The 50 Best Dates in America

From outdoor adventures to cozy bed and breakfasts, and north to south, and east to west, these not-to-be-missed attractions demand a romantic tour of the US of A. REDBOOK.

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3…2…1…lift-off to the cutest nerd-date on the planet. Sign up for a tour at Space Camp in Huntsville and geek out on the largest collection of rockets and other space memorabilia in the U.S. Astronaut ice cream not optional.

Venture to the far reaches of these here United States in one of the Northern Alaska Tour Company's seaplanes to Barrow, the northernmost city in the U.S. and the ninth northernmost city in the world. Make sure to dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean - but not for too long!

You'll be singing "Cowboy Take Me Away" with a visit to the all-inclusive Tanque Ranch just outside Tuscon. The working dude ranch is set in the heart of the Sonoran desert and was the real-life setting for Nickelodeon's quirky teen show, Hey Dude. (We knew you'd like that.)

The Buckstaff Bath House is the only remaining operational bath house within the boundaries of Arkansas' famed Hot Springs National Park. The natural thermal mineral waters are known for their therapeutic value, and Swedish massages only enhance the complete relaxation experience.

Skip the Hollywood Walk on Fame and cheer on Los Angeles' real stunners. The Derby Dolls, SoCal's all-female roller derby league, let you experience the retro sport bruise-free.

We don't recommend biking while intoxicated, but cyclist-friendly Fort Collins is home to more craft breweries than you can visit in a weekend. Rent a bike for free at the Fort Collins Bike Library , and spend a summer day sipping Imperial IPA at Fort Collins Brewery, Easy Street Wheat at Odell Brewing Co., and Sigda's Green Chilli Ale at CooperSmith's.


Mystic, Connecticut, is known for many things - amongst them a now-classic Julia Roberts movie set at a restaurant of the same name - but it acquired an extra sheen of romance when Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall picked the Inn at Mystic, which boasts sweeping views of the Long Island Sound and Mystic Harbor, as their honeymoon spot in 1945.

The newly-launched Delaware Culinary Trail takes you to all regions of the First State to highlight 24 delicious Delaware restaurants. They've even launched a companion cookbook called First State Plates: Iconic Delaware Restaurants and Recipes so you can recreate your favorite dishes - like Walter's Steakhouse Bone-In Rib-Eye - back at home.

What began in 1970 as an art exhibition by a collective of gallerists in a small town uniquely situated on the border of France, Germany, and Switzerland is now a global event with three annual exhibitions in Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach. Hobnob with top art collectors and experts as you peruse collections of well-established and emerging artists' work.

With over 10 million gallons of water, Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world. Set up camp, and snooze with the fishies at one of its adults-only sleepovers, which includes live jazz and behind the scenes and gallery tours.

On Oahu, take a scenic car-trip up Tantalus Drive, through vine-draped trees for breathtaking views of Honolulu from a place that seems worlds away from the big city.

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Located between Driggs and Victor, Idaho, the Spud Drive-In is one of only two theaters listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The 1950's-themed concession stand is known throughout Idaho for their burgers and, of course (this is the spud state), fries.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation and First Lady Cruise's architecture tour on the Chicago River is a must-do activity for tourists and natives alike. The tour highlights the city's historic and modern architecture as well as its growth from a small back-country outpost to a major U.S. metropolis in just 100 years. Don't forget to wear sunscreen (warns this tour-taker).

California's not the only state with great vineyards. The Indy Wine Trail features seven distinct wineries all within minutes of downtown Indianapolis. If you visit all the stops and get your Wine Trail passport stamped at each one, you're entitled to a free gift. Wine and presents? Done.

RAGBRAI, as the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa has come to be known, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across Iowa that's actually the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world. Since it's a ride, not a race, RAGBRAI participants have adopted a laid-back, celebratory attitude that makes the 468-mile tour of Iowa quite the event.

Home to NASCAR and GRAND-AM races, the Kanrocksas music festival, and the Hollywood Casino, the Kansas Speedway can seat up to 72,000 thrill-seeking fans.

Go where the spirit (pun intended) leads you on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour of seven famous distilleries nestled in beautiful bluegrass country.

La Maison Marigny is the only bed and breakfast located on world-famous Bourbon Street. The inn sits in the more quiet, residential part of the street (so nighttime Nola noise won't disturb you) but is mere steps away from the French Quarter and jazz-heavy Frenchmen Street.

Acadia National Park's Cadillac Mountain is the first place the sun rises in the United States, so pitch a tent, snuggle up to your hubby, and take in the sights.

Baltimore is home to the National Aquarium, which houses more than 16,000 animals including sharks, puffins, dolphins, turtles, parrots and more. The Aquarium is a non-profit organization, so you're also supporting vital conservation efforts and education programs when you visit.

The coastal town of Marblehead has the makings of your perfect preppy date: beautiful harbor views, a picturesque lighthouse just right for picnics, and plenty of sailor pubs in walking distance from the most charming Federalist-Mansion Inn ever. We don't blame you if you come back covered in tiny little whale print.

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Get in the groove, and subject your hubby to a little girl-power when you visit Detroit's Motown Museum. The hot new exhibit, "Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour, The Glory" pays tribute to groups like the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, and the Marvelettes.

Sure, it's a shopping center, but the Mall of America is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Couples get a special date-night deal at the mall's theaters on Tuesdays, and - besides shopping at over 520 stores - you can play mini-golf, go on rides in Nickelodeon Universe, visit Lego Land and the Minnesota Aquarium, and even get married (over 5,000 weddings have been performed at the mall).


The Mississippi Blues Trail is a collection of nearly 170 influential places in the cradle of the blues. Couples should make it a point to stop at the Shack Up Inn, where the rooms are sharecropper shacks on the Hopson Plantation, the Ground Zero Blues Club, which is co-owned by Morgan Freeman, and the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretative Center in Indianola.

STL's quirky City Museum may just be the coolest adult playground ever, complete with its own surrealistic treehouse/art installation/jungle gym named "Monstro." Continue the fun with a complimentary tour (and sampling) of America's favorite beer at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Finally, sample a starry night, St. Louis-style, at Chase Park Plaza, whose elegant rooms have been graced by U.S. presidents, rockstars and sports legends.


Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa sits in the heart of Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park. The two open-air mineral pools average temperatures of 96 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit completely naturally, and the hot springs are known for their curative powers.

Little Lauer Lake Cabin is a quaint and rustic authentic log cabin situated on a fishing pond that also boasts 21st-century amenities if you prefer to "rough it" with satellite TV.

Take a break from the Sin City of Vegas and visit the Pinball Hall of Fame, home to games from the 1950s to 1990s, for some friendly competition.

New Hampshire
A trip to Mount Fuji's quite the undertaking, so trailblazers would do well to hit the second-most hiked mountain in the world, Mount Monadnock. Stay at the nearby Harrisville Inn, which offers views of the mountain from its front porch.

New Jersey
You'll shed any association with Jersey Shore as you hike the Pine Barrens, a stretch of largely rural, undeveloped land that covers more than 20 percent of the state. But be careful - according to legend, the New Jersey Devil is said to inhabit the area.

New Mexico
Find out for yourself if the chili really does contain aphrodisiac qualities in the heart of spice country - Santa Fe. Get your foodie fill on one of the three different restaurant crawls hosted by the city's own School of Cooking & Market.

New York
Go beyond the food truck trend, and visit Smorgasburg, where you'll indulge in gourmet street food on the Brooklyn waterfront. Typical offerings include hot dogs made of Chinese BBQ pork belly and onions, salted caramel macaroons, and peanut chicken stew. Staying open through winter for the first time, the food festival is running a pop-up at Whole Foods Bowery.

North Carolina
If your husband's outdoorsy, he'll love a trip to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which is home to the largest man-made recirculating river. Get adventurous, get wet, and hop into that boat.

North Dakota
Animal lovers, rejoice. Tucked away in Bindord, ND is Prairie Isle Dog Trekking, which offers a two-hour dog sledding experience. So bundle up, and stare into those bright blue Husky eyes.

Voted best amusement park in the world for 15 consecutive years, Cedar Point opens GateKeeper, a new wing coaster with the world's longest track, longest drop, most inversions of any wing roller coaster this May. When the ride hits 67 mph, we guarantee you'll be screaming with glee.

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Experience country living at its most authentic at the Hoot Owl Guest Ranch, a fully-operational cattle ranch built in the nineteenth century. Kick back and relax with activities like bird-watching, hiking, four-wheeler rides, and tours of the ranch.

Can't get enough of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's hilarious send-up of the country's latest bohemian hipster mecca? Take a tour of Portland as seen through the eyes of Portlandia's wacky characters, and blend in with the natives by putting a bird on everything you wear. Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors, $10.98, Amazon.

Nothing spells more romance than an adorable B&B, and for one of the best selection in the country, try Bucks County, PA, which is home to more than 40, more than 20 of them in the one-square mile riverside town of New Hope. Our little secret favorite is Porches on the Townpath, tucked away on a quiet lane fronting the Delaware Canal.

Rhode Island

Both a work of art and a source of interactive entertainment, Waterfire suspends 80 bonfires above the three rivers of downtown Providence on select Saturday evenings between May and October. Stroll through the area holding hands, and you may come across a dance troop or live band performing.

South Carolina
Fans of low-country classics like shrimp and grits won't be surprised to hear how good the food is in Charleston, but thanks to an influx of some big name chefs, it's become a major foodie stomping grounds. Recently dubbed its Hottest Chef of 2013 by Eater, Chef Frank McMahon, of famous Hank's Seafood, reveals where you can find him after hours: grabbing a slice of pie at Monza, beer in hand at Closed for Business, late night at Butcher & Bee, at the bar of McIntosh ("The Mac") or the newly opened Rare Bit.

South Dakota
Take a historic lantern tour through Jewel Cave, the third-longest cave in the world. Park rangers dress up in 1930s garb to stimulate what exploration was like in earlier days, making the experience admittedly kitschy, but also an original way to explore one of America's natural wonders.

Relive the slip-n-slide experiences of your childhood summers at Zorb Smoky Mountains, where you and your hubby can sign up for a ZYDRO ride. You'll be enclosed in a water-filled ZORB globe and rolled down a hill for what's best described as a cross between a water-slide and a roller coaster.

The meandering paved walkway runs about five miles through the heart of the city and is home to many restaurants, cafes, bars and excellent shopping. Follow the famous canal to Bowen's Landing, a romantic spot known as Wedding Island, where more than 250 chose to tie the knot just last year. Hop back on one of the slow canal barges back to the centrally located Mokara Hotel. Kissing and cuddling will be impossible to prevent.

Aside from the few weeks it's celeb-packed with film festivalgoers, Robert Redford's Sundance Resort exudes rustic charm. Have a drink at the Owl Bar - the bar itself is the original 1890s one that Butch and Sundance used to visit.


The best feeling on earth? Snuggling up with your hubby in front of a warm, toasty wood fire after a day of snow-shoeing. The romantic suites at Top Notch Resort & Spa in Stowe have their own fireplaces and sink-in-style beds, perfect for getting cozy after a bone-chilling day. The best part? Since the lobby's now undergoing construction, you can score these boutique style rooms at discount rates.

Live out John Denver's famous ode to country roads as you drive leisurely along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers sweeping views of pastoral landscapes and the rugged Appalachian Highlands.

Perhaps best known for their appearance on Twin Peaks, Snoqualmie Falls, which actually rises higher than Niagara Falls, will give you a sense of peace you simply can't get in everyday life.

West Virginia

Snowshoe Mountain offers a ski village experience with both winter and summer activities. In the winter, you can ski, snowboard, and ride a snowmobile for two; in the summer, adrenaline-seeking couples can climb in a Green Zebra Tomcar to ride through 11,000 acres of wilderness and go mountain biking or clay-target shooting.

This Midwestern state is home to two of the country's best summer festivals. Summerfest, one of the world's largest musical festivals, hits Milwaukee June 26-30 and July 2-7. Over Labor Day weekend, Taste of Madison showcases the college town's diverse culinary scene with offerings that will deter your notions of what fair food is.

Teton National Park is your own personal playground with over 200 miles of trails to explore. Take a hot air balloon ride, float along the Snake River in a tube made for two, or just take in the vast, open skies from the outdoor hot tub at the excellent Teton Mountain Lodge.

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