There are many romantic places just waiting for you to discover. Whether it’s a small town in the mountains or your backyard, you never know what you might find. Here are some of the most romantic small towns in America that lives up to their namesake: The West Coast’s Most Romantic Small Towns.

1. Carmel by the Sea, CA by Brad_Nadolny

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small, scenic town on the Northern California coast and often called armel’ for short. It is known for its natural beauty and charm. Located at the mouth of Monterey Bay and about 35 miles north of San Jose, Carmel is a coastal community that attracts tourists year-round to enjoy its beaches, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms. Some of the benefits for visitors are the 15 miles of beaches (with 4 dogs friendly), 150 art galleries, and more than 50 restaurants along with many oceanfront hotels.

2. Port Orford, OR

With a year-round population of fewer than 1,500 people and just 537 homes, Port Orford is one of the most romantic small towns in the United States. It’s located on the coast of Oregon and offers natural wonders and access to some of the best outdoor recreation in the country. There is also a wonderful downtown area with lots of shops and restaurants. Other great things about this town are that it has easy access to Portland (about 2 hours), world-class crabbing (January through June), and amazing views from Cape Blanco State Park.

3. San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo is a town of just over 45,000 residents located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco in California. It’s approximately 175 miles away from both Los Angeles and San Francisco and is known for its great dining and shopping. There are also plenty of wineries to explore, with the Edna Valley having the most award-winning wines in the county. You can take a trip on the fun SLO Trolley that will take you up and down Higuera Street while also giving you a tour of downtown.


Many small towns in America could be considered romantic. It’s important to look beyond the big cities and get back to a more relaxed lifestyle when you want to enjoy a romantic vacation.

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