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100 Most Romantic Vacations in the United States You’ll Love

Looking for a romantic getaway for two? Well no matter where you are or what your budget is, this list of romantic vacations in the United States will give you lots of ideas to choose from!

The US has plenty of romantic spots to slip away, and this list includes at least one in every state!

You’re smart to research the perfect destination for you and your partner, too. Based on survey results, couples who travel together have healthier, happier relationships than those that don’t!

With this mega list of 100 awesome US destinations, you can find nice weekend getaways for couples or a week-long luxurious retreat for you and your significant other. From beautiful beaches to rustic mountain spots and hidden getaways, this list has it all!

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Enjoying the views of Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Making it happen: romantic getaways in the United States

First there are a few details to go over. Consider all of these things as you’re planning for your vacation:

  • How long of a vacation will you take?
  • What’s your vacation budget?
  • How much time do you need off work?
  • Will you drive or fly?
  • If you have kids, who can you line up for childcare?

Working through some of these details can be time consuming and not a bunch of fun, but every second you’re away will be worth it!

Okay, enough chatting already. Let’s dive in to the list!

Best romantic vacations in the United States

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Experience the mountains as a couple at the stunning Glacier National Park, Montana

Let’s break this list down by region. I’ll start at the western side of the U.S. and head east. We’ll find hidden gems and bonus spots along the way!

Some of my favorite spots to visit are the underrated destinations in the US, so when you see a location you’re not familiar with, that can only be a good thing!

Also, just a quick note, here. There’s some of these states could be in multiple lists. Just go with the flow, okay? πŸ™‚

Best romantic destinations in California

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View of the La Jolla shore, San Diego, California
  1. Big Sur, Monterey, California
  2. Lake Tahoe, California
  3. San Diego, California
  4. Coronado Island, California
  5. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  6. Napa Valley, California
  7. San Luis Obispo, California

California is a huge state with a lot of incredibly romantic spots. Because of that, I’ve included more locations than any other state.

My favorite spot from the list above is Coronado Island, California. Watching the sunset on the beach in Coronado Island is like no other. The sand has a special mineral in it that literally makes it sparkle like diamonds. It looks so magical!

Stay at the famous Hotel Del Coronado for the best views. Or for a more affordable spot, head a vacation rental in nearby San Diego.

Pacific Northwest: romantic vacations in the US

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Beautiful Mount Rainier in Washington state. Photo credit: Unsplash
  1. Yachats, Oregon
  2. Mount Hood, Oregon
  3. Cannon Beach, Oregon
  4. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
  5. Snoqualmie Falls, Washington
  6. Bear Lake, Idaho
  7. Sun Valley, Idaho

Of all the romantic vacations in the United States, the Pacific Northwest might just surprise you!

Yes, it rains in the Pacific Northwest. A lot. But do you know what that rain gets you? Gorgeous, lush rainforests and bursting waterfalls ready for a couples’ adventure!

My favorite on the list above is Mount Rainier National Park. I love an awesome national park trip, and Mount Rainier is one of the finest you’ll get in the USA!

The forests and coasts of the Pacific Northwest are unmatched landscape in the US. With rugged, raw beauty, you’re going to have an incredibly romantic couples vacation!

Top getaways in the Southwest

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Explore Moab, Utah with your significant other!
  1. Las Vegas, Nevada
  2. Moab, Utah
  3. Park City, Utah
  4. Sedona, Arizona
  5. Taos, New Mexico
  6. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ahhh, the American Southwest. Known for it’s heat, desert scenery and abundance of national parks. It’s a perfect spot for those who love adventure!

I actually have 2 favorites on the list above. I absolutely loved my last couples getaway to Las Vegas, mainly for all the hiking we did in the Red Rocks National Canyon Conservation Area.

And if you have a week for vacation, one of my very favorite romantic vacations for two has got to be Moab, Utah!

Stay in an affordable, private vacation rental and spend your time hiking in Canyonlands National Park and seeing some of mother nature’s best work at Arches National Park.

Best romantic vacations for two in the Western United States

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Enjoying the gorgeous view, Saint Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
  1. Glacier National Park, Montana
  2. Grand Lake, Colorado
  3. Dillon, Colorado
  4. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

So I loooove a good Colorado trip. But my absolute favorite on this short list above is Glacier National Park in Montana. I’m confident it’s one of the most beautiful spots in the entire United States!

It’s a phenomenal spot for couples to get some fresh air and see the Crown of the Continent together. Whether you like hiking or just enjoy beautiful alpine lakes and epic views, there’s plenty of things to do in Glacier National Park for couples.

The best time to visit Glacier NP is July through September for a fully open park, but it’s phenomenal any time of year.

Romantic getaways in the Midwest

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Visit the Old Market in downtown Omaha, Nebraska as a couples vacation
  1. Lake Okoboji, Iowa
  2. Goosbury Falls Park, Two Harbors, Minnesota
  3. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  4. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
  5. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
  6. Lake Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan
  7. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
  8. Medora, North Dakota
  9. Omaha, Nebraska
  10. Milford Lake, Junction City, Kansas
  11. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  12. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
  13. St. Louis, Missouri
  14. Chicago, Illinois
  15. Syracuse, Indiana
  16. Nashville, Indiana
  17. Lake Erie, Ohio
  18. Cuyahoga National Park, Ohio

The Midwest is often considered nothing more than flyover states. But there’s actually a lot of perfect weekend getaways for couples to enjoy some alone time. And bonus – many destinations aren’t packed like other parts of the US, so it can be more private.

I’d highly recommend a Midwest road trip for quality time in the car, and to see multiple destinations. I’ve been to many of the above spots with my husband, but my favorite on the list is Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minneapolis is the big city that’s got friendly Midwestern vibes, and is surprisingly easy to get around. With excellent restaurants, lakes and plenty of other things to do, Minneapolis is always a good time!

While this is just a short list of romantic getaways in the Midwest, this section of the country is often overlooked and there’s so much to do here!

Hidden gems in the US

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Gorgeous Lake Sylvan in Colorado

Just pausing as we make our way across the US for this very important list of special locations. Found across the continent, these hidden gems in the US would make awesome romantic vacations for two!

  1. Seabrook Island, South Carolina
  2. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  3. Big Bend National Park, Texas
  4. Emerald Cave, Arizona
  5. Jekyll Island, Georgia
  6. Great Basin National Park, Nevada
  7. Sylvan Lake, Colorado
  8. Apostle Islands, Wisconsin
  9. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  10. Devil’s Den Spring, Williston, Florida
  11. Dry Tortugas National Park, near Key West, Florida

My favorite of the hidden gems in the US is definitely Sylvan Lake, Colorado. It’s nestled within the Rocky Mountains, it’s part of Sylvan Lake State Park. It’s a stunning lake perfect for a couples getaway.

Reserve your space for two in a cabin or yurt. Hike the nearby trails for incredible views of the lake, or rent a canoe for the day. It’s a beautiful mountain setting that’s far less busy than the more popular spots in Colorado like Estes Park, Aspen or Telluride.

Within this list of romantic vacations in the united states, any of these hidden gems would make for a fabulous trip!

Romantic vacations in the South

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White-sand beaches in Gulf Shores, Alabama
  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Wimberley, Texas
  3. Galveston Island, Texas
  4. Hot Springs, Arkansas
  5. New Orleans, Louisiana
  6. Gulf Shores, Alabama
  7. Charleston, South Carolina
  8. Greenville, South Carolina
  9. Savannah, Georgia
  10. Athens, Georgia
  11. Nashville, Tennessee
  12. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
  13. Asheville, North Carolina
  14. Bardstown, Kentucky

Alright y’all – the South is a fabulous spot for a romantic vacation for two! I’ve been to many cities across the South with my husband, and it’s truly hard to pick a favorite. From popular music spots to beaches, wide open green spaces and cities with historic architecture, there’s never a dull moment in the South!

I’d have to say Austin, Texas is one of the best romantic vacations in the United States. A few years ago my husband and I celebrated an anniversary weekend in Austin and it was fabulous!

We stuffed ourselves with BBQ, enjoyed cocktails in front of live music, went mural hunting and even hit up a few hiking trails! Austin is great time, and one of my favorite romantic vacations in the South.

Best USA vacation spots in the Mid-Atlantic region

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Visit Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains in New York state. Photo credit: Unsplash
  1. Cape May, New Jersey
  2. New York City, New York
  3. Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains, New York
  4. Niagara Falls, New York
  5. Lakeville, Pennsylvania
  6. Hershey, Pennsylvania
  7. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
  8. Tilghman Island, Maryland
  9. Summersville Lake, West Virginia
  10. Snowshoe Village, West Virginia
  11. Irvington, Virginia

The east coast has so many amazing destinations, I wish I could include more on this list!

My favorite destination for this region is Niagara Falls. It’s such a dreamy spot for couples to enjoy! Seeing the rushing water of the falls – and feeling it from the distance – is an incredible sensation! Writing this, I can still feel the mist on my face!

While the falls are beautiful all year round, I’d recommend avoiding it in winter. You’ll want to spend plenty of time outdoors near the falls and temperatures are more tolerable the rest of the year.

By the way – be sure to bring your passports for a trip to the Niagara Falls. You can enjoy the falls from the USA but you’ll et more views if you cross the bridge to Canada.

Romantic getaways in the United States: New England

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Visit the beautiful Acadia National Park as a couple. Photo credit: Unsplash
  1. Portland, Maine
  2. Acadia National Park, Maine
  3. Kennebunkport, Maine
  4. Greenwich, Connecticut
  5. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
  6. Nantucket, Massachusetts
  7. New Castle, New Hampshire
  8. White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
  9. Block Island, Rhode Island
  10. Brattleboro, Vermont
  11. Stowe, Vermont

The east coast and specifically the New England region is a beautiful spot for weekend getaways for couples. Many locations on this list are easy to make a quick weekend trip, or you can opt to spend a bit more time with a longer vacation. And during the fall, a foliage road trip is such a fun, romantic way to spend some time together.

Also see: 26 Beautiful Destinations to Visit in October in the USA

My favorite in New England has got to be Acadia National Park. I love visiting destinations with stunning sights, and Acadia NP certainly has many of them! The sights are beautiful, and so is the wildlife.

Whale watching in Acadia National Park is such a fun thing for couples to enjoy. Take a tour for action up close or catch a glimpse of them from the coast. Seeing the largest living creature on earth flow through the water with ease is truly a sight to see!

Florida’s best weekend getaways for couples

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Catch a romantic sunset view from Key West
  1. Anna Maria Island, Florida
  2. Key Biscayne, Florida
  3. Destin, Florida
  4. Siesta Key, Florida

One of the best romantic vacations in the United States must be Florida! My husband and I have traveled to Florida many times, and perhaps the most memorable of those trips was our road trip from Miami to Key West.

We spent a week in the keys, soaking up all the sunshine and couples time we could get. Relaxing on hammocks with the tropical breeze in our hair…does it get more romantic than that?

One of my favorite parts about Key West is that it’s a 2-wheel town. You can easily get around on a bicycle, scooter or moped. Rent wheels for the day and explore the island!

Romantic vacations for two: bonus locations!

Wait a sec, you didn’t think I forgot about all those other spots that would top off this list of romantic vacations in the United States, did ya? Here are some more spectacular weekend getaways for couples!

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Kauia, Hawaii is one of the most romantic vacations in the United States!
  1. Denali National Park, Alaska
  2. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska
  3. Maui, Hawaii
  4. Kauai, Hawaii
  5. Big Island, Hawaii
  6. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  7. St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

While there are some stunning spots on this bonus list, Kauai, Hawaii is my absolute favorite spot on earth, so of course it’s my favorite here! Kauai is the perfect getaway for couples because it’s a nice mix of relaxation and adventure. I took my 10-year anniversary trip to Kauai and it was perfect!

Have a romantic dinner for two while overlooking the ocean sunset. See stunning waterfalls and snorkel with sea turtles. Spend the day hiking the Kalalau Trail on one of the most prestigious coastlines in the world – the stunning NaPali Coast.

Best 100 romantic vacations in the United States

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Watching the sunset in Kauai, Hawaii, the perfect couples vacation

That’s a wrap! This list of the romantic vacations in the United States was fun to put together, and I hope you’ve found the perfect spot for you and your significant other.

While romance might look a little different for all of us, one thing’s for sure, you’ll have an amazing time during your couples getaway!

Let me know in the comments below where you’re heading. πŸ™‚

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36 Responses

  1. What an awesome in-depth post – 100 state destinations! I really enjoyed reading about all of your most special recommended destinations, hidden gems, and off the beaten path places to see in the U.S. for couple travelers.

    1. Thanks so much, Ashlee! I’m so glad this list was helpful and inspirational. πŸ™‚

    1. Oh awesome, Sarah! Hawaii is incredible – I hope you can make it there soon!

  2. What a great list! Traveling definitely has brought me and my boyfriend closer. I’d love to visit Hawaii together!

  3. This is a great list of romantic places to visit – especially with valentines day coming up. I wouldn’t mind going to some of these myself!

    1. Thanks Krista! I hope you’ve been able to add a few spots to your bucket list πŸ˜‰

  4. Yahacts Oregon is not super well known but so beautiful! I am glad you included in this comprehensive list! All great locations!

    1. Thanks Molly! I definitely tried to include some lesser-known spots. Sometimes those are the most romantic!

  5. What a comprehensive and informative list! I’m from Fla., and I see you’ve included some of the best & lesser-known best destinations…. as a Floridian I approve this message!

  6. I have just added sooo many new places to my US bucket list. THANK YOU! I moved to California a couple of years ago and have been to all of those places except for Coronado Island. I will have to check it out now! Great post!

    1. Oh awesome Alisha! Glad you got some inspiration and added spots near and far πŸ™‚

  7. Thanks so much for this guide! I am planning a road trip through the US on a van and I will definitely check out some of the locations you mentioned! Those photos of the Glacier National Park in Montana are stunning so I’m definitely heading there πŸ™‚

    1. Yay Jules! Glacier NP is one of my all-time favorite destinations. Have a great trip!

  8. People seem to always dream of going abroad for “romantic” destinations, so this was interesting to see some options at home besides Hawaii!

    1. Yes I agree! There’s so many spots right here in the USA that are amazing and romantic. Of course you can travel abroad but it’s nice to know there’s some perfect spots in our own state and country.

  9. These all sound amazing and I don’t think it’s just because we haven’t traveled in ages due to COVID πŸ˜‚ I have been to Cannon Beach, OR several times and can attest that it’s a great romantic getaway. I love the cozy feel of the town and how close the beach is to the hotels.

  10. Quite an extensive list. So much spoiled for choice. Hope one day will be able to visit one of those. My first will be in Hawaii. Thanks for sharing

    1. You’re so welcome, Sasa! Although I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these, Hawaii is the best πŸ˜‰

  11. Great list. So many fun ideas. The Adirondacks in nearly any season are amazing. Thanks for sharing all these places.

  12. This is a great list! With international travel restricted, I’m looking to explore more domestic areas.

  13. As a person who loves USA destinations and loves to travel as a couple, this list is giving me so many ideas!

    1. Yay Franny! So awesome. I’m happy you found inspiration with this list!

  14. This is such an amazing list. So many great spots to choose from. I didn’t realize Omaha, Nebraska had cute spots like that.

  15. Great organization of your list! I like how you separated the places out by region.

    1. Oh thank you! I find it’s helpful based on where you’re traveling from or where you’re wanting to fly into. πŸ™‚

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