Every couple needs some time away to themselves. Whether you’ve been together for forty years, six months, or you’re just starting out with someone new, these best romantic vacations should help you plan a couples’ getaway that your significant other will adore.
Romantic Getaways You’ll Swoon Over
Below we’ve rounded up 20 best romantic vacations across the USA we’d love to be whisked off to. Some spots have big-city bustle, others are quaint little backwaters where nature takes center stage. We assure you that each and every one would make an excellent choice for a couples’ getaway.
If you’d rather not be disturbed by hotel guests on all sides, try a cozy vacation rental for a bit of peace. Make leisurely breakfasts in your own private kitchen, enjoy your own living and dining space, and give your romantic adventure a homely feel. And once you decide on a destination, you can book all your tours, activities, and attractions right on TripAdvisor, too. Plus, our new 24-hour cancellation policy means you can pre-book before arriving, but still have the flexibility to cancel if your itinerary changes.
Tell your other half to relax—you’ve got this romantic getaway covered.
“OMG…I didn’t even know that I wanted to do this but I’m so glad we did! It’s an amazing experience and not scary at all! If you can fit this into your schedule it’s a must do. The champagne brunch after is spectacular as well. Worth every penny!” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Set in one of the most famous wine regions in the world, Napa offers some old-world charm. There’s the architecture, the riverfront prom, the pleasant market, and the vintage railway that takes visitors off to the wineries. There are also several fine dining options—a must for a good romantic getaway—for that special celebratory meal out. Get the lowdown on those famous local wines on a Napa Valley tour, which includes a trip to several wineries and a picnic lunch.
When it comes to finding a great place to stay in Napa, one TripAdvisor Reviewer stated this about their rental property: “What a find. A nice old house, updated and well furnished, located in the heart of Old Napa and close to everything. The interior was elegant, yet casual.”
If you like your country love songs you’ll be in heaven here, as you’ll be able to pick a different music venue each night. In the daytime, choose a romantic cruise around one of Branson’s glorious lakes. There are also plenty of stores to browse, gourmet lunch spots, and peaceful courses for early morning rounds of golf. Join a half-day driving tour of Branson and get to know the sights with a guide or sample Branson’s local flavors on a tasty food and drink tour.
This scenic desert town is surrounded by striking red rocks and lush pine forests. In its city center, you’ll find an artsy community with a New Age feel. We recommend packing up a picnic for two and savoring it in Red Rock State Park, maybe with a bottle of local Verde Valley wine. Many claim that Sedona has the best sunrises and sunsets in the country—so make sure your camera is ready on this romantic getaway. You’ll need your camera again on a scenic driving tour through the painted desert and into Antelope Canyon, followed by a guided hike around the magnificent the sandstone cliff faces.
Expect some a warm small-town welcome in Maggie Valley, one of the nation’s best romantic vacations that you may not have thought of. By day, follow the Deep Creek Trail and wander past magical waterfalls. By night, you can choose a restful evening back at the rental or head out for live music and dancing with the locals.
“We loved this accommodation! It was at the end of a very attractive and historic street in Savannah… Though the building was old, the apartment was modern and well furnished.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Surely the best romantic getaways begin with a horse-drawn carriage ride, right? That’s one way of touring the picturesque cobblestone streets of Savannah. You can also take a walking tour with Cool Savannah Tours or enjoy a riverboat cruise. Dine in true southern style at Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar or take in the waterside views at Tubby’s Seafood River Street.
Galloping wild ponies, unbeatable beach sunsets…Chincoteague looks like a commercial for the ultimate couples’ getaway. The beaches here are clean and quiet, the surroundings are idyllic, and wildlife fans will be in seventh heaven.
A hidden gem of sorts when it comes to romantic getaways, Beaufort boasts charm in spades. Kayaking in the Rachel Carson Reserve, cycling along the Crystal Coast, gazing at the elegant waterfront homes, or bobbing along the shoreline on a gentle water cruise—that’s Beaufort at its romantic best.
This port city is certainly easy on the eye, with its historic buildings, pretty gardens, peaceful beaches, and its charming market packed with mementoes to take home. You can even take a couples’ cookery class at the Zero George Cooking School. For something a little different, join a cruise over to Morris Island to hunt for shells and sharks’ teeth.
This Long Island village retains its quaint, small-town feel but has a vibrancy fed by its increasingly genteel wine and food scene. Pick up your gourmet hot chocolates and enjoy those stunning bay views with your special someone. With plenty of cozy rentals to choose from, this is one couples’ getaway that could include a lot of indoors time.
“We found the house to be very conveniently located in the historic district; we walked to all sites and there are many restaurants and shops close by.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
There’s a vibrant arts and culture scene in Annapolis, as well as plenty of water sports for active types to try out. Why not charter a boat and set sail into the sunset with a romantic dinner of famous local blue crab aboard? Continue the taste tour with a mouth-watering seafood excursion around Annapolis or see the main landmarks and hear about the history of the area on a small-group tour by electric vehicle.
With its coastal cliffs, towering Redwoods, art galleries, and intimate restaurants, Mendocino is a classy choice for a romantic vacation. Spend a day hiking or chugging through forests on the old-fashioned Skunk Train, then round it all off with a romantic dinner served with local wines—before retreating to your cozy cabin rental.
Just 20 miles south of the heady buzz of Nashville is a top romantic getaway going under the radar: Franklin. Residents here are proud of their well-maintained Main Street, with plenty of lunch stops and independent local boutiques. In the evening, try a cozy meal for two at Wild Ginger or Cork & Cow. Turn up the romance with a private hot air balloon ride offering incredible views over the surrounding area.
“The house had absolutely everything we needed and then some. It was clean, comfortable, and cozy. A short drive into town, it was close to everything but far enough away to feel relaxing and quiet.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
This utterly charming village is perched on the northern tip of Skaneateles Lake. Take your significant other to the pier to absorb the water views—or just peer out the window of your rental property—then join a sampling session at the White Birch Wine Tasting Room.
This “historic city by the sea” has a lively waterfront and more of those romantic horse-drawn carriages waiting to show you around (those seem to be a theme in Georgia). This happens to be the world shrimp capital—give it a go yourself aboard the Lady Jane. Brunswick also makes a perfect couples’ getaway for also exploring the beautiful sandy beaches of the Golden Isles, the four surrounding barrier islands.
“This was my second time staying here and it was just as great as I remembered. Private and secure on a quiet cul-de-sac, great amenities, stunning mountain views, beautiful fly-bys of colorful hot air balloons on the weekends.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
The largest city in New Mexico offers sunshine most days of the year, awe-inspiring desert vistas, preserved native traditions, and flavorsome local cuisine. For the very best views of the desert, soar up, up, and away on a romantic hot air balloon ride. You can get a flavor of the city’s past and present on a full-day guided driving tour of Albuquerque and surrounds. TV fans should book their places on Walter White’s RV for a Breaking Bad tour of filming locations used in the hit series.
This Rhode Island city is home to prestigious Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and the 18th-century John Brown House Museum, making it one of the best romantic vacations for architectural and history buffs alike. Discover it on foot or take a gentler route with a cruise around the waterways, courtesy of the Providence River Boat Company.
“The owner was very attentive and all amenities were as described. The location couldn’t have been better, centralized and close to all popular hot spots.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
This ski paradise also makes an incredibly romantic setting for a couples’ getaway. The horse and carriage rides and stunning mountain views are a hit with honeymooners—particularly the energetic ones, who come for the paragliding and white-water rafting in the summer or the skiing and boarding in the winter. You can also ride the Silver Queen Gondola to the summit of Aspen Mountain or take a special cooking course for couples at the Aspen Cooking School. If you’re booking a romantic Aspen rental for a ski getaway, you can pre-order your equipment and have it delivered to your door.
This welcoming windsurfing hub attracts plenty of sporty visitors who love to get out and enjoy the Columbia River and its waterfront hiking trails. Hood River is also famous for its bountiful fruit trees and agriculture—leading to great wineries and a fantastic farm-to-table dining scene that’s just perfect for a getaway à deux.
This is one for the bird watchers, with plenty of species to spot at the Walla Walla River Delta. Cycle along the rural roads to take in the rolling farmland views and dip into the exciting wine and food scene in this friendly community—try a tasting or two with Black Tie Wine Tours.
Jackson rounds out our list of best romantic vacations in America, and for good reason. It offers a feel of the old Wild West and superlative views, making it a popular honeymooning haven. Try soaring hot air balloon flights, horse rides, romantic waterfall hikes, and fine dining along with strong local cocktails. You can indulge your love of wildlife together on a safari tour of Grand Teton National Park and spot moose, bison, and coyotes. If you’re visiting during the winter, your skiing options are endless, too.