The Best Romantic Getaways in the US
We've unearthed the best US holidays for loved up couples looking for romance.
Planning a trip to the States with your better half? It doesn’t matter if you’ve kind of forgotten what romance looks like (hello, kids) because thanks to our list of the most romantic getaways in the US you’re all set to feel young and in love again. Plum Guide's fastidious home critics have personally tested each of the homes on our site to ensure they meet your
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Dreamy Joshua Tree is known for its expansive National Park choc full of the alien-like trees from which the area takes its name. Hiking here almost feels like being on another planet and this sense of magic makes it the perfect place to reconnect with your partner.
Enjoy incredible flea market shopping, cute healthy restaurants, quirky crystal shops and of course spending time in nature. The nightlife here is surprisingly fun with plenty of local saloons to keep you from getting thirsty. Don’t miss a raucous evening of live music, drinks and dinner at the famed Pappy and Harriet’s followed by a soak in the hot tub looking up at the sea of stars. From there, the possibilities are endless.
Northern California is nothing if not romantic. Known for its fine wines, lush greenery and crashing Pacific Ocean waves, Santa Barbara is the first stop on a trip to the wine country and makes for an ideal romantic getaway in the US.
Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara offers a laid back Spanish vibe, dating back to its history as a mission town. Enjoy shopping on its quaint streets, long walks on the beach and amazing gourmet fare from its many charming, upscale restaurants. Don’t miss a long day of wine tasting followed by sunset on the pier. If your whole heart isn’t screaming I love you after that, we’ll eat our words faster than the local lobster you’ll be consuming for dinner.
Speaking of the beach, nothing says California love more than Malibu, not even that Tupac song you used to jam to back in your uni days. How times have changed. Anyway, this stretch of beach along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway is definitely among the top romantic getaways in the US. Find your spot on the sand and enjoy celebrity spotting until the sun sinks back into the sea. This is where the elite meet, so really it’s where you belong.
There’s no better date night spot than the impossible-to-book-a-table Nobu Malibu. Use your influence to get a seat on the edge of the balcony and stare out over the Pacific as you nibble on yellowtail jalapeno and toro tacos while sipping a Japanese mojito. There’s great shopping around these parts too so take your credit card for a spin at adorable outdoor mall Malibu Village and watch the dollar signs multiply.
Start spreading the news because while a trip to New York might seem like more business than pleasure, the truth is there is hardly anything more romantic than a late night walk through the city that never sleeps with the one you love. The hustle and bustle of this crazy metropolis means you’ll never be bored as you enjoy shopping, art galleries and some of the best restaurants in the world.
Have fun with your better half like you used to in the good old days getting to know a new place and soaking in the atmosphere for all it’s worth. Spend an evening at a Broadway show or enjoy a night of jazz standards and martinis at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel. If you’re feeling adventurous, pack your passport and head to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for brunch the next day. You’ll beat your hangover and actually feel like the cool hipster you often try to convince yourself you are.
Take to the slopes in Aspen, Colorado; certainly one of the most romantic getaways in the US. This posh ski resort and charming town is an ideal destination all year round. The high-end restaurants, fancy shops and Aspen Art Museum will keep you occupied whether or not you choose to risk your knees on a black diamond. (Remember what happened last time).
In Spring and Summer, hikers and cyclists will love exploring the verdant mountains. If that sounds like your holiday from hell, just remember there’s always the hot tub. Praise be.