From dazzling big-city sights through to secluded tropical escapes, the Americas offer a range of romantic getaways that are bound to fulfill the day dreams of every couple. Grab your soulmate and set off to one of these gorgeous destinations where love is in the air.
Los Cabos, Mexico
If the end of the earth’s desert and mountain landscape cascading into the pacific blue isn’t the ultimate romantic getaway, we might just go and eat our hats! Recently dubbed the number one destination by TripAdvisor’s ‘Top Destinations on the Rise’ for 2017, Los Cabos’ natural beauty provides the perfect setting for honeymooners and couples wanting to mark that special occasion. The dual-town destination has a plethora of outdoor and indoor activities on offer – from snorkelling and surfing, to boutique shopping and nightlife. Moreover, the range of boutique, deluxe and all-inclusive accommodation options on offer leave couples spoilt for choice.
Santa Barbara, California
Imagine this – golden rays of sunshine kiss every surface around you and a fresh ocean breeze caresses your cheek, while an imposing backdrop of chaparral-covered mountains sets the scene. Fondly known as the American Riviera, it’s no secret that Santa Barbara is made for romance. In fact, many celebs have exchanged nuptials here including Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Simpson. A bounty of beach and countryside resorts such as El Encanto Belmond, Bacara Resort and Spa and The Biltmore Santa Barbara, make Santa Barbara the ideal romantic getaway.
The nation’s capital is quite the place to have a date night or romantic getaway. From its renowned dining scene to its majestic monuments, memorials and museums to its world-class hotels, Washington DC has everything that a couple could want in an excursion. And if you’re lucky enough to be there in springtime, you might be able to picnic under one of the city’s famous cherry blossoms in full bloom. Reserve a cosy table at 1789 Restaurant, a classic DC date spot, specifically in the John Carroll room. Following a delicious dinner, take one of the most scenic walks in the world along the National Mall – from the glistening Reflecting Pool to the towering Washington Monument, the National Mall is the jewel in DC’s crown. Conclude your evening by the fire at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton.
Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
Where better to revel in the romance of rail travel than winding through the breathtaking Canadian Rockies on one of the world’s most luxurious trains? With spine-tingling views, world-class service and mouth-watering cuisine, a Rocky Mountaineer adventure is the perfect getaway to relax, unwind and reconnect with that special someone.
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With endless blue skies, colourful colonial architecture and winding cobblestone streets, Cartagena de Indias provides the fairy tale setting for a romantic getaway. Sitting on the edge of the Caribbean, the city’s old town proudly stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by colonial stone walls. Wandering arm in arm, lovers soak up the sensual atmosphere of the destination while exploring its cultural and historic gems.
Located halfway between Rio de Janiero and Sao Paulo in a tropical paradise, Paraty is one of Brazil’s best-kept secrets. Pedestrian only slab-stone walkways, perfectly preserved colonial buildings, boutique and artisan shops, and restaurants with live entertainment all bring romance to life in Paraty’s historical centre. Further afield, pristine beaches, cascading waterfalls and beautiful islands make for the perfect setting to explore with someone special. Without a doubt, Paraty will charm your pants off!
The six Hawaiian Islands are made for romance, with misty waterfalls, sun-kissed beaches, thrilling adventures and exotic getaways making for the ultimate romantic trip. Go horse riding in Kauai, or soak in a romantic Oahu sunset on a Waikiki catamaran cruise. Sneak a kiss on the white sand of Papohaku Beach on Molokai, or snorkel among colourful fishes on the Island of Lanai. On Maui, watch a sunrise at the top of Haleakala Crater, or hunt for waterfalls in Hilo and along the Hamakua Heritage Corridor on Hawaii Island.
Known for its history and natural beauty, New England is also a fantastic destination for a romantic road trip. Start in the shoreline towns of Connecticut such as Westport and South Norwalk, where New Yorkers like to escape the busy city to enjoy charming inns, innovative restaurants and chic boutiques.
Continue to the charming town of Providence, Rhode Island, which boasts a wide array of art galleries and top restaurants. Take a stroll along the river and on historic Benefit Street, the ‘Mile of History’ that is lined with some of the finest examples of 18th and 19th century architecture in the USA. Continue to Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where you will see weathered clapboard houses, sand dunes, charming villages and ocean views. End your trip in Boston, one of America’s most sophisticated cities, by taking in a ballet or a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
New Orleans is a city that lends itself to romance – whether it is the balmy nights, the slow pace of the locals, or the jazz music pouring out of countless venues. Whether you explore the city’s charming French Quarter by foot – start with breakfast in Café Amelie’s 150 year old courtyard, visit Royal Street’s art galleries, antique stores and listen to some of the many street musicians. Afterwards, take in impressive Greek revival architecture in the Garden District. In the evening, have cocktails at Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, or watch the city lights drift by from the deck of a riverboat on the Mississippi. And of course, make sure to take in some jazz – try Bacchanal Wine, where you can sip wine while listening to live music on the patio.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is known as one of the most romantic cities in the US, mainly due to its southern charm, cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and historic architecture. Start your trip with a breakfast for two of homemade buttermilk biscuits at Poogan’s Porch. Continue with a private carriage tour of historic downtown Charleston as well as a walk through the gardens at Middleton Place, an 18th century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark. While in town, make sure to enjoy a candlelit dinner at the famous Peninsula Grill.