, then Colorado is serving you some romance with this great city.
Do what Lloyd, Harry and Mary would do — just avoid sticking your tongue on any frozen ski lifts.
- Monterey, California
With the motto “grab life by the moment,” Monterey is as fun as it is beautiful. This California oasis is particularly great for you lovers of art, history and marine life.
With the motto “grab life by the moment,” Monterey is as fun as it is beautiful.
- Napa Valley, California
With wine tours, cycling trails, wine tastings, spa treatments, wine trains, culinary classes — did I mention wine? — it only made sense that Napa Valley would get the #1 slot on our list.
With wine, cycling and resorts, Napa Valley is #1.
So let’s toast to a happy relationship and a happy life, as well as all that Napa has to offer!
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