Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Sometimes it's necessary to take a break from the stresses of real life and spend quality time with the person you love. And what better way to do that than to travel? To help you and your sweetheart plan the ideal romantic retreat, whether it's for an anniversary or just because, U.S. News considered ambiance, privacy and access to couple-friendly activities to rank the best romantic getaways in the USA. Use this list to pick your next one-on-one vacation, and vote for your favorite locales 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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    Kauai

    #1 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    Kauai offers many distinct ways for couples to up the romance factor. You and your sweetheart can lounge on secluded beaches, relax in a private luxury villa or go on a hiking adventure along the Napali Coast. For even more opportunities to marvel at nature, check out the island's state parks like Kokee and Waimea Canyon. Once you've tackled the Hawaiian island's trails hand in hand, consider booking a private helicopter tour for a bird's-eye view you and your better half will never forget.

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    Napa Valley

    #2 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    Brimming with rolling vineyards, cozy wine caverns, chic restaurants and top-notch hotels, this wine lover's paradise in Northern California is the ultimate romantic getaway. Wine connoisseurs can sip award-winning vinos at intimate venues like O'Brien Estate and Frog's Leap Winery or while savoring gourmet cuisine on the Napa Valley Wine Train. When couples need a break from being wined and dined, they can explore the scenic Russian River via kayak with an organized tour group. Or, indulge in a treatment or two at one of the area's top spas.

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    Lanai

    #3 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    Few things are more romantic than sharing a remote island with your beau. Lanai's exclusivity can make it feel like the two of you are alone with the Hawaiian island breeze. Head to a luxury hotel or resort to indulge in high-end cuisine and soak up some sun by the pool before exploring the tiny island's landscape side by side. For a memorable hike that requires little effort, follow the short, 20-minute trail from the Four Seasons Resort Lanai to the Puu Pehe overlook. Also known as "Sweetheart Rock," this landmark offers stunning views of Hulopoe Bay, especially at sunset.

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    Sedona

    #4 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    It's easy to proclaim your love when you're suspended atop red rocks and looking out upon miles of colorful landscape. After working up a sweat hiking Sedona, Arizona's sandstone buttes, bring those romantic vibes indoors for a couples massage at one of the city's world-renowned spas. Or, if you and your amour prefer relaxing with a top-notch glass of vino, save time for a self-guided tour of the Verde Valley Wine Trail. The trail earns praise from fellow oenophiles for its diverse selection and beautiful atmosphere – the ideal combination for a memorable date.

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    Charleston, SC

    #5 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    A low-key getaway, Charleston, South Carolina, is filled with historic homes, art galleries and tasty Southern cuisine (perfect for foodie couples), not to mention nearby beaches for lounging. For a quiet shoreside escape free from crowds, head to Sullivan's Island. To dial up the romance, sign up for a sunset harbor cruise just for two. Accommodations range from beachfront resorts to charming inns. For budget-conscious duos, consider a vacation rental in nearby Mount Pleasant to avoid the high room rates of the downtown area.

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    Sonoma

    #6 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    An ideal retreat for wine connoisseurs, Sonoma boasts approximately 425 wineries. But strolling hand in hand through vineyard vines isn't the only activity for twosomes. Outdoor lovers will want to explore the trails at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. Or, head to North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve to enjoy a picnic surrounded by the peaks of Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley. Plenty of Sonoma's hotels offer spa treatments, but what could be more memorable than a massage in a 22-foot wine barrel? Book side-by-side treatments at Magical Massage for a unique experience.

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    Big Sur

    #7 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    Travel to Big Sur for its spectacular scenery and romantic atmosphere. This peaceful destination carved out of the California coast offers a couple of luxurious hotels. But nature is the real star in Big Sur: Outdoor enthusiasts can hike the area's trails and admire picturesque Pfeiffer Beach – home to one of the most photographed landmarks in Big Sur – before pitching a tent and roughing it beneath the stars. For an atmospheric picnic, head to Sand Dollar Beach, where couples can admire the scenery sans the crowds.

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    Savannah

    #8 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    Savannah, Georgia, is tailor-made for vacationing twosomes. Spanish moss hangs over sidewalks that lead past hundreds of historic homes. The River Street area features a bevy of shopping, dining and nightlife options, while nearby islands provide a relaxing respite. For charming digs in the heart of the city, hang your hat at one of Savannah's charming bed-and-breakfast accommodations. Head to Forsyth Park or Wormsloe State Historic Site if you and your beau are looking for the ultimate backdrop for memorable couples photos.

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    Amelia Island

    #9 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    What could be more romantic than a sunrise beachfront horseback ride for two? Or a private sunset cruise aboard a 40-foot yacht? You and your amour can experience this and more on Amelia Island, one of Florida's Atlantic coast barrier islands. Hop on bikes and explore the scenic Amelia Island Trail, which includes access to Amelia Island State Park – home to acres of sandy beaches, salt marshes and maritime forests. After a day spent sightseeing, pamper weary muscles with a couples massage at one of the luxury resorts that call the island home.

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    Cape Cod

    #10 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    With 40 miles of protected seashore, this region of Massachusetts offers plenty of space to take your companion on that long walk on the beach. And the slow pace of Cape Cod means you don't have to focus on the hustle and bustle of daily life – you can spend quality time together swimming, biking and eating fresh seafood instead. Splurge on one of the Cape's luxury accommodations for spectacular ocean views and sumptuous amenities like soaking tubs for two, in-room fireplaces and private balconies.

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    Willamette Valley

    #11 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    Oregon's Willamette Valley is perhaps best known as a wine lover's retreat. In fact, it's home to more than 500 wineries – but the area offers so much more than top-notch vino. Outdoor adventurers will want to chase waterfalls together in Silver Falls State Park while trekking the Trail of Ten Falls, a path that leads hikers through a dense forested landscape. Couples can cap off their day with a stay at one of the region's luxurious wine country resorts, many of which feature on-site vineyards, spas and gourmet restaurants ideal for twosomes in search of pampering.

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    Martha's Vineyard

    #12 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    Martha's Vineyard was made for romance travel. A getaway to this Massachusetts island will entail relaxing on quiet beaches, sampling decadent fare at upscale restaurants and exploring the historic Edgartown Lighthouse, which offers incredible views of the harbor and neighboring Chappaquiddick Island. On a warm, sunny day, venture to Oak Bluffs Campground, where you'll find charming gingerbread cottages. For the ultimate romantic retreat, book a stay at one of the island's top hotels, some of which offer complimentary bike rentals, beach chairs and continental breakfast to guests.

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