The Most Romantic City in Every State from The Most Romantic City in Every State

The Most Romantic City in Every State

The Most Romantic City in Every State

Dinner and a movie dates just stop being enough after a while. There is nothing wrong with wanting more; in fact, it’s recommended to spice up your relationship. Step up your game by getting out of town and going on a romantic adventure. Valentine's Day looms and if you are wondering which towns offer the most for a day, or a weekend, of fun celebrations, take a look at the following list. It is based on multiple surveys and rankings done by several travel-oriented publications, including a study by Amazon. Some of the picks will surely surprise you.

Alabama – Orange Beach

Alabama – Orange Beach

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Orange Beach is an ideal destination for a romantic couple like also likes to stay active. It’s perfect for beach hikes and kayaking. Go on a date and take a ride on the Ferris wheel on The Wharf. After that compete at who is better in mini-golfing on Adventure Island. Or you can learn a new craft together – the art center offers painting classes. Those of you who like to be on the water go on a cruise watching dolphins.

Alaska – Fairbanks

Alaska – Fairbanks

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It’s hard to imagine a more romantic date than seeing Mother Nature’s best light show – the Northern Lights. There are many tour companies that offer the adventure. After staying up to photograph the Aurora Borealis, you can go dogsledding, take a curling lesson, soak in the geothermal waters of Chena Hot Springs, walk among reindeer at the Running Reindeer Ranch, and observe intricate works at the Ice Sculpture Museum.

Arizona – Scottsdale

Arizona – Scottsdale

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This affordable town makes for a perfect romantic getaway for a couple who likes to have fun. With a lively nightlife scene and several cultural attractions, and plenty of outdoor adventure opportunities, Scottsdale is not to be missed. Couples who like to run together can go in the fall and participate in the half-day mountain bike tour through the Sonoran Desert. Other can, for example, go on a kayak ride through the desert’s Salt River, a lush oasis surrounded by red cliffs and wondrous wildlife.

Arkansas - Eureka Springs

Arkansas - Eureka Springs

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Eureka Springs is dubbed “Victorian mountain village.” This is enough to make newlyweds book a trip there for a relaxing and unwinding vacation. They can have it all – festivals, hiking, culinary adventures, and cozy spa experiences – minus all of the tourists if you go in the winter. You can stay in a unique treehouse or a haunted hotel. Explore the dozens of natural springs tucked into the mountains and winding trails, small lakes and pocket parks.

California – Sonoma

California – Sonoma

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This is where wine and winter go together like mornings and Bloody Marys. Regardless of when you actually visit, go to a vineyard to try some of the best wines in the country. Consider the Heart of Sonoma Valley Wine Trail. You can visit 11 wineries with one pass only. You can actually be a winemaker for the day at the DeLoach Vineyards. And you get to keep what you produced at the end of your “shift.”

Colorado – Telluride

Colorado – Telluride

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This is one of the top mountain towns in the country ideal for relaxation. Couples who like winter sports but want to try something other than skiing or snowboarding, consider snowshoeing. A walk through the quiet alpine meadows of Telluride seems like the perfect place to try it. Some resorts offer miles of easy trails. For a more authentic experience, you may want to consider going on such a hike with naturalists.

Connecticut – Mystic

Connecticut – Mystic

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Mystic is famous for being the place where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall left for after getting married. It’s easy to see why. This is a beautiful, small, charming coastal town that lacks annoying crowds and the hustle and bustle of the big city. Head to the Mystic Seaport to see old restored ships and a tiny recreated 19th-century village. Stop by the aquarium and planetarium, too.

Delaware – Rehoboth Beach

Delaware – Rehoboth Beach

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This small town has a lot to offer, especially in the summer when its calm shores welcome thousands of tourists. Take your significant other on a date and remember what it’s like to be a kid at the water park and mini-golf course at Jungle Jim’s. Lined with diverse shops, restaurants, and amusements, the boardwalk is a fun destination as well. Many love it for its amazing food and various sweet treats, too. Hop on over to the nearby Dewey Beach for some skimboarding lessons.

Florida – Amelia Island

Florida – Amelia Island

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Amelia Island consists of 13 miles of pristine beaches. Go for a walk on the beach with your family, take up a new water sport or just lay out in the sun. Also make sure you take a historic tour, ride a horse and carriage and de stress at the Ritz-Carlton Spa. You will also find incredible wildlife and tons of adventures to embark on.

Georgia – Savannah

Georgia – Savannah

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The city used to be among the most underrated cities in the country, but the word is getting out about how wonderful it actually is. There is so much to see in historic Savannah where Southern charm comes to life everywhere. Take your pick between imaginative architecture, haunted houses, dinner cruises with live entertainment. Take a break from dancing and head up to the deck for spectacular views of the city as the sun sets. There is a wide variety of free activities – go sightseeing in Forsyth Park, relax at Tybee Island Beach or take a leisurely stroll through City Market.

Hawaii – Lahaina

Hawaii – Lahaina

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Lahaina is one of the best beach towns to live in this year. The census-designated place in West Maui used to be known as Lele, which means “relentless sun” in Hawaiian. The historic area has been transformed into a modern hot spot. The sunny climate and oceanfront location provide the ideal setting for fun activities and entertainment. It has some of the best beaches for surfing on the island.

Idaho – Wallace

Idaho – Wallace

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This is a charming town you will never believe is in the U.S. Wallace is the last town entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore the more than 1,000 miles of mining, logging and Forest Service roads that have been turned into the world’s largest mountain bike, ATV and snowmobile trail system. Go on underground mine tours, and visit the mine museums after hiking in lush green forests.

Illinois – Galena

Illinois – Galena

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Most people will go to Chicago but Galena should come in as a close second. An active couple will have plenty to do. Take on an outdoor adventure along the Mississippi River, or spend hours exploring the nooks and crannies of the city’s many historic sites. Another favorite is soaring the sky in a hot air balloon. You may also like teeing up a round of golf on the championship greens. From waterways and byways to unbeaten paths, Galena Country is a thrilling gem.

Indiana – Wabash

Indiana – Wabash

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There are plenty of places to go on romantic walks in Wabash, a city that is full of parks, and even an apple orchard. The Salamonie and Mississinewa Reservoirs are home to an array of outdoor adventures. See fascinating attractions and historical treasures, and take part in leisure activities. The artist in you will appreciate the many galleries, artist wares, antique malls and specialty shops.

Iowa – Pella

Iowa – Pella

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Being here is like being in the Netherlands (with few exceptions). The wooden shoes, delicate Dutch pastries, the musically animated Klokkenspel, the gorgeous Molengracht canal with working drawbridge and the tallest working windmill in the U.S. – all sights to enjoy. The variety of outdoor recreation at nearby Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake, is also a great date spot.

Kansas – Cottonwood Falls

Kansas – Cottonwood Falls

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This is a small town of just over 860 residents. You are guaranteed quiet and privacy here. The main street is the main attraction. It’s just three blocks long, but its charm will captivate you. It is home to art galleries, boutiques, antique stores, museums, and restaurants.  Walk to its end to the gorgeous historic stone bridge, the site of the annual River Suite.  It is close to the so called “Flint Hills Scenic Byway,” known as one of the eight wonders of Kansas.

Kentucky – Louisville

Kentucky – Louisville

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True, the guys may enjoy the bourbon capital of the world more, but it’s definitely a fun getaway for all. If you like to know more about this unique American beverage, this is the place to go. Visit distilleries and participate in several tastings so you can get feel the authenticity of each final product. Explore the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and you’ll get an idea of the scientific process behind making this native to America spirit. Ride the fashionable Frankfort Avenue on a trolley and enjoy the free wine and snacks some boutiques offer.

Louisiana – Avery Island

Louisiana – Avery Island

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If you like hot sauce, you’re going to live Avery Island, the home of Tabasco. The island doesn’t have hotels so you’ll be staying in small B&Bs, which is always romantic. Take a trip to Jungle Gardens, a 170-acre semitropical garden. It’s a favorite for naturalists, bird watchers. Enjoy the gently rolling landscape, botanical treasures and abundant wildlife. See a rogue croc or deer from up close. Obviously, you should visit the Tabasco factory and eat at its restaurant to have some Cajun-inspired delicious food.

Maine – Bar Harbor

Maine – Bar Harbor

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Take your significant other on a trip here, preferably in the fall. Bar Harbor is one of the very best places to see incredible fall displays. It has easy access to Acadia National Park. Located at the edge of the sea, Bar Harbor has the perfect combination of adventure or romance opportunities. It is also the artistic and food hub of Mount Desert Island. Bonus: Bar Harbor is one of the best places for whale watching adventure trips.  

Maryland – Annapolis

Maryland – Annapolis

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This is a great place to go on a date on a boat or if you love fresh sea food, especially crab. It’s all about the gorgeous and romantic waterfront location, which is postcard-worthy. Annapolis has a small-town feel, too, which is always a plus when you are looking for some peace and quiet. Wander through Historic Annapolis and Ego Alley, arguably the city’s most scenic area.

Massachusetts – Nantucket

Massachusetts – Nantucket

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Just a short ferry ride from Cape Cod, this small and beautiful island is perfect for couples. This secluded 30-mile island is a summer destination mostly for the rich and famous. Just walking around makes you feel like you are living in a fairytale. Many lodgings are very pet friendly, too. Tip: Did you know that Nantucket is one of New England’s top surfing destinations, especially for beginners?

Michigan – Mackinac Island

Michigan – Mackinac Island

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This is one of the best island vacations you can take without leaving the U.S. Take your partner and go back in time on Mackinac Island. It was voted a "Top 10 U.S. Island" by Trip Advisor. For one, there are no cars; they are not allowed. So trek this Victorian treasure on bike, horseback, and carriageYou will never run out of quests to explore. The island has little development land because it’s working hard to preserve its natural treasures. That’s why hiking, fishing and hunting are exhilarating.

Minnesota – Lanesboro

Minnesota – Lanesboro

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Lanesboro is famous as the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota. This means it offers outstanding hospitality. In addition to feeling like royalty, the town offers rich arts and culture scene as well as many options for recreation, relaxation and romance in a historic setting located in the rustic country region of southeastern Minnesota. The nature lovers should go camping – campgrounds are nestled in the scenic root river valley.

Mississippi – Natchez

Mississippi – Natchez

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Its location on the riverbank makes its idea for all sorts of maritime activity on the Mighty Mississippi. The atmosphere on land is romantic, too. You can attend blues concerts almost every night and stay overnight at beautiful antebellum homes. Make sure you stop by the he distillery and the winery, of course, and go on a carriage tour through historic Downtown. Try your luck gambling, if you want, at the casino on the riverbank that is actually a replica of a 19th century sawmill.

Missouri – Springfield

Missouri – Springfield

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Springfield is the heart and soul of the Ozarks. As a regional hub with large city amenities and small town hospitality, you will find plenty of intriguing attractions, a diverse culinary scene, and unique shopping. Locals take pride in the fact that their culture is “rooted in the genuine desire to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.” Popular attractions include the C-Street Historic District, the Calaboose, the 7C’s Winery & Vineyard, the Battle of Springfield Tour, and the Civil War Library at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

Montana – Billings

Montana – Billings

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Everywhere you turn you will be in awe of the beauty of the city. Some of the must-see attractions are the Beartooth Highway, a scenic pass that is the most beautiful gateway to Yellowstone Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument so you can take in history on the grounds where it took place, the Pictograph Caves where there is evidence of habitation dating back 4500 years, and the Yellowstone River, the longest free flowing river in the lower 48 states.

Nebraska – Nebraska City

Nebraska – Nebraska City

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Locals often say “we don’t have everything, but we do have a lot of things.” History buff will love it here. An absolute must-visit is the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, where you will find out about the findings Lewis & Clark made in Nebraska. Stop by the Mayhew Cabin with John Brown's Cave, which is the only officially recognized Underground Railroad station in the state. Go on a fun date at the Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure, where you can climb a tree house 50 feet high, play in the Nature Explore Classroom, and tour the Lied Greenhouse, where millions of tree seedlings get their start.

Nevada – Las Vegas

Nevada – Las Vegas

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A trip to Las Vegas would not be complete without thrilling adventures and, of course, gambling (and possibly getting hitched). But when you run out of gambling money, what do you do? Don’t fret. There are plenty of free things to do in Las Vegas. Fall of Atlantic at Caesars, Hershey’s Chocolate World, M&M’s World, The LINQ Promenade, and the Volcano at the Mirage, to name a few. 

New Hampshire – Portsmouth

New Hampshire – Portsmouth

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This is one of the best beach towns in the U.S. Portsmouth prides itself on being one of the nation’s oldest cities – it’s existed since 1623. The history, the shopping, the harbor and the food are just a few reasons why people love it. The city is near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, between New Hampshire and Maine, and regularly lands it on various “best places to live” lists, according to PortsmouthNH.com. Go on lobster tours, whale-watching, deep sea fishing, and go on a day trip to the historic Isles of Shoals.

New Jersey – Cape May

New Jersey – Cape May

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This beautiful small town is just a couple of hours way from chaotic New York City. Cape May is very popular in the summer it has something to offer year-round. Go on romantic walks along large stretches of pristine sand, and see gorgeous Victorian buildings to see why the city is designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Willow Creek Winery alone is worth the trip.

New Mexico – Taos

New Mexico – Taos

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Go on a romantic escape in one of the best off-the-beaten path cities in the U.S. This far-out mountain town is unlike any other place on earth—and that’s the appeal. Bordered on three sides by the towering red peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos is one of the few places that retain its native culture, thriving art scene and connection to the great outdoors. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb the tallest mountain in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak, or if you’re a skilled paddler, take on the Taos box section of the Rio Grande.

New York - Sag Harbor

New York - Sag Harbor

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There are many romantic hotels in the area that offer affordable deals. One of the most notable places to stay, especially if you want to see celebrities, is the American Hotel, because it’s among the oldest, dating back 1846. Have fun in scenic Sag Harbor at Harborfrost on Feb. 24. Fire and ice mix on the Long Wharf and at different venues in the village. And maybe even try icy sculpting and plunging into the frosty harbor. Now that’s an extreme date

North Carolina – Wilmington

North Carolina – Wilmington

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Wilmington may be a college town, but this only adds to its charm. This Southern destination has something for everyone. Explore the National Register Historic District, an area of 230 blocks that is home to classic architecture, moss-draped live oaks, brick-lined streets and antebellum homes. You won’t be bored in the city – it hosts live music events, performing arts, and museum exhibitions all the time. A lovely date is a walk along the Riverwalk, lined with shops and cafes, and the Port City Marina. Then take a scenic cruise or go on a sightseeing tour.

North Dakota – Medora

North Dakota – Medora

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Its location within the Badlands of North Dakota, which are absolutely breathtaking, make it the absolute perfect beginning of an adventurous and romantic trip, especially if you explore the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Learn more about the history by going to the “A Teddy Roosevelt Salute to Medora” tour where a Roosevelt re-enactor educates travelers on Roosevelt’s life in the state.

Ohio – Cincinnati

Ohio – Cincinnati

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The city is The New York Time’s No. 8 place to go in this year. Explore and enjoy the cityscapes, river views and rolling hills. Visit wineries, breweries, and try the many free activities in the city. Take in the sights, sounds and history of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky river region on a tour. Keep your feet on the ground with walking tours or take to the sky in a hot air balloon or helicopter. You can even cruise your way around town on a Segway or pedal along the riverfront.

Oklahoma - Oklahoma City

Oklahoma - Oklahoma City

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Among the many awesome dates you can go on, a trip to the Myriad Botanical Gardens, one of the best urban parks in the country, is a great idea. The outdoor grounds are free and open to the public. It’s small – just 15 acres – but gorgeous and offers plenty for people to do. Kids have a designated play area, dogs have their own as well to have fun off-leash, and people can enjoy splash fountains, plenty of restaurants and walking paths. The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is a must-see.

Oregon – Cannon Beach

Oregon – Cannon Beach

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Cannon Beach is a popular vacation resort that extends for four miles along the Pacific Ocean. The town is adorned with bright flowers and lots of places to stop, sit and relax. Cannon Beach was in the Top 15 off the beaten path rental destinations rated by FlipKey and one of the Ten Most Romantic Coastal Destinations ranked by USA Today. The town is also among Northwest’s top art places and greatest escapes. You’ll enjoy gorgeous beaches, odd rock formations, stunning coastline, unique lodgings, and scenic trails.

Pennsylvania – Jim Thorpe

Pennsylvania – Jim Thorpe

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Jim Thorpe, a small town of about 5,000 people, is consistently ranked on national media’s “Best” lists, and recognized among the most fun, most beautiful, most romantic and best adventure destinations in the country. Take a train ride or go on a whitewater rafting trip along the Lehigh River; hike the gorgeous Glen Onoko Falls in Lehigh Gorge State Park; bike the Switchback and D&L trails; or camp and canoe at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Rhode Island – Providence

Rhode Island – Providence

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The capital of Rhode Island is one of the oldest cities in the country. It has a lively dining, arts, and theater scene – perfect for a low-key romantic trip. Low-cost events and attractions are available throughout the city. Marvel at the redeveloped waterways which will make you feel you’re in Venice, Italy. Take a gondola ride along the Providence River.

South Carolina – Beaufort

South Carolina – Beaufort

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This lesser-known but equally charming city is worth the trip at least for a day. It’s a quick stop from Savannah or Charleston. Whatever you imagine southern charm to be, Beaufort has it – Antebellum architecture, moss-laden oak trees, parks, Civil War-era homes…Explore the nearby Hunting Island State Park, its maritime forest, the only publicly accessible lighthouse in the state, and the white-tipped waves of the Atlantic.

South Dakota – Sioux Falls

South Dakota – Sioux Falls

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Contrary to what many people believe, you can take a vacation without going broke. Head to Sioux Falls and watch free Moonlight Movies in Fawick Park on Saturday nights; go for an inexpensive bike ride along the Big Sioux River Greenway; head to McKennan Park for kid-friendly, free theater performances; and purchase an all-day pass — $1 per person — for the Sioux Falls Trolley.

Tennessee – Knoxville

Tennessee – Knoxville

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Active couples who like to spend time outside will have a blast. With access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cumberland Plateau and dozens of waterways, there are countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. But even within city limits, outdoor recreation is a top priority. The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center is set alongside the Tennessee River and offers rentals, maps and information. The Ijams Nature Center is an awesome section of urban wilderness that offers climbing, hiking and paddling opportunities.

Texas – San Antonio

Texas – San Antonio

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If there is one city in the second largest state in the U.S. that you should make time to visit – other than Austin – it is San Antonio. Even the most capricious travelers will find it worthy. The food is outstanding, and the adventure and sightseeing opportunities never end. There is a lot to do and see – River Walk, the Alamo and SeaWorld are just a few. Taste some of the best Mexican food in all of the U.S. Enjoy pulse-pounding rides at world-class theme parks

Utah – Park City

Utah – Park City

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The pristine powder and luxury ski accommodations are just a fraction of the town’s overall charm and outdoor possibilities. Though the snowy season steals the show, warmer months are at least as enjoyable. Take to the air on Park City’s zip lines. Check out the mountains on bike or on foot. For mountain bikers, Park City’s internationally-recognized trails are pure heaven and rock climbers will find their niche out in the Wasatch Mountains. The ski lift is one of the best spots for leaf-peeping.

Vermont – Burlington

Vermont – Burlington

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Looking for a small romantic getaway with access to the great outdoors? Burlington is the place to be. Set on the coast of Lake Champlain it is the outdoors that truly draws people in. From mountain biking in the nearby Green Mountains to kayaking and boating on the lake, it’s easy to enjoy your favorite outdoor sports and spend quality time with your loved one. The bustling nightlife is tough to beat.

Virginia – Alexandria

Virginia – Alexandria

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On the Potomac River close to Washington, D.C., Alexandria is known nationwide for its rich history and gorgeously well-maintained 18th- and 19th-century style. It is also the place where many acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants have opened. The city has a bustling boutique scene and a vibrant arts and culture scene, as well as walkable charming streets. What else do you need for romance?

Washington – San Juan Island

Washington – San Juan Island

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The archipelago is known for its rural Pacific Northwest landscapes and wildlife. The San Juan Islands are one of the world's best whale watching spots. The majestic killer whales live in there year round, which makes this the perfect vacation escape for both nature-lovers and adventure-seekers alike. The four main islands – San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island – are where you go in the state to feel a smooth islands vibe and to spend long hours of enjoying nature.

West Virginia – Lewisburg

West Virginia – Lewisburg

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The cultural life in the city is getting richer. Galleries are opening and music events are being scheduled quite often – all of that on the edge of the Monongahela National Forest. Locals’ favorite activities are mountain biking – but go to the Greenbrier State Forest which has an easier terrain than the Monongahela – and fly fishing on the Greenbrier River. Tourists should start their visit on the first Friday of each month when shops and galleries open with wine tastings.

Wisconsin – Bayfield

Wisconsin – Bayfield

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Want to go on a unique date ice caving? Bayfield Peninsula Sea Caves are some of the most jaw-dropping sights you can witness in the country. The incredible formations and the splendor of the crystal clear ice will astonish you. Bayfield is all about a charming, quaint and harbor town vibe. It is the gateway to the spectacular Apostle Islands National Lakeshore - 22 gem-like coastal islands that are home to lighthouses, hiking trails, camping, terrific blue-water sailing, and some of the best kayaking in the world.

Wyoming – Jackson Hole

Wyoming – Jackson Hole

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Jackson Hole is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. It is famous for having access to two incredible national parks, world-class skiing, miles of mountain biking trails, and whitewater rafting. Surfing doesn’t come to mind right away but it should. If you want a break from the outdoors, check out some of the art galleries in town, watch a live outdoor concert in Teton Village or experience the Wild West nightlife at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.