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There are some places that simply make us want to fall in love. It could be the colorful sunset casting a dazzling glow upon your mate, or just the addition of a live trumpet and a few horns while dining outside on the veranda; nevertheless, feeling enamored is something we all look forward to. So whether you’re looking to rekindle the flame with a longtime lover or spark one with a new honey, these American cities are bound to set the right mood.
Fewer things are more romantic than a bit of Southern charm. Cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and historically rich architecture make Charleston a win-win in the realm of romance. Plus, the plethora of quaint B&Bs and boutique hotels only help to boost the town’s allure, some with fireplaces and antique-filled rooms. Dine at Circa 1886, a former carriage house-turned-restaurant located in Wentworth Mansion, before popping into Charleston Grill for live jazz. And a romantic eve isn’t complete without a walk through the French Quarter.
Hawaii has been a longtime favorite travel destination for decades, drawing visitors with its pristine beaches and sunshine. But what makes Honolulu especially ideal for couples are the ample opportunities for both adventure activities and kicking back beachside. So whether you’re into zip-lining and scuba diving, or beach yoga and sunbathing (followed by several mai tais), this island city is the place to be. To kick up the romance, head to Ocean House Restaurant, fit with tiki torches and waterfront dining.
Small but charming, Providence – with its series of canals and waterways – has a special whimsical flavor. At WaterPark Place, stroll along cobblestone walkways before dining at New Rivers, a restaurant located in the former Congdon and Carpenter Mill along the river. In the summer, an art installation, WaterFire, illuminates the downtown, perfect for those post-dinner evening walks or a gondola ride down Providence River.
The nation’s capital is a lovers’ alcove, packed with neoclassical monuments, museums, and numerous performing arts venues. In Georgetown, cobblestone streets lit by gas lamps help to set the mood in this historic neighborhood. Plus, this town – once home to famous residents such as Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy – boasts several renowned restaurants. Take your date on a bike ride along the C&O Canal before heading to the famous 1789 Restaurant, a restored Federal house dishing out local and seasonal fare.
Although laden by fog nearly year-round, San Francisco is an ideal destination for two. Almost every point in the city features incredible glimpses of the Bay, while moseying through Golden Gate Park and across the bridge will provide unparalleled views of the San Francisco skyline. For stunning night scenery, head to Nob Hill to dine on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel, or opt for one of the waterfront restaurants at the Embacadero and marvel at the 25,000 white LED lights dancing along the Bay Bridge.
Oak and Spanish moss-lined streets, historic buildings, and manicured, blooming gardens beckon to romanticists to indulge in Savannah and all its splendors. Many old mansions, like the Gastonion and Hamilton-Turner, have been converted into charming inns and B&Bs – most highlighting antique furnishings and Southern gentility. A short walk from downtown, Tybee Island boasts the best sunset views accompanied by the occasional dolphin. Set the mood at Circa 1875, a wine bar-meets-bistro, or at Elizabeth on 37th – set within a turn-of-the-century mansion.
A walk through a field of grapes, a private barrel room tasting, a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. If you want to feel the love in the air, Napa is it. Just outside San Francisco, this region is surrounded by stunning scenery and rolling vineyards. Plus, the weather is almost always on point (think sunshine and blue skies). A visit to the most romantic of wineries – Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui – and a vineyard-side picnic is a must. And don’t miss one of the many hot springs resorts, best followed by dinner at one of Napa’s many critically acclaimed restaurants.
Nestled in the high desert of New Mexico, Albuquerque is brimming with cultural flair. An old Spanish colony, this town is lined with museums, shops, galleries, and historic adobe buildings to wander through. For a dreamy vacay, head here during the hot air balloon festival (held each fall), and gaze into the eyes of your honey as you ascend into the golden sky, or take the tram to the top of the 10,000-foot-high Sandia Mountains for a daytime picnic and views that stretch for miles.