Are you looking for a lovely locale for a romantic rendezvous? We understand. In fact, if you’re in the US, you don’t have far to go to enjoy an intimate interaction away from prying eyes. Thus, without further ado, here are 25 of the most romantic places in the United States.
Most Romantic Places In The United States
1. Boston, Massachusetts
If you prefer strolling hand-in-hand with someone special, Boston provides that opportunity. But there are other reasons that make this place ideal for a romantic getaway. You can have a romantic sunset dinner of fresh lobsters at the harbor. You can also have dessert at the popular Parker House restaurant where the Boston Cream Pie was born. Ride a swan boat, and cuddle on the Boston Public Garden bench from the famous film Good Will Hunting.
2. Saranac Lake, New York
The city of Saranac Lake is nestled amidst 46 Adirondack High Peaks. Once you’ve seen the tourist stops in NYC, you can take a romantic road trip to awesome Adirondacks National Park. The best place to stay in Saranac Lake is at the Ampersand Bay Resort.
See the clock tower and beautiful flowers. Take a nighttime walk down the main street past historic buildings and across wooden bridges. The fall foliage here lasts longer than anywhere else in the country.
3. New York City, New York
If you prefer the city, have breakfast at the antique-filled Balthazar’s in SoHo. Walk through Central Park, rent a boat at the boathouse and row around the lake, then eat lunch at the lovely lakeside restaurant. Go ice-skating at wonderful Wolman’s Rink, and have coffee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the rooftop terrace overlooking the park. Finally, see the sunset atop the iconic Empire State Building.
4. New Orleans, Louisiana
The unique architecture in New Orleans can make you feel as if you’re wandering the streets of European cities. The Creole-influenced food also adds a fun, foreign flavor. Stroll through the famous French Quarter and sample some jambalaya, fried oysters, crawfish, beignets, or shrimp po’boys. Artistic types will enjoy seeing the numerous fountains, artwork by local painters, and exploring the bookstores and jazz clubs. Take a riverboat ride on the Mississippi River too.
5. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville’s nightlife and music-themed museums are perfect for music-loving couples. Visit the famous Country Music Hall of Fame or the Johnny Cash Museum. If you’re a rowdy pair, hit the raucous honky-tonks on Broadway.
Calmer couples might prefer the live concert and radio program the Grand Ole Opry. Stroll along the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and take in the view of downtown Nashville. Visit Centennial Park and its impressive replica of the Parthenon too.
6. Savannah, Georgia
Savannah is highlighted by 22 striking town squares, striking antebellum architecture, and an excellent food scene. Stroll through Forsyth Park and down the unofficial “most beautiful street” in the nation–Jones Street. See historic Mercer-Williams House from the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Hold tight to each other on a ghost tour. Explore the Telfair Museum of Art. Splurge on a romantic dinner at The Olde Pink House or The Grey too.
7. Key West, Florida
Key West is the furthest south you can get away from it all without leaving your automobile. Situated 90 miles from Cuba, this reputed tourist destination can still be an exotic, romantic spot. Highlights here include Duval Street, the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum, and the Southernmost Point Buoy and Historic Marker. Sample some Key Lime Pie, visit the Key West Lighthouse for a fun photo op and see the sunset at Malloy Square too.
8. Charleston, South Carolina
Historic, charming Charleston offers couples much to see and do. Start with a historic walking tour. The lovely colors and classic architecture of places such as Rainbow Row will transport you back in time.
If you prefer fun in the sun, this beach-adjacent location includes Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and the exceptional Isle of Palms. Make reservations ahead of time for a romantic dinner at one of the area’s highly-rated restaurants such as FIG.
9. Asheville, North Carolina
If you and your lover disagree on a tete-a-tete in the city or the outdoors, Asheville is one of your best options. City dwellers will love the Biltmore Estate, the exceptional craft beer scene, the street art, and the distinctive dining options. Adventurers will likewise love hiking to Craggy Pinnacle, or taking nature walks in the popular Pisgah National Forest and the great Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well.
10. The North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
Here you will discover memorable small towns, historic lighthouses, wild horses, exceptional eateries, and other popular points of interest. There are the Outer Banks beach towns of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, and Duck. Take a scenic drive on the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. Climb to the very top of Cape Lookout and take in the view. See Atlantic Beach and Beaufort. Dine at Vivian Howard’s Chef and the Farmer restaurant too.
11. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
This charming village is one of California’s best places for a romantic getaway. Carmel offers couples striking, scenic coastlines and secluded, isolated beaches. Once a true artists’ colony, it is now a romantic refuge for couples in search of a relaxing, little beach escape. Have a glass of wine and some cheese on Carmel Beach and see the striking sunset, dine at an award-winning restaurant than spend the night in one of the intimate inns.
12. Park City, Utah
Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Park City is roughly half an hour out of Salt Lake City. More adventurous couples might enjoy such adventurous activities as bobsledding, skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling at the popular Olympic Park. After your adventures in the crisp air, visit one of the spas here, relax and recuperate in a hot tub and then cuddle by the fireplace. In warmer weather, you can go fishing, paddle boarding, ziplining, and hot air ballooning.
13. San Francisco, California
Begin your visit with a romantic moment by the city’s most famous landmark the great Golden Gate Bridge. Picnic under the bridge on Chrissy Field, take a cruise on the bay, visit Treasure island, or go hiking in lovely Lands End State Park. Later, partake of a romantic dinner atop the Top of the Mark restaurant. Other highlights here include the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
14. Lake Tahoe, California, and Nevada
Veteran visitors sometimes refer to this place as a year-round “honeymooners’ paradise.” It is located in the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains on the border of California and Nevada. This place is popular with tourists and famous for both beautiful beaches and ski resorts. Here athletic couples can enjoy balloon rides, cruises, gondola rides, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail. Be sure to see Lake Tahoe’s large namesake lake too.
15. The Oregon Coast, Oregon
The 363 miles of coast features many places for a romantic getaway. See historic Astoria with its waterfront trolley, arts community, and craft breweries. See the seaside at the beach town of Seaside and Cannon Beach with its famous “Haystack Rock.” Other highlights include the Tillamook Cheese Factory, Ecola State Park, and Three Capes Scenic Drive. Catch crabs and cook them up at Kelly’s Brighton Marina then watch the sunset by a beach fire.
16. Catalina Island, California
Looking for a romantic island escape? Catalina or Santa Catalina Island is a rocky, sunny isle situated off the coast in the beautiful Gulf of Santa Catalina. Before things get too “hot and heavy” between you and yours take the guided tour of Avalon, a popular casual food and walking tour. Other activities here include swimming, snorkeling, diving, and wildlife spotting. Need more? Try the zip-lining eco-tour where you will soar 600 feet above sea level.
17. The Pacific Coast Highway, California
Take a fun, romantic road trip on the iconic, picturesque Pacific Coast Highway complete with scenic coastline views, adorable towns, and stunning beaches. Suggested activities include stopping at Morro Bay to see seals sunning and sample saltwater taffy. Hit the beach in Hearst Park and grab a bite in Big Sur. You can also stop in Monterey and Sonoma. Spend a night at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo too.
18. Willamette Valley, Oregon
Located outside of Portland, this place is perfect for an intimate evening by the fire with glasses of the best Pinot Noirs in the world. But first, have breakfast at Community Plate in McMinnville. Take a short drive to experience a popular vertical tasting at Adelsheim. Have lunch at Red Hill Market then try a sparkling wine tasting flight at the renowned Argyle Winery. Dine at Gem Creole and stay at McMenamins Hotel Oregon.
19. Seattle, Washington
Seattle can be romantic to an active couple. There’s so much to do here. You can visit the famous Pike Place Market, see the incredible views from the Space Needle, and even go bungee jumping there. Then take a break at the first Starbucks, before continuing your exploration of the city. Visit the Chihuly Garden and the popular Pop Culture Museum then enjoy a romantic dinner at a restaurant like the famous RockCreek Seafood and Spirits.
20. Denver, Colorado
It’s not a traditional spot for romance, but snow can be peaceful and intimate and not too cold. Enjoy spectacular views from the nearby mountains, and stroll ‘neath the streetlights of lovely Larimer Square. You can also ice skate hand-in-hand at the popular Downtown River Rink and experience couples snow tubing at famous Frisco Adventure Park. Visit Flagstaff Mountain to catch the stunning sunset and don’t miss dinner for two on the Royal Gorge Train.
21. Coronado Island, California
You’ll discover Coronado Island across the Coronado Bridge from sunny San Diego. Enjoy a long walk on Coronado Beach. If you rent a chair from Del Beach Services, they’ll even throw in drink service and a meal.
Visit historic Hotel del Coronado. A quarter of a mile from there you can spot the sunken SS Monte Carlo which is visible during low tide. Consider a romantic dinner for two at one of the hotel’s onsite eateries.
22. Las Vegas, Nevada
“Sin City” is famous for gambling but it can be romantic too. In fact, it’s the only place on the planet that combines elements of Paris, Rome, and Venice. Take an intimate gondola ride in the Venetian/Palazzo hotel. Book an in-room couples massage. Take in the view of the Vegas skyline from the favored High Roller at the Linq. See the city lights from the iconic Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel too.
23. Fredericksburg, Texas
Fredericksburg is reportedly one of Texas Hill Country’s “most popular towns.” While the German heritage of this charming place is already known, it offers couples much more than a bit of history. It is also a great place for antiquing, wine tasting and participating in local festivals such as Oktoberfest.
Veteran visitors recommend exploring Wine Road 290, strolling along Main Street, and sampling delicious German dishes. Feeling athletic? Try hiking around Enchanted Rock.
24. Chicago, Illinois
While one might not immediately consider this city to be a romantic place, there are several different things for couples to do here both indoors and outdoors. Indoor options include seeing a play, catching a comedy show, going to a jazz club, or exploring one of the well-known museums. Outdoor options include visiting Millennium Park, where you can see Cloud Gate, a.k.a. The Bean, strolling the Chicago Riverwalk, or taking an architecture river cruise.
25. Honolulu, Hawaii
This capital city is the home of famous Waikiki Beach. You must go there one evening to see the pink-orange sunset there. Reserve a table at one of the hotels on the beach and enjoy dinner and drinks as you experience the event. If you’re feeling energetic, this is a great place to learn how to surf. Cruise the scenic Tantalus Highway, visit the village of Haleiwa, and don’t leave without some Keeaumoku Seafood either.