Romance is in the air! At least, that's what everyone says, anyway. While Valentine's Day and an anniversary only happen once a year, there's no reason that a couple can't celebrate their love any time of the year. Outside of holidays when it's expected, couples go on vacations together all the time whether it's to mark the start of a new season, take advantage of gorgeous weather, or simply because they need an adventure. The best part about all of that? You don't even need a reason at all to get away for a while.


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And while many people might be experiencing FOMO from their friends' trips out of the country, or from all of those social media travel advertisements, fear not - there are many places in the U.S. that are perfectly romantic. A tropical island is nice and all, but what about the most perfect coastal town, complete with white sand beaches and views of the Atlantic? Or how about a cozy chalet, perfectly situated to spend an evening gazing at the most stunning mountain range in the country as the leaves change from green to orange and red? If you're game, this is where to go.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Some would describe Cape Cod as being a type of heaven on earth. In the summertime, it's easy to see why: flawless beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see into the Atlantic, the coziest beachside cottages on the East Coast, and small-town shops and eateries that make it seem like you're in a fairy tale. Not to mention, it's private and remote, perfect for a couple's getaway.

While romance is very much alive on the Cape, it's what surrounds Cape Cod that also gives it a reputation. Rockport, Gloucester, and even the historic city of Salem lie only a 45-minute drive away or less, making it somewhat of a gateway to any other adventures your heart desires.

Woodstock, Vermont

While most everyone has heard of Cape Cod, not everyone is familiar with the small town of Woodstock, Vermont. It's quite possible that no town along the Eastern Seaboard looks quite like a Norman Rockwell painting than this one. Nestled into the lush green foothills not far from Killington sits this quiet, almost sleepy, northern town.

Walking into it is like entering a storybook world; stone buildings lined the walkways sporting architecture that's likely original to when the town was first founded, and each shop is uniquely orchestrated with the owner's personal touches. It's akin to walking through Gilmore Girl's Stars Hollow, complete with a town center. The General Store dates back to the 1850s and the fall foliage is some of the best in the state - however, this town is beautiful year-round. TimeOut said it best when they called this the 'quintessential New England village.'

Aspen, Colorado

Believe it or not, Aspen is also for lovers and it's not just a winter destination. During the summer months, this ski resort town is absolutely divine, and while the mountains aren't necessarily snowcapped, they are breathtaking in their brilliant greenery.

Soak up some healing time in the hot springs with your honey or go for a hike down any number of Aspen's gorgeous trails. Visiting local state parks is a great way to commune with nature and feel more connecting to the person you're exploring with, not to mention all the photo ops. In the winter, rent a chalet and cozy up by the fire - or stay in any one of Aspen's luxe resorts and indulge in its amenities.

Maui, Hawaii

The closest thing a couple can get to a tropical vacation is a flight to Hawaii - and some would even argue that this state makes for an even better, and easier, trip. Without ever leaving the country, you could have all of Maui's beaches at your fingertips and you certainly don't need to be a surfer to enjoy its pristine beaches and gorgeous shoreline.

Maui is also home to many scenic hikes and if you don't mind renting a car, the island itself is full of unique geological attractions. Maui shopping is a fun experience all on its own, and visitors would be remiss to not take advantage of its farmer's markets and festivals. Renting a house is one of the best ways to take in Maui's beauty - it's a splurge of an investment, but nothing beats the morning sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. If a hotel or resort is calling your names, be sure to book a room with a balcony to take it all in from morning to dusk.

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