Romance is personal. Discovered in exotic locales or the neighborhood grocery store – it exists. Included here are some spots that enchant and fascinate. These places are unique in their beauty and provide escape from the ordinary. In other words, these are the top five romantic destinations across the US.

1. Charleston, South Carolina

An historical jewel located in the Southeastern US, Charleston offers a warm climate throughout the year. The heat and humidity peak during the summer months but this can translate into great deals.

This coastal city is located at the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. The scent of the ocean and salt marshes hits one in the face upon arrival. The smell of sweet jasmine and magnolia blooms permeate.

A horse drawn carriage tour throughout the city offers an up-close history lesson. Fort Sumter looms in the harbor. The Civil War’s first shots were fired at this national monument. The tour guides dispense local lore and give excellent information on where to sample outstanding low-country cuisine.

2. Key West, Florida

Key West is the southernmost city within the contiguous US. It is 160 miles from the Miami and airport and 106 water miles from Havana Cuba. Its climate is tropical and steady.

Heading to busy Duval Street for a meal with your partner is sublime. Fresh seafood is abundant. Sample pink shrimp, conch delicacies and stone crab. They headline most menus.

Mallory Square is the place to view the sunset in Key West. They are among the finest in the US. Weddings are popular as the sun goes down.

3. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Close proximity to Boston and Logan Airport make this an easy getaway. There are rainy days on Cape Cod, which lend to its romantic allure. Enjoy a cup of clam or scallop chowder in front of the fire.

A rich maritime history influences the harbor towns from Sandwich to Providence. It is a great launching spot to nearby Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. The latter a summer favorite of the Clinton and Obama families.

4. Northern California Coast

A trip down Highway 101 in Northern California is a romantic mecca. The Avenue of the Giants has some of the world’s largest and oldest trees. It provides a unique experience for a couple desiring solitude. The Sonoma area is home to the nation’s finest vineyards and tasting rooms. It has something to offer the discriminating oenophile. Bed and breakfasts and fine cuisine welcome the romantic traveler.

5. Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai is a lush playground for nature lovers. It boasts Waimea Canyon. It is 3,000 feet deep and ten miles long. Beaches cover 50 miles of the pacific in Kauai. Verdant cliff views are hard to resist while vacationing on the island. It is an ideal place for a private retreat, as it is easy to escape the commercialism of the larger islands of Hawaii. The climate is tropical but rain is likely.

Romantic getaways are located throughout the US. Travelling with a loved on guarantees romance. These places have the added bonus of beautiful scenery and delicious cuisine. They allow you to explore love and a new spot to love in.

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