Celebrate love around the US
Discover fun and fanciful ways to revel in romance in these five destinations across the country. | By Cassandra Brooklyn | January 11, 2023
Love is in the air, which is the perfect excuse for you to ditch your normal routine and escape on a romantic getaway. From coast to coast, here are some creative ways to celebrate love with your significant other around the U.S.
Pack your swimsuit: Whether it’s an indoor pool, a steamy sauna or a sandy beach, you’ll want to be prepared to enjoy all the romantic amenities these destinations have to offer
Diversify your experience: Consider mixing things up by exploring the same city several ways: by foot, bike, pedicab or even helicopter
Bring comfortable shoes: A romantic stroll helps love bloom when traveling with your special someone
There’s a reason why so many couples honeymoon in Hawaii — the islands are overflowing with all things love and romance-related. Start with a couples’ massage on the beach and relax to the sounds of the waves lapping behind you. Sneak a kiss while exploring waterfalls, get lost in each other’s eyes over an oceanside candlelit dinner or reach new heights together by booking a helicopter tour to take in the islands’ waterfalls, lava flows and picture-perfect backdrops.
Adventure-lovers will enjoy Hawaii's mountain hiking, scuba diving, surfing and Jet Skiing offerings, while relaxation-seekers can stay close to nature at a more peaceful pace via whale-watching and glass-bottom boat tours. Whether you’re seeking thrills or tranquility, you can’t go wrong with a sunset cocktail cruise followed by a romantic moonlight stroll on the sand.
New York City is where the heart of romance meets the epicenter of luxury so plan to wine, dine and enjoy all things fine in the city that never sleeps. Catch a show on Broadway, stroll along iconic avenues or take a helicopter ride over the Hudson River and be mesmerized by the bright lights of the Big Apple.
Dine in one of the city’s countless five-star and Michelin-reviewed restaurants, choosing between fancy French fusion bistros, intimate Italian eateries that give Tuscany a run for its money or upscale sushi bars serving the freshest seafood flown in from Japan that very morning.
To fully experience the pulse of the city, Hilton Club West 57th Street New York is the perfect place for a romantic retreat, as it’s a short walk to Broadway, Times Square, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. It’s also only two blocks from picture-perfect Central Park, where a pedicab (bicycle taxi) can whisk you through 843 acres (341 hectares) of the most famous park in the world.
When staying in one of the country’s oldest cities, few activities are more romantic than a leisurely stroll through Boston’s historical cobblestone streets or along The Freedom Trail. Bundle up with your loved one and explore more than 200 years of history (going back to the American Revolution!) on this 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) path. Sights to see include museums, meeting houses, parks, churches and more.
Looking for greener surroundings? Bundle up and head to the city’s iconic Boston Common, America’s oldest park, and neighboring Public Garden, the first botanical garden in the country. Strap on some ice skates, hold hands and glide around together at the iced-over Boston Common Frog Pond before warming up with a bowl of the city’s famous clam chowder. Don’t forget to order a generous slice of authentic Boston cream pie to share for dessert!
If you’re not ready to end the evening just yet, catch a performance at the Boston Symphony Orchestra or indulge in a couple’s massage at one of the city’s many spas.
Looking for a romantic getaway that’s fun and fabulous but won’t break the bank? Austin, Texas is calling your name. The city’s extensive live music and nightlife scene means you and your partner can experience an evening of folk, country or blues music while enjoying elegant eats or casual beer and barbecue. After dinner, snuggle up for a double feature at one of the city’s several drive-in movie theaters.
While Austin may be famous for its swimming holes in the summer, outdoorsy travelers will love hitting the hiking and biking trails during cooler months. Head to the highest peak and take in the panoramic views or enjoy a casual stroll along the Colorado River, which steadily meanders through town.
Want to memorialize your romantic Austin getaway? Pose for a picture together in front of the wildly popular and heavily Instagrammed “I Love You So Much” mural on South Congress Ave. For a conveniently located stay with all the comfort of home (i.e. easy access to the waterfront and a free hot breakfast), you can’t go wrong with Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown. Eat, explore and enjoy the city together as you make new memories to last a lifetime.
Nature-lovers seeking to combine romance and the outdoors will do well in fun-filled Phoenix where you can hike, bike, rock climb or take in the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert during a hot air balloon ride. Architecture buffs can head to nearby Taliesin West, the former winter home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and current headquarters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, open to the public for tours.
Find cosmic connection and experience the healing properties of the desert with a spa ritual at Tierra Luna spa at Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Centered around desert botanicals, a 25-minute couple's sun-worshipper mud and alchemy experience offers relaxation in an indoor or outdoor treatment room to restore balance and peace.
Wherever you choose to enjoy your next romantic getaway, these five destinations are sure to expand your horizons and evoke lasting memories for years to come.
Cassandra Brooklyn is a freelance writer specializing in travel, culture, and all things outdoors. She's the author of the cycling guidebook, Cuba By Bike, and has bylines in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Forbes, The Daily Beast and Lonely Planet, among others.