Traveling with your significant other and looking for romantic Valentine’s Day getaways?
Wondering where to go for valentine’s day? You’ve come to the right place!
I wanted to put together a list of the absolute most romantic places in the US that every couple must visit.
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- Top 25 Valentine’s Day getaways in the U.S.
- 1. Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
- 2. Savannah, Georgia, one of the best places to go for Valentine’s Day
- 3. Telluride, Colorado
- 4. Leavenworth, WA
- 5. Burlington, Vermont
- 6. Lake Tahoe, California
- 7. New York City, one of the best Valentine’s day destinations
- 8. Naples and Marco Island, Florida
- 9. Calistoga, one of the top Valentine’s day getaways in California
- 10. Jackson, New Hampshire
- 11. Key West, Florida, one of the most romantic places to go for Valentine’s Day
- 12. Bend, Oregon
- 13. Temecula, California
- 14. Maui, Hawaii
- 15. Napa Valley, California
- 16. New Orleans, one of the best places to visit for Valentine’s day
- 17. The Poconos of Pennsylvania, “The Land of Love” and one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day getaways
- 18. Jackson, WY
- 19. Los Alamos, California
- 20. Hanalei, Hawaii
- 21. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
- 22. Charleston, South Carolina
- 23. Culebra, Puerto Rico
- 24. Great Smoky Mountains, one of the most romantic places for Valentine’s day
- 25. The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
Top 25 Valentine’s Day getaways in the U.S.
This list of the most romantic Valentine’s Day getaways will include some of my favorites or well-known destinations as well as some unexpected places.
Here you have the most romantic places for couples in the USA:
1. Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
One of the most romantic Valentine’s day getaways in the United States is a hidden gem right in the heart of Pennsylvania – Cherry Springs State Park.
Located in the northern central part of the state, this park offers visitors an authentic experience of the region’s natural beauty.
There are lots of great hiking trails at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon State Park for couples who don’t mind a chilly hike. When the sun goes down, it’s time to start preparing for real magic.
Cherry Springs State Park is the darkest sky park east of the Mississippi. The park is home to two large fields for stargazing.
One is for the general public and allows for people to come and go at their leisure.
The other field across the street is for those with astrophotography equipment and visitors must spend the night in the park. No reservations are accepted as it is a first-come-first-serve basis.
No matter which viewing field you use, please be sure to only use a red light for navigating in the field so you don’t interrupt others. Even without a telescope, you’ll see some incredible sights – it is dark enough to see the Milky Way with your bare eyes!
With hiking and nature during the day and stargazing at night, Cherry Springs is the perfect outdoor Valentine’s getaway.
Recommended by Pamela, The Directionally Challenged Traveler.
2. Savannah, Georgia, one of the best places to go for Valentine’s Day
First of all, strolling along this enchanting southern city will instantly charm you. There are 22 city squares to enjoy, each with its own unique flair. Savannah in winter is so beautiful!
Forsyth Park and River Street are must-sees, as is exploring the historic district on a spooky ghost tour together!
If you want to explore outside of downtown and looking for Valentine’s Day trip ideas, be sure to stop by the beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery and catch a stunning sunrise on Tybee Island.
Oh, and you cannot forget the amazing southern cuisine all around the city that makes for an idyllic date night. The Grey offers upscale southern food, and The Olde Pink House is always a classic, romantic restaurant in Savannah.
For a truly dreamy place to stay, the Kehoe House is an adults-only luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the historic district! A stay here includes free wine and hors d’oeuvres each evening, desserts, and a full breakfast. It is a historic home full of charm!
Recommended by Kat of World Wide Honeymoon.
3. Telluride, Colorado
Telluride, Colorado is easily one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day getaways in the U.S. That’s because this enchanting town in the San Juan mountains is brimming over with romantic activities that you and your partner are sure to love.
So, start your trip off with a visit to Dunton Hot Springs, a former ghost town that has been transformed into a sophisticated hotel where you can spend the night in quaint log cabins or simply visit the Well House to soak in the hot spring there.
Afterward, head to the edge of town and do the moderately difficult, 4.6-mile out and back trail to Bridal Veil Falls. After all, it’s one of the best hikes in Telluride and features truly awe-inspiring scenery.
And if you’re still looking for even more adventure then tackle the Telluride Via Ferrata. It’s an intense climb along sheer rock faces where you use iron rungs and cables to make your way through the mountains.
Finally, head to Smuggler-Union Brewery or Telluride Brewing Co. for some delicious craft beer before enjoying a romantic dinner at Esperanza’s Tequila Restaurant. One of the best places to visit for Valentine’s day!
Recommended by Meg of Fox in the Forest.
4. Leavenworth, WA
The Bavarian town of Leavenworth, Washington is one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day getaways in the U.S.
It’s a small village tucked between snow-peaked mountains that’s full of Christmas cheer. Yes, that’s right. It’s Christmas all winter long in Leavenworth!
You’ll find Christmas light displays all season in the downtown area. Matched with the Bavarian-style architecture of the buildings, you’ll feel whisked away to the Alps.
Adventure seekers will want to break a sweat cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on one of the many groomed trails in the area. Lake Wenatchee State Park is a great choice for flat trails and stunning views of mountains reflecting in the lake.
There are a lot of gastronomical delights in Leavenworth, WA for couples who prefer wining and dining. There are tasting rooms right in downtown Leavenworth, or you can make the short 1-hour drive to some of the best wineries in Lake Chelan, a town surrounding one of the deepest, most breathtaking lakes in U.S.
There are also a lot of delicious, romantic restaurants in Leavenworth. Mana is a must try for a vegetable-forward tasting menu created by a Top Chef contestant; one of the top places to go on Valentine’s day!
Watershed Cafe is another great choice for dimly lit ambiance and great food.
All in all, if you’re looking for a snowy destination to cozy up with a loved one this winter, Leavenworth is the perfect choice for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway in the U.S.
Recommended by Adria Saracino of The Emerald Palate.
Read next: Best Things to do in Leavenworth: A Guide to Washington’s Bavarian Village.
5. Burlington, Vermont
Burlington, Vermont is filled with cozy Bed and Breakfasts, a gorgeous view of Mount Champlain and the Green Mountains, and offers delicious choices for food and wine, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend getaway.
Church Street in Burlington’s downtown is a pedestrian-only street filled with boutiques, cafes, and specialty shops. The South End District is filled with art galleries as well as restaurants and breweries. Burlington is a popular destination for beer-lovers with breweries such as Magic Hat and Zero Gravity.
Freezing temperatures or not, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, just 30 minutes outside of Burlington, is worth a visit. For those who do not want to leave Burlington, Ben and Jerry have an ice cream shop in town.
Another delicious dessert choice is Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory for delicious truffles, chocolates, and hot chocolate.
Spend the day outside ice skating on a frozen lake, wandering through the shops or having a spa treatment, or simply enjoy the day inside your B&B.
Winter evenings can be spent seeing a show at the Flynn Theatre, enjoying a leisurely dinner on Church Street, or wine tasting at a local wine bar. No matter what you choose to do, Burlington is a lovely place to spend Valentine’s Day as a couple.
Travel Tip: Book your room early and make dinner reservations in advance. Burlington is a popular destination for couples with lots of choices for romantic bed and breakfasts, but it is also a very small city that often books out in advance.
For those who want to experience a traditional Valentine’s Day, the perfect day can be spent in and around Burlington.
Hold hands as you skate on the frozen lake, build a custom teddy bear at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, purchase a box of chocolates at Lake Champlain Chocolates, and enjoy a romantic dinner downtown.
Recommended by Lanie van der Horst, Make More Adventures.
Read next: 30 Beautiful Places to Visit in Winter in USA.
6. Lake Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places to visit in the US!
One of the most beautiful lakes in California, Lake Tahoe offers the chance to relax in cozy comfort, but also the opportunity to engage in some fun activities as a couple.
Around Valentine’s Day, Lake Tahoe is likely to be a winter wonderland. There are world-class skiing resorts all around the lake if you want to whiz down hills together. Other winter sports, like sledding and snowshoeing, are also options to get outside during the day.
If relaxed fun is more your thing, opt for a cruise: Lake Tahoe does not freeze in the winter, so you can get out on to the water and take in the beautiful vistas all around. Then drive around the lake for beautiful views.
For a splurge Valentine’s Day dinner in Lake Tahoe, head to Edgewood Restaurant, where you can dine with a gorgeous view of the lake. And Lake Tahoe offers a multitude of resorts and vacation rentals, where you can curl up by a fireplace in the evenings with a hot drink.
Lake Tahoe is one of the best Valentine’s day getaways in California!
Recommended by Dhara from Roadtripping California.
7. New York City, one of the best Valentine’s day destinations
New York City is an ideal romantic getaway!
What better way to connect with your partner than to walk and uncover all of the many amazing sites that New York has to offer.
From the quiet beauty of Central Park to the jarring sounds and lights of Times Square, there is something for everyone.
One of the most romantic things to do in New York City is to take a cruise. This allows you to see New York City and its breathtaking skyline from a different perspective.
You can take a sunset dinner cruise to add to the romance. Alternatively, to save money, you can do what New York locals and travel experts recommend, you can pay a small fee and take a ferry over to see the Statue of Liberty or sail for free on the State Island Ferry, which takes you right past the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Another romantic activity to share with your partner is to go up the Empire State Building. On a beautiful sunny day, it is stunning seeing New York from above. Tickets can be pricey so avoid paying extra by going to the very top. The difference in views from the 86th floor versus the 102nd floor is negligible.
Finally, for those hopeless romantics, nothing says New York like a horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park. It’s expensive and cliché, but for many, it is the epitome of romance when one thinks of New York City.
Quite frankly, who wouldn’t want to snuggle in a carriage under warm blankets with your partner while exploring one of the most beautiful parks in the world?
If you are looking for the most romantic places to go this Valentine’s Day, New York City is a must!
Recommended by Nicole from Go Far Go Close.
8. Naples and Marco Island, Florida
Nestled in the southwest corner of Florida as far away from most of the continental United States as you can get is the Paradise Coast and the sister cities of Naples and Marco Island.
It may be paradise, but it’s also surprisingly easy to get to with the Regional Southwest international airport (RSW) in Fort Myers just 30 minutes away.
This part of Florida’s Gulf Coast is known for their soft, white sand beaches and shallow calm waters, which make the perfect backdrop for any romantic getaway. It’s also the gateway to the Florida Everglades for couples seeking a bit of adventure.
But for pure romantic indulgence, it’s hard to beat Naples and Marco Island for such a unique and luxurious setting.
Couples can enjoy endless amazing dining experiences, spa and wellness indulgences, private boating experiences on the water, and romantic picnics on the beach. Several companies will create the dreamiest, themed beach hangout for any occasion, just for the two of you.
And when it comes to dining, many restaurants offer special Valentine’s Day menus and packages for two.
For couples seeking luxury, book a stay at The Inn on Fifth in the heart of downtown Naples and close to everything.
For couples wanting a romantic beach vibe, there are several heavenly hotels right on the beach. On Marco Island, the Marco Beach Ocean Resort is a chic all-suites boutique hotel that’s a favorite for a romantic getaway.
Recommended by Lori Sorrentino from Naples Florida Travel Guide.
Read next: The Ultimate Marathon Florida Guide for the best trip ever.
9. Calistoga, one of the top Valentine’s day getaways in California
Calistoga can be a great place for you if you are looking for a peaceful romantic Valentine’s Day getaway in the US. You can also drive from San Francisco which is around one and half hour driving distance from this beautiful spot.
Actually, there are plenty of things to do in Calistoga, but you shouldn’t miss the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs and Old Faithful Geyser of California which is a part of an extinct volcano. Couples who visit Napa Valley often come to these places and enjoy a romantic vacation together in a peaceful atmosphere.
You can visit this geyser at any time of the year, but it’s rarely crowded. You may have to wait 30 minutes or so to see the geyser erupt, but the view is definitely worth the wait. The geyser gets as high as about 10-20 feet and erupted for a long period of time which is really unexpected.
Couples can stay at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs for a romantic valentine’s day getaway. Located at the heart of downtown Calistoga, this charming boutique hotel is a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Napa Valley. Enjoy spa therapy together and rejuvenate your bodies in the geothermal mineral pools.
Wine tasting is another popular romantic activity in Calistoga. You will find several renowned wineries a short distance from the town including Sterling Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa and Von Strasser and Lava Wine Winery.
Travel Tip: The entrance fee at Old Faithful Geyser of California is $15 for adults but try to get it at 6$ Groupon price. There’s plenty of parking space and it’s not hectic.
Recommended Trijit Mallick from Budget Travel Buff.
10. Jackson, New Hampshire
If romance to you is all about snuggling up in a cozy B&B as fat snowflakes fall outside your window, you will love New Hampshire’s White Mountains! It’s one of the best places to visit for Valentine’s Day!
And while there are so many places to choose from, my top recommendation for a Valentine’s Day getaway is the town of Jackson, New Hampshire.
Jackson is a picture-perfect New England village with a covered bridge, a country store, and well-kept old-fashioned homes.
If you want to enjoy the outdoors, Jackson is home to the best cross-country ski trails in New Hampshire, plus easy access to several ski resorts. Nestlenook Farm offers sleigh rides, ice skating, and snowshoe trails.
You can find some of the best upscale B&Bs in the White Mountains in Jackson, like the Christmas Farm Inn, which has an Aveda spa on property. Be sure to swing by White Mountains Puzzles for a cozy indoor activity. They make all their own puzzles!
Jackson has everything you need — and if you want more restaurants, bars, and shopping, North Conway is just 10 minutes down the road.
Recommended Kate McCulley from New Hampshire Way.
11. Key West, Florida, one of the most romantic places to go for Valentine’s Day
Many visit Miami due to the many beaches and nightlife here; however, Key West, located in the South of Miami, is a great romantic getaway, especially for couples.
There’s something for everyone, even if you’re not a big fan of the sea!
Visitors can find Ernest Hemingway’s home here for those who love history and art, which is now a museum. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum and Audubon House and Gallery are some others located in Key West.
There are once in a lifetime experiences that couples can partake in together.
Diving to see shipwrecks, snorkeling to experience the stunning aquatic life here or swimming with dolphins, there are many activities to keep you busy, or you could relax and enjoy some cocktails and massages on the beach!
What makes Key West perfect for a romantic getaway is that you don’t need to be doing something to have fun, the sunsets here are mesmerizing, and the food is delicious.
There are also numerous islands on the way here from Miami, which is just 4 hours away. Make sure you hire a car in advance if you’re going to self-drive!
Recommended by Lavina Dsouza from Continent Hop.
12. Bend, Oregon
Bend, Oregon, located three hours east of Portland, OR, is one of the most romantic towns imaginable for couples.
First, the gorgeous Deschutes River winds through Bend (which you can even go inner-tubing down in summer!) and lush Drake Park follows along its banks: perfect for strolling while holding hands.
Second, the town of Bend is full of cute — often healthy and artisanal — eateries, local breweries, hip cafes, fun car shops, and boutique stores. You can spend every meal trying something new!
Third, Bend is a nature-lover’s paradise, with plentiful mountain hiking and lake swimming just minutes away on the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway.
Don’t miss seeing the perfect triangular peak of Mount Bachelor, or the bright azure blue of Devil’s Lake.
Finally, Bend has a fabulous variety of places to stay, but the one I highly recommend is Campfire Hotel. It’s rustic and quirky, but very comfortable and unique, with a community feel thanks to its large public (you guessed it) campfires, pool, and general store.
Recommended Lillie Marshall, Around the World “L”.
13. Temecula, California
If you’re looking for a super romantic location for a Valentine’s Day Getaway, look no further than Temecula, California!
Known as Southern California’s Wine Country, Temecula boasts over 45 wineries spanning 33,000 miles of gorgeous terrain.
Whether you and your partner prefer an upbeat atmosphere or an intimate, romantic setting, you’ll find the perfect winery to spend the day in Temecula. Wilson Creek Winery, Carter Estate Winery, and Leoness Cellars are just a few of the most popular and locally owned wineries in Temecula to explore during your trip.
Aside from wine tasting, there are tons of other fun activities to enjoy during your romantic weekend in Temecula.
You can shop for local produce at the Old Town Temecula Farmer’s Market, go line dancing at Temecula Stampede, book a sunrise hot air balloon ride for picturesque views of the beautiful countryside, eat a delicious brunch at PUBlic House, or go horseback riding through Temecula’s wine country.
You may also want to consider booking a room at a resort on one of the wineries, like Bolero at Europa Village or the Carter Estate Winery and Resort, for a comfortable, romantic stay. One of the best places to go for Valentine’s Day!
Recommended Brittany Sawyer, Travel by Brit.
14. Maui, Hawaii
Maui, Hawaii is the ultimate Valentine’s Day getaway. Filled with secluded beaches, hidden waterfalls and world class resorts, Maui is romance, luxury and adventure all wrapped into one.
Maui draws in visitors from all over the globe and is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world . With over 52 miles of coastline, it won’t be difficult to find a secluded beach to share with your loved one.
For an out of this world experience, watch sunrise atop Haleakala as the sun emerges above the clouds over the crater floor. And if you visit Maui during the winter months, if you’re lucky, you can enjoy some snowfall in Hawaii!
February is the best month on Maui to see the majestic humpback whales who make the journey from Alaska every winter to give birth to their young.
Spot for spouts from your lanai as you lay in the arms of your loved one or get up close and personal on a whale watching tour.
The Hana-Maui Resort is where to stay on Maui for seclusion and some serious romantic vibes.
However you spend your time, this will be a Valentine’s day you’ll never forget.
Recommended Jess from I’m Jess Traveling.
15. Napa Valley, California
The ever-so-romantic vineyards of the Napa Valley are a perfect Valentines destination for couples.
Blessed with a moderate climate for this time of year in the rolling hills of Northern California, this famous wine region is the ultimate getaway and one of the best day trip ideas for couples.
Of course, no trip to Napa would be complete without visiting a few wineries for tastings. Auburn James, Artesa Wines or Pine Ridge Vineyards are just a few of the many incredible wineries to make a stop at.
It is much easier to visit the wineries if you have your own car, however so if one of you has to play designated driver, buy a nice bottle of wine to take back to your hotel for later!
The Napa Valley is made up of several gorgeous towns, so a beautiful drive through the country side is an absolute must. Make sure you stop in for dinner at the delightful paddock to plate Farmstead restaurant in St Helena on your travels.
For a really romantic Valentines day treat, you could also choose to take a hot air balloon ride over the valley to gain a unique bird’s eye view of the region.
Recommended Emma from Emma Jane Explores.
16. New Orleans, one of the best places to visit for Valentine’s day
New Orleans is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. It’s a city full of culture, beautiful architecture, world-class dining and of course jazz music! There are countless things to do in this charming city with your loved one.
Enjoy a romantic stroll through the French Quarter, while being entertained by street performers.
Take in another view of the French Quarter, by carriage ride. Sit back and relax, while your personal guide takes you on a tour of the French Quarter.
Browse the art galleries in the city. Get a spa treatment at one of the many luxurious spas the city has to offer. Head to City Park and take a walk in the beautiful Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Enjoy another view of City Park on a romantic gondola ride.
New Orleans is known for its food. Start your day by enjoying a courtyard dining experience in the French Quarter. Try out some Cajun cuisine for lunch. For dinner, get dressed up and choose from one of the many famous fine-dining restaurants the city has to offer.
Another great way to experience New Orleans’ amazing food is to take a cooking class together or go on a food tour.
There are many bars to cozy up with your loved one in New Orleans. Head to Bourbon Street if you’re looking for a party atmosphere. If you’re looking for a more relaxed, local place to go, head to Frenchman Street.
Recommended Kim from Traveling Swansons.
17. The Poconos of Pennsylvania, “The Land of Love” and one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day getaways
The Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania have always been a great recreational area with great skiing, hiking, and boating, but they are so much more than that!
Conveniently located within a 2-hour drive of New York City and Pennsylvania.
This area has been known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” since it was labeled that by Life Magazine in 1963.
The first honeymoon resort was built in 1945 by Rudolf Von Hoevenberg and consisted of a Lodge and a few cabins, named The Farm on the Hill. Soon after, many more plush resorts sprung up in the area. Unfortunately, in the 1990’s, honeymooners were choosing more exotic locations and some of the resorts were forced to close.
With the new Century came a fresh new look!
Today the Poconos are making a comeback! Many of the romantic, all-inclusive, adult-only resorts are getting makeovers. Paradise Stream is one of these resorts.
Couples can choose from 5 different suites; Cupid’s Suite, Diana’s Oasis Suite, Garden of Eden Apple Suite, Champagne Tower Suite, or Lakeside Villa Suite. Each one is unique and made for romance!
You can choose a heart-shaped tub, a champagne glass hot tub, a cottage on the lake, or even your own private swimming pool! Ask for covered strawberries. This places is perfect to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
This resort also offers many couples activities such as; pedal boats, tennis, mini-golf, sauna, hot tub, swimming pool, and more. You may want to check out the evening entertainment in the lounge. Since this resort is all-inclusive, you can choose to have a great breakfast and dinner in the romantic dining room.
Once you arrive, you will have everything you need for a very romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day!
Recommended Cathy Creech, 50over55.com.
18. Jackson, WY
Jackson, Wyoming is an incredibly romantic town that’s perfect for a cold-weather Valentine’s Day getaway.
The small town is like a wild west fantasy, with rustic wooden buildings galore. Rent an Airbnb, a cozy cabin, or chic hotel room in town or nearby.
Jackson is a great foodie destination, perfect for a candlelit dinner with great food and wine. A couple of top choices are FIGS, inside the Hotel Jackson, and the rustically chic Snake River Grill.
There are several world class ski fields in Jackson and nearby Teton Village if you like downhill skiing. Grand Teton National Park is also nearby and there are plenty of winter activities to do.
If you like to snowshoe or cross-country ski, there are miles of groomed roads and paths inside the national park. The dramatic Teton Range rises straight up, providing a stunningly beautiful backdrop for your winter activities together. You can also try your hand at snowmobiling (get a tandem snowmobile and cuddle while you ride) and even dog sledding!
If you prefer something a little less active, you can take a horse drawn sleigh through the National Elk Refuge, where thousands of elk shelter over winter. Keep warm under a blanket together while admiring the wildlife.
Whether you like to do winter activities together or just snuggle up around a roaring fire with a glass of wine, you will love visiting Jackson for Valentine’s Day.
Recommended James Ian from Parks Collecting.
19. Los Alamos, California
Take a road trip with your loved one to Los Alamos, California’s quirky Old West heritage town known for its wine tasting rooms and culinary scene.
Although it only has a population of 1,600, Los Alamos’s unique identity and creative culture give it a special charm that’s worth visiting for Valentine’s Day.
The eccentric town is filled with fun things to explore as a couple. There are many romantic things to do in Los Alamos, from staying at a 1950s motel turned retro luxury retreat to dining at a French bistro helmed by one of the top chefs in the US.
Check into Skyview Los Alamos, a vintage luxury motel with modern amenities and an outdoor heated pool. Take the motel’s free bike rentals down the main strip of Bell Street to find antique shops, wine tasting rooms and impressive restaurants.
Don’t miss Lo-Fi wines, started by two best friends with a passion for wine and music, and Casa Dumetz Wines to try wine from their label, The Feminist Party.
Order delicious pizza from Full of Life Flatbread and enjoy a delightful picnic next door at Bodega Los Alamos, an open-air wine and beer garden.
For dinner, eat French-Rancho cuisine at Bell’s, an acclaimed restaurant listed in the Michelin Guide. Afterwards pop into the bar at 1880 Union Hotel, a historic stagecoach stop from the Old West for a night cap.
Los Alamos is a scenic one hour drive from Santa Barbara and a 3 hour drive from LA.
Recommended Cecily from Groovy Mashed Potatoes.
20. Hanalei, Hawaii
When it comes to romantic tropical island getaways, it’s hard to beat the surfside town of Hanalei, Hawaii.
Located on the North Shore of the island of Kaua’i, Hanalei is world-renowned for its stunning beaches and picture-perfect mountain views.
You can find a variety of rental houses within walking distance to the beach and town, as well as in the neighboring town of Princeville.
If you’re looking to splurge a little for an extra-special romantic getaway, a stay at the soon-to-open Princeville Hotel (formerly the St. Regis) will definitely make your heart swoon with its gourmet restaurants, bars, and balconies overlooking the magnificent Hanalei Bay.
In Hanalei town, you can treat yourself to dinner at some of the many local restaurants such as the famed Postcards Cafe and the Hanalei Dolphin.
If your idea of romance includes staying active and seeking adventure, you can find Zipline, Kayak, and ATV tours nearby or even book a surfing lesson with a local instructor.
Still not enough adventure? You can also check out sightseeing flights over Kauai’s famous Na Pali Coast!
Recommended by Emma Schneck from All Over the Place.
21. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Gorgeous Carmel is a top luxury destination in the USA. It has been awarded one of the top 10 USA destinations for years!
Some of the best luxury boutique hotels, the most romantic inns, the best fine-dining restaurants, the most extravagant shops, the coziest wine-tasting rooms in the US are in Carmel.
This idyllic small town is known for the magical setting on the Pacific coast, the finest sandy beaches, romantic ambient, and artistic history.
Romantic and artistic souls especially enjoy the picturesque setting of Carmel, fairytale-like cottages, elegant houses, and art galleries. Nature lovers appreciate the dreamy ocean views of Carmel, Carmel beaches, trails of the nearby Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, and the iconic 17-Mile Drive.
So if you are looking for a perfect Valentine’s Day gateway, you should seriously consider beautiful Carmel.
Take a room at the historic Mission Ranch Hotel owned by Clint Eastwood or at charming Cypress Inn. Explore the art galleries, enjoy the ocean vistas, and relax on the sandy beach during the day.
Get your glass of the finest Chardonnay wine at Albatross Ridge Tasting Room, and have your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at Casanova restaurant.
Be assured, the most romantic Valentine’s Day of your life awaits you in Carmel.
Recommended by Milijana Gabric from World Travel Connector.
22. Charleston, South Carolina
One of the best Valentine’s Day getaways in the U.S. is Charleston, South Carolina. The cobblestone streets and charming architecture lend themselves to be the cause of Charleston’s romantic vibes.
A weekend in Charleston for Valentine’s Day is guaranteed to leave you swooning.
One of the most romantic things to do in Charleston is to take a walk down Rainbow Row. These colorful fourteen houses were built in the eighteenth century and have become a top attraction in the city.
You can also take an evening stroll through Joe Riley Waterfront Park. This scenic park is located right along the water, and it’s the perfect place to take your Valentine for a walk. Don’t forget to snap a selfie in front of the Pineapple Fountain.
End your Valentine’s Day with a sunset sail around Charleston Harbor. As the sun sets over the horizon and casts stunning hues of pink, orange, yellow, purple, and red across the sky, you and your sweetheart will be left speechless.
For a romantic dinner, be sure to make reservations at FIG. The chef’s creative menu has earned recognition both locally and nationally. It’s the perfect dining experience that will impress your Valentine.
Recommended by Disha Smith from Disha Discovers.
23. Culebra, Puerto Rico
The tiny island of Culebra, Puerto Rico is the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day getaways in the US. Situated just off mainland Puerto Rico, its remote location makes for a relaxing getaway, complete with empty beaches!
Culebra is known for the world-famous Flamenco Beach. With swaying palm trees lining a white-sand beach with the perfect warm turquoise water, you’ll fall in love (again).
If you’re into adventure, hike the Resaca Beach Trail to a near-empty beach. The best beach for snorkeling and underwater adventures is Tamarindo Beach. Or if your perfect vacation is as relaxing as possible, check out the picturesque Zoni Beach.
Couples will love staying at Aleli Cottages. With sweeping hilltop views and privacy at the cozy, adorable cottages built for two!
Travel Tip: Rent a Jeep on Culebra to experience the island to its fullest!
Recommended by Nikki of She Saves She Travels.
24. Great Smoky Mountains, one of the most romantic places for Valentine’s day
One of the best places to visit in Tennessee for a romantic getaway is Gatlinburg and the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains.
While Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge can often be associated with family vacations, the area is vast and you will find several places to escape to with your loved one for Valentine’s Day.
First and foremost, be sure to plan your getaway as an overnight so you can stay in a private cabin in the Smokies. The top-rated Noir Pine Creekside Cabin has everything you’d want for a weekend away – including a hot tub, fire pit, and a stream out front.
If you’re looking for an active getaway, you can enjoy a hike to Chimney Tops. While it may be chilly and icy in winter, be sure to pack the right shoes and some microspikes as you will be in for a treat of a view once you have climbed the last 960 feet of the trail.
There is no shortage of romantic spots to dine at in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, as well.
The Peddler Steakhouse and The Greenbrier Restaurant are two exceptional choices and they specialize in homemade dishes, craft cocktails, and a cozy yet unpretentious dining experience, making everyone feel welcome.
Recommended by Megan Starr of Virginia Travel Tips.
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25. The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Mountains stretch approximately 500 miles, running all the way from North Georgia to southern Pennsylvania.
But our favorite part is in Western North Carolina, along the portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs from Cherokee to Blowing Rock and Boone.
So why would we recommend a chilly weekend in the mountains at elevations up to 6,000 feet for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway?
Imagine yourself in a lovely log cabin or condo, surrounded by rolling hills dotted with snow and evergreens.
The inside is as rustic and cozy as a traditional mountain lodge, with a roaring fireplace perfect for snuggling. Maybe there’s a hot tub outside with a picturesque view of the dynamic landscape, and a fire pit for grilling S’mores under the stars.
During the day (weather permitting), you can drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, with its stunning scenic overlooks, hiking trails, and wondrous waterfalls seemingly around every turn.
Or visit some of the many charming mountain towns located near the world-renowned scenic route, each of which offers a great mixture of parks, shopping, restaurants, tourist attractions, and history.
If it sounds like an idyllic place to explore, that’s because it is. It’s even better when you can explore it hand-in-hand with the one you love.
And it’s best when you can be based at one of the countless Blue Ridge Parkway cabins and condos, such as those at the Engadine Inn or Mountain Springs Cabins in Candler NC, or the Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock NC.
Recommended by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett of Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide.
I hope you liked these Valentine’s trip ideas and romantic destinations!
They are great places to travel to on February 14 and the best Valentine’s weekend getaways!
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