Charleston, SC Named #1 for 5 Beautiful Cities for a Valentine’s Day Getaway – Southern Illinoisan

Southern Illinoisan and Cassie Sheets has recently published an article on the five beautiful places to spend a Valentine’s Getaway.? On this list is Sedona, AZ, Napa Valley, CA, Nashville, TN, Naples, FL and number 1 on the list is Charleston, SCIf you want to do something special for your significant other this Valentine’s Day, an extended weekend trip in a romantic city is the perfect gift. Whether you’re celebrating decades together, you’re ready to pop the question, or this is your first Valentine’s Day as a couple, these beautiful cities are full of romantic spots.

1) Charleston, SC

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?Charleston’s historic antebellum houses, cobblestone streets, and Southern charm make this beautiful city the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway. Take a Palmetto Carriage ride through downtown Charleston, see a show at Dock Street Theater, stroll under centuries old oak trees draped with Spanish moss in Battery Park, or drive to Sullivan’s Island to watch the sunset. Downton Charleston has a bustling restaurant scene, with fresh from the dock seafood, high-end steakhouses, and casual outdoor cafes to suit any taste and budget. Charleston’s numerous boutique hotels and inns are the most romantic places to spend a long weekend.

2) Sedona, AZ

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The scenic city of Sedona is known for its surreal red rock formations, gorgeous hiking spots, boutique shopping, art scene, and restaurants. Nature loving couples can spend their Valentine’s Day hiking through the breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon. Book an evening with professional astronomers at Sedona Star Gazing, or see the city from above in a hot air balloon. Sedona is also packed with day spas, winery tours, and art galleries. Visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village for outdoor shopping clustered between a collection of Spanish-style buildings, or stroll through The Gallery District for more restaurants and world-class galleries. Affordable and mid-range hotels as well as luxury resorts are available for travelers.

3) Napa Valley, CA

Napa Valley

What could be more romantic than vineyard tours and wine tastings on Valentine’s Day? The town of Napa is the most cosmopolitan in the 35-mile-long Napa Valley, and boasts a walkable downtown with shops, restaurants, and over 200 wineries. For foodies, the tiny town of Yountville is a must, with restaurants by Thomas Keller, Bob Hurley, and more. Soak in the hot springs in Calistoga, or shop chic boutiques in St. Helena. Travelers have their pick of budget friendly hotels, five-star resorts, and unique bed and breakfasts. With a handful of quaint towns surrounded by gorgeous scenery, a romantic getaway to Napa Valley is the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day.

4) Naples, FL

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Escape the cold this Valentine’s Day with a beautiful beach vacation in Naples. Watch the sun set along the warm gulf waters, enjoy a sailing trip, or stroll through an ancient cypress forest in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. For shopping, dining, and nightlife, hit Fifth Avenue South. Naples also boasts dozens of spas where you can relax together with a couples massage. Book a room at a luxury resort just steps away from the beach, or plan a budget friendly getaway at an affordable hotel.

5) Nashville, TN

Nashville

Nashville is the idea city for music lovers on Valentine’s Day. With over 150 live music venues, couples are sure to find something they love. Start with a stroll down Broadway, called Honky Tonk Highway for the dozens of clubs and lounges that line each side of the street. On Lower Broadway, you’ll find more live music and drinks, and a turn onto 2nd Avenue will place you in the middle of the city’s best blues and jazz clubs. Buy tickets for a concert at the Ryman Auditorium, or see a show at the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Nashville is also packed with art galleries, boutique shopping, and restaurants. Couples will find a range of great dining options, from hip brunch spots to barbecue joints. Travelers can book a room at affordable, mid-range, and luxury hotels in the middle of all the action.

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