As summer is heating up, perhaps your romantic relationship is too. August is National Romance Month after all, and there’s no better time to love boldly, and no better reason to plan a romantic getaway. So, the question is: where should you go?
We’ve put together a list of the most romantic cities in the country. And while everyone may have an opinion on the topic, we decided to utilize good ol’ fashioned science and research.
We used the following set of determining factors to objectively identify which cities are the most romantic:
- Percentage of the population that is married—If a city has romance at its core, there’s a good chance marriages will thrive there.
- Romantic restaurants per capita—A candlelight dinner is a must for a romantic night out.
- Boutique hotels per capita—A city has to have plenty of options for a romantic stay.
- Public parks per capita—There’s nothing more romantic than a picnic in a pretty park.
- Walkability score—Strolling the city hand-in-hand is certainly romantic.
So without further ado, here are the 10 most romantic cities in the U.S.
1. Sunnyvale, CA
On the south side of the Bay Area lies the quiet town of Sunnyvale, CA. Romantic weddings are often held at Freedom Hall & Gardens—a five-star venue according to theknot.com and only diamond certified wedding facility in the Bay Area. The peaceful neighborhoods and quaint downtown make it a perfect destination for long walks with your one and only.
2. Honolulu, HI
It comes as no surprise that a city in Hawaii made the top ten. Honolulu is a popular destination for vacationing couples, as it offers plenty of restaurants, boutique hotels and public parks, in addition to those classically romantic white sandy beaches. The views certainly set the mood for romance too.
3. Torrance, CA
The Pacific Coast Highway runs right through this picturesque beach community, which means it is quite accommodating to couples on a romantic road trip. The lovely beaches, parks and downtown offer ample space to soak up the sun and explore with your significant other.
Seattle is known for its culinary delights and lively dining options, making it optimal for flirtation. While many restaurants come with stunning views of the bay or Mt. Rainier, one of the most romantic (and famous) spots to dine is SkyCity, which sits atop the Space Needle. Everyone knows that stunning views equals romance.
5. Alexandria, VA
The only city east of the Rockies to make the top 10, Alexandria is a very romantic place. Known as “Old Town,” the downtown area has a high concentration of shops and restaurants lining the enchanting cobblestone streets. The classic vibe of Alexandria certainly sets the stage for a romantic day-to-evening date.
Photo courtesy Sara Robertson, Wolfcrest Photography
6. Portland, OR
The Pacific Northwest is well represented, and for good reason. The peaceful scenery and quaint surroundings of a big city make it perfect for couples. Portland’s natural beauty can be enjoyed in many different ways, including public parks, such as Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
7. San Francisco, CA
San Francisco sets the scene for a perfect romantic date. Stroll hand-in-hand across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and then warm up together over a legendary clam chowder at the wharf. Finish off the evening sampling chocolates at Ghirardelli Square and then relaxing with a nightcap at Waterbar. The “Paris of the west” certainly has no shortage of romance.
8. Bellevue, WA
The smallest city to make the top 10, Bellevue sits just across Lake Washington. There is clearly a lot of romance here, as nearly 57% of its population is married. Cast Iron Studios has helped many of those people host their nuptials. Bellevue also has enough public parks to have a picnic practically once a weekend for a year and not go to the same park twice.
It makes sense that the City of Roses should find its way onto a list of the most romantic cities. It has more to offer than beautiful flowers, though. It also has plenty of romantic restaurants, stunning outdoor wedding venues and a gorgeous downtown area perfect for strolling with your special someone.
10. San Diego, CA
The largest city on our list, San Diego rounds out the top 10 with its romantic restaurants, luxurious hotels and endless attractions, like the San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village and beautiful beaches. It’s the surroundings of America’s Finest City that really boost the romance factor, particularly the spectacular views of the bay and city skyline.
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