Best Cheap Romantic Getaways
Deciding to go on a getaway with your sweetheart is easy, but picking a destination that's both romantic and affordable can be hard. That's why U.S. News considered prices for accommodations, attractions and dining to compile this list of the best cheap romantic getaways. These top-notch destinations are both romantic and budget-friendly, offering plenty of affordable things to do and places to stay with your partner. Do these vacation spots spark romance for you? Let us know by voting below. (Note: Some of the below destinations may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Check with the CDC and the U.S. Department of State before traveling.)
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Couples can stroll beneath Spanish moss-laden trees at Forsyth Park, browse for souvenirs at the City Market and or drive to nearby Tybee Island to relax on the beach – all for free. Lovebirds can also go on a spooky ghost tour to learn all about Savannah, Georgia's history. Find a hotel outside of the Historic District or consider a vacation rental to save some cash on accommodations. And don't skip the dining and nightlife scenes on River Street.
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Wine-loving duos who don't want to splurge on a Napa getaway should consider Sonoma. Often described as Napa's more relaxed, affordable sibling, Sonoma is chock full of laid-back vineyards and secluded resorts, country inns and bed-and-breakfast accommodations. When couples need a break from sipping vino, they can head to Sonoma Coast State Park to trek through the trails that crisscross the park and admire the spectacular California scenery.
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Located about 80 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon, Cannon Beach ups the romance factor with breathtaking scenery, intimate restaurants and cozy B&Bs. Couples can spend their getaway exploring the quaint art galleries and shops in town. Plus, duos who love the outdoors will enjoy hiking nearby trails or strolling the wide sandy beaches and spotting tufted puffins on Haystack Rock or migrating gray whales every spring.
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Secluded from more luxurious Florida destinations, Sanibel Island is perfect for couples in search of a romantic beach getaway. The island is home to more rental properties than resorts, so finding affordable lodging is easy. Plus, you can whip up a delicious homemade breakfast and treat your sweetie to breakfast in bed. Plan to catch at least one dreamy sunset over Captiva Island, and spend some time relaxing on both islands' beautiful white sand beaches.
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While outdoorsy couples can hike the trails in Red Rock State Park, those looking for more peace and quiet can retreat to their luxury resort for a couples massage or a soak in the hot tub. When it comes to dining, snag a spot at a restaurant that offers alfresco tables and excellent views. You'll likely want to visit in fall, winter or spring to avoid this Arizona town's notorious summer heat.
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If you're craving a dreamy Caribbean retreat without the pricey airfare or the necessity of a passport, consider the island of Puerto Rico. This colorful destination is home to a smattering of beachfront resorts, but it also features stunning natural wonders, including El Yunque National Forest and the charmingly vibrant Old San Juan, which is perfect for relaxing dinners and evening strolls with your sweetheart.
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Lovebirds who enjoy breathtaking landscapes, challenging hikes and waking up early for picturesque sunrises over the lake should put Glacier National Park at the top of their travel bucket list. Scenic spots to explore in this Montana national park include Lake McDonald, the Trail of the Cedars and Grinnell Glacier. Skip the hotel and opt for a tent instead to save big bucks and get the chance to watch for shooting stars.
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When you and your significant other aren't exploring the charming cobblestone streets of Old Port, steal away to one of Portland, Maine's secluded beaches for a quiet shoreline stroll. When hunger strikes, you'll find affordable, casual dining spots headed by gourmet chefs – you won't want to miss a meal of succulent seafood. For the cheapest rates, plan a winter visit and curl up by the fireplace in your rustic seaside cottage or inn.
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New York's Finger Lakes area is one of the top wine regions in the country, and it's an easy vacation spot to reach from much of the East Coast and parts of the Midwest. Tastings at the wineries are often free or a few dollars. This scenic destination is also equal parts romantic and affordable thanks to its variety of cozy cabin rentals, waterfront dining venues and fun outdoor activities to do together year-round.
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One of Canada's more underrated spots, Vancouver Island is home to British Columbia's capital city of Victoria. Couples can explore Victoria's historical charm, blooming gardens and sprawling parks by day, then sit down for a delightful meal at a romantic restaurant by night. Consider an intimate stay at a boutique hotel, an inn or a bed-and-breakfast to relax, reconnect and save some coin.
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