The absolute best romantic adventures in every state

istockphoto.com

Alabama: Orange Beach from The Absolute Best Romantic Adventure in Every State

The Absolute Best Romantic Adventure in Every State

Love is in the air at these exciting destinations
The absolute best romantic adventures in every state

istockphoto.com

Whether you're in a budding relationship or you're a seasoned pair looking to reignite the flame, an intimate trip is never a bad idea. These exciting romantic getaways in every state will get you exploring the entirety of America and trying new things with your other half.

Alabama: Orange Beach

Alabama: Orange Beach

istockphoto.com

Adventurous couples flock to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach along the Gulf of Mexico for the clear blue waters and white-sand beaches. Relax while enjoying the beautiful views or go on adventures on both land and sea. Kayak alongside bottlenose dolphins, fly down Alabama's longest zipline course, tour beautiful parks and wildlife sanctuaries and more.

Alaska: Fairbanks

Alaska: Fairbanks

Shutterstock

Couples who truly want to take a remote, romantic adventure should head to Fairbanks. Get your adrenaline pumping on a dogsled ride or by whitewater rafting through Denali National Park. Hit up one of the mineral-rich hot springs to unwind before heading out at night to chase the northern lights. Seeing the breathtaking aurora borealis together makes for an unforgettable moment.

Arizona: Sedona

Arizona: Sedona

Dreamstime

One of the most underrated cities in the U.S., Sedona, Arizona, is a vibrant city with great ways to play and relax. Its stunning formations in Red Rock State Park can be explored on foot, bike or horseback.

Arkansas: Whitaker Point (Kingston)

Arkansas: Whitaker Point (Kingston)

istockphoto.com

Also known as Hawksbill Crag, Whitaker Point is a rock formation that's one of the most photographed spots in Arkansas. The ledge dramatically juts out above the beautiful rolling hills of the Ozarks below, making it the perfect place for a romantic moment. This view can be reached via an easy hike that passes by waterfalls and rock formations.

California: Big Sur

California: Big Sur

istockphoto.com

Big Sur is one of the most stunning portions of the California coast thanks to its dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and unspoiled natural sights. The serene landscapes and quaint towns and eateries to stop in make for a perfect honeymoon or anniversary destination. The picturesque Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is home to the 80-foot-tall McWay Falls, while Andrew Molera State Park boasts 4,800 acres of beaches, redwood trees and hiking trails.

Colorado: Glenwood Springs

Colorado: Glenwood Springs

istockphoto.com

Glenwood Springs is an idyllic Colorado retreat. Surrounded by the White River National Forest and the Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Springs is famous for its soothing mineral hot springs and spas. The town also has great romantic restaurants, some of the country's best fly fishing and access to water sports like whitewater rafting. Take an early-morning hike to Hanging Lake. In order to help preserve this gorgeous natural gem, visitors need to make a reservation for a permit to hike there.

Connecticut: Connecticut Wine Trail

Connecticut: Connecticut Wine Trail

istockphoto.com

It's hard to choose just one picturesque town in Connecticut for a romantic getaway, so why not explore more than one by winding your way along the Connecticut Wine Trail. The state is home to over 40 vineyards and wineries, many of which offer tours and events like yoga and live music and have on-site markets and restaurants.

Delaware: Rehoboth Beach

Delaware: Rehoboth Beach

Shutterstock

Vacationers flock to the Rehoboth Beach region when the temperatures are high. But in the offseason, this oceanfront community makes for a quaint couples getaway. Stroll on the beach or the scenic boardwalk to enjoy the calm ocean waters and serene views. Head to Cape Henlopen State Park for hiking or camping before eating local fare from the farmers market or dining at one of the city's many tasty restaurants.

Florida: Key West

Florida: Key West

Shutterstock

Key West is home to the third-largest barrier reef in the world, making it a must-visit for seeing jaw-dropping underwater life while snorkeling or scuba diving. Key West also boasts some of the best beaches in the state, and nearby Dry Tortugas National Park is an underrated gem. Cozy up next to your loved one at the end of an exciting day on a sunset cruise.

Georgia: Savannah

Georgia: Savannah

Dreamstime

Savannah has a special Southern air of magic and mystery that has long drawn tourists to Georgia’s oldest city. Stay overnight in a beautiful mansion, eat amazing local cuisine, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage and stroll through the city's incredible gardens and parks. Savannah is also one of the country's most haunted cities, and you can tour its supposedly haunted houses while learning about the city's history.

Hawaii: Halona Beach Cove (Oahu)

Hawaii: Halona Beach Cove (Oahu)

istockphoto.com

Halona Beach Cove, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, has earned the nickname “Eternity Beach" because it was featured in an iconic scene in the romantic film "From Here to Eternity." Today, the beach is still just as dreamy as when Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr embraced in the surf and is a lovely place to swim, fish and take in the view from the Halona Blowhole overlook.

Idaho: Sun Valley

Idaho: Sun Valley

Shutterstock

Sun Valley is known as a magical skiing mecca, but it also has plenty of other outdoor adventures, as well as local shopping and dining. Enjoy miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, hiking, biking, fishing and golf in the summer, and a year-round outdoor skating rink at Sun Valley Lodge.

Illinois: Galena

Illinois: Galena

Shutterstock

For a charming retreat, head to Galena, Illinois, which was named after a mineral that was mined in the area. Visit the historic district, which has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places, take a stroll down historic Main Street, which overlooks the Galena River, and go for a scenic drive through the town’s rolling hills. Galena also has opportunities for hunting, fishing, golfing, bird-watching and hot air ballooning.

Indiana: Indiana Dunes

Indiana: Indiana Dunes

Shutterstock

The Indiana Dunes is the place to be for outdoor fun. Located along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, this state park includes 15 miles of sandy coastline and 70 miles of trails through dunes, marshes, forests and prairies. Spend the day hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and more before cozying up at a hotel, bed-and-breakfast, cabin or campsite.

Iowa: Pella

Iowa: Pella

Shutterstock

If an adventure in the Netherlands is a tad too far, plan a getaway to the town of Pella, also known as "America's Dutch Treasure." Established in 1847, the Iowa town 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.

Kansas: Topeka

Kansas: Topeka

istockphoto.com

The capital city of Kansas has a rich history and makes for a fantastic home base for a couples vacation spent enjoying the outdoors. Lake Shawnee is a great spot for fishing, sailing, swimming and boating and is surrounded by a more than 1,000-acre park with trails, a golf course, a marina, tennis courts and more. Ted Ensley Gardens along the lake has 1,500 species of plants and flowers, while Reinisch Rose Gardens has more than 400 varieties of roses, making it the perfect place for a romantic stroll.

Kentucky: The Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Kentucky: The Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Shutterstock

Bring your beau to the bourbon capital of the world to learn all about one of America's national liquors. Travel through the cities and towns along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, making pit stops at all the best distilleries like Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Bulleit and more. After learning about the history and science behind bourbon and enjoying tastings, you can take short detours to some of Kentucky's natural wonders, including Cumberland Falls, Mammoth Cave and Red River Gorge.

Louisiana: Avery Island

Louisiana: Avery Island

Shutterstock

Beyond Louisiana's usual hotspots of 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, spice things up with your significant other on a tour of the Tabasco factory, complete with a Cajun-inspired meal at the onsite restaurant. Walk it off exploring the Jungle Gardens, a gorgeous 170-acre haven filled with serene bayous and live oaks dripping with Spanish moss.

Maine: Bar Harbor

Maine: Bar Harbor

Shutterstock

For a romantic fall getaway with your main squeeze, head to Bar Harbor, Maine. After an afternoon spent whale watching or strolling on some of the country’s most pristine, 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.

Maryland: Annapolis

Maryland: Annapolis

Shutterstock

Enjoy a food-filled adventure in Annapolis, Maryland, a small waterfront town that feels like it’s straight off of a postcard. Head to the historic Ego Alley for an unforgettable scenic stroll admiring the boats before chartering one yourself to enjoy the sights and sea air or taking a sailing lesson to learn the ropes. Of course, you can also go crabbing or simply chow down on steamed crab at a local restaurant.

Massachusetts: Cape Cod

Massachusetts: Cape Cod

Shutterstock

Make your way to the Cape for summertime escapades along 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. Watch grey seals frolic in the harbor at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, and wander through more than 100 acres of plants and flowers at Heritage Museums & Gardens.

Michigan: Mackinac Island

Michigan: Mackinac Island

istockphoto.com

Leave your driver’s license at home when you take a ferry 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 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.

Minnesota: Voyageurs National Park

Minnesota: Voyageurs National Park

Shutterstock

Couples who are fans of the water should make the voyage to Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park. Only accessible by boat, this state park is 40 percent water and offers remote campsites for those truly craving an isolated experience. Take a guided boat tour or explore the area by canoeing, kayaking and swimming through of gorgeous waterways.

Mississippi: Natchez Trace Parkway

Mississippi: Natchez Trace Parkway

Dreamstime

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through three states — Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee — with beautiful sights and historical and recreational stops along the way. See scenery like the Mississippi River and cypress swamps as well as Elvis' birthplace and Emerald Mound, the second largest Native American ceremonial mound in the United States.

Missouri: St. Louis

Missouri: St. Louis

Shutterstock

There's a slew of things for couples to do when staying in St. Louis, Missouri. Begin your getaway with a ride 630 feet up to the top of the Gateway Arch 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.

Montana: Glacier National Park

Montana: Glacier National Park

Shutterstock

Spanning more than 1 million acres, Glacier National Park is an outdoor wonderland for lovebirds to explore. The 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road winds throughout the park and is one of the best scenic drives in the country. The park is home to amazing wildlife such as grizzly bears, mountain goats, wolverines, Canadian lynxes and hundreds of species of birds.

Nebraska: Lincoln

Nebraska: Lincoln

istockphoto.com

Nebraska's capital city has many scenic spots, including the Sunken Gardens, Hamann Rose Garden and Sheldon Museum of Art. Pioneers Park Nature Center is a 668-acre nature preserve in the heart of the city with trails for hiking and biking.

Nevada: Las Vegas

Nevada: Las Vegas

Dreamstime

Las Vegas might be known as Sin City, but it's also a dazzling destination to wine and dine your significant other. Enjoy some of the city's world-class restaurants, stay in a glamorous hotel room, indulge in a luxurious couples spa treatment and take in iconic sights like the Bellagio fountain, the canals of the Venetian or the views from the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel.

New Hampshire: Bretton Woods

New Hampshire: Bretton Woods

Shutterstock

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 romantic 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.

New Jersey: Cape May

New Jersey: Cape May

istockphoto.com

A visit to the tiny town of Cape May, New Jersey, makes for a delicious and romantic getaway. After a morning stroll on any of its idyllic beaches, delight your palate with tastings at a local winery. You can also go whale watching, take a quaint trolley tour or venture out to Cape May Lighthouse to enjoy breathtaking sunset views.

New Mexico: White Sands National Monument

New Mexico: White Sands National Monument

Shutterstock

White Sands National Monument, nestled in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, is a unique playground for nature-loving couples. This natural wonder is the world's largest gypsum dunefield. Lovebirds can go bicycling, hiking and sledding as well as capture amazing photos on the dunes' sugar-white sands.

New York: Letchworth State Park

New York: Letchworth State Park

istockphoto.com

New York's Letchworth State Park contains the Genesee River, which roars over a 550-foot gorge to create three different waterfalls. Explore the park on the ground by whitewater rafting, kayaking and hiking, or take to the skies on a hot air balloon ride to see the stunning falls from above.

North Carolina: Charlotte

North Carolina: Charlotte

istockphoto.com

Vintage southern charm meets exciting, modern culture in Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city. Catch at race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, explore cafes, boutiques and restaurants or take a stroll down Little Sugar Creek Greenway. You can even catch a wave at the largest artificial white-water river in the world.

North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

istockphoto.com

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the perfect place for animal-loving couples looking to practice their nature photography. The 70,400 acres of badlands are home to prairie dog towns, wild horses, elk, whitetail deer, wild horses and bison. Marvel at nature as you two take a scenic drive or hike along 12 trails through the park.

Ohio: Holmes County

Ohio: Holmes County

istockphoto.com

Unplug from technology and step into a simpler way of life by visiting Ohio's Amish Country in Berlin and Holmes County. More than 40 percent of the county’s population adheres to the traditionalist faith, and you and your loved one can learn about local culture, enjoy homemade food and crafts and stay in charming B&Bs or cottages. Indulge at chocolatiers and wineries or explore Mohican State Park and the adjacent 4,525-acre state forest.

Oklahoma: Talimena Scenic Drive

Oklahoma: Talimena Scenic Drive

istockphoto.com

Talimena Scenic Drive is a beautiful mountaintop drive extending 54 miles through the Ouachita National Forest from Talihina, Oklahoma, to Mena, Arkansas. The winding, tree-flanked two-lane highway is covered in flowers in spring and bursting with brilliant color in autumn, making it an ideal place to take a romantic drive.

Oregon: Crater Lake National Park

Oregon: Crater Lake National Park

istockphoto.com

Crater Lake National Park is known for its breathtaking blue color and spectacular views, making it an ideal place to recharge in nature with your sweetheart. The park is a great setting for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter and hiking, biking and more in the warmer months.

Pennsylvania: Cherry Springs State Park

Pennsylvania: Cherry Springs State Park

istockphoto.com

Cherry Springs State Park, named for its large black cherry trees, is an 82-acre state park surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The remote park is one of the only “dark sky” areas on the East Coast. This means it restricts outdoor lighting so conditions are optimal for stargazing with your love. Tens of thousands of stars, the Milky Way, the northern lights and more can be seen with the naked eye.

Rhode Island: Newport Cliff Walk (Newport)

Rhode Island: Newport Cliff Walk (Newport)

Dreamstime

The Newport Cliff Walk is the ideal place to enjoy the "City by the Sea." This 3.5-mile scenic path along the Atlantic coast offers picture-perfect views of the sea and surrounding charming Gilded Age mansions. The city of Newport itself also boasts plenty of opportunities to enjoy the coastal surroundings, such as sailing, sunset cruises, horseback riding on the beach and more.

South Carolina: Charleston

South Carolina: Charleston

Shutterstock

When it comes to romantic destinations, Charleston, South Carolina, has something for every couple. The charming city has spectacular local food, golf courses, shopping, beaches and historic sites. Wander the cobblestone streets, lined with buildings that date back to the 1700s. Go on a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride and explore the city's many historical homes and gardens.

South Dakota: Black Hills

South Dakota: Black Hills

istockphoto.com

Most people know the Black Hills of South Dakota as the home of Mount Rushmore, but the area has so much fun to offer adventurous couples. Custer State Park is a great place to play, with opportunities for wildlife spotting, hiking, fishing, water sports and scenic drives. Badlands National Park and Devil's Tower National Monument have otherworldly views and rugged, remote terrain for hiking and climbing.

Tennessee: Nashville

Tennessee: Nashville

istockphoto.com

Nashville, Tennessee, is considered the capital of country music, with must-visit stops for music fans such as the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. You can also get plenty of fresh air by hiking, boating, fishing and relaxing at any of the area’s urban parks. Once you've worked up an appetite, Nashville's dining scene will dish up anything from classic hot chicken to five-star fare.

Texas: Big Bend National Park

Texas: Big Bend National Park

istockphoto.com

Big Bend in southwest Texas is a far less visited national park, meaning couples can enjoy the stunning desert landscape in solitude. For outdoor adventures, hike the Chisos Mountains, raft through Santa Elena Canyon or float the Rio Grande River. Enjoy a romantic night taking in the night sky together in one of the country's most outstanding spots for stargazing.

Utah: Arches National Park

Utah: Arches National Park

istockphoto.com

Utah's Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches in addition to a variety of unique geological formations. These make a special, spectacular backdrop for camping, hiking, rafting, mountain biking and rock climbing with your partner.

Vermont: Woodstock

Vermont: Woodstock

istockphoto.com

Woodstock is a charming, year-round destination on the banks of the Ottauquechee River. A magical destination from a storybook in the wintertime, Woodstock is lovely to explore in the spring, summer and fall as well. Hike to the top of Mount Tom or head over to the stunning Quechee Gorge before relaxing with a beer at a local brewery, shopping at local stores or grabbing food from the farmers market for a picnic.

Virginia: Skyline Drive

Virginia: Skyline Drive

istockphoto.com

Skyline Drive runs 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. Its views make it one of the best roadtrips in the country no matter the season. Enjoy fire-colored foliage in the fall, wildflowers blooming in the spring and summer and icy, uninterrupted views in the winter.

Washington: San Juan Islands

Washington: San Juan Islands

Dreamstime

Reconnect with each other and nature at northwest Washington's San Juan Islands, which can only be reached by ferry or seaplane. Not only are they one of the world's best whale watching spots, they have miles of beautiful forests and coastlines perfect for kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking and more.

Washington, D.C.: Tidal Basin

Washington, D.C.: Tidal Basin

istockphoto.com

The Tidal Basin is part of West Potomac Park and its loop trail will take lovebirds past some of D.C.'s most stunning sights, including cherry trees, the Jefferson Memorial and the National Mall. You can rent paddle boats or take a national park ranger-guided tour. Head over to the Old Post Office Pavilion to take in a bird's-eye view of the basin and the rest of the city from the observation deck.

West Virginia: Blackwater Falls State Park

West Virginia: Blackwater Falls State Park

istockphoto.com

Blackwater Falls State Park, located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, has 2,358 acres of natural beauty and a mesmerizing, dark-tinted 62-foot waterfall. You and your loved one can go rafting, tubing, fishing or canoeing on the Cheat River and explore over 20 miles of hiking trails.

Wisconsin: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Wisconsin: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

istockphoto.com

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is spectacular no matter the season. Comprising 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland coastline, the lakeshore features a series of sandstone sea caves that were eroded out from underneath the islands. You can explore them by kayaking or scuba diving in the warmer months. In the winter, when Lake Superior freezes, visitors can hike across the lake's surface and see the stunning ice formations inside the caves.

Wyoming: Jackson Hole

Wyoming: Jackson Hole

Shutterstock

Grand Teton National Park's alpine lakes, lush green valleys and abundant wildlife are easily accessible from the adventure destination of Jackson Hole. This rustic Western town offers spectacular hiking opportunities in the warmer months and fantastic skiing in the winter. It also offers plenty of creature comforts like world-class restaurants and spas where you can unwind at the end of the day. If you're drawn to Jackson Hole because of its rich history, there are 50 more American destinations every history buff should visit in their lifetime.

More from The Active Times:

How to Host the Perfect Wedding Shower

Wedding Etiquette Isn’t What It Used to Be. Here’s How It’s Changed

The Most Beautiful College Campuses in America

The 40 Most Beautiful Coastlines in the World

25 Habits of Toxic People