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

  • Kauai
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    #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 Polihale and Waimea Canyon.

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  • Napa Valley
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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.

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  • Lanai
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    #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 the sun by the pool or hot tub before exploring the tiny island's landscape side by side.

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  • Sedona
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    #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. Also save time for a self-guided tour of the Verde Valley Wine Trail.

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  • Charleston, SC
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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. To dial up the romance, sign up for a sunset harbor cruise. Accommodations range from beachfront resorts to historic inns.

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    Martha's Vineyard

    #6 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. On a warm, sunny day, venture to Oak Bluffs Campground, where you'll find charming gingerbread cottages.

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  • Jackson Hole
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    Jackson Hole

    #7 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    Reconnect with your sweetie during a romantic getaway to Jackson Hole. This piece of Wyoming paradise is ideal for all kinds of outdoor pursuits, including hiking and skiing. Should you need to soothe your aching muscles after an active day, go for a dip in the Granite Hot Springs or your high-end resort's outdoor whirlpool.

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  • Big Sur
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    Big Sur

    #8 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 is home to 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 before pitching a tent and roughing it beneath the stars.

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  • Savannah
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    #9 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    Savannah, Georgia, boasts plenty of personality. Spanish moss hangs over sidewalks that lead past hundreds of historic homes. The River Street area features plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife, while nearby islands provide a sandy respite. For charming digs in the heart of the city, hang your hat at one of Savannah's bed-and-breakfasts.

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  • Nantucket
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    #10 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    This tiny Massachusetts island exudes New England charm. Stroll hand in hand with your sweetheart down cobblestone streets, unwind on white sand beaches and snap selfies in front of iconic lighthouses, such as Brant Point Light and Great Point Light. When you're ready to retire for the night, you'll have your pick of quaint Nantucket inns.

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  • Cape Cod
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    Cape Cod

    #11 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    With 40 miles of 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.

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  • Aspen
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    #12 in Best Romantic Getaways in the USA

    For lovebirds who enjoy skiing and cuddling up by a fireplace, Aspen is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Spend your days sharing ski lifts before retreating to one of the many hotels and resorts that offer glitzy accommodations for two. If you arrive during the warmer months, take advantage of superb hiking and scenic gondola rides.

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