Are you looking for a romantic getaway that isn’t a run-of-the-mill destination? Maybe you want to have the same experience at some of the most popular vacation spots without the hefty price tag, or perhaps you want to get off the beaten path to avoid the tourist hotspots that attract large crowds.
Whatever the case may be, here are seven amazing, overlooked destinations you should consider for your next romantic getaway.
1. Perdido Key, FL
Literally meaning “Lost Key,” this little stretch of beach is a truly hidden gem. Located inside the buzzing city of Pensacola, you’ll have plenty of activities to choose from, as well as the beauty of its natural surroundings. There are three different state and national parks you can visit, and you can also try your hand at diving – even checking out the eerie insides of a military ship wreck. Relax on the beach, try some amazing seafood and enjoy some nightlife—a complete vacation package.
2. York Beach, ME
If you’re looking for the Northeast coastal charm without the same price tag as a weekend in the Hamptons, York Beach is for you. With an idyllic old-fashioned boardwalk, miles of beaches and great seafood, this town has it all. Spend the day checking out the Nubble Light and do some shopping in the great antique and sweet shops.
Stay at the beautiful Union Bluff Hotel, and catch a romantic sunset on Short Sands Beach after some delicious clam chowder. You’ll love it so much that you’ll be planning a return trip before you leave.
3. Greenwich, CT
A jewel on Long Island Sound, Greenwich has so much to offer by way of cultural activities, as well as great shopping and eateries. You can check out the former center of Impressionism in America at the Bush-Holley House, or see how the LEO Zoological Conservation Center is helping to save endangered and at-risk species. Choose from amazing restaurants when planning your vacation date-nights, and enjoy quality boutique hotels. You simply can’t go wrong.
4. Charleston, SC
A historic beauty, Charleston has a charm that you just can’t find anywhere else other than the South. From the trees dripping with Spanish moss to the authentic buildings that date back to the 1600s, it has an old-world feel you’ll love.
Take a carriage ride around the city to explore the quaint streets, stroll along the coast for a little beach time, or play a round of golf at one of the award-winning golf resorts. There’s also no shortage of nightlife, so you and your significant other will never be bored.
5. Lake Tahoe, CA
A true natural beauty on the California-Nevada Stateline, Lake Tahoe is a great escape from the busy hustle and bustle of urban life. You’ll have views of amazing panoramas and granite cliffs, as well as beautiful hiking trails through Emerald Bay State Park.
That’s not all this stunning landscape has to offer either. During summer, you can also visit Vikingsholm—a unique Scandinavian architectural gem – or take a dinner cruise on the Tahoe Queen paddle wheeler. Whatever you’re looking for, Lake Tahoe has something to satisfy both the fun-lover and nature-enthusiast in you.
6. Door County, WI
If you can’t make it all the way to a coastal town, you can at least get the next best thing in Door County. Villages on this beautiful peninsula on Lake Michigan give you the charming feeling of the seaside in the heart of the Midwest. Autumn in this area of the country is absolutely spectacular , with oranges, yellows, and reds to make your head spin.
Enjoy artisan food, coffee, famous Door County cherries and local festivals, such as fish boils, plus access to more quaint B&Bs than you can possibly imagine. You can sail, check out art galleries or visit the local orchard and farms—there’s really something for everyone. For a day’s finale, take the love of your life to Sunset Beach Park in Fish Creek for a stunning view of the setting sun on the lake.
7. Virginia Beach, VA
Another beautiful coastal destination that stretches for miles, Virginia Beach is also a great spot for catching some waves in the Atlantic—be it surfing or paddle boarding. In the evening, enjoy a romantic stroll along the boardwalk and sample delicious cuisine many restaurants offer.
Get your cultural fix by popping over to Jamestown, America’s oldest existing settlement, and experience the many historical museums this area has to offer. Still, if you’re looking for other types of thrills and an outlet for your inner-child, Busch Gardens Amusement Park is also nearby—enjoy romance, fun and adventure all in one place.
Whether you’re looking for the beach, the mountains, a quaint town or historical landmarks, these seven destinations have all of that and more. You’ll also have the bonus of avoiding some of the larger crowds that cities like New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles attract (and save a bit in your travel budget too).
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.