'You don't need to go abroad for a romantic getaway - no matter what kind of vacation you have in mind, there's a plethora of fantastic places for couples to go to right here in the US. Those looking for adventures in the great outdoors can enjoy the mountain scenery in Aspen and Asheville, or book a vacation rental surrounded by Sedona's striking red rocks. Meanwhile, relaxed city adventures can be had in Savannah, where a sprawling cemetery ranks among the top local attractions; and Portland, home to microbreweries and coffee shops galore.
Aspen, CO is a postcard-perfect mountain retreat
Aspen, a small Colorado town in the Rocky Mountains, might be best known as a topnotch ski destination, but it's also a romantic vacation spot in any season. Skiing, spa visits, and fine dining with a view are essential parts of a couples getaway in Aspen. The most-photographed spot in all of Colorado is by Maroon Lake, where you can see the Maroon Bells mountain peaks reflected in the placid waters. But if you want to see this gorgeous vista with your own eyes - photos don't always do it justice - be prepared for crowds, especially during leaf peeping season. For an intimate adventure, go on a tandem paragliding excursion that'll take you to a remote spot for a picnic and some champagne.
Green spaces and ghost stories abound in Savannah, GA
Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, is often named one of the best places for couples to vacation in the US, and it's easy on the wallet, too. You can head to Forsyth Park for an intimate picnic under moss-covered oak trees, enjoy quiet strolls in the Savannah Botanical Gardens, and explore the well-known Bonaventure Cemetery (and hold each other close when you scare yourselves silly) - all for free. Gaze out at the Savannah River while sipping cocktails at a rooftop bar, or wake up at the crack of dawn and make the 20-minute drive to Tybee Island to watch the sunrise and enjoy some beach time. Vacation rentals in Savannah include beautifully designed apartments, cozy cottages, carriage houses, and airy lofts with exposed brick walls.
Immerse yourselves in art and nature in Asheville, NC
Opportunities for romantic interludes abound in Asheville, a small city in western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Stay in a vacation rental in downtown Asheville, where you can explore the River Arts District's hundreds of galleries and artists' studios, then pop into a local brewery before calling it a day. Or you might prefer a cozy mountain cabin for 2, perhaps with a hot tub on the outdoor deck so you can enjoy a soak under the stars. Either way, you won't be far from the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile road that follows the Southern Appalachian mountains through multiple states. You can settle in for a long, scenic drive, or stop and search for the many hiking trails, wildlife encounters, and waterfalls along the route.
Enjoy a rockin' romantic getaway in Sedona, AZ
Most vacation rentals in Sedona feature vistas of the awe-inspiring red rock formations this desert town is most famous for. Whether you're based in a cozy cabin rental or a condo that comes with access to communal amenities like pools, gyms, and game rooms, exciting adventures begin at your doorstep. Hiking and biking in Red Rock State Park and Slide Rock State Park are great ways to see the landscape up close, as is a scenic drive with stops at popular Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock. Up the ante with a hot-air balloon flight high above the rust-colored canyons or a nighttime train ride that offers views of sunsets, starry skies, and if you're in luck, some nocturnal wildlife. Don't forget to check out Sedona's lively art scene and visit one or 2 of the vineyards in the area.
Portland, OR is great for cafe-hopping and walks in the park
Couples looking for a laidback romantic escape will fall in love with Portland, the largest and arguably the coolest city in Oregon. Sprawling Washington Park has lots of picturesque spots for an intimate stroll with your sweetheart; the International Rose Test Garden features roses in more colors, sizes, and varieties than you can imagine, while the Hoyt Arboretum has 12 miles of trails enveloped by towering trees. Portland is especially great for couples who love gastronomic adventures. The city's many food carts provide a delicious excuse to go exploring, while the wealth of coffee shops and craft breweries will keep you well-caffeinated or pleasantly buzzed. Fancy a change from the local bars? Drive down to the Willamette Valley's wineries and tasting rooms.