50 in 50: Most Romantic Spots In Each State
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here are some of the most romantic spots in all 50 states to help you plan the perfect day.
The fountain in Bienville Square is located within a historic city park in downtown Mobile, Alabama. Steeped in history from the 1890s, the fountain is surrounded by a canopy of trees and draping Spanish moss.
Jack Sprat in Girdwood, Alaska serves carnivores and vegans side-by-side with flavors from around the world. This restaurant is nestled in the mountains, offering spectacular views and a super romantic setting.
The Desert Botanical Garden located in Phoenix offers 140 acres of trails and gardens that showcase unique and beautiful plants that thrive in some of the hottest and driest parts of the world.
The Ozarks offer stunning, rugged views and adventurous terrain. Enjoy a tour of the Ozarks by boat with Belle of the Ozarks.
Bixby Bridge is as unforgettable as it is iconic. Located in Big Sur, the coastline drive to get there is just as stunning. Head to the bridge at sunset for even more spectacular views.
Dunton Hot Springs Resort is a romantic ghost town set in an extraordinary alpine valley. This cell phone-free space offers a quiet retreat with only the sounds of neighboring waterfalls to interrupt your romantic evening.
Lover’s Leap State Park in New Milford offers hiking trails, scenic vistas and historic ruins to explore.
Victoria’s Restaurant in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel is perfect for a romantic fine dining evening overlooking the beach and boardwalk.
Sunset at St. Pete Beach is the perfect way to begin your romantic evening in Florida.
The Georgia Aquarium offers some of the largest viewing windows in the world offering hours of fun and education.
Mauna Kea is one of the clearest places in the world to view the night sky. The summit of the dormant volcano on the Big Island has the world’s largest observatory for optical, infrared and submillimeter astronomy.
The spa at Shore Lodge is next level relaxation. Enjoy facials, massages, salons, and pools in a gorgeous setting for ultimate relaxation.
The Museum of Contemporary Art champions the provocative side of contemporary art and culture through exhibitions, performances, and programs.
Enjoy a fairytale evening with a horse and carriage ride through downtown Fort Wayne. Rosewood Carriage Rides will take you on a general tour or can be your transportation to your date night spot.
Baru is a contemporary French bistro in Windsor Heights, Iowa helmed by award-winning, French Master Chef David Baruthio. The romantic setting and fresh ingredients offer a once-in-a-lifetime fine dining experience.
Enjoy a romantic evening of live music at Green Lady Lounge featuring the best of Kansas City Jazz musicians. There is never a cover charge and you’ll find open seating every night.
Dine in a castle. The Kentucky Castle offers farm-to-table dining in a remarkable, fairytale setting.
The Carousel Bar and Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone is the city’s only revolving bar and also features a 25-seat, bright circus-clad Merry-Go-Round.
Emilitsa is a Greek restaurant located in the arts district of Portland, Maine and boasts a contemporary and casual atmosphere.
The Seneca Creek State Park, comprised of 6,300 acres, extends along 14 scenic miles of Seneca Creek, as it winds its way to the Potomac River. Enjoy a picnic, walk through the woods, or ride on the river for a romantic mini-getaway.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art. Enjoy a variety of exhibitions and a meal at one of its five restaurants.
The antique-adorned walls of Ottava Via offer a rustic dining experience in Corktown, Detroit.
Take a romantic walk through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for a taste of culture, scenery, and serenity.
Char Restaurant is a southern-accented steakhouse in Jackson offering private dining options and a full menu from steaks to seafood.
Take in a waterfront view and the best in coastal cuisine at Anthony’s Under The Oaks with fresh steaks and seafood.
Enjoy a relaxing dip in a 155-degree natural hot spring at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, followed by a meal at Water’s Edge Dining Room located right next to the springs.
Go old school with a movie at the local drive-in.The Sandhills Drive-Inin Alliance, Nebraska has a line-up of various genres of movies throughout the season.
Canyon Tours offers the chance to descend, via helicopter, 4,000 feet into the heart of the Grand Canyon and land near the shores of the Colorado River for a catered lunch.
Enjoy a cooking class with Chez Boucher. They offer a true hands-on cooking experience in a series of classes designed for the novice or gourmet enthusiast.
The Willow Creek Farm and Winery boasts itself as being the largest and most beautiful winery in Cape May. Enjoy a tasting, lunch, and tour of the winery and farm.
The Santa Fe Opera House offers world-class performances in a stunning theater that sits atop a mesa.
See New York from new heights. The iconic Empire State Building Observatory provides unforgettable 360° views of New York City and beyond.
Gideon Ridge Inn in Blowing Rock offers dining with long range mountain views as your backdrop.
Built in 1926 as a cinema and vaudeville theatre, the beautifully restored Fargo Theatre now serves as an art house theatre featuring independent and foreign films.
The Columbus Park of Roses has one of the largest public rose gardens in America. It was created in 1953 and has grown to include over 12,000 roses of more than 400 varieties.
Bricktown is a thriving district and home to more than 45 restaurants, bars, and retail shops, along with family-friendly attractions, public art, museums, and galleries.
Cena, an Italian country kitchen, provides fresh ingredients, local Portland area farmers, hand made pasta and cured meats, daily prepared bread, consistency, a well-matched wine list, and a seasoned and personable staff.
Enjoy the whiskey room, dining room, or upstairs club at Time. Each space offers a unique experience from sipping scotch in an amber-lit room, to fine dining and live music, to dancing.
Although located in an unassuming location, CAV is a restaurant with a unique decor that sets the tone for a romantic evening.
The Lighthouse Restaurant offers casual fireside dining on the main level and upscale casual on the second floor with panoramic lake and mountain views from every table.
Ice skating in Main Street Square under the twinkling lights of downtown Rapid City is an utterly romantic evening. Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the many nearby, downtown venues.
Shelby Farms offers 4,500 acres of natural parkland in Memphis away from the city grind. Enjoy horseback riding on a scenic, nature trail followed by dinner at one of the many restaurants in the park.
The McNay Art Museum, located in San Antonio, is the first museum of modern art in Texas and features over 22,000 works of art in a romantic mansion setting.
The Chocolate is known for its world-famous, sharable desserts such as the “Cazookie,” which features a warm chocolate chip cookie in a pie tin topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Established in 1801, The Grafton Inn is one of the oldest operating inns in America. Its Old Tavern Restaurant offers farm to table dining.
Historic Old Town Alexandria offers local boutiques, award-winning restaurants, and impressive arts and culture, all nestled within a landscape of colonial-era architecture and cobblestone streets.
Named “One of the Top 12 Scenic Cable Rides in the World” in 2013 by Conde Nast Traveler, Daily Traveller, and MSN, the Spokane Falls Skyride is a 15-minute ride in an enclosed gondola overlooking scenic Spokane vistas and waterfalls.
The Block, in Charleston, West Virginia, serves unique new American cuisine and high-quality wines in a romantic, brick-walled setting.
The Olbrich Botanical Gardens allows you to stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants. Outdoor Gardens are free & open daily.
Sunset at Yellowstone Lake overlooking the largest body of water inYellowstone National Park is one of the most romantic destinations in Wyoming. The unforgettable ruggedness and beauty of the park are made even more impressive with the world’s largest concentration of geysers and thermal features.