It’s easy to fall in love with travelling. On the most primitive and primaeval of levels, there is something of a nomad in all of us – a part that yearns to be on the move, to see new places, meet new people, experience sights and sounds and smells we’ve never stumbled across before.
But isn’t it all the more wondrous to discover such delights when you get to do it alongside someone who makes you see the world anew? Whether it’s a long-standing love affair or a holiday romance, here are some of the most amazing date destinations in America to explore together…
Whether you’re dating in Texas with Badoo, or travelling the world with your childhood sweetheart, one of the most beautiful and romantic places to experience together is the breathtaking Mount Bonnell. Situated just five miles from downtown Austin, this picturesque peak sits adjacent to the nearby lake and is considered one of the best spots for enjoying a sunset. Take a picnic basket, climb the stairs to the lookout point, and take in the beautiful sight of the sunbathed river meandering its way across the striking landscape. You’re sure to make memories that will last forever.
Heading over to Florida, St Augustine provides another picture-perfect date spot, especially for those in search of a little old-world romance. If you find yourself craving some downtime, consider a lazy afternoon at the Casa Monica Hotel’s Café Cordova, where you can sit and sip cappuccinos to your heart’s content. Once you’ve drunk your fill, hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage and travel the cobbled streets hand-in-hand. Enjoy the sound of the palm trees swaying in the balmy evening air, and the bells of the old-town trolleys tolling, before paying a visit to 95 Cordova Restaurant. A wonderland of exotic antiques and baroque architecture, this high-brow eatery serves up fantastic food to satisfy even the most discerning of diners.
If an active date is more your style, take a trip to nearby St. Petersburg, where you can indulge in stand-up paddleboarding and have some serious fun together. Not only will this ensure an effortlessly good time for you and your date, but it will give you a chance to appreciate Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast in all its glory. Much more stable than a surfboard, your chosen mode of seafaring transport will give you the opportunity to see the local marine life up-close – a magical experience best enjoyed with an equally appreciative partner. Lessons at Barefoot Paddler start at just $25, so you won’t have to break the bank in order to impress.
For a super-cultured date that’s certain to delight, organize a night with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, to enjoy one of the many fantastic live performances on their itinerary. Whether you choose an opera comique or a more serious piece, the talented performers on stage always deliver transcendental performances, ones that will transport you to a more beautiful and refined time and place. You won’t only be marvelling at the drama: with Powell Hall playing host to the action, you’ll also get to enjoy an architectural opulence and splendour unlike anything you’ve seen before. If your date isn’t a little bit in love with you by the end of the night, we don’t know what else you can try!
How about taking an energizing hike together? If this sounds right up your street, we have the perfect date idea: a trip to Sedona in Arizona. Long lauded for its mystical powers, Sedona’s stunning and unearthly rock formations are said to inspire both love and lust in those who pay them a visit, which makes it the ideal place for your purposes. Even if you don’t need any help in that department, the striking landscapes and stunning vistas you’ll see together make it great fun to explore. You can even choose to reward yourself with a trip to the spa at the end of the day, with a plethora of luxurious resorts scattered around the local area and just waiting for you to book yourselves in.
Tennessee Brew Works
We find that dates are most successful when they involve actually doing something, and what could be more fun than raising your glasses and drinking some beer together? If you’re in agreement, the Tennessee Brew Works is the place to be. A two-story space made up of cosy corners and hidden alcoves, with an array of hops and malt to choose from, this brewery offers everything from games of darts to live music entertainment (it’s Nashville, after all). If the weather is fine, take your drinks onto the patio and kick-back in the sunshine as you bond over a pint or two. It might just be your perfect date.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fancy doing something completely off the wall? Then our next idea might just be the one for you: pay a visit to Red Rocks, one of America’s most renowned concert venues. Built into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this amazing spot looks straight out over the Denver skyline, offering views for miles around. With free entry available during the day, you can hike the picturesque trails surrounding the venue before taking a tour of the Red Rocks’ Hall of Fame. Stay until evening and buy some tickets and your options are even better: the chance to see some of the most high-profile acts around from one of the coolest places on earth. Music and the might of Mother Nature combined – really, what could beat that?
The US Botanical Gardens
Source: Travel Guide DC
The perfect date destination no matter the time of year, the US Botanical Gardens is somewhere we simply have to recommend. Located next to the impressive Capitol Building, it commingles beautiful fountains and picturesque architecture with rooms overflowing with plants sourced from across the globe. A trip to this ethereal wonderland of bright blooms and warm, perfumed air is best followed by a joint exploration of the nearby National Mall, where you’ll find everything from the Hirschhorn to the National Museum of Natural History. The best part? It’s ideal for those on a budget, with entry entirely free to anyone fancying a visit.
We always think bars make for slightly boring suggestions, given that they’re the most stereotypical date destinations around, but we’re going to bend our own rules with this next recommendation. The Board Room is something entirely different from the norm, with its main focus not on fancy cocktails or cheap thrills but board games. Providing the ideal opportunity to test your teamwork skills or stir up a little healthy competition between the two of you, it’s a great place to go when you’re looking for a fun date night, especially if you fancy taking some coupled-up friends along, too. Most of the games are available for a flat $2 fee, meaning you won’t have to break the bank to have a good time.
Chicago Lakefront Trail
This next pick is another for the active daters out there. Located in – you guessed it – Chicago, the Lakefront Trail is best explored by bike, and offers plenty of picturesque views to bedazzle your date and put you firmly in their good books. We suggest taking a picnic along with you, with a bottle or two of wine included as a matter of course. When it’s time to take a break, unroll your blanket, unpack your culinary treats, and be sure to keep the conversation flowing. Don’t forget to take a camera along, so you can capture your memories and immortalize forever what’s certain to be one of the best dates of your lives.
Moonlight Rollerway Skating Rink
Fancy heading down to La La Land? If so, the Moonlight Rollerway Skating Rink is the best place to take that special someone. With live music, an upbeat vibe, and everything you could need for some laugh-out-loud fun, this retro date idea is sure to be just as big of a hit with a modern-day beau as it would have been with any 70s stud or studette. Great for relieving any first date awkwardness, a trip to the rink is likely to see you on your bottom at least once during the course of the night, but at least that means you won’t be able to take yourself too seriously!
When it comes to deciding on a date destination, it pays to think outside the box. Yes, old-fashioned romance is unlikely ever to go amiss, but don’t be afraid to explore some slightly more fun and off-the-wall ideas too. Hiking, skating, or rocking the night away, it doesn’t matter so long as you make memories. The whole point of travelling, after all, is to enjoy yourself: if you get to do that with someone you like – better yet, love – it only serves to make it even more special. Now go out there and explore all that the world has to offer!