The 10 Most Unexpectedly Romantic Cities in the U.S.

romantic city livingValentine’s Day is here and lovers across the country are planning their celebrations. We all know of the romantic reputation of cities such as Las Vegas, New Orleans, and New York. But some cities can surprise you on how romantic they can be. For apartment dwellers and the other locals of these cities, the secret of the romance is not a surprise. For everyone else, here is the countdown of the 10 most unexpectedly romantic cities for apartment residents.

10.  Cincinnati, Ohio: The ice rink at Fountain Square is a beautiful locale for lovers to spend the day, and amazing views of the city can be had together at the Carew Tower’s Observation Deck. For warmer, indoor options, try some of the city’s many romantic restaurants including Embers, Chez Nora, and Barresi’s Italian.

9.     La Jolla, Calif.: For nature and recreation lovers, this city has it all. At its beaches, sweethearts can snorkel with seals and sea lions, surf together, or take long walks along the sandstone cliffs. The city is also known for its world-class golfing.

8.     Minneapolis, Minn.: The Stone Arch Bridge, with its orange glow lighting the Mississippi River, is a great place to stroll with your loved one. Other great Valentine’s date options: the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or the Guthrie Theater, which sports many popular plays.

7.     Detroit, Mich.: While many think of this sprawling metropolis as an industrial, auto-producing city, it also has many romantic options. Have you heard about the Detroit Princess Riverboat? During the winter, cruisers stay warm inside with romantic dinners and entertainment while enjoying the beautiful view outside.

6.     Charlotte, N.C.: Living amongst the city’s historic architecture and beautiful scenery makes the perfect backdrop for local getaways with your love. Set in a 1913 historic house, the Fig Tree Restaurant is just one of many romantic eateries that you don’t want to miss.

5.     Jacksonville, Fla.: Where else in the U.S. can residents enjoy soft, sandy beaches with weather in the 70s and 80s in the winter? At Jacksonville’s beaches, The Salt Life Restaurant makes a wonderful night out with your Valentine. Visitors can also take a romantic walk along the Jacksonville Riverwalk, or take a ferry to the opera or a play.

4.     Albuquerque, N.M.: After you hike the gorgeous Sandia Mountain with your sweetheart, you can catch a ride to the top and dine at High Finance, which is more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Don’t forget to enjoy a dip in the hot springs at the Ojo Calliente Mineral Springs & Spa.3.     Pittsburgh, Penn.: 440 bridges make a beautiful backdrop for city dwellers in love. For a spectacular view from above, take the Duquesne Incline to the top of Mount Washington.

2.     Providence, R.I.: Did you know that Providence has gondolas that run on the city’s three rivers, as well as top Italian restaurants in the Federal Hills’ area? There is nothing more romantic than feeling like you are in Venice with your love.

 1.     Memphis, Tenn: While Memphis, Tenn., may be acclaimed as the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll and the home of Graceland, it is also a surprisingly romantic place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Sweethearts can take a dinner cruise and dance on the Memphis Riverboat’s paddle-wheelers at night, and enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the historic streets and sites of downtown Memphis during the day. Locals love to take advantage of Valentine’s weekend with a stay at the Heartbreak Hotel, which has a unique heart-shaped pool.