Romance means something different to every couple. Whether taking in beautiful scenery on a hike, cheering on your favorite sports team or indulging in a luxurious meal, what is more romantic than sharing extraordinary moments with the one you love? When life gets crazy busy, it can be all too easy to forget to take a moment to appreciate your significant other. It’s that season when we stop and think of something extra special we can do for the ones we love. This year, ditch the clichéd red and pink box of chocolates (too fattening anyway!) and plan a once in a lifetime trip. Below we’ve compiled a list of the most romantic getaway spots around the U.S. to take your Valentine’s Day plans to the next level and show your partner just how much you care.

Portland, Oregon

If you and your one-and-only are foodies, look no further than Portland. The city of Portlandia fame is a laid back destination for couples who like to take it slow. It has also been rated the number one best food city in America by the Washington Post. What the city lacks in formal fine dining, it makes up for in exquisite ingredients and inventive chefs. We suggest taking a stroll through Washington Park which boasts attractions such as a zoo, rose garden, and over 15 miles of hiking trails. Afterwards, have dinner and clink bubbly at Portland native favorite Little Bird Bistro.

STAY: Hilton Portland and Executive Tower


Portland

Charleston, South Carolina

For an old school and completely one-of-a-kind experience, head to Charleston, South Carolina with your Valentine. Make sure to check out the city’s thriving music scene. Enjoy a night of singing and dancing at the jazz-age themed venue Prohibition. Bonus romance points if you make a reservation to go sunset marsh kayaking to watch the sun set and the stars appear as you look for the dolphins, turtles and birds that thrive along South Carolina’s coastline.

STAY: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels & Suites – Charleston Historic District


Charleston

San Francisco, California

This gorgeous city is full of arts and culture destinations that you and your partner won’t want to miss out on. Take in a museum (or two, or three…). Currently on our hit-list: the GLBT History Museum, art and architecture institution Legion of Hilton Honor, and the Exploratorium. Did we forget to mention that San Fran is also a mere 90 minutes away from Napa and Sonoma Valley, making it a favorite city for wine lovers?

STAY: Parc 55 San Francisco


San Francisco

Sante Fe, New Mexico

Take a trip to Santa Fe with your S.O. and enjoy the heart of the city at the Santa Fe Plaza. “The Plaza,” as it’s simply known by locals, has become a hub for visitors interested in Spanish, Native American, and Mexican cultures. Featuring music, design, jewelry, art, and dance, there’s something here for everyone. Top your day off with a visit to the historic Jean Cocteau Cinema where you can rent the private VIP booth to enjoy food and drinks delivered to you in the privacy of your own room.

STAY: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Tampa, Florida

If you and your partner are beach bums, then Tampa, Florida is the place to be this Valentine’s Day. Pack a picnic and hit up the white sands of Ben T. Davis Beach. For a tour of the city’s arts and culture scene, try the Tampa Riverwalk, a scenic tour through the downtown riverfront. The path will take you past some of the best Tampa has to offer including the Tampa Museum of Art, Curtis Hixon Park and the Florida Aquarium.

STAY: Hilton Tampa Downtown


Tampa

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