Love and travel go hand in hand. After all, what’s more romantic than a lifetime of adventures lived together? That said, it can be hard finding the perfect blend of romance and affordability. So, if you’ve found yourself searching for cheap vacation spots that’ll still make your next romantic getaway magical, then we’ve got you covered. From weekend getaways in national parks to week-long vacations in the Caribbean, here are the 25 best cheap places for couples to travel in 2022.
Table of Contents
- 1. San Juan, Puerto Rico
- 2. Oahu, Hawaii
- 3. Branson, MO
- 4. South Padre Island, TX
- 5. Charlevoix, MI
- 6. Cannon Beach, OR
- 7. Asheville, NC
- 8. Healdsburg, CA
- 9. Lisbon, Portugal
- 10. Nashville, TN
- 11. Savannah, GA
- 12. Sedona, AZ
- 13. Tulum, Mexico
- 14. Glacier National Park, MT
- 15. Nosara, Costa Rica
- 16. Bangkok, Thailand
- 17. Lake Tahoe, CA
- 18. Jamaica
- 19. Grand Teton National Park, WY
- 20. Niagara Falls, NY
- 21. Lake Placid, NY
- 22. Yosemite National Park, CA
- 23. Kansas City, MO
- 24. Hudson Valley, NY
- 25. San Francisco, CA
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1. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nothing evokes romance quite like an island getaway, and San Juan delivers epic fantasies and affordable rates hand in hand.
Kick back on a sandy beach or delve into the history of Old San Juan’s vibrant Spanish colonial architecture. Lovers will enjoy swimming at the foot of cascading waterfalls and salsa dancing the night away to a pulsing beat. To save money on this colorful destination stay, skip the hotels and stay at a charming vacation rental instead.
2. Oahu, Hawaii
A romantic getaway in Hawaii may seem out of reach, but budget-conscious couples fear not. Oahu isn’t called the “Gathering Place” for nothing, and it has all the beauty, adventure, and romance of its sister isles without the same price tag.
Go for fun in the big city of Honolulu or escape into the rugged wilderness of Ka’ena Point State Park. Lovebirds should consider getting a camper van to explore the island and scope out their own intimate hideaways.
Oahu is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet and into one of your most epic romantic adventures.
3. Branson, MO
Branson is known more for live music than intimate interludes, but that’s not for lack of romantic things to do.
Take in a choreographed fountain show and snap picks from atop the Ferris Wheel at Branson Landing before enjoying dinner and a view at Cantina Laredo.
Between mountain sunsets from Table Rock Lake, enchanting visits to The Butterfly Palace, and all the legendary concerts that make Branson a staple for live music, couples can comfortably include Branson on the list for potential future cheap vacations.
4. South Padre Island, TX
For one month of the year, the resort town of South Padre Island is a spring breaker’s paradise. For the rest of the year, it offers all-around fun for your cheap romantic getaways.
Lovers can rediscover their inner child along the Sandcastle Trail and look for fun, colorful sea turtles throughout the city. Of course, you can then meet real sea turtles at Sea Turtles Inc. The island also boasts no shortage of water-based excitements, from dolphin cruises to tandem parasailing over the water.
Couples won’t regret exploring the island in detail, whether plodding along the beach on horseback or zipping through city streets in a scoot coupe.
5. Charlevoix, MI
Nothing says romance quite like a good old-fashioned fairytale.
While Michigan might be missing the castles and magic of Europe, couples will find plenty of enchantment in Charlevoix. Hunt for mushroom houses or greet gnomes and dragons at Castle Farms. Check out the lighthouse at Michigan Beach Park and look for Petoskey stones in the sand before heading to the shops on Bridge Street.
For an unforgettable experience outside the city, check out the rolling fields of blooms at Lavender Hill Farm. Sign up for a workshop or splurge on a romantic dinner amid the sweet scent of lavender.
6. Cannon Beach, OR
The jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Cannon Beach, stands out from other tourist towns in Oregon primarily due to its breathtaking beauty. That beauty earned it a spot among National Geographic’s 100 most beautiful places in 2013.
The famous Haystack Rock is just one reason that couples should plan their future weekend getaways here. With high regard from travelers and fun free activities—from watching sunsets over Haystack Rock to roasting marshmallows for s’mores down on the sand—Cannon Beach easily ranks as one of the best cheap places for couples to travel.
Here’s a money-saving tip: visit in the shoulder season. April to May and September to October offer more affordable room rates and smaller crowds. But bear in mind the Pacific Ocean is likely to be nippy!
7. Asheville, NC
The perfect vacation spot for city-dwellers and outdoorsy couples, this southern city possesses endless charms. Asheville lies nestled in the mountains of North Carolina between gorgeous state and national parks. Among those parks is the most visited park in the US. Drive along Blue Ridge Parkway for spectacular views, or take a day trip to enjoy the scenic hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In the city, lovers can stroll through the famed River Arts District, where the buildings are only the start of the colorful and unique art found within. And while the entrance fee is a bit steep, sweethearts won’t regret spending a bit more to visit the magnificence of the Biltmore Estate.
8. Healdsburg, CA
Sonoma Wine Country is a go-to for wine lovers on a tight budget looking for cheap vacations. And tucked away in the heart of the valley lies Healdsburg. This quiet city offers wine-obsessed couples romantic weekend getaways on par with Napa Valley, but for a fraction of the cost.
Hop on a bike and spend a day touring through the valley’s peaceful rolling hills. Or settle into a relaxed afternoon picnicking on a vineyard. Jordan Vineyard and Winery is a staple in the area and perfect for an intimate evening sampling fresh wines, delicious foods, and beautiful views.
9. Lisbon, Portugal
Cheap romantic getaways in Europe aren’t always easy to come by.
Luckily for adventurous couples, Lisbon is an affordable alternative to the more expensive European vacation spots.
Lisbon, much like Rome, has countless legends regarding the seven hills the city was built on. Pick one for a romantic picnic, then scope out the perfect miradouros for a stunning sunset view. Or, head out to take in gorgeous sunsets from a boat on the Tagus River. And for an evening not soon forgotten, lovers can dine like royalty in a restaurant that was once the palace of elites at Palácio Chiado.
10. Nashville, TN
Couples looking for cheap places to travel would do well to heed the siren song of the Music City.
Playfully called Nashvegas by those in the South, the name isn’t far from reality. Bright neon lights set the city ablaze. Nashville’s mini-strip of Lower Broadway and Honky Tonk Highway is a must-do experience for couples. Head up to Love Circle, and you can also take in the view of the Nashville skyline from the city’s highest viewing point.
Wander through the romantic Cheekwood Botanical Garden, treat yourself to Nashville’s mouthwatering Hot Chicken, and catch a fun movie in the park. With plenty of free attractions and amazing deals on shows, Nashville is one of the best cheap romantic getaways around.
11. Savannah, GA
Escape on a couple’s getaway to Savannah. Not short on charms, this Georgian city ranks as one of America’s friendliest and one of the best places for couples to travel cheaply.
Lovers can delight in carriage rides down cobblestone streets and scenic boat rides along the winding river. Savannah’s sandy beaches make sunny days a dream. Meanwhile, at night, you can hold your partner tight as you journey through Savannah’s haunted history on a ghost tour.
Dine with a spectacular view on classic River Street in Savannah’s historic district before slowing it down. Stroll past beautiful southern mansions and wander Forsyth Park under oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss for a picture-perfect end to a picture-perfect evening.
12. Sedona, AZ
Sedona is a place unlike any other and a magical location for a romantic getaway.
Referred to as Red Rock Country, couples can treat themselves to Sedona’s beautiful landscapes with an unforgettable ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. Or get up close and personal with gorgeous hikes to stunning viewpoints like Devil’s Bridge Trail and Cathedral Rock. Catching the sunset from one of these incredible spots and stargazing is the perfect way to end any night in Sedona and a bucket list item for sure.
For a day of splurging, couples also can’t forget to go wine-hopping on the Valley Verde Wine Trail. Or plan a day of relaxation by taking advantage of the top-tier spa services located in Sedona.
13. Tulum, Mexico
While you can find romance anywhere, you’re bound to discover plenty in Tulum.
Paradise awaits on the sandy beach of Playa Paraíso, where the ancient ruins of Tulum sit on a cliff just a short distance away. Stay at a boutique hotel and enjoy the eco-friendly, rustic feels accompanied by stunning views. And dive into the extraordinarily blue waters of Tulum’s magical cenotes.
You’ll find no shortage of romantic places to be with the one you love in Tulum.
14. Glacier National Park, MT
National parks are some of the best cheap places for couples to travel. And for those in want of natural beauty and affordable trips, Glacier National Park is just the place to plan a quick weekend getaway.
Roll down the windows and prepare for stunning views with a drive on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Or abandon the car and hike picturesque trails on foot, chasing waterfalls and the perfect lake scene. Speaking of bodies of water, lovers can kayak out on scenic Lake McDonald for a little slice of heaven, or, for a bit of adventure, try rafting on Flathead River.
Glacier National Park offers nonstop outdoor fun and endless breathtaking lookouts.
15. Nosara, Costa Rica
Lovers can experience true “pura vida” in Nosara. While getting to it is a bit of a ride from the airport, it’s well worth the trip. The locals are friendly, the atmosphere is laid-back, and the surf is excellent. With no beachfront development in sight, couples wanting a quiet, relaxing vacation will find Nosara to be ideal.
Play on the playas, ride the waves, and find inner peace practicing yoga on soft sands or in lush rainforests. Nosara may be a small resort town, but you’ll still find plenty to do in Playa Guiones, dotted with restaurants and shops perfect for enjoying Costa Rican cuisine and finding the ultimate vacation souvenir.
16. Bangkok, Thailand
For cheap romantic getaways in foreign lands, few places can do it better than Thailand, arguably the best place for couples to travel cheap.
Bangkok is a fairytale-like destination. Perhaps the swiftest way to lose yourself in romance is taking a quick—and frugal—romantic tour through Ancient Siam. Lovers will find no shortage of beautiful spots along the way, including the Sumeru Mountain Palace and the Pavilion of the Enlightened. So walk, take the tram, or grab a (free) bike, and spend the day winding your way through this museum park.
Meanwhile, present-day Bangkok is filled with palaces, skyscrapers, and endless opportunities for indulgence. From affordable luxury dinner cruises on the Chaophraya River to cheap Thai long-tail boat tours through temples and river communities, couples will find something new to delight in each day.
17. Lake Tahoe, CA
Nicknamed the “ocean in the sky,” Lake Tahoe certainly delivers on both. With crazy blue waters and gorgeous clear skies, it’s the perfect vacation spot for couples looking to spend summer or winter getting up to some fun in the sun. Whether that fun is cutting through a peaceful lake or cutting down powdered slopes, the opportunities for romance are limitless.
Go for a hike in Emerald Bay State Park to take in incredible lake views or enjoy the campgrounds and beaches at D. L. Bliss State Park—just don’t forget your beach gear! In winter, take the Heavenly Gondola Ride for aerial views of a spectacular winter wonderland and snuggle together for a picture-perfect sleigh ride through the snow.
For some of the best cheap places to travel in the Caribbean, couples need to look no further than Jamaica. From candlelit dinners in a cave in Negril to swimming in Port Antonio’s Blue Lagoon—which is entirely free, by the way—Jamaica is one of those destinations that is so stunning, you’re not quite sure how it’s so cheap. But we’re not complaining.
For an all-inclusive experience that won’t break the bank, consider staying at Jewel Paradise Cove Resort & Spa. The resort features gorgeous nature trails and three swimming pools, each with its own hot tub and swim-up pool bar.
19. Grand Teton National Park, WY
One of the top 25 most visited national parks in the US, Grand Teton National Park is perfect for couples wanting to experience a wild but peaceful escape.
Partners will never be bored hiking the 200-plus miles of trails through Grand Teton’s dramatic and stunning terrain. And for the ever-more adventurous, Grand Teton’s granite rocks provide excellent climbs, from beginners to the more advanced rock scalers.
With budget-friendly lodging options for everything from rough camping to resort glamping, couples can keep their expenses low and their excitement at an all-time high.
20. Niagara Falls, NY
Niagara Falls isn’t just a dramatic waterfall but the name of the surrounding city in both New York and Ontario. As home to the famous Falls, this city is well worth a spot on any couple’s list of best places to travel to.
Couples can share a kiss in the mist on a cruise boat and go for a spin on the SkyWheel. Wineries are also popular on both the US and Canadian sides to spend the day, while a splendid end to any night is watching the lights display on the falls.
Budget-conscious partners should opt to stay on the New York side of the Falls to save more money. However, Ontario’s convenient proximity provides fun day trips to places like Victoria Park and Fallsview Casino Resort, which houses a shopping center and indoor swimming pool.
21. Lake Placid, NY
Situated amidst the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is an idyllic escape for any season. Couples will delight in its warm summer colors, vibrant fall foliage, and wintry enchantment. In summer, paddle across Mirror Lake or host a picnic on its edge, and in winter, don your skates to glide across its frozen surface hand in hand with your partner.
The warmer seasons present a perfect opportunity to take a Beer and Wine Train along the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Or, snap some couple shots along the tracks in winter when they’re used as hiking trails. And for a scenic fall excursion through autumn leaves, lovers can conquer Mount Jo for a grand view of the Adirondacks and lovely Heart Lake.
22. Yosemite National Park, CA
Couples who climb together, stay together. Or something like that. But Yosemite National Park certainly inspires romance, from beautiful, towering sequoias to fire-hued rock formations lit ablaze at sunset.
Speaking of, a romantic stroll through Mariposa Cove’s sequoias and a sunset watch of El Capitan and Half Dome are all musts. The views never fail to inspire. Take in the sights—and sprays—of Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Falls, and try spotting one of Yosemite’s famous night rainbows, or moonbows as they’re often called.
Whether to unplug, bask in nature, or scale to new heights, Yosemite provides every reason to fall in love.
23. Kansas City, MO
Kansas City straddles the border between Kansas and Missouri and flies a bit under the radar when considering the best places for couples to travel cheaply. That likely won’t last too much longer, though. From gondolas on the river to fountain shows all over the city—KC is home to over 200 water fountains—and adult nights at LEGOLAND, couples will find their dream date night idea in Kansas City.
Recognizable from several films, Union Station is also a must-see attraction in the city. Spend hours exploring the beautiful architecture and fascinating exhibits. And, of course, couples can’t depart from their romantic weekend getaway in KC before locking their love on Old Red Bridge. Your lock’s key will serve as the perfect memento of your travels to the City of Fountains.
24. Hudson Valley, NY
Miles north of the towering giant that is New York City lies Hudson Valley. This picturesque region of orchards and vineyards provides an idyllic couples getaway.
Castles have always had a romantic air, and the Hudson Valley is full of fascinating architecture, from the gothic-style Lyndhurst Mansion to Pollepel Island and the ruins of Bannerman’s Castle. Once you’ve tickled the realm of fantasy, indulge in New York’s wine country with a visit to Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, or keep it simple with apple picking at Wilklow Orchards before enjoying some Bad Seed Cider.
The Hudson Valley is full of hidden gems, making it a romantic destination for easy east coast weekend getaways.
25. San Francisco, CA
A destination with varied options is a necessity when deciding on the best romantic and cheap places you can travel to as a couple. Luckily, San Francisco is a paradise of choice.
A golden getaway for partners, the Golden City itself is a beauty of rolling hills, scenic views, and celebrated landmarks—along with some of the best eats in America.
Enjoy the fine arts at de Young Museum and hop on San Fran’s classic cable cars for a ride to hunt down the stunning mosaic-tiled stairways hidden away through the city. And that’s not the only thing hidden away. Couples can scout for romantic swings with stunning views from Kirby Cove to Bernal Heights. Stroll past landmarks like the Painted Ladies and Lombard Street or hit the road and drive out to the Marin Headlands for a scenic day trip.
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