While we often dream of flying to exotic, faraway places, there’s so much beauty, adventure and romance to be found in our own backyard. 

If it’s the right time for a romantic getaway (and let’s be honest, when is it not?), look no further than these 10 unique destinations. Whether your idea of a getaway is a secluded cabin surrounded by stunning nature, or slowly strolling the streets of a picturesque new city with no plans or agenda, we’ve compiled cities for every type of couple in need of some “we” time.

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Denver, Colorado

For those who want something different every day, Denver has a taste of everything: a lively arts and music scene, incredible dining and drinks, and beautiful views that make the Mile High City so popular. As the gateway to the Rockies, you’re just a few hours’ drive through winding mountain roads from charming towns like Vail and Breckenridge.

Park City, Utah

Outdoorsy couples, look no further! Park City is a quaint town with the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Whether it’s taking a picturesque sleigh right to dinner in the winter or a summer stroll down Main Street, this city is a beautiful, year-round escape into some of the prettiest nature the US has to offer.

Portland, Oregon

If you are looking for a dog-friendly city, Portland is the destination for you. As one of the most bike-able cities in the US, leave your car behind as you cruise around to explore the many quirky-cool neighbourhoods and world-renowned coffee shops that make this city so unique. Our top recommendation for couples with a sweet tooth? Stop by Pip’s Original for the best donuts in town, and prepare to come back for more! 

Napa Valley, California

Is there anything more romantic than a stroll through fragrant vineyards with your partner and a glass of wine in hand? For food and wine lovers, Napa Valley is home to some of the finest tasting rooms in the country, while a sophisticated backdrop of lush rolling hills framed by stunning mountains set the scene for romance.

Palm Springs, California

For the chic couple, look no further than this stylish town is known for its laid-back scene, trendy art galleries and vintage shops galore. Spend your days cuddled-up in the most Instagrammable hotel in Palm Springs, Arrive Hotel, or take a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park or the famous Salvation Mountain.

San Francisco, California

Explore the winding (and steep!) streets of San Francisco, where every neighbourhood tells a different story. However you choose to spend your time, definitely save a morning for the best dim sum in the largest Chinatown in North America, and for the couple who love road trips, this diverse city is the perfect starting point for a drive down the famously picturesque Highway 1.

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New York City

In the city with everything to offer, this is the place for the spontaneous couple who wants to do a bit of everything. Stroll the Brooklyn Bridge first thing in the morning (we recommend doing so with a fresh bagel and coffee in hand) for one-of-a-kind views of the city tourist-free. Not sure where to make your home base? These are our top 5 favourite neighbourhoods, with tips to boot!

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston’s endless hospitality and old-school architecture make for a picture-perfect romantic getaway. Cobbled streets lined with pastel buildings set the stage for leisurely romantic walks, and spring for a stay in a luxurious historic hotel like Wentworth Mansion for an extra dash of Southern charm.

Nashville, Tennessee

Grab your dancin’ boots for a getaway to the best city for music lovers! Work up an appetite as you two-step and twirl the night away to live country music, and spend your days sampling fare from trendy coffeehouses, innovative breweries, and the flourishing restaurant scene. If you want a break from the hustle and bustle, Nashville is also home to over 12,000 acres of city parks with views of the surrounding rolling hills.

Miami, Florida

Speaking of road trips, a drive through the stunning Florida Keys allows you to find your own piece of socially-distanced paradise. But before you start your drive, spend a few nights in buzzy Miami. Your trip isn’t complete without sampling an authentic Cubano and admiring the many colourful Art Deco buildings lining famous Ocean Drive.

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Where are the top destinations for a romantic getaway close to home?

  1. Denver
  2. Park City
  3. Portland
  4. Napa Valley
  5. Palm Springs
  6. San Francisco
  7. New York City
  8. Charleston
  9. Nashville
  10. Miami