4 of America’s Most Romantic Cities

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, it’s the perfect time to finalize a few special plans for that special someone. This year, why not enjoy delectable cuisine, delicious drinks, and sights old and new as you explore one of America’s most romantic cities. Wondering where to go? Here are a few ideas:

1. Charleston, SC

A city ripe with Southern charm, hospitality, and history, Charleston, South Carolina, is well known for its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pre-Civil-War-era houses. Step back in time as you stroll along avenues lined with antebellum mansions and well-preserved churches. Uncover what makes Charleston such a unique destination by touring historic sites like the Dock Street Theatre, the Magnolia Plantation, and the Charleston City Market.

Afterward, end the day with a truly delectable and unforgettable Lowcountry meal. And don’t miss out on shopping, live music, and live entertainment options, especially shows at the often celebrated Performing Arts Center.

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2. Tucson, AZ

A place for the snowbirds and the lovebirds, Tucson offers up the best of both worlds when it comes to adventurous vacations and relaxing escapes. You’ll love the Old West vibe as you tour landmarks like the Hotel Congress built in 1919, as well as the Maynards Market & Kitchen, housed in an historic train depot. Be sure to spend some time in the unforgettable Saguaro National Park, perfect for hiking, exploring, and taking in sights of the beautiful mountains.

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3. Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque’s historic Old Town is teeming with romance for couples to enjoy. Start with the adobe-walled San Felipe de Neri church, followed by an afternoon perusing the countless museums, galleries, and shops. Rent a bicycle to explore the 16-mile Paseo de Bosque Trail, running parallel to the Rio Grande River. Take in unforgettable views from the tram to the top of the Sandia Mountains – an especially impressive sight at sunset!

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4. Tampa, FL

From sights and attractions, to climate, nightlife, and atmosphere, Tampa offers much for couples to discover. Warm climate means ample beach time, sunsets, and plenty of nightlife options (be sure to check out the nearby Ybor City neighbourhood – offering lively cafes and bars reminiscent of the area’s Cuban and Spanish past). Take a stroll along the Bayshore Boulevard – a popular 4.5 mile sidewalk near the waterfront – followed by a delectable dinner at one of Tampa’s fine restaurants.

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6 Tips for Traveling on a Budget

Traveling doesn’t have to become an incredible expense. Sure, it will always cost a bit of money, but there are plenty of tips and tricks out there to help you get the most out of your dollar along the way. Before your next big adventure, do a little research into how to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Start here, with these 6 tips for traveling on a budget!

1. Travel Off Season.

Accommodations, flights, and tourist activities are typically always more expensive during peak travel seasons. If you’re looking to save money, be open to the idea of traveling during what might be considered the area’s shoulder or off season. You’ll enjoy fewer crowds and reduced prices.

After all, there are plenty of unforgettable sights to see, even in the winter! Discover these 5 incredible winter road trips in America.

2. Take a Road Trip.

Travel doesn’t always mean leaving on a jetplane. Consider a road trip for your next adventure to enjoy significant cost savings. Road trips are great for family travel, giving everyone the opportunity to bond, learn, and experience new people and places along the way. There’s just something about a road trip that says “quality time.” 

We have plenty of resources to help you make the most of your road trip, including:

3. Use Extended Stay Accommodations

Instead of paying per night as you would at a regular hotel, when you book a room at an extended stay property you pay by the week with rates comparable to just a night or two at an average hotel.

Extended stay rooms are great options for stays of a week or more, and if you know you’ll be staying for 30 days or more, at many locations you’ll have the option of taking advantage of savings by prepaying for the month.

Many properties also offer Stow and Go promotions where if you need to leave town for a few days, you can keep your room and all of your belongings for a low nightly rate – along with being cost efficient, it saves the hassle of packing and unpacking!

4. Look for Free Activities.

Do some research before you go to find out what’s available at your destination in the way of free entertainment. From free walking, biking, and history tours, to Free Days or discounted days at local museums and galleries, you’ll be able to find a few great activities for little to no cost. Be sure to also make a list of locations with free WiFi!

5. Cook Your Own Meals.

Dining out adds to the whole travel experience, and can be a really enjoyable part of your adventure. But there are certain meals (think breakfast, and snacks) that make sense to prepare on your own to keep your budget in check. Look for accommodations with some form of kitchen facility (like our extended stay accommodation options!).

6. Use Public Transportation.

Really get to know your destination by traveling as the locals do. Ditch the expensive cab rides, and instead, hop on the bus or subway! You’ll enjoy discovering routes through the area and taking in the sights along the way. Consider buying a pass instead of paying for single tickets.

A small budget doesn’t mean you’ll have less fun on your travels. Get creative and do your research, you’ll be surprised at how many ways there are to save along the way! Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties on the road; your home away from home during your next great adventure.