The Coolest U.S. Getaways for Couples

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Want to get away without having to pull out the passports? Take a short ride (or flight) to one of these fun, fabulous U.S. locales.
  1. Sunny Isles Beach, FL

    Why it's the perfect spot: Because you're too old for South Beach, but way too young for Boca Raton.

    The place to stay: Acqualina (from $450). About 20 minutes away from Miami Beach, this Mediterranean beachfront boutique resort features three oceanfront swimming pools, a 20,000-square-foot spa, and the most pristine private beach in South Florida.
    Eat here: Timo (from $11) is a hip bistro that offers Mediterranean dishes with an Italian twist (ricotta and fontina wood-fired pizza) in a lounge setting.

    Must-do: While in town, be sure to check out the Ancient Spanish Monastery -- the oldest functioning building in the western hemisphere.
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    Photo courtesy of Acqualina Resort

  2. Santa Barbara, CA

    Why it's the perfect spot: From the rolling foothills and beaches to the wineries and festivals -- and with more than 300 days of sunshine per year -- it's always paradise in Santa Barbara.

    The place to stay: Hotel Andalucia (from $375). The 97 rooms and suites in this five-story Spanish-Andalusian hotel are adorned with hacienda-inspired decor -- expect to see handmade etchings on the ceilings and walls, as well as arched doorways.

    Eat here: If you prefer to mix with the locals, try Brophy Bros. Restaurant & Clam Bar (from $10) -- the best seafood in the city.

    Must-do: Head to State Street for six square blocks of shopping, from specialty boutiques and antique stores to Saks Fifth Avenue.
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    Photo courtesy of Hotel Andalucia

  3. Manchester Village, VT

    Why it's the perfect spot: It's all about options here: You can be active outdoors or get pampered at top spas in this quaint town nestled between the majestic Green and Taconic mountain ranges.

    The place to stay: The Equinox Resort & Spa (from $219). This classic resort has 183 oversized rooms and spans more than 1,300 acres. It touts an 18-hole golf course, three tennis courts, and classes from skiing and snowshoeing to off-road driving.

    Eat here: Travel beyond the resort's borders to Bistro Henry (from $21–32). With a fully stocked wine cellar, this Mediterranean restaurant has a menu that mixes Southern French with Northern Italian cuisines.

    Must-do: Ride up the scenic Sky Line Drive to the top of Mount Equinox and have a picnic.
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    Photo courtesy of The Equinox Resort & Spa

  4. Tucson, AZ

    Why it's the perfect spot: Outdoor adventure abounds, and breathtaking sunsets and star-filled nights have earned it the title of astronomy capital of the world.

    The place to stay: Miraval Resort & Spa (from $460). This renowned Mexican-style 106-room resort is spread across five villages. Feeling adventurous? Try Miraval's signature Quantum Leap II: Couples climb a 35-foot pole, then jump off together!

    Eat here: At night, head to Janos (from $20), the award-winning restaurant that serves up Southwestern-meets-French cuisine.

    Must-do: Visit science experiment Biosphere 2, a popular city attraction.

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    Photo courtesy of Miraval Resort & Spa

  5. Chicago, IL

    Why it's the perfect spot: It may be windy, but Chicago blows the doors off other cities with its eclectic culture, cutting-edge music, comedy scene, and to-die-for dining.

    The place to stay: Sofitel Water Tower (from $265). All of the 415 rooms you'll find inside this luxurious hotel feature contemporary style, spacious marble bathrooms, and feather bedding -- perfect for getting cozy and keeping out the city's chill.

    Eat here: Alinea (from $135) may be pricey -- but this modern American restaurant is a dining experience you won't forget. Spend up to five hours pairing wines and sampling 8-, 12-, or 24-course meals -- each entree is more exotic than the last.

    Must-do: Crack up at Second City ($14–28), the comedy-troupe theater that's launched comics from John Belushi to Tina Fey since 1959.

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    Photo courtesy of Sofitel Water Tower