Valentine's Day Getaway
One of the most heartfelt things you can do for your sweetie this Valentine's Day (or any time of year!) is whisk him away for a rendezvous a deux to one of America's most romantic travel destinations. But how do you choose? Never fear. We've compiled a list of the top 20 places to enjoy a little one-on-one time with your sweetheart this February.
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South Beach, Miami, FloridaSexy South Beach is a perfectly swanky destination for those who want to indulge in luxury or dance the night away. Enjoy people watching at one of the outdoor café's situated along Ocean Drive.
Kitty Hawk, North CarolinaStay at one of the charming residential cottages and take a walk through the maritime forest of Kitty Hawk woods or stroll along the shore at Kitty Hawk Beach.
Dallas, TexasThe Dallas Observer insists that its Water Garden at Fountain Place is "like our own Central Park." Many fountains in the garden become mini geysers, spouting water 10 feet into the air and ascending in different formations. Don't miss the garden at night to amp up the romance.
Cape Cod, MassachusettsAccording to honeymoons.about.com, Cape Cod, located 80 miles from Boston, is a favorite romantic weekend destination. Visitors flock here for its beachy and laid-back atmosphere and some of the country's freshest seafood.
Florida Keys, FloridaLooking for a low-key weekend complete with fishing, sunbathing and even a little bar-hopping? Look no further. Islamorada is just one of the many scenic spots along the Overseas Highway (U. 1). There are also many sophisticated lodgings along the Florida Keys.
Pennsylvania Dutch CountryTake in the country lanes and Amish farms along the hillsides of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Though you won't find any fancy hotels here, just simple motels, you can enjoy some of the most delicious cuisine made from farm-fresh ingredients.
Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route, IllinoisIf you're in the mood for a little (or a long) scenic drive, opt for the 57-mile-long Great Rivers Scenic Route, and you'll travel to where the Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois rivers meet in the heart of the nation. You'll pass historic villages, islands, farmland, forests and apple and peach orchards.
Jekyll Island, GeorgiaConsidered Georgia's jewel, Jekyll Island is perfect for nature lovers. Check out the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, go birdwatching or do a little fishing or boating.
Sedona, ArizonaJust north of Phoenix lie the Red Rocks of Sedona, known as a spiritual mecca. Take a scenic Pink Jeep Tour, have your aura photographed or get a tarot reading. Sedona is also home to some world-class resorts such as L'Auberge and Amara.
Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, ColoradoAt an altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is dubbed America's Mountain. Traveling up the mountain and back by car is a two-hour scenic drive.