Top 10 Lesser-Known (But Just As Engaging) Wedding Proposal or Romantic Getaway Sites in the U.S. & Canada

Couple making a stop along Hana highway to view a waterfall; Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Couple making a stop along Hana highway to view a waterfall; Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Couple picnic overlooking Waimea Canyon; Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Thinking of a romantic place to propose to your loved one or to treat your beloved to a special getaway and enjoy a long weekend? Who better to ask than those who make travel and writing about it their living than the Society of American Travel Writers? The group of well-traveled and seasoned writers recently shared some of the most romantic travel sites in North America.

  1. Maui, Hawaii: There’s nothing better than warm weather to beat the winter cold, and the Road to Hana in Maui offers lush rainforest, beaches, numerous waterfalls, and plenty of privacy. Considered one of the world’s most beautiful drives, the coastal road lets travelers take in the scenery via guided tours and overnight stays.
  2. Mackinac Island, Michigan: Located in Lake Huron, travelers seeking a secluded romantic getaway can take the ferry to Mackinac Island.  Visitors can hop on horse carriages and bike rides around the island to view this northern U.S. paradise.
  3. Hershey, Pennsylvania: Sweets and romance often go hand in had so the chocolate capital of the U.S. and the Hershey Hotel appeals to chocolate lovers worldwide. Hotel guests can also stay in premium cottages and indulge in chocolate-inspired spa packages.
  4. Sun Valley, Idaho: America’s first destination resort provides one of the oldest ski lifts in the U.S. to the top of Bald Mountain for a proposal you won’t forget. There’s a beautiful restaurant, the Roundhouse, at the top, with spectacular views. The resort offers secluded cabins, perfect for a romantic getaway. Old world charm and a place truly away from it all make it a perpetual favorite of celebrities.
  5. Lover’s Key, Florida: Located between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs, Lover’s Key is a lovely little island reached by a bridge on the shore of the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. As one of the barrier islands that make up a state park, it provides excellent sightseeing for wildlife and sea creatures, has trails to hike and bike, and of course plenty of sunshine during cold winter months.
  6. Niagara Falls, New York: Nicknamed “the honeymoon capital of the world,” the falls are rich in history and scenery to boot.  Ramp up romance at the Sterling Inn & Spa, a boutique hotel housed in a converted dairy bottling company.  Geared toward romantic retreats, the hotel offers a full-service spa and packages that include breakfast in bed.
  7. Washington, Virginia: The Inn at Little Washington provides a cozy culinary lover’s getaway less than two hours’ drive from Washington, DC.  Steeped in history, the hotel’s website explains that George Washington first surveyed the village area and named its streets back in 1749.
  8. Ludlow, Vermont: Put some mystery and adventure into your romantic holiday! Check out Okemo Mountain Resort for both winter and summer romance-filled activities.
  9. Photo courtesy of Russ Hurlbut; Okemo Mountain Resort

    Photo courtesy of Russ Hurlbut; Okemo Mountain Resort

    Montreal, Canada: If a winter setting is more to your liking for romance, then be seduced by Montreal’s European charm without being jet-lagged. The city offers seasonal travel and lodging discounts to experience world-class cosmopolitan settings that add an international accent to any celebration.

  10. Newfoundland, Canada: If you’re all about names, then nothing’s better than proposing in a town called Cupids, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s easternmost province.  As part of the town’s 400th birthday celebration, the New World Theatre was built as a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and the site also hosts an adjacent B&B.

Megy Karydes is founder of Wandering Tastes, a lifestyle and travel site that is meant to inspire adventure and exploration through traveling and food. She’s also a regular contributor to which is part of the USA Today Travel family and as Foodie TravelingMom among other print magazines and online media outlets.

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