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7 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.

Searching for the most romantic places in America for your couples getaway? From cuddling up in cozy mountain B&Bs to relaxing on the beach while watching the sunset, these seven romantic U.S. cities have everything you and your partner need for a love-filled weekend!

  • Aspen, CO
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Charleston, SC
  • Nantucket, MA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Park City, UT
  • Savannah, GA

Aspen, CO

Snow falling down on big trees and sidewalk in Aspen, CO. Photo by Instagram user @hotelaspen
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No matter the season, Aspen is a top-notch option for romantic weekends! This Colorado mountain city is a well-known winter paradise for people who love skiing and drinking hot chocolate by the fire inside mountain lodges, but it’s also a great destination in the warmer months for excellent views, outdoor recreation, and strolling through the town. If you’re looking for a luxurious place to spend a couples vacation, book a room at The St. Regis Aspen Resort to relax in the spa or take dip in the heated pool or cozy up in a European-inspired bed and breakfast lodge at the Annabelle Inn.

Romantic Things to Do in Aspen

Soar above the Rocky Mountains with a private hot air balloon experience available year-round—or attend the Snowmass Balloon Festival in the fall, where you can watch balloon launches while enjoying a hard cider. Take a snowmobile or hike the trails to Maroon Bells to discover breathtaking views of wine-colored peaks. Get tickets to Ullr Nights during the winter for a nighttime wonderland of live music and snuggling by the campfire with s’mores. Take your taste buds on an adventure with libations from accomplished winemakers and delicious food samples from celebrity chefs at the Food & Wine Classic in June. Or make reservations for a snowcat to take you up the mountain for a romantic dinner at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, where you can indulge in a four-course meal and the finest wines.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Grassy cliff near water on a sunny day. Photo by Instagram user @lunalover11
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Known for its fairytale cottage-style architecture and breathtaking beaches, Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of the most romantic destinations in America! Located just off the Monterey Peninsula, this California beach city gives couples their own little slice of Pacific Coast paradise with quaint cafes, wine tasting rooms, picturesque hiking trails, and lots of secret romantic courtyards and passageways to explore. And if you want to spend a quiet evening in rather than going out, just order a bottle of champagne and room service at one of the area’s charming hotels or inns like La Playa Carmel and Tradewinds Carmel.

Romantic Things to Do in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Pack a picnic and take a romantic stroll along Carmel Beach at sunset. Walk through the adorable Picadilly Park, where you can relax in the shade or bask in the sun. Take a guided tour of California poet Robinson Jeffers’ home Tor House, which offers a colorful garden and incredible views of the ocean. Enjoy a margarita or a glass of wine with some appetizers on the outdoor patio at Hog’s Breath Inn. Sample over 100 different wines, taste small bites from local chefs, and enjoy live music at the Winemakers’ Celebration. Unwind with a couples massage at Kush Day Spa. Grab some Sea Salt Caramels, Chardonnay Caramels, or Bordeaux Fudge for a little dessert from Cottage of Sweets. Or pick up tickets to a symphony performance, comedy show, or musical at the Sunset Center.

Charleston, SC

Cobblestone street shaded by trees in Charleston, SC. Photo by Instagram user @elizabethrosemessina
Photo via @elizabethrosemessina

Looking for one of the most romantic cities in U.S. for a couples vacation? Travel to Charleston! Ranked as one of the world’s most romantic places, this South Carolina city has everything you could want for a picture-perfect getaway with your significant other. Immerse yourselves in elegant art galleries and museums, get acquainted with Southern comfort food and libations, or wind down with sunset cruises and spa treatments. Hotels in Charleston are just as diverse as the attractions, too, with everything from beach resorts and cottages to historic inns and luxury bed and breakfasts!

Romantic Things to Do in Charleston

Spend the day lounging on a blanket and watching the waves roll in at Sullivans Island, or head out on the water for romantic Moonlight Sail aboard the Schooner Pride. Walk through the butterfly house, see where movies like The Notebook were filmed, or take a torchlit boat ride through the swamp at Cypress Gardens. Go on a brewery tour, dance to live music, and enjoy a Bearded Tiger Cream Ale and Poutine at Rusty Bull Brewing. Make a reservation with Palmetto Carriage Works for an intimate carriage ride through Downtown Charleston. Experience full-body relaxation and rejuvenation at The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place. Take your skills to the next level with a cooking class from talented Michelin chefs at Zero George Cooking School. Or sip on glasses of champagne and share a slice of 12-layer coconut cake in a courtyard surrounded by lanterns at Peninsula Grill.

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Nantucket, MA

Sandy beach and pink sunset in Nantucket, MA. Photo by Instagram user @jessicajenkinsphotography
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If you’re dreaming of a secluded romantic weekend away full of relaxing on the beach, dining on fresh seafood, and browsing through one-of-kind-boutiques, then book a trip to Nantucket! With its cobblestone streets, quaint coastal cottages, and gorgeous lighthouses on sandy beaches, this island off the coast of Massachusetts looks like something straight out of a New England postcard. Stay at one of the whimsical hotels, cottages, or B&Bs in Nantucket to rest up, and be sure to sneak in a quick visit to Martha’s Vineyard—you can just take the ferry over for the afternoon and come back!

Romantic Things to Do in Nantucket

Rent a bike for two at Young’s Bicycle Shop and head to Jetties Beach for a relaxing swim or to look for sea glass. Hit the water and go on a sailing excursion or cross “learn to surf” off your bucket list with your partner at Nantucket Island Surf School. Watch humpbacks whales soar out of the water by day or go on a romantic sunset cruise at night with Shearwater Excursions. Explore the beautiful Greek Revival mansion and Victorian garden at the historic Hadwen House. Make your way out to Brant Point Lighthouse for great views of the island and the Nantucket Sound. Head to Cisco Brewers Nantucket for a vineyard, brewery, or distillery tour and stay for live music and eats from food trucks. Or take a scenic stroll down Sconset Bluff Walk to see cottages adorned in bright-colored flowers.

New Orleans, LA

Horse-drawn carriages in front of white cathedral in New Orleans. Photo by Instagram user @gettingstamped
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From its lamp-lit sidewalks and street musicians to its lively cafes and moody lounges, it’s no surprise that New Orleans is one of the best romantic getaway destinations in America. Spend your days relaxing in one of the many spas, taking a cooking class, or going on a carriage ride to see the Big Easy’s amazing architecture—and fill your nights with drinking wine on outdoor patios, dancing under the stars, or taking sunset strolls through the local squares. Stay in the French Quarter at luxurious spots like Hotel Provincial and Hotel Monteleone, where you’ll be right in the heart of everything New Orleans!

Romantic Things to Do in New Orleans

Take a spin on the carousel, stop and smell the flowers at the New Orleans Botanical Garden, or take gondola ride on the lake at City Park. Get tickets to local and international performances—from classical to funk—at the Orpheum Theater. Get your fill of live music, bourbon, beer, and mouth-watering boudin at the Boudin, Bourbon & Beer Festival in November. Stroll down the French Quarter and stop into the famous Cafe Du Monde for a beignet or view colorful costumes at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture. Learn how to cook Cajun and Creole dishes like gumbo and pralines during a night out at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Board the Steamboat Natchez to enjoy a delicious moonlit dinner and live music on the water. Or sip on a Nat King Cole cocktail and listen to smooth jazz at The Jazz Playhouse.

Park City, UT

Two people walking through brick buildings draped in lights in Park City. Photo by Instagram user @joethommas
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Thanks to its scenic views, lavish cabins, luxury resorts, and more, Park City has become one of the best romantic places for couples in the U.S. The snowcapped mountains in this popular Utah ski town create a breathtaking backdrop for getting cozy by the fire at the Black Diamond Lodge, and the red foliage in the fall is the perfect setting for hitting the trails on horseback. And, of course, restaurants like Handle and Riverhorse on Main are sure to have you experiencing incredibly romantic date nights!

Romantic Things to Do in Park City

Head to Deer Valley Resort for top-notch skiing in the winter or horseback riding in the summer. Pop a bottle of champagne as you float over the city with Park City Balloon Adventures. Hop in the car and take a scenic drive on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway or Bridal Veil Falls Trail to see lakes, waterfalls, and mountains. Catch a musical performance or concert at the historic Egyptian Theatre Company. Soak in copper tubs, get an exfoliation couples massage, or get facials at Spa Montage Deer Valley. Make a custom and personalized gin with your significant other at Alpine Distilling. Snag a lunch reservation at Lookout Cabin for comfort food, specialty cocktails, and excellent views of the mountains. Or partake in a one-of-a-kind experience with a sleigh ride and six-course Nordic dinner at The Viking Yurt.

Savannah, GA

Pink flowers next to tree in front of white house. Photo by Instagram user @lavinlabel
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Not only is Savannah known for its rich Southern history and hauntingly beautiful trees, but it’s also one of the top romantic cities in America! Everywhere you look, you’ll find horse-drawn carriages roaming the streets, Southern hospitality, fun shops to explore, and tons of restaurants for quiet, intimate evening with your partner. And when you’re ready to relax, you can stay at one of Savannah’s many hotels and inns like the romantic Hamilton-Turner Inn, which has 17 rooms each with their own whimsical features like French doors and claw-foot tubs.

Romantic Things to Do in Savannah

Have a picnic under a shady tree, take a walk around the 150-year-old fountain, or listen to live music in the amphitheater at Forsyth Park. Head to Chippewa Square to catch a play or walk the trails to see the bench where the opening scene of Forrest Gump was filmed. Stop to smell roses while strolling through 12 different gardens at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Get your heart pumping with a private carriage ride ghost tour. Venture to Tybee Island to watch the sunset on the pier or take a dolphin cruise. Board the Georgia Queen for the seasonal Valentine’s Day dinner cruise or for brunch. Or cozy up in the basement bar at The Olde Pink House with a Pink Lady cocktail and Oysters on the Half Shell.

Looking for other cool travel destinations around the U.S.? Explore the best Halloween towns in October or get in the holiday spirit at one of the best Christmas towns in December!

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