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9 Romantic US Weekend Getaways

Stuck in a rut in the romance department? Maybe it's time to shake things up. If you want to spoil your significant other, look no further than our nine picks for romantic weekend getaways across the USA.

1. Gaze at the Northern Lights in the Alaskan sky

Alaska Northern Lights
You’ll forget the cold in the air as you stare at the Alaskan sky, transfixed by the majesty of green and purple curtains of light dancing in the heavens. Toast some mulled wine, throw a log on the fire, and get cozy beneath this natural light show. Maximize your chances of seeing this phenomenon by basing yourselves in Fairbanks, which is located right beneath what’s termed the "aurora oval."

2. Discover a secret beach at Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park
Summer’s a delight in Maine and though the crowds flock to Acadia, it’s still possible to find a secluded beach if you know where to look. Pack a picnic basket, park up and spread your blanket on Little Hunter’s Beach. There’s no sign, so most visitors just drive on by, leaving the sandy coast to you and your SO.

3. Recreate a Hollywood love affair in New York City

New York City
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks did it in Sleepless in Seattle. Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant were supposed to do it in An Affair to Remember. Ascend the escalators and elevators from the Art Deco lobby to the viewing platform of the Empire State Building and you and your beloved can do it too as you share a kiss in this iconic location.

4. Toast your relationship at a Napa winery

Napa Vineyard
Nothing says romance quite like sharing intimate thoughts over a glass of wine or two, so mosey on down to Napa where you’ll find some of the best wineries in the country. Take a restful walk through picture-perfect vineyards, pausing to watch the sunset over the hills before retiring to a quaint B&B. Charge your glasses and raise a toast “To us!” to celebrate a special occasion, or a "just because" weekend.

5. Sleep under the stars in the Utah desert

Canyonlands National Park
Perfect for couples who love nature, getting out into the great outdoors is a chance to forget the stresses of urban life. Glamp in style under canvas near Canyonlands National Park, where you can hike to scenic overlooks before retiring to the comfort of your private deck and luxury tent. A sunset over the red rocks is unbelievably romantic -- just throw on your favorite acoustic playlist and let the natural scenery whisk you away.

6. Create your own paradise in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
Many forget that this island is a US territory, but it offers the perfect tropical getaway that's not too far away. Lush foliage, pure white sands and the gently lapping waves of the Caribbean Sea create the perfect island paradise. Find your bliss at Flamenco Beach on Puerto Rico’s Culebra Island or if you don’t want to share, head over to the more secluded Playa Soni for a hidden retreat.

7. Tour the squares of Savannah

Savannah, Georgia
Add a generous sprinkling of Southern charm to your romantic getaway. Historic Savannah scores on antebellum architecture and live oaks draped with Spanish moss. Its 22 leafy squares and the mansions that line them are a treat to view on foot or tandem bicycle. Plus, its array of culinary wonders will charm you both as you reminisce over good old home cooking.

8. Serenade your love in New Orleans

New Orleans
The bars of Bourbon Street aren’t going to win any awards for romance but the Big Easy’s Gallic genes can still teach you a thing or two when it comes to amour. Adjust your clock so you can stay up late to be serenaded with the sweetest jazz or smokin’ blues in Frenchmen Street’s clubs long after the sun goes down.

9. Glide in a Venetian gondola

Las Vegas
Atmospheric Venice is a top choice for romance with its dreamy canals, crumbling palazzos and intimate eateries. But if you can’t stretch the budget to a European vacation, make do with a gondola ride at The Venetian in Las Vegas. You’ll need plenty of imagination if you’re comparing it to the original, but make a promise to each other that you’ll travel to the real thing one day.

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About the author: Julia Hammond | Freelance Travel Writer
Enthusiastic advocate for independent travel and passionate geographer, Julia considers herself privileged to earn a living doing something she loves. When not roaming the globe, you’ll find her windswept but smiling, chatting away to her two dogs as they wander the Essex marshes.

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