Known as “America’s Playground,” Las Vegas, Nevada offers something exciting for everyone — from unforgettable performances and incredible restaurants to luxury casinos and exciting clubs. However, when you live in this city or are simply visiting, the fast-paced environment can occasionally leave you yearning for a city or town that’s a little more serene. After settling into your Las Vegas vacation rental, spend a few days to reconnect with your significant other at one of these seven cities perfect for a romantic weekend getaway.

1. Boulder City, Nevada

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Boulder City lies only 40 minutes southeast of Las Vegas, but the area is surrounded by natural beauty that stands in stark contrast to the glitz and glamour of Sin City. Start your trip with breakfast at the Coffee Cup, an eatery known for its friendly service and exceptional food. If there’s a wait, kill some time browsing through the antique shops next door. Make your next stop the Hoover Dam, which offers impressive views of Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Further your knowledge of the construction of the Dam and Boulder City with a trip to the Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum. Hemenway Park is an ideal spot for picnics, or you can scare yourselves silly at Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum. Evan’s Old Town Grille is a cozy spot for dinner, and you can enjoy sidewalk seating if the weather is beautiful.

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2. Springdale, Utah

canyon mountainsMake the 2.5-hour drive northeast to Springdale, Utah, to take in the natural surroundings. Zion National Park is a popular vacation destination for travelers wanting to catch a glimpse of the towering sandstone cliffs. Hike the canyon to discover the plants and animals that inhabit the area, or ride your bikes along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to enjoy incredible views. For dinner, Bit & Spur Restaurant & Saloon is a fun and lively option, or you can marvel over the art at The Spotted Dog as you await your meal. If you want to pick up some wine to take back to your vacation rental, find it at Switchback Trading Company; you can pick up unique souvenirs here as well.

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3. Los Angeles, California

hollywood sign californiaLive it up and feel like a star when you travel 4.5 hours to the City of Angels. Los Angeles offers more fun and excitement than any one couple can handle. Find your favorite celeb’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, ride the day away at Universal Studios Hollywood, or take a romantic helicopter tour to see the whole city at sunset. Take a hike through Runyon Canyon Park, tour the incredible art collection at The Getty Center, or see a planetarium show at the Griffith Observatory. Stroll hand-in-hand along Rodeo Drive to do some serious shopping. For dinner, try Perch, a rooftop bistro with skyline views of the city, or choose to eat on the cozy patio at Cliff’s Edge.

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4. Phoenix, Arizona

arizona scenic driveIt’s a 4 hour and 40-minute drive southeast to Phoenix, the state capital of Arizona. Surprise that special someone with a romantic hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert when you book a 60-minute adventure with Hot Air Expeditions. Adventurous couples can go for a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon with Detours of Arizona. Learn more about desert flora when you tour the Desert Botanical Garden, located in Papago Park, or marvel over the Native American art on display the Heard Museum. Attend an upscale performance at the Phoenix Symphony, or catch an Arizona Diamondbacks home game at Chase Field. Feed the ducks or have a picnic at Encanto Park, and have a romantic dinner at Different Pointe of View, which offers panoramic views of Phoenix.

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5. Big Bear Lake, California

trees lakeSituated 4.5 hours southwest of Las Vegas, Big Bear Lake, California, is ideal in any season. Cast your lines together in the summer when you book a fishing charter with Cantrell Guide Service, or see the beautiful foliage in the fall with a lake tour on the Miss Liberty. Hit the links in the spring at Bear Mountain Golf Course, or dust off your skis for a winter trip to Snow Summit. Big Bear also hosts plenty of exciting activities throughout the year; come during the summer for the Music in the Mountains Concert Series, or plan your trip for a weekend in August to check out the Big Bear Renaissance Faire. Relax with a couples massage at The Village Spa, then enjoy a romantic Italian dinner at Sweet Basil Bistro.

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6. Pahrump, Nevada

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Just an hour and 10 minutes to the west, Pahrump, Nevada, offers an opportunity for adventure in a setting that’s more low-key than Las Vegas. If you’re visiting in the fall, be sure to plan your trip around the annual Pahrump Fair and Festival. For some gambling, visit Gold Town Casino or Terrible’s Roadhouse Casino. Spend an afternoon at Pahrump Winery, which features an on-site award-winning restaurant, Symphony’s, where you can sample a few flavors to decide which wine to take back to your vacation rental. Hit the green together at Lake View Executive Golf Course, or learn more about the area at the Pahrump Valley Museum & Historical Society. Finish the evening with a romantic dinner at Stockman’s Steakhouse.

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7. Williams, Arizona

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Just 3 hours and 15 minutes to the southeast, Williams, Arizona is your gateway to the Grand Canyon. Schedule a ride with the Grand Canyon Railway, which takes you from Williams to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The train ride takes just over 2 hours, so you can enjoy the gorgeous scenery on the way. Spend nearly 4 hours exploring the Grand Canyon before boarding the train to head back to Williams. Adventurous couples should check out Route 66 Zipline for an unforgettable experience, and be sure to drive through Bearizona Wildlife Park to snap photos of bears, bison, wolves, and more. Auto enthusiasts love checking out the vintage vehicles at Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum. If you and your sweetie are big kids at heart, have fun on huge machinery at the Big Toy Playground. Enjoy some comfort food at Pine Country Restaurant, or check out the eclectic food and decor at Red Raven Restaurant.

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