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The best couple vacations in the U.S. for a romantic getaway

The best couple vacations in the US offer the perfect mix of travel and romance in a dreamy location

By Tolly Wright and Sarah Medina
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You can send flowers to make your sweetie feel special, or go out for a romantic dinner, but there’s nothing like a change of scenery to stoke or rekindle the fires of love. Book a quick staycation at one of the most romantic hotels in America, or take the time to plan a full-on vacation at one of these destinations that are ripe for romance.

While typical honeymoon destinations are big on solitude, privacy, and sexy perks for just you and your partner, the best couple vacations in the U.S. include cities and towns that offer a wealth of opportunities for both romance and exploring someplace new. Simply planning a vacation will likely build excitement, so check out these options for your next trip.

Love wine? Napa, California is a no-brainer. Skiers will love snow and luxurious options for apres-ski canoodling. Savannah is a stunning spot for history buffs, and the backdrop of majestic oaks and quaint squares is sure to bring you closer. Our list includes cities and small towns across the U.S., so you’re sure to find something that suits you both.

Now is the time to plan that couples vacation with your special someone, and these are the best spots to check out this year.

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Napa Valley
Napa Valley
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1. Napa Valley, CA

Majestic, lush landscapes, glorious weather, fantastic dining and the country’s best wineries make Napa Valley not only one of the most romantic getaways in America, but the world over. Whether you’re looking for a scenic bike tour or just want to spend the day relaxing at a 5-star spa, this Northern California destination is perfect for anniversaries, honeymoons or just some couple-time. 


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2. Maui, HI

Of Hawaii’s islands, this one gets top billing for secluded beaches, scenic hikes and resorts that will make you and your partner forget the worries of the life you left on the mainland. At every turn, expect a combination of island escapades and cultural immersions, backed by famous rainbows and starry skies. You'll probably forget about all those other islands. 


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Aspen
Aspen
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3. Aspen, CO

Snow bunnies who love hitting the slopes for fresh powder in the morning and cuddling up by a raging fire in the evening will find all their winter wonderland dreams come true in Aspen. Couples love Gant Aspen’s luxurious condominiums. Each condo comes with a full kitchen for making romantic meals and a heated ourdoor pool. Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, daily skiing and leisure time in historic downtown Aspen are easily within grasp. 

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SAVANNAH
SAVANNAH
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4. Savannah, GA

Horse-drawn carriages, Spanish moss, cobblestone streets and antebellum architecture make this coastal Georgia city one of the South’s most romantic destinations. Lounge on the sandy beach on Tybee Island, then pay a visit to the ruins of Wormsloe, Savannah’s oldest standing structure and the 18th century home of carpenter Noble Jones. A photo together on its oak-lined, moss-shrouded boulevard is the only souvenir you’ll need to bring home. 

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Cape Cod
Cape Cod
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5. Cape Cod, MA

The eastern peninsula of Massachusetts is one of the East Coast’s finest summer destinations. Harbors with darling lighthouses, chowder shacks, historic architecture, boats of all varieties, cranberry bogs, windswept beaches and small towns make for a relaxing trip enjoying each other’s company. Head into town for upscale seafood (with generous portions) at Impudent Oyster. Consider booking at Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa, which offers 25 acres of ocean-front property as well as amenities like a private beach and a heated oceanfront pool. 

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San Francisco
San Francisco
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6. San Francisco, CA

Cable cars, colorful Victorian architecture and Californian cooking make San Francisco a terrific getaway. Traverse the famously hilly landscape for stunning views of the bay and skyline while taking delight in all the ways that the city’s charming history collides with its futuristic, tech-driven present. Dinner-and-a-movie is one of the most romantic dates in town at Foreign Cinema. At this swoon-worthy restaurant, doors open onto a courtyard where classic films are played outdoors under the stars. The elegant menu matches the ambiance.

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Woodstock, Vermont
Woodstock, Vermont
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7. Woodstock, VT

Escape to an idyllic pastoral haven at this quintessential New England village. A fresh-off-the-fields farmers' market, a general store that dates back to the 1850s, town suppers and some of the most colorful, crisp fall foliage around make this tiny town (population just over 3,000) an off-the-beaten-track destination. For a breakfast or lunch that even locals swear by, grab a rustic table at Mon Vert Café. Here, the coffee is almost as good as the homemade baked goods and the sandwiches are savory delights.

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Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole
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8. Jackson Hole, WY

Whether you can’t get enough of skiing in the winter, want to hike across a beautiful Western landscape or are just looking for a nice place to stay and eat before you venture into Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole is for you. With an ultra-modern domed ceiling, romantic lighting, chic decor and a menu heavy on fresh fish, The Kitchen is a favorite date spot in Jackson. Seeking the rustic feel of a cabin but really need modern amenities and accommodations? Book a stay at Spring Creek Ranch, where you’ll enjoy unparalleled views of the mountains, in rooms with wood-burning fireplaces and cable television.

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Tucson, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
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9. Tucson, AZ

Laid back and full of nature, Tucson is perfect for couples looking to take in a vast and iconic desert landscape, Southwest culture and art, scenic hiking and rest and relaxation in the warm, dry climate. To really take advantage of the amazing weather and enjoy the ultimate mix of relaxation and activities, stay at Westward Look Resort. Here, challenge your partner to a game of tennis, hit the trails on horseback, find peace at the amazing spa or take a refreshing dip in the saline pool.

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New Orleans
New Orleans
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10. New Orleans, LA

The Big Easy is particularly fantastic for lovebirds. Partners who can’t agree on what is most important on a vacation—sightseeing, excellent food, adventure or relaxation—will find their perfect compromise when indulging in live jazz music, river boat rides, strolls through the French Quarter, Cajun food and ghost tours. Splurge on a stay in the French Quarter at the splendid Audubon Cottages. The private, gorgeously decorated cottages come with plenty of amenities, including butler service, while the shared Tuscan-style courtyard boasts a fabulous salt pool.

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Brickell Miami
Brickell Miami
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11. Miami, FL

While many destinations in Florida are reputed tourist-heavy, there’s something to be said about Miami’s vibrant art scene. Worry not: Plenty of beaches and fantastic pools will satisfy your hunger for some tanning time. Ready to splurge on dinner? Tropical plants, twinkling lights and so much romance, Kodomo Miami is a sexy choice for enjoying high-end Asian fare.

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CHARLESTON
CHARLESTON

12. Charleston, SC

Founded in 1670, Charleston is as historic as it is gorgeous: streets lined with pastel antebellum architecture and an exquisite French quarter. Make sure to stop by the Battery Promenade for views of the Charleston harbor. While appreciating the oozing-with-charm downtown Charleston, stop at the Peninsula Grill. Located off Marketplace, this renowned eatery serves some of the finest elevated Southern food in town.

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