You came for the fascinating Mayan ruins, but you'll stay for the white sand beaches and stunning cenotes. After lounging on palm-lined Playa Paraíso, snuggle up with your sweetheart in an affordable boutique hotel or luxurious glamping tent with king-sized beds and Wi-Fi. Tulum's budget-friendly restaurants are boho-chic.

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach, 80 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon, has romantic restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, and stunning scenery. Cannon Beach's North Coast Craft Beer Trail breweries and charming art galleries and shops are perfect for misty mornings with a partner.


Wine-loving couples who can't afford Napa should visit Sonoma. Sonoma has laid-back vineyards, country inns, and resorts. When couples need a break from wine, they can hike Sonoma Coast State Park's trails and take in the gorgeous California scenery. Picnic at Lake Sonoma Recreation Area to save money.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a top natural wonder for good reason. Or why it has hosted incredible (and now illegal) daredevils. The massive Niagara River roaring toward a 188-foot waterfall at 20–30 (and up to 68) mph will drop your jaw. The river's speed creates a misty fog and a roar heard miles away.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a great Caribbean getaway without a passport or expensive airfare. This colorful destination has beachfront resorts and El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Stay in Rincón for its seclusion and postcard-worthy sunsets, or visit Old San Juan for romantic dinners, street dancing, and evening strolls.

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a must-see for budget-minded couples who love hiking, stunning scenery, and sunrises over the lake. Lake McDonald, the Trail of the Cedars, and Grinnell Glacier are Montana national park attractions.

Choose a tent over a hotel to save money and see shooting stars. After hiking, you can enjoy the views at some of the area's most famous lodges without paying the room rate.

Colorado Springs

It's easy to see why Colorado Springs' Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write "America the Beautiful" lyrics. The majestic Colorado Rockies are visible in one direction. The Great Plains are "amber waves of grain" if you turn around.

This charming town's scenery isn't the only draw. The Air Force Academy and Olympic & Paralympic Training Center are in Colorado Springs. Over time, it's become a diverse group. Walk the streets with aspiring politicians, young families, art lovers, and others who claim this part of America the Beautiful.

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