10 of the most romantic things to do across the U.S.

Bonus: Most of these are pretty affordable, too!

By 10Best Editors,

Ever run out of ideas for your next date?  Or perhaps you're ready to make a very important proposal and you have no clue how or where to do it?  We've got you covered.  

Here are 10 of the most romantic things to do across the United States.

Visit The Fly | New Orleans

One of New Orleans' best-kept secrets, The Fly offers unparalleled views of the Mississippi River, especially at sunset.  Grab a bottle of wine, pack a picnic and settle into a sweet spot where you can watch the boats – and each other.

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Take a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge | New York

New York's Brooklyn Bridge at sunset — Photo courtesy of See-ming Lee

In nice weather, the Brooklyn Bridge can't be beat.  With stunning views of Manhattan, you'll enjoy a leisurely romantic stroll with plenty of opportunities for people-watching, photo ops and sweet talk. It'll take you over half an hour to cross the bridge, but you're not in a hurry, right?

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Enjoy the view at Torrey Pines Gliderport | San Diego

Paragliders at Torrey Pines — Photo courtesy of Tobin/flickr

Watch the paragliders as the sun sets, or if you're the adventurous type, join in and let the neon shades be your backdrop as you float through the air with your sweetheart.  Torrey Pines offers tandem flights as well as paragliding lessons, so it's simple to make this dream come true.  But, if you'd rather keep your feet planted firmly on the ground, the view from there is just as spectacular.

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Savor the menu at Better Than Sex | Key West

Dessert in the dark in Key West — Photo courtesy of Better Than Sex

Should you go out for dinner, or get straight to dessert?  At Better Than Sex in Key West, dessert is always the answer.  Cozy up to your cutie in this intimately-lit cafe and savor a decadent treat – or two. The titillating menu will have you all mixed up, so why not order a few different desserts to sample?  Just be sure to let them know you're coming – by making a reservation.

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Book a Chicago Helicopter Experience | Chicago

A nighttime view of Chicago — Photo courtesy of CHE

It might sound a little cheesy, but we promise that a helicopter ride over Chicago is a memory you'll never forget.  The tour traces the shoreline of Lake Michigan, giving you a glimpse of the city's most important sights.  CHE offers rides for both day and night, but the beauty of a glittering skyline certainly makes the nighttime option more appealing.

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Stroll Battery Park and White Point Gardens | Charleston, S.C.

You can't leave Charleston without seeing historic Battery Park, so why not make a romantic excursion out of it?  Time your visit with sunrise or sunset for the most idyllic scene, and stroll along the path bordered by water on one side and moss-draped live oaks on the other.  Settle into one of the many benches where you can enjoy a picnic, the waterfront views and each other's company.

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Get lost in the Desert Botanical Garden | Phoenix

Let your love grow in the desert as you meander through this vast botanical garden, filled with vibrantly colored wildflowers and succulents.  Though the garden is large in scope, the feeling is intimate with plenty of opportunities for just the two of you to explore the different pathways and get lost in the beauty.

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Meander through Olympic Sculpture Park | Seattle

Enjoy the views at this Seattle park — Photo courtesy of Tom Sartain/flickr

Wander this beautiful waterfront park with your significant other, admiring the ample green space and enormous works of art, all while the Space Needle lingers in the background.  Bonus points if you watch the sunset over Puget Sound and then head to nearby Six Seven restaurant for a romantic dinner.

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Spend some time at Love Park | Philadelphia

Love is in the air in Philly — Photo courtesy of Gabriel Millos/flickr

Love Park – it has "love" right in the name, making it an ideal spot to spend some time with your sweetheart.  It's obviously a great spot for a photo op, with the iconic statue serving as your backdrop.  But it's also a fantastic place to relax, people-watch or try out a food truck or two.

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Plan a ride with Gondola Adventures | Dallas

Feel as if you've been transported to Venice without leaving Dallas — Photo courtesy of Gondola Adventures

A gondola ride. In Dallas. 

It's probably not the first thought you had when considering romantic activities in the Big D.  However, the novelty makes it all the more romantic.  Enjoy a relaxed ride on Lake Carolyn via the Mandalay Canal on a classic gondola, or perhaps upgrade to a dinner cruise.  You even have the option to add other romantic elements to help customize your experience, like scattered rose petals.  It's your date; do whatever floats your boat.

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