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10 Romantic Cities You’ve Never Considered

Whether you like beach escapes, historic European towns, or gourmet dining, there’s a little-known romantic vacation just waiting for you. Stay in the U.S. or travel abroad and get your fill of romantic getaways.

1. St. Augustine, FL

Saint Augustine, located on the north east coast of Florida, is the oldest city in the nation. The area has Spanish Colonial charm, gorgeous views, and 16th century architecture. Indulge in fresh seafood and relax on the flat, sandy beaches. Think that an amusement park is more suited to your style of romance? Check out Hipmunk's guide to staying in Orlando.

2. Paso Robles, CA

Paso Robles is known for its warm hospitality, not to mention gorgeous rolling hills. There are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities and cultural attractions, including wine tasting, which is good news for active couples. Visit the Saint Lucia Mountains on the Central Coast, and make sure to pay a visit to City Park while there, too.

3. Galena, IL

According to Fodor’s, Galena is one of the best small towns in the United States. For many couples, that may be reason enough to visit! Galena is both historical and modern at the same time, with 19th century buildings to peruse and delicious wine tasting in area vineyards. Galena’s Main Street has adorable boutiques, perfect for an afternoon of shopping.

4. San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian has world-class dining and amazing architecture. Think of it as a miniature, Basque-style Paris. If you’ve been to the City of Light and want something new-yet-familiar, San Sebastian is a great option.

5. Galway, Ireland

Located west of Ireland, Galway is filled with traditional pubs that boast open fires and traditional music. There are plenty of friendly people in town, so you can be comfortable when asking for tips about where to visit. Plus, Galway is the birthplace of the Claddagh ring, one of the most romantic pieces of jewelry a person could own.

6. Sedona, AZ

Sedona has dramatic canyons with Jeep ride tours, hot air balloon rides over the desert, fun activities, and a strong artisan community. Plus, the weather is gorgeous, since it’s hot without being humid.

7. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, one of the top cities to visit in the world, has cobblestone streets and striking architecture. To add to the romantic setting, mariachis will serenade you. Visit the Parroquia cathedral while you’re there. 

8. Santo Domingo, Domnican Republic

Santo Domingo is known for its winding streets and gorgeous piazzas. Enjoy dinner over candlelight and listen to live music in the public squares.

9. Philadelpia, PA

You may not think of Philadelphia as a typically romantic city, but the area has a lot of historic locations and a great gourmet scene. Rittenhouse Square and Old City are especially quaint. Attend a number of festivals on the waterfront during the summer. 

10. Edinburgh, Scotland

With narrow stone streets, green parks, and a sprawling castle, it’s clear to see why Edinburgh is high on the romantic scale.

Truthfully, when you’re in love, anywhere can be romantic. Why not choose a location that’s already brimming with love, though? Your adoration for each other will just add to the romantic surroundings.



This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a travel website that offers customers a fast and easy way to find the best travel deals.


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Comments

  1. It would be wonderful to visit some these places. My places
    I really would like to go is Ireland. Scotland would be amazing also. I'd love to tour some castles.

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  2. Very interesting! Galena is not too far of a getaway for me, I've been there a lot, and we've even had a girl friend's weekend there. So much to do, and see.

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  3. I adore Edinburgh. I wish I could go back and spend more time there with a camera and a good pair of walking shoes. I'd like to add to the list Savannah, Georgia. It is so charming and pretty, especially in the spring!

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  4. I agree, I never would have thought of Galena, Illinois!

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