2. Santa Barbara, California
Perhaps not as exotic as Paris, but Santa Barbara still has a lot to offer. It’s been voted one of the best cities in America for a romantic getaway and it’s not hard to see why – the quaint Spanish colonial architecture which dominates the city makes for a truly unique setting.
There’s a whole lot of choice with how you travel to Santa Barbara. A range of cheap national or international flights either direct or to one of the nearby cities where you can catch a bus or train. Or if you’re on a tight budget and live close-ish you could do the whole trip by bus or train.
This oceanfront city is absolutely stunning, and you’ll find plenty of hotels and inns right on the oceanfront so you can take it all in. Restaurants and bars by the sea also make for a real treat on a summer night. You’ll also find a wine region near by, and a selection of over 30 spas in the Santa Barbara.