Top Romantic Day Trips in PA That Will Make Your Getaway Sizzle!

You’ll love this list of romantic day trips in PA. Perhaps you didn’t know it, but there are plenty of romantic things to do in Pennsylvania for couples. Whether you are going for an extended vacation, or just visiting for the weekend, these stops will add some romance into your Pennsylvania vacation. Check out our top picks, below.

CONTENTS – In this article, you will learn the top tips to plan a romantic getaway in Pennsylvania, including:

Top Tips for a Romantic Getaway in Pennsylvania 

Romantic getaways are a necessary part of many healthy relationships.

Most people are used to a trip for birthdays and anniversaries, but now more than ever couples are craving an impromptu break.

With history, beautiful landscapes, and an award-winning food scene, Pennsylvania really has everything you could want for a couples retreat. In this post, we’ve put together a few top tips for accommodations, where to eat, and what to do while you’re there.

But first, let’s get acquainted with Pennsylvania itself.

About Pennsylvania

For anyone unfamiliar with this great state on the northeastern, mid-Atlantic region of the United States, let me introduce you to Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania one of the 13 original founding states in the country. For that reason, you’ll discover many historic sites – including the location of the famous Battle of Gettysburg (July 1863) during the nation’s Civil War. 

Another famous and historic destination in Pennsylvania is the capital city of Philadelphia. That’s where the U.S. Constitution and Gettysburg Address were written. It’s also where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. In Philadelphia, you’ll also find the Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom.

Pennsylvania was so instrumental to the founding of the United States, it’s nickname is “The Keystone State.” This refers to a term used in the making of an arch, where the wedge-shaped “keystone” at the top holds the rest of the stones in place.

Although Pennsylvania is not on the coast, it is home to many inland waters and 51 miles (82 km) of coastline along Lake Erie. And, the Appalachian mountains runs right through it. So, nature lovers will not be disappointed with Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is within a day’s drive of Boston (6.5 hours), NYC (4 hours), Washington DC (4 hours), Cleveland Ohio (4.5 hours), and Toronto Canada (5.5 hours). That makes it perfect for a day trip, overnight, or weekend visit.

Plus, it’s accessible by air by way of 47 public airports, and even more private airports should you want to arrive by private jet.

Once you’ve landed, you should have no trouble getting around Pennsylvania, whether by rental car, train, bus, or subway.

So, what to do for a romantic getaway once you arrive in Pennsylvania?

Here are our top recommendations for a romantic getaway in Pennsylvania, below.

You may not get to all of them in one trip, unless you have an extended vacation planned – Pennsylvania is a relatively big state! But these highlights will definitely inspire your romantic travels.  

Romantic Getaways in PA – Jacuzzi Time!

When you’re planning a fun-filled day of activities with your loved one, you’ll want to return to a relaxing place to sit back and enjoy each other’s company. 

What better way to do this than in your own private hot tub

As jacuzzi suites become increasingly popular in hotels across the country, you’ll find a number of intimate and romantic hotels in Pennsylvania offering this amenity – and it goes a long way toward making things romantic.

So, first things first: Book your romantic accommodations, keeping in mind a convenient location for your itinerary.

Then, go the extra mile and consider upgrading to one of these steamy hotel romance packages to spice up your hotel stay. 

Explore the Local Botanical Gardens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offer a romantic and relaxing experience for couples, and has been doing so since 1893. 

This green oasis is located in the lively Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburg. The two of you can stroll the gardens to enjoy an impressive collection of flowers, butterflies, and exhibits sure to intoxicate your senses. 

You’ll even find an award-winning arrangement of orchids that spans across five rooms. Almost guaranteed it will take your breath away!

Whether you enjoy an educational tour of the gardens, or simply meander around the site with your loved one at your own pace, this place is sure to leave you feeling at ease and reconnected with nature.

Step Back in Time at Gettysburg National Military Park

For all you history buffs out there, we know you might want a bit more from your romantic trip than just relaxation. 

So, if you’re looking for an insightful and engaging way to spend your day in Pennsylvania, then Gettysburg National Military Park (Adams County) is a must. 

The Battle of Gettysburg, and President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address speech, mark an unforgettable moment in the Civil War and US history. 

But it’s anything but dry.

The site offers:

  • Guided walking trails
  • Horseback trails
  • Bus tours
  • Self-guided driving tours
  • and an impressive number of Ghost tours. 

So, however you want to enjoy the site, it’s probably possible!

Find your Perfect Restaurant

It seems like Pennsylvania eateries have really nailed it when it comes to ambiance and atmosphere. 

You’ll find a huge number of cozy, cabin-like joints that are perfect for a night of romance.

And none more than the award-winning Log Cabin Restaurant. With both indoor seating and an equally impressive outdoor terrace, this restaurant in Leola also boasts an extensive menu. Be sure to try traditional regional favorites so you can really get a taste of Pennsylvania. 

But trust us, you’ll have no trouble finding delicious food in Pennsylvania. 

If you’re looking for something to “grab-and-go,” you must try a Philly Cheese Steak.

This iconic submarine sandwich (also known as a hoagie or a grinder, depending on where you’re from) is layered with thinly sliced ribeye steak, melted provolone cheese, and carmellized onions. The romantic thing to do would be to share it…although it’s okay if you don’t want to!

It’s called “Philly” because it originated in South Philadelphia more than 70 years ago – but you can find this favorite just about anywhere in Philadelphia.

Experience the Chocolate Capital of the US in Hershey

Got a sweet tooth? Well, then you’re in the right place, because Hershey Pennsylvania is the chocolate capital of the United States. It even calls itself “the sweetest place on Earth.”

Hershey, of course, is the creator of Hershey’s kisses and Hersey chocolate bars, and so much more. 

In fact, you’ll find a whole amusement theme park so you two can have a thrilling experience together.

Then, you can take the famous Hershey chocolate tour. (Free samples!)

Finally, wrap things up with a couples’ spa treatment at the MeltSpa by Hershey.  We recommend one of the Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Treatments, like the Dark Chocolate Immersion.

There may or may not be gobs of decadent melted chocolate involved.

You’ll have to experience it for yourself to believe it.   

Take a Selfie at the LOVE Statue

Our last (but not least) romantic destination in Pennsylvania is at the famous LOVE statue by Robert Indiana.  If you grew up in the 70’s, no doubt you’ll recognize this ubiquitous word art, with the letter “O” tilted over the E. 

What better way to commemorate your romantic getaway in Pennsylvania than with a couples’ selfie before this iconic statue? 

You’ll find it in Philadelphia‘s JFK Plaza, also known as LOVE Park.

And, the park is a great place to relax by the fountain and people-watch. 

Or, you can head over to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is right across the street from the statue. There, look for “The Kiss,” a limestone sculpture by Constantin Brancusi (1916, France) that captures two lovers in an intimate, eternal embrace.

And that is your chance for life to imitate art.

I mean, how could it get any more romantic?

Final Thoughts on a Romantic Day Trips in PA

Now that you know a few of the amazing experiences that this state has to offer, no doubt you’ll find many more romantic things to do in Pennsylvania while you visit. As you plan your romantic day trips in PA, be sure to add one or more of these ideas to your itinerary. Then you and your special someone will enjoy exploring this great couples’ destination together.

If you’re wondering where else in the world to nurture your romance, then click here to learn about the most romantic hotel experiences in the world.

Photo credits: Boating – Pixino/@Marko Milivojevic, Hot tub – Flickr/@Jenifer C, Phipps Conservatory – Flickr/@Cam Miller, Gettysburg – Flickr/@Rob Cresswell, Wineglass – Flickr/@randomix, Chocolate – Canva Pro, Love Statue – Nick-fewings, Unsplash

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Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

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