North Carolina is home to lush scenery at the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as countless beachfront adventures along the Atlantic Ocean. When Valentine’s Day comes around, treat your loved one to the most romantic spots in the state. Stay at a North Carolina vacation rental to be situated within proximity to the nightlife in Charlotte, or the wine country areas of Durham. When planning your Valentine’s Day trip, consider these cities in North Carolina that bring romance to the forefront.

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1. Asheville

A vacation rental in Asheville puts you and your sweetheart in the heart of historic buildings with some modern flare. Spend your Valentine’s Day getting to know each other and the city with strolls through the downtown area gazing at the Art Deco buildings. Couples with a love for the outdoors can take an adventurous hike together on the trails through the Pisgah National Forest. Crafty couples may prefer a Valentine’s Day workshop at the Folk Art Center, making southern Appalachian crafts together. Top off your day with a romantic dinner at Cucina24 for an upscale experience and Italian cuisine.

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2. Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk provides you and your loved one with quiet beaches for romantic walks at sunset or a playful dip in the Atlantic Ocean. The barrier island of Kitty Hawk is home to the Avalon Pier, the ideal place for fishing at sunrise or a romantic setting to pop the question. Get active together while exploring the 16 acres of Sandy Run Park or learn more about the history of the area with a tour of the Wright Brothers memorial. After an active Valentine’s Day, satisfy your taste buds with a seafood and steak dinner at the Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant or Mexican fare at La Fogata Mexican Restaurant.

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3. Boone

Take your love to new heights with a vacation rental in Boone, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains abutting the Tennessee border. This lively college town not only offers scenic views from Grandfather Mountain and Elk Knob State Park that radiate romance, it also has an active scene for couples seeking a night of dancing. Start off your Valentine’s Day date with karaoke and trivia at The Rock Sports Bar & Grill, or jump on the dance floor together at The Local, an eatery that transforms into a club in the evenings complete with a DJ. Spend the rest of your Valentine’s Day vacation with a romantic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway or a walk along the Watauga River.

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4. Waynesville

Plan for a romantic getaway situated along the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with that special someone. If you’re wondering where to go in North Carolina for adventure, opt for a zip-line excursion with your sweetheart at the Smoky Mountains Memorial Park. Treat your honey to a tour of the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum, or spend your Valentine’s Day professing your love at Standing Rock Overlook. The Sweet Onion is perfect for a dinner date with its menu of Southern comfort food, while the Haywood Smokehouse is a popular destination for couples who enjoy barbecue.

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5. Charlotte

Toast to your love on the most romantic holiday of the year with some sophisticated sips at The Punch Room in Charlotte, or create magical masterpieces in the kitchen when opting for a cuisine class at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen in Atherton Market. A sweet stroll hand-in-hand in Freedom Park offers up to 98 acres of lakefront trails and breathtaking views. If you’re wondering where to go in Charlotte for a relaxed environment, head over to the Double Door Inn for the sounds of live musicians covering the greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. Alternatively, laugh away the evening with that special someone at the Charlotte Comedy Theater.

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6. Raleigh

Bring romance to your North Carolina getaway in Raleigh with a sweet ride on the carousel at Pullen Park on Valentine’s Day. A hand-in-hand walk through the Neuse River Trail or Umstead State Park can spark a romantic interlude. Spend time touring the city with your date while on board a glider from Triangle Glides, or opt for a motorized tour with Raleigh Rickshaw. Once your adventures are through, dine at one of Raleigh’s restaurants known for a romantic atmosphere, such as Mandolin, 18 Seaboard, or The Capital Grille.

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7. Durham

A vacation rental in the “tastiest town in the South” gives you and your sweetie plenty of opportunities to share that special dining experience you’ve been craving. If you’re wondering where to go in Durham for Valentine’s day, opt for tasty Southern cuisine at Mateo Bar de Tapas or some Italian fare at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Spend the rest of your romantic getaway taking strolls through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, or take in a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center. When you need to relax, sign up for a couple’s spa experience at Bella Trio.

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