Looking for an amazing romantic getaway or Valentines idea to take that special someone around the USA? Then check out all these wonderful suggestions of places to visit from travel bloggers and journalists of special places around the United States or a quick plane ride to visit. Hopefully this will inspire you to book a fantastic getaway vacation for that special someone in your life to enjoy a romantic getaway.
Where to go for a quick romantic getaway around the USA (updated 2023)
With so many amazing places to explore around the USA, it’s easy to find some fantastic getaways to enjoy the weekend with your Valentines. Check out all these inspiring places broken down into regions from the East Coast to the West coast of the country. Hopefully some are just a short drive away from you to book a romantic weekend for the Valentine season, but act quick, it’s just around the corner until Valentine’s Day.
If you are looking for a spectacular getaway experience around the USA, consider some of these fabulous places to visit below.
Romantic Valentines at East Coast destinations
San Juan for a romantic getaway
San Juan is a very unique city in the US due to it’s latin influence. Most locals speak Spanish, and while they do speak English as well, the general feeling of traveling around Puerto Rico is not that you’re in the US. It feels quite exotic, which is further added by the warm temperatures year round, paradise beaches, palm trees and even one of the wettest jungles in the World, El Yunque.
Old San Juan have some impressive Colonial architecture and there are many local restaurants serving Puerto Rican specialities. What makes it perfect as a destination for romance is the fact of the feeling of being abroad, while still being in the US and the abundance of charming stores and cafes as well as colorful houses everywhere.
If one wants to spend the day on a paradise Island, just take the boat to Vieques or Culebra for some of the most Beautiful places in the World. Go snorkeling or just relax the two of you and bring some delicious snacks and drinks to the beach.
If you prefer to stay in one Place, there are various luxury hotels with an elegant style and Colonial architecture in San Juan. I recommend Hotel El Convento for your romantic getaway to Puerto Rico and San Juan.
The hotel is located in the heart of old San Juan, and have Everything needed, including jacuzzi, pool and attentive and friendly staff. The decor is some of the most Beautiful in all of Puerto Rico, and you’ll feel like Walking around in an old Movie scene.
Alexander with Destinavo.com
Check out these hotel and inn accomodations and reviews for San Juan here.
Miami South Beach Valentine getaway
Check out these hotel and inn accomodations and reviews for Miami here.
A romantic visit to Quebec City
Quebec City, Canada is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Located just across the border from the US, it is an easy location to reach from the East coast. With its European charm overflowing it’s walled old city, you’ll find plenty to do while strolling hand in hand along the cobbled streets. Paired together with the uniquely Canadian French cuisine, you’ll be sure to find many delicious treats such as crepes, savory dishes, and amazing wine. Be sure to visit Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, or if it’s in the budget, stay for a few nights! Then head down the funicular to wander the shops and restaurants of the Rue du Petit Champlain. Be sure to dine at Le Lapin Saute and order a hot chocolate, it’s the best! If you enjoy a nice museum, head over to the Museum of Civilizations with three floors of interactive and thought proking displays. Valentines is also perfect timing to check out the Quebec Winter Carnival! Want to read more about things to do in Quebec City and where to eat? Head over to my blog post! Check out Chelsea’s post on a winter wonderland in Quebec City with kids
A romantic visit to Boston
With its historic red-brick buildings, narrow cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill, and some of the most prized restaurants in the country, Boston is, hands down, my ultimate romantic getaway.
First of all, Boston is one of the most walkable cities in the USA, and strolling down the streets of its beautiful neighborhoods like Beacon Hill and Back Bay is a pleasure in and of itself. Not to mention the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden. In winter, Boston Common offers ice skating on the Frog Pond, while in summer a ride on a swan boat, a Boston icon that has been around since 1877, is a must.
Some of the most romantic sites in the city include Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum that has distinct Venetian vibes and mind-blowing architecture. Skywalk Observatory will provide you with amazing bird’s eye views of the city. And pretty much the whole neighborhood of Little Italy is a romantic dream-come-true with cozy little shops and restaurants.
For a fabulous date night book tickets to the world-famous Boston ballet. Pre-show dinner can be reserved at Marliave, a French restaurant a few minutes walk away from the theatre.
Check out Yulia’s post on 48 hours in Boston
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Boston here
Bucks County for a Valentine’s getaway
When spring triggers an urge to get out into the countryside, Bucks County, Pennsylvania is a close by option from Philadelphia, and even New York City, for a spring weekend escape.
From Center City Philadelphia, it’s only a 33 mile drive to historic, charming Doylestown, Bucks County. There, you can easily spend a day exploring the “Mercer Mile” comprised of three unique poured concrete buildings. The Mercer Museum, Fonthill Castle, and the Moravian Tile Works were built by Doylestown’s most eccentric, wealthy “Renaissance Man”, during the early 20th century. Another Doylestown museum, the James A. Michener Art Museum, houses the largest collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings.
Combine a nice walk and history by visiting Bucks County’s Washington Crossing Historic Park. During Christmas night in 1776, it was from here that George Washington’s bedraggled, disheartened army staged a daring crossing of the ice choked Delaware River to surprise Hessian troops at Trenton, New Jersey.
To travel even further back in time, visit Pennsbury Manor, a recreation of William Penn’s 1683 summer house on the Delaware River. Take a tour and engage with 17th century artisans.
Spend the night in an historic farm country Bucks County bed & breakfast like the Galvanized America Inn. Enjoy dinner just up the road, at the Historic Piper Tavern dating from 1778.
Find more information for a spring getaway at the Visit Bucks County website.
By Suzanne Fluhr of Boomeresque
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Bucks County here.
Valentines in Cape May, New Jersey
While the New Jersey shore isn’t typically where people think of for a winter getaway, Cape May, NJ in the off-season can be delightful. There are a number of reasons to visit during the colder months including, fewer crowds and lower cost. You’re able to stay in a quaint bed and breakfast for a fraction of the cost. And, as with the summer months, you can find some wonderful dining experiences.
Walk hand in hand with you sweetheart through the pedestrian mall in the center of town or along the promenade lined with lovely Victorian era homes. Try to spot some dolphins from the shore as sighting are fairly common any time of year. This is always a treat. Perhaps the most romantic things to do include taking a carriage ride with your sweetheart or sipping a cocktail beside the fireplace in the Brown Room at the historic Congress Hall.
Susan with Gen X Traveler
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Cape May here.
Beautiful Savannah for Valentine’s Day
Even though it may be a little chilly on Valentine’s Day, it is always a good day to take a stroll through Savannah Georgia’s many town squares and view the historic homes. The beautiful city of Savannah Georgia is romance in a slightly different way, you cannot help but be wrapped in the old south charm. The many shops along the streets is a perfect time to shop for that something special and take in a delicious brunch or lunch. The special chocolate shops are a must to stop by and taste the delicious chocolates as they melt in your mouth. There are several beautiful candies made special for Valentine’s Day.
Dress up a little for dinner for the first stop can be a nice before dinner drink at the Olde Pink House. Next walk over to Alligator Soul, a unique dining experience with wonderful wines and a special exotic menu for something different. The staff is very attentive and will help make your night a special one. After dinner, arrange for a horse drawn carriage to take a tour around historic Savannah. A perfect Valentine’s Day.
Sherrie with Travel By A Sherrie Affair
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Savannah here.
Art and romance in Burlington, VA
Washington DC as a romantic getaway
Washington, DC is not typically thought of as a romantic getaway destination, but the city hosts beautiful weddings and honeymoon visits. The US capital also has a fantastic culinary scene.
Lovely French restaurants like Bistro Cacao, Chez Billy Sud and Le Diplomate are great for a romantic dinner. Old Ebbit Grill, DC’s longest operating restaurant, and their sister restaurant Hamilton DC, are a couple great American restaurants. Other favorites include Mediterranean at Agora or Georgian cuisine at Supra. Just before sunset, have a drink at POV Rooftop Bar atop the W Hotel, overlooking the White House and Washington Monument.
DC is home to the world’s largest collection of free museums, the Smithsonian. Enjoy beautiful art at the National Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery. For a date with history, take the US Capitol Tour, visit the National Archives (home to the US Constitution) and see the memorials on the National Mall and Tidal Basin.
An underrated spot in DC is the US National Arboretum, home to 22 columns that were previously part of the US Capitol Building. It’s a lovely spot for a picnic, but it will likely be too cold for that on Valentine’s Day.
You can read more about Romantic Things to Do in Washington, DC on wanderlustmarriage.com
Alex with Wanderlust Marriage
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Washington DC here.
USA Romantic destinations around the Midwest
Yellowstone National Park in winter
If you love nature as much as you love your significant other then Yellowstone National Park is just the romantic spot for you. With more than two million acres to explore, Yellowstone will help you will find a special place to call your new favorite.
Majestic sites like the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Grand Prismatic Spring and Mammoth Hot Springs will take your breath away just like a first kiss.
The romantic luxury accommodations near the park at Lone Mountain Ranch make it the perfect place to reconnect and be rejuvenated. Or stay in the park at the Old Faithful Lodge or Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
If you are lucky enough to visit during the winter months you will have the place almost to yourselves. On our visit in January, we watched Old Faithful erupt with 4 other people and a coyote that just happened to be wandering by.
Whether you drive, hike, snowshoe or snowmobile you can encounter wildlife with all its grandeur. Bison, bighorn sheep, foxes, blue herons, eagles and more are all on full display. Spending time together in this magnificent setting will create lasting memories that the two of you won’t soon forget.
Check out Sue’s Yellowstone post on winter adventures in Yellowstone country
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Yellowstone here
Romance in San Antonio, Texas
Romance in San Antonio, Texas
US romantic getaway to Austin, Texas
What’s more romantic than BBQ, music and street art? Austin, Texas, may not be your most conventional USA romantic getaway but not everyone is a hallmark conventional couple!
Things to do in Austin during your couple’s trip include partying on 6th Street, dining at South Congress (So Co) and chilling by the Colorado River.
Why not cool down on a hot date by getting in the water? You can hire ski boats, wakeboards or even jump on a city cruise.
If you prefer to stay on dry land, hire a bike, pedal along Lady Bird Lake and give a nod to the spot where this unconventional couple eloped. That’s right, we love Austin so much we got hitched there after South By Southwest!
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs near Santa Fe
Check out Brooke & Buddy Baum’s post on a romantic getaway to Ojo Caliente
A romantic visit to Fredericksburg
The hills that lie between Austin and San Antonio make up the most beautiful stretch of land in the state. And while there are countless things to do in the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is a particularly romantic getaway. This small German town is an easy weekend escape from Austin. It’s home to Texas’ wine region (yes, Texas a wine region!). Becker Vineyards is an award-winning winery in Fredericksburg and Pedernales Cellars serves their excellent wines on their deck overlooking the rolling hills and live oaks. Both vineyards often feature live music on the weekends, making it ideal to get a bottle and cozy up for the afternoon on their deck or lawn.
Fredericksburg’s historic downtown is adorable, filled with antique shops and boutiques ideal to spend a morning wandering through. Active couples could instead opt to start their morning by hiking to the top of the town’s famous granite dome, Enchanted Rock. It’s an easy trek that ends with stunning views of the Hill Country. End your romantic weekend in one of the town’s German restaurants. I particularly love the ambiance at the biergarten Auslander downtown. Make a toast with one of Fredericksburg’s wines or a more classic German beer.
Erin with Sol Salute
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Fredericksburg here.
Romantic getaway to Steamboat Springs, Colorado
San Juan Mountains in SW Colorado
In the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado lies a mostly unknown small town with a romantic ambiance right out of a western movie. Ridgway (yes there is no “e”) lays claim to being the backdrop for one of John Wayne’s most memorable movies, True Grit.
For a romantic place to hang your cowboy hat, I recommend the Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa, The lodge is a beautiful spot for a romantic getaway. Valentine’s Day packages are available that include wine or Champagne, a signature gift box of world-famous Mouse Chocolate & Coffee Truffles and a floral bouquet. You can slip into your monogrammed robes and schedule a 50-minute couple’s massage.
When you are ready for dinner stroll over to the True Grit Cafe, where comfort food meets the true west. The bread pudding with a sweet rich caramel sauce is my favorite but if you are looking for something a bit more savory, try the chicken fried steak. In the bar is a brick wall sign that was used as a background in the movie.
Other sights to see in Ridgway are the Antique store, Fort Smith Saloon, and Colorado Boy Brewery.
Jerome Shaw with Travel Boldly
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for San Juan Mountains here.
Romantic visit to New Orleans
When the rest of the country is covered in snow, New Orleans with its warm temperatures makes the perfect romance destination. Cafe du Monde’s hot beignets are the perfect breakfast for two. We then usually take a stroll in the French Quarter and enjoy the views of the wrought iron balconies and overhanging ferns. I love stepping inside art galleries and boutique stores and shopping for trinkets. You can also take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter for a more romantic feel. Then its time for a cozy lunch date on the trendy Magazine Street; one of our favorite restaurants in the area is Mahoney’s which serves excellent Po-Boys. Other great places to see with your loved one include the nearby Garden District with its big mansions, a guided tour of the beautiful Oak Alley Plantation, and attending a parade if you happen to visit during the Carnival Season. A must to end the trip on a high note is dinner at a jazz club on Frenchmen’s Street: think beautiful blues notes, slow dancing, and delicious food!
Check out Ketki’s post on a New Orleans itinerary with Dotted Globe
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for New Orleans here.
Romance in Whitefish, Montana
If you are looking to get away into nature with your sweetheart then Whitefish, Montana and nearby Glacier National park have all you need for a romantic time away. There is lots to do in the great outdoors such as heading off for a snowshoe hike in the winter wonderland, going for a quick cross country ski, or exploring the beautiful Glacier National Park. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can downhill ski at the Big Mountain or even venture into the backcountry.
In the Whitefish townsite there are all sorts of romantic restaurants including the Khandahar Lodge for fine dining or Craigy Range for upscale pub food. Afterwards, imagine cozying up in a cute log cabin, in front of a wood burning fireplace and under stunningly clear stars as Glacier National Park is designated an International Dark Sky Reserve.
Check out Philips post on ski resorts near Calgary
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Whitefish here.
Sedona, AZ for a romantic getaway
Sedona is one of the most beautiful small towns in America & it’s the perfect place for a romantic Valentine’s Day Getaway! Sedona is located in central Arizona, less than an hours drive from the Pheonix airport. In Sedona, there’s no shortage of impressive landscapes, luxury resorts, and top-rated restaurants.
Sedona’s natural beauty comes from its enchanting Red Rocks nestled between rugged landscapes and the Sonoran Desert. The best thing to do in Sedona is hiking. February temperatures are best suited for this, as they range between a comfortable 40 -60° F. There’s no shortage of hiking opportunities in Sedona between the Coconino National Forest, Red Rock State Park, and more!
Sedona might be the picture-perfect adventurous getaway, but it’s also an excellent place for relaxation and rejuvenation. It’s home to America’s #1 Rated Spa —the Enchantment Resort. This, in addition to a handful of other incredible hotels.
If you don’t enjoy hiking, you can cozy up in one of these amazing accommodations and enjoy the Valley Verde Wine Trail. Yes, Sedona is one of America’s up-and-coming wine destinations!
Besides hiking, relaxation, and wine, Sedona has even more to offer! It’s one of the best places in the world to go stargazing, and it’s joined the ranks of few places worldwide with the “International Dark Sky Community” Designation.
For all these reasons, Sedona is the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day getaway!
Check out Valentina’s post on romantic things to do in Sedona
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Sedona here.
Romantic destinations on the west coast
A romantic visit to San Francisco
San Francisco just oozes romance, explorations in cool neighborhoods, gorgeous views and all the unique fun and attractive landscapes and urban settings in the city. If you’re an outdoor person, there are so many hill vistas open to the public to explore or the entire coastline of the city which is filled with beaches and trails to explore. The fun districts and neighborhoods are what makes San Francisco unique, and the many restaurants and food venues make it a haven for foodies and those who want to create a special event or romantic evening.
For more inspiration to exploring the city, check out my post on unique and unusual attractions in San Francisco here for more details and images to find those wonderful spots to enjoy the city.
Noel with Travel Photo Discovery
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for San Francisco here.
Mammoth Lakes getaway for Valentines
Yosemite gets all the attention in Northern California, but there are a few hidden gems in the Sierras that are worth trekking to and are very convenient when you find them. Among my favorite of these is the hot springs at Mammoth Lakes. There are many in the area and they’re all picturesque, but our favorite is the heart-shaped pool at the area known as Wild Willy’s. During most of the day it’s a kid and family-friendly area. The water is warm but not too hot, and there are usually families there. You can drive right up near the pools (it’s only a few hundred feet of boarded walking to the pools), and even camp in an RV or tent overnight with a gorgeous view of the mountains and fields nearby. At dawn, however, crowds are mostly not there (totally absent, in our case!) and great for solo travelers or couples wanting an intimate moment.
From Dana and Jo at Discover Discomfort – Adventures in Extreme Learning.
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Mammoth Lakes here.
A romantic getaway to Lake Tahoe, California
USA is packed with cool places that could make a perfect romantic destination for Valentine’s Day. Lake Tahoe in California is one such place where you can see scenic spots and do exciting activities together to create memories for a lifetime. Snowcapped mountain peaks, stunning alleyways, mesmerizing lake, crisp air and beautiful moments in the company of your loved one, what more could anyone ask for?
If you are up for outdoor adventures, you should definitely try horseback riding and snowboarding in Tahoe. There is also a great hiking trail, Eagle Rock close by. Its a short trail which can take up to 15 minutes. Enjoy the stunning views of the lake over the hiking trail with your partner. This is a perfect spot to capture a romantic photograph with lovely scenery.
It may not be as popular as other Valentine’s Day destinations, but a couple of days in Lake Tahoe will definitely make you feel romantic to the core. Moreover, there is no shortage of attractive hotels and resorts where you can grab a special deal to relax and cherish.
Nitha with the Trailing Mom
Romantic getaway to Santa Catalina
A romantic visit to Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara, known as The American Riviera®, is located 90 miles from Los Angeles and offers a Mediterranean type climate year-round. With winter temps usually in the mid-60s, it stays very comfortable.
If you enjoy tasting wines, especially local ones, consider purchasing an Urban Wine Trail Pass which gives you free tastings at wineries along the walkable Urban Wine Trail. You’ll taste some incredible Santa Barbara wines as well as have a chance to sit back and relax.
Another fun way to see the city as a couple is to rent a surrey and ride along the sidewalks. This is a very memorable way to see their beautiful ocean views, plus it’s just fun! Be sure stop on your ride for ice cream at Breakwater Restaurant.
Before you leave, walk along Stearns Warf to soak up the sun, salty ocean breeze and beautiful views of a California sunset.
Check out Julie’s post on things to do in Santa Barbara
Romantic getaway to Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego, CA)
Coronado Island is home to one of the most famous hotels in America – Hotel Del Coronado. Even if you’re not staying here, you are welcome to walk around the hotel grounds and beach area while admiring the beautiful architecture of the hotel! It’s super romantic and timeless with it’s stunning old world architecture, pastel striped beach chairs, and lovely white sand beach.
Stay at a cozy cabin in Washington State
A romantic getaway in Vancouver, Canada
Balboa Park for Valentines day
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to spend some extra time with that loved one or even with just your friends. It is a great excuse to hangout and do something fun and out of the ordinary. One way you could do this would be to head to San Diego and enjoy a picnic in Balboa Park.
Balboa Park is smack dab in the middle of downtown San Diego. It is a huge and gigantic park that offers a variety of things to do. Really, your options are endless when you come to this park. You could take a walk through one of the many gardens, stroll through the endless museums, or my personal favorite-enjoy a picnic on the Presidents Way Lawn.
Grab some food, bring yourself a blanket to sit on and maybe a light jacket as you head to Presidents Way Lawn for your picnic. I love enjoying a picnic on this grass area because it is quiet and then the planes occasionally fly right over your head. It is pretty cool to feel that close to a plane and it also makes for some cool picture opportunities.
Check out Chelsey’s post on date ideas for San Diego
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Balboa Park here.
Outdoor-loving couples will love spending Valentine’s day in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National park is a beautiful place in California. Most visitors to Yosemite come during summer. Many of the trails will be shut due to ice but there are still plenty of things to see and do in the park in February. You can see giant granite cliffs, wonderful waterfalls and giant trees! Snow will most likely be present making this a very romantic winter escape. Also, you may have the chance to see the illusive fire fall!
After spending the morning of Valentine’s day in Yosemite Valley, wondering along the Cook’s Meadow trail and admiring Half Dome, head into Curry Village to warm up by the inviting fire for a while. You can grab a bite to eat here too if you are peckish. Afterwards, drive down to the Yosemite Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The giant trees are very popular in summer due to the handy shuttle bus. The shuttle bus is not available in February yet you can still reach these impressive sequoia trees by cross country skiing or snow shoeing! Make sure you bring your snow shoes and get ready for a romantic winter valentine’s day walk with your loved one!
If snow shoeing does not sound like your thing, you can warm up inside one of the lovely museums in the valley. Also, you could try to scout out the illusive Yosemite fire fall! Once a year, Horseshoe Tail waterfall catches the evening light giving the illusion that the waterfall is on fire!
If you an outdoor-loving couple and are looking for a US getaway this Valentine’s Day, consider visiting Yosemite National Park. Snowy walks, icy rivers, impressive mountains, colossal waterfalls and spectacular trees provide an epic backdrop for this romantic day.
Anna with My Travel Scrapbook
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Yosemite here.
Romantic stay in Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas has 350 days of sunshine and average temperatures of 78F; it’s the perfect spot to soak up the sun during a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. Cabo sits on the edge of Baja California and is an easy destination to access with many nonstop flights. Be sure to get a window seat and toast as you fly along Mexico’s gorgeous coastline. The city is full of all-inclusive resorts or splurge on a boutique hotel with an infinity pool overlooking the Sea of Cortez. While in Cabo spend an afternoon snorkeling on the secluded Lover’s Beach, shop for souvenirs in the marina, explore San José del Cabo’s Art Walk, go for a horseback ride or enjoy a couple’s massage on the beach, take a sunset cruise around Land’s End or simply relax on the beach with a cocktail. Top off the weekend with a romantic dinner at Sunset Mona Lisa or listen to the waves crashing under you while you eat at El Farallon.
Sherianne Higgins with Out of Office
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Cabo San Lucas here.
Carmel By the Sea
For a romantic couples getaway in California, you can’t miss the twin jewels along Highway One of Monterrey and nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea. They’re a half-day drive from San Francisco, if you take your time. But a more scenic and romantic way to get there would be to fly to San Jose airport, rent a car and drive down along the coast via Highway One.
Stay in either Monterrey or Carmel and enjoy the many cute restaurants, go wine tasting, take a stroll by the waterfront or visit the nearby Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo overlooking Carmel Bay. In the evenings, watch the sun set from Carmel Beach, either around a campfire that you build, or on horseback from one of the local horse riding operators. Finally, just to make sure you visit both Monterrey and Carmel, do the scenic “17 Mile Drive” (take $10.25 cash for the fee) between them, stopping as often as possible to gasp at the natural beauty of the coastline.
Dana Hooshmand of Discover Discomfort
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Carmel by the Sea here.
Hawaii Romance and honeymoons
Hawaii is definitely the romance location especially for honeymoons which make all of the islands very popular for romantic holidays. Each island is unique and offers a variety of wonderful landscape, amazing international cuisine, adventure sports and recreation and stunning beaches to explore with a loved one. You can keep a busy schedule and explore every facet of each island or you can easily stay put, enjoy the sun and fun with a loved one to share this wonderful experience.
Noel with Travel Photo Discovery
Leavenworth, Washington State
Seattle may be known for its rainy climate, but if you head 115 miles east over the Cascade Mountain Range, you’ll find a mountain valley that boasts more than days of sunshine a year. Leavenworth is most well-known for its Bavarian style buildings, but there is so much more to this area than German-inspired facades. Surrounded by mountains and alpine forest, a never-ending list of adventures await.
Each season has its own beauty, but springtime is magical with purple lupines blanketing the grounds around Leavenworth. Hikes Sauer Mountain or Icicle Ridge for epic views, wildflower fields, and far fewer crowds than trails closer to Seattle. The snowmelt makes the nearby Wenatchee River swell, and means spring a perfect time for trying whitewater rafting or hopping in a kayak (but only if you’re an experienced paddler!). This time of year is also perfect for tackling the mountain bike trails before it becomes too hot and dusty.
And if you’re not an outdoor buff, don’t write off Leavenworth just yet. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a local wine or beer on one of the many patios in town or attend one of the seasonal festivals like the Leavenworth Film Festival or the German Maifest. There are so many things to do in Leavenworth, making it a perfect spring getaway for all types of travelers.
Check out Katie Diederich’s post on Leavenworth’s magical Bavarian Village from Two Wandering Soles
Check out these hotel and inn accommodations and reviews for Leavenworth here.
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