What to do, things to see, and where to stay in every state and province in North America!
Whew! We're covering a lot of information here. We haven’t been to every place on this list, but we sure did our research. Everyone deserves a getaway for Valentine’s, so whether you’re springing for a trip to Alaska or sticking close to home in Indiana (or wherever home may be), peruse the list for ideas and inspiration!
We’ll be doing the beautiful River-Walk in San Antonio, Texas this year. Let us know in the comments what your plans are, or if there’s anything we absolutely must add to this list. Starting with the United States, alphabetically, and following with Canada, alphabetically, we hope you enjoy and we hope you find some inspiration for your Valentine’s Day!
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Head to Franklin County's Dismal Canyon, Alabama's National Natural Landmark for an anything but dismal adventure. Hike the canyon floor, see Rainbow falls, the earthquake formed grotto, and the dismalites - tiny bioluminescent creatures that light the canyon after dark. All of this is tucked away, deep within the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Hide away in one of Alabama’s best kept secrets in one of two private and secluded cabins or in your own tent.
There’s more than enough to do in Anchorage, Alaska, a beautiful and romantic city all year round. This is no place to sit inside, so bundle up and enjoy the wildlife, go dog sledding, or canoe through a glacier! End the day curled by the fire at Maria’s Creekside B&B. Alaska is one of those places that embodies epic adventure with every square foot. If you live there now, I envy you!
The Grand Canyon may be old news to some, but I will never tire of it. There's something super romantic about feeling so tiny with someone you love so much. Stay at the Grand Hotel at the Grand Cayon and take advantage of the romantic feel of the grand canyon national park. Explore the grounds on your own or see the spectacular sight from the air with a helicopter tour. I'm terrified of helicopters, but this one is on my bucket list for when I work up the courage.
Explore Ozark National Forest in Arkansas where you’ll find Mount Magazine - the State’s tallest mountain, Blanchard Springs Caverns, an incredible living cave, and plenty of opportunity of lodging and recreation. Arkansas offers amazing hiking throughout its mild winters. Try the Signal Hill trail to the top of Mount Magazine, a relatively easy trail at only 1.5 miles round trip.
Yosemite’s sights are less explored during the winter months, but just as breathtaking. Get a tour of the valley and the giant sequoias and stay at a B&B at Big Creek. The Falls will be flowing all year round and are always worth seeing. While many roads and trails throughout the park are closed over the winter, don't despair, you won't run out of sights.
With an unending list of luxury resorts and some of the best skiing in the world , you can’t go wrong with a romantic getaway to Aspen for Valentine’s day. I always think of 'Dumb and Dumber' when I think of Aspen. Regardless, any Canadians considering a trip to Colorado, Aspen is like America's Banff.
Stay in Greenwich and head over to Lover’s Leap State Park for beautiful views and trails just an hour’s drive away. Greenwich is a picture-perfect and well-to-do town home to many wealthy manhattanites. You'll find restaurants and shops both quaint and high end. Pack a picnic and head to Greenwich Point Peninsula for a lovely beach spot with views of the manhattan skyline.
Visit the Delaware beaches like Rehoboth and Dewey, stay at the beautiful Bellmoor Inn and stroll in the sand in Cape Henlopen State Park. The Delaware beaches each offer something unique, and I suggest you explore more than one. You'll be able to enjoy boardwalks, restaurants, shops, music, and plenty to do. The question here is never what to do, but how to do it all.
Awe over the manatees at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River. They come in hordes in the winter months, so bring your camera! Stay at the Hampton Inn and then head out to see the manatees with a private tour. Please do your research before booking a tour, and stay away from trips that encourage you to get in the water and mess with the animals!
Visit Lake Allatoona and stay at the Lake Allatoona Inn. Conversely, stay at a secluded cabin on the lake, rent a boat, and hibernate for the weekend with your valentine! You can also find plenty of camping along the lakeside. The water might be too cold for swimming in February, but I know I love a cozy cabin on a chilly night.
Find the hidden heart in Maui near the Nakalele blowhole. You’ll be pairing Hawaii’s luxury and leisure with a personal and romantic scavenger hunt! stay nearby at the Hotel Wailea for beautiful views along Maui’s Southern Coastline and luxury that can’t be beat. Maui has a variety of incredibly colored beaches, a fantastic food scene, and is popular amongst honeymooners and couples, making it perfect for a valentine's getaway!
Visit Sun Valley, Idaho's world famous ski resort. Amazing skiing, and an incredible panoramic view that is hard to beat. It's lovely to visit no matter the season, but in winter while it's bustling with skiers and covered in fluffy white snow, you'll be glad you braved the cold. Stay at the nearby Knob Hill Inn for it's indoor pool and short walk to the hills.
Visit Starved Rock State Park, Illinois’ #1 attraction. Stay nearby in Peru (Peru, Illinois, I swear) .Spend the day in the park exploring the canyons and seeing the frozen waterfalls. The park is known for its steep sandstone canyons formed by glacial meltwater. Get out of the city, bundle up, and explore the outdoors! Winter is beautiful.
Get away to the famed Herrold on Hill B&B and stroll through Charley Creek Gardens. The Charley Creek Gardens are a nonprofit horticulture center, dedicated to the study, conservation, and appreciation of all kinds of plants. There's no admission fee, and it's open 365 days a year!
Get a guided tour of the bridges of madison county and explore the majesty of the grotto of the redemption in Iowa. Stay at the nearby AmericInn Lodge. You don't have to know anything about the book or the movie to appreciate the bridges, but it might be helpful, since a google search provides more information about the book and movie than the actual bridges!
We’ve all heard of it in movies and tv shows, but why not take a trip to see the worlds largest ball of twine! And since there’s not much else around the world’s largest ball of twine, keep moving towards Gove County’s Monument Rocks and stay at the highly rated cobblestone inn.
Visit Mammoth Cave National Park and stay in the nearby Grand Victorian Inn. The caves are an incredible labyrinth of chambers and passageways, and are the longest known cave system in the world. In one area you'll find the ceiling covered in thousands of 19th century visitors' signatures. I'm a little apprehensive about spelunking, so I would book a tour with someone who knows the cave system already.
Explore the historic Romance of New Orleans if you’re in Louisiana for Valentine’s day and don’t miss seeing the bayou and some incredible plantations. Stay in the French Quarter at Hotel W right next to Jackson Square. The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, established in 1718. Take note of the incredible and intricate architecture. The French Quarter is full of restaurants, great music, boutique shopping, and even voodoo temples. Explore Royal Street, Chartres Street, and Bourbon Street, and visit the French Market for souvenirs.
Portland, Maine is home to more breweries than we can list! Check out a brewery and dinner tour of a few of them, and escape to the Portland Harbor Hotel. Portland is a scene for the artistic and outdoorsy, but offers something for everyone. Bring your flannel to fit in and enjoy the quintessential Maine Coast.
Visit Annapolis for it's charm and it's seafood. Stay at this colorful coastal B&B the Academy. Annapolis is known as America's sailing capital. On the shores of Chesapeake Bay, it is a haven for water and boat lovers. Famous for it's crabcakes and lighthouses, you might not be able to resist extending your stay for their famous end of February 'Restaurant Week".
Head to Boston this Valentine's day for whale watching, or historic tours and stay at the Elliot. Don't miss the freedom trail, even if it's cold out! Stop at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and explore some of Boston's old neighborhoods like the North End or Little Italy. If the timing is right, watch a Red Sox game for a true experience of Boston culture.
Visit Michigan's incredible upper peninsula. Stay at the Landmark inn in Marquette and take a drive from one end to the other. Drive along the water for spectacular views, stopping here and there to snap a picture, grab a hot chocolate, or to let some little bears cross the road (I almost hit some baby bears last time I was there)!
Visit the sled dog capital of the world in Ely and stay at the Nels Lake Lodge. You'll find lots of ways to enjoy wildlife here, with a bear center, a wolf center, plenty of sled dogs, and a bunch of nature and wildlife tours. Ely is a tiny town (a population of under 4,000 as of a 2010 census), so don't go for the nightlife.
Get the blues in Clarksdale. Visit the Devil's Crossroads and the Delta Blues Museum and check out a number of other historic sites. Grab a meal or a drink at Ground Zero BLues Club and stay at the Bluestown Inn. You'll find several Mississippi Blues Trail markers in Clarksdale, including one devoted to Clarksdale native Sam Cooke in front of the New Roxy Theatre. Visit Red's Lounge for an authentic juke joint.
Get away to a winery and B&B. You won't want to leave. Stepping into Waynesville is like stepping back in time. It's one of the historic communities served by Route 66, after all. You'll find all kinds of antique shops and other old-timey goodness, including a Saloon!
Visit Glacier National Park and stay at the stunning Hotel Astrid Cabin in Montana. Hike to the impossibly photogenic Hidden Lake, a place widely considered one of the most beautiful in the World and Robin Williams once called "God's backyard". If you're looking for an easy hike, try the St Mary Falls and Virginia Falls hike.
Visit Valentine, Nebraska for Valentine's and stay at the Valentine's Niobara Lodge! What's special about Valentine, Nebraska? The tiny town participates in a "re-mailing" program, where thousands of pieces of mail flow into the US Post Office to be re-mailed with a special Valentine's Day postmark and verse. Cherry County is known for it's beautiful outdoors, so don't miss out!
Vegas isn't exactly the most Romantic City in the world, but life is what you make it! Hold hands by the magical Fountains of Bellagio and have fine French cuisine atop the mini Eiffel Tower. Stay at the famed Bellagio and catch a magical showing of Cirque du Soleil. And hey, maybe you'll wake up married.
Go on a self-guided snow-shoe tour. New Hampshire's white mountains are beautiful and bustling all year. Check out Bretton Woods for all kinds of winter activities, and featuring New Hampshire's largest ski area. Towns in New Hampshire are quaint and wilderness is vast. Don't miss Mount Washington, and take the cog train to its summit!
Stay in Jersey City and take a foodie tour of the downtown area or get on the water for a private, one hour, high speed boat tour of the Manhattan Skyline. Jersey City is slightly less populated than Newark, but is rapidly becoming highly populated with people moving from New York City for the rent and the community.
Take a sunrise hot air balloon ride and embark on a little road trip to the white sands national monument. Stay at the Hotel Parq Central in Alburqueque. The white sands are a vast and dramatic landscape made up of rare white gypsum sand dunes. Stop by the visitor center and pick your poision - you can even go sledding!
We all know NYC is romantic. NYC is whatever you want it to be! Whatever your passion is, you can find a way to enjoy it in the Big Apple. Take a helicopter tour, see something on broadway, and don't forget to visit the empire state building! While you're there, you might as well stay at The Plaza. My best advice for New York City is to discover your favorite places on your own. Don't spend 50$ on a cupcake because Jimmy Fallon likes them, there are hundreds of unique cupcake shops here - find yours!
Visit romantic Asheville this Valentine's Day and explare America's largest home, the Biltmore Estate and stay at the Omni Groove Park Inn or the Grand Bohemian, reminiscent of Hotel Transylvannia! Head to Asheville to explore the delightful town and revel in the unmistakably Mountain-vibe.
Head to Fargo, the setting for one of the best movies ever, Fargo! North Dakota is dominated by the Great Plains, and focuses much of its culture on Native American art and Scandinavian history. Stop and explore the rugged Badlands near the border of Montana or go ice fishing at Devil's lake!
Explore Loveland Castle or stay overnight in a castle of your own in Ohio! Also known as Chateau Laroche, the castle serves as a museum that was constructed in 1929 by medievalist Harry D. Andrews. Loveland, a beautiful little town with scenic trails, is now a popular stop along the Little Miami River Trail. And what a perfect name for Valentine's day.
For a truly unique getaway, head to Oklahoma's Great Salt Plains in Jet. The open Plains are covered in salt leftover from an ancient ocean under which you can dig for treasure - incredible, one of a kind, hourglass crystals and stay in the beautiful Indian Creek Winery.
Bend, Oregon is perfect for a romantic getaway with a stay in the beautiful Pronghorn Resort and breathtaking photo tours. Bend draws nature lovers and adventure seekers year round for winter sports, water sports, and hiking. But it also offers a cosmopolitan feel in its up-and-coming city center. Taste some of the best beer and wine in the country here.
For a unique stay in Pennsylvania, head to the B&b and Wolf Sanctuary. It has been over 100 years since the last wild wolf resided in Pennsylvania. This family owned sanctuary has offered refuge to wolves who find themselves with no place to survive in the natural world. Currently, they provide food, shelter, and veterinary care for all of their wolves with no government or corporate help. So this spectacular experience not only awes you but helps wolves! Win-win!
Tour Newport's iconic Ocean Drive with a mansion tour and stay in a mansion of your own at the Chanler at Cliff Walk. Now a popular getaway for everyone, Newport used to be a playground for some of America's richest families, so explore the incredible and opulent museums of an age of extravagance. Thankfully, Newport now boasts a contemporary scene with quirky shops and great restaurants.
Stay at the beautiful Cottages North Plantation in Myrtle Beach and take part in the bustling tourism from many escape games (where they lock you in a room and you have to find clues to aid your escape!) to the beautiful Ripley's Aquarium. From spring breakers to retirees, Myrtle beach is fun for everyone. Grab some ice cream along the boardwalk and people-watch for hours.
Head to the wild horse sanctuary near hot springs, SD and stay at Trappers Cabin. They offer all kinds of tours and information, so you will be able to see herds of wild mustangs running free around this 11,000 acre sanctuary.
Do something out of the ordinary in Tennessee this Valentine's day with a trip on a murder mystery train! Head to to Memphis for all-things-Elvis and stay at the beautiful River Inn! Or explore Memphis and the incredible music scene. You might even run into some iconic artists.
San Antonio's breathtaking river walk is one of Texas most romantic and widely recommended activities. Stay at the luxurious Hotel Emma at Pearl on the Riverwalk and either wander the city on your own self-guided tour or choose from a plethora of other activities and tours.
Go skiing and horseback riding not far from salt lake city with a stay in the romantic Grand America Hotel in the heart of the city. The burst of life that the city enjoyed from the 2002 Olympics remains in tact, with interesting culture surrounding the Church Of Latter-day Saints and year-round outdoor activities from skiing to mountain-climbing.
Take a brewery tour and then head back to your cozy mountain lodge in Stowe. The only state that contests Canada for it's incredible maple syrup, be sure to grab some pancakes or waffles for breakfast while you're there. Vermont also boats over 100 19th Century covered wooden bridges, each more romantic than the last.
When the state slogan is "Virginia is for Lovers" why wouldn't you head Virginia's way for Valentine's?! Virginia Beach is beautiful and active all year round. Grab one of Viator's many many activities and stay at the beach spa bed and breakfast while you enjoy opentables most romantic city in the United States.
Door county is Beautiful all year round. I love the snow covered seclusion it offers all winter long. Door County is full of quaint little towns just a few miles apart, but i'm a big fan of Sister Bay. Stay at Country House Resort or Open Hearth Lodge. You'll find snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing activities, lots of deer, and friendly faces out for a fish fry or some deep fried curds every night .
Jackson Hole should be on everyone's bucket list. It's full of wildlife and natural wonders! Go for the gold with a 4 day wildlife tour in Yellowstone And Grand Teton National Parks and stay at the beautiful White Buffalo Club.
Lake Louise is Alberta's remote gem. Stay in the iconing Chateau Fairmont Lake Louise, where you will find all the winter activities you could want right in the backyard.
Head to Whistler this Valentine's Day for skiing and winter sports by day and cuddling up by the fire by night. See the mountains via the romantic gondola and spring for a luxurious weekend stay at the Four Seasons Whistler.
Manitoba is home to bison, moose, and polar bears! But did you know it also hosts a wild cat population? Stay in beautiful whiteshell at Falcon Trails Resort and explore the romantic trails, where if you're lucky you might spot a very big cat.
Book your stay at one of Canada's most well known hotels The Algonquin Resort and take a tour of the historic and quaint St. Andrew's By The Sea. They call New Brunswick "East of Ordinary", where life is all about exploration and discovery. So, go explore New Brunswick and discover the extraordinary Eastern Canada!
Newfoundland and Labrador
Foodies and wildlife lovers should head to Newfoundland and Labrador. Aphrodisiacs, whales, and puffins, oh my! Or spend your Valentine's at the corner of the world at the luxurious and remote Fogo Island Inn. The vikings landed here over 1,000 years ago, and in Newfoundland and Labrador you will find the oldest settlement and the oldest city in North America.
You'll find all kinds of great winter escapes in Yellowknife. Take an aurora viewing boat tour or a historic Yellowknife sightseeing trip. Yellowknife lies on the famous Great Slave Lake and has incredible views of the Northern Lights throughout the winter months. During the summer, the city enjoys almost 24 hours of sunlight.
White Point Beach is a perfect getaway for you this Valentine's Day. The White Point Beach Resort is one the loveliest Resort of Nova Scotia. Enjoy playing golf by the ocean or head to shore for some waves. Don't forget to feed the white point bunnies!
Visit a luxury ecolodge, go dog sledding, and take an iceberg tour. Nunavut is the secluded nature lovers dream. Check out this website for more information. Nunavut is Canada's incredibly sparsely populated Northernmost province, with vast tundra, and small towns only accessible by plane or boat.
Ontario is huge and has so much to offer, but for a short Valentine's getaway you can't go wrong with Niagara Falls. Beautiful hotels, the falls themselves, and countless options for romantic packages abound. Check out the nighttime cruise of the falls all lit up or get a 30 minute airplane tour (longer and cheaper than a helicopter trip)!
Prince Edward Island
Visit Charlottetown and never run out of things to do! Go ice skating under starry skies, or take a tour of the stunning and renowned Green Gables Shore, or embark on a shoreline cruise touring lighthouses and wineries.
While Montreal and more rural Quebec (hello Abitibi-Témiscamingue) are beautiful all year, Quebec City is king when it comes to Romance. Stay at the legendary Chateau Frontenac. And indulge in the city's beauty with a helicopter tour or a guided ice canoe trip and don't forget that Canada has great whale watching, too!
Check out one of Saskatchewan's eco-lodges and plan for an epic snowmobile or cross-country ski tour. Saskatoon and Regina are Saskatchewan's major cities, where you'll find a variety of activities and destinations.
Head to beautiful Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories in NorthWest Canada for a four-day Aurora Borealis viewing tour. The Yukon Territories are Canada's Alaska - vast outdoors and small, mountain towns. Get to know the locals, and try the toe shot!
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