The latest statistics show that less than half of Americans hold a passport. If you’re one of them, an impulsive romantic getaway out of the country may not be a feasible option, but there are lots of fabulous destinations closer to home that make for an unforgettable escape with the one you love.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
For those who recently purchased one of the Colorado Springs townhouses, condos or homes and want to enjoy a romantic “staycation” that doesn’t require a flight or a long drive, you’re in luck. The Broadmoor Hotel sits along the shores of Cheyenne Lake at the edge of the city and offers everything you need to ignite the flame of love or keep it burning, with special packages that include sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries or a romantic dinner for two. You can enjoy dining at eight restaurants, relaxing in the spa, sipping cocktails around the infinity pool, and much more, all right on site. Outdoor adventures and attractions are plentiful in the area too, including scenic hikes in Garden of the Gods, trips underground at Cave of the Winds or a ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest which travels to the top of Pikes Peak.
If you’re dreaming of the tropics, Kauai is often considered the most romantic of the Hawaiian Islands. The “Garden Isle” is filled with exotic flowers and is home to the state’s highest concentration of waterfalls. It also boasts spectacular secluded beaches, including the gorgeous stretches of remote Mahaulepu, and one of the world’s most beautiful places: the Na Pali coast. with its lush green pinnacles, fiery red cliffs and waterfalls that cascade into narrow valleys. Taking a flightseeing tour above it all makes for an especially unforgettable experience.
Big Sur, California
Set across a Mediterranean-like stretch of coastline on the central coast of California, Big Sur boasts some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, luxurious romantic resorts and fine dining experiences. The Pacific Suites at Post Ranch Inn overlook the ocean with views from every vantage point and guests can also enjoy oceanfront dining at its highly-acclaimed Sierra Mar restaurant. Nearby, visit a rare purple sand beach at Pfeiffer State Park – it gets its unique hue from the manganese garnet deposits found in the surrounding cliffs.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
One of the most romantic escapes in the Midwest can be found on car-free Mackinac Island. It’s home to the iconic Grand Hotel which features the world’s largest front porch at 660 feet long, offering the perfect place to wile away the day. But you’ll find all sorts of other things to do on the island, including romantic carriage rides, biking around the coastline and hikes through the woods.
Little Torch Key, Florida
The Florida Keys offer a Caribbean-like getaway without the need for a passport. For the ultimate luxurious couples’ stay, head to the intimate Little Palm Island Resort & Spa on Little Torch Key. Getting there requires a boat or seaplane ride, but it’s worth the trip to enjoy plenty of seclusion on some of Florida’s most postcard-perfect stretches of sand. Refreshing dips in the lagoon-style pool, water sports, lavish treatments at the spa and mouthwatering gourmet cuisine are all on offer as well.