Occasionally we all need a break from the stress, hassles and worries of everyday life. What better way to spend a vacation than discovering a wonderful, adventurous new city with someone you love? It’s how relationship memories are forged. But before you start booking your flights and hotels and packing your bags, you’ll need to do a little bit of research. It’s a pretty big decision – choose the right destination and you could be planning the most unforgettable romantic trip of your life.
North America has a lot to offer couples in search of the perfect romantic getaway. Without further delay, let’s dive right into the list!
10 – Charleston, South Carolina
When you arrive in Charleston, South Carolina, you’ll feel as if you traveled back in time. Though tenth on our list, Charleston is as romantic as it gets and the perfect spot for a romantic retreat with someone special, combining old-word charm with the modern conveniences of a large city. Lovers will find a variety of inns and B&Bs that cater attentively to the needs of couples that seek privacy and romance. Enjoy night walks through gas lamp-lit streets, fine dining and contemporary art museums, all while taking in the breathtaking antebellum architecture. Without question, a city to fall in love in.
9 – Vancouver, British Columbia
If you live anywhere in the United States or Canada, Vancouver is perfectly-positioned for a long-weekend romantic getaway. Reach your destination in just a few hours by plane and fall in love with one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in British Columbia. As for places to stay, choose from boutique hotels with intimate service to luxurious resorts with outdoor jacuzzis and view of the mountains. Go for romantic walks on the beach, watch the sunset over English Bay, take a bicycle ride around the seawall or go skiing in Whistler. There’s a lot to do, so plan ahead!
8 – Savannah, Georgia
Savannah is yet another beautiful and romantic southern city of the United States. With its antebellum buildings, cobblestone streets, tall oaks covered in Spanish moss and southern hospitality, this town was built for romance. As with Charleston, you’ll feel as if you stepped into colonial times, but with all the commodities and options of the modern era. Enjoy delicious southern-fried food restaurants, visit restored theatres, browse antique shops and take romantic walks on River Street’s famous cobblestone path. Fall in love all over again, just like the first time.
7 – Montreal, Canada
Montreal’s charm will take visiting lovers by surprise. It has an old-world European vibe and gorgeous views that stimulate the senses and open the door to romance. With its numerous parks, world-renowned restaurants, exciting nightlife and charming city center, there’s always something to do for all types of couples. So with your lover by your side, walking hand in hand, wander down Montreal Avenue and fall in love with one of the most alluring cities in all of North America.
6 – Santa Barbara, California
Are you thinking about booking a romantic getaway to Santa Barbara? This gorgeous Southern California town is located next to the ocean, with miles of sun-drenched, picturesque beaches as well as beautiful rolling hills and a bustling nightlife. Truthfully, visitors will be hard-pressed to find a city with more romantic appeal than Santa Barbara. There are over 200 wineries and hundreds of high-quality restaurants. The city is always alive and welcoming. You’ll love it so much you’ll want to come back and relive it all over again!
5 – Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world. Famous for its skiing and high-end resorts, this picturesque town nestled in between the Rockies is a highly-recommended destination for lovers of all ages hoping for the perfect romantic trip. If you and your partner enjoy outdoor activities, Aspen offers several year-round options: hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, fly fishing, dog sledding, down-hill skiing and cross-country skiing, just to name a few. Later, cozy up with your partner next to a roaring fire. You can’t get more romantic than Aspen in the wintertime.
4 – Oahu, Hawaii
The island of Oahu has been the Hawaiian center of romance for a long time. Known as the “heart of Hawaii,” it offers visitors a wide range of romantic sightseeing spots and memorable adventures. If you love sandy, scenic beaches, Eternity Beach is one of the most popular spots on the island, Take your partner and reenact the famous kiss between Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster in the 1953 movie From Here to Eternity. Oahu is as close to paradise as you can get on earth.
3 – Banff, Alberta
Banff is one of the smallest but also most lovable romantic destinations on our list. Located in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, Banff is a cozy getaway spot to take your lover for a weekend of romance and adventure. All around Banff you’ll find various charming trails taking you past waterfalls, lakes, gardens and forests. Banff offers year-round outdoor activities, hot springs and spas, hotels and inns, as well as top-quality dining options. Nature and love go hand in hand in the gorgeous Canadian town of Banff.
2 – New York City, New York
When most people think of New York City, romance isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. But they couldn’t be more wrong! NYC is where dreams come true, and that includes dreams of romance. With an infinite supply of unique bars and restaurants all within fast reach, you and your partner will enjoy memorable days and nights filled with fun, excitement and intimacy. Forego the classic tourists traps, of which there are many, and find your own private corner of NYC, the most beautiful and romantic mega-city in all of North America.
1 – Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Lake Tahoe is famous for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world, so it’s no surprise that it tops our list. It is the largest alpine lake in North America, connecting California and Nevada along the Sierra Nevada Mountains. If you’re dreaming of the perfect backdrop for a wedding proposal (aka popping the big question), there are few places as romantically inspiring as Lake Tahoe. Words do it no justice. Whether it’s an anniversary, honeymoon, birthday or weekend, Lake Tahoe will take your breath away.