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American Nomad covers the best of U.S. travel—from vacation deals to festivals, weekend getaways, travel tips, and more. A seasoned traveler and Moon author, Laura is the perfect guide to help discover new gems when traveling domestically.
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Top Ten Most Romantic U.S. Cities #2
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, but there's still time to plan a romantic getaway with the one you love. To assist in the planning, I've prepared a two-part article about the top ten most romantic U.S. cities, five of which are listed in the first part.
Here are the last five, in no particular order:
New Orleans, Louisiana: Nestled between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, and surrounded by mysterious swamps and historic plantations, New Orleans is a city like no other. Atmospheric and full of life, the Crescent City offers a plethora of romantic diversions, including riverfront strolls, carriage and streetcar rides, intimate piano bars, sumptuous eateries, and picnics in Jackson Square. Even a nighttime walk through the city's fabled French Quarter is enough to make almost anyone believe in magic. For more information about the Big Easy, consult Moon New Orleans.
New York, New York: With iconic images such as horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park, the observatory of the Empire State Building, and the skating rink in Rockefeller Center, it's surely no surprise that New York City is one of America's most romantic locales. Given the number of love stories that have been filmed there, it seems that Hollywood agrees – and certainly, you'll find no shortage of intimate restaurants and luxurious hotels. For more information about the Big Apple, consult Moon Metro New York City.
San Francisco, California: Like New Orleans, this port city has a spirit all its own. Steep hills, fog banks, watery vistas, and the Golden Gate Bridge only add to its unique charm. Seafood restaurants with excellent views, lovely paths within Golden Gate Park, and its proximity to Napa Valley make San Francisco ideal for couples on a romantic retreat. For more information about the City by the Bay, consult Moon Metro San Francisco.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Brimming with creativity, Santa Fe – the capital of New Mexico – is a dreamy, magical town, tucked amid the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and filled with adobe-style buildings, numerous art galleries, elegant restaurants, and charming bed-and-breakfasts. Given the beauty of the surrounding landscape – which is ideal for hikers, cyclists, rafters, skiers, and other outdoor enthusiasts – as well as the remote vibe of the city – despite its proximity to Albuquerque – it's easy to see why New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment. For more information about Santa Fe, consult Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque or peruse online trip ideas like “A Santa Fe Weekend.”
Savannah, Georgia: Like Charleston, South Carolina – which frequently appears on “top romantic city” lists – Savannah is an incredibly romantic town, with a rich colonial history and a friendly, genteel atmosphere. Couples can celebrate “New Orleans-style” with the natives or simply stroll amid the lovely squares that comprise the downtown area – the picturesque trees, old-fashioned homes, and eccentric residents of which were popularized in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (and its accompanying film). For more information about Savannah, consult Moon Charleston & Savannah or the related content at Moon.com.
Naturally, I'm curious to know which U.S. cities you find the most romantic – so please feel free to mention them in the comments section below. And, of course, wherever you choose to spend your upcoming holiday, I hope that you have a Valentine's Day to remember.
As always, I’m open to ideas for future posts. If you have any suggestions, burning questions, or destinations that you’d like me to explore in greater detail, please comment below or contact me via laura [at] wanderingsoles [dot] com.