8 off the beaten path places to spend Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about showering your loved one with affection. It’s a chance to do something extra special and unexpected for that special someone in your life. While many choose to celebrate with dozens of roses, boxes of gourmet chocolates, and fine wines, there’s no better way to shake things up than by taking your Valentine on a romantic getaway.

While there are many cities, like Paris and Vienna, that are well-known for their romance, you don’t have to leave the country to celebrate your love. To help you find the perfect place to take your sweetheart, we’ve put together a list of the best off the beaten path destinations to spend Valentine’s Day right here in the US. Because this holiday is about spending time with the one you love, ditch the crowds and the clichés at other locations, and head to one of these top destinations. These cities are great alternatives to more well-known Valentine’s Day destinations, so you and your sweetheart can enjoy some quiet time together.

Beaufort, South Carolina

Previously voted one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” by Coastal Living, a trip to Beaufort with your Valentine will leave you just that: happy. This beautiful South Carolina town is known for its antebellum architecture, rich heritage, superb dining, and friendly residents. Wander through the neighborhoods arm in arm to see how well history has been preserved here. Janet’s Walking History Tour is a must-do in Beaufort, and guides you past key homes and important buildings in town. Hunting Island Lighthouse is the only lighthouse open to the public in South Carolina, and the view is worth the climb to the top. You’ll have a bird’s eye view of the Atlantic and the perfect photo-op with your someone special. Follow the Spanish Moss Trail past draping oak trees and great marshes to really get a feel for this Lowcountry destination.

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