While the southern US isn't inherently romantic, it is home to some historic, beautiful, and atmospheric cities that make wonderful romantic vacations. During the winter, when sub-zero temperatures plague most of the US, a weekend getaway down south can make all the difference. Warm up your temperature (and your relationship) with a visit to one of these classically romantic cities.
Visiting New Orleans is about as close as you can get to visiting another country for the weekend. Hundreds of years of unique history along with French, Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences all combine to create a culture and atmosphere totally unique from the rest of the United States.
Most visits to New Orleans center around the French Quarter with its colonial architecture, historical restaurants, and jazzy energy. Spend at least one morning relaxing at a cafe, drinking coffee and people watching. Then explore the city via horse-drawn carriage or take a ghost tour (it's a good excuse to hold your partner tight). Also be sure to take out travel insurance whether in New Orleans or any other city to make sure your romantic vacation stays fun and enjoyable.
Charleston has it all: historical southern charm, fresh sea air, and a thriving culinary scene. Foodies in particular will enjoy the many fine dining and classical southern food options the city provides. Basically, this is a great city to wine and dine that special someone in your life.
Unlike most Southern cities, Charleston escaped most of the carnage and destruction of the Civil War. As a result, there are many interesting historical attractions to visit. The city is also located on the coast, and some great beaches are just a short car ride away.
Anyone who has spent time in the Hostess City knows that it's a special place. The slightly quirky history, the emphasis on Southern charm, and the ubiquitous Spanish moss that drips from the trees all combine to create a unique and romantic atmosphere.
The historical center of Savannah is crowded with antebellum mansions, beautifully manicured squares, and small restaurants. Spend the night in once of the many historical bed and breakfasts, and spend your days wandering Forsyth Park, browsing for antiques or strolling along the waterfront.
Not everyone considers Florida to be a part of the South, but Key West, the southernmost city in the continental US, definitely fits our purposes. Key West is a delightfully romantic place to steal away to, with startlingly blue water, fun nightlife, and an abundance of colorful history. Hemingway certainly thought so, and travelers can visit his home and his favorite bars.
Key West makes a great getaway any time of the year: it's the only city in the lower 48 to never have had a frost.
Oxford isn't as well known as the other cities on this list, but this hidden Deep South gem is the pretty little southern town of your dreams. The home of Ole Miss University, William Faulkner, and John Grisham, Oxford refers to itself as the Little Easy in comparison to flashier New Orleans.
Visitors to Oxford can enjoy the town's old south architecture, splurge on some serious southern haute cuisine and even catch a college football game. Most romantic of all: a long walk through the picturesque town on a warm spring evening.
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Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can't sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Why Wait To See The World? (formerly Twenty-Something Travel). Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.
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