Top 10 Romantic Cities

Top 10 Romantic Cities

Top 10 Romantic Cities

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo: Visit Napa Valley

Ranking Criteria

  • Romantic hotels
  • Great scenery
  • Fine Dining
  • Couples Activities

Flowers. Bubble baths. Fifty Shades of Grey. What some find seductive, others find distasteful. Romance is a tricky game to play, but a good way to stack the deck is by being in a romantic city. A romantic destination sets the stage for couples to write their own love story by sharing breathtaking scenery, exquisite meals and arousing activities. 

On that front, it seems that much love usually goes to San Francisco, NYC and New Orleans, so for our list we wanted to turn you on to smaller, more intimate cities that inspire romance – Livability.com's most romantic cities in the United States for 2013. We asked travel writer Paris Permenter, co-publisher of Lovetripper.com, a site that specializes in honeymoons and romantic trips, to help us determine what makes a city romantic.

“The most important romantic amenities a city can offer would include romantic hotels or resorts, a unique atmosphere, romantic restaurants – with extra points for al fresco dining – and outdoor recreation, whether that's a beach or lakefront or walkable parks,” Permenter says. “Regardless of the destination, though, the most important feature of a romantic getaway is one the travelers themselves have to bring to the trip. A couple can make a stay at any destination a romantic getaway by going into the trip with a positive attitude and determination to spend time enjoying the company of their best friend.”

With the understanding that beauty, or in this case romance, is in the eye of the beholder, we set out to find cities with amenities that cater to couples. We looked for places with alluring natural attractions, fine dining and other activities that awaken the body and mind. We researched similar lists from other media outlets and reviews from sites such as Trip Advisor and Yelp. We then cross-referenced our research against the amenities of our 500 Livability.com cities to make our picks for the best cities for romantic interludes.

Click the arrow above to see our picks for America's top 10 most romantic cities for 2013.

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