The Absolute Best Romantic Adventures in Every State from The Absolute Best Romantic Adventures in Every State
The Absolute Best Romantic Adventures in Every State
The Absolute Best Romantic Adventures in Every State
“Adventure is worthwhile in itself,” said the legendary aviator Amelia Earhart. Put her wise words into practice — alongside your significant other.
Whether the two of you are a budding couple just on the cusp of love, or a seasoned pairing looking to reignite the flame, an intimate trip — to a treehouse in Texas, a contemporary hut in Washington, or a private island in Georgia — is never a bad idea.
It’s the perfect way to put aside every other daily distraction and focus on the person with whom you might be spending your life.
To help you do so, our expert editors traversed a slew of suggested destinations — highlighted by top local publications and recollected from our personal memories — to find the absolute best romantic adventures in every state.
Below, we’ve put together a list of 50 getaways that’ll get you exploring the entirety of America with your other half.
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A historical mansion dating back to 1836, the Fort Conde Inn has now been renovated to AAA Four Diamond status. Couples will enjoy the privacy of the luxury rooms, located in an upstairs corner, which are filled with original artwork, antique furniture, and a cozy fireplace, located in a private upstairs corner of the house. Wake up to a complimentary breakfast of fresh-baked biscuits and pastries, as well as entrees like a seafood Benedict.
Couples who truly want to take a remote, romantic adventure should fly to Fairbanks. From there, take a two-hour ride on a private ski plane to the Brooks Mountain Range and a thrilling ride via dogsled to the all-inclusive Iniakuk Lake Wilderness Lodge. Recuperate in your modern log cabin before a night spent chasing the Northern Lights, as an expert editorial photographer captures amazing portraits of you two under the Aurora Borealis.
Surrounded by red rock formations at the base of Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort is exactly as its name implies. The luxury resort offers numerous activities that allow lovebirds to embrace natural wonders, including hikes on the Boynton Canyon trail, airplane tours to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and flights via hot air balloon over scenic Sedona. After a day of exploring, unwind in one of the luxe guest rooms featuring private decks and cozy fireplaces.
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Located in the woods of Eureka Springs, Oak Crest Cottages & Treehouses is the ultimate escape for couples looking for tranquility. A popular lodging option for lovebirds, the chateau treehouse offers a king bed, a deck with a glider swing, and a Jacuzzi for two. Hop on the Eureka Springs Trolley to explore the city.
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Located in Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn is a sanctuary for sweethearts. The luxurious resort, located 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, features 39 guest rooms and one private home, with mesmerizing views of the mountains or coastline. Your stay includes a daily breakfast buffet, access to the infinity pool, and complimentary activities such as daily yoga, guided nature hikes and stargazing. Roughly 10 miles south, you can explore the picturesque Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which is home to the 80-foot-tall McWay Falls.
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With ski lifts only minutes away, Sonnenalp Hotel is the ultimate winter escape. Each suite and room, equipped with custom-made Bavarian furniture and a gas-log fireplace, features a magical view of either Gore Creek or Vail Village. From skiing to ice skating, there are endless activities for you and your partner. After a day in the snow, pamper yourselves with body treatments before relaxing in the heated indoor and outdoor pool.
Famously known as the honeymoon spot of beloved actors Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, this quaint destination is the perfect setting for a low-key romantic getaway. After partaking in some fishing, kayaking and hiking, strolling through the Mystic Seaport to see restored ships and grabbing a slice from Mystic Pizza (modeled after the 1988 movie), enjoy the intimate amenities of the Inn at Mystic, which include wood-burning fireplaces and oversized Jacuzzis.
Vacationers flock to the Rehoboth Beach region quite regularly when the temperatures are high. In the offseason, this oceanfront community makes for a quaint couples getaway. After a stroll on the beach, alongside the calm ocean waters and under the starry night sky, be sure to delight in the twinkle lights and seafood offerings of Salt Air Kitchen, and then retreat to a suite at the Hotel Rehoboth.
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The locale of South Beach may be known for its iconic nightlife, but lovers looking for a dynamic, Art Deco-centric getaway should head straight to The Setai, an intimate oceanfront hotel that treats honeymooners and the like to unbelievable, panoramic views of the coast. Start your Sunday with a brunch accompanied by a live jazz band before relaxing amidst the resort's three pools and private beach.
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If you and your other half are looking for enough space to truly spread your wings, head to Eagle Island, one of eight private islands off the coast of the Darien waterfront. A getaway to the 10-acre haven includes round-trip boat transportation to the vacation house, complete with a massive wrap-around screened porch, hot tub, fireplace and outdoor kitchen. It’s a perfect place to rest after fishing (offshore or inshore), kayaking, crabbing, swimming, and more.
Nothing says true love like waking up at two in the morning to watch the sunrise over a volcanic crater at 10,000 feet above sea level, right? After welcoming the day at Haleakala and biking down via a guided tour, enjoy the afternoon on the sands of Wailea Beach. Close off the evening with a sunset cocktail cruise and retreat to your beautiful room at the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel.
Nature-loving couples should definitely book a trip to Twin Falls to visit its famous Snake River Canyon. The best view of its rivers, lakes and waterfalls is from 1,600 feet in the air — off of the Perrine Bridge, a 1,500-foot-long overpass with a pedestrian walkway. Those who are self-professed thrillseekers are welcome to use the bridge for BASE jumping or parachuting to the canyon floor below.
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Relax with your love at the Harvey House Bed & Breakfast, located in Oak Park, Illinois, and within three blocks of the subway. Each elegant suite is equipped with hand-pressed bed linens, living areas with fireplaces, flatscreen TVs and free WiFi. Don’t forget to order the romance package, which comes with a chilled house Champagne and locally made chocolates. After checking into your room, explore nearby attractions, including the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Millennium Park, and the Navy Pier.
Outdoor explorers should head straight to the Indiana Dunes. Located along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, the state park includes 15 miles of sandy coastline and 70 miles of trails through dunes, marshes, forests, and prairies. After a day of being immersed in nature — hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and the like — enjoy the locally grown, seasonal offerings at the nearby restaurants before heading to bed at a hotel, bed & breakfast, cabin, or campsite.
If an adventure in the Netherlands is a tad too far, settle for a getaway to the town of Pella, also known as "America's Dutch Treasure." Established in 1847, the area is full of delicious Dutch pastries and shops with Hollanders’ signature wooden shoes, as well as the largest working grain windmill in the country. Stroll through the village after a day of outdoor activities at the nearby Lake Red Rock.
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Head over to Kansas City area for a handful of activities made for couples. First, get your hands dirty together with a cooking class at the Culinary Center of Kansas City. Then, spend the afternoon strolling hand-in-hand at the Ted Ensley Gardens to see waterfalls, rose gardens, and panoramic views of Lake Shawnee. Cap off the night with a romantic dinner, followed by an evening of dancing at the Camelot Ballroom.
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Bring your beau to the bourbon capital of the world. Many of the tours stick to cities and towns along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which includes pit stops at all the best distilleries like Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Bulleit, and more. After learning about the scientific process of making the beloved liquor — and probably enjoying a few tastings — grab dinner in Louisville before retiring for the night at the cool and chic 21c Museum Hotel.
Beyond the state’s usual hotspots — Baton Rouge and New Orleans — is an actual hotspot: Avery Island, a massive salt dome best known as the source of Tabasco hot sauce. After checking into a cozy bed and breakfast, take your significant other on a tour of the Tabasco Factory, complete with a Cajun-inspired meal at the onsite restaurant. Walk it off at the Jungle Gardens, a gorgeous 170-acre haven located next door.
For a romantic fall getaway with your main squeeze, head to Maine — specifically, Bar Harbor. After an afternoon spent whale-watching or strolling on some of the country’s most remote beaches, indulge in the region’s signature dishes like a Maine-style lobster roll or a bowl of New England clam chowder. Spend the next day exploring the vast treasures of the nearby Acadia National Park, including watching the sunset from the top of Cadillac Mountain.
Are you and your other half feeling a bit crabby? If you’re craving a fresh serving of the state’s signature shellfish, book a food-filled adventure in Annapolis, a small waterfront town that feels like it’s pulled straight out of a postcard. After picking a slew of steamed blue crabs at Mike's Crab House, choose from a number of chartered boats to enjoy the afternoon. Hit the historic Ego Alley for an unforgettable scenic stroll.
Make your way to the Cape for a summertime escapade amidst a 40-mile stretch of sandy beach. After exploring any of the dozens of freshwater kettle ponds, be sure to ride on the two-mile bicycle trail that leads straight to Coast Guard Beach, which is perfect for an afternoon swim. Then, it’s time for dinner at the Del Mar Bistro before returning to your room at the Chatham Gables Inn.
A vacation without access to a car? Now, that’s an adventure. Leave your driver’s license at home when you ride one of three ferries to Mackinac Island, a Victorian haven where no cars are allowed. Explore over 70 miles of trails by bicycle or horseback, tour through the town on a narrated carriage ride, and stargaze from atop Fort Holmes, the island’s highest point. In the winter, the region is a top destination for cross-country skiing.
Couples who are self-professed fans of camping can make the voyage to Voyageurs National Park. Only accessible by boat, this state park offers remote campsites for those truly craving an isolated experience. Take a guided boat tour to explore the area for the first time, and then set up a home base anywhere in the park. The bulk of your trip will include canoeing, kayaking, and swimming, as 40 percent of the park is water.
No need to go further than Natchez for a riverbank retreat. After a day of hiking, biking, and kayaking, grab a drink at the Charboneau Distillery or the Old South Winery before a delicious dinner of Southern food. Then, get a pair of tickets to a blues concert, which occur practically nightly around town. Save some time before you leave to try your luck at the Magnolia Bluffs Casino, the riverbank replica of a 19th-century sawmill.
There's a slew of things for couples to do when staying in St. Louis. Be sure to begin your getaway with a ride to the top of the Gateway Arch (630 feet high!) for a gorgeous view of the city. After an art-filled afternoon at St. Louis Art Museum or a selfie-centric stroll through the St. Louis City Garden and Botanical Gardens, enjoy an intimate meal at any of the area's romantic restaurants, followed by an extravagant dessert at Bailey's Chocolate Bar.
Sneak your significant other off to the Treasure State for an action-packed vacation amidst the beautiful Montana Rockies. After trying out any of the locally-offered excursions like fly-fishing, archery, sapphire panning, trap shooting, dog sledding, whitewater rafting and hiking (just to name a few), unwind, relax and recover with your lover at the all-inclusive Triple Creek Ranch, a luxury resort at the heart of the Bitterroot Mountain Range.
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The Cornhusker State is stacked with its share of lodging options, ranging from luxury hotels to cozy B&Bs. But those opting for something a little cooler can check into Slattery Vintage Estates for a romantic glamping experience. Snuggle up with your loved one in a fully-furnished tent, and enjoy foil dinners and s'mores by the campfire alongside the other guests. It's perfect with a fresh tray of local wine and cheese straight from the onsite vineyard.
Okay, the word "romantic" might not be the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of Las Vegas. But after watching one of The Strip's sensual live shows like Crazy Horse III or Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity, eating sushi at Yellowtail alongside the beautiful Bellagio fountains, and returning to their luxurious room at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, it'll be the word on the tip of every couple's tongues.
Bring your beau to Bretton Woods for an adrenaline-filled weekend adventure. During the winter months, the mountain boasts the best skiing in the region, with some resorts also offering carriage rides for couples. When it's hot out, opt for a cool canopy tour that lets explorers zip line through the treetops of White Mountains. And wherever you stay, be sure to request a room with exquisite views of the Presidential Range.
A visit to the tiny town of Cape May makes for a delicious and romantic getaway. After a morning stroll on any of its idyllic beaches, delight your palate with wine tastings and tapas at the Willow Creek Winery. Whether you'd then like to go whale watching, take a quaint trolley tour, or hang out with alpacas at the Bay Springs Farm, be sure to venture out to the Cape May Lighthouse to enjoy breathtaking sunset views.
White Sands National Monument, nestled in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, is the perfect playground for nature-loving couples. With gypsum sand covering 275 square miles of desert, the natural wonder is the world's largest gypsum dunefield. Lovebirds can go bicycling, hiking, and best of all, sledding (snow sled saucers can be purchased at the park gift shop). Though there are plenty of lodging options in nearby Alamogordo, there's always the option to backcountry camp on the monument grounds.
Start off with an early dinner at one of the many notable restaurants in Manhattan's West Village, and then stroll uptown via The High Line to watch the sunset over the Hudson River. Order a nightcap at the rooftop bar Gallow Green and head back to your room at the Royalton Hotel, equipped with a circular five-foot-diameter Roman tub.
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Spend a luxurious weekend at the majestic Duke Mansion, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1915 by James Buchanan Duke, this Southern charmer features rooms with a queen or king size bed, private baths, luxurious robes and fine toiletries. Take a walk through the four-and-a-half acres of gardens and grounds or head into downtown Charlotte, which is only two miles away from the grand bed and breakfast.
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Couples who like to immerse themselves in the arts should consider checking into The Hotel Donaldson. Each room features artwork from artists like Ali Larock, Gretchen Bederman, Deane Colin Fay, and more. Your stay includes complimentary wine and cheese, as well as a complimentary artisan pastry basket. Located in downtown Fargo, the hotel is close to many restaurants, museums, and bars.
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Ever wanted to live like a king and queen? You can at Ravenwood Castle, located in New Plymouth, Ohio. The structure, inspired by castles built to defend the border between England and Wales in the 12th and 13th centuries, features rooms inspired by fairy tale characters and royal figures, like "Rapunzel's Tower," "Queen Elizabeth Suite," and "Empress Matilda Suite." During your stay, take part in different themed murder mystery events, because couples who solve puzzles together stay together.
Wind down with your better half at one of the rustic lodges at Rivers Edge Cottages. Each cottage varies with its amenities — some include a Jacuzzi in the bedroom while others feature a hydrotherapy tub — but all offer peaceful respite in the woods. At Rivers Edge, paddle in Mountain Fork River or bike on the country roads. Before the sun goes down, take a spin on the Talimena Scenic Drive, a mountaintop drive extending from Talihina, Oklahoma, to Mena, Arkansas.
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Located in Oregon Caves National Monument, the Oregon Caves Chateau is a historic American hotel, built six stories high, that spans a small gorge. Inside the rustic structure, you and your beloved can sip on a cup of Joe at the hotel's charming 1930s coffee shop. Of course, after getting a caffeine kick, exploring the caves is a must. Whether you decide to take a cave tour or go hiking, don't forget to bring your GoPro!
Nothing says "I love you" more than chocolates, so why not take your sweetie to The Hotel Hershey, a four-star hotel opened by American confectioner Milton S. Hershey in 1933. Located on a hilltop overlooking Hershey, Penn., the sweet space is minutes away from Hersheypark, Hershey Gardens and ZooAmerica. Of course, the hotel's spa offers plenty of chocolate-infused treatments, like the chocolate fondue wrap, cocoa massage, and whipped cocoa bath.
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The Chanler at Cliff Walk is fit for any couple looking for a summer retreat with New England charm. The elegant hotel, housed in a 19th-century mansion, offers theme-decorated rooms with postcard-worthy views of Easton Bay. It's no wonder Conde Nast Traveler named it the "Most Romantic Hotel in America" in 2016. Enjoy a delicious dinner at Spiced Pear, the hotel's restaurant, where the New England dishes are infused with French influences.
Spend a romantic weekend at the Cottages on Charleston Harbor, where you and babe can check into one of 10 charming cottages and admire the beautiful bay from your private porch. Each cottage includes a full kitchen and living room. Visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, one of the nation's oldest gardens. It opened to the public in 1870. Stop by Rainbow Row, a series of 13 colorful historic houses that are worth sharing on Instagram.
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Make time for you and your boo at Hisega Lodge in Black Hills, roughly 10 miles from Rapid City. The historic lodge, built in 1908, offers a variety of cozy rustic rooms and cozy suites. Gourmet breakfast is provided every morning as part of your stay, so never worry about waking up hungry. After fueling up, go mountain biking or rock climbing in Black Hills, where the iconic Mount Rushmore can be found in the Southern Hills region.
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Book a night (or two) at the Hermitage Hotel, Nashville's longest standing hotel, and experience the charming spirit of Music City. Each room averages 500 square feet of space, so there's a generous amount of room for lounging around. Since Nashville is considered the capital of country music, stop by the Country Music Hall of Fame to learn more about the music genre's history.
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Treehouses aren't just for kids — they can be for lovebirds, too. Consider the magical fortress that is the Lofthaven, which is built around an ancient cypress trunk. The dreamy hideaway comes with a canopy bed and hammock, as well as a wraparound porch that provides a perfect view of the green surrounding. The Lofthaven also offers a romantic package that includes a zip line tour, house wine tasting at Stonehouse Vineyard, and dinner at Apis Restaurant and Apiary.
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Seek solace with your love at Amangiri, a remote resort that spans 600 acres in Canyon Point, Utah. Choose between spacious suites or private homes — whatever you decide, you're welcomed with sweeping canyon views. Those seeking nearby activities are in luck — you can go rafting in the Colorado River, horseback riding in Monument Valley, and flying via hot air balloon to take in the wondrous landscape. If lovebirds aren't looking to leave the luxurious hideaway, there's always the option of taking a dip in the stone-lined step pool or relaxing in the steam room.
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A member of Historic Hotels of America, the Castle Hill Resort and Spa is one of Vermont's most romantic getaways. The charming hotel offers 10 individually decorated rooms, so you can bet your stay will be uniquely catered to you and your sweetheart. Drive roughly 30 minutes north to Plymouth Artisan Cheese, one of the oldest cheese enterprises in the U.S., where you can sample cheese and take self-guided tours around the the factory. Because let's be real, who doesn't love cheese?
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Surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay, the Tides Inn is the perfect getaway for lovers looking for peace and beauty by the bay. Learn how to sail in the tranquil waters or embrace the thrill of riding a jet ski — the Virginia resort offers numerous water activities. If you and your partner prefer to be more low-key, take a guided meditation class or enjoy a body treatment at the spa. End your evening with alfresco dining at Overlook Dining, where you and your partner can enjoy your meals with a view.
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Find peace at the Rolling Huts, a modern camping alternative located in Methow Valley. Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle, each hut (six in total) offers a view of the mountains, a sleeping platform fit for two and a fireplace to keep you warm should you be visiting in the winter. Since the valley is home to one of the world's longest cross-country skiing trails (at 120 miles), sign up for lessons and become a pro skier in no time (or you can at least try).
Take a nice hike with your significant other at Blackwater Fall State Park, located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, and enjoy the park's 2,358 acres of natural beauty and mesmerizing 62-foot waterfall. There are options to go rafting, tubing or canoeing on the Cheat River for adventure-seeking lovers. After a day of outdoor fun, wind down at the Canaan Valley Resort. You can check into a modern suite or book a rustic cabin.
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Unwind with your partner at Door County Cottages, a secluded getaway in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. The countryside cabins are equipped with private whirlpools, saunas and fireplaces — ideal for a weekend of relaxation. Located minutes away from the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, you can charter a boat during the day or take a romantic stroll along the shoreline.
Check in at Jackson Hole Hideout, a bed and breakfast where you and your other half are hidden from the world in the lodge-style guest rooms. Wake up to breakfast, served from 8 to 9 a.m., and dine with other guests in the Hideout's dining room before heading out for the day's adventure. Explore the Grand Teton National Park, where it's about a 30-minute drive from the Hideout, and take in the alpine lakes and lush green valleys.