#1 Waipio Valley
Located on the Big Island in Hawaii, this spot is a scenic fantasyland filled with 1,000-foot waterfalls and impossibly tall cliffs that overlook the Pacific. For about $85, you can get a tour of the valley on horseback. The island offers a lot more for nature lovers, like the black sand beach in Punalu’u and incredible orchids in Hilo.
#2 Central Park
Picturesque lakes, winding paths, an antique carousel, and an ice skating rink create a haven in the hurried Big Apple. The park has also served as the backdrop for romantic movie moments: Big and Carrie’s carriage ride on his last night in NYC, and Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack ice skating in Serendipity, among others. Because Central Park is such a popular spot for proposals and ceremonies, it offers its own.
#3 Niagara Falls
Also known as “The Honeymoon Capital of the World,” this natural wonder has been a honeymoon hot spot since forever. Thousands continue to flock there every year, and many area hotels offer romantic packages that include a photographer and limo. Grab a raincoat and hop on the Maid of the Mist boat, which brings you to the base of the falls for an up-close view and a chance to snap some breathtaking pics ($13.50 per person).
#4 The Empire State Building
More than 3 million people visit this prime NYC make-out locale each year. With the the best views of Manhattan, observatory deck on the 102nd floor has been the setting for lots of on-screen romances like Sleepless in Seattle and An Affair to Remember. CNN once reported that lovers might truly experience romantic sparks — due to a high concentration of static electricity at the top of the building, couples may find their kisses to be truly electric as their lips crackle with gentle sparks.
#5 The Rockies
For outdoorsy couples, the Rocky Mountains are the place to go for skiing, snowboarding, private sleigh rides, and hiking. Plus, what’s better than relaxing with your guy in front of a fire or in a hot tub with a view of snowy peaks? During the week of Valentine’s Day, Crested Butte hosts the Romance in the Rockies festival, which features romantic hotel packages, couples massages, and sweetheart dances.
#6 The Grand Canyon
Those who like rugged romance head to the Old West to hike or horseback ride in America’s largest canyon. The truly adventurous can camp under the stars or stay in a tepee lit only by a lantern (outdoor nooky, anyone?). Cap off your visit with a hot-air balloon ride, allowing you to really take in the colors and sights of the area ($200 and up).
#7 The Golden Gate Bridge
One of the best places in the U.S. to smooch, the Golden Gate Bridge provides a breathtaking view of the San Francisco Bay. In certain weather conditions, passionate pedestrians might get caught in a thick fog. After your walk, head over to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate State Park to satisfy your floral fixation with 2,000 different plant species.