US destinations for the best weekend getaways for couples

US destinations for the best weekend getaways for couples

With so many destinations in the USA that offer great experiences for couples, planning a last-minute romantic getaway isn’t a problem. Even if you only have a weekend to spare, you can still enjoy an escape that’s packed with exciting sights and sounds, or pockets of solitude and serenity. And whether you’re eyeing winery tours, big-city thrills, country music concerts, or Rocky Mountain scenery for your quick vacation for 2, you’ll find a wide spectrum of vacation rentals that’ll ensure you’ve got a lovely and comfortable home for the weekend.

Vineyards galore and more in Napa Valley

Get drunk on love—and Cabernet Sauvignon—in Napa, one of the most famous wine regions in the world. There are hundreds of wineries here, and the vineyard visits and tasting tours will no doubt be the highlight of your trip, but there’s also more to romantic 3-day getaways in California wine country. You can go on dinner dates at Michelin-starred restaurants or visit one of Calistoga’s hot spring spas. Hot-air balloon rides offer unbeatable views over Napa Valley, but if you’d rather take in the scenery while giving your legs a good workout, various hiking trails take you around lakes, over mountains, or through redwood forests. Vacation home rentals in Napa include charming cottages with views of vineyards, as well as modern condos with communal pools.

There’s always something happening in New York City

Bustling New York City is always great for last-minute romantic getaways because you’ll never run out of things to see and do with your partner, no matter how many times you’ve been. There might be a new show on Broadway, or a new food craze that’s got locals and tourists alike standing patiently in long lines. You can fill your weekend in NYC with visits to landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Or you can take it easy with leisurely brunches in one of New York’s many excellent restaurants, followed by arm-in-arm strolls on the High Line and afternoon picnics in Central Park. Vacation rentals in New York City include cozy studios for 2 and stylish spaces in brownstone apartments.

Bright interiors of a studio for 2 in Midtown Manhattan

Enjoy some Southern hospitality in Savannah

Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city, is one of the most romantic getaways in the South. You can enjoy intimate moments in picturesque settings like the 30-acre Forsyth Park, where oak trees covered in Spanish moss provide shade from the sun, and the Savannah Botanical Gardens. Another beloved, if unconventional, city landmark is Bonaventure Cemetery, frequented by photographers, nature lovers, and history buffs alike. Set along the Savannah River, vibrant River Street is home to restaurants, brewpubs, galleries, and shops—some of them housed in converted cotton warehouses—while the historic district features cobblestone streets and landscaped gardens. From your vacation rental in downtown Savannah, you can make the 20-minute drive to Tybee Island for great sunrise views, as well as sunbathing, swimming, and surfing.

City thrills and mountain views in Denver

Denver offers a great mix of city attractions and outdoor recreation. You might schedule a quick romantic getaway to see your favorite musical artist play at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, then squeeze in a visit to the Denver Art Museum or a horse-drawn carriage tour of the downtown area. Or you can spend the weekend taking advantage of Denver’s easy access to outdoor pursuits such as whitewater rafting in the Colorado River or mountain biking in Buffalo Creek. Either way, you can also catch your breath at the 24-acre Denver Botanic Gardens, or stop by vibrant Larimer Square for shopping, dining, and nightlife. When you’re ready to call it a day, head back to your Denver vacation rental with great mountain views.

The music never stops in Nashville

Music-loving couples will definitely enjoy a local romantic getaway to Nashville—the capital of Tennessee is nicknamed Music City, after all. Book a vacation rental in downtown Nashville and you’ll be all set for a weekend of hopping between the many bars, clubs, and honky-tonks in town. (For the uninitiated, a honky-tonk is simply a bar with live music.) Check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Johnny Cash Museum, then catch a concert at the celebrated Ryman Auditorium. When you’re craving some peace and quiet, you can explore Centennial Park, home to a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, or hit the hiking trails in Radnor Lake State Park.

The bedroom and living area in a Nashville cottage rental