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Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

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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 getaway, whether it's for an anniversary or just because, U.S. News considered ambiance, privacy and access to couple-friendly activities in order to rank the most romantic stateside retreats. Use this list to pick your next one-on-one vacation and vote for your favorites below. 

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#1 Napa Valley

#1 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: Brimming with rolling vineyards, cozy wine caverns, chic restaurants and luxurious hotels, this wine lover's paradise is the ultimate romantic getaway. Wine connoisseurs can indulge in Napa Valley's grapes at intimate venues like the O'Brien Estate Winery and Frog's Leap. Read More »

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#2 Kauai

#2 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: Kauai comprises 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 Na Pali Coast. And if you enjoy the simple pleasure of marveling at nature, Kauai features mountains, rainforests, cliffs and beaches. Read More »

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#3 Maui

#3 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: Maui feels like a faraway paradise, even though it's still in the U.S. The combination of romantic luxe resorts, exotic jungles and charming beaches makes Maui an ideal place for some one-on-one with your one and only. Read More »

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#4 Charleston

#4 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: A low-key getaway, Charleston is filled with historic homes, art galleries and tasty Southern cuisine (perfect for foodie couples), not to mention nearby beaches for lounging. And the accommodations range from beachfront resorts to historic inns, complete with decadent breakfast. Read More »

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#5 Savannah

#5 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: Savannah is a Southern city with plenty of personality. Spanish moss hangs over sidewalks, which lead past hundreds of historic homes. The Savannah Riverfront boasts plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities, while nearby islands provide a sandy respite. Read More »

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#6 Cape Cod

#6 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: With 40 miles of seashore, there's 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 instead. Read More »

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#7 St. Augustine

#7 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: Couples who love history and warm weather should travel to St. Augustine, Florida. This small town is lined with cobblestone streets and filled with romantic restaurants dishing out fresh seafood. Plus history buffs can check out the antique shops, the Colonial Quarter and the St. Augustine Lighthouse. And it wouldn't be a Florida getaway without some time spent at the beach. Read More »

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#8 Lana'i

#8 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: 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. Indulge in high-end cuisine at luxury hotels or resorts, soak up the sun by the pool or hot tub, and explore the tiny island's landscape side by side. Read More »

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#9 Martha's Vineyard

#9 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: Martha's Vineyard was made for romance travel. A getaway to this Massachusetts island will entail relaxing on the quiet beaches, sampling decadent fare at the upscale restaurants and exploring the Edgartown Lighthouse. Read More »

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#10 Big Sur

#10 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: Travel to Big Sur for its spectacular scenery and romantic atmosphere. This peaceful destination carved out of the California coast is home to some luxurious hotels. But nature is the real star in Big Sur: Outdoor enthusiasts can hike the area's trails and admire picturesque Pfeiffer Beach. Read More »

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#11 Santa Barbara

#11 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: Santa Barbara makes for a great romantic weekend getaway, thanks to its variety of resorts and things to do for all types of travelers. Couples can relax on the beach, peruse the art museum and go shopping on State Street. Once you've worked up an appetite, enjoy a tasty meal and bottle of wine at one of the town's restaurants. Read More »

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#12 Aspen

#12 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

Why go: For lovebirds who appreciate the chance to cuddle up by the fireplace in cold weather and enjoy skiing, Aspen is the perfect winter destination. Spend your days sharing ski lifts before retreating into one of the many hotels and resorts that offer glitzy accommodations for two. Read More »

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