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Best Romantic Getaways on the West Coast, USA | Valentine’s Day Guide

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Before you make any plans for this Valentine’s Day, you should check out these romantic getaways on the West Coast. This is probably one of the most enchanting areas in the U.S. and every location has something different to offer.

Whether you and your partner love indulging in luxury trips to big cities or you’re just desperate to escape the bustle of the city to a secluded, picturesque town full of serene vineyards, each of these romantic destinations promises a special setting for couples to spend quality time together.

Romantic Destinations on the West Coast for a Memorable Valentine’s Day

Whatever kind of trip your heart desires, the West Coast provides lots of things to do, unique spots to watch the sunset with your beloved, and numerous opportunities for outdoor adventures for every type of couple.

Looking for romantic destinations on the East Coast? There’s plenty to see and do there, too!

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Lake Tahoe

By Morgan Middleton from Middletons on the Move

Lake Tahoe offers a stunning backdrop for a romantic Valentine’s Day for any couple. No matter what you enjoy doing, Lake Tahoe can most likely accommodate. The options are endless between world-class skiing and snowboarding, snow-tubing, and ice skating or more romantic options like a sled or carriage ride or a couples massage.

Morgan’s favorite recommendation, whether you enjoy winter activities or not, is taking the Heavenly Gondola to the observation deck where you can see Lake Tahoe from above. The views are absolutely stunning during both the summer and winter. While you are on the mountain, check out Tamarack Lodge for some food and a beverage – hot or cold. 

After taking in the views from the gondola, make plans to see an epic sunset over Lake Tahoe. Luckily there are plenty of viewing options so you can pick whichever version speaks to you and your partner the most. You can bring a blanket to the beach and cuddle up on the shoreline. Hike Cave Rock and catch the sunset from the top. Pick a cozy restaurant with windows overlooking the lake or on a patio with heaters or firepits. 

No matter what you choose to do, Lake Tahoe brings that extra romantic spark.

Romantic Things to Do in Lake Tahoe

  • Explore Emerald Bay State Park — This park offers wonderful landscapes and hiking trails for a romantic adventure amidst its beautiful nature. Take stunning photos by the lake and tour the nearby Vikingsholm Castle.
  • Admire Heavenly Village from Above — Hop on a 2.4-mile-long gondola ride as you ascend the winter wonderland of Heavenly. At the top, if you’re not a fan of skiing or snowboarding, take in the views from the observation deck, go ice skating, or grab a bite at Cafe Blue.
  • Go Ice SkatingNorthstar California Resort is the perfect place for a fun date due to its free ice rink. Plus, there are many restaurants, bars, and shops in the area.
  • Get a Couples Massage — Visit Sierra Hot Springs for an ultimate soothing experience. Enjoy a couples massage, relax in the sauna, and dip in the tranquil waters of its plunge pools. You can also rent a cozy lodge to spend the night there.

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Santa Barbara, California

By Giorgy from Sabiduri

Santa Barbara, California, affectionately known as the ‘American Riviera’, presents couples with a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day.

Its Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs complement the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean, offering a picturesque setting steeped in romance. The city’s palm-lined coast hugs the shore, allowing for serene beach walks and seaside dining that plays into the hands of lovebirds seeking a magical retreat.

As the sun dips closer to the horizon, one particular spot that captures the essence of romance in Santa Barbara is the historic site of Knapp’s Castle (if you search for it on Google Maps, it will lie to you… it’s not closed!).

Located in the Santa Ynez Mountains, this place offers awe-inspiring views that make sunset an event in itself. The golden hour here bathes the stone ruins and surrounding landscapes in a warm glow, creating an enchanting atmosphere that feels as if it’s been plucked from a fairy tale.

And what could be more beautiful than sharing this moment with someone you love?

The blend of Santa Barbara’s natural beauty, coupled with its serene ambiance, makes it an idyllic destination for couples. Here, Valentine’s Day is more than just a date—it’s an experience enveloped in the charm and allure of coastal California.

Romantic Things to Do in Santa Barbara

  • Private Wine Tasting Tour — have the best time sipping eclectic wines and visiting barrel rooms at small, family-owned wineries nestled in stunning landscapes.
  • Shoreline Park — this is a beautiful area for a romantic stroll, a picnic, bike ride, or just to take in the views. If you keep walking along the coast, you’ll reach Shoreline Cafe, where you can have delicious food and drinks by the waterfront.
  • Arts and Crafts Show — here you’ll find local artisans selling handcrafted items such as paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and much more. It runs on Sundays year-round.
  • Visit Casa del Herrero — being one of the most beautiful historic buildings in Santa Barbara with a rich history, this house museum and garden is open for tours. It’s a stunning place for couples and history lovers.

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Seattle, Washington

By Kristin of Global Travel Escapades

If you’re seeking a cold-weather Valentine’s getaway, a fun place for a vacation is Seattle. Here, the city welcomes visitors with its vibrant arts scene and breathtaking natural landscapes, perfect for a romantic escape. Not to mention, there are many fun activities to keep you busy whether you’re staying just for the weekend or an extended stay.

For instance, if it’s your first time in the city a must-visit is Pike Place Market, where you can browse all the local stands and shops while savoring a cup of Seattle’s celebrated coffee. Then, ascend the iconic Space Needle. You can even reserve a spot at their new lounge and enjoy some drinks and a gourmet meal while taking in the marvelous views overlooking the city. And for a picture-perfect moment, be sure to visit Kerry Park, where the city’s unique skyline creates the perfect backdrop, especially at sunset!

If you find yourself looking to get out of the city for a bit, opt for an intimate wine-tasting excursion to the nearby vineyards! Or, take a ferry to beautiful Bainbridge Island, where you can explore local arts and crafts galleries. Between the urban delights, awe-inspiring sights, and stunning natural wonders, Seattle is an excellent spot for a romantic Valentine’s getaway!

Romantic Things to Do in Seattle

  • Sailing Harbor Tour — venture into a 2-hour sailing journey and capture beautiful images of the city and mountains from the sea.
  • Space Needle Observation Deck — whether it’s for admiring the landscape, taking cute couple’s photos, or proposing, this panoramic observation deck will provide an unparalleled backdrop.
  • Take a Day Trip through the Cascade Mountains — travel amidst stunning nature stopping by idyllic spots in the mountains like Skykomish River, Bavarian town, Snoqualmie Falls, and much more. Transport is included.

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Santa Monica, California

By Tanya from Travels & Treasures

Looking for a romantic spot to celebrate in California? Plan a drive to Santa Monica for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway filled with nostalgic charm, ocean views, and sunset strolls. Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica exudes a laid-back beach vibe.  

Start your romantic getaway with room service and breakfast in bed. Next, wander through the walkable streets lined with boutique shops and restaurants on Ocean Avenue. The pedestrian path between 2nd and 3rd Streets is also very lively with street entertainment. Add some smiles and fun memories with a visit to Santa Monica Pier.  

Take a stroll down the iconic path where Route 66 ends. Get tickets for a ride on the Ferris wheel where you can take in views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a wonderful spot to seal your love for one another with a kiss. 

Make your Valentine’s evening unforgettable with a romantic candlelit dinner at One Pico. The restaurant is an upscale restaurant and sets the stage for an intimate meal. Reserve a table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows to fully immerse yourselves in the panoramic seascapes. After dessert, cuddle together in front of the restaurant’s cozy fireplace with after-dinner drinks. Make the evening last by strolling hand-in-hand along the beach under the moonlight after your meal.

Santa Monica has cozy accommodations to choose from. Book a charming hotel near the beach early, then wake up to the soothing sounds of the ocean. It is the perfect destination for a Valentine’s Day trip.

Romantic Things to Do in Santa Monica

  • EBike Tour — exploring Santa Monica and riding along Venice Beach while enjoying the fresh ocean air on this electric bike tour is one of the best outdoor activities.
  • Santa Monica Pier — don’t miss this famous amusement park with plenty of dining options, souvenir shops, and street performances to have a fun day outdoors.
  • Take a Donut Tour — prepare to go on the sweetest adventure as you visit various locations and taste the most amazing donuts in the area.

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Phoenix, Arizona

By Lisa from Travel to Lyon

Phoenix, Arizona is one of the best places in the US to spend Valentine’s Day. Phoenix weather in February is gorgeous, with highs near 70 and lows near 50. This means you can take your pick of activities, outdoors or indoors!

If you love nature, take your sweetie on a hike on Piestewa Peak or Camelback Mountain, or check out the flowers and cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden. Have an alfresco picnic at Tempe Town Lake and rent a pedal boat for a fun afternoon.

There are also plenty of activities for arts- and culture-loving couples. Visit the Phoenix Art Museum, see the Musical Instrument Museum, or find a unique piece of art at one of the many galleries in Phoenix.  It makes the perfect souvenir of your couples’ getaway!

One of the most romantic things to do in Phoenix is to take a hot air balloon ride. Float high above the city and gaze down upon the landscape – it’s an experience you’ll never forget! Or treat yourselves to a romantic couples massage at one of the many luxury spas in Phoenix.

February is perfect patio weather in Phoenix, finish your day with cocktails and a romantic dinner while watching a spectacular Arizona sunset.

Romantic Things to Do in Phoenix

  • Hike In the Desert — make your way across the mountains to Tom’s Thumb, an iconic landmark with terrific views surrounded by wonderful flora and fauna.
  • Have a Canyoneering Adventure — discover unique and overlooked spots such as rock canyons, hidden natural pools, rock slides, and more.
  • Stroll the Japanese Friendship Garden — the tranquil Japanese Garden provides a tranquil and picturesque setting to escape from the bustle of the city. Observe beautiful trees, a pond with fish, a small waterfall, and a tea house.

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Malibu, California

By Kyra from Sea to Sequoia

For a romantic coastal getaway, consider spending some time in beautiful Malibu, CA. The Southern California destination is the perfect spot for couples looking to strike a balance between being out in nature and indulging in some more luxurious experiences. There are fewer tourists during this time of the year, so you don’t have to contend with crowded beaches. Plus, the weather is pleasant in February. You can expect temperatures to be in the mid to high 60s during the day!

Whether you’re spending one day in Malibu or are planning a more lengthy trip, a visit isn’t complete without a hike at the Point Dume Cove Trail. The easy trail is short and sweet at just over a mile long, and you get some of the most incredible coastal views in the area. After your hike, be sure to head up the road to enjoy a romantic sunset at the iconic El Matador Beach. 

Couples looking for some rest and relaxation can book a massage at the Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club spa, which is located in the picturesque Santa Monica Mountains. Wine aficionados can also head to Cielo Farms to enjoy a wine tasting. If you’re looking to really amp up the romance factor, consider making a dinner reservation at Nobu, a beachfront Japanese restaurant.

Romantic Things to Do in Malibu

  • Helicopter Tour — admire the beauty of Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu, and Pacific Palisades from unique viewpoints in the sky.
  • The Getty Villa — entering the Villa is a must-see experience for its spectacular scenery, art galleries, and outstanding architecture.
  • Have a Meal at Nobu Malibu — if you were looking for a place that has it all (good service, amazing views of the waterfront, and an exquisite menu) you won’t be disappointed here.

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Los Olivos, California

By Michelle from The Trav Nav

Los Olivos is a charming and romantic town about two and a half hours north of Los Angeles and approximately 40 minutes northeast of Santa Barbara. This picturesque town is perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day because it offers a unique blend of romantic ambiance, exquisite cuisine and wine, and ideal activities to create memorable experiences.

Los Olivos is known for its world-class wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms. Wine enthusiasts flock to Los Olivos for wine-tasting journeys, where they can explore the diverse and complex flavors of the region’s renowned varietals. However, for Valentine’s Day, many wineries in the area offer special events to elevate the wine-tasting experience. You might enjoy private tastings, gourmet food pairings, and romantic vineyard tours.

There are plenty of activities in Los Olivos for outdoor enthusiasts, too. For couples who love adventure, opt for a romantic sunrise hot air balloon, where you will glide above the Santa Ynez Valley, followed by a light champagne toast. If you prefer to keep your feet closer to the ground, you might enjoy an afternoon hike with a picnic, a horseback ride, or a couple’s bike ride around the Santa Ynez Valley. Afterward, relax in an indulgent couple’s massage. 

In addition to its exceptional wine scene, Los Olivos is home to numerous upscale restaurants. To elevate the romantic experience, couples can choose from special events such as a candlelit dinner or hire a private chef to cook an intimate love-inspired dinner.

Whatever activities you choose during your stay, one thing is certain: Los Olivos is a romantic US destination perfect for a Valentine’s getaway. 

Romantic Things to Do in Los Olivos

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Napa Valley, California

By Jess from Travel + Tannins

Napa Valley, the birthplace of modern American wine-making, is an incredibly romantic destination for a Valentine’s Day vacation! The backdrop of the foothills against the rolling hills of vineyards is something out of a movie, making a trip there feel both remote and intimate for you and your partner. Not only is the setting of Napa Valley stunning, but there are also plenty of romantic things to do throughout the entire valley!

One of the most romantic things to do in Napa is to go wine tasting. For an intimate experience with one of the best wineries in St. Helena, visit Duckhorn Vineyards. The winery offers a romantic wine and food pairing in the garden that is truly one of the most romantic settings in the valley.

Calistoga is another idyllic region on Napa, with stunning wineries such as Chateau Montelena and Castello di Amorosa. Calistoga also has several hot spring resorts, that offer spa packages for couples looking for an intimate way to relax. 

In fact, I recommend staying at one of the hot spring resorts for Valentine’s Day, such as Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs, because there are special packages offered to guests that will elevate your experience!

Romantic Things to Do in Napa Valley

  • Trolley “Up Valley” Castle Tour — hop on a trolley that will take you to Napa’s premium wineries, where you’ll accompany your lunch with fine wine and get scenic overlooks of each location from a knowledgeable guide.
  • Head to Domaine Carneros — more than just a winery, this is an astoundingly beautiful château with breathtaking gardens and a large outdoor area for enjoying wine tasting and light bites.
  • Explore Skyline Wilderness Park — take a scenic drive to this park and spend a peaceful day in the wilderness, discovering the lake, animals, and different hiking trails.

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San Diego, California

By Denise from Chef Denise

San Diego is one of the most romantic cities in the U.S. with beautiful sunsets from just about anywhere. In the daytime, the sunshine and 65-degree temps will help set the stage for a wonderful Valentine’s Day. The best part, San Diego is comprised of a bunch of different neighborhoods, so no matter what romance means to you, you’ll find it here.

Art and cultural couples will want to spend time in Balboa Park and hit the museums, or see a play downtown. Foodies will want to take a bay cruise or food tour of San Diego and eat the local specialties. Don’t miss the fish tacos! 

Sporty types, Mission Bay has all kinds of activities including kayaking, sailing, volleyball, and biking. The hip and trendy should hang out with some wine and cheese in Hillcrest or Pacific Beach. If you want to relax on the beach and be pampered, head to the Hotel Del on Coronado Island. And for especially beautiful scenery, there’s no place like La Jolla.

La Jolla is also a great place for nature lovers and scuba divers. The protected coves are home to all kinds of sea creatures and February is known as baby seal season. You’ll see newborn pups with their mothers at the Children’s Cove Beach with a backdrop of gorgeous cliffs. No need to hit Sea World with this show available for free!

Romantic Things to Do in San Diego

  • Explore Balboa Park — apart from being a 1,200-acre cultural icon, Balboa Park is an enchanting world of romantic backdrops that will spark romance and joy in every couple – a true paradise for a very romantic California getaway.
  • Maritime Museum — this must-see attraction will take you back into maritime history with the world’s biggest collections of ocean vessels, including ships and submarines.
  • Sail San Diego Bay — enjoy unbeatable views of San Diego Harbor on an intimate Afternoon Sailing Excursion, including complimentary beer, drinks, and snacks. Alternatively, take a Harbor Dinner Cruise for a romantic date on the water.

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Catalina Island, California

By Olivia from the Girl With Blue Sails

Catalina Island, just off the coast of Southern California, is one of the best destinations for a romantic weekend getaway. Catalina Island can only be reached by ferry and doesn’t allow cars onto the island. This sleepy little beach town is entirely walkable and has many cozy restaurants and quaint accommodations to rent this Valentine’s Day. 

While Catalina Island may be small, there are plenty of activities on the island for couples during the day. Options include food-tasting tours, jeep sightseeing tours into the hills of the island, zip-lining activities, and, of course, spending the day in coastal luxury by renting a cabana at the Descanso Beach Club

Businesses close early in Avalon, so be sure to make your dinner plans early before retiring to your cozy evening with your significant other. Another great tip when visiting Catalina Island is to book your accommodations as close to the water as possible, as Avalon is built onto a hill and the inland accommodations require a fair bit of uphill walking. 

As Valentine’s Day approaches, be sure to keep an eye out for Valentine’s Day sales. A lot of the island hotels will include romantic package deals for couples, and some will even include wine, candies, and roundtrip ferry tickets. 

Romantic Things to Do on Catalina Island

  • Walk Along the Waterfront — strolling along the bay area is one of the best ways to soak up the atmosphere of this little town. A short distance from there, there’s a cute and old-fashioned candy shop Lloyd’s of Avalon where you can stop by for a sweet treat.
  • Take a Catalina Scenic Tour — the island has so much to see that it’s easy to miss out on beautiful hidden spots. This tour takes you beyond crowded tourist spots and it’s a must-do for first-time visitors.
  • Take a Short Trip Under the Sea — this Underwater Cruise will take you on a journey five feet below the surface to admire marine life up close through the windows of the boat.

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Olympic National Park, Washington

By Justin from Uprooted Traveler

If you’re looking to enjoy epic landscapes together for Valentine’s Day, consider heading to Olympic National Park in the northwestern corner of Washington State. This park offers a ton of diverse scenery in a relatively small footprint—from some of the United States’ only temperate rainforests to towering mountains and rugged beaches.

There’s plenty of adventures to be had together. For example, take advantage of the blanket of snow covering the Olympic Mountains. Drive up to Hurricane Hill, the ridge of a 5,700-foot tall mountain, to snowshoe, go tubing, or skiing, all with the stunning backdrop of the surrounding mountain range. 

About two hours away, you’ll find the lush Hoh Rainforest, where you can stroll together under the 300-foot tall hemlock and spruce trees, dripping in moss. Keep your eyes peeled for Roosevelt elks, who like to hang out by the nearby Elwha River.

End your day by watching the sunset at one of the stunning Olympic National Park beaches, like Ruby Beach or Rialto Beach. There’s nothing more romantic than watching the golden sun sink into the Pacific for the day.

Make a cozy inn, like the Lake Quinault Lodge, your home base for your stay. If you really want to kick the romance up a notch, there’s even a few rooms with their own fireplaces, so you can curl up and plan tomorrow’s adventures together.

Romantic Things to Do in Olympic National Park

  • Take a Tour — see the highlights of the park on a day trip that includes a guide, meals, and all your transportation logistics covered.
  • 3-Day Adventure — wander wonderful beaches and rainforests along this 3-day trip with nothing but breathtaking nature surrounding you, for the more adventurous couples!

Last Thoughts

If you made it to the end of this romantic-getaways-on-the-West-Coast guide, I hope you found the perfect destination for your next Valentine’s Day trip!

Remember you can find more options for romantic trips on the East Coast. However, I’m sure you’ll have a great time once you see the beauty of these places in person. Even better if you plan this trip as a surprise for your partner! Nothing like a spontaneous adventure with your significant other to celebrate this time of year and create memories that will last a lifetime.



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Anna is a traveler, blogger, and entrepreneur who can’t keep herself still. She’s always on the move, whether working hard on a new passion project or exploring a new city as a part-time digital nomad. Dare to keep up? Check out The Tatted Nomad for everything digital nomad, social media marketing, mental health, and travel (and to see her latest addition, Novah, her service dog and travel companion). As a psychotherapist (to be) she also offers insights about your mental health related questions – anything you see that isn’t covered but you have questions about? Let her know!

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