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Top Romantic Destinations
Looking for a place to get away from it all and reconnect with the one you love? These romantic destinations feature gorgeous scenery, a peaceful atmosphere, and a gentle pace of life. Whether you want to take a carriage ride through the streets of Charleston or sit on the sandy beaches of Big Sur, you'll find the perfect camping spot on this list.
California Wine Country
Whether you visit Napa or Sonoma, you’ll find a countryside that’s filled with romance as you wander from vineyard to vineyard, sampling vintages. You’ll find acres of vines, languid rolling hills, and plenty of California sunshine in this idyllic part of the country. Don’t miss the chance to take a hot air balloon ride over the fields, enjoy a bike ride through the countryside, or take a chauffeured winery tour.
Charleston, South Carolina
The genteel pace of this historic town invites you to slow down and smell the wisteria. This romantic city is a perfect place to explore on foot, admiring the classic architecture, or by horse and buggy as you take a carriage ride over cobblestone streets. If you bring your wheels, you can tour the area’s plantation halls, including Boone Hall Plantation, a house that had a starring role in Gone With the Wind.
From candlelit seaside dinners to drives through woods that are bursting with fall color, Connecticut is an all-season destination. You can take sleigh rides in the winter, head out on a wine tour in spring, or visit in the summer for weekend jazz concerts in New Haven and other coastal towns. Be sure to visit colorful villages like colonial Litchfield and the seaport town of Mystic.
Taos, New Mexico
The vibrant colors of this desert setting have long drawn artists and art lovers to Taos and northern New Mexico. You’ll find plenty of art galleries and displays of public art as well as natural beauty and plenty of sunshine. You can tour Georgia O’Keefe’s new Mexico home, visit the D.H. Lawrence memorial chapel, or view the Rio Grande from the Gorge Bridge.
With its white sand beaches and turquoise waters, the Keys invites its visitors to relax, admire the beauty, and take life easy. You’ll settle into “island time” as you spend your days strolling the beaches, browsing in the shops, or enjoying the fresh breeze from the deck of a sailboat. Whether you like to relax in a hammock or tackle something new like scuba diving or windsurfing, you can do it in style in the Florida Keys.
Big Sur, California
For natural beauty, nothing beats Big Sur. This dramatic coastline stretches for ninety miles between Carmel and San Simeon. This is a perfect place for cuddling on the beach while you watch the waves, or strolling along the coastal trails, admiring shorebirds and wildflowers. Highway 1 offers a lovely tour of the area, hugging the mountains on the east and offering striking views of the ocean on the west.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Set in the blue waters of Lake Huron between the Michigan mainland and the Upper Peninsula, this delightful island was once a summer holiday hot spot for Victorian travelers. Today, it’s a quieter destination that’s completely car-free. Enjoy settling into a slower pace of life as you travel by horse and buggy, taking strolls and bike rides around the island, taking in the 19th-century charm.
This land of green mountains, idyllic farms, and homemade crafts with leave you feeling peaceful and relaxed. Whether you’re exploring small towns or hiking through forests that are blazing with fall color, you’ll find plenty to love about Vermont. Be sure to stop by some family farms, sample some fresh-made maple syrup or ice cream, and take a scenic drive over this state’s rolling hills.
This Blue Ridge Mountain town echoes the charm of the Alps, complete with gingerbread-decorated buildings, mountain views, and pastoral scenes with cows and goats. Set on the rolling Chattahoochee River, Helen serves up its old-world charm with plenty of modern amenities. You and your sweetheart can take a romantic buggy ride or pay a visit to Anna Ruby falls to admire the beauty of the splashing water.
The ninth largest city in the U.S. will embrace you with warmth and spirit. In between phenomenal Tex-Mex meals, you can stroll San Antonio’s River Walk or take a cruise along the river, admiring the towering cypress trees and Spanish Colonial-style architecture. You’ll find fun treasures and bargains at El Mercado (Market Square), plenty of history at the Alamo, and tours of romantic Spanish missions.