Most Romantic Cities in the USA

“This heart of mine was made to travel the world.” – Unknown

When thinking of romantic cities, Paris, Vienna, Florence, Dublin or maybe Edinburgh may come to mind. But there are many romantic cities a little closer to home in the United States. Featuring sandy beaches, green mountains, beautiful architecture and delicious food, these are a few of our favorite cities you’ll fall in love with.


From the antebellum style homes to the Battery promenade and horse-drawn cobblestone streets, it’s hard not to see the beauty in Charleston. Nicknamed “The Holy City” for all the church steeples, take a sunset cruise and enjoy the skyline view. Known for their amazing low country food, prepare to come hungry.


New Orleans

While heading to New Orleans during Mardi Gras may be fun, it is not the most romantic. Visit this charming city any other time of the year and it will steal your heart. Take a walk through Jackson Square, check out the architecture of the French Quarter, listen to amazing music in the birthplace of jazz and, of course, enjoy beignets at Cafe Du Monde.

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Walk through Pike Place and explore the food and craft vendors. Take in the beauty surrounding Seattle from the top of the Space Needle (be sure to make a reservation at the restaurant at the top). Or, explore Seattle from the air by taking a “flightseeing” tour. How amazing is that?! The food scene isn’t just about visiting the original Starbucks. Food tours are very popular in this city, so make sure to bring an appetite.

Stowe, VT

Nestled in the rolling hills of Vermont, Stowe is more than just a skiing destination. If heading there in winter, enjoy world-class skiing in the “Ski Capital of the East.” In the fall, check out the beautiful foliage while hiking through mountain trails or take a hot air balloon ride. In spring and summer, play a round of golf, go fly fishing, hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride and soak in the beauty of the Green Mountains.


Newport, RI

Newport is a quaint waterfront city located on Aquidneck Island. Its harbor has hosted the America’s Cup and is a home for lavish yachts. Explore the Gilded Age mansions especially The Breakers (patterned after a Renaissance palace) and Marble House (built for the Vanderbilt’s). The Cliff Walk is 3.5 miles and meanders along the Atlantic coastline. You’ll find fancy restaurants (perfect for a special meal), along with more casual options.



Go shopping on the Magnificent Mile, get lost in the Art Institute of Chicago (home to one of the largest collections French Impressionist paintings) or take an architectural tour of the city – there’s something for everyone in Chicago. Soak up the view from The Skydeck on top of the Willis tower. If it’s a clear day, you’ll be able to see Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. While deep dish pizza is what Chicago is known for, the food scene is way more than that. From food tours to ethnic restaurants and restaurants like the Girl and the Goat (from Top Chef’s Stephanie Izard) or Blue Door Kitchen (owned by Oprah’s former personal chef Art Smith), there’s a cuisine for every taste bud.


New York City

Fall in love with the bright lights of the Big Apple. Stroll the High Line, explore Central Park and window shop along Fifth Avenue. Head to the top of the of the Empire State Building to meet up with your sweetheart (hello Sleepless in Seattle). The Central Park Boathouse offers romantic gondola rides and you’ll swear you’re not in the city anymore. When planning your trip, make sure to make a reservation at The River Cafe. It will require you heading to Brooklyn, but the impeccable view of New York City (and the amazing food) will make the cab ride worth it.

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