Top 10 Most Romantic Spots in the U.S.
To understand just how good our most romantic list in the United States of America is, look at what we had to turn down. A night under the stars at Mesquite Springs in Death Valley National Park. The slopes of Aspen, Colorado, Big Sky, Montana and Stowe, Vermont. The steamy geysers of Yellowstone National Park and ethereal quality of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Central Park and the top of the Empire State Building. The Seattle Space Needle and Puget Sound. Cumberland Island National Seashore and the Everglades of Florida. A sunset walk in Crissy Field, San Francisco. And so on.
The final tally includes a duo of stellar heritage districts, an incomparable volcano, rosy botanical garden, two of the best restaurants on the planet, a gargantuan cave system and a world wonder of a canyon. All extraordinarily romantic, Valentine’s Day or not.
10. Hayden Planetarium at Rose Center for Earth and Space
79th Street and Central Park West, Manhattan, New York
The Big Apple’s icons – from Broadway to the Statue of Liberty – loom large on the February 14 agenda but the peerless planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History is the best way to see the stars. For dinner, make a beeline for Masa (if you have the lucre) or Frankies Spuntino in Brooklyn.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Hotel New York
9. The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, California
Thomas Keller is the best chef in America, bar none, and runs two of the top restaurants in the world in Per Se at the Time Warner Center in New York and The French Laundry in Yountville. For Napa winery vibes and scenery, the California address wins in the romance department.
Where to stay: Napa Valley Lodge Yountville
8. Little Torch Key
For the ultimate romantic getaway, escape to Old Town Key West and the plush Little Palm Island Resort on Little Torch Key.
Where to stay: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
7. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii County, Hawaii
Thanks to massive Mauna Loa, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai At Historic Kaupulehu
6. Historic Districts of Savannah
Historic Savannah is the epitome of Old South gentility and Federal architectural charm.
Where to stay: Mansion On Forsyth Park Savannah
5. International Rose Test Garden
400 Southwest Kingston Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Find out why hipster Portland is the Rose City.
Where to stay: Monaco Portland A Kimpton Hotel
4. Garden District New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
Take a lazy streetcar past Colonial villas and Late Victorian estates in the beautiful Garden District, grab a cone at The Creole Creamery and a late dinner at Galatoireâ€™s.
Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
76 Queen Street, Charleston, South Carolina
Sean Brock is the chef de rigueur at the moment and his restaurant Husk has made Charleston – always a good food destination – a must on the epicure circuit.
Where to stay: The Restoration On King Hotel Charleston
2. Mammoth Cave National Park
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
A toss-up between Carlsbad and Mammoth – both UNESCO World Heritage Sites – but proximity to superb Louisville makes the Kentucky national park triumph in the end.
Where to stay: 21c Museum Hotel Louisville
1. Grand Canyon National Park
Coconino and Mohave, Arizona
Number one for awe and romance from here to eternity.
Where to stay: ARIA Resort & Casino At CityCenter Las Vegas