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No. 15 New York City

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Whether your tastes run to simple pleasures like strolling through Central Park or along the High Line, or splurges like dinner at Thomas Keller’s Per Se, New York City has couples covered. Shopping, museums, parks, restaurants—there’s nothing that a duo bent on romance can’t see or do in NYC. Almost any park bench or café window seat guarantees fantastic people-watching; readers named New Yorkers the No. 1 most stylish.

America's Most Romantic Cities

No. 15 New York City

Whether your tastes run to simple pleasures like strolling through Central Park or along the High Line, or splurges like dinner at Thomas Keller’s Per Se, New York City has couples covered. Shopping, museums, parks, restaurants—there’s nothing that a duo bent on romance can’t see or do in NYC. Almost any park bench or café window seat guarantees fantastic people-watching; readers named New Yorkers the No. 1 most stylish.

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America's Most Romantic Cities

Consider yourself warned: Charleston, SC, is hard to shake.

“If you come to Charleston and experience it like us locals do, it will forever take place in your soul,” says David Szlam, a co-creator of Virgil Kaine ginger-infused bourbon. “Dining at Bowens Island Restaurant is especially romantic, watching the sun set over tidal creeks while enjoying some fresh steamed oysters—the list goes on and on.”

The Travel + Leisure community doesn’t need convincing. Charleston, with its cobblestoned streets, genteel mansions, and dynamic food scene, took top honors as the best city for a romantic escape in the America’s Favorite Places survey. Readers ranked cities in up to 67 categories, including wine bars, parks and gardens, live music, and brunch—the kinds of offerings that often attract couples.

And don’t underestimate the allure of a warm climate: San Diego, voted No. 1 for its weather, came in fifth among the best cities for romance. “The days aren’t only filled with sunshine, but there’s the warmth from people who are almost giddy to live here,” says Gina Stark, owner of a fashionable downtown women’s boutique. “You can sail, and within minutes of docking be enjoying an outdoor concert at Humphreys by the Bay or sipping happy-hour drinks in the heart of downtown.”

Whether you’re looking to steal away for a weekend with your longtime honey or spark a new relationship, these cities will set the mood for love.

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