If you are looking to impress your special someone, you could always opt for the traditional flowers and chocolate, or you could whisk yourselves away to a destination with just the right touch of romance. There’s a getaway for everyone’s needs, whether it be closer to home, cross-country or around the world. Here are some of the most romantic places to travel, near and far.
Romantic Places to Travel in the Northeast
This charming water-side Rhode Island town exudes New England romance. Go for a stroll along the Newport Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile trail with up-close views of the famous mansions and beautiful seaside scenery. Speaking of the Newport Mansions, take a guided or audio tour of these extravagant architectural feats and see how Newport’s wealthiest residents lived in the 19th century. Learn every step behind the winemaking process with a tour of the Newport Vineyards, followed by a wine tasting. And, of course, many Newport restaurants serve up freshly caught seafood daily with romantic ocean views.
The Berkshires, Mass.
If you’re seeking culture, the Berkshires are one of the most romantic places to travel in the Northeast. Explore the galleries at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and The Clark Art Institute for a deep dive into the world of art. Take in a theater production by renowned theater organizations like Shakespeare & Company. For the music lover in your life, a concert at the Tanglewood Music Center is a must. Visit some artisanal shops in the area for a romantic picnic under the stars set to beautiful symphonic tunes.
Pocono Mountains, Pa.
The Pocono Mountains contain some of the most romantic places to travel in the United States. Known for it’s couples-only resorts, you’re never too far from a heart-shaped Jacuzzi. Embrace the mountain surroundings with a peaceful ride through the woods and fields on horseback. Bushkill Falls – known as “The Niagara of Pennsylvania” – covers 300 acres with eight waterfalls and plenty of trails and bridges. For the ultimate romantic nature getaway, the Poconos are the place to be. If you like small town charm, you can stay in one of three historic buildings at The Inn at Jim Thorpe, located in charming downtown Jim Thorpe, just steps from parks, shops, galleries and more. Set some time aside for the spa, where all services are offered as side-by-side couples treatments.
More Romantic American Destinations
For a taste of Southern hospitality look no further than Savannah. A riverboat cruise is a great opportunity for some sweet romance. Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers a variety of cruises on two luxury riverboats, like dinner, lunch and brunch cruises, as well as gospel, moonlight and sightseeing trips. Tybee Island is perfect for some quality time with your special someone. Take a kayak excursion on the coast, head out on a tour to watch frolicking bottlenose dolphins or go for a romantic stroll on the beach at sunset.
Napa Valley, Calif.
No matter the occasion, a trip to Napa Valley is never complete without exploring the famous vineyards. Like something out of a fairytale, the Chateau Montelena Winery is a stone castle carved into a hillside with picturesque natural views, with tours and wine tastings offered daily. Traverse the California skies in a group hot air balloon ride or book a private flight for two for a romantic splurge. For some much-needed rest and relaxation, Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort offers private mudrooms for two, the epitome of a romantic retreat.
The Most Romantic Places to Visit in the World
Santorini has a reputation for its romance. This group of islands has stunning coastal views from every angle, especially at sunset. Head to the coastal town of Oia for stunning, romantic views of the sun sinking into the Aegean sea in the evening, a must-do for any traveler. Explore the medieval stone fortress of Skaros, once lived in by Venetian nobles and long damaged by volcanic eruptions. For the more adventurous duo, there are many opportunities to go scuba diving and traverse the world under the sea and Santorini offers a variety of cooking classes for an authentic culinary experience with a side of romance.
The City of Love is often considered the most romantic place to travel, and for good reason. Paris is filled with romantic experiences and attractions. Take a stroll over to the Jehan Rictus garden square and gaze at Le Mur Des Je t’aime – the Wall of Love – covered with the words “I love you” in over 250 languages and dialects. Book a romantic cruise on the Seine for an intimate setting and close look at some of the city’s famous monuments. See the beautiful, ornate halls of the Palace de Versailles or have a romantic sunset dinner of infamous Parisian cuisine. The possibilities for romance are endless.
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