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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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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.”

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

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Called "The City Beautiful," Coral Gables, FL, offers a romantic setting for couples to enjoy. Flourishing gardens, luxurious hotels and Mediterranean Revival-style architecture create an elevated aesthetic within this city by the beach. A suburb of Miami, planners developed Coral Gables in the 1920s under strict zoning regulations driven by the City Beautiful Movement popular in America during the early 20th century. Today's residents still enjoy the city's wide avenues, green spaces, monumental buildings and ornate plazas. The most famous destination is the Venetian Pool, which opened in 1924. This 820,000 gallon pool is filled with crystal blue water from an underground aquifer and features two waterfalls and cave-like grottos, which are perfect for couples to hide in. Many restaurants in Coral Gables provide settings for romantic dinners, too. Pascal's On Ponce offers intimacy along with French cuisine, while Caffe Vialetto serves Italian delicacies often with a Spanish zing. Museums, theaters and several music venues round out the entertainment options in Coral Gables.

Where to Stay: Among the most eye-popping scenery in Coral Gables is the Biltmore Hotel. This lush resort includes a spa, golf course and culinary academy. Each room comes with a city view, plush robes, slippers and Egyptian cotton duvet covers.

Hot Spot: Thousands of tropical plants flank paths that lead to fish ponds, butterflies, hummingbirds and sometimes even musical performances at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There are plenty of secluded spots to steal a kiss.

See where Coral Gables ranked on our list of Best Cities for Book Lovers.

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Called "The City Beautiful," Coral Gables, FL, offers a romantic setting for couples to enjoy. Flourishing gardens, luxurious hotels and Mediterranean Revival-style architecture create an elevated aesthetic within this city by the beach. A suburb of Miami, planners developed Coral Gables in the 1920s under strict zoning regulations driven by the City Beautiful Movement popular in America during the early 20th century. Today's residents still enjoy the city's wide avenues, green spaces, monumental buildings and ornate plazas. The most famous destination is the Venetian Pool, which opened in 1924. This 820,000 gallon pool is filled with crystal blue water from an underground aquifer and features two waterfalls and cave-like grottos, which are perfect for couples to hide in. Many restaurants in Coral Gables provide settings for romantic dinners, too. Pascal's On Ponce offers intimacy along with French cuisine, while Caffe Vialetto serves Italian delicacies often with a Spanish zing. Museums, theaters and several music venues round out the entertainment options in Coral Gables.

Where to Stay: Among the most eye-popping scenery in Coral Gables is the Biltmore Hotel. This lush resort includes a spa, golf course and culinary academy. Each room comes with a city view, plush robes, slippers and Egyptian cotton duvet covers.

Hot Spot: Thousands of tropical plants flank paths that lead to fish ponds, butterflies, hummingbirds and sometimes even musical performances at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There are plenty of secluded spots to steal a kiss.

See where Coral Gables ranked on our list of Best Cities for Book Lovers.

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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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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.”

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

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Called "The City Beautiful," Coral Gables, FL, offers a romantic setting for couples to enjoy. Flourishing gardens, luxurious hotels and Mediterranean Revival-style architecture create an elevated aesthetic within this city by the beach. A suburb of Miami, planners developed Coral Gables in the 1920s under strict zoning regulations driven by the City Beautiful Movement popular in America during the early 20th century. Today's residents still enjoy the city's wide avenues, green spaces, monumental buildings and ornate plazas. The most famous destination is the Venetian Pool, which opened in 1924. This 820,000 gallon pool is filled with crystal blue water from an underground aquifer and features two waterfalls and cave-like grottos, which are perfect for couples to hide in. Many restaurants in Coral Gables provide settings for romantic dinners, too. Pascal's On Ponce offers intimacy along with French cuisine, while Caffe Vialetto serves Italian delicacies often with a Spanish zing. Museums, theaters and several music venues round out the entertainment options in Coral Gables.

Where to Stay: Among the most eye-popping scenery in Coral Gables is the Biltmore Hotel. This lush resort includes a spa, golf course and culinary academy. Each room comes with a city view, plush robes, slippers and Egyptian cotton duvet covers.

Hot Spot: Thousands of tropical plants flank paths that lead to fish ponds, butterflies, hummingbirds and sometimes even musical performances at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There are plenty of secluded spots to steal a kiss.

See where Coral Gables ranked on our list of Best Cities for Book Lovers.

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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.”

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

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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.”

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

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Hot Springs, AR's postcard scenery, restaurants, antique shops, spas and hiking trails make it a perfect place to stage a romantic rendezvous. Once a playground for gangsters like Al Capone, the city now attracts couples looking to relax and enjoy natural beauty. A trio of lakes and two nearby state parks set the scene for many outdoor activities in Hot Springs such as horseback riding, fishing and hiking.

Many hotels, spas and traditional bath houses offer the chance to soak in naturally heated, mineral rich spring water. Dance clubs, magic shows, live theater and pubs with live music set the nightlife scene. Oaklawn Jockey Club provides thrilling thoroughbred races from January through April and year-round electronic gaming. Meanwhile, The Gangster Museum of America gives a glimpse into a time when gangsters used the city as a hideout and base for illegal gambling operations.

Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.

Hot Spot: For fantastic views of the city, visitors can stroll the Grand Promenade behind historic Bathhouse Row, a half-mile path that leads to a hot springs cascade, quartz veins and sandstone cliffs.

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Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.

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Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.

Hot Spot: For fantastic views of the city, visitors can stroll the Grand Promenade behind historic Bathhouse Row, a half-mile path that leads to a hot springs cascade, quartz veins and sandstone cliffs.

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Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.

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Many hotels, spas and traditional bath houses offer the chance to soak in naturally heated, mineral rich spring water. Dance clubs, magic shows, live theater and pubs with live music set the nightlife scene. Oaklawn Jockey Club provides thrilling thoroughbred races from January through April and year-round electronic gaming. Meanwhile, The Gangster Museum of America gives a glimpse into a time when gangsters used the city as a hideout and base for illegal gambling operations.

Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.

Hot Spot: For fantastic views of the city, visitors can stroll the Grand Promenade behind historic Bathhouse Row, a half-mile path that leads to a hot springs cascade, quartz veins and sandstone cliffs.

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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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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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Hot Springs, AR's postcard scenery, restaurants, antique shops, spas and hiking trails make it a perfect place to stage a romantic rendezvous. Once a playground for gangsters like Al Capone, the city now attracts couples looking to relax and enjoy natural beauty. A trio of lakes and two nearby state parks set the scene for many outdoor activities in Hot Springs such as horseback riding, fishing and hiking.

Many hotels, spas and traditional bath houses offer the chance to soak in naturally heated, mineral rich spring water. Dance clubs, magic shows, live theater and pubs with live music set the nightlife scene. Oaklawn Jockey Club provides thrilling thoroughbred races from January through April and year-round electronic gaming. Meanwhile, The Gangster Museum of America gives a glimpse into a time when gangsters used the city as a hideout and base for illegal gambling operations.

Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.

Hot Spot: For fantastic views of the city, visitors can stroll the Grand Promenade behind historic Bathhouse Row, a half-mile path that leads to a hot springs cascade, quartz veins and sandstone cliffs.

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Hot Springs, AR's postcard scenery, restaurants, antique shops, spas and hiking trails make it a perfect place to stage a romantic rendezvous. Once a playground for gangsters like Al Capone, the city now attracts couples looking to relax and enjoy natural beauty. A trio of lakes and two nearby state parks set the scene for many outdoor activities in Hot Springs such as horseback riding, fishing and hiking.

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Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.

Hot Spot: For fantastic views of the city, visitors can stroll the Grand Promenade behind historic Bathhouse Row, a half-mile path that leads to a hot springs cascade, quartz veins and sandstone cliffs.

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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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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.”

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

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Hot Springs, AR's postcard scenery, restaurants, antique shops, spas and hiking trails make it a perfect place to stage a romantic rendezvous. Once a playground for gangsters like Al Capone, the city now attracts couples looking to relax and enjoy natural beauty. A trio of lakes and two nearby state parks set the scene for many outdoor activities in Hot Springs such as horseback riding, fishing and hiking.

Many hotels, spas and traditional bath houses offer the chance to soak in naturally heated, mineral rich spring water. Dance clubs, magic shows, live theater and pubs with live music set the nightlife scene. Oaklawn Jockey Club provides thrilling thoroughbred races from January through April and year-round electronic gaming. Meanwhile, The Gangster Museum of America gives a glimpse into a time when gangsters used the city as a hideout and base for illegal gambling operations.

Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.

Hot Spot: For fantastic views of the city, visitors can stroll the Grand Promenade behind historic Bathhouse Row, a half-mile path that leads to a hot springs cascade, quartz veins and sandstone cliffs.

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Hot Springs, AR's postcard scenery, restaurants, antique shops, spas and hiking trails make it a perfect place to stage a romantic rendezvous. Once a playground for gangsters like Al Capone, the city now attracts couples looking to relax and enjoy natural beauty. A trio of lakes and two nearby state parks set the scene for many outdoor activities in Hot Springs such as horseback riding, fishing and hiking.

Many hotels, spas and traditional bath houses offer the chance to soak in naturally heated, mineral rich spring water. Dance clubs, magic shows, live theater and pubs with live music set the nightlife scene. Oaklawn Jockey Club provides thrilling thoroughbred races from January through April and year-round electronic gaming. Meanwhile, The Gangster Museum of America gives a glimpse into a time when gangsters used the city as a hideout and base for illegal gambling operations.

Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.

Hot Spot: For fantastic views of the city, visitors can stroll the Grand Promenade behind historic Bathhouse Row, a half-mile path that leads to a hot springs cascade, quartz veins and sandstone cliffs.

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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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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.”

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

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Hot Springs, AR's postcard scenery, restaurants, antique shops, spas and hiking trails make it a perfect place to stage a romantic rendezvous. Once a playground for gangsters like Al Capone, the city now attracts couples looking to relax and enjoy natural beauty. A trio of lakes and two nearby state parks set the scene for many outdoor activities in Hot Springs such as horseback riding, fishing and hiking.

Many hotels, spas and traditional bath houses offer the chance to soak in naturally heated, mineral rich spring water. Dance clubs, magic shows, live theater and pubs with live music set the nightlife scene. Oaklawn Jockey Club provides thrilling thoroughbred races from January through April and year-round electronic gaming. Meanwhile, The Gangster Museum of America gives a glimpse into a time when gangsters used the city as a hideout and base for illegal gambling operations.

Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.

Hot Spot: For fantastic views of the city, visitors can stroll the Grand Promenade behind historic Bathhouse Row, a half-mile path that leads to a hot springs cascade, quartz veins and sandstone cliffs.

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Hot Springs, AR's postcard scenery, restaurants, antique shops, spas and hiking trails make it a perfect place to stage a romantic rendezvous. Once a playground for gangsters like Al Capone, the city now attracts couples looking to relax and enjoy natural beauty. A trio of lakes and two nearby state parks set the scene for many outdoor activities in Hot Springs such as horseback riding, fishing and hiking.

Many hotels, spas and traditional bath houses offer the chance to soak in naturally heated, mineral rich spring water. Dance clubs, magic shows, live theater and pubs with live music set the nightlife scene. Oaklawn Jockey Club provides thrilling thoroughbred races from January through April and year-round electronic gaming. Meanwhile, The Gangster Museum of America gives a glimpse into a time when gangsters used the city as a hideout and base for illegal gambling operations.

Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.

Hot Spot: For fantastic views of the city, visitors can stroll the Grand Promenade behind historic Bathhouse Row, a half-mile path that leads to a hot springs cascade, quartz veins and sandstone cliffs.

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