Best Cheap Romantic Getaways
Deciding to go on a getaway with your sweetheart is easy, 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 round up 10 getaways that offer affordable romance. Do these vacation spots spark romance for you? Let us know by voting below.
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While outdoorsy duos 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. Visit in the fall or winter to avoid the heat and high prices of spring and summer.
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When you and your beloved aren't exploring the charming cobblestone streets of Old Port, steal away to one of Portland's secluded beaches for a quiet shoreline stroll. When hunger strikes, you'll find affordable, casual dining spots headed by gourmet chefs. For the cheapest rates, plan a winter visit and curl up by the fireplace in your rustic seaside cottage.
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Couples can stroll beneath Spanish moss-laden trees at Forsyth Park, browse for souvenirs at the City Market and relax on the beach at Tybee Island – all for free. Find accommodations outside of the Historic District to save, but don't skip the dining and nightlife scenes on River Street.
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About 80 miles west of Portland, Oregon, Cannon Beach ups the romance factor with breathtaking scenery, intimate restaurants and cozy bed-and-breakfasts. Couples can spend their getaway strolling the wide sandy beaches and spotting tufted puffins on Haystack Rock or migrating gray whales every spring.
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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. When you need a break from the vino, head to Sonoma Coast State Park to trek hand in hand through the trails that crisscross the park.
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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 treat your sweetie to breakfast in bed. Plan to catch at least one dreamy sunset over Captiva Island.
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Once referred to as the "Honeymoon Capital of the World," Niagara Falls is prime choice for adventurous twosomes who don't mind a bit of kitsch. Don ponchos and marvel at the falls aboard a Maid of the Mist boat tour, then escape the crowds and test out the region's famous ice wine. Save some cash by staying on the New York side of the falls.
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If you're craving a dreamy Caribbean retreat without the pricey airfare or the necessity of a passport, consider Puerto Rico. The island is chock full of beachfront resorts, but it's also home to stunning natural wonders, including El Yunque National Rainforest, and the charmingly vibrant Old San Juan, which is perfect for evening strolls with your sweetheart.
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If you and your better half enjoy breathtaking landscapes, challenging hikes and waking up early for picturesque sunrises over the lake, Glacier National Park should be at the top of your list. Skip the hotel and opt for a tent instead. You'll save big bucks and get the chance to watch for shooting stars.
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Fall foliage along the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway transform this quaint mountain town into a romantic retreat. You can save money by choosing a bed-and-breakfast instead of a luxury resort. Also consider skipping the Biltmore Estate (or visiting during the winter low season) to save on hefty ticket prices.
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