Choose the Midwest as your romantic weekend vacation destination to explore the area’s wonderful attractions. When you stay at one of many Missouri vacation rentals, you can easily experience the expansive Lake of the Ozarks, as well as the countryside of Hermannhof Winery. Profess your love at the top of the St. Louis Arch, or walk hand-in-hand along the cobblestone streets in St. Charles. When planning your next romantic weekend getaway, consider these eight Missouri cities.

1. St. Louis

St. Louis is often defined by the Gateway Arch and mighty Mississippi River, but this vibrant city is also home to attractions ideal for romance. Start your weekend getaway with a ride to the top of the Arch for a breathtaking view of the city; there’s nothing quite like sharing a kiss with your sweetie 630 feet above ground. If your mate is the creative type, view the 33,000 works of art at the St. Louis Art Museum, or indulge your quest for nature with a hike or walk on the paths through Forest Park. The St. Louis City Garden and Botanical Gardens in Tower Grove Park provide you with a captivating backgrounds to take photos and fun couples selfies. Top off your romantic weekend with a dinner date at Kemoll’s Steakhouse or a carriage ride through the city hosted by the St. Louis Carriage Company.

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2. Hannibal

Opt for a vacation rental in the historic town of Hannibal, which is characterized by its affiliation with Mark Twain. This charming river city on the Mississippi River is ideal for sweethearts looking to stroll along the cobblestone streets and learn more about Hannibal’s history by taking a tour of the Mark Twain Boyhood Museum. Reserve a boat tour on the Mark Twain Riverboat to spend a weekend on the water, or warm each other up while touring the cool caves and caverns at Mark Twain Cave or Cameron Cave. Before retreating back to your vacation rental, spend a few hours sipping on wine and snacking on appetizers at Cave Hollow West Winery.

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3. Weston

Vacation in the small town of Weston, and hide away in a rustic cabin in the woods with your sweetie. This Missouri city, along the Missouri River, offers plenty of cultural and historical attractions for couples to explore together. Stop in at the Western Historical Museum to thrill your history buff mate, or take in a performance at the Weston Community Theatre. Weston Bend State Park gives you picturesque views and a romantic setting along the river and adjacent to Fort Leavenworth. After an action-packed day, wind down together with a southern-style dinner at the Tin Kitchen.

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4. Branson

If you are looking for adventure on your romantic getaway, make Branson your vacation destination. This thriving Missouri city is home to the Silver Dollar City theme park and White Water Branson, making it the perfect location for couples looking for some fun in the sun. If you and your sweetheart love animals, spend a few hours at Promised Land Zoo. You can also enjoy a picnic on the shore of Table Rock Lake, or drop in your fishing rods at the Table Rock Dam. Spend an afternoon at the Titanic Museum, or tour the World’s Largest Toy Museum to enjoy a bit of child-like fun. End your weekend plans with a bang by reserving tickets to the Dixie Stampede Dinner Theatre.

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5. Kansas City

Kansas City offers a romantic backdrop for your weekend getaway with that special someone. Enjoy a gentle kiss while enjoying one of the city’s fountains, or walk hand-in-hand while admiring the unique sculptures scattered throughout the downtown area. Fuel your inner artists with a tour of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and then root for your favorite team while enjoying a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is the perfect place to enjoy a live performance before sitting down for a romantic meal at Bluestem or Le Fou Frog.

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6. St. Charles

Located just 40 miles from downtown St. Louis, St. Charles provides you and your sweetie small town charm and easy access to some big city attractions. Stroll down the cobblestone-covered Main Street in old St. Charles, and stop in at the antique shops and specialty stores for handmade gifts. Immerse yourself in the history of the city with a tour of the Historic Daniel Boone Home and Heritage Center, or ride bikes along the Katy Trail State Park pathways. Share your love of music by catching a concert or show at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, or try your luck at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles before retreating to your cozy vacation rental for some one-on-one time.

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7. Hermann

Hermann is a small German town that is home to multiple wineries, offering stunning views of the countryside. Start at Stone Hill Winery to enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting, then move on to Hermannhof Vineyards and Oak Glenn Vineyard and Winery to create your own special blend. Continue exploring this quaint city with a romantic stroll in the downtown area that is home to Hermann’s Attic Antique Mall. Stop in at Ricky’s Chocolate Box to surprise your partner with a delicious sweet treat.

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8. Lake of the Ozarks

Spend your romantic weekend getaway in the Lake of the Ozarks, and enjoy a lakefront romantic getaway that offers stunning sunsets you can enjoy together from your balcony. Lake of the Ozarks is an entertainment mecca for couples. Catch performances at the Main Street Music Hall or shows at the Ozarks Amphitheater. Explore the lake together by renting jet skis or a motorboat from Iguana Watersports, or spend an exciting day at Big Surf Water Park. Lake of the Ozarks State Park provides you with the perfect scenery for taking memorable photographs.

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