If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, there’s no need to wistfully dream of foreign lands. We’ve got some stunning places to check out right here in our own country. Here are 5 romantic destinations in the U.S.
1. Niagara Falls, NY:
This is quite possibly the most romantic destination in the United States, and is often referred to as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World.” Want to get married? You can get a marriage certificate for $40 and be married a day later! While more than 50 local hotels offer wedding packages, we suggest the Giacomo, a beautiful boutique hotel overlooking the falls. You won’t find a more picturesque backdrop in the country! With a Sweetheart package, a Honeymoon package, and a Night of Romance package, they’ve got plenty of options for setting the mood, most of which include chocolate and champagne.
2. Hana, Maui:
This undeveloped tropical paradise on Maui has some of the best beaches on the island, organic farms to tour, hang gliding for adventure seekers, and even caverns to explore. Want to unplug and focus only on your sweetie? The luxurious Travaasa Hana hotel doesn’t have any TV’s, radios or alarm clocks in their rooms. The secluded resort is located near waterfalls, hikes and beaches. Condé Nast rated them as having the “Number 1 Resort Spa in Hawaii.”
3. Ojo Caliente, New Mexico:
These legendary, hot, mineral springs were first discovered in the 1500’s. Situated in the mountains of Northern New Mexico, this little piece of paradise is so beautiful and relaxing, you could even fall in love with a stranger! Of course, if you bring a partner, you can take advantage of the private pools and soak in the nude, near a kiva fire, under the stars…feeling the love yet? Take advantage of yoga classes, spa treatments, award-winning dining, and romantic lodging accommodations as the icing on the cake.
4. Half Moon Bay, California:
This coastal city near San Francisco offers breathtaking, cliff-side views of the Pacific Ocean. What can you do there? Go for a horseback ride along the beach, visit art galleries, and stroll through the historic area. Stay at the ultra-luxurious Ritz-Carlton, which has 36 holes of championship golf. There, you can choose from five dining options, including Cork Wine Bar, which has more than 5,000 bottles of wine. The resort has standard rooms (which are far from standard) all the way up to 2,000 square foot suites. You read that right!
5. Sterling Ridge Resort, Vermont:
Situated on 372 acres of woods in Northern Vermont, this resort provides peaceful sanctuary away from hectic daily life. The property’s 23 log cabins have all of the comforts of home (and then some), including WiFi, Jacuzzi tubs, and fireplaces. You can even order special gift baskets to await you at check-in. The area boasts year-round outdoor activities, like kayaking, canoeing, snowshoeing, skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobile tours, and tours of local covered bridges. There’s also plenty of antique store shopping, and get this: the resort taps 3,000 maple trees for sap to be made into maple syrup right there onsite!