Romance is personal and you can discover it in exotic locales or the neighborhood grocery store. But there are still some places that provide an escape from the ordinary and simply ARE more romantic.
This is what we’re talking about today: the 10 most romantic cities in the US in 2024. We’re focusing on the larger, better known destinations today, and not those small, off the beaten path ones – we’re leaving them for a future article.
I did cover some of the smaller ones in my previous article sharing the best US cities for digital nomads – make sure to read it also after you’re done with this one.
From the sun-kissed beaches of Hawaii to the charming streets of Savannah, Georgia, each of these destinations offers a unique blend of romance, adventure, and unforgettable memories that you will create with your loved one.
No matter if you’re planning a surprise getaway for your significant other, organizing a wedding or any sort of anniversary, daydreaming about future trips or simply planning to see an amazing romantic city, this list is for you.
So without further ado, let’s dive in and discover the magic these romantic spots have to offer.
1. Charleston, South Carolina
An historical jewel located in the Southeastern US, Charleston offers a warm climate throughout the year.
The heat and humidity peak during the summer months but this can translate into great deals – and the romantic vibe remains even during the warmer, soggier months.
This coastal city is located at the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. The scent of the ocean and salt marshes hits one in the face upon arrival. The smell of sweet jasmine and magnolia blooms permeate.
A horse drawn carriage tour throughout the city offers an up-close history lesson. Fort Sumter looms in the harbor. The Civil War’s first shots were fired at this national monument.
In other words, a great place to explore and discover with your partner. You will fall in love, again and again, here.
2. Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia, is a city that whispers romance with every cobblestone, every amazing square, and every moss-draped oak – or even stairs, as you can see in the photo above, taken in the historic center.
Actually, the historic district is a patchwork of 22 verdant squares interspersed with antebellum mansions and charming row houses, plenty of green spaces and everything you need to feel romance flowing in the air.
Lovers can stroll hand-in-hand along the Savannah River promenade, on the River Street, exploring boutiques, galleries, and eateries housed in centuries-old cotton warehouses, for example.
Savannah’s culinary scene is actually an important facet of its romantic allure. The city is a gastronomic delight, offering a plethora of dining options that range from traditional Southern fare to innovative fusion cuisine.
These culinary adventures, coupled with the city’s world-class hospitality and undeniable beauty, create an atmosphere that’s perfect for romantic getaways.
3. Key West, Florida
Key West is the southernmost city within the contiguous US. It is 160 miles from the Miami airport and 106 water miles from Havana, Cuba. Its climate is tropical and steady with pleasant weather all year long.
Heading to busy Duval Street for a meal with your partner is sublime. Fresh seafood is abundant. Sample pink shrimp, conch delicacies and stone crab. They headline most menus, and for all the right reasons!
Mallory Square is the place to view the sunset in Key West. They are among the finest in the US and you should know that weddings are popular as the sun goes down over this majestic place – in case you get any ideas.
4. Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is a wine lover’s paradise, with raw natural beauty on the offer too. It’s a bit pricier than most places on this list – but in the end, when it comes to true romance, we can splurge a bit every now and then.
From the grandeur of opulent estates like Castello di Amorosa, a 13th-century Tuscan castle replica, to the intimate tastings at boutique wineries like Frog’s Leap (marking it on Google Maps for you here), Napa Valley caters to every palate and preference.
The region’s natural beauty, from its undulating vineyards to its serene redwood forests, offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Whether it’s a hot air balloon ride at dawn, offering breathtaking views of the valley, or a leisurely bike ride along the Silverado Trail, Napa Valley invites visitors to slow down, breathe in the fresh air, and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.
Or, you can always opt for a luxury resort like the one picture above, enjoying a bath in an infinity pool overlooking the valley. Perfection, especially when you have the right person close to you.
5. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Close proximity to Boston and Logan Airport make this an easy getaway. There are rainy days on Cape Cod, which lend to its romantic allure.
Enjoy a cup of clam or scallop chowder in front of the fire and also enjoy the slower pace of the entire area. This is a place perfect for meditation and long, nice talks with your significant other.
A rich maritime history influences the harbor towns from Sandwich to Providence. It is a great launching spot to nearby Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. The latter, a summer favorite of the Clinton and Obama families – so you know you’re going to be treated well there.
6. Kaua’i, Hawaii
Kaua’i, often referred to as the “Garden Isle,” is a lush playground for nature lovers. Beaches cover 50 miles of the Pacific in Kauai. It’s actually one of the best beaches in Hawaii and a must see spot, in my opinion.
Verdant cliff views are hard to resist while vacationing on the island – and jumping from one delivers the adrenaline rush you and your partner might need.
It is an ideal place for a private retreat, as it is easy to escape the commercialism of the larger islands of Hawaii. The climate is tropical but rain is likely – however, with the great weather all year round, it won’t be a real problem.
What truly sets Kaua’i apart and makes it an amazing romantic destination in the USA, is its commitment to conservation.
The island is home to numerous endangered species and ecosystems, and there’s a strong emphasis on sustainable tourism.
From the use of reef-safe sunscreens to the promotion of low-impact activities, visitors are encouraged to respect and protect the island’s unique biodiversity.
And it’s always good to show some care to Mother Nature while enjoying quality time with your loved one.
7. Northern California Coast
A trip down Highway 101 in Northern California is a romantic mecca, with plenty of suitable cities for a romantic getaway – and this is why I decided against selecting a particular one.
For example, the Avenue of the Giants has some of the world’s largest and oldest trees. It provides a unique experience for a couple desiring solitude.
The Sonoma area is home to the nation’s finest vineyards and tasting rooms. It has something to offer to all wine lovers out there. Bed and breakfasts and fine cuisine welcome the romantic travelers.
And if all this travel got you in the mood for starting a new life together with your partner, why not check out my article detailing the most beautiful cheap cities in the US to live in?
8. Big Sur, California
We’re sticking to the California area, but this time with a more targeted recommendation: Big Sur.
This is a place where the raw power of nature takes center stage, showing dramatic and often breathtaking views and, as expected, natural beauty.
It’s a rugged stretch of California’s central coast, where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise dramatically from the Pacific Ocean, offering some amazing view spots, truly Instagramable locations and plenty of secluded beaches to enjoy with your partner.
The iconic Highway 1, which snakes its way along the coastline, offers panoramic views of the ocean, the mountains, and the sky that are nothing short of awe-inspiring.
All in all, I would say that Big Sur offers a sense of peace and tranquility that’s hard to find elsewhere. It’s a place that reminds us of our place in the grand scheme of things, a place that’s as profound as it is beautiful.
9. Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a city that effortlessly blends natural beauty with a vibrant arts scene.
It’s probably not the first destination that comes to mind when you think about romantic places in the US, but trust me that it is – and a trip here will prove you that I am right.
With it’s best spot in the River Arts District, where former industrial buildings have been transformed into studios and galleries, showcasing the work of hundreds of artists, Asheville is a city that breathes art.
Yet, Asheville’s allure extends beyond its arts scene. The city is a gateway to the great outdoors, with a myriad of hiking trails, waterfalls, and scenic drives at its doorstep.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, often referred to as “America’s Favorite Drive,” offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, while the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park beckons with its diverse flora and fauna.
Whether it’s hiking, biking, or simply soaking in the views, Asheville offers a wealth of outdoor adventures too that, in my opinion, still go well with the entire artsy vibe of the place and mixing the two gives you a truly romantic experience overall.
10. New Orleans, Louisiana
We’re rounding up this list of the most romantic cities in the US with New Orleans, Louisiana.
The city’s historic French Quarter, with its Spanish colonial architecture and lively street life, is a proof of the many influences it has, from European (French and Spanish) to African and Caribbean.
The sound of jazz spills out from clubs and bars, while the tantalizing aroma of Creole and Cajun cuisine wafts from restaurants and street food stalls, creating an atmosphere that’s as romantic, alluring and amazing at the same time.
However, what truly sets New Orleans apart is its spirit of resilience and celebration. Despite the challenges it has faced (like Hurricane Katrina most recently), the city continues to dance, to sing, and to celebrate life in all its complexity.
This all makes New Orleans not just a destination, but an experience, a celebration of life and especially love in all its vibrant, messy, beautiful glory.
From Charleston, SC to New Orleans, we went on a nice trip across the USA to explore the most romantic destinations in the country. There are plenty more here, but the ones recommended above are still a great starting point.
In the end, traveling with a loved one guarantees romance and these cities just manage to enhance that feeling a bit, with an added bonus of beautiful scenery and delicious cuisine.
And, of course, once you have too much of this and you want something that gets your heart pumping hard, you can always choose your next destination from the list of the scariest attractions in the US. Your choice!
Also, don’t forget to share with us all any other truly romantic city in the US that couples should visit – and let us know why you love it so much.