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U.S. News & World Report reveals the 2017-18 best romantic getaways

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WASHINGTON – U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hotels and Best Cruise Lines, released its rankings of the Best Romantic Getaways. The annual rankings highlight 12 destinations across the United States that are ideal for romantic getaways.

Napa Valley, California, with its rolling vineyards, cozy wine caverns and luxurious hotels, takes the No. 1 spot on the list of Best Romantic Getaways. With its laid-back beaches, mountains and rainforests, Kauai, the No. 2 destination, offers travelers an abundance of outdoor activities and sightseeing adventures. The No. 3 destination, Maui, is home to romantic luxe resorts, exotic jungles and charming beaches, making it feel like a faraway paradise. The list also includes Cape Cod, No. 6, Martha’s Vineyard, No. 9, and Aspen at No. 12.

For the budget-savvy traveler, U.S. News also looked at prices for accommodations, attractions and dining when rounding up the list of Best Cheap Romantic Getaways. Known for Spanish moss-lined streets and a robust dining scene, Savannah, Georgia, snags the No.1 spot, followed by Portland, Maine, at No. 2, which is highly regarded for its rustic aesthetic and inexpensive, casual dining spots. The No. 3 destination, Sedona, Arizona, draws travelers with hiking trails that showcase the area’s striking red rocks.

“Sometimes it’s necessary to take a break from the stresses of real life and spend quality time with the person you love. And what better way to do that than to travel?” said Gwen Shearman, travel editor at U.S. News. “To help you and your significant other plan the ideal romantic getaway, whether it’s for a honeymoon, an anniversary or just because, we’ve narrowed down the most enchanting destinations.”

In addition to the destinations across the United States, U.S. News ranks the Best Honeymoon Destinations and Best Destination Wedding Spots in Europe and the Caribbean. 

With the help of user votes and expert opinions, U.S. News considered ambiance, privacy and a city’s reputation, as well as the abundance of couple-friendly activities, in order to rank the most romantic retreats.

2017-18 U.S. News & World Report Best Romantic Getaways Rankings 

Best Romantic Getaways in the USA                        

  • Napa Valley, California
  • Kauai, Hawaii
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Savannah, Georgia

Best Cheap Romantic Getaways

  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Portland, Maine
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • Cannon Beach, Oregon
  • Asheville, North Carolina

Best Honeymoon Destinations

  • Tuscany, Italy
  • Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • St. Lucia
  • Fiji

Best Destination Wedding Spots in Europe

  • Tuscany
  • Porto
  • Paris
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Edinburgh
  • Santorini
  • Loire Valley
  • Lake Como
  • Dubrovnik
  • Mallorca
  • Corfu
  • Venice

Best Destination Wedding Spots in the Caribbean

  • Jamaica
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Bahamas
  • Puerto Rico
  • St. Lucia
  • Aruba
  • Cayman Islands
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Anguilla
  • Barbados
  • Antigua
  • St. Barts

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