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With the right travel companion, big cities can feel wonderfully intimate—and these stole the hearts of T+L readers.

No. 16 Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Brains and brawn coexist, especially in the Twin Cities, ranked No. 1 by readers for intelligent and athletic residents. It also earned top honors for its public parks and gardens, so after a day spent jogging, biking, or—in the winter—cross-country skiing, locals head to the North Loop, where recently refurbished brick warehouses along the Mississippi River house an exciting up-and-coming neighborhood of restaurants and bars. Enjoy one of Jesse Held’s bespoke craft cocktails at Parlour before making the short walk to The Bachelor Farmer for a modern twist on classic Nordic fare.

America's Most Romantic Cities

No. 16 Minneapolis/St. Paul

Brains and brawn coexist, especially in the Twin Cities, ranked No. 1 by readers for intelligent and athletic residents. It also earned top honors for its public parks and gardens, so after a day spent jogging, biking, or—in the winter—cross-country skiing, locals head to the North Loop, where recently refurbished brick warehouses along the Mississippi River house an exciting up-and-coming neighborhood of restaurants and bars. Enjoy one of Jesse Held’s bespoke craft cocktails at Parlour before making the short walk to The Bachelor Farmer for a modern twist on classic Nordic fare.

Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis Official Convention + Visitors Association

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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