February 09, 2018 4 min read

Hey there, OTBT wanderers! Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and with our New Year’s resolutions still fresh in mind for many of us, this upcoming holiday is the perfect opportunity to make good on those goals to get out of our comfort zone, travel more, and most importantly – spend some quality time with our loved ones. Romantic V-Day getaways are an obvious choice for many of us off-the-beaten-track wanderers looking to relax and unwind with our significant others. But you don’t need to travel out of the country in order to find that sweet escape. There are so many truly wonderful and romantic destinations in the good ol’ U.S.A. So if you’re looking for a great place to get away for an upcoming week or weekend, here’s our top five romantic Valentine’s Day travel picks!

New York City, NY

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in a big city, you can’t go wrong with the Big Apple! Yes, it seems to be an obvious, if not cliché choice, but there’s good reason for that. There’s so much to do in New York, and if you and your S.O. are big urbanite adventurers – then you’ll be right at home. Travel to all of New York’s most popular attractions, or explore the city on your own and see what new experiences you discover. Immerse yourself in history and knowledge at the Metropolitan Museum or the New York Public Library, or enjoy the latest Broadway show. Go out for lunch and dinner at some of New York’s finest cafés and restaurants. Head out on a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise and get a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. No matter what you’re into, New York City’s got a little bit of everything for everybody.

Charleston, SC

If the hustle and bustle of New York is not your thing, you may want to consider a smaller city, filled with good ol’ fashioned Southern charm and hospitality. The city of Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful, historic place with a calm, romantic atmosphere – the perfect V-Day getaway for off-the-beaten-track travelers. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride down the old cobblestone streets, or wander through the lovely gardens of the 17th century Middleton Place plantation. Enjoy Charleston’s coastal beauty by strolling along the Battery waterfront promenade, or take a moonlight cruise on the Schooner Pride. Not to mention all the amazing restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic dinner for two. So if your go-go-go life has got you craving a chance to unwind and enjoy a slow-paced, beautiful city – Charleston may just be the place for you!

Portland, OR

What happens when you combine vibrant culture with scenic beauty? You get a city like Portland, Oregon, of course! This major port city of the Pacific Northwest is known for eco-friendly living, lush gardens, and beautiful parks, making it the ultimate destination for a fun V-Day getaway. Take a hike through the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge, or take in the beauty of Lan Su Yuan, or “Garden of Awakening Orchids”, which is considered the most authentic Chinese garden in the U.S. Catch a Broadway show, or go see an indie flick at the Living Room Theater in downtown Portland. And if you really want to take relaxation to the next level, go for a romantic couple’s massage at one of the city’s many wellness spas. So for all our OTBT wanderers who are nature gurus, hipsters, or wellness enthusiasts, say hello to Portland - your dream Valentine’s Day vacay spot!

Aspen, CO

Feeling a bit adventurous this Valentine’s Day? Take your BF or GF on a trip to Aspen, CO for some real off-the-beaten-track adventuring up in the Rockies. This tiny Colorado town may be known as a ski destination, but it’s also the perfect place for OTBT wanderers to have a romantic and fun-filled V-Day weekend.  If you’re the sporty types, go hit the slopes on Aspen Mountain, or simply take a fun nature hike. And if you’re feeling brave, you can float through the sky in a hot air balloon or go on a paragliding excursion and see things from a brand new perspective. For those wishing to take things a bit more low-key, you can go window shopping at Aspen’s many shops and designer boutiques, take a scenic ride on the Silver Queen Gondola, or enjoy a romantic dinner for two at any one of Aspen’s fine dining venues. With so many options to chose from, it’s no wonder that Aspen is the prime Valentine’s Day vacation spot for adventurous souls with a true OTBT spirit.

Honolulu, HI

Lastly, if you’re simply looking to head somewhere a bit more tropical and beachy, you definitely won’t want to forget about the beautiful city of Honolulu. Capital city of Hawaii, Honolulu is the perfect place to enjoy some sun with the one you love, and is the ultimate destination for a week-long romantic getaway. Visit Lanikai Beach on Oahu’s windward coast, and enjoy pristine, picturesque waters on this quiet and uncrowded mile-long shore. Take an ocean tour and snorkeling cruise with Sail Hawaii, and get a close-up look at the some of the local marine life. Hike through Manoa Falls and enjoy gorgeous Hawaiian scenery. And once the day is done, enjoy a romantic meal together at one of Honolulu’s great restaurants. It’s the perfect ending to a perfect day spent in the beautiful island paradise.

How about you? What are your top picks for the ultimate V-Day getaway destination? Let us know in the comments below!

Wherever you end up on your Valentine’s Day, make sure you come prepped for the road ahead with some of the best women’s travel shoes. Be sure to check out our newest selection of OTBT sneakers, sandals, wedges and more, and find your perfect stylish and comfortable walking shoes to make the most of your Valentine’s Day travel adventure.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at OTBT Shoes!

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