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The 10 Best American Towns for a Romantic Getaway

From carefree California wine country to the bustling Eastern Seaboard, these 10 swoon-worthy towns and their dreamy attractions are sure to make you and that special someone fall in love all over again.

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Sonoma, California

Just one glimpse of the meandering vineyards, gargantuan redwoods, and gently crashing waves of the Pacific coastline, and you’ll fall head over heels for Sonoma. Nestled in Sonoma Valley, in the heart of California’s wine country, Sonoma plays host to more than 400 wineries, many featuring tasting rooms where you can sip from an eclectic selection of wines. With world-class restaurants, resorts, and spas in spades, there is no shortage of sumptuous experiences to savor for days.

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St. Augustine, Florida

Sun-drenched St. Augustine has much more than favorable temperatures to recommend it to couples in search of a Valentine’s getaway. Here you’ll find more than 20 miles of white sandy beaches and a pristine coastline ideal for fishing, swimming, kayaking, or windsurfing. After working up an appetite, venture to one of the area’s many restaurants or pubs to enjoy an evening of live music featuring big-name stars as well as hidden local talent. Then, take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through St. Augustine’s bustling downtown.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia

From historic landmarks to plush accommodations, Fredericksburg offers a dizzying array of attractions for couples who want a hefty helping of history and culture alongside their creature comforts. Stroll arm in arm through historic Old Town, be awed by the flora of Kenmore Plantation & Gardens, or sample local brews at A. Smith Bowman Distillery. Check in to any of the area’s award-winning bed-and-breakfasts, where you’ll be welcomed with true Southern hospitality.

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Sedona, Arizona

When the sun rises in Sedona, the multihued red-rock buttes reflect the sun’s rays, warming up the canyon and turning it into a visually arresting backdrop for hiking, biking, or camping
. If you and your better half don’t consider yourselves outdoorsy types, venture beyond the canyons to one of Sedona’s New Age shops, art galleries, resorts, or restaurants that showcase the culture and flavors of the region. For those who want to spoil their partner, the Enchantment Resort near Boynton Canyon offers a five-course Valentine’s Day menu that’s worth the trip.

Lanai, Hawaii

Hawaii has long been a popular honeymoon destination, but if you visit, consider skipping the Big Island to check in at the much smaller island of Lanai, where couples flock year-round to soak up natural beauty and delight in luxurious accommodations. Lanai is known as the “Pineapple Island,” in a nod to its pineapple plantations, and it’s rife with natural wonders from Polihua Beach to a collection of otherworldly rock formations known as the Garden of the Gods. Tourists can enjoy these views and more from the comforts of Lanai’s well-appointed beachfront resorts and immaculately groomed golf courses.

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Lead, South Dakota via astaebell

Nestled in the picturesque Black Hills of South Dakota, Lead is a prime pick for sports enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoors. From Old Baldy to the 109-mile-long Mickelson Trail, scenic trails provide endless opportunities for active couples to hike, bike, or go horseback riding. In the cold season, the northern Black Hills become a winter wonderland, making Lead a premier destination for couples who crave a romantic ski getaway.

Lutsen, Minnesota

Lutsen’s location in the heart of Superior National Forest naturally lends itself to alpine sports such as skiing and snowboarding. But the tiny town in northwest Minnesota also boasts a bustling resort community that caters to honeymooners, newlyweds, and weekenders with a bout of wanderlust. The northern shore of Lake Superior, situated mere steps from Lutsen, puts 350 miles of pristine waters right at your feet.

Talbot County, Maryland

Tourists had been sweet on Talbot County long before it was chosen as one of the most romantic towns in America. Named after Lady Grace Talbot, the wife of Irish politician Sir Robert Talbot, the historic county on the eastern shore of Maryland teems with intriguing museums, cozy wineries, award-winning restaurants, and stately bed-and- breakfasts, all surrounded by the spectacular beauty of Chesapeake Bay.

La Conner, Washington

Set against the Swinomish Channel, the waterfront town of La Conner is blessed with the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest. Tourists in search of a one-of-a-kind ocean getaway can take a scenic stroll on La Conner’s boardwalk, admire outdoor sculpture exhibits, or bird-watch in the Skagit Wildlife Area. When you’re ready to retreat indoors, sample from the scrumptious seaside platters at La Conner’s decadent restaurants, or unwind in luxury at one of many enchanting local inns.

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Burlington, Vermont

Bounded by the Adirondacks on the west and the Green Mountains on the east, Burlington’s natural beauty is surpassed only by its sense of community. To experience the small-town charm and larger-than-life hospitality of Burlington up close, venture to the Church Street Marketplace or the Burlington Edible History Tour for nonstop shopping or dining. Book a room at one of Burlington’s renowned bed-and-breakfasts to enjoy the region’s charming hospitality.

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