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The Best U.S. Cities for Romantic Weekend Getaways

There is nothing better to re-ignite that spark that was sleeping for some time now or share romantic moments with your new partner than spending some time away from the same-old, same-old. Sometimes roses and chocolate just won’t cut it. So choosing an idyllic place to do so certainly adds points to this quest. After all, the US is full of diverse places to explore that are able to accommodate every taste. From picture-perfect beaches and heart-fulfilling sunsets to impressive architectural feasts and landscapes that infuse a sense of serenity and peacefulness, there is a little spot for all romantic escapees. To help crank up the heat, we give you a rundown of U.S. cities whose beauty and scenery are the perfect aphrodisiac for any relationship, tested in time and new.

Miami

Miami is one of the most attractive places to be with your sweetheart. Stylish people, plenty of fine restaurants, more than enough nightclubs and bars, and an interesting singles scene for those looking for love and romance. What is even more pleasing is that all the above fit the bill in South Beach, even for those on a rather tight budget.

San Diego

Great weather with lots of sunny days year-round and a plethora of options for those in search of kindling romance. During the day, you can either ride your bike and cruise the 3-mile boardwalk or just enjoy a relaxing stroll. After sunset, head towards the historic Gaslamp Quarter for a nice dinner. If you wish to spice up your night, there are many rooftop bars to sip palate-pleasing cocktails and have fun.

New Orleans

One of the undeniable charms of New Orleans is its food. Hearty and pleasing, you will certainly get much more than your money’s worth. Couples in love of Italian cuisine can treat their taste buds with the sophisticated dishes of Domenica Restaurant or chose to get a good sense of what Louisiana Creole food is all about at Galatoires; a staple restaurant for demanding eaters. Among the restaurants that have redefined New Orleans cuisine with the help of award winning chefs is Commander’s Palace that’s definitely worth a visit, not only for its superb wine collection but also the quality of its foods.

Jackson Square is the ideal place to hold hands while having a leisure walk. If you would just love to listen to some live jazz music, Frenchmen Street is where you need to be. For those longing a vibrant night scene, Bourbon Street will keep you satisfied. Before you leave the place, though, make sure to include the Treme in your itinerary; the brass-band parade will definitely reward you!

San Francisco

The air at the City by the Bay is full of romance. Watch the surfers at Ocean Street or get mind-blowing night-time views of the Bay Lights installation while crossing the Bay Bridge. The 1000-acre Golden Gate Park is a fab option to sooth your mind and quench your desire to get close to nature to recharge your batteries with your significant other. Known for its oyster bars, Waterbar is one of the bars of the waterfront that can become an excellent day-to-evening-transition spot before you enter San Francisco’s vivid night scene.

Seattle

First stop is at Space Needle; the place every visitor never leaves out of their list. If you really want to surprise and impress your partner, though, go to South Lake Union, rent a wooden rowboat or even sailboat and explore the city from the water. The magnificent Gas Works Park will seem like an entirely different story; a story with a romantic twist so powerful that will make your heart rejoice. Finish the evening with some cocktails at Westward restaurant or complete a lovely day with great food by the outdoor fire pit.

romantic dinner on the beach

Kauai

The aquamarine skies, sandy beaches, and honey-dipped sunsets are just a few of the reasons that can take you in Kauai. The oldest island in the Hawaiian chain offers a relaxed lifestyle; ideal for people tired of the romance-killing fuss and buzz of the city. You will not find over-the-top luxury resorts not tall structures that hide the sky. Kauai only has two major highways and charms that you may explore on foot if you so desire. However, be prepared for pricey room rates if you decide to visit the island during the winter (can reach $500/night). For those on a budget, fall is a much better season to savor the beauties of this place and enjoy guilt-free (money-wise) getaways with your partner.

Charleston

Mansions dating back to the 1800s, antebellum architecture, cobblestone walks, gas lamp-lit streets, and Spanish moss-draped trees comprise a wonderful scenery that distinguishes Charleston. As you walk past horse-drawn carriages, you will feel as if you have either stepped back in time or that time has stopped there. Before you get to believe this, you come across contemporary art galleries, innovative restaurants, and, of course, the world-class Spoleto Festival USA; a great way to combine tradition and modern indeed. If you wish to experience the genteel South and stick your toes in sandy beaches with your loved one, this is definitely the place to visit.

Austin, Texas

Many people refer to Austin as the Live Music Capital of the World and rightfully so. Walk along Sixth Street to take in the tunes and see with your own eyes why this nickname serves Austin perfectly. However, Texas is not all about music. It also offers great tastes while maintain an easygoing vibe; perfect for short getaways. Feel free to try Tex-Mex flavors and barbeque. And, if you feel like becoming one with nature, Zilker Park will fill the gaps just right. Plus, culture hounds will also find their heaven in the Park, which offers everything from kayaking to museums.

It would need much more than a few lines to list all the wonderful places that provide exceptional opportunities for short, romantic getaways in the US. The truth is that wherever you decide to take your partner or whichever place you travel to trying to find love and romance, it all has to do with how ready you really are to live the experience. Then, everything from a rugged mountain top to a faraway land will feel romantic dreamy.