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20 Romantic Weekend Getaways for Couples in the U.S.

If you're looking for romance, these are the places to find it.

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The perfect trip for two

All couples need a romantic getaway every once in a while, and that has perhaps never been more true than it is right now. Life has been filled with more stress than we ever thought possible, and it’s been all too easy to deprioritize our relationships. But a couples getaway in a city that’s tailor-made for romance—and a romantic hotel to stay in—can change all that. It’ll give you the perfect setting to unwind, reconnect, delight in each other’s company, and remember why you make such a great pair.

Luckily, the United States is bursting with romantic destinations for every type of traveler—and every budget—so you don’t have to go far to have the time of your lives. Whether you want to escape to a nearby weekend getaway, sip a poolside margarita at a romantic resort, or jet off to a secluded island, we’ve got some ideas you’ll swoon over. And if wedding bells are on the horizon, you’ll want to check out these picture-perfect honeymoon destinations, too.

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Seabrook, Washington

Perched on a bluff overlooking the ocean, Seabrook is one of the most beautiful seaside towns in America and arguably the most romantic spot on the Washington coast. Its fiery sunsets and views of the Pacific are spectacular and provide the perfect setting for romance. Explore the boutiques and restaurants with your love, then gather around an outdoor fireplace with a glass of wine in the evening. When the night is over, you’ll walk home on sidewalks of crushed seashells glowing under the light of the moon. No visit would be complete without grabbing an ice cream cone at the Sweet Life and taking a long stroll along the pristine beach to search for shells.

There are no hotels in Seabrook, but you can rent impeccably kept vacation homes. Or, if you prefer a hotel, try the Ocean Crest Resort in nearby Moclips. It’s an affordable option with gorgeous ocean views and a well-reviewed restaurant. Make sure you also read up on these new hotel trends before booking your next place to stay.

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Morro Bay, California

Romantic views abound in this dreamy California town. The big one is Morro Rock, a 551-foot-tall volcanic plug rising from the water just off the shoreline that’s one of the most beautiful, and recognizable, sights in the state. The bay is also an excellent place for bird-watching and kayaking alongside sea otters and seals. Located along the iconic Highway 1 Discovery Route (one of the best California road trips, if you’re up for it), Morro Bay is a short drive to Hearst Castle and charming beach towns like Cambria and Cayucos. There are a number of wineries in the area, and in general, the tasting fees are far lower than what you’ll find at the wineries in Napa Valley. For a romantic meal, dine in the open-air courtyard at Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria, and then stay at the 456 Embarcadero Inn and Suites to treat yourself to lovely views of the bay and Morro Rock.

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Little Rock, Arkansas

A mosaic of nature, culture, and art, Little Rock is filled with incredible parks, museums, and restaurants. This alone would be enough to make it a great romantic escape, but what really sets it apart is the fact that many of its top attractions are free. For example, you can enjoy the beautiful Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden; snap gorgeous photos of turtles swimming in the Arkansas River; explore the world-class Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (though it’s currently undergoing a stunning renovation); and take free guided tours of the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center. Little Rock is also home to the William J. Clinton Library and Museum.

You won’t go hungry in Little Rock, which boasts an array of incredible food at trendy restaurants like the Root Cafe and Cache. For lodging, the brand-new AC Hotel Little Rock Downtown combines a sleek, modern style with historic elements like vintage tile in the hallway. It’s located right downtown, and there’s a cool bar to welcome you when you return in the evening.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

There’s a lot more to New Orleans than wild parties during Mardi Gras. This city simmers with romance all year long. Seriously, even the buildings here are romantic—from the decadent mansions of the Garden District to the historic Creole-style buildings in the bustling French Quarter. Beyond sightseeing, on your couples getaway, you’ll want to visit City Park at sunset and rent a kayak from Wheel Fun Rentals; paddle through the canal at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden while the sky turns electric shades of purple, orange, and pink. And let’s not forget the food: It’s legendary, whether you’re dining in upscale eateries like Commander’s Palace and Restaurant R’evolution, or enjoying po-boy sandwiches at Parkway Bakery and Tavern.

The Higgins Hotel is a great place for a romantic couples getaway. Located on the campus of the National WWII Museum, it’s a beautiful new hotel in a quiet area of town. Make sure to check out the view from the rooftop bar, and of course, snuggle together for a few cocktails while you’re there.

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Caguas, Puerto Rico

If you want to escape to a tropical paradise but don’t want the hassle of dealing with customs or a passport, Puerto Rico is at your service. This gorgeous U.S. island is full of sandy beaches, coconut trees, history, and culture. The city of Caguas is located just 30 minutes from the airport, and it’s the perfect place to explore Puerto Rico’s fascinating heritage and exciting food scene. It’s also home to one of the prettiest town squares in Puerto Rico, Plaza Palmer, which has plenty of benches, a bird aviary, palm trees, and a carousel. Surrounding the plaza, you’ll find museums and plenty of restaurants. They say chocolate is an aphrodisiac, so don’t miss the local bean-to-bar chocolatier, Montadero Chocolate.

Stay at Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel and Casino. You’ll enjoy time as a couple with amenities like a pool, a bar, and—you guessed it—a casino.

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Klamath Falls, Oregon

Klamath Falls is the perfect destination for couples seeking a scenic nature getaway. The area is home to numerous wildlife refuges along the Klamath River Basin, where couples can hike, kayak, or simply enjoy time in the great outdoors. It’s also a short drive to Crater Lake National Park—be sure to bring your camera because it’s one of the most breathtaking sights in the country. Put your concerns about weather aside because Klamath Falls famously receives 300 days of sunshine a year, a rarity in the Pacific Northwest.

Be sure to leave some time to explore Klamath Falls’ historic main street and grab a meal at Rooster’s Steak and Chop House or Klamath Basin Brewing. Then snuggle up at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Klamath Falls. It’s located less than a mile from the majority of the restaurants and museums, and you’ll be treated to stunning views of Lake Ewauna. Plus, breakfast is included, so there’s no need to rush off in the morning.

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Bar Harbor, Maine

Colorful and charming, Bar Harbor is one of the most romantic small towns in the United States, and it’s easy to lose track of time as you meander through the shop-lined streets. Plus, it’s a working town, with fishing boats unloading their catch on the docks, which means menus here offer some of the freshest seafood you’ll taste in your life. If all of that weren’t enough, Bar Harbor is located right next to Acadia National Park, dubbed the crown jewel of the Atlantic coast. The park is home to hiking trails, historic motor roads, towering bluffs, and some of the most jaw-dropping vistas in the country.

The Moseley Cottage Inn is the perfect place to rest at the end of the day. It’s a beautiful bed and breakfast dating back to 1884 with amenities like original fireplaces, hardwood floors, and private balconies alongside modern luxuries like air conditioning.

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Memphis, Tennessee

Musically minded couples can’t go wrong with a getaway in the birthplace of the blues. Enjoy live music on Beale Street, Graceland, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and when you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in the fantastic food. There’s something for every palate and budget, from casual eateries like Central Barbecue to upscale ones like Bishop, which features delectable Southern cuisine. And Memphis is so much more than just a one-note town. It’s also home to the moving National Civil Rights Museum and the stunning Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Couples will love staying at the Central Station Memphis, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. Located in a century-old train station, it’s home to one of the best bars in Memphis and within walking distance to many of the city’s best attractions.

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Sanibel Island, Florida

Sometimes, the most romantic amenity of all is nothing but an ocean view and a gorgeous, sandy beach—two things that Florida’s Sanibel Island has in abundance. It’s the ideal getaway for couples who want to soak in the sun and simply relax. But don’t worry: You’ll still find fun things to do in between all of your R&R. In addition to the beaches, Sanibel Island is home to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a historic lighthouse, and tantalizing eateries like the Clam Shack, where the chowder is not to be missed.

There are a number of fabulous lodging options on Sanibel island, including the Seaside Inn. It boasts a lovely beachfront, a pool with a view, free breakfast, and bicycles to help you explore the island. While you’re in the Sunshine State, check out more of the best Florida beaches locals want to keep secret.

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Reno, Nevada

Sure, Vegas is glitzy, but Reno offers far more flexibility for a romantic getaway. While it has plenty of beautiful hotels and casinos, it’s a little quieter and offers far more options for affordable dining. Plus, it’s less than an hour’s drive from Lake Tahoe, one of the prettiest lakes you’ll ever see. Reno has a casual, relaxed vibe with public art sprinkled throughout the city. Be sure to set aside some time to walk around the Riverwalk District and grab a bite on one of the many patios overlooking the water.

The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino showcases the best Reno has to offer with 10 restaurants, 15 bars, casinos, swimming pools, live entertainment, beautiful rooms, and couples massages in the spa. It also has a AAA Four-Diamond rating for hospitality, so you will be treated like royalty.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

There are few places as lovely as Carmel-by-the-Sea. The town has an embarrassment of riches with historic churches, museums, incredible dining options, boutiques, wineries, and, of course, the white sand and rugged beauty of Carmel Beach. Downtown looks like something out of a fairy tale with stone courtyards and historic buildings. Be sure to schedule a trip to Carmel Mission, which dates back to 1770.

Cap off your visit with an overnight stay at The Hideaway, a boutique inn where you can sit by the fire at night in the outdoor courtyard. If you can tear yourself away, you’ll be within walking distance of downtown and the beach.

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Buildings in Taos, which is the last stop before entering Taos Pueblo, New MexicoEunikaSopotnicka/Getty Images

Taos, New Mexico

In Taos, art and historic architecture rise against a magnificent high desert landscape to create one of the best weekend getaways for couples. It’s one of the best American cities for history buffs, and the highlight is Taos Pueblo, multistory adobe dwellings that have been inhabited by indigenous peoples for more than 1,000 years. This alone would be worth the trip, but Taos is also home to centuries-old Historic Taos Plaza, museums, artist studios, and breathtaking vistas from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Spend the night at the historic Hotel La Fonda de Taos, located right on the plaza so you’ll be able to walk to many of the area’s top attractions.

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Cooperstown, New York

While Cooperstown is probably best known for being home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, this historic village has plenty of romantic attractions beyond sports. Once the home of James Fenimore Cooper, author of Last of the Mohicans, Cooperstown is full of stately homes and buildings dating back to the 1800s. Many of these buildings are now home to museums, boutiques, galleries, and fantastic restaurants like the Doubleday Cafe. Don’t skip the Farmers’ Museum or a walk along the glimmering shores of Otsego Lake. Book a stay at the White House Inn and you’ll be able to walk to all of the restaurants and museums in the historic district.

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Sun Valley, Idaho

Although it’s best known as an amazing place to ski, Sun Valley is a spectacular spot for a couples weekend getaway in any season. Located in the towering shadow of Bald Mountain, the town is full of art, incredible restaurants, spas, and virtually every kind of outdoor activity. Hiking, biking, skiing, rafting, kayaking, and fishing are all popular options for couples who enjoy spending time outdoors. The town hosts numerous art festivals throughout the year, and downtown Sun Valley is filled with art galleries, boutiques, and museums. Book a stay at the lovely Knob Hill Inn, which has budget-friendly amenities like complimentary shuttle service, a pool, and free breakfast, as well as gorgeous views and a stellar restaurant.

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Lake Geneva is one of the most beautiful lakeside resort towns in the country, and its shoreline is peppered with elaborate mansions dating back to the 1800s. They’re best appreciated from the water, so be sure to book an excursion on the Lake Geneva Cruise Line. Riviera Beach and Bigfoot State Park offer a chance to spread out your beach towel and relax with a book or dip your toes in the water. You’ll also want to catch a show at the Tristan Crist Magic Theater, as well as reserve some time to hold hands as you wander through the shops and winery tasting rooms downtown. Before you leave, spoil yourself with a room with a private balcony overlooking the lake at the Geneva Inn.

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Richland, Washington

You don’t have to head to California to enjoy some seriously good vino on the West Coast. Richland is conveniently located in the heart of Washington State Wine Country, and the vineyards of Yakima and Red Mountain (often referred to as Washington State’s Napa Valley) are just a short drive away. Besides wine tasting, other activities that make Richland one of the best weekend getaways for couples include romantic strolls along the riverfront trail at Howard Amon Park and a tour of the fascinating Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

After a delay of imbibing and exploring, kick up your feet at Home2 Suites by Hilton. It’s about a mile from the J. Bookwalter Winery, and the affordable rooms include kitchenettes and refrigerators, though you’ll also get free breakfast in the morning.

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San Antonio, Texas

With its historic architecture and rich, cultural heritage, San Antonio definitely qualifies as one of the most romantic places in Texas. It also happens to be one of the most historic towns in the state and home to the legendary Alamo. Couples should spend a day exploring the shops and restaurants along the San Antonio River Walk, as well as meander through the San Antonio Botanical Garden. End your day with a night at the romantic Thompson San Antonio River Walk, with views of the skyline or Texas Hill Country. You’ll also be treated to a posh rooftop bar and one of the most beautiful swimming pools in the city.

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Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City is a harbor full of unique activities for couples of all stripes. The must-stop here is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where sandy dunes rise improbably from the shores of Lake Michigan. The area is also home to more than 40 wineries, and though you probably won’t be able to visit them all, wine lovers will definitely want to make time to stop by the stunning Mari Vineyards and Chateau Chantal Winery and Tasting Room. In Traverse City itself, you’ll find a fun-filled downtown area packed with boutiques, lively bars, and incredible farm-to-table restaurants.

And you’re in luck: The majority of the lodging options in Traverse city are reasonably priced. That includes the Cambria Hotel Traverse City, which has amenities like a pool and complimentary shuttle service to set it apart from the rest.

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Charleston, South Carolina

If you’re a romance novel aficionado, your idea of romance probably includes opalescent historic mansions, lush gardens, and breathtaking architecture—and that means you’re about to fall in love with Charleston. Find the romance you desire simply wandering the streets with your partner or kayaking through the city’s saltwater marshes. That said, many people come here just to eat at renowned restaurants like Charleston Grill and Fig or visit Charleston’s many breweries and distilleries, and you should definitely put both of those things on your itinerary. You’ll be right in the center of it all if you stay at the Courtyard Charleston Historic District, which boasts inviting outdoor spaces for lounging after a day of sightseeing, as well as an outdoor pool, bar, and lounge.

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Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Nope, Lake of the Ozarks isn’t all about partying. Don’t get us wrong—visitors will find plenty of that at the area’s resorts, swimming pools, and boats. But there are also plenty of scenic campsites and quiet cabins to enjoy time together. Highlights of a couples getaway here include spending the day exploring Lake of the Ozarks State Park and Bridal Cave, but let’s face it, there’s probably no better activity than swimming, floating, and boating in the lake. Camden on the Lake Resort offers beautiful views, and many of the rooms offer balconies with picture-perfect views of the water.

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Tamara Gane
Tamara Gane is a regular contributor to Reader's Digest. She's a travel expert who takes an average of 30-40 trips a year and covers vacation destinations, luggage, road trips, air travel, and hotels.