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For lovers: 5 particularly romantic places in the (South) East of the USA

Love is in the air: There are countless romantic places in the USA. Whether in the breathtaking nature of America or in the big cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Co – you will find more than enough spots that (not only) make lovers’ hearts beat faster: romantic restaurants, beautiful sightseeing places, authentic hotel grand openings or carnival in New Orleans, boat trips in Louisiana, etc.. The Hollywood dream factory alone has made sure of that. I show you, for me, five of the most romantic places in the USA, away from the well-known hotspots of the usual big cities.

Savannah, Georgia

When I think of Savannah, my heart immediately beats a few beats faster. Savannah, which is located in the state of Georgia, was the first city I ever visited in the southern states on my road trip from New York to Miami. And I fell in love with it right away.

It’s a cute little town that you can easily explore on foot. Passing pretty old mansions, along ancient Spanish Moss draped oak avenues. The sweet scent of magnolias hangs in the sultry air. Again and again you walk through one of the 22 picturesque green and shady squares of the city, where the protagonist of the movie of the same name Forrest Gump told his story on a bench.

To stop for a romantic candlelight dinner, there are many excellent restaurants, such as the Old Pink House at Reynold’s Square or the locations on River Street along the Savannah River. There are also numerous art galleries, boutiques and stores to stroll through. Forsyth Park is also enchantingly beautiful, with its blossom-white fountain, magnolias and blossoming pink-purple azaleas that bloom in spring. Very popular as a wedding venue! Add to that the typical Southern friendliness that hits you on every corner in Savannah – for me, that’s pure Southern flair!

But not only the city offers you romantic spots: Make sure to visit the Wormsloe Plantation – a 2 km long breathtakingly beautiful oak alley awaits you there. And afterwards a detour to Bonaventure Cemetery, which is said to be haunted…

New Orleans, Louisiana

Besides Savannah, there is another city in the southern states that I really like: New Orleans in Louisiana. Already twice I visited the city at the Ole Man River, the Mississippi, and the “Cradle of Jazz”. In the luggage enough time to experience the lively, cheerful-colorful and so incredibly relaxed city, which is so different from all other cities in the USA. More than enough romantic spots included!

Although I also enjoyed the city alone and with fellow travelers, I very often thought in New Orleans how nice it would be to walk as a couple through the beautiful Garden District, where one old stately mansion follows the other. To take a ride on the old Mississippi steamboat, the Natchez, and to travel across the city on the historic streetcars. Stroll through City Park with its many small bridges, the Sculpture Park and its countless Southern oaks. And not to forget of course: the historic and notorious French Quarter! Maybe not necessarily in the evening in Bourbon Street, which I now do not feel particularly romantic, but rather as a party mile would describe. But many of the other places and streets in the French Quarter are worthwhile, where there are more than enough romantic restaurants where you can try the Creole cuisine – if it may be a little more exquisite.

And of course, what can’t be missing? Music! Everywhere in the streets – I recommend you an evening with live music in Frenchmen Street, where the locals go. And if you have even more time, don’t miss a trip to the swamps of Louisiana or to the elegant southern plantations, like Oak Alley Plantation.

For me, New Orleans and Louisiana in general are among the most romantic, culturally and historically diverse places in the USA. Any type of accommodation in New Orleans can be found at https://karta.com.

Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket

Now I take you with me to the northeast of the USA. Cape Cod is an offshore island near Boston and promises pure vacation feeling. I love the sea! Everything on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket has its own charm in the typical New England style. Wooden shingled cottages, elegant art galleries, opulent gingerbread cottages decorated with pretty details like on Martha’s Vineyard and impressive lighthouses.

Here you will hardly find big and famous chains like Starbucks, McDonalds and Co – on the islands they pay attention to regional localities and products. This is unfortunately a bit on the budget, but a good mix of cheaper options is still possible. There are many cute cafes and great restaurants to choose from, some with a wonderful view of the sea.

A nice and cheaper alternative: Just assemble and buy yourself everything for a small picnic. Take it to the beach and watch the sunset together. If you take the ferry from Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket, you can watch the sunset directly on the wide open sea. Wonderful!

And at the end in one of the charming Bed and Breakfast’s the evening on the veranda to let end… I have unfortunately never managed so far, but what is not, can still become.

Charleston, South Carolina

Well, who would have thought it… but I’ll take you once again to the south. Namely to Charleston in South Carolina! This little harbor town in the old South sparked my Southern fever years ago – with the series “Torches in the Storm”. You remember? I found the landscape incredibly romantic even back then on TV.

When I was finally there, I was not disappointed. There’s a Southern flair wafting through the sugar-sweet alleys with its elegant and stately mansions, where the locals still greet you. The architecture of the city with its colorful houses under palm trees, invites you to stroll and stroll together.

Of course, there are also numerous places where you can stop for a wonderfully romantic meal. And be sure to take a walk along the promenade by the sea!

What else can’t be missed? Of course, a stop at the famous plantation from “Torches in the Storm”, the Boone Hall Plantation! This will make some series fans’ hearts beat faster, but the long avenue of moss-covered oaks is now but also charming with the stately home at the end of the driveway.

Want even more romance? Magnolia Plantations & Gardens and Middleton Place are also highly recommended, as well as either an overnight stay at a cute bed & breakfast in town, like the Barksdale House Inn, or an overnight stay at Middleton Place.

Key West, Florida

Last but not least, we’re heading to the southernmost tip of the USA: Key West. Hach. The Florida Keys and Key West are wonderful for romantic days for two. Whether strolling through the small streets with the colorful pastel-colored houses under palm trees, a climb to the lighthouse opposite Ernest Hemingway’s house, relaxing at the turquoise sea, with a delicious Key Lime Pie for refreshment in between or ending a wonderful day with a romantic sunset at the famous Mallory Square.

In Key West there are various possibilities for a wonderful time. For more adrenaline a helicopter ride over the Key’s perhaps? Or a snorkeling tour to the open sea? A sunset cruise in the evening? A trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park? Or just let yourself drift. No matter what, Key West is a great place to spend a few days and enjoy some relaxed time together. For my part, I love the relaxed island feeling and the bustling, but not stressful atmosphere of the city.

Conclusion

So, those were my five most romantic spots in the (southeastern) US. For a long time I thought about including more places from the big cities or the west in the article, but there would be just too many! And just to prevent misunderstandings: All places are of course wonderful destinations for non-lovers – I’ve tried it myself. 🙂

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