February has arrived and love is in the air! If you’re tired of the same old Valentine’s Day celebrations why not spice things up with a romantic road trip
Forget the cliched candlelit dinners and hit the open road with your special someone. After all, they say that couples who travel together, stay together (Okay, I may have made that up but it’s true). Imagine planning and exploring the most romantic destinations across America, hand in hand with your partner. It’s time to add some adventure to your love life; a road trip is the perfect way!
Whether you’re still in the honeymoon phase or you’ve been together for years, a weekend away—or longer—can seem like magic in its ability to rekindle that spark that first drew you to one another.
And if you’re looking for the perfect way to travel together while enjoying flexibility and convenience, RVing might be exactly what you’re after.
Think about it. Road trips already make for some of the best couples’ vacations. You’ve got all that driving time to simply sit and chat, catching up on those meandering conversations you might not have time or energy for over dinner after a busy day.
For the ultimate bonding experience, gather your favorite (healthy) road trip snacks, sync your playlists, and embark on one of these romantic road trips for couples with many travel links to make trip planning easier.
May romance be rekindled with these suggestions!
1. Alabama: Gulf Shores/Orange Beach
The Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area of ‘Bama had plenty of activities for you and your college friends but it also boasts plenty to do now that you’re an adult and attempting to impress someone not wearing an airbrushed tank.
You can ride the Ferris wheel on The Wharf, go mini-golfing on Adventure Island, take a glass-blowing class at the arts center, or, you know, lie on the beach together. But anytime you have the opportunity to eat and drink on a boat while watching dolphins, you should always take it—so make that a priority.
I’ve written several posts about the area if you’re interested in learning more:
- Experience the Alabama Gulf Coast along the Coastal Connection Scenic Byway
- The Ultimate Guide to the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail
- Mobile Bay: Gateway to the Gulf
2. Arizona: Phoenix/Scottsdale
Scottsdale’s entire raison d’être for the last several decades has been the art of rest. Lucky for you, all of that R&R has begotten a third R: romance. Aside from the bachelor and bachelorette parties romping through Old Town, there are plenty of more peaceful ways to celebrate love in this desert city: candlelit dinners, couples spa treatments at one of the more than 50 resorts around town, watching the sun set behind the mountains silhouetted against saguaros.
Here are some articles to help:
- Explore Phoenix Naturally
- Amazing Places to Discover in Phoenix’s East Valley
- 15 Amazing Places to Discover in Phoenix
- Absolutely Best Road Trip from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon
3. Georgia: Savannah
It’s impossible not to swoon at the Spanish moss in Savannah billowing over every street corner and park. The iconic Southern flora is just part of the charm of this hauntingly beautiful coastal city renowned for its Lowcountry cuisine and ornate architecture. For a small-ish city, there’s a ton to do here.
Itching for some fun in the sun? Take a day trip to Jekyll Island, a gorgeous barrier island in the Golden Isles with historic mansions, miles of unobstructed beachfront, and the majestic Jekyll Island Club Resort, a sprawling hotel that looks like a chic—and harmless—Hill House.
4. Kentucky: Versailles
Lexington on its own is an ideal place for a romantic city getaway in the Bluegrass State: It’s home to more than 450 incredible horse farms, its fair share of bourbon distilleries, and some of Kentucky’s best restaurants for a special night out.
But what sweetens the deal is the opportunity to stay in a genuine castle during your stay: A short drive from the city in the aptly named Versailles sits the Kentucky Castle which is less Medieval Times and more fairytale hotel complete with high-end farm-to-table dining, a full-service spa, and a chance to unwind like royalty in the Bluegrass region.
If you need ideas, check out:
- Horses Are the Heart of Kentucky’s Unbridled Spirit
- Take a JOY RIDE to Three Iconic Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries
5. Louisiana: Avery Island
Nothing reignites a fiery romance quite like hot sauce, so get yourself to Avery Island, home of Tabasco. Your priority is Jungle Gardens, a 170-acre collection of azaleas, camellias, old Buddha statues, and the rogue croc or deer. If you’re a bird-watching couple, there’s a separate tour of Bird City as well.
After you’ve taken in all the pretty flowers, it’s time to tour the super-romantic Tabasco factory. The hot sauce company has an additional restaurant and Cajun-inspired food tour on Avery Island, just in case your date isn’t impressed with bottling operations.
6. New Mexico: Truth or Consequences
If you want to get away from it all—like really, really away from it all—head out into the desert about two hours south of Albuquerque to Truth or Consequences. Despite the bizarre, Western movie-sounding name, this tiny town is utterly serene. Surrounded by mountains, it was called Hot Springs thanks to the soothing mineral springs found throughout the area.
You’ll find plenty of options in the aptly-named Hot Springs District but the best of them is arguably Riverbend Hot Springs where you and your lover can lounge on the shores of the Rio Grande. Book a soak in the private pools for extra intimacy and be sure to stay until after dark when fairy lights strung along the water turn the riverbank into a sight resembling an ocean of stars.
7. North Dakota: Medora
We’re obviously sending you to the Badlands—ignore the name, they’re good!—but specifically to historic Medora. The town is the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and you know if it’s got Teddy’s name on it, it’s a natural beauty. The town itself is a Wild West riot, especially in the summer when the famous Medora Musical goes full Broadway. For dinner, head to Theodore’s Dining Room to sample buffalo osso buco or indulge in the regional marvel that is Pitchfork Steak Fondue which just as the name suggests involves skewering steaks on a pitchfork and dunking them in hot oil.
8. Rhode Island: Newport
Newport is so old money and it knows it. The town is home to so many Gilded Age manors, that there’s a separate mansions page on its tourism site. Once you’ve gawked at enough chandeliers (and tour guides in old-timey hats), book a massage at one of the town’s several spas or head to the Newport Vineyards’ tasting room which is also home to the excellent Taproot Brewing.
Learn more about Newport: Newport Cliff Walk: Ocean Views, Mansions and more
9. South Dakota: Black Hills
Set your compass toward Spearfish, South Dakota, and get ready to be amazed at the grandeur of the Black Hills. Make haste for Spearfish Canyon whose 1,000-foot walls snake along a roaring river then head to Sylvan Lake home to a shimmering mirror lake.
The spoils of the Black Hills await whether you’re interested in the extraterrestrial wonders of nearby Devils Tower, the majesty of the Badlands National Park, the cowboys-and-casinos delights of Deadwood, or, the kitschy charms of the world’s greatest tourist trap, Wall Drug. All are within an hour or two of Spearfish although you’d be forgiven for snuggling up and enjoying nature by fireside instead of venturing out, too.
By the way, I have a series of posts on the Black Hills:
- Custer State Park: A Black Hills Gem
- Needles Highway: National Scenic Byway in the Black Hills
- Black Hills: Step Back in Time to the Wild West
- Into the Hills: Can’t Miss Spots for Your Black Hills Tour
10. Tennessee: Gatlinburg
The Smoky Mountains setting allows for hiking, horseback riding, and skiing (Ober Gatlinburg is the state’s only slope). Spending the day at Cades Cove is a must for every visitor to the Smoky Mountains,
And the fact that it’s in Tennessee means you can drink moonshine at several distilleries. There are also wineries and breweries if you prefer something lighter.
Here are some helpful resources:
- Smoky Mountain Day Trips from Gatlinburg
- Great Smoky Mountains: Most Visited National Park…and We Can See Why
- The Ultimate Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Cades Cove: An Open Air Museum
More fun and romantic RV trip ideas for couples
Looking for more romantic road trip ideas?
RVing getaways help create romantic memories by putting you in the driver’s seat of your own adventure. It’s all about helping you restore your relationship with the outdoors while strengthening your relationship as a couple.
If you are ready to plan that long-deserved romantic RV vacation then here are more road trips and great locations that are worth visiting. Because it’s never too soon to start mapping out your next great getaway!
If you need ideas, check out:
- The Ultimate Deep South Road Trip: Savannah to Charleston
- The Ultimate Coastal South Road Trip: From New Orleans to Savannah
- Where the Journey Is the Destination: Texas State Highway 35
- The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Scenic Highway 28
- The Best Road Trip from Salt Lake City to Moab
- The Ultimate East Coast National Parks Road Trip
- An Unforgettable 3-Day Road Trip through Southern Arizona
- Texas Hill Country Is the Ultimate Road Trip
- Road Trip from Austin to El Paso: 9 Stops along the Way
- Five National Parks to Visit on the Ultimate Southwestern Desert Road Trip
- The Perfect Georgia Coast Road Trip
- Sierra Foothills: A Road Trip Waiting To Happen
- The Ultimate RV Lifestyle Destinations Guide: RV Trip Ideas Based on Location
- The 25 Most Beautiful Places in the U.S. and Canada
Where there is love there is life.