Nothing keeps the spark alive like a change of scenery, whether you’re a brand-new couple or celebrating a big anniversary. Since it’s not always easy finding the time to escape, we got things started by searching out America’s very best weekend getaways for couples—because if you’re hitting the road with your favorite person, why not go for the cream of the crop?
ROMANTIC WEEKEND GETAWAYS YOU’LL LOVE
We know that every couple is different, from preferred pet names to favorite shows to binge-watch, so when it comes to planning a romantic weekend getaway, your vacation ideas should be as unique as you are. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all weekend getaway for couples, so we kept it colorful with adventure hotspots, remote islands, glamorous beach towns, and a few offbeat surprises. And maybe we’re biased—our mission is curating the ultimate vacation rental experience, after all—but we’re pretty sure a rental makes the perfect home base no matter where you go. Book a penthouse suite or cozy cottage and it’ll be the perfect starting point for a romantic weekend.
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Catch the sunrise over the ocean in upscale Kennebunkport, one of the best weekend getaways for couples on Maine’s gorgeous coast. A romantic weekend here is all about the water, whether you’re learning to steer a surfboard, cruising the coast in an old-fashioned schooner sailboat, or going offshore on a whale-watching trip. After a day of sun and salt, head to winding Ocean Avenuefor a romantic sunset drive past some of Kennebunkport’s most exclusive inns and mansions.
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Tucked into the spectacular Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is among the most fun weekend getaways for active couples. Hit the trail on a guided hike to find waterfalls and wildflowers, drive through the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National park, and check out the region’s gorgeous fall foliage. Not that it’s all back roads and rural scenery. If you’re looking for something a little more spirited, Gatlinburg’s got a booming craft distilling scene that’s ideal for an afternoon of tasting moonshine straight from old-school Mason jars.
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WINTER PARK, FL
A romantic couples weekend in Winter Park gives you the best of both worlds, since you’re a quick drive from Orlando’s world-class theme parks, but can finish each day in a picture-perfect town that’s packed with romantic charm. Start your day with some culture by browsing the gorgeous art at Rollins College and Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, then head to Orlando to spend a day in one of Florida’s amazing theme parks: escape to Universal’s Islands of Adventures, or channel your favorite Disney romance at Magic Kingdom.
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PARADISE VALLEY, AZ
If your perfect romantic weekend getaway means a pre-booked tee time and a bit of pampering, Paradise Valley is a luxurious dream trip. Weekend getaways for couples could start with a treatment at one of the town’s top-shelf spas, followed by a trip to nearby Scottsdale for a foodie tour of the historic downtown. Not that everything in Paradise Valley is quite so placid; if your idea of a fun couples weekend is more high-adrenaline than haute cuisine, hit the desert for an off-road tour that explores the best of the Arizona backcountry.
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EUREKA SPRINGS, AR
Fun weekend getaways for couples in Eureka Springs might be all about getting back to nature, but the town’s beautifully preserved Victorian downtown exudes old-fashioned charm. Animal lovers can spend the day with the big cats at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, then head to Basin Springs Park for a romantic walk through rock formations and leafy forests. Don’t leave town without snapping an unforgettable couple selfie with the towering Christ of the Ozarks.
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HOOD RIVER, OR
With a prime location on the beautiful Columbia River, Hood River is among the best weekend getaways for couples ready to explore the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Join a bike tour that links up the region’s vineyards, then take a spin on the Columbia with a kayak, windsurf board, or stand-up paddleboard. For a romantic activity that’s more about scenery than sweat, hop theMount Hood Railroad through Oregon’s gorgeous mountain terrain.