Top 10 Couples Vacations in the United States

There's more to a romantic couples vacation than just candle-lit dinners. Our picks for the top 10 couples vacations in the United States offer some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable located near charming towns where you'll find all the outdoor activity you can cram in between breakfast in bed and those dimly-lit dinners.

Breckenridge, Colorado

It's not hard to get into the romantic spirit when you're surrounded by log cabins, roaring fireplaces and the majestic Rocky Mountains. Racing down hill on a pair of skis is an exhilarating way to bond with your loved one, but in addition to the snow sports, Breckenridge, Colorado, offers a delightful Victorian-era main street that was made for strolling down hand-in-hand while the snow falls. Get your ski or snowboard rentals at Blue River Sports, just across the street from the Peak 9 base area.

Blue River Sports
600 S. Park St.
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-1110

Key West, Florida

The historic bed and breakfasts that fill Key West's tree-lined avenues (check out the chic and elegant Artist House) make a great base to spend romantic nights in between the bicycling, fishing and sailing that await you and your other half in the southernmost island in the Florida Keys. Days spent on the clear turquoise water can be followed by nights wandering through the galleries and bars along Duval Street.

The Artist House
534 Eaton St.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 296-3977

Wine Country, Northern California

A couples vacation in and around northern California's wine country involves scenic drives, beautiful landscapes, fresh local food, Pacific views and, of course, wine tasting. For leisurely activity, bikes can be rented in many of the towns, like charming Sonoma, and more outdoor activities can be found in the Point Reyes National Seashore, where 150 miles of hiking trails, beaches and back-country camping are at your disposal.

Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 464-5100

 Top 10 Couples Vacations in the United States

San Francisco, California

San Francisco prides itself on its many fine restaurants and wine bars, where you and your loved one can share many a cozy dinner or drink. While it's true that it's a foodie paradise (the innovative pies at Little Star Pizza are a San Francisco fave), there's also much opportunity to burn off those calories: walking or biking through Golden Gate Park, trekking up the city's thigh-burning hills, kayaking or sailing in the bay and jogging on the beach.

Little Star Pizza
846 Divisadero
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 441-1118

Outer Banks, North Carolina

The North Carolina island chain that is the Outer Banks has long been a favorite American east coast destination for its surf and sand. It's peaceful, beautiful and dripping with opportunity for outdoor adventure. The wind makes great conditions for kiteboarding and windsurfing, but there are more relaxing activities as well, including fishing, canoeing, cruising, shell-seeking and exploring lighthouses and wildlife refuges. Stay at the Cypress Moon Inn, where kids are not welcome, for a quiet, intimate accommodation on the Albemarle Sound.

Cypress Moon Inn
1206 Harbor Court
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 261-5060

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Arkansas isn't called the Natural State for nothing; rivers are waiting for kayaking and canoeing, caves are waiting for exploring, lakes are waiting for swimming and fishing, and paths are waiting for biking and hiking. When you've worn yourselves out, Eureka Springs is waiting with its historic architecture, friendly locals and inviting eateries. A stay at the Crescent Hotel and Spa is a must. Open since 1886, the hotel has all you need to get up close and personal: elegant rooms, a spa and a ghost or two.

Crescent Hotel & Spa
75 Prospect Ave
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
(877) 342-9766

Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California

Snow-covered mountains, towering pine trees, cozy lodges and one big lake make Lake Tahoe, which is half in California and half in Nevada, a postcard-perfect couples spot. Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe is famous not only for the lake views you'll get going up the gondola, but also its position straddling the California/Nevada border (the trail map lets you know which state you're in on which runs) and its proximity to the Nevada-side casinos.

Heavenly Mountain Resort
3860 Saddle Rd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(775) 586-7000

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah has history, character and a coastal location. Romance can be found with walks along the shady streets as you admire the stately southern homes, while outdoor activities await you at Tybee Island. Twenty minutes east of Savannah, you'll find idyllic beaches, endangered birds, Atlantic Ocean sunrises and plenty of space for hiking and biking.

Tybee Island Visitor Information
Tybee Island, GA 31328
(912) 786-5444

Moab, Utah

The red, earthy, desert town of Moab, Utah isn't just a haven for outdoor-lovers, it's also a favorite of artists, which gives the town its eclectic vibe. After you've spent a day pedaling and hiking in and around Arches and Canyonlands national parks, you'll enjoy strolling down Moab's main street, wandering in and out of galleries and funky restaurants. Camping is the accommodation of choice in the Moab area; Big Bend campground, aptly named for its location on a bend of the Colorado River, does not take reservations for single campsites, so get there early to reserve a spot. You don't want to miss waking up in the shadows of the rocky Utah landscape.

Big Bend Campground
Bureau of Land Management
Hwy. 128
8 miles east of junction with Hwy. 191
(435) 259-2100

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, which lies at the northwest end of the Hawaiian island chain, gives you the best of two worlds: gorgeous beaches perfect for relaxing and endless outdoor activities to keep you on your toes. Surfing, hiking, biking, kayaking, windsurfing, diving, snorkeling, whale-watching and fishing are all on the menu. Head to Coconut Coasters for bike rentals and information on the stunning Coconut Coast path.

Coconut Coasters
4-1586 Kuhio Highway
Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
(808) 822-7368


Article Written By Leah Still

Leah Still has written about travel, fashion and home design since 2003. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including "SKI" magazine, and She has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and broadens her education with both domestic and international travel.

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