1. Maui, Hawaii
There is nothing like Hawaii for a romantic vacation for couples. Maui never fails to impress visitors with its magnificent beaches and coastline bordered by thick rainforests, ocean caves, craggy cliffs, and waterfalls. Take a chopper for an unparalleled bird’s-eye view of Hawaii’s terrain, snorkel in Honolua Bay or around Molokini, sneak a kiss while admiring the turquoise Pacific Ocean. You can unwind in the sun at Makena Beach State Park or spend a day at Waianapanapa State Park.
If walking hand-in-hand through some of Miami’s best vacation spots is your ideal romantic date, Miami has picture-perfect beaches to choose from. A trip to Miami is essentially two holidays in one: an exotic beach getaway and a metropolitan getaway with classic art deco buildings and a pulsing nightlife.
3. Santa Fe, New Mexico
With a distinctive architectural style of low-slung, earth-coloured adobe buildings found nowhere else in the country, New Mexico’s capital is idyllic in all seasons. Santa Fe comes alive with lilacs and forsythias in the spring, lanterns adorn rooftops and the smell of burning piñon wood fills the air in the winter. Warmer months bring al fresco dining at top-notch restaurants serving authentic Southwestern fare, as well as outdoor festivals, and markets selling folk art.
Take a stroll through the Downtown Plaza and side streets, stopping at Chapel Loretto to admire its mysterious spiral staircase. Choose from art galleries on Canyon Road, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, boasting the largest collection of her Southwestern-inspired landscapes. A short drive from downtown, you can get in touch with your inner child at the Meow Wolf immersive art exhibition.
4. New York, New York
Sleepless in Seattle made the top of the Empire State Building a must-visit for couples, and it’s one of the most romantic spots in New York. The city that never sleeps has so much to offer. Serenade your sweetheart in a rowboat on Central Park Lake surrounded by stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, catch a Broadway show, enjoy a delicious meal at a gourmet restaurant, and end the evening holding hands under the stars of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.
In the winter, there’s no better place to visit than New York for the holiday lights and decorated storefronts. Ice skate at Wollman Rink on the East Side of Central Park to the tune of festive songs and then share a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3 just a few blocks away.
5. Fredericksburg, Texas
Fredericksburg is a lovely German enclave in the heart of Central Texas, making it one of the most romantic destinations in the US.
The town has not only great wine tasting rooms but the region is packed with award-winning wineries, more precisely along the famous Wine Trail. (And it also happens to be a great fall destination in the US too.)
There is nothing more romantic than marvelling at the Texas Wine Country’s sweeping landscapes over a glass of wine with your significant other. Yes, this is a unique romantic getaway in Texas!
Beyond that, there are many things to do in Fredericksburg and get to know the history of such a special place.
If you both prefer to stay not where all the action takes place, but rather in a secluded area, where you can sip wine and stargaze together, you might consider one of the many romantic cabins in Fredericksburg–including many cabins with a hot tub, perfect to heat any couples’ getaway.
6. Savannah, Georgia
With its draping Spanish moss, beautiful squares, and charming architecture, Savannah is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway in the United States.
Plan on spending at least 3 days in Savannah to experience the city’s best.
Savannah’s Historic District is the perfect place for a romantic stroll, admiring the beautiful mansions and historic squares before having a picnic lunch at Forsyth Park.
The best part of exploring the Historic District? You can grab a to-go alcoholic beverage to enjoy during your walk! For a romantic dinner date, make reservations at The Olde Pink House, one of the city’s best restaurants.
Arrive a bit early for your reservation to grab cocktails from the downstairs bar (the Pink Lady is fantastic) before heading upstairs for a delicious dinner of Southern staples, including fried chicken and collard greens.
After dinner, it’s time for an unconventional romantic activity: a ghost tour.
Savannah is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the country, and one of the many ghost tours in town will take you along to some of the most haunted spots (and you can cosy up to your partner if you get too scared).
7. Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC offers an array of adventures, ranging from wine tasting escapes to stress-busting walks to Lake House getaways with your love. You can spend your holiday reading by the sea and hiking mountains in Shenandoah National Park or visiting a Civil War battlefield. With a thriving local wine and beer industry, there are more reasons than ever to get out of your rut. You can go to the world-famous Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
8. Mount Desert, Maine
This picture-perfect romantic vacation spot is brimming with coastal New England charm. This vast region of New England is best known for its pristine Acadia National Park. Fill your romance with adventure day trips by taking a trail hike on Cadillac Mountain and getting a glimpse of distant Canadian Nova Scotia and the Porcupine Islands.
9. Napa Valley, CA
Majestic, lush landscapes, glorious weather, fantastic dining and the country’s best wineries make Napa Valley not only one of the most romantic getaways in America but the world over. Whether you’re looking for a scenic bike tour or just want to spend the day relaxing at a 5-star spa, this Northern California destination is perfect for anniversaries, honeymoons or just some couple-time.
10. Molokai, Hawaii
Molokai is unlike any other Hawaiian island: the pace is slower, the buildings are shorter than the coconut trees, and there are no mega-resorts or luau parties. Known as the “Friendly Isle,” it is ideal for experiencing authentic Hawaii.
Combine culture with adventure on a hike through Halawa Valley to one of its cascading waterfalls, guided by one of the descendants of the original inhabitants of this lush paradise. Stay at the Hotel Molokai, situated on a peaceful stretch of palm-fringed beach.
Share giant, hot sweet bread spread with cinnamon, butter, or strawberry cream cheese. Burn off those calories by canoeing in the calm waters abounding with sea turtles. Show your love for your partner by picking your plumerias at the Molokai Plumeria Farm and stringing them together for a lei.