When you think of the USA, you don’t necessarily think of it as being a romantic destination, but allow us to tempt you with an array of memorable experiences and destinations that will dispel this notion, whether you and your other half enjoy the frenetic glamour of an iconic city or prefer being seduced by fabulous scenery, world-famous natural wonders and peaceful solitude.
In New York City, its mere ambience is exciting and romantic, with almost every turn of a street corner allowing for another memory of a movie or photograph seen. The city is awash with iconic landmarks that can be the backdrop of a romantic proposal and memories that will last a lifetime. The Empire State Building is one such landmark. Sitting majestically in mid-town Manhattan, this lofty Art Deco masterpiece allows visitors to enjoy 360-degree views of the city and up to eighty miles beyond. The most magical time to visit is, without doubt, under cover of darkness and, helpfully, the building’s last admission is 1.15am, allowing for romantic dining at one of Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurants prior to making a nocturnal ascent to the open-air observation deck. By contrast, along dramatic Big Sur – California’s most picturesque section of Highway One – Post Ranch Inn sits respectfully atop a cliff lapped by the Pacific Ocean. This adults-only boutique retreat is contemporary rustic chic personified and is perfect for a romantic interlude, with secluded freestanding suites dotted along the cliff, a couple’s suite at the award-winning spa and exquisite fine dining and wines on offer at the gourmet restaurant. For lovers of bountiful rugged scenery, outdoor leisure activities and a peaceful, children-free ambience, there simply can’t be a more romantic bolthole along this part of the Californian coast. Alternatively, how about a stay amongst the bright lights of Las Vegas, incorporating a private helicopter flight above the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, in neighbouring Arizona? You could even make time to get married or renew your vows in one of Vegas’ wedding chapels – slightly unconventional and low-key, if you wish it to be!