Forget Paris, Venice, and Bora Bora! Honeymoon Always has put their list together for America’s Top 175 Alternative Romantic Destinations, and the results might surprise you. After surveying 3,000 couples about their dream, lesser-known romantic getaways, several gems in our own backyard have emerged as top contenders for a charming escape. Whether you're looking for history, scenic beauty, or a touch of the wild west, these spots offer unique experiences perfect for lovebirds seeking adventure off the beaten path.
Ft. Benton, Montana
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#52 Ft. Benton, Montana

Stealing the spotlight at number 52, Ft. Benton, Montana, is a picturesque riverside town that feels like stepping back in time. Known as the "Birthplace of Montana," Ft. Benton boasts stunning views along the Missouri River and a rich history that will fascinate any couple. Wander hand-in-hand through the historic downtown, explore the old fort, or enjoy a romantic picnic by the water. This quaint town offers a peaceful retreat with just the right amount of old-world charm.
Duluth, Minnesota

#112 Duluth, Minnesota

Ranking 112th, Duluth, Minnesota, is a surprising yet delightful choice for a romantic escape. Perched on the shores of Lake Superior, this city is perfect for couples who love the great outdoors. Take a scenic drive along the North Shore, explore the majestic waterfalls, or stroll through Canal Park. Don't miss a cozy evening at one of the local breweries, where you can warm up with a craft beer and good conversation.
Deadwood, South Dakota

#122 Deadwood, South Dakota

At 122, Deadwood, South Dakota, offers a wild west adventure with a romantic twist. Famous for its gold rush history, Deadwood is a vibrant town where history buffs and thrill-seekers alike will find plenty to love. Try your luck at one of the historic casinos, or take a ghost tour for a spooky yet exciting date night. The charming streets and lively atmosphere make Deadwood a destination that's both fun and unforgettable.
Spearfish, South Dakota

#150 Spearfish, South Dakota

Not far behind is Spearfish, South Dakota, ranking 150th. Nestled in the northern Black Hills, Spearfish is an outdoor lover's paradise. The Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway is a must-see, offering breathtaking views and serene spots for romantic moments. Hike to the stunning waterfalls, explore the lush forests, or simply relax and take in the natural beauty surrounding you.
Medora, North Dakota

#160 Medora, North Dakota

Rounding out our list at number 160 is Medora, North Dakota. This charming town at the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, is perfect for couples seeking adventure and relaxation. Enjoy a sunset hike, explore the park's rugged terrain, or attend the famous Medora Musical for a night of entertainment under the stars. With its stunning landscapes and vibrant cultural scene, Medora promises a memorable romantic getaway.

So, if you're ready to trade the cliché for something truly unique, consider these hidden gems for your next romantic retreat. Each offers its own special charm and the chance to create unforgettable memories with your loved one. If you want to check out the rest, click here. This list is from 2023, so it's at least good for a thought starter. It will be interesting to see the list for 2024.

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