Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this year show someone that you love it by planning a romantic getaway for two. Whether you’re playing with your other half or want to pamper yourself, these cities are guaranteed to knock you off your feet. From glistening blue beaches to breathtaking views, the US is full of many destinations that are perfect for you. With these seven recommendations of romantic places, get ready to reconnect, remember and rekindle your love of travel.
New York, New York
According to Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance company, statistics show that New York is claiming the number one spot for romantic destinations in 2019 for the third year in a row. From traditional romance to modern courtship, The Big Apple has it all, from fine dining to Broadway shows to countless museums.
Wine and dinner are like the people of the world, in places like TAO Downtown, Beauty & Essex and Vandal where music and moët are never in short supply. After lunch, head to the Moxy Time Square Hotel, where you can enjoy a nightcap and play mini golf under the Empire State Building at the Magic Hour Rooftop Lounge Bar. It’s the perfect way to end the day and watch the sun rise in a city that never sleeps.
Los Angeles, CA.
Second on the list of the most romantic places in America is Los Angeles, California. SoCal is the perfect place for quiet lovers who want to plunge into a big city that has something for everyone. The Romantics, home to some of the West Coast’s largest museums, may lose themselves in installations at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Center and Griffith Observatory, offering panoramic views of the city that are unmissable.
When you’re ready to relax, head down to Santa Monica Pier, where you’ll be able to relax on the beach, play a game on the pier and stroll the streets of the waterfront hand in hand. After sunset, treat yourself to a Hollywood treat with a romantic sushi date in Nobu, ending the evening with a cocktail in the High Rooftop Lounge, located in one of the best in Venice, Hotel Erwin. One star reflected on the ocean horizon is enough to make you dream of California by the end of the year.
New Orleans, Louisiana
With the sound of jazz echoing from all corners of the city, New Orleans is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. From Jackson Square to Bourbon Street, music lovers can find live entertainment almost anywhere. To experience real jazz live, try a show at the historic Preservation Hall, whose intimate setting and lack of telephone policy takes you back to another decade. Before the session, have a cocktail on Magazine Street at The Press Room Bar, located at the Eliza Jane Hotel in New Orleans.
Eliza Jane pays tribute to the city’s first female publisher, as well as its historical origins with stunning living rooms, warm interiors, decadent décor and excellent hospitality. If you want to truly engage in romance, book a room at the newest restaurant NOLA, Couvant, whose classic French cuisine is nothing but exquisite. For dessert, no visit to New Orleans will be complete without capturing the infamous Bennett at Café Du Monde. As Tennes Williams once said, “There are only three cities in America: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans.”
Las Vegas, Nevada
Decorate your vacation this year with a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. The city of sins is filled with many attractions, from casinos to high-end retail and exciting nightlife. Discover your wildlife at Caesar’s Palace to see what is called the “best show” in Las Vegas, Absinthe. Absinthe is a spectacular carnival performance with an eccentric repertoire of provocative performances that take place on a round stage, which makes you feel more like a party guest than a ticket holder.
Within the city of Vegas you can also find a lot of romance. If you can’t get to Paris, France – Paris, Las Vegas boasts exceptional food as well as spectacular views of the Bellagio Fountain in its Eiffel Tower restaurant. Once you enjoy dinner and the show, it’s time to head to the tables at Wynn Hotel & Casino, Ceasars Palace or Aria Resort Casino where you can get lucky. Long live Las Vegas!
For a couple in love with adventure, Oahu is a dream. From pristine beaches to hiking, Hawaii’s perfect temperature makes them the perfect place to visit at any time of the year. Start your day with a little rest and relaxation on Waikiki Beach. Once you’re saturated with sunshine, head to the Diamond Head Monument to get a great view of the scenic coastline.
Of course, no stay in Hawaii is complete without a classic luau. To look back with nostalgia on Hawaii’s Polynesian past, visit the award-winning Alia Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center, where ceremonies are held among the dances and delicious feasts. If you prefer a more intimate setting housed in the stunning tropical Hotel Halekulani, is the famous La Mer restaurant, one of Hawaii’s most romantic eateries with such good food that you’ll make you say “It”, the Hawaiian word “delicious”.
Miami is warming up, as the sunny state for the first time this year is on the list of the most romantic destinations. As more and more Americans head to warmer climates, Miami is a great choice for those who enjoy luxury without traveling too far. Upon arrival, head to Miami Beach immediately and prepare for a poolside location at the Shore Club. Once you’ve settled in, grab a margarita and enjoy a romantic al fresco dinner in Diez y Seis, where chef Jose Icardi serves fresh Mexican seafood in a superb tone.
After lunch, get ready to dance the night away in some of the city’s greatest nightlife venues. At the Miami Beach EDITION you will find everything from a basement, an art-oriented bowling cocktail bar to movie nights where toes are in the sand. If you want to increase the volume, Nikki Beach organizes the best day parties, and in the nightclub LIV – a place where after an hour of dancing during the night. A quote from Will Smith: “I’m going to Miami. Benvenidos in Miami.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Saddle for a romantic getaway in the desert in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Known for its pueblo-style architecture and hotbed of creativity, the city of Santa Fe welcomes many new-age travelers looking for a place with a rich history, culture and fascinating art. Cozy by the fireplace in La Posada De Santa Fe, whose warm architecture and sparkling art gallery, located throughout the area and available for purchase, earned it the nickname “Art Hotel San Fe”. Just a few miles from the hotel you will find the Museum of International Folk Art, a world-famous collection of colorful exhibitions ranging from local toys to decorated teapots that bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Be sure to miss the latest art installation called Meow Wolf, an interactive art gallery where guests are invited to immerse themselves in a storyline reminiscent of a fantasy world. Once you’ve had enough of role-playing games, book a place for dinner at Santa Fe Culinary School, where you’ll be invited to get your hands dirty by learning about traditional new Mexican cuisine as well as the history of the American Southwest. Just sit back, relax and, in the words of Georgia O’Keefe, “Take time to watch …”
Merissa Principe is a teacher and freelance blogger about traveling from New York. Teaching preschool gave Merisa the opportunity to travel around the world and live in new places. Be sure to follow her on Citygirlriss.wordpress.com for everything related to travel, beauty, fashion and New York.