Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to make new memories that will last a lifetime with your special someone. Whether you prefer cozy getaways, scenic road trips, or cultural expeditions, plenty of Valentine’s Day travel ideas (destinations) in the US offer something for every type of couple.
In this blog post, I’ve compiled 9 exciting Valentine’s Day travel ideas that will rekindle your courtship, along with the top places to stay, attractions to see, and dining options to relish in each area. Valentine’s Day travel ideas are included for Nevada, Indiana, California, and New Mexico, amongst others.
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1. Tonopah, Nevada
Experience a truly unique Valentine’s Day in the heart of Nevada at Tonopah! This historic mining town has become a haven for stargazing enthusiasts and paranormal hunters. Stay at the enchanting Mizpah Hotel, a meticulously restored property that combines romance, antiquities, and modern comforts.
Take advantage of the spine-tingling ghost tour at the Mizpah or explore the town’s eerie history at the Clown Motel. For a captivating adventure, visit the Tonopah Historic Mining Park, where you can ride a side-by-side vehicle to delve into the fascinating history and capture amazing photos.
Indulge in mouth-watering steaks and delectable French onion soup at the Jack Dempsey Room, or enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine, refreshing margaritas, and warm hospitality at El Marques Mexican Restaurant. Make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable in Tonopah!
2. Anaheim, California
Escape to the magical world of Disney this Valentine’s Day in Anaheim, the ultimate destination for Disney fanatics like you and your significant other. Indulge in a luxurious stay at the enchanting Disneyland Hotel, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views, top-notch amenities, and exclusive Valentine’s Day packages.
Book a room at the Chase Suite Hotels Brea in nearby Brea, California, for a budget-friendly option that doesn’t sacrifice comfort and convenience. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, parking, Wifi, a fantastic outdoor pool, and spacious accommodations.
During your visit, revisit your childhood at Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park, where you can immerse yourselves in thrilling rides and captivating shows. Don’t miss the mesmerizing fireworks display that lights up the night sky.
Take a break and satisfy your cravings with a delicious Cajun lunch at the charming Tiana’s Place.
When you’re ready to explore beyond the parks, treat your taste buds to a delightful Italian dining experience at Alza Osteria in Brea, CA, or indulge in a romantic Valentine’s Day feast at The RANCH Restaurant & Saloon in Anaheim.
3. French Lick, Indiana
Escape to the enchanting allure of French Lick, where beauty and history merge to create the ultimate romantic getaway. Discover the impeccable hospitality and luxurious accommodations of the French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel. Immerse yourself in serenity at Pluto Mineral Springs or unwind with a blissful couples massage at the exquisite Spa at West Baden.
Don’t miss the opportunity to savor the finest wines at Patoka Lake Winery, just moments away from French Lick. And for a truly intimate experience, the Silo Suites offer a captivating stay. Embark on a fascinating journey aboard the French Lick Scenic Railway, where history comes to life before your eyes. From the Wild West Express to the delightfully indulgent Chocolate Tasting Train and Wine Tasting Excursions, there’s a scenic train ride for every occasion.
Indulge in delectable cuisine at 1875: The Steakhouse, or elevate your taste buds with world-class gastronomy at Sinclair’s Restaurant. End your day of enchantment with a dip in the romantic outdoor hot tub at French Lick Springs Hotel. Unforgettable memories await in French Lick, a melody for the senses.
4. Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana
Experience the hospitality and charm of the South in Shreveport/Bossier City. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Margaritaville Resort Casino with its luxurious rooms and thrilling casino. Discover a shopper’s paradise at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, offering an array of entertainment options. Lose yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge.
If gaming is your passion, Louisiana Downs boasts exhilarating horse racing and a casino experience that’s second to none. Indulge in the finest Southern cuisine paired with impeccable wines at Mabry House, or savor Cajun seafood delights at Ralph & Kacco’s.
And don’t forget to try a drive-thru daiquiri – I recommend the yummy peach flavor. Start your day off right with a visit to Strawn’s Eat Shop and savor their mouthwatering biscuits like no other.
5. Roswell, New Mexico
Experience an out-of-this-world Valentine’s Day at Roswell – the ultimate destination for extraterrestrial enthusiasts. Embark on an RV adventure at the Red Barn RV Park, where you’ll find all the desired amenities and breathtaking sunsets.
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the International UFO Museum and Research Center, or take a leisurely stroll at the Spring River Zoo. Don’t miss the charming and eccentric shops in downtown Roswell, including a fantastic coffee shop and a donut shop certified by the Aliens themselves.
Indulge in tasty breakfast delights at the kitschy Western Cowboy Cafe, or treat yourself to authentic Mexican cuisine at La Gran Victoria, where the best mole awaits. And for unique photo opportunities, visit the one and only Flying Saucer McDonald’s in town.
This Valentine’s Day, let Roswell be your cosmic adventure!
6. Huntsville, Alabama
Calling all history buffs—consider adding Huntsville to your Valentine’s Day travel plans. Immerse yourself in luxury at 106 Jefferson, where you’ll find upscale furnishings, heavenly beds, and amazing onsite dining options.
Explore the famous U.S. Space and Rocket Center for an interactive educational experience or unwind at the stunning Huntsville Botanical Garden, surrounded by nature’s beauty. Indulge in the finest local cuisine at Cotton Row Restaurant or savor a classic burger or hotdog at the iconic Big Spring Café. Immerse yourself in creativity at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment and Campus No. 805, where endless wonders await.
And let’s not forget about the amazing beer and cocktails in Huntsville! Head to Straight to Ale or Yellowhammer Brewing for top-notch brews, or sip on an island-inspired classic cocktail at Phat Sammy’s. Looking for entertainment? Catch a live show or sporting event at Propst Arena or Mars Music Hall in the Von Braun Center. Huntsville has it all.
7. Winslow, Arizona
Experience the true spirit of America in Winslow. Indulge in luxury at La Posada Hotel, a beautifully restored Fred Harvey property with exquisite rooms and a captivating atmosphere. Immerse yourself in rustic charm with cozy Ponderosa pine beds, handwoven Zapotec rugs, and Talavera tile mirrors. Don’t miss the chance to relax in a 6-foot cast-iron tub in select rooms.
Take time to browse the fantastic Trading Post & Book Store! Pay homage to the iconic “Take it Easy” song by the Eagles at the Standing on The Corner Park. Marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of nature and history at the Homolovi Ruins State Park, or embark on a unique adventure at the Meteor Crater Visitor Center.
Treat your taste buds to the delights of Southwest cuisine at Winslow’s Crown Jewel, the Turquoise Room at La Posada. Plus, nearby Petrified Forest National Park is just a short drive away. Get ready to make unforgettable memories in Winslow!
8. Washington, DC
Experience an exquisite Valentine’s Day getaway in the heart of the nation’s capital. Stay at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Pentagon City, offering plush accommodations, impeccable service, and a prime location. Enjoy the comfort of home with a touch of Neiman Marcus-esque elegance.
Immerse yourself in art and history at the renowned Smithsonian museums or take in the beauty of the National Mall’s monuments. Have a thrilling time at the International Spy Museum. Explore the vibrant District Wharf, which is filled with fantastic restaurants, shops, and entertainment options.
Indulge in the flavors of America at Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown, where JFK proposed to Jackie O, or treat yourself to a sensational brunch at Green Pig Bistro in Arlington, VA. Don’t miss the Hot Brown and Angry Bird Chicken & Waffles, smothered in sausage gravy and onion jam.
9. Manitou Springs, Colorado
Experience a romantic Valentine’s Day unlike any other in the charming town of Manitou Springs, at the base of the majestic Pikes Peak. Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at the Cliff House at Pikes Peak, where you’ll be mesmerized by stunning views and pampered with top-of-the-line amenities.
For an adventurous day, embark on a scenic drive along the Pikes Peak Highway or challenge yourself by hiking the Manitou Incline. Schedule a booking with the thrilling Pikes Peak Jeep Tours if you’re craving excitement. Enjoy hours of entertainment simply by strolling through downtown Manitou Springs, where you can immerse yourself in retro arcades, browse a year-round Christmas store, and explore charming trading posts.
Indulge in a delectable fine-dining experience at Briarhurst Manor Estate, where tempting options await you for dinner. Alternatively, satisfy your cravings with a pot of heavenly chocolate fondue at the delightful Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant.
No special occasion is needed to savor the award-winning margaritas and queso dip at The Loop, a renowned local Mexican restaurant. And if you’re in the mood for some live music, comedy, or performing arts, visit Lulu’s Downstairs, located in the vibrant Greenlight District.
Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or romance this Valentine’s Day, these 9 Valentine’s Day travel ideas will ignite your passion for travel and rejuvenate your love for each other. So pack your bags, take a road trip, and create unforgettable memories with your special someone.
Happy Valentine’s Day! -Melody