5 Most Romantic Getaways in the US

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One-on-one time with your partner can be hard to come by, especially outside your home. It might not feel like a priority amidst the hustle and bustle of your everyday lives, but the truth is that time away is important!

In fact, sharing time together has been proven to reduce stress levels and increase feelings of happiness for couples. Finding the opportunity is an investment in your relationship and personal well-being

With the help of ResortPass, you’ll be able to frequent romantic hotels more often. So where’s the first spot you are going to visit? 

Where Are the Best Romantic Getaways in the US?

There are so many beautiful places throughout America for you and your significant other to take a romantic weekend getaway, but perhaps the best location for a luxury vacation is California. Nestled by the vast Pacific Ocean, rich in heritage and Spanish architecture, and featuring diverse eateries and geographic locations, California is nothing short of a couple’s dreamland.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of the most romantic getaways in California, USA, to help make your trip a smashing success.

1. San Diego

Located in sunny Southern California, San Diego boasts what some call the best weather in all of America. Expect you and your significant other to spend a lot of time outdoors reconnecting with nature and each other!

The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a 2,000-acre coastal state park located in San Diego that provides you with a variety of outdoor activities to pick from. Choose from one of the many hiking trails or go for a bike ride. If you’re in the mood for something aquatic, take in the ocean views with some kayaking and paddle boarding.

Animal lovers can take a day trip to one of the most impressive American zoos, the San Diego Zoo. This location spans 100 acres and houses over 12,000 animals. Sign up for a safari ride or one of the zoo’s exclusive tours to get up close and personal with the animals.

The historic Belmont Park, first opened in 1925, is located in the Mission Beach area of San Diego. This 7-acres of fun is an excellent choice for couples keen on rides and games. On the property is a roller coaster, mini-golf course, arcade, escape room, ropes course, laser tag, and more.

After a full day of adventure, take your couple’s getaway to Kona Kai San Diego Resort. This romantic hotel is designed to feel like a luxurious island escape. Lounge in the sparkling pool and watch boats traverse the bay. 

Snack on fresh local food served at the Vessel Restaurant or cocktails from the Tiki Bar. Watch the sun go down with your partner from the comfort of Kona Kai’s private beach.

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2. San Francisco 

San Francisco, home to iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fisherman’s Wharf, is not only one of the most famous destinations in California but all of America! 

If you’re a couple looking to spend quality time together, seeing sights, and participating in recreational activities, this might be the romantic getaway for you. It doesn’t matter how different your and your partner’s interests are because San Francisco has something for everyone. 

Sports fans can catch the Giants playing a baseball game at Oracle Park or the Golden State Warriors playing a basketball game at the Chase Center in Mission Bay. Gamers can play at the Musée Mécanique, filled with 20th-century penny arcade games, or at the Emporium Arcade and Bar, stacked with games, live DJs, and a movie screen.

Nature lovers can take a stroll through the lush Japanese Tea Garden or the impressive Living Roof at the California Academy of Sciences. History buffs can catch a ferry out to Alcatraz Island for a tour or a trolley to the still-standing, brightly colored Victorian homes called The Painted Ladies.

When it’s time to wind down and recuperate, you and your partner can head to Hotel Nikko, located in San Francisco’s Union Square. Take a romantic swim in the glass-enclosed rooftop pool with skylights showcasing views of the city, and feed each other delicious sushi from Anzu. If that’s not steamy enough, visit the steam room and sauna at Hotel Nikko’s 10,000-square-foot health center.

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3. Sonoma 

About 45 minutes northeast of San Francisco is the picturesque Sonoma Valley. Sonoma is famous for its legendary vineyards, sustainable farming, and organic produce. If you and your significant other enjoy relaxing in luxury, wine country is right up your alley!

One of the best spots for couples to visit is The Sonoma Plaza. This historic plaza, laid out way back when the land was still part of Mexico, has 8.5 acres of flourishing greens, duck ponds, a rose garden, and an amphitheater. Stop and smell the roses, literally!

Or hop over to one of Sonoma’s several iconic wineries, give some wine a swirl, and smell that instead! Sonoma County has over 420 wineries that support about 60 different grape varieties. To try as many of these flavors as you can, go on a wine tour. Wine tasting is more fun with your lover by your side.

Drink even more wine poolside at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Swim together in the outdoor geothermal mineral pool or cuddle up on lounge chairs surrounded by gorgeous greenery with wine glasses in hand. Visit the Bathhouse to experience the aromatherapy steam room, the halotherapy sauna, and the famous Bathing Ritual.

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4. Palm Springs

Heading back over to Southern California, embrace having alone time with your partner in the Sonoran Desert city of Palm Springs. Palm Springs is a resort city notable for its mid-century modern architecture, vintage vibe, and laid-back lifestyle.

Several spas throughout Palm Springs provide couples with romantic opportunities to relax together. Get a much-needed couples massage and soak in mineral water from hot springs. 

Keep the soothing vibes going and take a stroll through the impressive art galleries at Palm Springs Art Museum. Then, get competitive on one of the many world-class golf courses in the city. Popular spots include The Golf Center at Palm Desert and Escena Golf Club.

If you’d like to stay isolated with your significant other, consider glamping — glamorous camping — in the desert, taking in the natural beauty around you. Or if you’re up for a road trip, head over to Joshua Tree National Park, located about an hour’s drive away. Spend the day hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

If camping isn’t your thing, no worries. You and your partner can live in luxury at Arrive Palm Springs. This romantic adults-only resort features an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, fire pits, ping pong, and shaded cabanas. Along with a poolside restaurant and bar, there is also an ice cream parlor serving up 16 rotating gourmet flavors.

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5. Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a picturesque city located on the central California coast. Take in the gorgeous beach views, classic Spanish-influenced architecture, and cozy small-town vibes. 

Invite your significant other to one of the local farmers markets, cafes, or art galleries. Popular museums include the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

If you’re on a time crunch, head to the Santa Barbara Trolley Company, open daily, and take a sightseeing tour. Highlights of the tour include the Santa Barbara Harbor, East Beach, Stearns Wharf, Andrea Clark Bird Refuge, and Old Santa Barbara Mission. Wind down at one of the premier Santa Barbara breweries, including Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Night Lizard Brewing Co., and Third Window Brewing.

Santa Barbara beaches are some of the most beautiful in California. Go for a romantic stroll by the coast with your partner or learn a new skill together with surfing lessons. Make memories that will last a lifetime whale-watching or on a sunset cruise.

Take your significant other to The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara for something more private and luxurious. This gorgeous property overlooks the Pacific Ocean and captures the romance of the Gaviota Coast. Take advantage of the two infinity-edge pools, two hot tubs, cliffside walking trails, and beach access, plus multiple cuisine options.

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How ResortPass Can Help

The best romantic getaways allow you to spend quality time with your partner without breaking the bank or feeling rushed. With so many locations, resorts, and activities to choose from, it can feel impossible to hit everything on your checklist.

This is how ResortPass can help!

Instead of spending money booking a stay at a hotel, take advantage of the ResortPass Day Passes, Cabana Passes, and Spa Passes. Select from the over 1,000 hotel options and indulge in the available amenities. 

Enjoy a stress-free vacation that will improve your mental and physical health and strengthen your relationship as a couple.



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