Top Romantic Cities in the US

Forget Paris, Rome, Rio or Marrakech -- if you want to plan a romantic escape, there are plenty of places within the U.S.that are perfect for a trip for two. Whether you’re planning a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway for your significant other, or celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon, here are the top 5 romantic cities in the U.S. to consider:

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco

This city as a whole has a welcoming, laid back vibe and offers a lot of character. Some romantic things to do here include walking across the Golden Gate Bridge hand-in-hand, dining at Cliff House and Top of the Mark on Nob Hill - both with fabulous views - strolling around the Japanese Tea Garden and the Flower Conservatory in Golden Gate Park, sailing and dinner on the Pacific at sunset and taking Salsa lessons at Cafe Cocomo. Stay at a bed and breakfast for a relaxing, romantic experience. Two of the best in the city for romance and privacy are White Swan Inn and Annie’s Cottage.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah GA

Lovely Savannah, Georgia is one of the most effortlessly romantic locales in the country, with its dreamy historic architecture and beautiful gardens. The city was originally laid out by its founder James Oglethorpe in a 24-square (block) grid pattern. Visitors can walk the cobblestone, tree-lined streets for a romantic walking tour of the old homes in the area or people-watch from the park. Picnic by the famous fountain in Forsyth Park, and have a romantic meal at Elizabeth on 37th, Vic’s on the River or Pearl’s Saltwater Cafe. Savannah is a real treat for the bed and breakfast-lovers, as most of its inns are hosted in beautifully restored homes in the historic district. Some of the top romantic B&Bs in Savannah include The Gastonian, Kehoe House and The Hamilton-Turner Inn - all of which are as breathtaking on the inside as they are on the outside.

Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod

The Cape Cod region, though not a city but a collection of small towns in Massachusetts shimmering cape area, is replete with romantic things to do and see. The area boasts the quintessential feel of East Coast class - a combination of natural beauty, fresh seafood and traditional architecture.

For your most romantic trip ever, have a tasting and tour at the Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, have a picnic while watching the sunset at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown and take a relaxing stroll on the serene boardwalk at Gray’s Beach in Yarmouth Port. If you’re searching for a romantic restaurant, a few to try are Ocean House in Dennisport, Twenty-Eight Atlantic in East Harwich and Bistro at Crowne Pointe in Provincetown.

If you want to stay on the outer cape, consider the English country style The Old Harbour Inn in Chatham or the elegant Captain Farris House on Cape Cod in South Yarmouth. If you’ll be staying on the inner cape, consider the Prince Albert Guest House in Provincetown or The Captain Freeman Inn on Cape Cod in Brewster.

Manhattan, NY

Manhattan

Who can deny that New York City is one of the most romantic cities in the United States - if not on the globe? The attractions and activities are endless and you'll find there are so plenty of tucked away places to enjoy an intimate glass of wine or conversation. Start your day with a romantic stroll through Central Park while watching street performers and snacking on vendor-sold goods. Or take a tandem bike ride here with your special someone. Take an elevator ride to the Empire State Building’s observation deck, and kiss your sweetheart 80-stories above street-level! Other romantic things include a trip to see a Broadway show, a visit to medieval-esque Cloisters - a romantic and serene branch of The Met located in Washington Heights, a stroll in quaint Greenwich Village and dinner at some of the most well-known romantic eateries in the city, like Gramercy Tavern, Daniel and La Grenouille. You could even take yourself on a tour of some of the fabulous city street art!

If you’re staying in a bed and breakfast in NYC - a very economical, cozy and romantic choice - don’t miss Ivy TerraceIvy Terrace on the Upper East Side, Abingdon Guest House in West Village and Central Park West Brownstone on the Upper West Side.