Top 10 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.

It's the stunning location and scenery that makes Tahoe City such a perfect place to visit with your sweetheart, explains Sherry Arkfeld, travel blogger at Digital Nomad and a Dog. "The deep blue water against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains is something that never gets old," she says. "And the clean, fresh air just begs for a leisurely stroll along the lake."

1. Tahoe City, California

"This historic city oozes Southern charm and hospitality," says Fred Baker, senior travel editor at Travelness.com. "From its cobblestone streets lined with antebellum mansions to its quaint shops and art galleries, Charleston is the perfect place for a romantic getaway."

2. Charleston, South Carolina

Seattle may be known for its rainy weather and coffee, but there's so much more to this city. Surrounded by two epic mountain ranges and the Puget Sound, it's brimming with natural beauty—hence its nickname, "The Emerald City," which refers to the abundance of greenery all year long.

3. Seattle, Washington

Creole cuisine, vibrant nightlife, jazz music, and historic architecture are just a few of the reasons why couples flock to The Big Easy. But the reason why Jim Campbell, founder and CEO of Honeymoon Goals, has an affinity for New Orleans is that it has a certain old-world romance reminiscent of many European cities.

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

If it's romance you're after, you can't beat The City of Roses, for obvious reasons—The International Rose Test Garden features over 10,000 bushes of approximately 650 varieties of roses, which bloom from April through October, peaking in June. "And it's perfect for couples on a budget because entry is free," says Bryn Culbert, travel expert at Wanderu. "Fall is the most gorgeous season in Portland, as foliage adorns the many urban hikes in areas like Forest Park," adds Culbert.

5. Portland, Oregon

Calling all outdoorsy couples: This desert town, which is surrounded by steep gorges, pine forests, and red-rock buttes, is loaded with opportunities for soaking up nature's beauty—from off-roading and bird watching to canyon swimming and stargazing with an astronomer. According to Culbert, Sedona is most beautiful in the spring, when desert flowers are in bloom—but winter promises more affordable hotel pricing and comfortable temperatures for hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

6. Sedona, Arizona

Located just off the Monterey Peninsula, C&H Essentials owner Patrick Johnson says this coastal city isn't just known for its breathtaking beaches, but also its charming cottage-style architecture. "Carmel-by-the-Sea offers couples their own little piece of the Pacific Coast paradise with charming cafes, wine tasting rooms, scenic hiking paths, and plenty of romantic secret courtyards and tunnels to explore," he adds.

7. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Whether you spend your stay hitting the slopes, sipping hot toddies by the fireplace, or just soaking up nature's splendor from a hot air balloon ride at sunset, you're bound to have a memorable couple's getaway at this chic resort destination. Best of all, there's no bad time to visit: All four seasons have a distinct charm and plenty of attractions to offer—from jaw-dropping fall foliage and snowy alpine activities in winter to the biking and farm tours in spring and summer.

8. Stowe, Vermont

If you and your S.O. would prefer to bask in the sun with mai tais than do a ton of sightseeing or outdoor adventuring, consider jetting off to Key West—a colorful paradise that also happens to be the southernmost city in the U.S. Known for its lively coral reefs, pastel houses, and white-sand beaches, Culbert says it offers the ultimate tropical getaway without ever needing to leave the country.

9. Key West, Florida

Whether you come in the winter to peep the glittering mountains or during the summer to watch the sunset over the tranquil beaches, you're sure to crank up the romance in Bar Harbor. And if you like seafood—well, let's just say you'll get your fix and more in this seaside town. "Couples can enjoy hiking and birdwatching in the Acadia National Park, and the gardens are home to over 200 species of plants, trees, and shrubs indigenous to the island," says Hernborg. "Don't forget to take a peaceful and romantic walk along the scenic Shore Path and its vivid streets."

10. Bar Harbor, Maine