Whether you’re planning your honeymoon, an anniversary, a Valentine’s Day getaway or just a cozy weekend together, some destinations are better than others for enhancing romance and togetherness. Fortunately, many of these destinations are right here in the U.S. Let’s look at the top 5 places for romantic escapes in 2017.
Florida has many popular romantic spots, including Miami, Orlando and Key West. Destin, however, in the Northwest along the Gulf of Mexico, has some unique charms of its own. It offers a lower key atmosphere that’s perfect for a romantic getaway. At the same time, it has many of the charms that draw people to Florida, such as beaches and beautiful scenery.
When in Destin, you can take strolls along historic Destin Harbor Boardwalk, which is full of places to shop, eat and drink while offering great views of the sea. This is also a good place to charter your own vessel and go fishing or just enjoy the ride. Gulf Angler Fishing Charters is among the companies where you can find charters.
Destin has many places to stay, including hotels, resorts and B & Bs. It even has what was voted the most romantic hotel in North America, Henderson Park Inn.
California Wine Country
Napa Valley in California is one of the most scenic and romantic destinations on the West Coast. You can make it your entire trip or stop here as a side trip from San Francisco. You can enjoy numerous wine tastings and enjoy the incomparable Northern California scenery.
If you’re a wine connoisseur (or aspire to be one), you should take a tour of wine country. That way you’ll be able to visit numerous wineries and sample a wide variety of products. One of the most famous and iconic wineries in the region is Castello di Amorosa, which is built in the style of a 13th century Tuscan castle.
Among the many quaint and romantic places to stay in the Napa Valley is Naper River Inn, which is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Napa.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is not everyone’s idea of a romantic getaway. If you’re seeking peace and quiet, beaches or privacy, you’ll probably prefer other choices on our list. However, many couples thrive as they experience the 24/7 excitement of Vegas, a city that constantly reinvents itself.
Las Vegas has long been the favorite place for eloping couples looking for a fast, cheap and possibly kitschy wedding. The most famous wedding chapel is probably Graceland Wedding Chapel, but there are many others as well. Even if you’re already married or not ready to tie the knot, this is a city with endless choices for entertainment and nightlife.
While there are countless choices for romantic hotels in Las Vegas, the Mandarin Oriental is especially nice if you like spectacular views, a serene atmosphere and impeccable service.
It would be impossible to leave out Hawaii on a list of great romantic destinations. And Maui offers the very best when it comes to perfect weather, beautiful beaches, outdoor activities, exotic sports to explore and choices for romantic places to stay.
Maui is large enough to offer several distinct areas to stay or explore. If you want to be close to great restaurants, shopping and nightlife, you might like to be near Lahaina, which is great for walking around, shopping and dining.
South Maui is home to Wailea Beach, one of Hawaii’s best-loved beaches. Here you’ll find many luxurious resorts and hotels, such as Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.
If it’s seclusion you’re looking for, you could make your way out to Hana, a small town on the Eastern coast of Maui. Driving on the Hana Highway from Kahului takes you through many stunning landscapes, including rainforests, beaches and waterfalls. As unspoiled as Hana is, it does have some great places to stay, such as Travaasa.
New York City
New York has long had a romantic aura about it. Romantic movies frequently exploit this with scenes set at the top of the Empire State Building or the ice rink at Rockefeller Center. If you travel here, you can pretend you’re starring in your own romantic movie.
Other iconic New York scenes that you can re-enact on your trip include taking a horse and carriage ride through Central Park, walking through Chinatown and Little Italy (and stopping to dine in some of the fantastic restaurants while you’re there) and catching a Broadway show.
New York is not a cheap city by and means, but there are hotels in various price ranges. If you want to save money on your hotel so you have more for food and entertainment, consider a hotel in Queens near the airports. At the other end of the spectrum, you could stay at The Plaza on Fifth Avenue, which may be New York’s most famous hotel.